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Thanksgiving Special: The Lawyer Who Invented Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry2More than 94 percent of Thanksgiving dinners include cranberry sauce. But do you know who invented the delicacy?

The cranberry was considered a seasonal fruit until an enterprising attorney named Marcus L. Urann realized that the berries he harvested exceeded the demand. Since he didn't like waste, he perfected a sauce that he canned and called Ocean Spray in 1912. The "log" or jellied cranberry sauce became available in 1941.

Ocean Spray is now the number one brand of canned and bottled juice drinks in the United States. Legally, it is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 650 cranberry growers in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and other parts of Canada as well as more than 100 Florida grapefruit growers.

Click here to read more about the history of Ocean Spray.

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