1780: The mill made the famous BAKER’S chocolate.
1880: The Empire Cheese Company of New York began producing PHILADELPHIA BRAND Cream Cheese for a New York distributor called Reynolds.
1882: Isaac and Joseph Breakstone (Breakstone Bros) opened a small dairy store on New York City’s Lower East Side.
1883: The now famous Oscar F. Mayer and his brothers Gottfried and Max started a meat market in Chicago.
1889: Food salesman, William M. Wright created a new baking powder called CALUMET® which he made at night and sold during the day.
1892: A coffee blend was developed by Joel Cheek for the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, called MAXWELL HOUSE coffee.
1946: MAXWELL HOUSE instant coffee was introduced to the American public after it was used by the armed forces in World War II.
1895: In Battle Creek, Michigan, C.W. Post made the first POSTUM®, a cereal beverage. Post created GRAPE-NUTS® cereal in 1897, and POST TOASTIES® corn flakes in 1908.
1897: Pearl Wait adapted an 1845 patent for a gelatin dessert. May Davis Wait named the new product JELL-O brand gelatin. In 1899, Orator Francis Woodward bought the trademark rights to JELL-O® for $450. Woodward launched the advertising campaign for “America’s most favorite Dessert” in 1902.
1903: J.L. Kraft started a wholesale cheese business in Chicago.
1905: YUBAN coffee blend was created by John Arbuckle.
1906: Oscar Mayer is one of the first meatpackers to obtain the Federal Meat Inspection stamp of approval.
1907: Legend claims that when President Theodore Roosevelt was served a cup of MAXWELL HOUSE coffee and he proclaimed that it was “GOOD TO THE LAST DROP.”
1914: J.L. Kraft & Bros. Co. opened their first cheese factory in Stockton, Illinois, within a year they begin producing process cheese in tins. The U.S. government provided cheese in tins for the armed forces during World War I.
1921: Louis Rich bought a truck and started his business in Rock Island, Illinois.
1927: Edwin Perkins created a powered fruit drink called KOOL-ADE, later called KOOL-AID. Perkins created KOOL-AID from his first product the popular soft drink syrup called Fruit Smack.
1927: The same year the Postum Company marketed SANKA decaffeinated coffee (first sold in the U.S. in 1923).
1928: Kraft introduced VELVEETA process cheese.
1933: Kraft introduced MIRACLE WHIP salad dressing at Chicago’s Century of ProgressWorld’s Fair.
1936: “Little Oscar and the WIENERMOBILE” started the advertising campaign for Oscar Mayer & Co.
1937: KRAFT Macaroni and Cheese Dinner was introduced with the advertising slogan of “Make a meal for 4 in 9 minutes.”
1949: MINUTE Rice was nationally distributed.
1950: KRAFT Deluxe process cheese slices, the first commercially packaged sliced process cheese was introduced.
1952: CHEEZ WHIZ pasteurized process cheese spread was introduced.
1954: Kraft introduced CRACKER BARREL brand natural cheese.
1957: The General Foods Corporation introduced TANG, breakfast beverage crystals.
1963: The now famous wiener jingle first appeared in Oscar Mayer commercials.
I965: The company introduced SHAKE ‘N BAKE coating mix in two versions, chicken and fish.
1966: COOL WHIP nondairy whipped topping was introduced.
1972: STOVE TOP stuffing mix was introduced.
1973: GENERAL FOODS INTERNATIONAL COFFEES flavored coffees were introduced.
1981:General Foods Corp. bought Oscar Mayer & Co.
1983: Kraft introduced LIGHT N’ LIVELY lowfat yogurt, the first US yogurt in a six-pack.
1985: General Foods Corporation is bought by Philip Morris Companies Inc.
1986: Kraft purchased Tombstone Pizza Corporation of Medford, Wisconsin (est.1962).
1988: Kraft, Inc. was bought by Philip Morris Companies Inc. Oscar Mayer introduced LUNCHABLES.
1989: Philip Morris Companies combined Kraft, Inc. and General Foods Corporation to form Kraft General Foods, the largest food company in the U.S.
1989: DI GIORNO brand refrigerated pastas and sauces were introduced.
1993: Kraft General Foods acquired NABISCO ready-to-eat cold cereals from RJR Nabisco.
1995: Kraft General Foods was renamed Kraft Foods, Inc. DI GIORNO RISING CRUST pizza was introduced.[
1996: BREAKSTONE’S snack-size cottage cheese, the first four pack of 4 ounce cups.
1997: POST Cranberry Almond Crunch and POST Honey Nut Shredded Wheat cereal was introduced.
1997: Sparkling White Grape flavored JELL-O gelatin was introduced in celebration of the brand’s 100th anniversary.
1998: STOVE TOP OVEN CLASSICS were introduced. The same year KRAFT introduced EASY MAC macaroni and cheese dinner, a microwavable, single-serve product.