Because there is such a range of repetitive information about Life Savers manufacturing, this site is going to focus on more granular information found from earlier sources. If you find any primary or secondary sources that add to or contradict this information, please let us know. There was only a somewhat limited amount of manufacturing information that has been identified from the Beech Nut corporate records.

Life Savers Recipe

"After buying the little Ohio concern [1913], he [Edward Noble] started making Life Savers with his own hands." Source: Watertown Daily News, December 1958.

"With J. Roy Allen, Mr Noble bought the business [in 1913]... And set up the Mint Products Company, Inc. in a 1-room rented loft in Manhattan with 6 girls, a kitchen stove, and a few pots and pans." Source: Watertown Daily News, July 2, 1980.

There were several differences between Crane's & Noble's Life Savers™️.

From 1913 to 1915, there was an overlapping period where Crane's Peppermint Life Savers (made in Cleveland) and Life Savers by Mint Products Co., Inc. (made in New York City) were available concurrently. This remained until a) all of the product that had previously been distributed had been sold, and b) MPCI's productions processes could feasibly handle the volume alone.

"By 1915 Noble and Allen were producing Life Savers themselves and no longer used Crane as a supplier." Source: https://case.edu/ech/articles/l/life-savers

There are two indications that Life Savers were sold internationally very early in the process. First, in ~1914, a South American order for 450,000 packages was exported (Modern, p. 95). Secondarily, a plant was opened in Ontario, Canada in 1920 or earlier (Chronicler, p. 5).

"The company's phenomenal success caused frequent moves until the firm opened a million-dollar factory in Port Chester in 1920." Source: Watertown Daily News, July 2, 1980.

Its "floor surfaces had apparently been sloped to create drainage ''to allow easier washing down between shifts,'' he [Ted Okie] said. In addition, transfer beams had been added in some spots to permit load-bearing columns to be removed so rail cars could be rolled into the building." (Troubled)

Candy cannot be manufactured without ingredients...more on that in Life Savers™️: the Recipe (more or less).

Quality control is apparent from a 1943 photo where "women workers at the Lifesavers manufacturing plant inspect the candies for size." Source: Oil-Power Magazine, September and October 1943; courtesy of the Gouverneur Museum.

Life Savers has been assertive in acquiring patents. One iconic one would include its packaging, US patent #2,926,833. For a lengthy list of others, see the Sources section below.

Life Savers' manufacturing vendors (Source: Modern) in 1951:

  • Aluminum foil, Aluminum Co of America, Pittsburgh.
  • Paper-backed aluminum foil, Milprint, Inc., Milwaukee, and Standard Rolling Mills, Inc., Brooklyn.
  • Waxed paper, Nashua Gummed & Coated Paper Co., Nashua, N. H. Tear tapes, Chicago Printed String Co., Chicago.
  • Labels, Wheeler-Van Label Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Counter cartons, Fort Orange Paper Co., Castleton-on-Hudson, N. Y.
  • Shipping cases, National Container Corp., Long Island City, N. Y.
  • Mint and drop-candy packaging machines, F. B. Redington Co., Chicago.
  • Carton overwrapping machines, Package Machinery Co., Springfield, Mass.
  • Carton gluing and form ing machines, U. S. Automatic Box Machinery Co., Inc., Boston.
  • Cellophanewrapping and sealing machine (6-roll family packs), Scandia Mfg. Co., North Arlington, N. J.
  • “Selectrol” check weigher The Exact Weight Scale Co., Columbus, Ohio.
  • “Packomatic” case loader, J. L. Fer guson Co., Joliet, Ill.
  • Case sealers, Stand ard-Knapp, Div. of Emhart Mfg. Co., Portland, Conn.
  • Counter merchandisers, Robin-Skall Display Case Co., Brooklyn.
  • “Sweet Story” gift package, Robert Gair Co., Inc., New York, and National Folding Box Co., New Haven, Conn.

1000051875Life Savers has been assertive in acquiring patents. One iconic one in 1960 would include its packaging, US patent #2,926,833. For a lengthy list of others, see the Sources section below.

Nabisco announced the "closing in early 1984 of our Life Savers manufacturing plant in Port Chester, New York." (Annual)

Per VanOchten (2013), the Holland plant ceased production in 2003.

Sources:

Annual report, 1982. Nabisco, Inc. 1982. p. n44. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/nationalbiscuitcompanynabiscoannualreports/nabisco1983/mode/1up?q=Life+savers+candy

Brooks, Andrew, "A Troubled Port Chester Project's Second Effort," New York Times, Aug. 25, 1989. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/1989/08/25/business/about-real-estate-a-troubled-port-chester-project-s-second-effort.html

"Life Saver package", retrieved from https://patents.google.com/patent/US2926833A/en

"Packaging's Hall of Fame: Life Savers," Modern Packaging 1951-12: Volume 25, Issue 4. Digitized from IA1643112-05. pp. 92-98, 180-185. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/sim_modern-packaging_1951-12_25_4/page/180/mode/1up?q=Life+savers+candy

"Patents assigned to Life savers Inc", retrieved from https://patents.justia.com/assignee/life-savers-inc

VanOchten B., "Filling a hole: Old Life Savers plant gets new lease on its industrial life," Holland Sentinel, 10 December 2013, retrieved from https://www.hollandsentinel.com/story/business/manufacturing/2013/12/10/filling-hole-old-life-savers/41591285007/

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