K. Hovden Company

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Monterey, CA


The K. Hovden Company was a fish and fruit canner started by Knut Hovden. Hovden, a graduate of the National Fisheries College in Bergen, Norway, had come to the U.S. in 1904 and worked for the F. E. Booth sardine cannery in Monterey. Knut eventually broke off on his own to form his own cannery[1]. Hovden's cannery is now the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Hovden, like Booth, also expanded into fruit canning with a plant in Decoto canning peaches, pears, apricots, and tomatoes[2], and also had a sardine cannery in San Diego. In 1921, the company was also operating the Betterpack Canning Company at Decoto[3].


Location Years Address Details
Decoto 1920-1930 Between H and I streets
Monterey 1920- Cannery Row Sardine cannery and main office.
San Diego 1920
San Francisco 1921 209 Sheldon Building[4]


  1. History of Hovden Mansion, Monterey.
  2. K. Hovden Company. In California Food Products Directory, 1920
  3. The K. Hovden Copmpany to Operate Plant Of Betterpack Packing Company At Decoto: September 1921 Western Canner and Packer.
  4. 1920 San Francisco Chamber of Commere Activities newsletter