What Is the History of Smucker's Grape Jelly?


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In the city of Orrville, Ohio, Jerome Monroe Smucker first began a long line of products at a mill he opened in 1897. While Smucker's would grow to create a vast array of different products, including its infamous jelly, some of the company's first goods included cider and apple butter.

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According to the Smucker's company site, Jerome Monroe Smucker sold his first few jars of apple butter from the humble space of a horse-drawn carriage. As of 2015, Orrville, Ohio, remains the headquarters of Smucker's. For over a century, the company has grown into one of the most well-known producers of fruit products, including jam, jelly, and preserves, which can be found in America's home kitchens and grocery stores as well as restaurants and diners across the country.

The company's booming success over the last 100 years has allowed Smucker's to grow and encompass several other popular product brands. Big names such as Folgers, Crisco and Pillsbury operate under the J.M. Smucker family of brands. While Smucker's products include honey and peanut butter, the brand is particularly well-known for its jams and jellies. The difference between a jam and a jelly is in the production process. Jam is produced from crushed fruit, while jelly is made from fruit juice.

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