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The Food That Built America Season 2 Episodes

Season 2 Episode Guide

16 Episodes 2020 -

Episode 1

Pizza Wars

Tue, Feb 9, 2021 63 mins

In the 1950s, two brothers from Wichita aim to build their restaurant, Pizza Hut, into a franchise empire by boldly introducing America to a little-known Italian dish—pizza. Americans soon fall in love with their signature, thin crust pizza, but unchecked growth and an underdog rival, Domino's, threatens to derail their first-of-its-kind pizza franchise juggernaut. The Season 2 premiere.

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Episode 2

The Chocolate Rush

Sun, Feb 14, 2021 58 mins

In 1919, Milton Hershey is king of the chocolate business. But everything changes when in a Post WWI sugar price drop, a rush of competitors spring up, including his former employee HB Reese, who will go on to create the best-selling candy on the planet. But Reese isn't Hershey's only rival, when a brilliant marketer soon comes up with not one, but two of the most iconic candy bars in history.

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Episode 3

The Kings of Burgers

Sun, Feb 21, 2021 58 mins

In the 1950s, Ray Kroc franchises McDonald's nationwide, but right behind Kroc, a wave of other entrepreneurs try to cash in on the fast-food restaurant craze. Two Florida visionaries start up what will become Kroc's biggest rival, by re-inventing their kitchen's equipment into the pioneering "flame broiler."

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Episode 4

American Cheese

Sun, Feb 28, 2021 63 mins

At the turn of the 20th century, James Kraft challenges centuries of cheese-making tradition and forever alters the dairy industry with his new cheese innovation. Meanwhile, the Pabst brothers are desperate to keep their successful beer empire solvent through Prohibition.

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Episode 5

Cola Wars

Sun, Mar 7, 2021 58 mins

Several companies go head to head against other brands to top the soda products industry.

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Episode 6

Chip Dynasties

Sun, Mar 14, 2021 63 mins

A look into what makes the world-renowned snack, Lay's, and how a business rival tries to topple its dynasty.

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Episode 7

Cookie Wars

Sun, Mar 21, 2021 58 mins

A failed partnership leads Adolphus Green to create one of the world's most iconic cookie companies in history and revolutionize packaging.

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Episode 8

Soup of the Century

Sun, Mar 28, 2021 63 mins

Looking back to when Joseph A. Campbell invented a condensed soup that took the market by storm and how competitor Henry Heinz react to the challenge.

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Episode 9

Godfathers of Fast Food

Sun, Apr 4, 2021 58 mins

The famous hamburger bun is invented by a short-order chef; A spotlight on Nathan Handwerker who started one of the most iconic hotdog stand.

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Episode 10

The TV Dinner

Sun, Apr 11, 2021 63 mins

Gilbert Swanson inherits a frozen turkey company and creates the TV Dinner. And when a restauranteur named Vernon Stouffer tries to bring his frozen meals to market, he's blown out of the water by the TV Dinner, until he harnesses a new technology called the microwave.

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Episode 11

Ice Cream Empires

Sun, Apr 18, 2021 63 mins

A young boy accidentally discovers a frozen treat on a stick, and grows up to bring an endearing classic to the world. Plus, a candy store owner radically re-invents ice cream and launches the first-ever ice cream truck. But when both men own a patent on the same thing, the resulting battle will destroy one man, and cement the other's fortune.

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Episode 12

A Game of Chicken

Mon, May 31, 2021 60 mins

In the 1970s, Ray Kroc is far ahead of the competition. But when a burger chain claiming to be king poaches his third-highest ranking executive, Don Smith, it's war. Smith re-engineers the emerging rival, using the best ideas of his former franchise to modernize the brand. In an unprecedented move, Ray Kroc brings on a world-renowned chef to develop the chicken nugget, breakfast, and try to crush the would-be king once and for all.

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Episode 13

When the Chips are Down

Sun, Jun 6, 2021 63 mins

As C.E. Doolin and Herman Lay are out to prove the potential of the chips business in the 1950's, their success inspires one of the biggest companies in the world to enter the chip market. When a chemist begins work on a secret project, designing a strong, saddle-shaped chip and a revolutionary container to ship them in, the companies go head to head for market dominance.

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Episode 14

The Rise of a Rival

Sun, Jun 13, 2021 125 mins

When candy company president Charles Guth gets shafted by a Cola salesman, he decides to buy a bankrupt rival company and go to war with the supplier who wronged him and its new CEO, the maverick businessman Robert Woodruff. The battle will help shape the world of soda for decades to come.

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Episode 15

Gum Slingers

Sun, Jun 20, 2021 125 mins

William Wrigley stumbles upon a new product that will kickstart a revolution across industries, but not before sparking a life-long rivalry.

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Episode 16

Breakfast Barons

Sun, Jun 27, 2021 63 mins

Dr. John Kellogg and his brother start a revolution in breakfast, while rival C.W. Post takes direct aim at an empire of his own. And the creation of an iconic food comes at a cost, as the brothers' relationship reaches a boiling point under the weight of their success.

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