Coca-Cola-owned juice company Odwalla closed its headquarters in Half Moon Bay last month, but residents say they lost the company long ago.

  • 1980: Musicians Greg Steltenpohl, Gerry Percy and Bonnie Bassett start small juice company in Santa Cruz County. They name it after a favorite musical piece that describes "Odwalla," a leader who guides "the people of the sun" out of the "gray haze."

  • 1993: Makes initial public offering worth about $3.9 million.

  • 1993: Opens $3 million production facility in the Tulare County city of Dinuba.

  • 1994: Starts selling juice outside California.

  • 1995: Moves headquarters from Davenport to Half Moon Bay.

  • 1995: Buys Denver-based Just Squeezed Juices, the largest fresh juice company in Colorado, for approximately $1.6 million.

  • 1996: Makes a batch of apple juice using blemished fruit and sells 16 shipments contaminated with E. coli. The outbreak results in one death and at least 66 sickened customers. The recall and legal costs related to the incident were estimated at $6.5 million in 1997.

  • 1998: In what federal officials say is the largest criminal fine for a food injury case to date, Odwalla agrees to pay $1.5 million and pleads guilty to charges of contaminated apple juice shipments.


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  • 2000: Merges with Maine-based Fresh Samantha in a $27 million deal.

  • 2001: Acquired by Coca-Cola for $181 million, or $15.25 per share.

  • 2012: Recalls Chocolate Protein Monster drink in the U.S. after severe allergic reactions were reported from people with peanut or tree nut allergies.

  • 2012: Lays off six workers in Half Moon Bay as part of consolidation.

  • May 2013: Closes Half Moon Bay office, moves headquarters to Dinuba and lays off about 30 employees.

    Source: Staff research