John T. Dorrance
In 1899, Dorrance invented the process for making condensed soup, reducing canning and shipping costs by two-thirds. As a result of Dorrance’s invention, Campbell Soup became the first soup company to achieve national distribution. Within five years, Campbell’s Soup was selling 16 million cans of soup a year. Dorrance was named president and general manager of Campbell Soup in 1914, and purchased the company’s first subsidiary, Franco-American Food Company, the following year.