The J.M. Smucker Company

The J. M. Smucker Company, also known as Smucker and Smucker's, is an American manufacturer of jam, peanut butter, jelly, fruit syrups, beverages, shortening, ice cream toppings, oils, and other products in North America. Smucker's headquarters are located in Orrville, Ohio.[2] It was founded in 1897.[3]

The J. M. Smucker Company
Traded as
Founded1897; 123 years ago (1897)
Orrville, Ohio, U.S.
FounderJerome Monroe Smucker
Key people
Mark T. Smucker,
Richard K. Smucker,
RevenueIncrease $7.3 billion (2017)
Number of employees
7,140[1] (2017)
SubsidiariesBig Heart Pet Brands



The J.M. Smucker Company was founded in 1897 by Jerome Monroe Smucker. The company produces many types of jellies, jams, and other food items. Jerome was born on December 5, 1858 in Orrville, Ohio. Much of his life was spent as a farmer in Orrville. In 1897 Jerome built a cider mill that was located in Orrville. "According to folklore", fruit that came from Johnny Appleseed's trees planted in the early eighteenth century, was also used for Smucker's products.[4][3] Later, he prepared apple butter and sold it from the back of a horse-drawn wagon.[3][5] The company was incorporated in 1921.[6]


The town of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is home to the Peanut butter festival. The Festival is one of the most popular attractions and the town holds it annually. The festival is held because the Smuckers peanut butter factory is in the town and is the lead employer.


The J. M. Smucker Company has been headquartered in Orrville, Ohio, since its founding, and has been family-run for four generations. Since 1998, the company has appeared on Fortune magazine's annual listing of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States, ranking number one in 2004.[7]

In May 2008, Smucker's announced it had bought the food division of Knott's Berry Farm from ConAgra Foods, while Cedar Fair continues to own the theme park itself.[8] On June 4, 2008, Smucker's announced it would purchase the Folgers coffee brand division from Procter & Gamble for $3.3 billion.[9][10] Completion of the sale was announced on November 6, 2008.[11]

Smucker's Canada, Markham, Ontario

After an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in early March 2018, ConAgra Brands Inc. and J. M. Smucker Co. cancelled a deal for Smucker to purchase the Wesson cooking oil brand. The FTC claimed that Smucker would have controlled at least 70 percent of the market for branded canola and vegetable oils.[12]

Current productsEdit

The J. M. Smucker Company is a marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods and beverages. J.M. Smucker Company brands include:[13]

Product types and brandsEdit

  • Jam, jelly, and preserves
    • Dickinson's Gourmet Preserves
    • King Kelly Orange Marmalade
    • Shirriff marmalade (Canada)
    • Zest Sweet Mustard Pickles
    • Fruit Butter
    • Jam
    • Double Fruit
    • Low Sugar
    • Preserves
    • Simply Fruit
    • Sugar Free
    • Organic
  • Peanut butter
    • Jif
    • Jif to Go
    • Goober PB&J
    • Smucker's Natural
    • Smucker's Natural with Honey
    • Adams Natural
    • Laura Scudder Natural
    • Organic
  • Sandwiches
  • Ice cream toppings
    • Magic Shell
    • Microwaveable ice cream topping
    • Specialty ice cream topping
    • Spoonable ice cream topping
    • Sugar-free ice cream topping
    • Sundae syrups
    • Marshmallow spoonable ice cream topping
  • Specialty items
    • Crosse & Blackwell, traditional English foods
    • Fruit syrup
    • Habitant (Canada, vegetable items only; jams, fruit spreads and syrup is made by E.D. Smith)
    • Bicks
    • Milnot
    • Plate Scapers dessert topping
    • Specialty items
  • Oils and shortening
  • Flour and baking mixes
  • Juices, beverages, and sauces (natural and organic)
    • After the Fall
    • Natural Brew (Real Brew in Canada)
    • R.W. Knudsen Family (also apple butter and cranberry sauce)
    • Santa Cruz Organic (also peanut butter, chocolate and caramel sauce, and applesauces)
    • Tenderleaf Tea (from the makers of Folgers)
  • Coffee products

