Sharing the flour profits

Pillsbury's Best ad A XXX symbol in medieval days indicated the best flour. Charles Pillsbury added a fourth "X" to his packaging.

In 1869 a flour mill mattered. If you wanted to eat, you pretty much made your own food. No drive-up windows. Not many restaurants.

Flour mills were vital to both farmers and settlers.

Charles A. Pillsbury's company began in 1869 with a dilapidated mill on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Within 20 years, Pillsbury was one of the world's larger flour producers.


Quality. Efficiency. Marketing.

And a little care for employees.

Charles Pillsbury "got it" when it came to employee loyalty. He had come from a modest background. He paid for his college education by teaching part-time. He knew what it was like to make ends meet.

So he launched one of the first employee profit-sharing plans in the nation. Within a decade the plan had distributed about $150,000 to employees.

Big deal, you say?

The average salary back then was maybe $200 a year. If you were lucky.

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