The J.M. Smucker Company

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The J.M. Smucker Company
TypePublic company (NYSESJM)
S&P 500 Component
Founded1897
HeadquartersOrrville, Ohio, United States
Key peopleJerome Monroe Smucker, Founder
ProductsFruit spreads, ice cream toppings, coffee, health and natural foods, beverages, shortening, natural peanut butter.
Websitewww.smuckers.com
 
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The J.M. Smucker Company
TypePublic company (NYSESJM)
S&P 500 Component
Founded1897
HeadquartersOrrville, Ohio, United States
Key peopleJerome Monroe Smucker, Founder
ProductsFruit spreads, ice cream toppings, coffee, health and natural foods, beverages, shortening, natural peanut butter.
Websitewww.smuckers.com

The J. M. Smucker Company is an American manufacturer of fruit spreads, ice cream toppings, beverages, shortening, natural peanut butter, and other products in North America. Smucker's headquarters are located in Orrville, Ohio.[1]

History[edit]

Smucker's was founded in 1897 by Jerome Monroe Smucker who sold his first product, apple butter, from the back of a horse-drawn wagon.[2] The company was incorporated in 1921.[3]

The J. M. Smucker Company is a marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk and health and natural foods and beverages. J.M. Smucker company brands include Smucker's, Santa Cruz Organic, Jif, Laura Scudder's, Crisco, Pillsbury, Eagle Brand, R.W. Knudsen Family, Hungry Jack, White Lily, and Martha White in the United States, along with Bick's, Five Roses, Robin Hood, and Shirriff in Canada.

The J. M. Smucker Company has been headquartered in Orrville, Ohio, since its founding, and has been family run for four generations. Since 1998, the company has appeared on FORTUNE Magazine's annual listing of the "100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States", ranking number one in 2004.[4]

In May 2008, Smucker's announced that it had bought the food division of Knott's Berry Farm from ConAgra Foods, but not the theme park, which Cedar Fair owns. On June 4, 2008, Smucker's announced that it would purchase the Folgers coffee brand division from Procter & Gamble for $3.3 billion.[5][6] Completion of the sale was announced on November 6, 2008.[7]

Throughout 2012, Smucker's contributed $485,000 to a $46 million political campaign known as "The Coalition Against The Costly Food Labeling Proposition, sponsored by Farmers and Food Producers".[8][9][10] This organization was set up to oppose a citizen's initiative, known as Proposition 37, demanding mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Approximately 70% of the funding for the initiative was provided by a PAC and by companies with financial interests in the organic foods industry, with most of the remainder coming from a handful of wealthy individuals.[11] Following rejection of the proposition in the November 2012 referendum, organizers called for a boycott of companies funding the campaign to defeat the referendum.[12]

Past and present slogans[edit]

Johnny Carson, former host of The Tonight Show, once introduced his sponsor on air as "With a name like Smucker's, it had better be good!"

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Company acquisitions[edit]

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