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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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PR Week

PR Week
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:26:15 -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 ...

Washington Post (blog)

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:56:15 -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 ...

Miami Herald

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:26:15 -0700

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:07:30 -0700

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PR Newswire (press release)
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:11:21 -0700

OAKLAND, Calif., March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The maker of Kingsford Charcoal has become one of the many companies to use the likeness of a famous amateur basketball player for marketing purposes during that mad, mad month of March.


Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:22:30 -0800

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