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 Jean-Antoine Brutus Menier

Jean-Antoine Brutus Menier

Birth
Bourgueil, Departement d'Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France
Death 19 Dec 1853 (aged 58)
Passy, Departement de Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 67
Memorial ID 7867 · View Source
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Entrepreneur. Founder of the Menier dynasty of chocolate makers. Born in Germain-de-Bourgeuil, France, he was a largely self-schooled (and unlicensed) pharmacist who in 1816 set up shop selling medicinal products in Paris. Much of his success derived from his use of chocolate to coat bitter-tasting pills. In the late 1830s he began marketing solid bars of dark chocolate but considered this only a sideline. He was awarded the Legion of Honor in 1842. After Menier's death his son, Emile-Justin Menier, eliminated pharmaceutical production and built the business into France's largest chocolate manufacturer, a position it would hold for nearly a century. The Menier family sold out its interests in the early 1960s and the firm was eventually acquired by Nestlé.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 19 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7867
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jean-Antoine Brutus Menier (17 May 1795–19 Dec 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7867, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .