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.
Most Trusted Spices/Seasonings: McCormick & Company
Willoughby McCormick and his staff of three young workers began selling flavor extracts, fruit syrups, and juices door to door in 1889, working out of a cellar in Baltimore. Today, McCormick & Company makes custom flavors for eight of the top 10 global food-service restaurants. The company’s products can account for 90 percent of a meal’s flavor for just 10 percent of its cost.