About The Food Institute: A Brief History

A nonprofit organization founded in 1928, The Food Institute has a single purpose: providing information to the food industry in an unbiased, timely and relevant manner.

The Food Institute was founded by Seattle food broker Gordon C. Corbaley, who decided to put out a semi-regular posting for his principals — mainly canners — and his customers, so they could keep better informed about what was going on in the marketplace. He called his postings The News from Oregon and Washington. The reports were welcomed by the trade; given the poor communications when Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States, a great deal of business was still being done by poorly informed (at times actually misinformed) buyers and sellers.

A number of Corbaley’s principals were so impressed with his postings, they decided the industry would be better off with one less broker and instead, have some sort of central information organization working strictly on accumulating and disseminating facts on the business. These food processors approached the major can companies for initial funding. The new association based its operations in New York City until 1968, when it moved across the Hudson, to New Jersey.

Over the years, our reporting has evolved, changing to reflect the developments in the industry, but the basic premise of getting the correct information, and getting it fast enough so that people can act on it, has never changed. Today we offer:

  • The weekly Food Institute Report
  • The industry’s most comprehensive website
  • Seminars and webinars on the hottest topics and the latest trends
  • A wide variety of highly respected reports and studies
  • The most respected Daily Update emails in the industry to over 150,000 key decision makers
  • A staff of industry analysts to answer member inquiries and fulfill information requests.

The Food Institute has over 2,000 members of all shapes and sizes across the globe, who value the services we provide. If you are interested in learning more about The Food Institute, please call us at (201)791-5570, ext. 212. And be sure to visit our website at http://www.foodinstitute.com.

OU Kosher Staff