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The Kingsford logo
Product type Charcoal
Owner The Clorox Company
Country U.S.
Introduced 1920s
Website kingsford.com

Kingsford is a brand of charcoal used for grilling, along with related products. The brand is owned by The Clorox Company.

The Kingsford Company was formed by Henry Ford and E.G. Kingsford during the early 1920s. Charcoal was developed from Ford Motor Company's factory waste wood scrap. The Kingsford Company was formed when E.G. Kingsford, a relative of Ford's, brokered the site selection for Ford's new charcoal manufacturing plant. The company, originally called Ford Charcoal, was renamed in E.G.’s honor.

Kingsford Charcoal is made from charred softwoods, pine, spruce etc. then mixed with ground coal and other ingredients to make a charcoal briquette. As of August 2000, Kingsford Charcoal contains the following ingredients:[1]


Today, the Kingsford Products Company remains the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the US, enjoying 80 percent market share. More than 1 million tons of wood scraps are converted into charcoal briquets annually.[2]


In the early 1920s, Ford had a large plant in Kingsford, a town named after Henry Ford's cousin. Henry Ford was always looking for new ways to combine resources. One day as the Model T cars were coming off the assembly line, Ford noticed many wood scraps being discarded. He proposed that all wood scraps were to be sent to his chemical building to be made into charcoal.


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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:45:00 -0800

Cramer spoke with Clorox CEO Benno Dorer to find out if the company behind such well-known brands as Glad Bags, Kingsford charcoal, Hidden Valley salad dressing and Burt's Bees could be offering a terrific entry point. "I focus on the long-term ...


Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:13:07 -0800

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PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:11:15 -0800

Build a charcoal fire with Kingsford charcoal for indirect cooking by situating coals on only one side of grill, leaving other side void. Cover entire brisket with beef bouillon base. In small bowl, mix dry rub ingredients and coat brisket with rub ...

Investor's Business Daily

Investor's Business Daily
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:41:15 -0800

Much of the credit goes to the strong brand recognition of its products, including its namesake cleaning products as well as Glad wraps and trash bags, Liquid Plumr drain cleaner, Kingsford charcoal briquets, Pine-Sol cleaners, Hidden Valley salad ...
Mountain Statesman
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:00:00 -0800

Jimmy is survived by his wife, of 53 wonderful years, Judith Ann Ford. They were united in marriage, April 21, 1962. Jim worked at the Kingsford Charcoal Plant in Parson, WV., and was always giving of his time helping everyone. He enjoyed his ...


Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:03:21 -0800

Kingsford Charcoal has become one of the many companies to use the likeness of a former amateur basketball player for marketing purposes during that mad, mad month of March. Kingsford is just adding a surprising twist: the charcoal brand is actually ...

Chief Marketer

Chief Marketer
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:52:30 -0700

Kingsford Charcoal is indeed the king of the grill charcoal category, and has been for decades. Unfortunately for the company, however, the growing popularity of gas grills has hurt the business. So rather than try to persuade more owners of charcoal ...

PR Week

PR Week
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:35:20 -0700

Kingsford Charcoal teamed up with former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) star Ed O'Bannon to promote the use of Kingsford Charcoal for grilling during March Madness game-day festivities. O'Bannon won a high-profile victory over the NCAA ...

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