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James L. Kraft

Kraft (J. L.) Brothers and Company

1909 - 1953

Food & Tobacco

1900 b. 1874
Born-Died1874 - 1953
FatherFarmer / Rancher
Era - 1900

Kraft created a multi-million dollar processed food supply company. He was instrumental in perfecting the method of preserving cheese, so that it could be stored for a longer period of time in any climate. Consumption of cheese in America per capita increased by 50% between 1918 and 1945, due in large part to Kraft’s efforts. In 1928, his company employed 10,000 people and sold a million pounds of cheese a day. Today, the firm ranks first in the United States in cheese and dairy products and second in salad dressings.