The Food That Built America

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  • TV-PG
  • 2019
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.5  (694)

This docuseries tells the stories of businessmen who built gigantic fortunes by selling food products to Americans. The series focuses on the products and brands that have evolved into massive corporations that control much of America's food economy to this day. Food moguls covered include Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, C.W. Post and the McDonald brothers.

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Breakfast Barons
16. Breakfast Barons
June 27, 2021
Dr. John Kellogg and his brother start a revolution in breakfast, while rival C.W. Post takes direct aim at an empire of his own. And the creation of an iconic food comes at a cost, as the brothers' relationship reaches a boiling point under the weight of their success.
Gum Slingers
15. Gum Slingers
June 20, 2021
William Wrigley stumbles upon a new product that will kickstart a revolution across industries, but not before sparking a life-long rivalry.
The Rise of a Rival
14. The Rise of a Rival
June 13, 2021
In the 1970s, one major cola brand launches a blind taste test marketing plan that takes direct aim at their biggest competitor. As a new era of competition heats up between the behemoth brands, each side selects a new leader who takes the companies to battle in a rivalry that will birth countless iconic soda products and memorable marketing stunts.
When the Chips Are Down
13. When the Chips Are Down
June 6, 2021
As C.E. Doolin and Herman Lay are out to prove the potential of the chips business in the 1950's, their success inspires one of the biggest companies in the world to enter the chip market. When a chemist begins work on a secret project, designing a strong, saddle-shaped chip and a revolutionary container to ship them in, the companies go head to head for market dominance.
A Game of Chicken
12. A Game of Chicken
May 31, 2021
In the 1970's, Ray Kroc is far ahead of the competition. But when a burger chain claiming to be king poaches his third-highest ranking executive, Don Smith, it's war. Smith re-engineers the emerging rival, using the best ideas of his former franchise to modernize the brand. In an unprecedented move, Ray Kroc brings on a world renowned chef to develop the chicken nugget, breakfast, and try to crush the would-be king once and for all.
Ice Cream Empires
11. Ice Cream Empires
April 18, 2021
A young boy accidentally discovers a frozen treat on a stick; a candy store owner reinvents ice cream and launches the first ever ice cream truck; when two men own a patent on the same thing, a battle erupts.
The TV Dinner
10. The TV Dinner
April 11, 2021
Gilbert Swanson inherits his father's frozen turkey company and partners with a food chemist to innovate a revolutionary dinner that Americans can heat up at home.
Godfathers of Fast Food
9. Godfathers of Fast Food
April 4, 2021
A short order chef invents the hamburger bun and engineers a new way of making a burger faster than ever before; Nathan Handwerker invests his life savings into a hot dog stand at Coney Island.
Soup of the Century
8. Soup of the Century
March 28, 2021
When a chemist begins working at the Joseph A. Campbell preserve company, he invents a condensed soup that brings this rare luxury to the nation for the first time. But as they try to get the word out to Americans who aren't yet accustomed to soup, it also attracts the attention of Henry Heinz, who becomes a bitter competitor in a race for revolutionary innovation and nationwide soup sales dominance.
Cookie Wars
7. Cookie Wars
March 21, 2021
A business partnership gone wrong leads Adolphus Green to create one of the most iconic cookie and cracker companies in history, and revolutionize packaging. But when his former partners strike back with their signature invention, the chocolate sandwich cookie, Green retaliates with the help of milk chocolate titan Milton Hershey, and rolls out the biggest selling cookie of all time.
Chip Dynasties
6. Chip Dynasties
March 14, 2021
Herman Lay takes regional and small-time chips business to a national scale with his cutting-edge sales techniques and world-changing packaging technology, while a rival innovator invents a new kind of snack chip that will challenge Lay's crown. And when the empires meet, they will have to strike a deal...or go to war.
Cola Wars
5. Cola Wars
March 7, 2021
In the 1970s, one major cola brand launches a blind taste test marketing plan that takes direct aim at their biggest competitor. As a new era of competition heats up between the behemoth brands, each side selects a new leader who takes the companies to battle in a rivalry that will birth countless iconic soda products and memorable marketing stunts.
American Cheese
4. American Cheese
February 28, 2021
At the turn of the 20th century, James Kraft challenges thousands of years of cheese-making tradition and forever alters the dairy industry with his new cheese innovation. Meanwhile, the Pabst brothers are desperate to keep their successful beer empire solvent through Prohibition, and introduce a shelf-stable cheese of their own, putting them on a collision course with James Kraft's flourishing cheese juggernaut.
The Kings of Burgers
3. The Kings of Burgers
February 21, 2021
In the 1950s, Ray Kroc franchises McDonald's nationwide, but right behind Kroc a wave of other entrepreneurs try to cash in on the fast food restaurant craze. Two Florida visionaries start up what will become Kroc's biggest rival, by re-inventing their kitchen's equipment into the pioneering "flame broiler." Over the next two decades the two iconic restaurants battle it out over burgers, launching signature sandwiches that will become staples all over the world.
The Chocolate Rush
2. The Chocolate Rush
February 14, 2021
In 1919, Milton Hershey is king of the chocolate business. But everything changes when in a Post WW1 sugar price drop, a rush of competitors spring up, including his former employee HB Reese, who will go on to create the best selling candy on the planet. But Reese isn't Hershey's only rival, when a brilliant marketer soon comes up with not one, but two of the most iconic candy bars in history.
Pizza Wars
1. Pizza Wars
February 9, 2021
In the 1950's, two enterprising brothers from Wichita, Kansas aim to build their restaurant, Pizza Hut, into a franchise empire by boldly introducing America to a little-known Italian dish--pizza. Americans soon fall in love with their signature, thin crust pizza, but unchecked growth and an underdog rival, Domino's, threatens to derail their first-of-its-kind pizza franchise juggernaut.
The Food That Built America
The Food That Built America

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This docuseries tells the stories of businessmen who built gigantic fortunes by selling food products to Americans. The series focuses on the products and brands that have evolved into massive corporations that control much of America's food economy to this day. Food moguls covered include Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, C.W. Post and the McDonald brothers.

The Food That Built America is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (19 episodes). The series first aired on August 11, 2019.

Where to Watch The Food That Built America

The Food That Built America is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Food That Built America on demand at Apple TV+, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu and History Vault, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and History.

  • Premiere Date
    August 11, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (694)