In the early 19th century, John Chapman, or "Johnny Appleseed," wandered the Ohio countryside, sowing apple seeds
and securing a place in American history.
It was from the fruit of Johnny Appleseed's trees that Orrville, Ohio resident Jerome Monroe Smucker first pressed cider at a
mill he opened in 1897. Later, he also prepared apple butter, which he sold from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Each crock bore a
hand-signed seal as his personal guarantee of quality.
Before long, J.M. Smucker's name became well known in its own right, as residents throughout the region - and eventually the nation - came to associate the Smucker's name with wholesome, high-quality fruit products.
Much like Johnny Appleseed's trees, The J.M. Smucker Company has strong roots that have allowed it to grow and prosper over the last 100 years. Today, our products can be found in
homes and restaurants throughout the world.
Travel through the decades along our timeline to see how Smucker's has become the market leader of fruit spreads, ice cream toppings,
health and natural foods beverages, and natural peanut butter in North America.