Timeline

  • 1980

    Paul Newman and Hotch filled empty wine bottles in the basement with homemade salad dressing to give as holiday gifts to friends and neighbors. After a few weeks, they came back asking for more.

    Photo of Paul
  • 1982

    Newman’s Own Salad Dressing officially launched, generating over $300,000 in first-year profits. Paul declared, “Let’s give it all away to those who need it!”

    1982 - Newman's Own Foundation officially launched
  • 1983

    The Newman’s Own product line started expanding with the introduction of pasta sauce. Newman’s Own entered the Australia market.

    The Newman’s Own product line started expanding with the introduction of pasta sauce. Newman’s Own entered the Australia market.
  • 1988

    The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp opened in Connecticut, serving 288 kids in its first year. It was a place where children with life-threatening conditions could “raise a little hell.”

    The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp opened in Connecticut
  • 1991

    Following the success of salad dressing, pasta sauce, lemonade, and microwave popcorn, Newman’s Own introduced salsa — all from Paul’s recipes.

    Following the success of salad dressing, pasta sauce, lemonade, and microwave popcorn, Newman’s Own introduced salsa — all from Paul’s recipes.
  • 1992

    A significant milestone was reached: over $50 million had been donated to worthy causes in the company’s first decade.

    A significant milestone was reached: over $50 million had been donated to worthy causes in the company’s first decade.
  • 1997

    By this time, Newman’s Own products had expanded globally, with distribution to countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

    By this time, Newman’s Own products had expanded globally, with distribution to countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • 1999

    The Newman’s Own Awards were established to recognize organizations with inspiring initiatives to help improve quality of life for military service members and their families.

    The Newman’s Own Awards: recognition plaque
  • 2005

    Newman’s Own Foundation was established to carry on Paul Newman’s philanthropic legacy.

    Newman’s Own Foundation was established to carry on Paul Newman’s philanthropic legacy.
  • 2007

    By this time, Paul Newman had helped establish the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, The Discovery Center, and Safe Water Network, among other organizations.

    By this time, Paul Newman had helped establish the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, The Discovery Center, and Safe Water Network, among other organizations.
  • 2008

    On September 26, Paul Newman’s life and legacy were recognized upon his passing, honoring the actor and philanthropist who helped make the world a better place.

    On September 26, Paul Newman’s life and legacy were recognized upon his passing, honoring the actor and philanthropist who helped make the world a better place.
  • 2012

    The new SeriousFun Children’s Network brand was launched, uniting Paul Newman’s global family of camps, serving children living with medical conditions.

    The new SeriousFun Children’s Network brand was launched, uniting Paul Newman’s global family of camps, serving children living with medical conditions.
  • 2012

    Newman’s Own made a major commitment to support nutrition education and fresh food access.

    Newman’s Own made a major commitment to support nutrition education and fresh food access.
  • 2013

    Newman’s Own committed $7 million over 3 years to support military personnel, veterans, and their families.

    Newman’s Own committed $7 million over 3 years to support military personnel, veterans, and their families.
  • 2014

    The Foundation formed its first Nutrition Cohort, a group of 6 nonprofits working together to help address challenges around food access.

    The Foundation formed its first Nutrition Cohort, a group of 6 nonprofits working together to help address challenges around food access.
  • 2017

    Newman’s Own celebrated a $500 million milestone and 35 years of giving it all away.

    Newman’s Own celebrated a $500 million milestone and 35 years of giving it all away.
  • 2018

    With the passage of the Philanthropic Enterprise Act, Newman’s Own was able to continue Paul Newman’s legacy to give it all away.

    With the passage of the Philanthropic Enterprise Act, Newman’s Own was able to continue Paul Newman’s legacy to give it all away.
  • “Let’s give it all away”

    An Interactive Timeline 1980-Today