Since 1987, we've been inspiring people to think about their food - where it comes from, how it's raised, and how it's made.
Applegate overhauled its entire natural cheese line to a Non-GMO Project Verified milk supply from cows raised on pasture.
Applegate receives verification from the Non-GMO Project for its natural and organic 100 percent grass-fed beef hot dogs.
Applegate introduces its first products to carry the Non-GMO Project Verified butterfly seal – Applegate Organics® Chicken Nuggets and Applegate Organics® Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets. Applegate announces its intent to verify all of its products.
Applegate removes genetically modified ingredients from all of its products – more than 130.
Applegate announces the conversion of all its beef products to 100 percent grass-fed and finished.
Hormel Foods acquires Applegate in a deal that allows Applegate to operate as an independent, stand-alone subsidiary.
Applegate sponsors the production and distribution of "Resistance," a documentary that outlines the perils of antibiotic overuse and proposes solutions for reversing the tide.
Applegate brings the mission to cheese production and introduces rBGH-free cheese.
Applegate gives the humble hot dog – often considered the poster child for mystery meat – a makeover and debuts an organic, 100 percent grass-fed beef hot dog.
Applegate goes a step further on the mission by introducing the first widely-available certified organic deli meat.
Stephen McDonnell becomes aware of the wide-spread use of antibiotics in animal agriculture and the detrimental effects on animal welfare, the environment and human health. As a result, Applegate introduces its first deli meat with no antibiotics ever.
The mission starts with Applegate founder Stephen McDonnell wondering: "what if you weren't afraid to read a hot dog ingredient label?" In 1987, Stephen met Christopher Ely and decides to buy Christopher's family business, Jugtown Smokehouse, a purveyor of fine smoked meats made without synthetic nitrates.