In the early 19th century, John Chapman, or “Johnny Appleseed,” wandered the Ohio countryside, sowing apple seeds and securing a place in American history.
It was from the fruit of Johnny Appleseed’s trees that Orrville, Ohio, resident Jerome Monroe Smucker first pressed cider at a mill he opened in 1897. Later, he also prepared apple butter, which he sold from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Each crock bore a hand-signed seal as his personal guarantee of quality.
Before long, J.M. Smucker’s name became well known in its own right, as residents throughout the region — and eventually the nation — came to associate the Smucker’s® brand name with wholesome, high-quality fruit products.
Much like Johnny Appleseed’s trees, The J.M. Smucker Company has strong roots that have allowed it to grow and prosper throughout the last 115 years. Today, our products can be found in homes and restaurants throughout the world.
As we grow, we are committed to preserving our culture, which is focused on the mutual respect of our fellow employees and an atmosphere that makes people proud to work here — where everyone makes a difference.
We have always defined success by more than financial performance. We believe how we do things is as important as what we do. Our family of nearly 5,000 employees recognizes we can have a positive and meaningful impact on society through our continued focus on Our Purpose of helping to bring families together to share memorable meals and moments.
Achieving Our Purpose is what motivates and inspires our employees — people who strive every day to provide high quality products that help families create memorable meals and moments together.
We are honored that consumers choose our iconic brands and portfolio of trusted products as part of their everyday meals, snacks shared with friends, and family celebrations. It is through these times that we connect with each other, nurture relationships, build meaningful traditions, and create lasting bonds with those most special to us.
Our employees are passionate about preserving and strengthening our unique culture where every employee is proud to work and makes a difference.
Ours is a simple but effective management approach that has stood the test of time, weathered complex business environments, and evolved with our business through the years.
This management approach is rooted in our People Basic Belief. We firmly believe that:
Every employee makes a difference.
An inclusive environment and diverse organization strengthens our Company
and enables every employee to reach their full potential.
Highest quality people produce the highest quality products and services.
Highest business ethics require the highest personal ethics.
Responsible people produce exceptional results.
Our culture is sustained and brought to life every day by the people of Smucker.
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