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History

History

100+ Years of Quality
and Innovation

For over 100 years, the Michael Foods family of businesses has leveraged quality ingredients and innovative processes to offer the finest products and solutions to our customers and to food-loving consumers. Today, we’re the nation's largest processor of value-added eggs—but that’s just the beginning. Explore the timeline to see how we’ve grown through the years.

1908
1908 The DeStefano-Papetti family begins selling fresh eggs from a farm in Elizabeth, NJ. Decades later, the Papetti name will go on to become the largest brand of value-added eggs in the world.
1926
1926 Nathan’s Produce is founded and delivers fresh eggs to the Twin Cities, evolving over time to become Crystal Farms.
1950
1950 Milton Waldbaum establishes an egg products company in Nebraska. The company is acquired by Michael Foods in 1988.
1951
1951 Northern Star Co., the maker of Simply Potatoes®, is founded in Minnesota, where many of the brand’s refrigerated potato products are still produced to this day.
1987
1987 Michael Foods, Inc. is established as a spinoff from North Star Universal, Inc. and will go on to become the industry leader in Value-Added Eggs and Refrigerated Potatoes.
1997
1997 Michael Foods acquires Papetti’s Hygrade Egg Products, Inc.
2008
2008 Michael Foods acquires Mr. B’s of Abbotsford, maker of Abbotsford Farms® cage-free products.
2014
2014 Michael Foods is acquired by Post Holdings, Inc., a diversified food products holding company.
2016
2016 Michael Foods acquires National Pasteurized Eggs, Inc., maker of Davidson’s Safest Choice eggs.
2018
2018 Pineland Farms operations in Mars Hill, ME, are added to the Michael Foods network after Post Holdings acquires Bob Evans Farms (Pineland Farms was acquired by Bob Evans in 2017).
2020
2020 Michael Foods acquires Henningsen Foods, adding a Dried Meats for seasonings, pet foods and more to its portfolio of value-added products.
2021
2021 Michael Foods acquires Almark Foods, adding new Hard Cooked Egg capacities and capabilities to an already extensive production network.
2022
2022 Michael Foods partners with Do Good Foods, a climate-forward food company that upcycles surplus food into nutrient-dense animal feed to create eggs that reduce greenhouse gases!

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