SunWest Fruit Company is committed to hard work, superior quality and caring for the environment. These values are at the heart of our family business, which started over 70 years ago.
Albert Britz immigrated to the United States in 1936 from Guenzburg, Germany. He arrived in California with just $20 in his pocket but soon found employment at Crown Zellerback Paper Co. Albert worked at the paper company while attending UC Berkeley where he met his wife, Helen. The couple was married in 1940 and had three children, David, Linda, and Martin.
Eventually, the Britz family moved to California's San Joaquin Valley and began their farming operations. Albert and Helen bought a tree fruit orchard in Parlier, CA in 1972. Five years later, they built a small packing house on-site to prepare the fruit for market. They continued to grow their farming operations over the years and as their children graduated college each became active in the family's farming business. In 1983, they moved their packing operations to the present site on Manning Avenue, known as SunWest Fruit Company.
Albert and Helen's legacy lives on through their children and grandchildren who continue to manage the family business. SunWest has expanded into one of California's premier citrus and tree fruit operations offering easy-peel mandarins, navel oranges, Cara Cara oranges, peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots.