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A gelatin dessert topped with Reddi-Wip

Reddi-Wip is a brand of nitrous oxide-propelled, sweetened whipped cream produced by ConAgra Foods. It is sold in the following varieties: Original; Extra Creamy; Light; Fat Free; Non-Dairy; and Chocolate. In the early 1980s, then Reddi-Wip brand owner Hunt-Wesson Foods briefly experimented in 1983 with amaretto and butterscotch flavors.[citation needed]

Reddi-Wip was packaged in Chicago, Illinois, by Hunt-Wesson Foods and Beatrice Foods at Brookhill Farms Dairy until 1982, when operations were moved to Holland, Michigan and later sold to ConAgra Foods. In 2007, ConAgra relocated the production of Reddi-Wip to its Indianapolis, Indiana facility.[citation needed]

Reddi-Wip remains one of ConAgra Foods' major brands[1] and is the second most eaten brand of whipped topping in the United States behind Cool Whip.[2]


During the food rationing era of World War II, Aaron S. "Bunny" Lapin[3][not in citation given] invented Sta-Whip as a cream substitute using vegetable oil.[citation needed]

In 1948 he invented Reddi-Wip in collaboration with Aaron Block, using real cream. They developed a new valve more suitable for dispensing whipped cream, with fluting to create a pattern and a tilt-to-open design that preserves the propellant.[citation needed] Other similar products were on the market at the time, including the non-dairy Rich's Whip Topping and Delsoy Presto Whip, which were developed at Henry Ford's soybean laboratories.[4] Delsoy Presto Whip was packed in pressurized cans that had been developed for military insecticide sprays during the war.[citation needed]

Lapin applied and received a patent for “dispensing valves for gas pressure containers.” He achieved national distribution in 1954, selling his company in 1963 to Norton-Simon Inc.[citation needed]

Norton-Simon merged with Beatrice Foods in 1985 and was subsequently acquired in 1990 by ConAgra, Norton-Simon's corporate heir.[5]


  1. ^ Rohde, Bruce C. (16 August 2004). "ConAgra Foods, Inc". Mergent's Dividend Achievers Banner. 1 (3): 74. doi:10.1002/div.1106.
  2. ^ "U.S. population: Most eaten brands of whipped topping (cream type) from 2011 to 2017". Statista: the Statistics Portal. Statista, Inc. 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  3. ^ "Over 75 years of aerosol innovations". Clayton Corporation. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. ^ Shurtleff, William; Ayoagi, Akiki (2011). Henry Ford and his Researchers—History of their Work with Soybeans, Soyfoods and Chemurgy (1928-2011): Extensively Annotated Bibliography and Sourcebook. Lafayette, CA: Soyinfo Center. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-928914-36-5. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  5. ^ Ravo, Nick (14 July 1999). "Aaron S. Lapin, Reddi-wip Creator, Dies at 85". The New York Times (Business). The New York Times Company. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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