Andrew Carnegie: A Titan of Industry Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish immigrant, who became one of the greatest business men in American history. He was born in Dunfermline, Scotland to a poor household. His family immigrated to the United States when he was a young boy. Once Carnegie arrived in the US one of his first jobs was working in a cotton mill for one-dollar and twenty cents a week. It wasn’t until 1853 when Carnegie’s career took off.
Kroger was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, back in 1883 by Barney Kroger. Barney, the son of a merchant, has a very simple motto “Be particular. Never sell anything you would not want yourself.” This simple mission statement has catapulted Kroger to the huge company it is today. Now, Kroger with over 2600 stores in 34 states and under two dozen banners. What has truly made Kroger a powerhouse is it manufacturing capabilities, and it certainly shows.
Dr. Charles Brown Fleet, Alfred Woelbing, and Robert A. Cheesebrough invented a product that billions of people still use today. Many of the changes to style, shape, design, and ingredients are in response to consumer needs. To this day, Chapstick is still being poured into molds. This just happens in a production plant now where eighty-five thousand units of Chapstick are produced during a regular shift. One aspect that has not changed at Carmex is advertising.
He worked at a bookstore from a young age and got his sense of work ethic early. In the year 1870, Rockefeller and partner Maurice Clark started the Standard Oil Corporation in Ohio. The company quickly took off and became the most profitably refinery in the northwest. With the success of the company, he then started to buy other refiners and oil businesses in the Ohio area. Rockefeller expanded his horizons buy outdoing most of the competition and buying them out.
 By 1900, the company had 43 employees and Chicago-wide delivery service. For nearly a century, Oscar Mayer remained an independent company owned primarily by descendants of the Mayer brothers who started it. Then in 1981, Oscar Mayer stockholders elected to sell their company to General Foods Corporation, which had the resources to stimulate even further growth for the business. Four years later, Philip Morris Companies, Inc. acquired General Foods Corporation, and in 1989 merged General Foods with the newly acquired Kraft, Inc. Oscar Mayer is also famous for their Wienermobile, which has toured the United States for over 70 years. The first Wienermobile was created in 1936.
Since 1883, the Kroger Company has had an intensive background in American Culture. The moving force behind the Company was contributed to Bernard Henry Barney, he invested $372 and founded the first store The Great Western Tea Company in 1883. “The son of a merchant, he ran his business with a simple motto be particular, never sells anything you would not want yourself”. (Kroger Company Fact Book) His philosophy and motto are equally important today, and most desirable to the company’s customer’s base. By 1902 The Great Western Tea Company acquired 60 additional stores and changed its name to the Kroger Grocery and Baking Company.
The company’s website that I chose to analyze, in lieu of their mission statement, is Safeway Inc. A little background: This company was essentially founded in 1915 by M.B. Skaggs, who bought a grocery store from his father. By 1926, Skaggs had become very successful with his stores and merged with Safeway to become Safeway, Inc. In January 2015, AB Acquisition LLC (parent company of Albertson’s) merged with Safeway to create one of the largest food and drug retailers in the country – over 2,200 stores in 33 states, specifically with Safeway stores in 19 states (Safeway Inc., 2008-2016). The area in which I live (central Texas, US) has Randalls grocery stores that are part of the Safeway brand, and I have shopped at these stores numerous times.
An ethical dilemma that is currently going on in my community deals with a local business vs. a Chain store. The local business has been in the community for ten years or more. For the longest time it was the only grocery store in the town so they could charge whatever they wanted, because they knew that the citizens would still purchase the items because they know that the money stays in the community. The owner of the local business gives back to the community by holding events in his store during the 4th of July. The owner of this company also donates items to the school athletics.
That 's when his brilliant idea became real, food banks (Our History). Feeding america is a national organization but they do have partners. Their partners help get even more food for people in need and has provided over 46 million people. There 's lots and lots of partners that help spread hunger awareness and help with financial support. A program i thought was interesting is The National School Lunch Program.
We use it in a myriad of foods and recipes and we use it as a source of our energy for the day. Used for generations in thousands of years, we eat bread to come together in our lives.“Americans still consumed about 30 percent of their calories in the form of bread.” (Morano 1) So I leave you with this: I’ve never seen a food that brought people together like bread, we eat it in almost everything, and that’s why I picked this topic; bread is so fascinating, it is in a myriad of things in our life, and nothing can ever truly compare to a perfect freshly baked loaf of