History of Duckwall Fruit

Duckwall-HistoryDuckwall Fruit began in 1919, when the Duckwall brothers, John and William St. Clair, shipped apples from Hood River, Oregon to Indianapolis, Indiana. Returns were better than that of neighboring growers who asked to be included in the following year’s shipment.

Because of that initial success, the first office was established in Hood River in 1926. To increase the distribution and improve sales profits of fruit, John traveled to Europe in 1929 to establish export markets that have grown to about one third of the company’s total sales volume. In 1958, Duckwall Brothers moved all facilities to Odell, in the middle of the Hood River Valley, where they remain today.

In 1971, the company grew dramatically with the merger of Duckwall Fruit and Pooley Fruit Company, and the current corporate name, Duckwall Fruit, simplified the company’s identification.  Duckwall Fruit currently packages over 2 million cartons of pears that are grown by over 70 growers on 115 separate farms. In 2019, the company will celebrate its 100th birthday.

Our pears are marketed under three basic labels: Duckwall, Gosling, and Mt. Hood. Duckwall Fruit is currently the only packer in the industry certified to pack for Sysco Foods (the leading North America supplier for food service operators). We are proud of our heritage and we look forward, with our excellent staff of dedicated employees, to continue serving our growers and to provide quality pears around the world.