Worthington® & Loma Linda® are makers
of great tasting foods. For over 70 years, we have created new and innovative products
for consumers looking for vegetarian options.
Worthington Foods® began as Special Foods in 1939, founded by psychiatrist Dr.
George Harding. Dr. Harding was committed to providing health for the body and mind
with an emphasis on nutrition and vegetarianism. The first products were the meat
alternatives Proast (dark meat) and Numete (light meat). Special Foods grew throughout
the years, and saw a jump in production due to a shortage of meat during WWII. In
1945, Special Foods changed their name to Worthington®.
In the decades to follow, Worthington Foods® led the way to new vegetarian products.
During the 1950's, Worthington® increased in size due to acquisitions and new
product developments, such as Soyamel and Veja-Link, the world's first vegetarian
hot dog. In the 1960's, Worthington experienced two major breakthroughs. First,
using spun soy fiber to create a meat-like texture helped to bring new vegetarian
products to market. Second, Worthington® was the first to bring frozen vegetarian
food into supermarkets.
In the 1970's, under new ownership by Miles Laboratories, Worthington® introduced
Morningstar Farms® products. In 1982, the original founders bought back the
business and, soon after, Dale Twomley became CEO, taking the company public in
Worthington® continues its tradition today by offering great tasting vegetarian
foods for you.