Weaver Popcorn Company
The Weaver Popcorn Company, based in Van Buren, Indiana, is one of the largest popcorn companies in the United States. Founded in 1928 by Ira E. Weaver, whose family still controls the company, it develops, grows, processes, packages, and ships a variety of popcorn products for sale around the world. Its customers include store chains around the world, as well as concessionaires, and international popcorn distributors.
- Pop Weaver is the flagship brand. This popcorn has a moderate sodium content. They are one of the only major companies that use Canola Oil for their products. This is a healthy alternative to soybean, coconut or sunflower oil. Flavors for microwave include Butter, Light Butter, Extra Butter, Kettle Corn, Caramel, Cinnamon Roll, Jalapeno Cheddar and Parmesan and Herb. Flavors for concession sale include Weaver Gold, Caramel & Sweet, Premium Hybrid Yellow, Candy cane flavor, Almond, and chocolate dipped. Flavors for pre-popped include Caramel Corn with Peanuts.
- Trail's End is the brand sold by the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada in fund raising. Available flavors from year to year vary, but include Caramel Corn, Butter Light (microwave), Unbelievable Butter (microwave), Caramel Corn with Almonds & Pecans, Butter Toffee Caramel Corn, White Cheddar Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Buffalo Cheddar, Bacon Ranch, Jalapeño Cheddar, Cheese Lover's Collection, Sweet and Savory Collection and Popping Corn. They also have chocolate products that include White Chocolatey Pretzels, Chocolatey Pretzels, Dark & White Chocolatey Drizzle, Chocolatey Peanut Clusters, Chocolatey Caramel Crunch, and White Chocolatey Caramel Crunch. Consumers can also donate popcorn to the US military by making a cash contribution. Trail's End sends popcorn to the armed services stationed both domestic and international, including combat areas. Scouts generally retain over 70% of the proceeds.
Weaver Popcorn and Weaver Holdings donated $1.9 million in 2012 to American Crossroads, a Republican Super PAC head by Karl Rove. Weaver Popcorn was the top contributor to Todd Young's successful campaign against then-Congressman Baron Hill. Weaver's CEO, Mike Weaver, encouraged Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to run for president in 2012.
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- Weaver Popcorn Company. Press Release: Pop Weaver introduces first microwave popcorn with flavoring containing no diacetyl.
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- Andrew F. Smith (1999). Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America. University of South Carolina Press. p. 80. ISBN 1-57003-300-5.
- Muhammad E. Fayed (2005). Popcorn Cleans Up: From America's Favorite Snack to Environmental and Health Breakthroughs. Just My Best Publishing. p. 13. ISBN 1-932586-46-6.
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