In the early 19th century, John Chapman, or
“Johnny Appleseed,” wandered the Ohio countryside,
sowing apple seeds and securing a place in American
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
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
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
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
Highest quality people produce the highest
quality products and services.
Highest business ethics require the
highest personal ethics.
Responsible people produce exceptional
Our culture is sustained and brought to life
every day by the people of Smucker.