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Pepperidge Farm is an American commercial bakery founded in 1937 by Margaret Rudkin, who named the brand after her familys property in Fairfield, Connecticut, which in turn was named for the pepperidge tree, Nyssa sylvatica. A subsidiary of the Campbell Soup Company, it is based in Norwalk, Connecticut. Pepperidge Farm products include Milano and Nantucket cookies, Goldfish crackers and varieties of bread. It distributes Tim Tams in the US, manufactured by Arnotts Biscuits, another Campbells subsidiary in Australia, and Pirouettes, made in Indonesia. Margaret Rudkin began baking bread in 1937 for her youngest son Mark who had asthma and was allergic to most commercially processed foods. She home-baked bread that her allergic son could eat. Her sons doctor recommended it to his other patients and encouraged her to bake more bread. She approached Frederick Marschall, owner of Marschalls grocery stores based in Stamford, Connecticut to see if he would be willing to sell her "Pepperidge Farm" bread. After tasting a piece, he took all the loaves she had brought with her and placed an order for more. Margarets husband Henry, a Wall Street broker, began taking loaves of bread with him to New York to be sold in specialty stores. She soon moved the growing business out of her kitchen and into her garage, then into a factory in 1940. Rationing during World War II forced her to cut back production due to ingredient shortage. In 1947 Margaret opened a modern commercial bakery in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Founded: 1937
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