1867 Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Coffee and spice wholesaler Jewett & Sherman Company is founded. Expands offerings to include edible oils, dressings and sauces, marketed under the Holsum brand.
1919 Petaluma, California: Wilsey Foods begins as a butter and egg distribution business.
1930 During the Great Depression, Wilsey Foods diversifies into butter packaging.
1960 Los Angeles: Wilsey Foods builds a new facility with margarine, shortening and oil capabilities.
1969 Wilsey Foods expands production to Salem, Oregon.
1970 Wilsey Foods expands its manufacturing capabilities during the 1970s to Fort Worth, Texas and City of Industry, California.
1977 Jewett & Sherman changes corporate name to Holsum Foods.
1989 Mitsui Company, Ltd., Tokyo, acquires Wilsey Foods, which becomes Mitsui’s flagship company in the United States for value-added food products. The acquisition provides Wilsey Foods important new opportunities in international markets.
1992 Wilsey Foods expands its processing operations to St. Joseph, Missouri.
1994 Wilsey Foods acquires the Lou Ana retail brand salad oil and refining business. The acquisition gives the company a prime position in the consumer premium salad oil market.
1995 Wilsey Foods and Harvest States Cooperative’s Holsum Foods enter into a joint venture that includes the purchase of a Chambersburg, Pennsylvania production facility. The new venture entails production and sales of private label mayonnaise, salad dressings, sauces and bases.
1996 Wilsey Foods and Holsum Foods merge. In light of the success of the Chambersburg venture, the new company is named Ventura Foods.
1998 Ventura Foods acquires Van den Berg Edible Oil Brands from Lipton/Unilever Foodservice, increasing Ventura’s market share in premium shortenings, oils and liquid butter alternatives.
1999 Ventura Foods purchases Sunnyland Refining Company in Birmingham, Alabama. Acquisition makes Ventura the leader in food service margarine manufacturing and marketing. In July, 1999, Ventura signs a foodservice licensing agreement for the manufacturing, sales and marketing of Hidden Valley® Brand dressings for the foodservice market.
2000 In June, 2000, Ventura Foods expands its portion control capabilities by purchasing Sona & Hollen, Los Alamitos, California.
2005 Ventura Foods acquires the Marie’s® brand of dressings, dips and glazes, and Dean’s® Dips.
2008 Ventura Foods acquires the Smart Balance® brand of buttery spreads for the foodservice industry. The company also opens an impressive 675,000 square foot facility in Ontario, CA to handle manufacturing, packaging and distribution. With 99 dock doors and a rail yard with room for 86 cars, the Ontario facility provides new levels of capacity, service and efficiency.