Welch's Type Subsidiary of National Grape Cooperative Association Industry Beverages and Foods Founded 1869
Vineland, New Jersey
Founder(s) Thomas Bramwell Welch Headquarters Concord, Massachusetts Products Grape juice
Niagara Grape juice
Parent National Grape Cooperative Association
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (soda)
Promotion in Motion, Inc. (fruit snacks)
Welch Foods Inc. (Welch's) is an American company, headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts. It is owned by the National Grape Cooperative Association, a co-op of grape growers.
Founded in Vineland, New Jersey in 1869, by Thomas Bramwell Welch, a Methodist, Welch's is the food processing and marketing arm of the National Grape Cooperative Association, which comprises 1,300 grape growers located in Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Ontario, Canada. The oldest extant structure associated with the company is Welch Factory Building No. 1, located at Westfield, New York, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Welch's is particularly known for its grape juices, jams and jellies made from dark Concord grapes and its white Niagara grape juice. The company also manufactures and markets an array of other products, including refrigerated juices, frozen and shelf-stable concentrates, organic grape juice and dried fruit. Welch's has also licensed its name for a line of grape-flavored soft drinks since 1974. Welch's grape and strawberry soda flavors are currently licensed to the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Other popular products that use the Welch's name are the fruit snacks made by The Promotion In Motion Companies, Inc.
In the 1960s, Welch's was a major sponsor of the ABC primetime animated comedy series The Flintstones; its characters were prominently featured in Welch's TV commercials on that show, and on jars of Welch's grape jelly. In the early 1970s, The Archies cartoon characters were on the jars.
Welch's has featured people in their television commercials such as:
- Alton Brown
- Shyann McClure
- Travis Tedford
- ^ a b Hays, Constance L. How Too Much Purple Could Mean Less Green. New York Times. 18 April 1999.
- ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html.
- ^ Hein, Kenneth. Welch's Touts Concord Grape as 'Superfruit'. Adweek. 17 Nov. 2008.
- ^ DrPepperSnappleGroup.com
- ^ "Alton Brown Is Welch's New Spokesman". http://www.yumsugar.com/Alton-Brown-Welchs-New-Spokesman-2491481. Retrieved 13 September, 2010.
- ^ "Shyann McClure :: Video". http://www.shyannmcclure.com/videos/. Retrieved 13 September, 2010.
- ^ "Travis Tedford - Welch's Grape Juice Commercial". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCrhZswcukk. Retrieved 13 September, 2010.
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