Sun-Maid Growers of California is an American cooperative of raisin growers headquartered in Kingsburg, California, which is the largest raisin and dried fruit processor worldwide. As a cooperative, Sun-Maid is owned by family farmers who grow raisin grapes within 100 miles (200A_km) of each other in the Central Valley of California, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sun-Maid also sources dried fruit beyond this geographical area.Once raisins were established as a marketable crop which grew and dried well under the California sun, raisin grape-growing areas expanded rapidly in the late 19th century. The earliest successful efforts to form a cooperative business by raisin growers began in 1898.
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