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. Advertisements for the muffins place emphasis on their "nooks and crannies." The company also produces toasting/swirl breads, pitas, bagels and wraps.
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. By 1880, he had purchased his own bakery at 163 Ninth Avenue, where he featured his namesake muffins. Thomas expanded to 337 West 20th Street where today a plaque designates the building as "The Muffin House." 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.) The company, S.B. Thomas, Inc., was incorporated by his family after his death in 1919.
Trade secrets case
- Bimbo Bakeries, Inc. v. Botticella, 613 F.3d 102 (3d Cir. 2010)
- Neuman, William (08/06/2010). "A Man With Muffin Secrets, but No Job With Them". New York Times. Check date values in:
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