is the name of a brand of preserved tomato
products owned by ConAgra Foods, Inc.
The company was founded in 1888, in Sebastopol, California
, as the Hunt Bros. Fruit Packing Co.
by Joseph and William Hunt. The brothers relocated to nearby Santa Rosa
in 1890, and then to Hayward
in 1895. This small canning
operation grew rapidly, focused on canning the products of California
's booming fruit and vegetable industries.
In 1943, Hunt's was taken over by Norton Simon
's Val Vita Food Products
- a competing firm founded in the early 1930s. The merged firm kept the Hunt's
name and incorporated as Hunt Foods, Inc.
The new management decided to focus the company on canned tomato products, particularly prepared tomato sauce
Hunt merged with the McCall Corporation
and Canada Dry
to form Norton Simon Inc. in 1968. Norton Simon was acquired by Esmark in 1983, which merged with Beatrice Foods
the next year. In 1985, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
acquired Beatrice with the goal of selling off businesses. Hunt-Wesson
, the company which included the Hunt's brands, was sold in 1990 to agribusiness
Besides canned tomato sauce
, the Hunt's brand appears on tomato paste
, diced, whole, stewed, and crushed tomatoes, spaghetti
, barbecue sauce
, canned potatoes and their Family Favorites
line of canned recipe helpers. It also is the brand name appearing on Manwich
brand sloppy joes
products as well as Hunt's Snack Pack Pudding
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