California Fruit Association

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California Dried Fruit Agency

The California Fruit Association was a dried fruit marketing agency formed by several San Jose area cooperatives, founded around 1894[1].

The company's initial name was the "California Dried Fruit Agency". Initially, it represented the Campbell Fruit Growers Union, East Side Fruit Growers Union, West Side Fruit Growers Association, and Santa Clara County Fruit Exchange. At the time, the Willow Glen Fruit Union and Berryessa Fruit Growers Union were staying out of the California Fruit Association pool[2].

The association allowed the individual associations to continue to pack, but each was expected to use similar grading techniques The "California Fruit Association" name comes from a history of cooperatives.


  1. Charter/Agreement for California Dried Fruit Association. Eighteenth Fruit Grower's Convention], November 20-23, 1894, Sacramento. Organized by State Board of Horticulture, State of California
  2. The Prune Outlook: County Fruit Union Officials to Hold Important Conference Tomorrow: September 4, 1901 San Jose Evening News.