WASHINGTON, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
CUTTING THINGS FINE
Profile America — Thursday, July 7th. When something is proclaimed the best thing since sliced bread, that praise doesn't encompass as much time as one might think. Sliced bread, wrapped for sale in wax paper, first appeared on store shelves on this date in 1928 in Chillicothe, Missouri. The Chillicothe Baking Company's innovation of uniform, pre-sliced bread loaves remained local for a short while. By the 1930s, the obvious convenience of satisfactory sliced bread spread the practice nationally. In large part, this was due to the Wonder Bread brand, founded in 1921, adopting the automatic slicer. There are some 2,800 commercial bakeries across the U.S., employing over 123,000 workers. These establishments make a lot of dough: over $31 billion per year. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Debut of Sliced Bread/accessed 4/27/2016: http://www.chillicothecity.org/bread/breadnews1.html
Development/accessed 4/27/2016: http://history1900s.about.com/od/1920s/qt/slicedbread.htm
Wonder Bread/accessed 4/27/2016: http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/things-didnt-bread/story?id=29424069
Number of bakeries and workers/NAICS 311812: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~311812
Commercial bakeries revenues/NAICS 311812 : http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2014/31GS101//naics~311812
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by 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 "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau