Travel Channel's 'Made in America' Pops Up at Cretors

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Inventor of the popcorn machine featured on "Made in America" Saturday, June 7th at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT)

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C. Cretors and Company, the Chicago-based inventor of the popcorn machine is the subject of the June 7th episode of John Ratzenberger's "Made in America" series on the Travel Channel. Celebrating the people, places and products that are uniquely American, this season of "Made in America" features some of the country's most fascinating American-made wonders including Cretors' popcorn machines, Seattle's Space Needle and the San Francisco cable car system.

  • Travel Channel's "Made in America" celebrates Cretors Popcorn Machine

Initially making a name for himself as a roasted peanut vendor, Charles Cretors introduced the first patented steam driven popcorn machine that popped corn in oil in 1893. By developing innovative machinery that reflect the ever-changing tastes of the times, C. Cretors & Company has maintained its position as an industry thought leader, surviving the rise and fall of movie theaters, the Great Depression and the emergence of television. Inventions in the 20th century improved upon the accuracy, reliability and efficiency of snack food equipment, while the 21st century has seen a more ardent approach to developing machines that produce healthier snacks. Inventions in the 20th century improved upon the accuracy, reliability and efficiency of snack food equipment, while the 21st century has seen a more ardent approach to developing machines that produce healthier snacks. The company's most recent innovation, the Flo-Thru 80, uses a hot air popping technique to produce healthy, savory or candy-coated popcorn for movie theaters.

  • Charles Cretors introduced the first patented steam driven popcorn machine

John Ratzenberger's "Made in America" honors the men and women who skillfully make the products, such as Cretors popcorn machine that are the backbone of the American economy. Taking viewers along for rare, behind-the-scenes tours of these iconic American-made structures, "Made in America" provides viewers with insightful, insider information, as he reveals the fascinating stories behind how they were built and how they continue to operate today.

The innovators and their creations, such as the popcorn machine that have made C. Cretors & Company a hallmark of American industry and entertainment will be featured on "Made in America" on Saturday, June 7th at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on the Travel Channel.

About C. Cretors and Company
Established in 1885, C. Cretors and Company is the leading designer and manufacturer of food processing and concession equipment providing a complete range of innovative
foodservice solutions to companies around the world. A renowned industry innovator, in 1885 Cretors introduced the first patented steam driven popcorn machine that popped corn in oil. Since 1967, Cretors' Food Processing Division has offered a patented continuous production line featuring a hot air fluidized bed oven for high-volume popcorn production ranging from 80 pounds to 5,000 pounds per hour.

Over the company's long and storied history, its Foodservice Division offerings have expanded to include machines that produce and/or dispense cotton candy, nachos, caramel corn, and hot dogs, topping and dispensing equipment as well as warming and display cabinets. Today, Cretors continues to reinvest in research and development to ensure constant improvements in everything from equipment manufacture to customer responsiveness to distributor network communications.

For more information about Cretors' services and products, please visit http://www.cretors.com.

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