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Entries Tagged as 'Grocery'

Classic Brands: Ritz Cheese Cloth, Since 1892 

November 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN – The Ritz cloth brand was originally founded in 1892 by the John Ritzenthaler Company. This lower Manhattan (aren’t so many great brands founded there?), was started by John Ritzenthaler, a German immigrant, who gave the products the name Ritz Cloths. In 1970, Howard Steidle bought the company, and through the years other products […]

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Hilco Auctions A&P Brand Portfolio

October 24th, 2015 · 5 Comments

MONTVALE, N.J. – A&P, one of the greatest brand names in the history of the United States, is up for auction, along with all the assets of the annoyingly mismanaged and bankrupt Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. Joan Verdon of The Bergen Record reports on the upcoming sale, where I talk about the company. […]

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Bremner Wafers Still Around, and Still Green

October 8th, 2015 · No Comments

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DENVER – One of the great cracker brands, still independent, is Bremner. They are classic cocktail party crackers, and none better. Of course, Mr. Bremner said that himself in 1890. “We acknowledge no superior in the quality of our goods and fear no competitors on that score.” – D.F. Bremner Baking Company January 17, 1890 […]

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ConAgra Needs a Fix of Its Classic Brands

October 7th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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OMAHA – ConAgra has consolidated itself into a purveyor of dozens of some of the best-known brands in the United States, including Hunt’s, Swiss Miss, Peter Pan, Blue Bonnet, La Choy, Mueller’s, Jiffy Pop and Banquet. However, if you look at its stock price over the last 20 years, it was only this year that […]

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Bringing Back Former ConAgra Brand Morton Frozen Foods

September 7th, 2015 · No Comments

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – It has been nearly a generation since Morton Frozen Foods products graced the shelves of grocery store freezers.  The venerable brand was phased out in the late 1990s by its current owner ConAgra after a storied 60-plus year history. This was done reportedly as part of a corporate streamlining effort to increase […]

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Hydrox Cookies Go Back Into Production

September 5th, 2015 · No Comments

NEWPORT BEACH – Ellia Kassoff, the man behind number of successful brand revivals, is bringing back Hydrox Cookies. The cookies began production again this week. Hydrox was often perceived as the “other” brand of stuffed cookie, Nabisco’s Oreo being more famous most of the 20th century. Hydrox was made by Sunshine Bakery, purchased by Kellogg’s, […]

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How America’s Tastiest Pot Pies Disappeared: A History of Morton Frozen Foods

August 10th, 2015 · 11 Comments

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – An entire generation of Americans recognize the venerable Morton Frozen Foods brand, remembering fondly its many products ranging from pot pies to honey buns. Despite humble origins in an abandoned Louisville church basement, Morton grew to become one of the nation’s premier manufacturers of frozen foods in the mid-20th century. Although Morton […]

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Sweet Slimjims: Remembering Pillsbury Space Food Sticks

April 23rd, 2015 · 5 Comments

Pillsbury has made many a product since 1872. Perhaps one of the most forgettable was Space Food Sticks, a sort of chewy-chocolate Slim Jim vitamin. The Space Food Stick, we presume, never really actually made it into space. In fact, if you were going to serve “space men” something chocolate, perhaps a chocolate bar would […]

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Gravy Master, Classic Kitchen Staple Since 1930s

September 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment

CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. – Classic kitchen staples that have not changed over the years are getting rarer and rarer. One of those mostly unchanged brands is Gravy Master, made by Richardson Brands. Richardson makes other classic niche brands, including Beechies, Dryden & Palmer Rock Candy and Richardson Mints, those tiny mint-candy covered chocolates that restaurants give […]

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Eight O’ Clock Fails With Redesign, Again

October 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments

MONTVALE, N.J. – Eight O’ Clock, the nation’s greatest coffee brand, has modified its logo with a second redesign that appeared in coupon mailers this week. The design is an update of a failed 2010 design, an improvement but not that much. The packaging debuted in August. In a press release, the company said: “We […]

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