Beautifully engraved certificate from the Wholesome and Hearty Foods
issued in 2003. This historic document was printed by the Security Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s CEO, Paul Wenner and Secretary.
Gardenburger is the brand name of a veggie burger. It originated in 1985 and is owned by the Kellogg Company.
The Gardenburger was developed by Paul Wenner around 1981 or 1982 in Wenner's vegetarian restaurant, The Gardenhouse, in Gresham, Oregon. The company was originally incorporated as Wholesome & Hearty Foods, Inc., in March 1985. Initial funding was given to founders Paul Wenner and Allyn Smaaland, as part of a venture capital investment program of Louisiana-Pacific Corp., whereby L-P took immediate controlling interest. A second round of venture capital financing was provided about a year later.
In 2005, Gardenburger filed for bankruptcy, though it continued operation by becoming privately held.
In 2006, Gardenburger announced that it had taken eggs out of all of its products except for one private-sourced item which now contains organic, cage-free eggs.
In 2006, the company changed its name back to Wholesome & Hearty Foods.
In 2007, the Kellogg Company purchased the Wholesome & Hearty Foods company, makers of the Gardenburger.
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