American Heritage

Our Story

Tried, Tested and True

Wesson has stood the test of time as the preferred choice for generations past, present, and future.

Wesson is the #1 selling cooking oil brand in the US. Wesson has been a staple in kitchens for generations and continues to be the go-to ingredient for home cooks and professional chefs.

In 1899, David Wesson developed an innovative new process that greatly improved the quality of cooking vegetable oils. Today, we’re proud to continue this commitment to quality. From testing product innovations to developing new recipes – we promise to put the same care into crafting Wesson Oils that you put into cooking for your family and friends.

  • 1880

    1880 - 

    David Wesson introduces an innovative process for creating vegetable oil.

  • 1899

    1899 - 

    David Wesson forms the Wesson Oil Company. His all-vegetable shortening is marketed as Wesson Snowdrift, and was sold as a liquid cottonseed oil. Wesson Snowdrift was also sold in a solid shortening form.

  • 1900

    1900 - 

    Wesson truly transforms how American households cook. Prior to the creation of liquid vegetable oils, the bulk of cooking was done with animal fat. The introduction of vegetable oils to American households offers a healthier alternative, with no cholesterol and lower saturated fat.

  • 1929

    1929 - 

    Wesson introduces a new spout to the can design, making pouring easier.

  • 1936

    1936 - 

    Wesson moves operations to Memphis, TN, the city that it continues to call home today.

  • 1955

    1955 - 

    Wesson fans learn how to bake the popular “LoveLight” 2-egg chiffon layer cake, a popular recipe from the Quicker Ways to Better Eating cookbook.

  • 1964

    1964 - 

    Celebrated graphic designer Saul Bass re-designs the iconic Wesson logo.

  • 1976

    1976 - 

    America falls in love with Florence Henderson’s “Wessonality” – the crispy, non-greasy taste you get when you fry with Wesson oil.

  • 1992

    1992 - 

    A new generation of home cooks learn new recipes from The Wesson Oil Cookbook.

  • 2019

    2019 - 

    Family owned company, Richardson International, acquires Wesson Oil.

  • 2022

    2022 - 

    Great new look. Same pure oil.

  • 2023

    2023 - 

    Wesson Plant Butter joins the product lineup.

Present Day

Wesson's Beginning

Wesson Oil has been around for a long time - and throughout our history, our home has always been in the south. Our current 280,000-square-foot facility in Memphis, Tennessee makes and packages all Wesson Oil products sold in over 50 countries around the world.

Family Owned

In 2019, family-owned Richardson International purchased Wesson Oil. A leader in agriculture and food processing, Richardson International follows a farm to table approach in its operations. Wesson Oil is the keystone product line in a family of brands managed by Richardson Food & Ingredients.