Most Trusted Pet Food: Purina
With a goal of feeding America’s hard-working farm animals high-quality food, Purina was founded in 1894 by partners William Danforth, George Robinson, and Will Andrews. The name came from a company slogan, “Where purity is paramount.” Using special technology in 1956, Purina Dog Chow was the first pet food made into shapes we now know as “kibble.” Fun fact: Dogs on Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s expedition to Antarctica in 1933 ate Purina Dog Chow—and did well in the harsh climate.
Most Trusted Soup: Campbell’s
Of the many products the Joseph A. Campbell preserve company was producing around the start of the 20th century, soup was most beloved by customers. So in 1922 founder Joseph Campbell changed his business’s name to Campbell Soup Company. Fun fact: Campbell’s debuted its ready-to-eat tomato soup in 1895. Now, condensed tomato soup is one of the top 10 shelf-stable food items sold in America. Campbell’s chicken noodle and cream of mushroom soups also make this list.
Most Trusted Coffee: Folgers
The Folgers coffee we know and love was born out of the California Gold Rush in the 1850s. When James A. Folger, who was working for Pioneer Steam Coffee and Spice Mills in San Francisco, started mining for gold, he brought samples of coffee and spices and would take orders from grocery stores. Folger eventually became a partner in Pioneer Steam Coffee, then bought out the other partners and renamed the company. Fun fact: The original “Best Part of Wakin’ Up” jingle debuted in 1984. Singers have performed country, gospel, jazz, R&B, folk, Celtic, and a Capella versions of the tune.