“The Man from Del Monte; he say yes!”
Del Monte Corporation, doing business as Del Monte Foods, is an American food production and distribution company headquartered in One Maritime Plaza, San Francisco, California. Del Monte Foods is one of the country’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of branded food and pet products for the U.S. retail market, generating approximately $3.6 billion in net sales in fiscal 2009. Its portfolio of brands includes Del Monte, S&W, Contadina, College Inn, Meow Mix, Kibbles ‘n Bits, 9Lives, Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Meaty Bone, Snausages and Pounce. Several Del Monte products hold the number one or two market share position. The company also produces, distributes and markets private label food and pet products.
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1986 commercial for Del Monte Island Blends.
In the 1870s and ’80s, California became a major producer of fruits and vegetables. Following in 1899, 18 of the state’s biggest canners merged under the name California Fruit Canners Association. Under the impetus of George Newell Armsby, in 1916 CFCA added two more canners and a food brokerage house, incorporated itself as California Packing Corporation, or Calpak, and began marketing its products under the Del Monte brand. The new company grew to operate more than 60 canneries, some in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Alaska. In 1917 it acquired pineapple lands and a cannery in Hawaii and, in the 1920s, added canneries in Florida and the Midwest, as well as in the Philippines. After World War II more facilities were constructed or purchased overseas. These multinational operations made the name California Packing Corporation obsolete, and in 1967 the name Del Monte Corporation was adopted.