March 7 is National Cereal Day

Today is National Cereal Day.

In the back of a small store in Akron, Ohio, German immigrant Ferdinand Schumacher started the cereal revolution in 1854 with a hand oats grinder. The first commercial manufacturer of oatmeal in the nation was his German Mills American Oatmeal Company. The Quaker symbol, the first officially recognized trademark for breakfast cereal, was adopted by Schumacher in 1877. James Caleb Jackson created Granula, the first breakfast cereal, in the United States in 1863.

Since the end of the 19th century, cereal has become America’s most popular breakfast food.