If it were a television show, the TV dinner saga would probably be the longest running series around. Here's some of the highlights of the last 40 years:
s Restaurant in Cleveland.
Campbell Soup Co., Camden, N.J., acquires C.A. Swanson & Sons.
F.M. Stamper Co. introduces its first Banquet frozen dinner.
On-Cor introduces 14-ounce entrees, including sliced beef and gravy, barbecue beef and beef chop suey.
On-Cor introduces 2-pound entrees.
Banquet introduces Buffet Supper line. Company runs its first television ad.
Weight Watchers entrees become available through Foodways National (approximate
F.M. Stamper Co. merges with RCA Corp. and changes its name to Banquet Foods Corp.
Swanson introduces its Hungry Man dinners.
Nestle acquires Stouffer Food Corp.
Banquet introduces Man Pleaser dinner products.
H.J. Heinz Co. acquires Weight Watchers.
ConAgra acquires Banquet.
Armour introduces Dinner Classics line.
Campbell Soup introduces Le Menu dinners.
Stouffer launches Lean Cuisine line.
Banquet introduces Light & Elegant line of entrees.
On-Cor introduces On-Cor Lite entrees.
ConAgra acquires RJR Nabisco frozen food business (Morton, Patio and Chun King).
Banquet introduces Banquet Gourmet line.
Swanson repackages dinners to make them suitable for use in microwave ovens.
All American Gourmet introduces Budget Gourmet dinners.
Stouffer introduces Dinner Supreme brand, its first product in microwavable packaging.
The original Swanson aluminum dinner takes its place in the Smithsoinian Institution.
ConAgra introduces Healthy Choice line of dinners.
On-Cor introduces dual tray for use in microwave or regular ovens.
Tyson introduces Looney Tunes line.
Banquet offers Kid Cuisine.
Jeno Paulucci, founder of Chun King and Jeno's,launches Luigino's Italian entrees.
Swanson introduces Fun Feast Dinners.
Weight Watchers introduces Smart Ones, entrees containing one gram of fat or less.
The dinners category logs $1.1 billion in supermarket sales for the 52-week period ended Sept. 13.
Stouffer Food Corp. becomes Nestle Frozen Food Co.