Cannery Life, Del Monte in the Santa Clara Valley

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Mission brand yellow cling peaches label

View a database that includes artifacts, photographs, and documents in the History San José collection which relate to Del Monte Plant #3 in San José, California.

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Beatrice and Friends

Learn about Del Monte Plant #3 from the people who worked there.  See videos of former Del Monte employees sharing their memories.

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Explore the 106 years of fruit processing and canning at Del Monte Plant #3 in San Jose, California by selecting one of the topics above. Labor explores how gender and seniority impacted the working lives of Plant #3 employees. Production explains the steps in which fruit and vegetables are processed from delivery at the cannery to shipment to the market. The Corporation summarizes the evolution of Del Monte Corporation from a small family business to a multi-national operation. Seasonal explains the need for workers to work long days, but for only a few months each year. The Del Monte Brand explores the origins and development of one of the most well known food brands. Working Moms discusses the challenges female cannery workers faced raising children while contributing to their family’s income.