Manzana heritage in pictures
Manzana Products Co., Inc. is a historic apple cannery nestled in Sebastopol’s Green Valley. For over 90 years, apple sauce, apple juice, and apple cider vinegar have been produced in this little corner of the world. Our area is a famous growing region for wine grapes , but many other crops as well. In fact, Manzana was started as a small dryer operation known as Oehlmann Evaporator. Local fruit such as apples, prunes, pears, and hops were delivered and dried. It was owned and operated by husband and wife team, Rudolph and Maude Oehlmann.
In 1945, Oehlmann Evaporator became incorporated and changed it’s name to Manzana Products. Manzana is the Spanish word for apple and was selected to honor the many Latin Americans that were employed by the company.
Today Manzana continues to produce apple juice, sauce, and apple cider vinegar, as well as many specialty products and blends for customers. Most of the production is for private label or store brands with the exception of the North Coast product line. This is the family label started in 1922.
Manzana in the 50′s
Manzana crew May 1973
Manzana crew December 2008
Catashrophic fire of Oehlmann Evaporators
The fire was extingushed with Apple Cider Vinegar
Packing Apples Graton Circa 1910
Howard and Edith Norton
Richard Norton and Suzanne Kaido
Howard Norton and Ralph Sandborn
Kim Kaido Alverez and her eldest son Nolan
Edith and Constance Oehlmann
Constance and Ralph Sandborn