History of Sokol and Company
In 1889, Sokol and Company founder, John A. Sokol, immigrated to Chicago from the city of Pilsen, Bohemia, Czech Republic and started his career as a grocery delivery boy at the age of 14. Having learned the ins and outs of the business, he opened his first grocery store in 1895. By 1902, he added three more stores. When his investment in a Mexican coffee plantation ended with the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1902, Sokol returned to the Windy City to start a wholesale coffee, tea and spice business. He incorporated Sokol and Company in 1907. In the 1920’s, Sokol launched the Solo line of food and baking products, which primarily consisted of cake and pastry fillings made from prunes and European imported poppy seeds.
Today, Sokol and Company, commonly known as Solo Foods, manufactures a variety of food and baking products under the Solo, Baker, Borden, Chun's and Simon Fischer brands, some of which were obtained through acquisitions. In the more than 100 years since its founding as a Chicago neighborhood grocery store, Sokol and Company is proud to still represent the same dedication to the highest quality products and service set forth by founder, John A. Sokol.
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