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The Autenrieth Company, known around the world as AutCo, is a multi-generational family owned and operated business. We have been successfully exporting fresh fruits and produce worldwide since 1976. We pride ourselves on our global reputation for our honesty, integrity and transparency, based on a strict work ethic and open communications. Our goal is to successfully engage in business that operates under these principles and to establish long-term relationships.


In April 1976 The Autenrieth Co. officially became a California Corporation and first began exporting fresh fruit. It was started in a home office by Robert’s late father, Bob Autenrieth, who had recently left his employment at Sunkist Growers of 28 years. Bob at the time was a seasoned and well respected member of the International produce industry. Bob was hired by Sunkist in 1948, began his career part time in the mailroom and worked his way up to become the first Vice President of Marketing in 1974. AutCo is currently owned and operated by Robert H. Autenrieth II. Robert’s introduction into the Produce Industry came in 1974. On the recommendation of a family friend, he was hired by Castle and Cooke (Dole) as an in-store Merchandiser in the San Francisco Bay area. Then, in 1976, moved into Fresh Fruit Sales in the Seattle District office. Robert came to The Autenrieth Co. in January 1977, as its first General Manager, and in 1984 became its owner and President. Robert’s “love of the Industry and his life long relationships” has made it easy to have devoted his entire professional career to successfully exporting fruits and vegetables. Today, the Autenrieth Co’s daily operations are managed by Christopher Mitchell as its General Manager.


Christopher Mitchell joined the Autenrieth Co. in 2014. He has an extensive sales, new business development and management background, successfully working for start-ups to large corporations across diverse industries. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Studies. He has embraced the opportunity to work in the produce industry and help promote health and wellness throughout the world. As a passionate Foodie, he brings a fresh perspective on promoting health and wellness through the global consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. He has dedicated himself to the future success of the Autenrieth Co.

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