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Woman smiling while eating toast with Philadelphia cream cheese spread on it.

Introduced: 1880

Philadelphia (also known as "Philly") is the world's most popular cream cheese. Available in regular, light, fat-free and flavored varieties, Philadelphia cheese comes in regular and snack sizes.

Quick Facts

125+ years

Philadelphia has a long history of high standards, quality and freshness that lives from passionate people.

100+

Philadelphia is sold in more than a hundred countries on six continents, making it the largest cheese brand in the world.

History

Old headshot from 1872 of William Lawrence - the first person to invent cream cheese.

1872

William Lawrence invents the first cream cheese in New York.

Picture from 1880 of Philadelphia and a package of Philadelphia cream cheese in the foreground also from that time.

1880

Philadelphia is adopted as the brand, named after the city which was considered at the time to be the home of top quality food

Picture from 1903 of Phenix cheese factory with a Philadelphia cream cheese pack in the foreground also from that time.

1903

the Phenix Cheese Company of new York buys the Philadelphia trademark.

1920s photo of workers assembling Philadelphia cream cheese aluminum foil.

1920

Philadelphia gets an extended shelf life, preserved freshness and taste thanks to aluminum foil packaging.

1960 Philadelphia package from Europe.

1960

Philadelphia starts conquering Europe. It's introduced in the United Kingdom and in Germany the following year.

Philadelphia soft cheese with salmon package from 1980. Plate with toast and spread cheese in background.

1980

Soft Philadelphia cream cheese in 8-ounce plastic tubs is introduced in test markets in both the U.S. and Canada. It is available nationally in the U.S. in 1981.

Philadelphia milk chocolate indulgence package from 2012.

2012

dark, milk and white chocolate versions of Philadelphia – called Indulgence – were introduced to the U.S.

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