100 years in business.
Still progressive in our approach.
Founded in 1912, Bell-Carter Foods is the largest table olive producer in the U.S. and the second largest in the world. We produce and sell well over half of all California olives in the nation, providing full-time employment to more than 500 people. For 100 years, our focus has been on providing innovative, best-in-class olive products, along with the industry's absolute best service. Our resulting leadership position has made us the ideal partner for retailers and foodservice organizations alike.
Did you know?
- We process 60,000 tons of olives each year.
- Founded in Reedley, CA in 1912, we've been in business almost a century.
- We are owned and operated by the fourth generation of our founding families.
- Our co-founder Arthur Bell invented the "pitter-chopper," which is now used across the olive industry.
- We recycle nearly every bit of plastic wrap and paper in our operations and reuse or recycle our olive bins, barrels, and pallets.
As the leader in the olive category – in service, quality, category knowledge, and product development – we are passionate about creating perfect olives. Since the founding of our company, we have prided ourselves on our ability to listen to our consumers and consistently provide the products they love – olives that have the ideal flavor, texture, and color – which keep them coming back for more.
The olive category is a perfect opportunity for significant, consumer-driven growth. Why? Because Olive Lovers are crazy about olives. They have very strong ideas about new products, and about eating olives more often.
That's why Bell-Carter Foods is investing in growing the category through new products, services, distribution, and consumer communication. Under the Lindsay brand, Bell-Carter Foods has recently launched three new product lines – Lindsay Naturals, Lindsay Snackers, and Lindsay Re-closeables – which focus on specific and previously unaddressed consumer needs. Many additional initiatives are in the pipeline.
Not only that, we are forging new ground in the way we communicate with our consumers. Under the Lindsay brand, Bell-Carter Foods has developed contemporary and fun advertising, promotions, and packaging, intended to inspire consumers to make olives more relevant and top-of-mind.
Helping our customers succeed
From the earliest days of our company, Bell-Carter Foods has had an exceptionally strong commitment to serving our retail and foodservice customers and helping them succeed. That's because we understand that our own success is dependent on theirs; it's a model that is the very definition of "win-win," and is nothing less than one of our core values and guiding principles.
Bell-Carter continually strives to be more environmentally sustainable. Whether it's through recycling 90% of all waste products (including everything from olive pits to paper products and excess can materials), industry-leading investment in wastewater treatment, or converting our plant lighting to halogen to reduce energy consumption, Bell-Carter is committed to being a responsible member of our communities for generations to come.
Being a family company with deep roots in our communities, Bell-Carter has always been committed to giving back. Every year we donate, volunteer, and raise money to support organizations both local and global. Our olive wreath program is now in its 9th year, raising record funds for Meals on Wheels in 2009. Employees have gotten involved as well–planting community orchards, walking to fight Breast Cancer, serving in soup kitchens, and in more other ways than we can mention. In addition, Bell-Carter not only donates to community, education, and food-based charities, but also supports employee contributions to causes close to their hearts.
A family heritage
Bell-Carter Foods is currently owned and operated by the fourth generation of the families that founded our company. From brothers Arthur and Henry Bell in the early part of the 20th century to Arthur's stepson Daniel S. Carter after the depression, to the 1960s when Daniel's sons, Tim and Jud Carter –the third generation of the family – entered the business. Today as Tim T. Carter keeps the flame lit, Bell-Carter Foods remains the industry leader, selling and marketing domestic olives, imported olives, and olive-related specialty products under the Bell-Carter Foods, private label, and Lindsay brand names.
At Bell-Carter Foods, the same values that Arthur and Henry Bell established nearly a century ago still hold true today – our people are our culture.
Our consistently high standards have attracted a loyal and dedicated workforce that's always striving to create a better company, while having fun along the way. Our roots run deep and wide in the way we care about our employees, the community that supports us, our precious environment, and the olive trees that our growers harvest. And just like the olive tree, we believe in taking our time as we grow to ensure that we never lose sight of our values.
CA Transparency Act
Bell-Carter Foods, Inc.’s consistently high standards have attracted a loyal and dedicated workforce that's always striving to create a better company. Our roots run deep and wide in the way we care about our employees, the community that supports us, our precious environment and the olive trees that our growers harvest.
To that end, we strive to utilize a supply chain that reflects Bell-Carter’s values and respect for the environment and human rights, including issues such as human trafficking and slavery. We have initiated a verification process that will help us evaluate our product supply chains to address risks of human trafficking and slavery and compliance with our goals by conducting audits.
We request our direct suppliers certify that the materials they incorporate into our products comply with all laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business, and we provide our employees and management with direct responsibility for supply chain management training on human trafficking and slavery. Finally, employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking are asked to account for their actions.