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Cream of Wheat


Cream of Wheat officially registered its trademark on this date in 1900. The hot porridge cereal was created in Grand Forks at the Diamond Milling Company in October of 1893. Caught in the midst of an economic depression, three of the millers, Emery Mapes, George Bull, and George Clifford, decided to use farina, the germ and endosperm of the wheat grain left over from the milling process, in a hot cereal. Clifford called it ‘Cream of Wheat’ because of its white color. The cereal proved cheap, nutritious, and popular, and was soon the mill’s number one selling product. In 1897, the company moved to a larger location in Minneapolis, and in 1962 it was acquired by the Nabisco Company. In 2007, it was purchased from Kraft Foods by B&G Foods for $200 million.

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Millet, Larry - 1992 Lost Twin Cities, pg. 324. Minnesota State Historical Society: St. Paul.