Oscar Mayer was founded in 1883 in Chicago, Illinois, by brothers Oscar and Gottfried Mayer. The brothers were butchers who opened their own shop and sold bratwurst at the County Fair. The company grew quickly, and by 1904, had 43 employees. Oscar Mayer was the first company to volunteer for the federal meat inspection program in 1906.
The company continues to sell meat and cold cut products, such as hot dogs, ham, and bacon. Kraft Heinz acquired the company in 1989. Oscar Mayer is often remembered due to their popular commercials in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, which featured a song that included the name, as well as the company’s ” Wienermobile”, which is a car with a huge hot dog perched on top. This item was also a toy offered inside packages of hot dogs in the 1960’s.
Today, Oscar Mayer has more than 1,650 employees. The company maintains a corporate office in Madison, Wisconsin.