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HISTORY


2015

Hotzinger reemphasizes its packer only position and announces new leadership to align with industry dynamics ensuring continued success for the independent and family owned grower partners.

2004

Company is purchased and divests its own fruit orchards, positioning Holtzinger Fruit Company as one of the most financially, stable packers in the fresh tree fruit industry.

At Holtzinger Fruit Company, we strongly believe that to maintain our success, we need to honor our heritage... and embrace a new vision for the future. In the days ahead, expect Holtzinger Fruit Company to provide even better products and services. But no matter what the innovation, our commitment to our family of growers and customers will remain unchanged.

1991

The cold storage plant on Fruit Row built in 1922-24 burns down.

1979

Company buys the Prosser Fruit Service, sale retroactive to August 1, 1978.

1960s

Company expands to Okanogan with the Johnny Appleseed Ranch—a partnership with Evans and Ann Piggot Wyckoff of Seattle.

1960

Packing moved to North 6th Avenue, additions made in 1962, and the office built in 1978.

9/9/1958

CM dies and his only son Charlie returns from US Air Force service to take over.

Holtzinger Fruit, Since 1908

Early 1930s

CM Holtzinger buys his first orchard lands in Washington — these were on Naches Heights, expands into the Englewood District, Wiley Heights, and elsewhere. Also the Cowiche plant comes on line.

1922-24

With his brother Harry, CM builds new cold storage plant and the well-known Holtzinger Building on Fruit Row. The company begins to pack and ship under their own labels (see label timeline).

1922

The warehouse burns down

Holtzinger Fruit, Since 1908

1918

CM builds the company’s first warehouse in Yakima

1915

CM rents the company’s first warehouse in Yakima, WA - really just a shed behind the Yakima Grocery.

1912

CM drops connection with Stacy and initializes an office for his CM Holtzinger Fruit Company. He buys apples mostly out of Zillah, Wa., driving them to the railroad in Toppenish, WA by wagon.

Holtzinger Fruit, Since 1908

1902-1909:

Working for E.P Stacy & Sons of Minneapolis as a fruit broker. CM Holtzinger travels throughout the country, visiting Washington in 1908/09. He works for E.P. Stacey buying apples in the fall and sets up his own fruit brokerage business to buy grapefruit, oranges, and vegetables in California & Florida in the winter.