American Fruit Product Company

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The American Fruit Product Company was a Rochester, New York-based wholesaler who operated fruit drying plants in San Jose, Winters, and Vacaville[1]dried fruit processor with a plant in San Jose during 1907-1908. An advertisement in the July 12, 1908 San Jose Mercury and Herald describes them as the "Pacific Coast Branch", "located in the Ernst Luehning Packing House, at San Carlos and Narrow Gauge R. R., are prepared to handle all varieties of dried fruit[2]. R.A. Howard was the manager in 1909[3]. The company apparently existed as late as 1915, appearing in a list of canners in San Jose named in a plan to dredge the Guadalupe River for easier navigation[4].

Few other mentions exist for the company, apart from a generically-worded Supreme Court decision in United Surety Co. vs American Fruit Product[5].

It's unclear whether the company was a takeover of the Luehning packing houses, or a cooperative venture.


Location Years Address Details
San Francisco 1908 210 California St.[6]
San Jose 1907-1909 San Carlos and Narrow Gauge Ry Former Luehning packing house.
Vacaville, CA 1908
Winters, CA 1908


  1. SOLANO: May 23, 1908 Pacific Rural Press. "Advices from Suisun state that the American Fruit Product Co. of Rochester, N. V., has entered the California field and will operate in Suisun. Branch offices will also be established in Vacaville and Winters. The Pacific Coast headquarters of the company will be at San Jose, where products of the Santa Clara valley will be handled. The new company will handle principally dried fruits, which will be sold in the company's branch offices in the East and in foreign countries. "
  2. July 9, 1908 San Jose Mercury and Herald.
  3. Polk's 1909-1910 San Jose City Directory. "American Fruit Product Co., San Jose branch.
  4. War Department, "Preliminary Investigation of the South End of San Francisco Bay, Cal." In House Documents, 65th Congress, Second Session. December 3, 1917 - November 21, 1918.
  5. United Surety Co. v. American Fruit Product Co. - 238 U.S. 140 (1915) Error to the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia.
  6. 1910 San Francisco home telephone book