Southern Biscuit Works is founded at Richmond, Virginia.
The company begins making Sailor Boy Pilot Bread. The biscuits are still made today, with many fans in the State of Alaska.
The firm changes its name to the Southern Biscuit Company. At the time, company officials are quoted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch as being “anxious to have a building which will serve as a monument to the industry of the company, which had its birth in Richmond and which is owned and occupied by local people, as well as an artistic building for the community.”A new factory and head office is unveiled in Richmond, at Terminal Place, near the intersection of Broad Street and Boulevard. The new plant is designed by the New York industrial engineering and architectural firm Francisco and Jacobus.The Richmond Times-Dispatch notes that “more than 100 varieties of soda crackers, saltines, oyster crackers, plain and fancy cakes” are manufactured.
The Southern Biscuit Company becomes an official baker of Girl Scout Cookies. Around this time, it also begins marketing products under the FFV – Famous Foods of Virginia – label.FFV becomes a national brand.
The Richmond plant gets a new, large addition to accommodate cracker production, in the form of a two story wing on the south side.
The Southern Biscuit Company is acquired by George Weston Limited – a Canadian firm based in Toronto. With a local workforce of 500, FFV products are sold in 42 states throughout the U.S.
The company makes U.S. baking history by being the first to introduce aluminum foil packaging for its biscuits. The innovation is soon copies by major competitors.
Interbake Foods Inc. (U.S.) is formed, consisting of the Southern Biscuit Company, American Biscuit & Cracker, later known as ABC Bakers,and Johnson Biscuit Company.
Interbake unveils a new, state-of-the-art cookie plant at North Sioux City, specializing in only marshmallow, chocolate covered and devil’s food cookies.
ABC Bakers, a division of Interbake, acquires Burry-Lu, an Elizabeth, New Jersey, baker, well known as one of the original suppliers of Girl Scout Cookies in the United States. Founded in 1936, the Burry Biscuit Corporation, also famous for its Burry’s Biscuits, began baking Girl Scout Cookies in 1937.
With the latest in baking technology, one Interbake oven alone can produce up to 640,000 cookies an hour, with five such ovens in operation at the company’s Richmond, Virginia, facility.
Norse Dairy Systems, a major supplier of ice cream cones, cups, tubes and equipment, is acquired by Interbake Foods.Interbake also buys the Novelty Division of Ace Baking, including its cone manufacturing plant at Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The old Richmond, Virginia, plant, a local landmark for close to eighty years, sees the last cookie roll off the line. Production is relocated to a new manufacturing facility in Front Royal, Virginia.
The old Interbake/Southern Biscuit Company plant reopens as a 178 unit “industrial chic” apartment building. Renamed the“Cookie Factory Lofts,” the $24 million renovation has preserved much of the historic character of the structure, including the landmark signage atop, which reads “Home of FFV cookies and crackers.