Pepperidge Farm was founded by Margaret Rudkin during the Great Depression. Margaret developed a natural stone-ground whole wheat bread for her son, who suffered from allergies and asthma. The bread was so delicious that she soon began selling it to local grocery stores. A true visionary, Margaret continued to grow her brand over the next several decades. Trips to Europe inspired her to add cookies, frozen pastries and Goldfish crackers to her product offerings.
Pepperidge Farm is named after Margaret's family home in Connecticut. This now global company remains headquartered in nearby Norwalk. Pepperidge Farm is a subsidiary of the Campbell Soup Company.