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.

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

The first Sanfilippo facility was built in Chicago.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Fisher introduced Fisher Nature’s Nut Mix and Fisher Family Cans.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

JBSS acquired Orchard Valley Harvest.

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