1928 1945 1950s 1955-1970 1972 1979 1980 1980s 1988 1980-2000 1995 2000-present 2015
1928
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Reverend Ira Weaver begins selling his homegrown popcorn. His motto is, “No sale is complete if the customer isn’t satisfied.” He incorporates his business as Weaver Popcorn.
1945
Ira's son image
Ira’s son, Welcome Weaver, joins the family business.
1950s
Yellow market
Weaver Popcorn begins selling popcorn in foreign markets
1955-1970
Red grain
Single cross hybrids are introduced, creating corn that is more vigorous and uniform than earlier double-cross hybrids.
1972
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Mike Weaver, grandson of Ira Weaver, joins the company.
1979
Corn cob image
As part of its commitment to creating the best popcorn, Weaver Popcorn launches its breeding program.
1980
Ira's son image
Mike Weaver becomes president of the company. Later in the decade, he spearheads Pop Weaver’s introduction of microwave popcorn
1980s
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The Molecular Evolution in corn breeding begins, and computer technology impacts corn breeding.
1988
Consolidated Popcorn
Weaver purchases the assets of Consolidated Popcorn.
1980-2000
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Advances in planting and harvesting technology improve production.
1995
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Weaver Popcorn sets up a processing plant in Forest City, Illinois; the company builds a plant in Rojas, Argentina
2000-Present
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Whole genome selection and DH breeding lead to a second revolution in corn production.
2015
Yellow market
Weaver Popcorn becomes a leader in enhanced breeding and whole genome selection.
Yellow market