Cannery Life Through the Years
In Their Own Words
For over 100 years, the Del Monte Corporation and its ancestors – the California Packing Corporation, the California Fruit Canners Association and the San José Fruit Packing Company - processed high quality fruits and vegetables in San José, California. The center of Del Monte’s production was Plant Number 3, a sprawling complex on an irregular triangular site between San Carlos Street, Auzerais Avenue and Los Gatos Creek. Discover the history of Del Monte’s Plant Number 3 through its years of service from 1893 to 1999. Learn firsthand about cannery life from several Plant #3 employees through their video oral histories. Click on one of the topics to start that section of the exhibit. In each section, click on images for more information.