"Sugaripe", "Saratoga", "Farmkist"
The Mayfair Packing Company was a San Jose-based dried fruit packer founded in 1931 by Joseph Perrucci. Mr. Perrucci was born on Delmas Avenue in San Jose, California and began his career in the canning industry working for the California Packing Corporation. The Mayfair Packing Company became a partnership in 1938 when Frank I. DiNapoli joined the organization. In 1948 Mayfair acquired the facilities of the old Bisceglia Brothers plant on South First Street for their Sun Garden operation. Mayfair packed under its own labels, "Sugaripe", "Saratoga" and "Farmkist"
The Mayfair neighborhood on San Jose's east side was named after the company. The current community center is located next to the "old Mayfair packing house". That plant closed in 1993.
Mayfair tried to sell the plant at 631 Sunol Street, but Homer Hamlin (principal of Hamlin Fruit) and R.S. Butler who had leases on the drying yard protested.
|San Jose||1943, 1944, 1945||631 Sunol Avenue|
|San Jose||1944||1440 South First Street||Map of 1440 South First Street property|
|San Jose||1944||2000 E. San Antonio Street|
|San Jose||1946-||South First Street||
Bisceglia Brothers plant. Purchased 1948.
|San Jose||1964-1990's||2070 South Seventh Street|
|Santa Clara||825 Campbell Ave.||
Private refrigerated warehouse.
|Santa Clara||1964||Campbell Avenue at Franklin||
Movie: Success Story: Mayfair Packing. 1956. Part of the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County film archive.
- History of Perucci family. In www.italoamerico.com.
- San Jose Mercury News.
- Building permit dated 1943 available from sjpermits.org
- Help Wanted Advertisement. October 1, 1943 San Jose Evening News. "Mayfair Packing Co. Wants Men for Essential Industry... Apply at Plant No. 2, 631 Sunol St."
- Map of Sun Garden property, probably from environmental impact report. Posted on Flickr.com by JAB88.