Bremner Biscuit Company

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Bremner Biscuit Company

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ca. 1865: Civil War veteran David Francis Bremner (1839-1922) opened a bakery in Cairo, Illinois. David moved the bakery to Chicago, Illinois sometime before 1871.

1889-1890: The American Biscuit & Manufacturing Company was formed by attorney Adolphus Green through the amalgamation of 40 Midwestern bakeries including the Bremner bakery in Chicago, Illinois. The new company was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and David Bremner served as its President.

1898: The American Biscuit & Manufacturing Company merged with the New York Biscuit Company and the United States Baking Company to form the National Biscuit Company. The new company was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and Adolphus Green served as its President.

1902: The original Bremner Butter Wafer was created.

1905: Bremner Brothers Biscuits Company established by David Bremner's sons. This company produced the Bremner Brothers Butter Wafer, the predecessor to Bremner Wafers. At some point, the company was renamed the Bremner Biscuit Company.

1984: Bremner Biscuit Company moved to Denver, Colorado.

1999: Bremner Biscuit Company was acquired by Dare Foods Limited.

2011: The Bremner Biscuit Company plant in Denver, Colorado closed. The production of water crackers was moved to Dare Foods Limited's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The production of Bremner Wafers was outsourced to Venus Wafers in Hingham, Massachusetts.


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Created by NM in March 2019.




The history of Bremner Biscuit Company and its relationship to Dare Foods Limited was, in part, ascertained from a memorandum written by Bryan Dare to the University of Waterloo. Special Collections & Archives, the majority of which has been copied into the history note of this authority record. A physical copy of the memorandum can be found in SCA188-GA420-2-27

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