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Sara Lee Corporation is a global consumer-goods consumercompany based in Downers Grove.000 employees worldwide. and has some 40. USA. USA. . Illinois. beverage and household products in over 180 countries. It has operations in more than 40 countries and sells food.

1942: Sprague. coffee. . is acquired. a small wholesale distributor of sugar.1939: Nathan Cummings buys C.D. and tea based in Baltimore. Warner & Company. distributor of canned and packaged food. Kenny Company. company relocates to Chicago and is renamed Sprague Warner-Kenny Corporation.

.1945: Company changes name to Consolidated Grocers Corporation.

1946: Company goes public with a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. 1954: Company changes name to Consolidated Foods Corporation (CFC). .

1956: The Kitchens of Sara Lee. . 1966: Under order from the Federal Trade Commission. maker of frozen baked goods. Kahn's Sons Company. and its first nonfood company. CFC agrees to divest its supermarket division. Oxford Chemical Corporation. E. the company acquires its first meat company. is acquired. CFC also acquires 34 Piggly Wiggly supermarkets.

1968: CFC enters the apparel industry with the purchase of Gant shirts. 1971: Hillshire Farm is acquired. .

tea. 1978: CFC acquires Douwe Egberts. beginning a long reign as head of the firm. Bryan becomes company president. a Dutch coffee. .1974: John H. and tobacco producer.

.1979: The hostile takeover of undergarment maker Hanes Corporation is completed. 1984: Jimmy Dean Meats is acquired.

.1985: CFC changes its name to Sara Lee Corporation. and also buys Coach leatherware. the company acquires the foreign subsidiaries of Nicholas Kiwi Limited. 1991: Undergarment maker Playtex is acquired. an Australian maker of shoe care and other products.

. Hills Bros.1998: Sara Lee sells its tobacco unit to Imperial Tobacco Group. and Chase & Sanborn. 1999: Company acquires coffee brands Chock full o'Nuts. MJB. .

.2000: Company acquires Courtaulds Textiles plc. Foodservice. leading seller of intimate apparel and underwear in the United Kingdom. partial interest in Coach is sold through an IPO. 2001: Remaining stake in Coach is spun off to Sara Lee shareholders.56 billion and merged with U. foodservice distributor PYA/Monarch is sold for $1. The Earthgrains Company.S. Sara Lee purchases the second largest bakery in the United States.

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