tree fruit growers from Northern California formed
the California Growers and Shippers Protective
League, which was created to primarily negotiate
rates with the railroads. In 1936, the California
Grape Growers and Shippers Association was created.
Together those organizations evolved into The
California Grape & Tree Fruit League (CGTFL). From
that early time, the League has witnessed a great
amount of growth, support, and loyalty. The League
continues this today by representing its members in
all aspects of public policy.
CGTFL is a voluntary, nonprofit agricultural trade
association actively representing California-grown
fresh grapes, berries and deciduous tree fruits.
Given the tough economic challenges and the hostile
political environment in California, we must
continue to work together with our members to fight
for the future of the industry and educate
decision-makers in all levels of government of the
absolute importance of a domestic food supply. This
dedication has allowed the League to become the
primary public policy representative for the table
grape and tree fruit communities in California.
Membership of the League represents approximately
85% of the volume of fresh grapes and deciduous tree
fruit shipped from California and is comprised of
growers, shippers, and marketers. In addition, the
League’s membership includes associates which are
companies indirectly involved with these
commodities. League-represented produce include:
apricots, apples, blueberries, cherries, figs,
kiwifruits, nectarines, peaches, pears, persimmons,
plums, and fresh grapes.