Luck's Incorporated

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Luck's Incorporated was a food production company founded in Seagrove, North Carolina, in 1947, which produced a line of canned bean and other canned food products. For a period of time, it was one of the largest employers in the area and its canned food products were a staple in many Southern homes. It is now a brand of Arizona Canning Company, after a recent divestment by ConAgra[1]

Coordinates: 35°32′05″N 79°46′07″W / 35.534736°N 79.768514°W / 35.534736; -79.768514

Luck's, Incorporated
Private (prior to being acquired)
Industry Canned food
Founded 1947
Headquarters Seagrove, North Carolina, North Carolina, USA
Key people
Ivey B. Luck, Alfred Spencer & H. Clay Presnell
Products Luck's: Pinto Beans, Kidney Beans, Blackeye Peas, Fried Apples, Chicken Dumplings
Website Arizona Canning Company: Luck's

History[edit]

The company was founded as the Mountain View Cannery in 1947 by Ivey B. Luck, Alfred Spencer & H. Clay Presnell. Spencer & Presnell later sold out to Luck and the establishment became known as Luck's.[2] Luck's specialized in pinto beans and other canned vegetables and food products, employed many Seagrove and surrounding area families, and was a major buyer of vegetable, fruit, and poultry farms in the Randolph County Area and from around the region. Luck's canned food products were sold across much of the Southeast during the 1950s and is still a popular brand today.

Merged and Acquired[edit]

In 1967, Luck's merged with American Home Products.[3] In 2000, the food interests of American Home Products, known as International Home Foods, were acquired by ConAgra Foods.[4]

In 2011, the brand was sold to Arizona Canning Company for $14 million USD.[5]

Luck's Headquarters and Cannery[edit]

Luck's Cannery in Seagrove

The original company headquarters and cannery is located at 798 State Highway 705 in Seagrove, North Carolina. For a period of time Luck's also operated a cannery in Aberdeen, North Carolina.[6]

The Luck's cannery in Seagrove was closed by ConAgra in 2002. The location was reopened eight months later and is now operated by Seagrove Foods, Inc., a fully independent company.[7]

Currently, some of the warehouse space is used for local community events.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ConAgra Foods: Luck's". Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  2. ^ Auman, Dorothy and Walter (September 1976). Seagrove Area. Village Printing Company. 
  3. ^ International Home Foods (1996-12-27). "Luck's, Incorporated documents". SEC. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  4. ^ "ConAgra to Acquire International Home Foods In $2.9 Billion Deal". 2000-06-23. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  5. ^ "ConAgra Foods Reports Fiscal 2011 Third-Quarter EPS Growth; Confirms Fiscal-Year Guidance". Business Wire. 2011-03-24. 
  6. ^ "The H. Clay and Wavie M. Presnell Foundation". Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Seagrove feeding the world, again". The Courier-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  8. ^ "Celebration of Seagrove Potters: Location". Retrieved 2008-10-20.