Situated in the heart of Californiaís Monterey Bay area since 1959, Del Mar Food Products makes itís home in the Pajaro Valley which offers an ideal environment for worldwide food processing. A temperate Mediterranean climate not only benefits the many crops grown in the valley, but provides for ideal packing as well. In fact, during the 1966 packing season, upon partnering with the University of California Davis Food and Agriculture Department, Del Mar Foods developed an Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) application for sliced freestone peaches. This innovation has forever changed the way frozen fruit is marketed and utilized. Capitalizing on its early successes, the business grew and evolved in tandem with the region's diversification into specialty fruit crops. As a charter member of California's processed strawberry industry, Del Mar Foods is proud to have contributed to the state's growth as the world's premier strawberry producer.
In 1984, Del Mar Foods expanded into vegetable processing by acquiring Coast Counties Canning Company, a local canner of apples and bell peppers. Ten years later, the company firmly established itself as a frozen vegetable processor when it was awarded a multi-season contract to pack Green Giant products for the Pillsbury Company. The companyís initial year of spinach production was highlighted with the successful development and implementation of a vacuum process called the "SuperVac." Designed to gently eliminate defects and attain previously unachievable cleanliness levels, this technology is now an industry standard.