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Sara Lee

Sara Lee Franchise

Sara Lee Corporation is a global consumer-goods company based in Downers Grove, Illinois, with international operations headquartered in Utrecht, Netherlands. The Sara Lee Corporation has built its brand into one of the most recognizable in the world over more than 70 years since the original company was founded, acquiring diverse interests along the way, and now offering products in food, beverage, household and body care categories. Several businesses now operate under the Sara Lee brand name, including retail, foodservice, beverage and bakery services. The Sara Lee retail sector includes popular food brands such as Ball Park, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Senseo, and of course, the ubiquitous Sara Lee baked products.

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Sara Lee brands generate more than $13 billion in annual net sales. The Sara Lee community consists of 41,000 employees.

Sara Lee Franchise Opportunities – History

Sara Lee Corporation traces its origins back to 1939, when Nathan Cummings acquired C.D. Kenny Company and named it Consolidated Foods Corporation. In 1956, CFC acquired Kitchens of Sara Lee, a cheesecake company owned by Charlie Lubin, who named it after his 8-year-old daughter. The Sara Lee line became one of CFC’s most popular brands, and in 1985, the parent corporation named all its operations Sara Lee Corporation. Today, Sara Lee has operations in more than 40 countries and sells its products in more than 180 countries.

Sara Lee Franchise Cost / Initial Investment /Sara Lee Franchise Income

Franchise costs for Sara Lee retail businesses vary depending on business specifics. Contact Sara Lee corporation for more information.

Sara Lee Business Opportunities: Other Information

Although Sara Lee, Charlie Lubin’s daughter, never held a management role in the corporation, she appeared on television commercials as a child, representing the company’s bakery products. She told her father at the time that his products “had to be perfect because he was naming it after me.” Today Sara Lee is a philanthropist, focusing mostly on supporting education and advancement of women and girls in science.


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