You can’t have a conversation about Pictsweet without talking about family. Family-owned, family-run for four generations, the company was built on commitment, forged from the kind of loyalty that comes from the heart. And this labor of love all began way back in 1945 with one very smart, hardworking man, J.O. “Tank” Tankersley.
A tough man, coming up in tough times, Tank earned an engineering degree from the University of Tennessee during the Great Depression. As an engineer with the Tennessee Valley Authority, Tank saw an opportunity to put to good use the excess power being generated by TVA’s brand-new hydroelectric dams—power that significantly reduced the cost of operating “quick freeze” commercial freezers. For someone with Tank’s vision, it wasn’t long before he looked around at the abundant crops of vegetables growing in the rich soil of rural West Tennessee and made the connection. Innovation took hold as Tank grabbed the reigns of what was to become an expanding frozen vegetable industry.
And so a family legacy was born—one that has lasted for over four generations. It’s a legacy that evolved out of hard work, perseverance and dedication to growing the best vegetables, picking them at just the right time and using the best practices to get them to people at their peak of flavor. This family tradition of hard work and commitment continues, and it has made Pictsweet one of the best growers and distributors of frozen vegetables in the United States. Since 1945, we’ve been serving your family the same vegetables we serve ours. Tank would be proud.