Continental Baking Company
|Successor||Interstate Bakeries Corporation, Hostess Brands|
|Founded||1849 (Ward Baking Company)|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Robert Boyd Ward|
Through a series of acquisitions and mergers it became part of the former Hostess Brands company.
The bakery was founded in New York City by Robert Boyd Ward in 1849 as the Ward Baking Company. In 1921 William Ward, the grandson of Robert, took over the company.
He renamed it the Continental Baking Company in 1925.
Continental Baking acquired the Wagner Baking Company in Detroit, Michigan. In 1925 bought Taggart Baking Company, the maker of Wonder bread, and become the largest commercial bakery in the United States. Twinkie snack cakes were invented in 1930 in Schiller Park, Illinois, by James Alexander Dewar, a baker at Continental Baking Company. In 1964 Continental expanded operations by acquiring Mexican bread manufacturer Tip Top, based in Mexico City.
On 16 November 2012, Hostess Brands announced the parent corporation would be closing, and its brand names' rights would be sold off.
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