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.
Most Trusted Juice: Tropicana
Sicily native Anthony T. Rossi founded Tropicana after spending a number of years in Florida in the 1940s packing fruits for gift boxes to be sold in department stores like Macy’s and Gimbels. He began producing frozen concentrated orange juice and then, in 1954, developed the flash pasteurization process that led to the company’s most well known product, Tropicana Pure Premium. Today, Tropicana buys about one-third of all oranges grown in Florida.