Today in Food History

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Also, on this day in 1902 Ray Kroc is born in Oak Park, Illinois (died Jan 14, 1984). Ray Kroc sold blenders for milkshakes, and one of his customers was a restaurant in San Bernardino, California owned by Maurice and Richard McDonald.  Kroc set up a chain of drive-in restaurants based on their efficient assembly line production kitchen.  He opened his first restaurant on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois.  By 1961 he had 228 restaurants and he bought out the McDonald brothers.  When he died in 1984 there were over 7,500 McDonald’s restaurants.

In 1947 President Harry Truman became the first U.S. president to address the nation on television. He called on farmers and distillers to cut grain consumption to help Europeans who were still recovering from WW II and suffering from famine. Truman asked the public to not eat meat on Tuesdays and forego eggs and poultry on Thursdays.

In 1983 Earl Silas Tupper died.  The inventor of Tupperware.

In 2007 One week after recalling almost 22 million pounds of ground beef products, Topps Meat Company announced it was going out of business.  Topps had to recall the meat after samples tested positive for E. coli bacteria, and at least 30 people had become ill since July.  Topps was one of the country’s largest manufacturers of frozen hamburgers.

In 2011 Friendly Ice Cream restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy.

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