A.J. Canfield Company

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A.J. Canfield Company
Industry Soda Beverage Producer
Successor Sold to Select Beverages in 1995; Select Beverages was acquired by the American Bottling Company in 1998
Founder A. J. Canfield
Headquarters Founded in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Number of locations
Across the United States
Products Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge
Canfield's 50/50
Canfield's Dry Ginger Ale
Grandpa Graf's
Swiss Creme
Mickey Rooney's

The A.J. Canfield Company produces and bottles soda beverages including Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge, primarily in the Chicago area and was founded in 1924. Production for the midwestern United States is handled by the American Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Keurig Dr Pepper and distribution by Kehe Foods of Chicago.


The company was started in 1924,[1] at 67th Street and South Chicago Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, by A. J. Canfield, a former railroad worker.[2]

In 1995, the A.J. Canfield Company was sold to Select Beverages for an undisclosed sum.[3] Its largest plant, on the south side of Chicago at East 89th Place, was closed in December 1995.[4]

In 1998, Select Beverages was acquired by the American Bottling Company, a joint venture company owned by Cadbury Schweppes and the Carlyle Group,[5] now the Keurig Dr Pepper.


50/50 soda bottle
  • Canfield's 50/50 is a grapefruit- and lime-flavored soft drink marketed by the Canfield's company.[6][7][8] In the late 1980s-early 1990s the 50/50 soft drink brand was bottled at Laurel Packaging, Inc. (now Pepsi Bottling Group), Johnstown, PA, and was distributed by the Will G. Keck Corporation (Kecksburg, PA) and also by D & M Management, Inc. (Davidsville, PA), an independent beverage distribution firm, in the West Central Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC, and the Northern Virginia areas.[9][10]
  • Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge, since 1972
  • Canfield's Dry, a brand of ginger ale
  • Grandpa Graf's, a brand of root beer
  • Green River


  1. ^ A.J. Canfield Co. v. Vess Beverages, Inc., 796 F.2d 903 (7th Cir. 15 July 1986).
  2. ^ Vogell, Heather (31 August 2000). "Arthur J. Canfield, 84". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  3. ^ Ford, Dawn (1 July 1995). "Select buys Canfield, creates Midwest powerhouse". Beverage Industry. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  4. ^ Millman, Nancy (9 April 1996). "New Owner To Dip Canfield Into New Markets". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  5. ^ Kirk, Jim (24 February 1998). "Select Beverages To Be Swallowed By Joint Venture Firm". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  6. ^ Haddix, C.; Kraig, B. (2017). The Chicago Food Encyclopedia. Heartland Foodways. University of Illinois Press. p. 532. ISBN 978-0-252-09977-9. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Beverage Industry (in Estonian). Magazines for Industry. 1987. p. 142. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Beverages Direct web site". Retrieved 25 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Canfield's 50/50 Soda".
  10. ^ "Arthur J. Canfield, 84". Chicago Tribune. August 31, 2000. Retrieved November 24, 2017.