KINGSBURG – Sun-Maid Growers announced it will move its corporate offices from Kingsburg and satellite offices from northern California to a new consolidated headquarters in Fresno this summer. The company’s Kingsburg location will be transformed into a center for product development, a Sun-Maid spokesperson said. Their focus will be developing new products for the brand.
“This move marks a monumental step in our progression in terms of talent, culture and innovation,” Sun-Maid CEO Harry Overly said. “Everyone knows Sun-Maid’s iconic red box, and we all have special memories growing up with these raisins in tow. With an expanded headquarters and more poignant focus on creative ideas and products, we look forward to spurring even more of these moments, while continuing to offer natural, healthful options for parents and kids alike.”
In addition to the new Fresno office, the Kingsburg site will remain a vital hub for the organization. It will still employ more than 700 people, including functions like finance, grower relations, research and development and operations management. The Sun-Maid Market will remain open as a visitor center for the brand’s local customers.
Sun-Maid was founded in Fresno in 1912 and headquartered there until 1964 when it built a new production facility in Kingsburg.
Fresno is now the state’s fifth largest city and is considered a central economic hub for agricultural production. The new headquarters will be at the southwest corner of Palm and Herndon at 6795 N. Palm Ave. More than 100 employees, from marketing, sales, finance, customer service, human resources and IT, among others, will be centered there.
“We look forward to having all our professional cohorts working together, face to face,” Overly said.