Pillsbury Made That Dough Rise Since 1872
American Food History
Established in 1812
Charles Alfred Pillsbury founded C.A. Pillsbury and Company along with his uncle, John S. Pillsbury, in Minneapolis in 1872. Pillsbury was the second company in the United States to use steel rollers for grain processing, and because the finished product needed to be transported, the Pillsbury’s were actually a primary funder of railroad development in Minnesota. The Doughboy didn’t come around until 1965.