Our History: A Tradition of Quality
Oregon Fruit Products Company is a third generation, family owned and operated company. We take pride in the high quality and consistent products we provide to the marketplace, along with service and integrity not commonly found in today’s businesses.
The beginnings of the business started back in the 1920s when the company founder, Max Gehlar, offered his dried fruits to the market place. During the depression year of 1935 the “Oregon” brand was established and the company shifted its focus from dried fruits to canned specialty fruits.
Oregon Fruit Products is located in Salem, Oregon which is nestled in the fertile Willamette Valley of Northwestern Oregon. This area is blessed with relatively mild winters and springs during which we receive most of our 45 inches of annual rainfall. These winters and springs, followed by warm sunny summer days, give our fruit the flavor, size and natural sweetness unparalleled in the world.
Our growers are located as close as a 10 minute drive from our Salem plant. This area is one of the best geographical areas in the world for our preferred hand harvested fruits and berries. The vast area we draw from also greatly decreases the risk of major crop loss due to weather or plant disease.
We are proud of our number one position nationally in canned specialty fruits, in addition to our recognized quality aseptic and frozen products produced by our industrial department.