Sun World International adds breeding to sunshine to produce its crops. The company develops, grows, and markets more than 75 varieties of fruits and vegetables, including table grapes, citrus, red and yellow sweet peppers, seedless watermelon, and stone fruit. While its farming and packing operations are located in California, the company also obtains produce from partners in Mexico, South America, Europe, and South Africa. Its specialty products include Sun World seedless watermelons, Midnight Beauty and Scarlotta seedless grapes, Amber Crest peaches, and Honeycot apricots. Sun World is owned by Greenwich, Connecticut-located Black Diamond Capital Management.
The company has more than 15,000 acres of farmland located in Arvin, Bakersfield, Blythe, Coachella, and Oxnard, California. Internationally, it maintains offices in Aukstralia, Chile, Italy, Mexico, and South Africa. It has annual sales of more than $150 million.
Sun World was founded in 1976. Though it operates one of the world's largest andmost successful fruit-breeding programs, the firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2003. Former owner, agriculture and water development firm Cadiz, bought the company in 1976 but sold it to Sun World's creditors (mainly institutional bond holders) in 2004. Black Diamond Capital Management acquired Sun World's assets for about $128 million in 2005.