F. P. Cutting Company

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F. P. Cutting Company was one of the earliest canners in California. Started in 1859 by Francis Cutting, the cannery on Main Street in San Francisco packed fruit, jams, jellies, tomatoes, and other products. Cutting was canning pears, peaches, and apricots by 1863. Others had been canning in California previously - D. Provost repacked pickles and jams shipped from the east coast, and Erzgarber and Gotzen packed jams and jellies. However, Cutting was the first canning local fruit[1]. By 1872, Cutting could pack 22,000 cans in a single day[2]

Francis Cutting merged into the California Fruit Canners Association in 1899, then into Del Monte in 1916 according to Los Altos Hills history


Location Years Address Details
San Francisco 1901

Cal Dept of Horticulture doc.

San Francisco 1859 Main Street[3].
San Jose 1903, 1906, 1907 Jackson and 7th

Became Del Monte. Construction started in March 1903[4]

Santa Rosa 1901

Cal Dept of Horticulture doc

Santa Ana Became Del Monte Plant #20[5], abandoned by 1960's.


  1. Canning in California. The Seal of Safety: Year Book of the Max Ams Machine Co, Mount Vernon NY, 1915.
  2. Isodor Jacobs, The Rise and Progress of the Canning Industry in California. In "Souvenir of the 7th Annual Convention of the National Canners' and Allied Associations, Baltimore, Feb'y 2 to 7, 1914". "In 1872, when Cutting & Co. reached a pack of 22,000 cans in one days, it is said by one of the pioneers that 'everybody was paralyzed by such an achievement, and those in the business threw up their hats and commenced to dance.' Today there are several canneries with a daily capacity in season of upwards of 100,000 cans per day."
  3. Canning in California. The Seal of Safety: Year Book of the Max Ams Machine Co, Mount Vernon NY, 1915.
  4. New San Jose Cannery: March 10, 1903 Los Angeles Herald.
  5. Packing Houses of Southern California], Santa Ana page.