The Sunsweet Story
The Pioneers of Prunes
At Sunsweet, we’ve known about the nutritional power of prunes for over a century – and we’ve made it our mission to share them with the rest of the world. It all started in 1917 when a group of farmers founded the California Prune and Apricot Growers Association. This cooperative allowed us to offer prunes to the mainstream market by combining our production capabilities and marketing communications – all under the brand name “Sunsweet.”
Over the years, Sunsweet has become the world's largest and most famous brand of dried tree fruits like prunes, apricots, mangos, and more! We have grown to represent nearly 180 grower-members with orchards throughout California – which accounts for more than 20% of prune production around the world. That’s about 50,000 tons of our signature Sunsweet Prunes a year!
We call California home to this day, specifically Yuba City – home to the world’s largest dried fruit tree processing plant. We’re so proud of our heritage and that we have become one of America’s top brands, trusted by customers everywhere.
What’s special about Sunsweet’s prunes?
It’s easy to tell the difference between Sunsweet Amaz!n™ Prunes and ordinary prunes. Because all of our prunes come in a plump little button shape, thanks to our unique pitting process!
Over the last 100 years, we’ve pretty much perfected the prune. Our process preserves the part closest to the pit – which is by far the tastiest part! And that’s how we retain all our Feel Good nutrients and maximize the sweet, sweet flavor.
Sustainability & Sunsweet
At Sunsweet, we’re committed to a green future. And that starts on our orchards. Our Family of Growers understands that to yield the best crops, we have to treat our environment with care. That’s why our farmers implement industry practices and standards that put the environment first. But our work doesn’t stop there. From reducing waste to finding new ways to utilize production by-products, we’re always innovating ways to increase sustainability across the board.
Our steps towards a greener future
From reducing waste to finding new ways to utilize production by-products, our goal is to increase sustainability across the board.
Plant Waste - 100% of our prune pits are being used as livestock feed or composted. Our scrap cardboard, plastic bottles, and glass are sent to recyclers.
Water - The majority of water used at our Yuba City plant is returned to the city water supply after treatment.
Energy - Almost all of the lighting in our Yuba City facility qualifies as energy efficient including the lamps, ballasts, and occupancy sensors. The use of improved distribution systems, energy efficient compressors, and compressor control improvements also help to reduce the amount of electricity we use.
Owned by our Family of Farmers
Sunsweet was started by a small group of farmers that wanted everyone to experience the Feel Good nature of prunes. And, for over 100 years, we’ve stayed true to that. Today, we’re a cooperative of 180 grower-members, dedicated to growing and harvesting only the best plums – so they can turn into the perfect prunes. The Sunsweet Family of Growers knows prunes better than anyone, and we’re so fortunate to have cultivated such strong relationships with them over the years.
Shop Sunsweet Prunes and Prune Juices
Shop the fruit that started Sunsweet. Our signature Prunes and Prune Juices come in a range of varieties and packages. And, while you’re at it, pick out some Specialty Dried Fruits or even a variety packs.