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We all have a sweet-tooth, crave salt, a favorite comfort food, a drink that hits the spot, a family dish created for the holidays, or have used food to get to someone's heart because, "A way to a man's heart is through his stomach." Well, this project is a showcase of all the people on Geni who have won us over in some way, shape or form, through our stomachs...or our tastebuds.

List of notable food and beverage industry businesspeople

Bread and Cereal

Fast Food and Restaurants

Beverages, Drinks

Confectionery: Chocolate, Gum & Candy


  • George Crum is noted for being the inventor of Potato Chips due to his sarcastic personality. Someone complained about the thickness of his potatoes so he sliced them very thin and over-salted them.
  • Laura Scudder, founder of the Laura Scudder chip company that now manufactures and distributes other foods. She was the first person to create sealable wax paper bags and expiration dates for potato chips to ensure freshness.

Ice Cream



  • Henry Tate and Abram Lyle, founders of the rival sugar manufacturers that merged to form Tate & Lyle

Condiments, Miscellaneous, Etc.

  • John Montague, IV Earl of Sandwich loved to have 2 slices of meat between 2 slices of bread, so he could continue playing Cribbage without getting his cards greasy. Others started ordering their food that way "The Lord of Sandwich" ordered his food, and the food was coined a Sandwich.
  • George Washington Carver was the inventor of Peanut Butter, among finding other uses for peanuts.
  • Cordelia Knott (nee Hornaday) were farmers on their own farm, simply called Knott's Farm. Cordelia sold jams, jellies and preserves with the berries her husband farmed. Their farm expanded into Knott's Berry Farm amusement park, in Buena Park, California, but has since been sold to Cedar Fair amusement park company.
  • Clarence Birdseye found the modern way of freezing food for freshness.
  • US Senator William D. Washburne owned a flour mill that later became known as Pillsbury.
  • Demos Shakarian owned the world's largest private owned Dairy Farms, once located in Downey, California. They are distant relatives to the famed Kardashian family.

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