Favorites like Oreo Cookies, Barnum’s Animal Crackers, Honey Maid Grahams, Ritz crackers, and Wheat Thins became staples in American snackfoods. Later Nabisco added Planters Peanuts, Fleishmann’s margarines and spreads, A1 Steak Sauce, and Grey Poupon mustards to its offerings.
Timeline of Nabisco
- 1792 Pearson & Sons Bakery opens in Massachusetts. They make a biscuit called pilot bread that is consumed on long sea voyages.
- 1801 Josiah Bent Bakery first coined the term 'crackers' for a crunchy biscuit they produce.
- 1889 William Moore acquires Pearson & Sons Bakery, Josiah Bent Bakery, and six other bakeries to start the New York Biscuit Company.
- 1890 Adolphus Green starts the American Biscuit & Manufacturing Company after acquiring forty different bakeries.
- 1898 William Moore and Adolphus Green merge to form the National Biscuit Company. Adolphus Green is president.
- 1901 The name Nabisco is first used as part of a name for a sugar wafer.
- 1971 Nabisco becomes the corporate name.
- 1981 Nabisco merges with Standard Brands.
- 1985 Nabisco Brands merges with R.J. Reynolds
- 1993 Kraft General Foods acquires NABISCO ready-to-eat cold cereals from RJR Nabisco.
- 2000 Philip Morris Companies, Inc. acquires Nabisco and merges it with Kraft Foods, Inc.