National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
On November 15th, the country's go-to cereals are served in a bowl. These cereals have been a staple in many American breakfasts for generations, made from toasted oat or wheat flakes with plump raisins added.
Since 1925, a number of companies have been producing raisin bran cereal. Those companies include Kellogg's Raisin Bran, General Mills, Total Raisin Bran, U.S. Mills, and Ralcorp's Post Raisin Bran. However, U.S. Mills was the first to be invented. Skinner's Manufacturing Company, headquartered out of Omaha, Nebraska, was the first to Skinner's Raisin Bran in 1925. Although other bran cereals existed, Skinner's debuted the first with raisins included.
Skinner's exclusive right to the word "raisin bran" for many years, but that didn't discourage others from making their own. Skinner's Manufacturing Co. had been in operation since 1918. And as the country's largest macaroni producer, they weren't going to let it go without a fight. They brought their trademark to court. Skinner's loss was due to the fact that the words "raisin bran" are simply ingredients, rather than being first and trademarking the brand.
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Enjoy it as a snack or for breakfast since raisin bran is the day's best actor. If you aren't a huge fan of bran, you can always separate the raisins. Or maybe you aren't a raisin fan. Did you know you can make wine from raisins? It's true. So, have your bran and wine, too! Celebrate and post #RaisinBranCerealDay on social media.