Tree Top was founded by Bill Charbonneau, who purchased an apple processing plant in Selah, Washington, after moving from southern California with his family. In the 1950s, Charbonneau developed a brand of apple juice. A contest held among his employees led to choosing the name "Tree Top" due to the perception that the highest quality fruit grows at the tops of trees. A handful of orchardists purchased Tree Top from Bill Charbonneau in 1960 and with the purchase, the growers bought the right to the first clear apple juice process developed and its facilities. In 2008, the cooperative had nearly 1,000 grower/owners in Washington, Oregon and Idaho and along with its subsidiary, Sabroso Company, produce a wide array of fruit-based products and ingredients, including Tree Top apple juice, apple sauce, and fresh sliced apples.