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Food Innovations

Updated on August 25, 2010

 We all love food right? We love to eat. Most of us even like to get in the kitchen and whip up something new and inventive. Some of us even like the ease and convenience of time savers. And you know what I'm talking about. Fast food, frozen entrees, canned soup, mac n cheese. The list goes on! But have you ever stopped to think about where this food actually originated from? How far back it dates? I never really did myself until I was reading an article in one of the many food magazines I subscribe to, and it got me to thinking and doing some research of my own.

So I did. I researched things like Campbell's soup, Mac n cheese, Betty Crocker etc. And I was pleasantly surprised on some of the things I uncovered. So I'm going to share some of the discoveries I've made with you :) Hope you enjoy these fun little tidbits I've discovered about some of our favorite foods!

Campbell's Soups

 Originally started in 1869, Campbell Preserve Company, based in Camden, New Jersey. Campbell's was founded by a fruit merchant named Joseph Campbell and an icebox manufacturer named Abraham Anderson.

Joseph Campbell bought out Anderson in 1877 and went on to develop things we use today. Such as ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, and other sauces.

But Campbell's Tomato Soup wasn't created until after Joseph Campbell's retirement. 3 years after to be exact. In 1897 Campbell's Soup introduced the cheap and condensed soup to the masses. Tomato, Chicken and Vegetable are among the 5 original flavors.

The soups were actually created by the nephew of the new president of Campbell's Soup. His name was John Dorrance.

Macaroni and Cheese

 Who doesn't love a big bowl of Macaroni and Cheese? If you don't raise your hand you are so lying to yourself! Shame on you! But did you know that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has only been around since 1937? Yea I was shocked to!

Sam Kraft introduced the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese to the world in 1937. It's original name was the Kraft Dinner. With more and more women working outside the home, World War II, the rationing of dairy and other products and a reliance of meatless entrees, this product captivated the market! The Kraft Dinner, as it was called, was considered a hearty meal for families of 4 or less. And promised moms a cook time of just 9 minutes.


TV Dinners

Of course we know what TV Dinners are! They have been around forever. Even I knew that. But I had to dig a little deeper when I discovered this article. Just to find out where and what made them come to life. And this is what I found.....

Sweeping the nation in 1954 was television sets and freezers. (Yes you read that correctly) So a sales representative from C.A. Swanson & Son's named Gerry Thomas came up with the idea of launching a frozen dinner that would capitalize on these two growing trends of the time. At that particular time Swanson & Sons had a surplus of Turkeys that were left over from Thanksgiving, so they decided to give it a go. They launched the product and ended up selling over 12 million "frozen dinners" in 1954.


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      Sabrae 7 years ago from Georgia

      @trish1048 you are very welcome for the tour of mostalgia! I actually had to go and eat some mac and cheese myself after writing this hub! LOL

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      trish1048 7 years ago

      TV dinners! I loved them, and still do! Swanson's is the best brand in my opinion. The brands that are available now I'm not impressed with. For me it will always be Swanson's. My favorite was their fried chicken meal. I especially like the fact that Walmart sells a limited selection of these frozen dinners for $1 each.

      Campbells? absolutely.

      For some reason, I don't seem to remember having mac and cheese as a kid, but my kids grew up with it.

      Thanks for the nostalgia tour.

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      Sabrae 7 years ago from Georgia

      @ Sally's Trove! So glad that you stopped by and was delighted by my hub! Is there anything specific that you would like me to research and do a hub about? I would love to have you visit more!

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Very interesting! I thought the Kraft Dinner was a lot newer than it is. The TV dinner made me mother refused to buy them, but my best friend's mother thought they were great (both she and her husband worked full time). I'll never forget those aluminum trays, clear evidence that the microwave had yet to become a staple appliance like the freezer. Hope you do more of these historical product profiles.