Laura Scudder

Entrepreneur, Organization founder

1887 – 1959

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Who was Laura Scudder?

Laura Clough Scudder was an entrepreneur in Monterey Park, California, who made and sold potato chips and who pioneered the packaging of potato chips in sealed bags to extend freshness.

Born in Philadelphia, Laura Scudder worked as a nurse before moving to California. While there she became the first female attorney in Ukiah, California before moving south to Monterey Park, California, where she started her food company in 1926.

At first, potato chips were packaged in barrels or tins, which left chips at the bottom stale and crumbled. Laura Scudder started having her workers take home sheets of wax paper to iron into the form of bags, which were filled with chips at her factory the next day. This innovation kept the chips fresh and crisp longer and, along with the invention of cellophane, allowed potato chips to become a mass market product.

Scudder also began putting dates on the bags, becoming the first company to freshness date their food products. This new standard of freshness was reflected in the marketing slogan: "Laura Scudder's Potato Chips, the Noisiest Chips in the World."

Laura Scudder faced many obstacles running her own company during the Great Depression.

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Born
Jul 19, 1887
Philadelphia
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Mar 13, 1959
Resting place
San Gabriel Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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