B&G draws its name from Bloch & Guggenheimer, two families that sold pickles in the streets of Manhattan around the turn of the twentieth century. In 1889 they founded B&G to produce and sell pickles, relish and other condiments. B&G Foods retained the name when they formed the parent holding company over 100 years later in 1996.
In 1997, B&G began to build its portfolio of nostalgic food products by acquiring four brands from Nabisco including Regina Wine Vinegar, Brer Rabbit Molasses, Wright’s Liquid Smoke and Vermont Maid Pancake Syrup. The company also acquired Trappey’s Fine Foods, a manufacturer of pickled peppers and hot sauce from Louisiana. After one year of operation, B&G had grown sales by 15%.
B&G soon purchased Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, a leader in the maple syrup category. Founded in 1915 on a family farm, Maple Grove has become the largest packer of maple syrup in the U.S. In 1999 B&G made a bold move and purchased the six “Heritage” brands from the Pillsbury Company, including B&M Baked Beans, Ac’cent Flavor Enhancer, Las Palmas Mexican Sauces, Joan of Arc canned ingredient beans and Underwood meat spreads. B&M Baked Beans is a Portland, Maine icon. Founded in 1867, using the traditional New England brick oven baking method, B&M introduced its Brick Oven Baked Beans in 1927.
Underwood, the #1 brand of meat spread in the U.S., has a history dating back to 1822 when an Englishman named. William Underwood started a small condiment business in Boston, experimenting with a process they called “deviling”. A signature product resulted and 100 years later B&G purchased Underwood from Pillsbury. The Polaner line of Jams, Jellies & Preserves was added in 1999. After Max Polaner and his wife, Lena, began preserving fruit and pickled vegetables in their Newark, New Jersey store in the 1800’s, generations of Polaners continued the family tradition. In 1986 Leonard Polaner, Grandson of Max and Lena, introduced the newest innovation in the preserve category – Polaner All Fruit, a preserve sweetened only with fruit and fruit juice. In 2000, B&G expanded its reach through a licensing agreement with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. In its first year,
Emeril’s branded products produced $4 million dollars in sales. By 2011, the company reported $18 million dollars in sales. B&G purchased the Ortega brand from Nestle in 2003. One of the oldest and most popular Mexican food brands in the U.S., B&G rejuvenated and extended the brand’s dominant position in diced green chilies and taco sauces, and created products to fit health-conscious eating trends including whole grain taco shells, whole wheat soft tortillas and reduced sodium seasonings.
Grandma’s Molasses was acquired by B&G in 2006 from the Mott’s Company, giving B&G a stronghold on U.S. molasses sales by owning the top two brands in the category. B&G acquired Cream of Wheat from Kraft Foods in 2007. Cream of Wheat was founded in 1893 and is one of America’s leading hot breakfast cereals which continues to bring new users to the category and its franchise with exciting flavors like Cinnabon and Chocolate, as well as new packaging concepts like Microwavable Cups for people on the go.
In 2010 B&G acquired the Violet Packing brands including Sclafani and Don Pepino tomato products, adding pizza and spaghetti sauces, crushed tomatoes, puree and whole peeled tomatoes to the lineup. Today, B&G Foods continues its strategic growth with the 2011 acquisition of six brands from Unilever, including Mrs. Dash salt-free seasonings, Molly McButter butter sprinkles, Sugar Twin sugar substitute, Baker’s Joy baking spray with flour; and for the first time, extending into non-food household products with Static Guard and Kleen Guard furniture polish. In 2012, B&G acquired Mrs. Fanning’s Bread & Butter Pickles from GFA Brands. Also acquired from Chipita in 2012 were the New York Styles and Old London brands, Old London originally founded in 1932 as Devonsheer Melba company, adding high-quality snack chips and bagel crisps to an extensive portfolio.
The company’s core values continue to be best in class, providing category innovation and offering solutions that meet customer needs. B&G strives with integrity for continuous improvement, environmental responsibility and ethical operation while providing the best food products available today. With unique brand partnerships and new products that meet consumer’s needs, B&G Foods continues to lead the industry.