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FGS History

Fruit Growers Supply Company was born out of adversity. Members of the Southern California Fruit Exchange needed a steady supply of reasonably priced box shook for their wooden shipping crates, but most of the box shook manufacturers were operating what amounted to a cartel.

Joining forces through the Exchange, citrus growers began working with small independent mills in Northern California to get the shook they needed. In 1907, they established Fruit Growers Supply Company to purchase and manage timberlands and mills and otherwise act as their purchasing agent for needed supplies.

Throughout its long history, when a need has arisen, FGS has moved to fill it. When another cartel controlled the sale of a chemical critical to citrus growth, FGS went to Africa, found an alternative and brought it back, forcing the cartel into a more competitive position.

When growers needed ready access to reasonably priced supplies, FGS established its warehouse operations, the forerunners of the Operations Centers. Now, seven Operations Centers throughout California and Arizona serve the agricultural community.

When growers needed high quality, reasonably priced cartons, FGS built the finest integrated carton supply system in American agriculture – a combination of the Company's extremely efficient manufacturing plant and a purchased carton program.

In 2007, FGS celebrates a century of service to agriculture and to the members of the FGS /Sunkist cooperative system.

FGS History

About FGS
Fruit Growers Supply Company
Organized in 1907 by the members of California Fruit Growers Exchange (now Sunkist Growers), Fruit Growers Supply Company, FGS, has grown along with the West's citrus production. The nonprofit cooperative association provides Sunkist Growers and others in the agricultural community most materials and items required to grow, harvest, package and ship citrus. Today, with its own carton manufacturing plant and seven Operation Centers which feature central buying and warehousing capabilities, Specialized Ordering and Custom Design Irrigation Departments, FGS continues to offer highly competitive prices. The Centers meet not only the local warehouse needs of packing houses and growers, but also provide over-the-counter sales, purchasing capabilities and customer service and support for installations such as irrigation and wind machines.

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