About Us: Our story



At John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (JBSS), parent company of the Fisher® brand, we live for nuts. For over 90 years, we have been dedicated to procuring, processing and packaging the best nuts in the business. We’re as dedicated to our business as we are to making sure that every nut has that satisfying crunch and flavor that could only come from JBSS and any of our brands including Fisher, Orchard Valley Harvest, Sunshine Country® and our customers’ own brands. And we’ll keep on satisfying, one little nut at a time.

John B. Sanfilippo & Son was thrilled and honored to be recognized at the 2015 GMA Midwest Food Matters Event. Check out some of this year’s highlights, including our acceptance of the inaugural Midwest Food Matters Leadership Award.



1922
Gaspare Sanfilippo and his son, John, started a small, storefront pecan-shelling company in Chicago, Illinois.

1929
The first Sanfilippo facility was built in Chicago.

1959
JBSS expanded into a larger downtown Chicago facility and began its diversification into other nut types and new products by expanding into oil roasting for the ice cream industry.

1968
The first private label customer was acquired. In addition, the company’s pecan-shelling and oil-roasting production moved to Des Plaines, Illinois.

1974
JBSS acquired Evon’s® Brand and entered retail market.

1980-1981
JBSS became a full-line nut supplier. Its new corporate and production facility was built in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

1985
JBSS acquired Midwest Nut & Seed Co. and entered bulk food market.

1986-1987
A shelling/blanching and processing facility was built in Bainbridge, Georgia, making JBSS a vertically integrated supplier of runner-type peanuts.

1990-1991
JBSS expanded into the global market and in 1991, made its Initial Public Offering.

1992-1995
JBSS acquired Texas-based Sunshine Nut Co. and Crane Walnut, which expanded its West Coast presence. In addition, a facility was built in Garysburg, North Carolina, making JBSS a vertically integrated supplier of Virginia-type peanuts.

1995
JBSS acquired the Fisher Nut brand and the Flavor Tree® brand.

1996
The Fisher Chef’s Naturals® brand of baking nuts was awarded “Best Tasting Nut in America” by the American Tasting Institute® (ATI).

2000
Fisher partnered with the Chicago Cubs® to become the official peanut sold at Wrigley Field.

2001
New initiatives including Fisher Peanut Butter and Fisher Basics were introduced to the market, offering a good-quality product at everyday low prices.

2002-2003
Fisher introduced Fisher Nature’s Nut Mix and Fisher Family Cans.

2004
Fisher began a national health campaign promoting the health benefits of nuts with the FDA-allowed qualified health claim. Fisher introduced natural unflavored, unsalted nuts to sprinkle on salads and other favorite foods.

2005
Groundbreaking occured on a new 1 million sq. ft. corporate headquarters and manufacturing and distribution center in Elgin, Illinois.

2006
JBSS’s Fisher brand launched its new Fisher Fusions® and Snack Naturals line.

2007
Corporate headquarters and facility consolidation were completed, and the facility grand opening occurred in September.

2008
JBSS’s Fisher brand launched a new Culinary Touch® Salad Topping line.

2009
JBSS’s Fisher brand introduced over 20 new products to its portfolio including an exclusive line of cooking and baking nuts under its Fisher Culinary Touch Cooking and Baking Add-Ins and Toppings Line.

2010
JBSS acquired Orchard Valley Harvest.

2013
Achieved $700MM in Sales. Set up sales office in China.