Founded in 1908, Gray & Company began as a wagon distributor of bakery ingredients on the unpaved streets of Portland, Oregon. Over the years, the Company moved into fruit processing and today is the world's largest maraschino cherry manufacturer. We are the largest supplier of maraschino cherries to the U.S. grocery trade, and are a leading supplier of glacé (candied) fruit and cherries for ice cream and confection applications. From our manufacturing bases in Oregon and Michigan, we supply markets around the globe including North, Central and South America, Middle East, Europe, Australian and Asia markets.
In 1981, Gray & Company was acquired by an ownership group led by James G. Reynolds.
In 1992, Gray & Company acquired the Queen Anne brand of cordial cherries from Hershey. Over the next fourteen years, Gray & Company increased Queen Anne sales by more than 400% and achieved greater than 70% U.S. market share. In January of 2006, Gray & Company sold Queen Anne to World's Finest Chocolate, returning the brand to its roots as a Chicago confection.
In 2015, Gray & Company was acquired by Seneca Foods, North America's leading provider of packaged fruits and vegetables. For more information, please read the press release on the Seneca Foods website.
Manufacturing is led out of the Hart, Michigan plant. Gray & Company is one of the largest employers in Oceana County, Michigan, and the largest buyer of sweet cherries in Michigan.