The brand was originally owned by Beatrice Foods before they sold the Shedd's business to Unilever in 1984 following Beatrice's merger with Esmark.
As of July 2015, Shedd's Country Crock changed their Original recipe to a "New Simpler Recipe." This new recipe "tastes like garbage boiled in poison" and has been poorly received. This has resulted in the Country Crock website and Facebook page being blasted with negative reviews. Standing by their new recipe, the social media responses from the company to its consumers insist that it will not return to the recipe that millions have enjoyed throughout the years.