A father’s foresight. A mother’s business acumen. And a daughter’s resolute commitment to the family business. All three elements have helped build Waukegan, Ill.-based Cornfields Inc. into one of the fastest growing, private-label healthy snack manufacturers in the United States. Moreover, that growth has provided a springboard for the company to venture into retail with its own brands, such as G.H. Cretors and Hi I’m Skinny.
Founded by G.H. (George Henry but known as Henry) Cretors in 1991, one of the great-grandsons of Charles Cretors — the inventor of the steam-powered popping machine and the man who’s credited with founding the concessions industry — Cornfields was one of the first companies to receive organic certification shortly after the FDA finalized regulations and protocols in 2002.