Posted by Howard Hays on Monday, November 13, 2006 at 20:41:36 :
In Reply to: Manning's Coffee posted by Marcie Rosenzweig on Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 14:00:56 :
: I'm looking for any history of the Manning's Coffee Company thought to have been founded in San Francisco.
It was founded by two brothers in 1908 at Pike Place Market in Seattle. They started out selling fresh roasted from a stall in the market place. The company eventually grew into coffee shops, then full service cafeterias. By the late 60's they had cafeteria from Alaska to San Diego and San Franciso to Omaha, Ne. During WWII they got into managing hospitals, plants and schools. In the late 60's they purchased a frozen food company in Eugene, Or to manufacture premade meals in bulk for use in their cafeterias and management accounts. In the 70's they started selling off the cafeterias and by the time the company was sold to Marriott, Corp in 1985 they only had a store on Geary in San Francisco. They continued to roast and package coffee for their operations until the early 80's when they contracted it out to Continental Coffee Co. The frozen food company was sold to Heinz foods just prior to the 85 sale to Marriott.
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