Post History

Post History

While the story of Post Holdings begins in 2012, our heritage dates back more than 100 years through our cereal and egg businesses. In 2012, Post Holdings separated from Ralcorp Holdings through a tax-free spin-off with the Post cereal brands forming our only operating segment. Since then, Post Holdings has completed several acquisitions which have transformed the company into a diversified consumer products holding company. Read through the timeline below to learn more about the milestones in our history.

1895

The Postum Cereal Company, predecessor to Post Foods, is founded by C.W. Post, who introduces Grape-Nuts cereal, one of the first ready-to-eat cold cereals, in 1897.

1908

Papetti’s, Michael Foods’ egg foodservice business, is founded as a poultry business. Papetti’s was later acquired by Michael Foods in 1997.

Uncle Sam cereal is introduced by a predecessor of Attune Foods.

1914

Following C.W. Post’s death in 1914, the Postum Cereal Company parent corporation name is changed to General Foods Corporation. It goes on to significantly expand its product line through acquisitions and new product introductions.

1919

Campbell Cereal Company, predecessor to Malt-O-Meal Company and MOM Brands Company, is founded by John Campbell with $900 of poker winnings.

1926

Nathan’s Produce Company, predecessor to Crystal Farms, is founded. Crystal Farms was later acquired by Michael Foods in 1987.

1950

M.G. Waldbaum introduces the first extended shelf-life liquid egg. M.G. Walbaum was later acquired by Michael Foods in 1988.

1979

Golden Boy Foods is founded as a family owned company selling roasted nuts, raw nuts and dried fruit.

1985

General Foods Corporation is purchased by The Philip Morris Companies and, after Kraft was acquired by The Philip Morris Companies in 1989, is combined with Kraft to become Kraft General Foods.

1986

PowerBar is founded and introduced as the first energy bar.

1987

Michael Foods is formed by North Star Universal and goes public through an IPO, its business comprised of refrigerated potato products.

1990

A grower-owned cooperative founded by farmers was established in the early 1990s, which later developed into Dakota Growers Pasta Company.

1994

Dymatize Nutrition is founded and begins marketing nutritional supplements to athletic programs.

2002

Malt-O-Meal Company purchases the Quaker Bagged Cereal Business, transforming its cereal portfolio to one concentrated on large, value-sized bags. Malt-O-Meal Company later changes its name in 2012 to MOM Brands Company.

2006

Attune Foods is founded and later acquires the Uncle Sam and Erewhon cereal brands in 2009.

2007

Premier Nutrition launches its first Premier Protein shake product.

2008

Post Foods, a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded ready-to-eat cereal, splits-off from Kraft and merges with Ralcorp in a tax-free Reverse Morris Trust transaction.

2012

Post spins off from Ralcorp and emerges as a standalone publicly traded company. Our sole operating segment consists of Post Foods.

Post acquires assets of Attune Foods, Inc., a natural and organic platform of cereal and snack brands.

2013

Post acquires the predominantly private label cereal and granola business of Hearthside Food Solutions.

Post acquires Premier Nutrition Corporation, a marketer of high protein shakes and bars.

2014

Post acquires Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Inc., a private label pasta manufacturer.

Post acquires Golden Boy Foods Ltd., a manufacturer of private label nut butter and dried fruit and nuts.

Post acquires Dymatize Enterprises, LLC, a manufacturer of sports nutrition supplements.

Post acquires Michael Foods, a manufacturer of egg products, refrigerated potato products and cheese and other dairy case products.

Post acquires the PowerBar brand, an iconic protein bar brand in the active nutrition category.

Post acquires American Blanching Company, a private label peanut butter manufacturer.

2015

Post acquires MOM Brands Company, a manufacturer of ready-to-eat cereal, and combines it with Post Foods to form Post Consumer Brands.

Post acquires Willamette Egg Farms, a producer, processor and wholesale distributor of eggs and egg products.

2016

Post acquires National Pasteurized Eggs, a producer of pasteurized shell eggs under the Davidson’s Safest Choice brand.

Davidson's Safest Choice (Small)