The California pistachio industry harvested its first commercial crop in 1976. That year, only 1.5 million pounds were produced from 4,350 acres. Almost 30 years later, California has plantings in excess of 150,000 acres with production yielding more than 400 million pounds. The State is the second largest producer of pistachios in the world.
Since its inception the California pistachio industry has been recognized as a leader in food safety
with their proactive quality control programs and strict adherence to quality standards in both production and processing. As a result of this reputation for quality, California pistachios are the
finest in the world, with approximately half of all shipments exported worldwide.
This is the site of the former California Pistachio Commission (CPC), a state-authorized agency enacted by the California State Legislature in 1981 to represent all California pistachio growers in advancing the development of the industry. In 2007, the program was terminated by a referendum
vote of the growers.