Vitamix, privately owned and operated by the Barnard family after 1921, manufactures high-performance blenders for consumers and for the restaurant and hospitality industry. Vitamix has been based in Olmsted Falls, Ohio after 1948. It employs more than 700 people at its Northeast Ohio headquarters, customer service, and manufacturing facilities.
Vitamix is privately owned and operated by the Barnard family. The company was founded in 1921 when William Grover Barnard began travelling the country selling modern kitchen products. It was by helping a friend through his illness that Barnard began to associate the importance and impact that whole-food nutrition had on one’s health and well-being. At that point, Barnard changed the name of the company to The Natural Food Institute, which would lay the foundation of the company’s focus on providing products that help to improve the health and vitality of their customers.
It was in 1937 that Barnard was introduced to a new kitchen appliance, the blender. Recognizing the value that the blender could have on quickly and easily preparing healthy meals, Barnard began to focus the attention of the company towards the creation of a durable and reliable series of blending machines. These machines were named “Vita-Mix” blenders with the emphasis of “vita” meaning “life”.
In 1949, Bill Barnard, son of William, convinced his father to take his Vita-Mix demonstrations to television advertising. This new medium provided an exciting opportunity for the company to teach individuals the value of whole-food nutrition and the power of blending fresh ingredients. The company became pioneers with the .
Bill Barnard inherited the business and in 1964 officially changed the name to Vita-Mix Corporation. With the values of the company already in place, it was Bill’s goal to make the preparation of healthy foods even easier than before. The Vitamix became more powerful and versatile, setting it apart from additional blending products on the market. In 1969, the company released the Vitamix 3600, the first blender that could make hot soup, blend ice cream, grind grain, and knead bread dough.
In 1985, John Barnard and his brother created the Mix’n Machine, the first high-performance commercial blender. It brought superior quality, consistency and value to a large number of companies in the food-service industry. Today, a full line of commercial Vitamix machines can be found in gourmet restaurants and leading chains around the world including Starbucks and McDonalds.
In February 2006, Blendtec sued Vitamix Corporation for infringing its patents on Blendtec’s “Wild Side” jar design, which Vitamix had allegedly copied as its own MP and XP containers. The court concluded Vitamix had infringed Blendtec’s patents, and awarded Blendtec total damages of approximately $24 million, the largest patent-related penalty in the history of Utah.
In 2009, Jodi Berg became President of Vitamix, making her the fourth-generation of the Barnard family to hold this title. It remains the goal of Vitamix to improve the vitality of people’s lives all over the world by pushing the boundaries when creating and providing high-quality blending equipment.
Vitamix products are built in the United States. Vitamix manufactures three series of household blenders: S-Series, C-Series and G-Series. The G-Series includes Vitamix’s latest release, the 780, their first machine with touch screen controls.
Vitamix additionally manufactures a variety of beverage, food preparation and frozen treat mixers for commercial use.
In addition to blenders, in 2015 Vitamix President, Jodi Berg, released The Vitamix Cookbook: 250 Delicious Whole Food Recipes to Make in Your Blender to their series of cookbooks that feature whole grains to raw vegan food recipes.