The Modesto facility has been in operation since 1968. Over the years, there have been various modifications to the physical structure as well as its operations. During the first thirty years of operations, the primary product was tomatoes. After the 1998 tomato processing season, Modesto Plant #1 underwent a major conversion into Del Monte's largest fruit processing operation. During this time, employment levels rose dramatically to the current level of 514 year-round employees (approximately 50 salaried and 464 hourly employees), and approximately 1500 seasonal employees. The current plant configuration consists of 84 acres, approximately 490,000 square feet of production area, approximately 235,000 square feet of on-site warehousing, and approximately 714,000 square feet of off-site warehousing.
The Modesto plant is located in Stanislaus County, which is most favorable to canning operations and food processing firms, and produces over 27 million cases of Apricots, Fruit Cocktail, Yellow Cling Peaches, Yellow Freestone Peaches, Pears, Orchard Select processed fruits, Metal Cups as well as Plastic Fruit Cups.