WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
A STORIED CEREAL
Profile America — Saturday, August 1st. If you shop the cereal aisle in your supermarket, you'll see dozens of brands on display, from the sugary and candy-like to high-fiber organic products. One of them has been available for over 120 years, an early entrant in the cereal business. It was on this date in 1893 that Denver restaurant owner Henry Perky received a patent for a "Machine for the Preparation of Cereals for Food." That food was shredded wheat. By 1901, he had set up an ultra-modern plant at Niagara Falls called "the Palace of Light" to make shredded wheat, and the falls became the familiar logo of the cereal, which continues as a Nabisco product. In the U.S. today, there are 69 breakfast cereal manufacturing establishments, employing 13,500 workers. The business earns a combined $11 billion in annual sales. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Perky story: http://www.robinsonlibrary.com/technology/home/cookery/perky.htm
Breakfast cereal manufacturing/NAICS 31123: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Breakfast cereal value of shipments/NAICS 31123: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2013_31GS101&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau