In 1912, brothers Arthur and Henry Bell followed their dream and bought a small olive grove in the laid back farming community of Reedley, California. For the 18 years that followed, their sole focus was harvesting and selling olives to olive processors throughout central California.
By 1938, after 26 years of long days and hard work, the two brothers and a team of 12 determined employees had effectively laid the roots for a great family business.
In the 1990’s, the company tripled sales through acquisitions and diversification. This expansion included the purchases of The Maywood Olive Company, Oberti Olive Company and the Lindsay Olive Company.
Today, they sell and market domestic olives, imported olives, and olive-related specialty products under the Lindsay and Bell brand names.
Bell-Carter Foods, Inc. is the largest table olive producer in the U.S. and the second largest in the world. They produce and sell well over half of all California olives in the nation, providing full-time employment to more than 500 people.