Santa Clara Produce Company

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Main Location

San Jose, California


The Santa Clara Produce Company was a cannery organized by Japanese farmers in the Santa Clara Valley. The organization bought the former Alba Canning Company cannery in July, 1921 from Anthony Greco for $65,000[1][2]. Kiyoshi Horie was president of the organization. The group planned to can strawberries, and later fruits and vegetables.

Anthony Greco had owned four-fifths of the Alba cannery stock. After the sale, he intended to focus on his salt business in Redwood City. He eventually returned to the canning business with the Greco Canning Company.

The Santa Clara Produce Company shut down in 1936. (Same company?) Sol Tarantino, who had been handling their celery packing business, brought it to a new employer[3].

The company advertised for women to work for canning beans and fruit in August 1921[4].


Location Years Address Details
San Jose 1921 8th and Taylor?


  1. Japs Purchase S.J. Cannery: March 7, 1921 San Jose Evening News.
  2. Horticultural Jottings: March 26, 1921 Pacific Rural Press.
  3. San Francisco Street Notes: August 8, 1936 Chicago Packer. "The Santa Clara Produce Company, in business in San Francisco for many years, discontinued business August 1 . The firm closes its doors with no liabilities. Sol Tarantino has accepted a position with Jones & Pettigrew and that firm has acquired the celery account formerly handled by the Santa Clara Produce Company.
  4. August 12, 1921 San Jose Evening News