Cherry Central in Traverse City, Michigan
Fertile ground for an Industry Leader
Cherry Central is rooted in the fruit-growing traditions of Traverse City, Michigan, the celebrated Cherry Capital of the World, where we make our home. Hugged by Lake Michigan to the west and Grand Traverse Bay in the north, this unique region of the state offers ideal climate and topography for bountiful harvests of all kinds, especially the spectacular fruit we proudly bear in our name.
Founded in 1973, when five independent cherry growers came together to market and sell their tarts and sweets, Cherry Central Cooperative soon expanded operations. Fruit-growing sources and processing capabilities grew to include apples, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and other sweet crops. Consumer demand for additional products gave rise to the inclusion of pomegranates arils and asparagus. As the food culture evolves, so do we. Our product line is continually adapting to meet clients’ needs.
Always breaking new ground
Today, Cherry Central member cooperatives represent hundreds of dedicated farmers and numerous preferred processors in renowned fruit-growing regions in the United States, Canada and around the globe.
We transform the world’s best fruit and asparagus into a vast array of outstanding products for the retail trade as well as for wholesale markets, including ingredients, foodservice, private label and co-pack opportunities.
We leverage our operation with ownership of two Michigan companies: Kalamazoo-based Dunkley International, a machinery manufacturer that specializes in innovative fruit processing equipment, and Oceana Foods of Shelby, a fruit drying facility.To hear more about Cherry Central’s legacy of premium fruit products and exceptional service, Contact Us.
News & Events
May 10, 2013
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ramesh Avula, director of research and development at Cherry Central, has earned the credential of Certified Food Scientist (CFS) as presented by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).... More
September 1, 2012
In an article that appeared in the September 2012 Traverse City Business News, Cherry Central announces that it has a new president... More
June 25, 2012
IBM has named Cherry Central its “Engine of the Week.” More
April 26, 2012
Cherry Central has been named one of 40 leading businesses for the “Good Company Project.” More
February 6, 2012
We are pleased to announce that Norfolk Cherry Company Limited will be joining Cherry Central as a member effective 5/01/2012. More
October 18, 2011
Cherry Central, in cooperation with its business partners N2N Global and IBM, has incorporated an analytics system... More
June 17, 2011
Cherry Central appoints a new Director of Research and Development. Dr. Ramesh Avula has joined the company to lead efforts in the design of new products... More
June 16, 2011
Cherry Central has been named the Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year. With strong sales growth and an ever increasing portfolio of products... More
March 14, 2011
In another fresh innovation from Indian Summer, we now offer applesauce in PET plastic jars. More