From the very beginning, Minntex has been a family enterprise. The story begins in the winter of 1978 when the parents of our three founding brothers began spending their winter months in the south Texas Rio Grand Valley. Never one to sit still, Maynard was intrigued by citrus groves that were for sale. He soon purchased one, and then another. Before long, his holdings amounted to several hundred acres.
In search of a better market for their fruit, Minntex Citrus was born in January of 1981. Brothers Woody, Bud and Chuck, began calling on groups and organizations in the southern Minnesota area to sell Texas grapefruit and oranges for fundraising projects—hence the name Minn-Tex. The initial response was very encouraging, and the business was on its way. After the brothers lost their father unexpectedly in 1983, the family sold most of the Texas groves, but Minntex continued to provide fundraising organizations with high quality citrus directly from the packing houses.
In addition to the original Texas citrus, Minntex pioneered a large assortment of pre-mixed fruit boxes in the early 1980s that included California navel oranges, several varieties of apples, and pears. Cheese and sausage selections were added in the mid-80s to complement the fruit selections. Over the years, the product line has continued to evolve to keep up with changing consumer tastes and trends.
In the summer of 2018, Minntex began work on an online platform that would forever change the way fundraising was done. When the Covid-19 pandemic clouded landscape for schools and other youth organizations, myfruisale.com was ready. Organizations now had the freedom to manage their entire fundraiser in a centralized location that everyone could access from their device.
Today, Minntex continues to be a family-owned company. Our team is passionate about creating opportunity through fundraising and we continue to invest in making our customers’ fundraising experiences better. We take pride in our program that delivers healthy, quality products at reasonable prices with excellent service—a unique and special combination that sets us apart.
In the future, we look forward to expanding our offerings in a way that gives more organizations the opportunity to raise the funds they need, while serving their communities with products they can be proud of.
Our approach is noticeably different from most of what you’ll find in the world of fundraising. Our mission is to provide our customers with a strategic combination of three things - Quality, Value, and Service. Here’s what we mean by that…
Curious about what it's like to run your fundraiser with myfruitsale.com?
Meet the myfruitsale.com team
Send us a message or give us a call. We'd love to chat about your fundraising needs!
Three times a year, members of our local community fill our warehouse as valued employees to inspect and pack fruit to make unpacking and final distribution as easy as possible for our customers. We could never deliver on our promise without these amazing members of our team!