Uniting the industry towards a common goal

Who We Are

DFA of California, founded in 1908, is a non-profit trade association supporting dried fruit, tree nut and an array of agricultural products through commodity inspection, the Red Seal Program, and the Export Trading Company.

As the DFA grew, the needs of our members’ evolved, to the point where two new companies were formed– Safe Food Alliance and Safe Food Certifications, both offering expanded technical services to food handlers and food manufacturers. What was the goal…to protect their companies, their equity, and keeping the food supply safe. 


Our Mission

DFA’s mission is to serve our members and strengthen our communities with food safety and quality solutions. 

Our Heritage

The DFA was formed to be a voice for dried fruits and tree nuts. With our century of history, we’ve continuously worked with governments to update import and export standards by helping commodity boards maintain US quality and market dominance.

Our involvement in protecting US handlers from unjust export standards has helped maintain millions and millions of dollars in export sales that could have been lost without the DFA’s persistence. 

Our Members

Membership is the heart of DFA. We were created by members to advocate for them and ensure each has a seat at the table. Facilitated by member dues, we provide a robust collection of benefits and value-added services

The DFA Scholarship Foundation

Every year, DFA of California rewards deserving students with scholarships for their undergraduate studies. We created the scholarship foundation to help students interested in food safety and quality degrees become the next generation of professionals our industry needs. If you know someone who would be a good fit, we highly recommend they apply.

Our Team

We have a team of dedicated commodity inspection experts who work hard to help our members create the best product possible.