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 Kraft, 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. 

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