WASHINGTON, March 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Sunday, March 26th. Bread making goes back in history some 6,000 years, and for much of that time white bread had a higher status than coarser varieties. With its popularity well established, the first commercial, pre-packaged white bread hit the American market in 1917. Produced by the Taggert Baking Company of Indianapolis, this company has a distinguished position in America's commercial baking history. It introduced Wonder Bread in 1921, and after being absorbed by another firm, was the first to sell pre-sliced loaves nationwide. Wonder Bread is reputed to be the most widely sold brand in the world. Giving us our daily breads, or cakes, cookies, doughnuts and more, are the 105,000 workers in America's 2,800 commercial bakeries. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3926
White bread history/accessed 1/19/2017: http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodbreads.html
Taggert and Wonder bread/accessed 1/19/2017: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-life-and-death-of-wonder-bread-129979401/
Taggert history/accessed 1/19/2017: http://historicindianapolis.com/indianapolis-collected-its-a-wonderful-loaf/
Wonder Bread patent/accessed 1/19/2017: https://books.google.com/books?id=uxhLAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PR34&lpg=RA1-PR34&dq=taggart+wonder+bread&source=bl&ots=h9J4gbRvbc&sig=_K_r-Rk_TDvdCU7YC4fZFnhRMZQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiK4ueX_s7RAhWLOiYKHZgwBu04FBDoAQgtMAQ#v=onepage&q=taggart%20wonder%20bread&f=false
Wonder Bread reintroduced/accessed 1/19/2017: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/bread-returns-store-shelves/story?id=20357871
Employment/Annual Survey of Manufacturers/NAICS 411812: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2015/31GS101//naics~311812
Number of commercial bakeries/County Business Patterns/NAICS 411812: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//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