ASTORIA — The Bumble Bee/Columbia River Packers Association Cannery Workers’ 13th Annual Reunion is this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2 to 5 p.m. at Pier 39, Astoria — the old Hanthorn Cannery and CRPA Cold Storage Plant.
In honor of the reunion, here are some of the earliest examples of brands that were once used by the company. An alliance of several of the Columbia River estuary’s oldest salmon firms, CRPA initially continued to use dozens of different brand names that had attracted customer loyalty in markets across the country and abroad. Over the following decades, most of these brands were abandoned.
In some cases, companies that created these brands were long swallowed up by others by the time CRPA was founded in 1899. But CRPA’s component companies — Aberdeen Packing, Eureka & Epicure, J.O. Hanthorn’s Columbia River Canneries, M.J. Kinney’s Astoria Packing Co., J.W. and V. Cook’s plant at Clifton, and Samuel Elmore’s cannery in Astoria — were still actively using many others.
The company’s most famous brand, Bumble Bee, doesn’t appear to have been in use at the time CRPA was established.