Robert Douglas was born and raised in Scone, Scotland. Robert’s father founded the Scone Jam Factory and he taught his sons the business of jam making. When Robert moved to the United States he became the first person to extract and commercially prepare pectin, the ingredient which makes fruit juice jell in 1912. In 1921 Robert Douglas offered his liquid pectin to the retail market for home use, and upon the suggestion of his maid, called it CERTO. Six years later Douglas landed on the CERTO Corporation as the company name. In 1934 a powdered pectin called SURE-JELL was introduced and tested and became available nationally one year later.
In 1942 the production of CERTO and SURE-JELL was reduced due to wartime shortages of sugar, however the company was able to return to pre war levels after the sugar rationing ended. The company has continued to flourish throughout the years by maintaining a high quality and consistent formula and providing a solution to jam and jelly makers within the US.
For a look at CERTO and SURE-JELL through the years, visit our timeline below.