ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • gqgirl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 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

    • trish1048 profile image


      8 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.

    • gqgirl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 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!

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      8 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.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)