Oroville Plant

A blue sign that says Pacific Coast Producers at the Oroville plant.

Oroville Plant

The Oroville canning location was first established as Hearst Canning in early 1900’s. Then it became Sunny Cal until Stokely Van Camp purchased the operation.

PCP initially purchased the Oroville facility from Stokely in 1971, and has made numerous improvements to the facility.  PCP’s growers include many residents and farms in Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties, where the majority of PCP’s peach production originates.  Currently, the plant employs 169 workers year round full time, and a seasonal work force of 1,243 – primarily unionized employees. Products include pears, peaches, fruit cocktails, and 4oz plastic bowls.

The Oroville facility operates ten canning lines which seasonally (July – September) produce over six million cases of containers with net weights ranging from eight ounce to 108 ounces in size cans.  In addition, the Oroville facility operators three high-speed plastic bowl lines produce millions of cases per year.

Oroville plant tour: From Orchard To Can

Ripe fruit is hand-picked and taken to our Oroville Plant within hours

Fruit is washed and sent though the sizer

Peaches are pitted; pears are cored and then sorted before peeling

Peeled Fruit is inspected again for imperfections

Peaches and pears are then sliced or diced

In some cases pineapple, cherries, or grapes are added to make other products

Fruit is placed in a variety of can sizes and cooked to seal in nutrients. Some fruit is sent to our cold fill line for fruit bowls

Cans are then sent to our Distribution Center to await labeling and shipping

Did You Know?

Canned fruits and tomatoes are packed within just a few hours of being harvested at the peak of ripeness.

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