Wednesday, March 21, 2007
J.M. Smucker Company was founded in 1897 when the Company's namesake and founder sold his first product--apple butter -- from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Today, over a century later, the Company is the market leader in fruits spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, health and natural foods and beverages in North America under such icon brands as Smucker's®, Jif® and Crisco®.
For over 107 years, the J.M. Smucker Company has been headquartered in Orrville, Ohio, and has been family run for four generations. The J.M. Smucker Company was recognized as the top company in FORTUNE Magazine's 2003 annual survey of The 100 Best Companie to Work For and has ranked consistently in the top 25 companies each year since FORTUNE began the list in 1998. The J.M. Smucker Company has over 4,500 employees worldwide and distributes products in more than 45 countries.
On Tuesday afternoon Ron Arguello of MarketSmart, Carolina Purvis of JM Smucker, and Brian Isaeff made a call on Chef Rod Uncango at the Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach. Although the properties at Pebble Beach have used Dickinson Preserves in the past, they have been using Bonne Maman mini preserves in their operation and this was an opportunity to reintroduce them to the product line.
What Dickinson's brings to the table is over 100 years as the best selling domestic gourmet preserve. In fact every year American's consume one and a half million pounds of Dickinson's Gourmet Preserves, according to their website.
While other brands of preserves may source varying grades of domestic and offshore fruits, Dickinson's only uses premium American grown varietal fruits and pure high quality ingredients. The distinctive packaging and display racks available for customers were additional benefits of this product line.