80’s advert for Libbys Um Bongo, seemingly they drink it in the Congo!! 🙂
Libby’s is a U.S.-based food company known for its canned food.
The company was founded as Libby, McNeill & Libby in Chicago, Illinois, by Archibald McNeill and the brothers Arthur and Charles Libby. The business began with a canned meat product, beef in brine, or corned beef. It became well-known when it began to package the meat in a trapezoid-shaped can starting in 1875.
By 1880, it had 1,500 employees in Chicago, and by the turn of the century there were about 2,000 employed, by which time it had expanded to the canning of fruits and vegetables. Libby’s came under the control of Swift & Company in the 1920s. One of the best known executives of Libby’s was Charles Scott Bridges who in 1947 was made a director of the company and in 1953 became Libby’s president and chief executive officer. Libby’s expanded and modernized during his presidency. By 1960 Libby’s had 9,000 employees and annual revenues of $296 million, and ranked 154th in size among U.S. corporations.
Libby’s canned fruit and vegetable business was acquired by Nestlé in 1971 and was spun off to Seneca Foods in the 1980s. ConAgra acquired the canned meats division in 1998.
Libby’s in the United Kingdom does not sell canned foods. They instead sell fruit juice.
Libby’s trademark in Spain is owned by Establecimientos Industriales Archipiélago S.A. just for Canary Islands, they sell fruit juices, catchup sauce and apple soda.
Info gleaned from Wikipedia