List of food manufacturers of Chicago

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Doublemint gum, manufactured by the Wrigley Company since 1914[1]

Since the 1830s, when Chicago enjoyed a brief period of importance as a local milling center for spring wheat, the city has long been a center for the conversion of raw farm products into edible goods.[2] Since the 1880s, Chicago has also been home to leading firms in other areas of the food processing industry, including cereals, baked goods, and candy.[2]

In the twenty-first century, companies such as The Kraft Heinz Company, Wrigley, Sara Lee, and Tootsie Roll Industries, all maintain operations within the Chicago metropolitan area.

Food manufacturers[edit]

Hundreds of well-known food products have originated or are produced in the city. Below is a list of widely known food manufacturers with current or historical ties to Chicago.

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  1. ^ "Doublemint". Wrigley Company. 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, Mark R. (2005). "Food Processing: Regional and National Market". The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago Historical Society. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Arthur J. Canfield, 84". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  4. ^ "It's official: ConAgra is Chicago-bound—but at what cost?". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  5. ^ "A Visit to Chicago's Goose Island Beer Co. |". Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  6. ^ Segal, David. "The Gyro's History Unfolds". New York Times. New York Times.
  7. ^ Buss, Dale. "Kraft Foods Revs Old Brands With Kraft Spin-Off and Mondelēz Launch". brandchannel:. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  8. ^ "Our Story - Welcome to Parker House Sausage Company - He really started something!". Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  9. ^ "Empire of the seitan". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2015-10-09.

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