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Clarence Francis

General Foods Corporation

1935 - 1943

Food & Tobacco

Military ServiceNY State Guard
1930 b. 1888
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateAmherst College
Personal
Born-Died1888 - 1985
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
RaceWhite
FatherProfessional
Era - 1930

Francis oversaw General Foods with a product line that included the successful Post cereals, Maxwell House and Sanka Coffee, Log Cabin Syrup and Jell-O. After absorbing an initial $17 million loss in the frozen foods sector, Francis was able to turn a profit in this very important market. In 1942, after twelve years of research, Francis’ General Foods finally shipped their first instant coffee product, which was sent to U.S. forces overseas.