Leonard Marsh, one of the three co-founders of the Snapple drink company, had died at 80 years old, the New York Times reports. His son-in-law, Jack Ross, confirms he died Tuesday (May 21) at home. Before becoming a success in the juice business, Marsh was a window washer. In 1972 he joined his brother-in-law Hyman Golden, and childhood friend Arnold Greenberg to found the company that would become Snapple.
Originally known as Unadulterated Food Products, the three sold natural fruit juices to health food stores on a part-time basis. The brand was changed to Snapple in the 1980s, as the men grew their business into a company with annual sales of around $700 million. They sold it to the Quaker Oats Company for $1.7 billion in 1994.
After the sale, Marsh stayed with the company for a few years under the title executive vice president for planning. The company was eventually sold to Cadbury Schweppes in 2000, before being spun off into it’s own corporation, The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.
Marsh was the last surviving of the three founders. Golden died in 2008, while Greenberg passed in 2012.