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Libby, McNeill & Libby (Libby's Canned Goods)


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Beautifully engraved antique bond certificate from Libby, McNeill & Libby dating back to the 1970's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company Chairman of the Board and Secretary, was printed by the American Bank Note Company and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).


This certificate features two allegorical female figures and two cherubs flanking the company crest.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    This company was founded in Chicago, Illinois, by Archibald McNeill and the brothers Arthur and Charles Libby. The business began with a canned meat product, beef in brine, or corned beef. The product became well-known when the company began to package the meat in a trapezoid-shaped can starting in 1875. By 1880, it had 1,500 employees in Chicago.

    Libby, McNeill & Libby was acquired by Nestlé in 1970.

    Nestlé introduced Juicy Juice in 1977 and it was branded under the Libby's name. In 2006, Juicy Juice became branded under the Nestlé name. In 2014, the Juicy Juice brand and business was sold by Nestlé to Harvest Hill Beverage Company, a portfolio company of Brynwood Partners.

    In 1982, Libby's canned vegetable business was acquired by S.S. Pierce Company (now Seneca Foods) and its canned fruits business was acquired by California Canners and Growers (Cal Can). In 1984, Cal Can merged with Tri-Valley Growers. In 2000, Tri-Valley Growers went bankrupt and the bulk of its operations, including the rights to the Libby's canned fruit business, was acquired by Signature Fruit LLC in 2001. In 2006, Seneca Foods acquired Signature Fruit.

    Niagara Trading Company (now NTC Marketing, Inc.) acquired a long-term license for the Libby's name for canned pineapple and juices in 1983.

    In 1998, Libby's canned meat business was sold by Nestlé to International Home Foods. In 2000, International Home Foods was acquired by ConAgra.

    In 2006, the Libby's trademark was sold by Nestlé to a Swiss entity that became known as Libby Brand Holding.

    In the 1970s, Libby's had a successful television advertising campaign featuring their jingle, "When it says Libby's Libby's Libby's on the label, label, label, you will like it, like it, like it, on your table, table, table."