ACT II Timeline
- Golden Valley Microwave Foods, based out of Edina, MN, started with a bold idea – to make products exclusively for use in microwave ovens.
- ACT I Microwave Popcorn, a frozen product sold in refrigerated vending machines, was introduced.
- Golden Valley developed a revolutionary new popcorn bag, which allowed the kernels in the bag to pop in any microwave. The shelf-stable, non-refrigerated product was called ACT II.
- The company went public.
- Golden Valley was acquired by ConAgra Foods, Inc.
- ConAgra Foods, Inc. produced more than 1 billion bags of popcorn, making Golden Valley the largest manufacturer of microwave popcorn in the world.
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's largest packaged food companies. Its balanced portfolio includes consumer brands found in 97 percent of America's households, the largest private brand packaged food business in North America, and a strong commercial and foodservice business. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt's®, Marie Callender's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack® and many other ConAgra Foods brands, plus food sold under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club stores and drugstores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong commercial foods presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.
ConAgra Foods’ microwave popcorn is sold in over 130 countries around the world, marketed under both the ACT II® and Orville Redenbacher’s® brand names. While most people around the world enjoy the classic flavors of Butter and Natural, there are some unique flavors internationally that aren’t found in the U.S. Flavors such as Chile con Limon, Cheese, Sweet Vanilla, and Buttery Sweet can be found in countries such as China, Japan and Mexico. If you’re traveling to other countries, look for our brands in the snack aisle of traditional grocery stores and convenience stores.