• History of SunRype

    distinctly kelowna wine tours sunrype appleSunRype is a Kelowna institution, having been in production for almost 70 years. Their fruit juice and fruit snacks are made from Okanagan grown fruit.

    In 1946, the BC Fruit Growers Association, who had already been in the apple business for over 50 years, created BC Fruit Processing Ltd. to produce and sell a pure 100% apple juice, made with apples straight from the orchard. The organization was founded as a profitable alternative to use their process-grade apples in production rather than throwing them out. They named their new juice “SunRype”. The BC Fruit Processing Ltd company was incorporated in 1946, and in 1959, changed its name to Sun-Rype Products Ltd. In the initial years a variety of other products were also manufactured, including apple sauce, dehydrated apples and pie filling.

    In 1963, SunRype joined the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association to distribute juice cartons on Vancouver milk routes. In 1979, it became the first juice manufacturing company in Canada to provide tetra packaging for its 250 ml and 1 L juice packs. Sun-Rype is the largest single North American user of TetraBrik packaging which is more environmentally friendly than most other packaging methods. SunRype has since expanded their line of 100 percent juices to include a wide range of Okanagan fruit snacks. One of the most efficient, high-tech fruit processing operations in North America.

    Distinctly Kelowna Tours is proud to offer our wine tour guests fruit leather which comes from our local SunRype facility.


    Distinctly Kelowna Tours is one of Kelowna’s largest wine tour companies, offering winery tours, sightseeing tours, agri-tours, culinary tours and adventure tours throughout the Okanagan Valley to individuals and corporate groups.