Our Story

Our Obsession with Gold (Standards)

101 years of harvesting California olives, and more recently olive oil and almonds, has taught us a lot about where quality comes from. It comes from working hard alongside people we consider family, innovating the most efficient harvesting process in the industry, and a passion for producing the best tasting products in the world.

 

Our Guarantee: No
Boring Bites. EVER.

Our Gold Standard seal reflects our relentless obsession with quality, and can be found on every product we make.

This seal is our promise to remove “boring” from your food vocabulary. We want you to experience the best tasting, highest quality food every time you open a Lindsay can, jar, or bottle. If our expertise helps you make every bite more memorable, we’ve done our job.

Hearts of Gold

We love our Lindsay family. Here are just a few people who put their heart into everything they do.

  • Cody McCoy, Field Manager, 18 Years

    “Our groves have been farmed by many generations of families, including mine. Olives are truly our way of life, and we’re humbled to be able to bring you such a special fruit.”

  • Brad Gravitt, Processing Team Manager, 25 Years

    “We hand-pick, process and pack our olives with a total focus on the quality of our crop and surrounding environment. We reach our gold standard by keeping a keen eye on every step in the process.”

  • Andal Allison, Director of Retail Sales, 8 Years

    “It’s an honor to work for a company that cares about long-lasting relationships with our retail partners. I do everything I can to make sure each store is stocked with the right products and flavors all year round.”

  • Tim T. Carter, 4th Generation CEO

    “I feel incredible pride and an obsessive responsibility to make sure our quality remains the gold standard in our industry.”

From Our Family to Yours

Explore the Gold Standard

A Snapshot of 100+ Golden Years

For over a century we’ve been hand-harvesting our crops with a total focus on the health of our orchards, surrounding environment, and our people. The end goal has been the same since 1916: To bring you products that are the pinnacle of quality, and off-the-charts delicious.

1912

Brothers Arthur and Henry Bell purchase a small olive grove in Orange Cove, California.

1930s

The Bell's brand introduces the canned, chopped olive, which became widely used (think "islands" in Thousand Island salad dressing).

Arthur Bell co-develops the "pitter-chopper,” which remains an industry standard today.

1940s

The Company sees continued growth, and when Arthur's stepson Daniel S. Carter joins, Bell’s is renamed Bell-Carter Olive Company.

1950s—1960s

Sliced olives are introduced to the home, restaurant and pizza industry.

1970s—1980s

Tim and Jud Carter expand the physical operation and eventually move the company to the newly renovated Maywood Olive Company in Corning.

1990s

Bell-Carter purchases the Lindsay olive brand — the most widely recognized olive brand in the United States.

2000s

Tim T. Carter takes over as 4th generation CEO in 2012. (Yes, olive-obsession runs in the family.)

2017

Our product line expands to include extra virgin olive oil and almond butter. We’re working hard to bring you these delicious products as we speak…