Cannery Life, Del Monte in the Santa Clara Valley

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Mission brand yellow cling peaches label

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Continued Mechanization

The post-World War II boom in the Santa Clara Valley was founded on technological innovation.  Del Monte was a leader in applying new technologies in its canneries and production lines.  During the 1960’s and 1970’s, cannery machines became more efficient and less reliant on individual workers.  Seasonal cannery workers – still mostly women – were skilled machine operators

Beatrice Sanchez sorting grapes, c. 1975.Shipping and inventory operations were computerized.  Eventually, even the difficult work of sorting small pieces of fruit would be handed over to a massive computer-controlled machine, which ran on the technologies invented in Silicon Valley.