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How many of you remember the slogan, “With a name like Smucker’s it has to be good”? Personally, I love Smucker’s and keep several jars of preserves in the refrigerator for our breakfasts. And, yes, I just love Jerome Monroe Smucker’s signature on each jar, providing the quality assurance of each dollop on our toast.

Smucker’s was founded in 1897by Jerome Monroe Smucker who sold his first product,apple butter, from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Today, 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.

In May 2008, Smucker’s announced that it had bought the food division of Knott’s Berry Farm from ConAgra Foods. On November 6, 2008, Smucker’s purchased the Folgers coffee brand division from Procter & Gamble for $3.3 billion.

In the early 19th century, John Chapman, or “Johnny Appleseed,” wandered the Ohio countryside, sowing apple seeds and securing a place in American history. It was from the fruit of Johnny Appleseed’s trees that Orrville, Ohio resident Jerome Monroe Smucker first pressed cider at a mill he opened in 1897. Later, he also prepared apple butter, which he sold from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Each crock bore a hand-signed seal as his personal guarantee of quality.

Before long, J. M. Smucker’s name became well known in its own right, as residents throughout the region - and eventually the nation - came to associate the Smucker’s name with wholesome, high-quality fruit products.

†Much like Johnny Appleseed’s trees, The J.M. Smucker Company has strong roots that have allowed it to grow and prosper over the last 100 years. Today, our products can be found in homes and restaurants throughout the world.

Travel through the decades along our timeline to see how Smucker’s has become the market leader of fruit spreads, ice cream toppings, health and natural foods, beverages, and natural peanut butter in North America.

The J.M. Smucker Company receives 23rd ranking on Fortune’s list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work For” putting Smucker into Fortune’s top 25 winners for the fourth year in a row.

From the time when J.M. Smucker signed each and every crock of product he sold until today, the Smucker name has been a part of our packaging. It is a guarantee of quality that spans four generations of Smuckers. http://www.smuckers.com/family_company/history/time_line.aspx