Sun World International adds breeding to sunshine to produce its crops. Founded in 1976, 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 Renewable Resources Group, Inc.
Based in California, Sun World operates one of the world's largest and most successful fruit-breeding programs. It has more than 10,000 acres of farmland and 950 domestic and international licensed partner growers. Its farmland is located in Arvin, Bakersfield, Blythe, Coachella, and Oxnard, California. Internationally, it maintains offices in Australia, Chile, Italy, Mexico, and South Africa.
In 2013 Sun World announced a new strategic push that involved adding three new company departments to support its plans to expand its staff expertise and production capabilities. To this end, the company added new departments: logistics and transportation, innovation and special projects, and corporate responsibility. Additionally, it is planting its new proprietary grape varieties in the Coachella Valley and San Joaquin Valley.
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.
Since August 2013, Sun World has been owned by Renewable Resources Group, Inc., a California-based asset management firm that specializes in agriculture and other sustainable resources.