Colby M. Chester graduated from New York Law School in 1900. He served as the President of General Foods, originally Postum Cereal Co. from 1924-1935; and then served as the Chairman from 1935-1943.
Under Chester’s leadership, General Foods’ annual sales rose from $25 million in 1924 to $120 million in 1935. In 1927, Chester began manufacturing Sanka Coffee, and in 1928, he acquired the Cheek-Neal Coffee Company, makers of Maxwell House Coffee. Chester continued his acquisitions, adding the Certo Corporation and the Frosted Foods Company in 1929 and the Dunlop Milling Company in 1931.
General Foods, Class of 1900, Corporate