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Thomas' is a brand of English muffins and bagels in North America. It is owned by Bimbo Bakeries USA, which also owns Entenmann's, Boboli, Stroehmann, and Arnold bread companies.[citation needed] Advertisements for the muffins place emphasis on their "nooks and crannies." The company also produces toasting/swirl breads, pitas, bagels and wraps.[citation needed]

The company was founded by Samuel Bath Thomas (1855–1919). In 1874, he emigrated from England to New York City and began working in a bakery.[citation needed] By 1880, he had purchased his own bakery at 163 Ninth Avenue, where he featured his namesake muffins.[citation needed] Thomas expanded to 337 West 20th Street where today a plaque designates the building as "The Muffin House."[citation needed] Popular television commercials for the muffins highlight Thomas' immigrant story, often joking about how disappointed Thomas' fans in England supposedly were when he decided to take his muffins to America. (In actuality, the muffins were not invented until Thomas had lived the United States for a number of years.)[citation needed] The company, S.B. Thomas, Inc., was incorporated by his family after his death in 1919.[citation needed]

Trade secrets case[edit]

In 2010, the company won a trade secret suit[1] when an executive downloaded the company's recipes and retired to work for Hostess.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bimbo Bakeries, Inc. v. Botticella, 613 F.3d 102 (3d Cir. 2010)
  2. ^ Neuman, William (08/06/2010). "A Man With Muffin Secrets, but No Job With Them". New York Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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