Food Machinery Corporation

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Main Location

San Jose


John Bean Manufacturing Company, Anderson-Barngrover, Sprague-Sells, Stebler-Parker.

Food Machinery Corporation was a San Jose-based company that manufactured multiple kinds of machinery for food processing and canning. The company was formed in spring of 1929 by the merger of the Stebler-Parker Company with John Bean Manufacturing Company, Anderson- Barngrover Manufacturing Company, and the Sprague-Sells Corporation[1]. Stebler-Parker had primarily handled citrus processing equipment. John Bean, started in Los Gatos and had gotten its start making sprayers and graders. Anderson-Barngrover, based in San Jose, made canning equipment. Sprague-Sells was a Chicago-based canning equipment manufacturer.

The company still exists.


  1. Vincent Moses, "Machines in the Garden: A Citrus Monopoly in Riverside, 1900-1936"California History, Volume 61, 1982-1983, California Historical Society.