Baldwin Richardson Foods Co.

Baldwin Richardson Foods (BRF) is a true service business that offers customers a range of services, including innovation, product development, procurement, logistics, customer service and consumer insights. Our overall approach is to build long-lasting, strategic partnerships with our customers and suppliers.

This spirit of partnership extends to everyone who works here. Being part of BRF is like being part of a family. We know each other as friends, colleagues and fellow human beings, not just as coworkers.

Our History


Founded and headquartered in Chicago, Baldwin Ice Cream was a longstanding household name in the Chicagoland area with a strong consumer base. It was also one of the largest African-American-owned food companies in the US.


After Eric Johnson, a second-generation entrepreneur, purchased the company, distribution and sales grew significantly.


Baldwin Ice Cream Company purchased Richardson Foods, creating Baldwin Richardson Foods (BRF). At the time, Richardson Foods was well known for its retail brands: Nance’s Mustards & Condiments, Mrs. Richardson’s Toppings and Richardson Root Beer.

Initially a retail business selling directly to consumers, the combined company evolved into a full-service retail and food service ingredient company with strong relationships with some of America’s favorite quick-service restaurants and casual dining chains.


BRF entered the industrial marketplace when it began supplying ingredients to food manufacturers. Later, with the acquisition of the Industrial Products Division of The J.M. Smucker Company, the company greatly expanded its presence in this market.


BRF has grown significantly in size, sophistication and capability. The comprehensive range of products and services we offer is a major reason we’ve established longstanding strategic partnerships with our customers. And as a true partner, we help our customers plan and prepare for new, emerging trends, as well as potential growth opportunities on the far horizon.