Our History

 

The Gillette Family began farming citrus in Southern California in the late 1800’s.  In the early 1960’s, with the housing boom on the horizon, the family began farming citrus in the San Joaquin Valley, eventually relocating their operations to the region in the late 1970’s.  In 1983, the idea to vertically integrate became a reality with the formation of Gillette Citrus, a packing facility that would enable greater control on all aspects of growing, packing and shipping.  Three years later Gillette Citrus joined Sunkist Growers Inc. as a licensed packer to help take their brands around the world.

 

Gillette Citrus has continued to grow and expand the operations under the watchful eyes of Mark and Jay Gillette and their father Dean.  The majority of fruit farmed and packed by Gillette Citrus is their own, but they also pack for a select group of local growers who understand the need for quality and deliver that every day.  “We are not a large corporate business, but just the opposite” said Mark Gillette.  “Gillette Citrus is made up of individuals who live on their ranches and take a hand in every aspect of their operation.  Our Grandfather Earl once said 'The best fertilizer is the grower’s footprints" and this has never been more true.