About Us

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Fruit Growers Supply Company was organized in 1907. We are the oldest non-profit supply cooperative in the nation and have grown our business alongside the West Coast’s citrus production. While we started out as an exclusive partner to Sunkist Growers, today we serve everyone in the agricultural community with products and services that are necessary for successful growing, harvesting, packaging and shipping.

Our history

Before 1907, members of the Southern California Fruit Exchange (now Sunkist Growers) needed a steady supply of reasonably priced box shook for their wooden shipping crates. Unfortunately, most of the box shook manufacturers were operating at unreasonably high prices and had low supply. By joining forces in 1907, the Sunkist citrus growers created Fruit Growers Supply Company to buy and manage timberlands and mills, and to act as a purchasing agent for all of their supplies.

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We were born out of adversity and have learned to adapt to our customers’ changing environments. Throughout our long history when needs have arisen in the agricultural industry, we have acted fast to fulfill them.

When a cartel controlled the sale of a chemicals that were critical to citrus growth, we brought back an alternative from Africa, forcing the cartel into a more reasonably competitive position. When the industry needed instant access to supplies, we established six storefronts throughout California and Arizona. When growers needed the most sophisticated, highest quality cartons ever created, we answered the call by designing the finest integrated carton supply system around.

Today, thanks to our vertical integration, we can offer central buying and warehousing capabilities, specialized ordering and custom design irrigation services, supplies and parts to all of our customers while delivering the kind of service and competitive prices you’d expect from a company that has endured for over a century.

How can we help you today?

 

Check out some photos from our long history

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McCloud’s first #16 (3 truck Shay) as Fruit Growers Supply Company #4, taken on the FGS logging railroad out of Susanville , CA . Photo by Clark Kinsey and is from the Jimmy Bryant collection.

 

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Log landing at Coyote Hole, August 21, 1953. Courtesy of Hank Martinez

 

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The record load of 26,860 board feet being unloaded at the Fruit Growers millpond, Susanville, August 21, 1953. Courtesy of Hank Martinez

 

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The Susanville plant, 1921. Courtesy of Ed Standard

 

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Sunkist Street, 1921. Courtesy of Ed Standard