The Food That Built America

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Pizza Wars
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In the 1950's, two brothers from Wichita, Kan., aim to build their restaurant, Pizza Hut, by introducing America to Italian dish-pizza; Americans soon fall in love with their pizza, but rival, Domino's, threatens to derail their success.
The Chocolate Rush
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In 1919, Milton Hershey is king of the chocolate, but everything changes when sugar prices drop in the new post-WWI era; competitors spring up, including Hershey's former employee HB Reese, who goes on to create one of the bestselling candies ever.
The Kings of Burgers
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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 .. show full overview
American Cheese
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At the turn of the 20th century, James Kraft challenges centuries of cheese-making tradition and forever alters the dairy industry with his new cheese innovation. Meanwhile, the Pabst .. show full overview
Cola Wars
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In the 1970s, one major cola brand launches a blind taste-test marketing plan that takes direct aim at their biggest competitor.
Chip Dynasties
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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.
Cookie Wars
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A business partnership gone wrong leads Adolphus Green to create one of the most iconic cookie and cracker companies in history, and it revolutionizes packaging.
Soup Wars
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The Joseph A. Campbell preserve company invents a condensed soup; Henry Heinz joins the race for nationwide soup sales dominance.
Soup of the Century
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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. it also attracts the attention of Henry Heinz, who becomes a bitter competitor.
Godfathers of Fast Food
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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.
The TV Dinner
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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.
Ice Cream Empires
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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.
A Game of Chicken
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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 .. show full overview
When the Chips Are Down
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The Rise of a Rival
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Candy company president Charles Guth buys a bankrupt cola company and goes to war with the supplier who wronged him and its new CEO, maverick businessman Robert Woodruff.
Gum Slingers
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William Wrigley stumbles upon a new product that kickstarts a revolution across industries and sparks a life-long rivalry.
Breakfast Barons
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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.