Del Monte Foods, Inc. today has a peak employment of 7,100 including a workforce of 680 salaried, full-time employees and 1,420 full-time hourly employees. Over 5,000 seasonal hourly employees enable us to pack fruits and vegetables when they are in season throughout the summer and fall. The Company owns and operates 10 production facilities and 3 distribution centers across the U.S., as well as two production facilities in Mexico.
Del Monte Foods, Inc. Corporate Headquarters and state-of-the-art Research Center are both located in Walnut Creek, CA.
Featured below are a sample of our U.S. based Del Monte locations, all of which help contribute to the continued growth and success of the Company.
Walnut Creek, CA - Corporate Headquarters
Our Corporate Headquarters is located in Walnut Creek, CA as part of the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village, a unique live/work environment in Northern California. Our centralized downtown location is reflective of our long standing roots in the Bay Area. Our building demonstrates our commitment to environmental sustainability given its certification as a Bay Area Green Business with solar panels on the roof. The building is conveniently located across the street from the Pleasant Hill BART Station, adjacent to running and biking trails, and a quick trip to the Walnut Creek shopping district.
Our state-of-the-art Research Center is also located in Walnut Creek, CA, approximately four miles away from our Headquarters. The Research Center is also certified as a Bay Area Green Business where we focus on product development, packaging, quality assurance, food safety and sustainability programs.
CORPORATE SERVICE CENTER
Our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office is home to our Customer Service team and also consists of employees working in Transportation, Demand Planning & Procurement.
FOODSERVICE & WALMART SALES TEAMS
Home to the Walmart Inc. Sales Team, this location consists of employees working in Foodservice Sales, as well as Walmart Sales, Category Management, Insights, Analytics, Shopper Marketing and Supply Chain.
The Hanford Plant was built in 1976 by Contadina Foods and was acquired by Del Monte in 1997. In 1998, Del Monte consolidated its fresh tomato production into the Hanford Plant.
During a typical 80-day season, the plant will process approximately 360,000 tons of tomatoes into 13 million cases of finished goods. These products are distributed under the Del Monte®, Contadina® and S&W® brands. Additionally, the Hanford Plant produces over 85 thousand cases of Zucchini. In the Fall of 2016, the Hanford Plant produced over 285 thousand cases of canned sweet potatoes for the first time in the history of the plant. The plant also produces for private label customers.
Hanford employs 250 full-time hourly employees and 47 full-time salaried employees. At peak production during pack season, there is a total 1200 employees.
The Western states distribution center located in Lathrop, California, opened in June 2004 as a result of the consolidation of the Stockton and Modesto (cool storage) facilities. The center is located in close proximity to California production facilities, Interstates 99 and 5 and inbound/outbound ports serving the major population base of the Bay Area and Northwest states.
Retail business includes trade rail and truck service to California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii combined with export trade and transfer sea van service to the Pacific Rim. Foodservice business includes transfer rail and truck service to the entire US along with export trade and transfer sea van service to the Pacific.
The Modesto facility has been in operation since 1968. Over the years, there have been various modifications to the physical structure as well as its operations. During the first thirty years of operations, the primary product was tomatoes. After the 1998 tomato processing season, the plant underwent a major conversion into Del Monte's largest fruit processing operation. During this time, employment levels rose dramatically to the current level of 510 year-round employees (approximately 52 salaried and 458 employees), and approximately 1500 seasonal employees. The current plant configuration consists of 84 acres, approximately 490,000 square feet of production area, approximately 235,000 square feet of on-site warehousing, and approximately 714,000 square feet of off-site warehousing.
The Modesto plant is ideally located in Stanislaus County near most of our fruit growers and produces cases of packaged apricots, fruit cocktail, yellow cling peaches, yellow freestone peaches, and pears in metal cans as well as plastic cups.
Midwest distribution center operating in two buildings: one owned, and one leased. The owned building on Jack Dame Road was built in 1964 and is 440K square feet. The leased building on Steward Road is about 315K square feet. Both buildings serve as mixing centers for Midwest distribution and forward deploy to Del Monte distribution centers in the South and East. The Jack Dame Road building also houses a 300 labeling line and a gallon labeling line which service Club Store business volume and some retail volume, all in special packs. Total workforce consists of 22 salaried employees and 100 union hourly employees.
The Mendota facility was constructed in 1949 and spans 431 acres. Mendota's fresh pack products include peas, peas & carrots, cream style corn, whole kernel corn, mixed vegetables, corn specialties, and lima beans. Mendota also produces broth and dry beans outside of the fresh packing season. The workforce consists of approximately 31 salaried and 106 regular hourly employees with a peak seasonal headcount of approximately 550 employees.
Sleepy Eye, MN
The Sleepy Eye plant, located in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, is approximately 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Established in 1930, the facility produces the largest case quantities of peas and corn for the Company, planted by over 300 different growers on more than 22,000 acres. The facility currently employs 22 salaried and 50 hourly employees. The processing season begins in early June and ends in late September. During the processing season, up to 400 seasonal employees are needed.
Crystal City, TX
In 1945, the property for Del Monte's Crystal City, Texas facility was purchased and the first cans of Del Monte® Spinach were produced in March of 1946. Today, the facility produces canned beets, carrots, potatoes, green beans, spinach and multiple varieties of greens including kale.
Del Monte's Crystal City plant is located in the heart of Zavala County and the Texas Winter Garden Region. The high volume production of spinach from this facility soundly allows Crystal City, Texas to be known as the "Spinach Capital of the World." There are 90 full-time hourly and 19 salaried employees. At peak production there are 300 seasonal employees. Production runs eleven months out of the year.
Located on 48 acres in Washington State, the Toppenish facility, originally constructed in 1937, has seasonal production consisting primarily of whole kernel and cream corn, peas, and baby whole carrots. During the peak season there are approximately 350 seasonal and some 60 full time employees on staff to run a 3-shift production operation. Del Monte Toppenish Farm operations handle the harvest of the entire corn and pea crops that range up to 8,500 acres annually.
The Yakima facility was acquired in 1916 which is a processing plant and spans 11.7 total acres. The processing plant cans pears, cherries, plums, apple slices and applesauce.
The Terrace Heights and Sawyer Cold Storage facilities were acquired 2012 and includes 36.8 acres. The Terrace Heights facility has 215,000 sq. ft. which is used for dry and cold storage. The Sawyer facility has 105,000 sq. ft. and is used for cold storage and CA storage.
The combined workforce consists of approximately 21 salaried and 36 union hourly employees with a peak seasonal headcount of approximately 619 employees.