Corporations: Borden's Green Pastures

After 106 years of peddling milk and ice cream, the Borden Co. next month will move into pickles too. When Borden's acquires a Michigan pickle firm called Aunt Jane's Foods, no mouths will pucker in the modest Madison Avenue building from which robust Borden President Harold W. Comfort, 66, bosses an operation stretching from Argentina to Australia. Milk and milk products still account for 73% of Borden's sales, but Borden's has diversified so widely—into everything from applesauce to acetylene, wall coverings to wax beans—that no one is surprised any longer at even...

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