Earl Whitley Stewart establishes the first of his Stewart-named food companies, which remain in business to this day. This represented the Stewart family’s introduction to the baking and ingredient-supply manufacturing business.
Following the sale of his interests in the company in 1917, E.W. held positions with the largest meat packer in Chicago, eventually becoming president. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and his desire to return to ingredient development, he left the meat packing industry and started E.W. Stewart and Company. E.W. Stewart and Company developed ingredients and retail products during the late 1920’s. In addition to retail bakery ingredients, E.W. developed and marketed mayonnaise and other dressings for grocers.