A Brief History of McCall Farms

Founded
1838

McCall Farms Founded

James McCall, great-grandfather to current owners Henry and Marion Swink, establishes a 2,000-acre farm in Effingham, SC. The primary crop grown is cotton.

Canning Operation Acquired
1914

Tobacco Grown

The boll weevil hits South Carolina and results in significant decreases in cotton production throughout the state. As a result, the farm changes from cotton to tobacco as its primary crop, under the direction of Henry Buck McCall, son of James McCall.

Tobacco
1954

Canning Operation Acquired

James Woodrow Swink, son-in-law of Henry Buck McCall, diversifies into vegetables, after warning labels begin appearing on cigarettes. He acquires a canning facility under the Lord Chesterfield brand and begins canning 10 weeks of the year. Lord Chesterfield remains in distribution today as the second oldest continuous running label in the South.

Canning Operation Grows
1975

Vegetable Canning Production Grows

Canning production increases to 6 months per year to keep up with ever-growing sales demand.

Greer Brand
1980

Boiled Peanuts Introduced

McCall Farms begins canning boiled peanuts under the label Cedar Creek, a brand purchased from the Harrell Brothers.

Canning Operation Grows
1985

Margaret Holmes Acquired

David Holmes sells his canning operation in Georgia along with the brand, Margaret Holmes (named after his mother), to McCall Farms. McCall Farms moves the operation to Effingham and begins canning a wide variety of Southern-style vegetables under the Margaret Holmes label.

Tobacco
1994

Canning Fruit Line Established

McCall Farms acquires the Greer brand, adding peaches and apple sauce to the Margaret Holmes product line. Greer peaches remain in production today.

Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts
2002

Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts Acquired

McCall Farms acquires the Peanut Patch Boiled Peanut brand from Roddenberry and begins canning products year-round.

Plant Expansion
2004

Plant Expansion

The McCall Farms facility undergoes significant expansion with the installation of additional canning lines, a freezer facility, new warehouses and a new office building.

Glory Foods
2010

Glory Foods Acquired

After co-packing Glory Foods on and off for over 20 years, McCall Farms acquires the Ohio-based company and carries on its commitment to “Southern Cooking with a Soulful Heritage”.

Bruce's Yams
2013

Bruce's Yams Acquired

Bruce Foods sells the Bruce’s® Yams brand, along with its sweet potato canning operations in New Iberia, LA and Wilson, NC, to McCall Farms.

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Just as we started in 1838, we are a family business located right here on our farm in Effingham, South Carolina. Many of the vegetables we prepare are grown locally and delivered to us fresh. We are committed to our customers and to making products that taste good, and that are good for you. We welcome any and all comments and we invite you to contact us.

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