Country Crock

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Shedd's Country Crock
Founded1945; 77 years ago (1945)
ProductsMargarine, spreads, side dishes, mashed potatoes, pasta.

Country Crock is a food brand owned by Upfield. It originally sold spreads such as margarine (and cheese for a limited time), but later extended to side dishes, particularly mashed potatoes and pasta, made by Hormel under license.

The original Shedd's brand was a product of Shedd-Bartush Foods based in Detroit. It made and marketed margarine (beginning in 1945)[1] and Shedd's peanut butter as well as salad dressing and prune juice.[2] It merged in 1959 with Beatrice Foods[3] before they sold the Shedd's business to Unilever in 1984 following Beatrice's merger with Esmark. The peanut butter business was sold to Algood Food Company.[4]

During the 1980s and 1990s, a series of commercials for the brand's margarine featured a married couple sitting at their dinner table while talking about the spread, with only their hands ever being seen. The voices were provided by Casey DeFranco and Jack Riley, who is best known as the voice of Stu Pickles from the Nickelodeon series Rugrats.

As of July 2015, Shedd's Country Crock changed the recipe to remove preservatives and artificial flavors.


  1. ^ "History of Soy Oil Margarine - Page 2". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Detroit Free Press from , on September 19, 1982 · Page 265". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Chicago Tribune - Historical Newspapers". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Algood Food moving to Riverport from site near U of L". Retrieved 15 March 2019.

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