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  • John Humphrey England, Jr. (1817 - 1887)
    John Humphrey England Jr. was the founder and first owner of England Potatoes Ltd. , a business which imported potatoes from Ireland, and sold them to people in Britain, and later, the rest of Europe. ...
  • Paul Ricard (1909 - 1997)
    Paul Louis Marius Ricard (French: [ʁikaʁ]; July 9, 1909 – November 7, 1997) was a French industrialist and creator of an eponymous pastis brand which merged in 1975 with its competitor Pernod to create...
  • Al Pelton (1912 - 1997)
    Thursday, November 13, 1997Deseret NewsEdition: MetroPage: B7Walter Allan Pelton, who loved life and this beautiful world, passed away peacefully at home, November 12, 1997. He was born August 24, 1912...
  • Kalman Haas (1840 - 1919)
    Kalman Haas was born into a poor Bavarian Jewish family of nine. Eager for a better life, Haas set sail for New York at the age of 19. With nothing but ambition to call his own, he worked as a peddler,...
  • Owen Edward Brennan (1910 - 1955)
    Owen Edward Brennan, the founder of Brennan's Restaurant, was born April 5, 1910, in New Orleans' "Irish Channel" to Owen Patrick Brennan and his wife, Nellie. Over a span of the next twenty-three year...

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.

This project is on History Link where you can discover which projects your ancestors are on.

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.

  • James Keiller - Marmalade
  • 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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