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The Story Behind the Clusters

What started as a small-town farmer's vision turned into an international culinary success.

1986

BIG IN JAPAN

Mojave Gold’s owner and wholesaler, Don Kizirian, begins making a name for himself overseas, as he farms in the San Joaquin Valley and exports an ordinary variety of loose raisins to Japan.

1995

RAISINS ON THE VINE

After buying four new ranches in the Coachella Valley, Mojave Gold finds its footing as Kizirian perfects techniques needed to grow, trim, and handle cluster raisins.

2010

NEW DIGGS

Construction begins on a brand new plant in Thermal, CA. A 16,000-square-foot packing house and two 6,000-square-foot long-term storage buildings are developed for the unique harvesting process and handling care the clusters require.

TODAY

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

Mojave Gold Cluster raisins are no longer the best-kept secret of the Far East. Their popularity has spread nation-wide, showing up in many specialty food stores, wine and cheese bars, and even the Food Network. The future for these one-of-a-kind raisins on the stem is truly endless.

1992

WARMER CLIMATES

Farming begins in Cadiz, CA, an unincorporated community in the heart of the Mojave Desert. The extreme climates and limited irrigation from underground ancient glacial water proved to be the perfect combination for raising red flame seedless grapes.

1996-2009

INCREASE IN DEMAND

With farming underway and the Asia market booming, the interest in the US market is on the rise. Kizirian sees an opportunity and need to develop a more efficient method of growing and harvesting his crops.

2012

FULL SPEED AHEAD

The new plant opens on July 31st in Riverside county. Mojave Gold is recognized for helping develop the area as one the nation’s top 23 exporting regions, employing more than 40 residents, and increasing property tax revenues.