company_name = Libby's
subsidiaryof ConAgra Foods(NYSE|CAG)
foundation = 1869
products = Canned food
revenue = profit $xxx billion
homepage = [http://www.conagrafoods.com/consumer/brands/brand_info.jsp?cookietest=true&page=libbys ConAgra]
The company was founded as Libby, McNeill & Libby in
Chicago, Illinois, by Archibald McNeill and the brothers Arthur and Charles Libby. The business began with a canned meat product, beef in brine, or corned beef. It became well-known when it began to package the meat in a trapezoid-shaped can starting in 1875. [http://www.conagrafoods.com/consumer/brands/brand_info.jsp?cookietest=true&page=libbys ConAgra history]
By 1880, it had 1,500 employees in Chicago [http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/2751.html Encyclopedia of Chigago history] , and by the turn of the century there were about 2,000 employed [http://library.buffalo.edu/libraries/exhibits/panam/food/libbys1.html 1901 promotional material] , by which time it had expanded to the canning of fruits and vegetables. Libby's came under the control of
Swift & Companyin the 1920s. One of the best known executives of Libby's was Charles Scott Bridgeswho in 1947 was made a director of the company and in 1953 became Libby's president and chief executive officer. Libby's expanded and modernized during his presidency. By 1960 Libby's had 9,000 employees and annual revenues of $296 million, and ranked 154th in size among U.S. corporations.
Libby's canned fruit and vegetable business was acquired by
Nestléin 1971 and was spun off to Seneca Foodsin the 1980s. ConAgraacquired the canned meats division in 1998.
Libby's in the
United Kingdomdoes not sell canned foods. They instead sell fruit juice.
Libby's trademark in
Spainis owned by Establecimientos Industriales Archipiélago S.A. [ [http://www.eiarchipielago.es/ LIBBYS. zumo, vitaplus, nectar, naranja, piña, melocoton, platano, zanahoria, tomate, catchup. ketchup, canarias, guayaba, fresa, manzana, sin azucar, fruta, dieta, canarias, tenerife, las palmas, leche, salud, multifruta, mango, albaricoque, tropica... ] ] just for Canary Islands, they sell fruit juices, catchup sauce and apple soda.
* [http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/exhibits/panam/food/libbys1.html 1901 promotional material]
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