Company acquisitionsEdit


  • 1963
    • Mary Ellen (jams and jellies)
  • 1979
    • Dickinson's (gourmet preserves and jellies)
  • 1984
    • Knudsen & Sons (fruit and vegetable juices)
  • 1988
    • Shirriff (dessert toppings and marmalades including Good Morning Marmalade) (Canada)
  • 1989
  • 1994
    • Laura Scudder (peanut butter)
    • After the Fall (juices)
  • 1998
    • Adams (peanut butter)
  • 2002
    • Jif (peanut butter)
    • Crisco (oils)
  • 2004
    • International Multifoods Corporation[15]
      • Pillsbury (flour products and frosting)
      • Hungry Jack (pancake mixes, syrup, and potato side dishes)
      • Pet (milk products)
      • Martha White (baking mixes and ingredients)
      • Robin Hood Flour (Canada)
      • Red River Cereal (Canada)
      • Bick's (pickles and condiments) (Canada)
      • Golden Temple (Indian foods) (Canada)
  • 2006
    • White Lily Brand (flour products)
  • 2007
    • Eagle Family Foods[16]
      • Eagle Brand/Borden (milk products)
      • None Such (mincemeat)
      • Kava (acid-neutralized coffee)
    • King Kelly Orange Marmalade[17]
    • Five Roses Flour (Canada)[18]
  • 2008
    • Knott's Berry Farm (jams, jellies, and preserves)[19]
    • Europe's Best (frozen fruit and vegetables) (Canada)[20]
    • Carnation - Canadian brand (milk products) (Canada)[20]
    • Folgers Coffee Company (coffee products)
  • 2010
    • Millstone Coffee Company (coffee products)[21]
    • Rowland Coffee Roasters (coffee products)[22]
  • 2011
    • Sara Lee North American foodservice coffee and tea operations (coffee products)[23]
  • 2015
  • 2018
    • Ainsworth Pet Nutrition[25]
      • Nutrish
      • Better Than! Treats
      • Dad's Pet Care

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "J.M. Smucker". Fortune. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "100 Best Companies to Work For 2008: J. M. Smucker". 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Smucker's History". The J.M. Smucker Company.
  4. ^ "Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center breaks ground near Mansfield". Farm and Dairy. August 16, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  5. ^ "Jerome M. Smucker". Ohio History Connection.
  6. ^ a b "Smucker Company Timeline".
  7. ^ "100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States". Fortune. January 12, 2004.
  8. ^ Eades, Mark (May 27, 2016). "Knott's Berry Farm gets new boss, a former Disneyland executive". Orange County Register. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Smucker's to buy Folgers coffee". Plain Dealer. June 4, 2008. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016 – via
  10. ^ "The Marketing Doctor Says: Smuckers Buys Folgers". Marketing Doctor. June 6, 2008. Archived from the original (blog) on October 29, 2013.
  11. ^ "The J. M. Smucker Company Announces Completion of Folgers Merger". (Press release). June 11, 2008. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009.
  12. ^ Armental, Maria (March 6, 2018). "Smucker, Conagra Call Off Wesson Oil Deal After FTC Challenge". The Wall Street Journal. The New York Times, New York City, United States. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "The J. M. Smucker Company Declares Dividend" (Press release). The J. M. Smucker Company. October 20, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via
  14. ^ "SPC to acquire IXL for $51 m". The Age. May 12, 2004. Retrieved March 11, 2014 – via
  15. ^ "International Multifoods Shareholders Approve Merger With The J.M. Smucker Company".
  16. ^ "About Us". Eagle Family Foods.
  17. ^ Townsend, Adam; Staff Writers (November 22, 2008). "Why Did Food Maker Leave California?". Orange County Register. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via
  18. ^ "History". Five Roses. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  19. ^ "J. M. Smucker Company Acquires Knott's Berry Farm(R) Food Brand From ConAgra" (Press release). May 13, 2008 – via
  20. ^ a b "J.M. Smucker acquires Montreal-based Europe's Best frozen fruit". Canadian Press. March 5, 2008. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  21. ^ "Sitemap - Millstone Coffee". March 22, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  22. ^ "Cuban Coffee Brand May Pour Into Mainstream". NPR. June 14, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  23. ^ "Sara Lee Corp. Announces Sale of Majority of North American Foodservice Coffee Operations to The J.M. Smucker Company". (Press release). Downers Grove, Illinois: Sara Lee Corp. October 24, 2011. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  24. ^ Mackinnon, Jim (February 3, 2015). "J.M. Smucker adds major pet food brands in 'transformational' $5.8 billion purchase". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  25. ^ "Smucker to buy company behind Rachael Ray dog food". The Washington Post. April 4, 2018. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018.

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