PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese: A Rich History
It’s 1875. The Kentucky Derby is run for the first time. A pound of coffee costs about 25 cents. And in Chester, New York, William A. Lawrence starts adding cream to Neufchatel cheese—calling the resulting deliciousness “cream cheese.”
Mr. Lawrence didn’t actually invent cream cheese—family farms had been making it in small batches for years—but he was the first to mass-produce it. In 1880 his New York distributor, Alvah L. Reynolds, created the name—PHILADELPHIA, a nod to the sterling cheese-making reputation PHILADELPHIA had—and a great American brand was born.