1886

First use of the Del Monte name on a food product. Del Monte coffee premieres as a premium blend of coffee packaged for the prestigious Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California.

1892

The Del Monte® Brand is introduced when the firm expanded its business and selected Del Monte as the brand name for its new line of canned peaches.

1909

Del Monte shield makes its first appearance on a can label.

1920

California Packing Corporation (CalPak) establishes stringent quality specifications for its premium brand, Del Monte®. Early ads assure customers “Not a label, but a guarantee.”

1929

With prices plummeting and overflowing warehouses, CalPak is forced to tighten its belt. Always a premium quality product, Del Monte® advertising takes advantage of the many low-cost brands on the market and focuses on the value of dependable quality.

1942

A persistent focus on quality helps lift CalPak out of a crunch.

1955

Del Monte® Pineapple Grapefruit drink is introduced. Del Monte® Stewed Tomatoes – a new product inspired by the recipe of an employee’s mother – becomes an instant classic.

1967

Long known for its favorite brand, CalPak changes its name to Del Monte Corporation.

1968

Del Monte Corporation acquires West Indies Tropical Fruit Company of Coral Gables, Florida.

1973

Del Monte Corporation becomes first major food processor in the United States to include nutrition labels on its products.

1979

Del Monte Corporation shareholders agree to a merger with R. J. Reynolds Industries.

1989

Del Monte Corporation divides into two separate entities; Del Monte Tropical Fruit and Del Monte Foods.

1993

A new owner of Del Monte Tropical Fruit changes name to Fresh Del Monte Produce N.V.

1996

Fresh Del Monte Produce N.V. is acquired by Freshglo Limited, a Cayman Island based company.

  • Introduced the first new pineapple variety in more than 15 years, the Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet pineapple.
  • Began expansion of melon program.
  • Further diversified distribution capabilities by adding new distribution centers in key markets, adding additional value-added services to customers.

1997

May 1997, Freshglo Limited changed it’s name to Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.
October 1997, Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. begins trading on the NYSE under the FDP ticker symbol (FDP).

1998

Acquired several subsidiaries from its parent company IAT Group Inc. which were engaged primarily in the production, transportation, distribution and marketing of deciduous fruit and other fresh produce on a worldwide basis and conducted operations in Chile, the United States, the Netherlands and Uruguay.

2002

Acquired assets of U.K. based Fisher Foods Limited’s chilled division, expanding growth in the fresh cut category.

2003

Acquired Standard Fruit and Vegetable Co., Inc., a Dallas based distributor of fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • Acquired 100% ownership in Envases Industriales de Costa Rica S.A. (ENVACO).
  • Acquired Expans Sp. 2.0.0. a Poland-based distributor of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Acquired Country Best Produce, a leading U.S. East Coast processor and packager.

2004

Acquired Del Monte Foods Europe, a leading producer and distributor of prepared fruit, vegetables and beverages in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Countries formerly part of the Soviet Union.

2008

Acquired the Costa Rican group Caribana, substantially increasing Del Monte® branded banana and Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet pineapple production from Central America.

2013

Acquired agricultural production land, packing houses and farm equipment in Florida and Virginia.