Adams, whose full name was Alonzo T. Adams II, is best known for his contributions to the popular Slim Jim jerky. Though Adolph Levis invented Slim Jim in 1928, Adams is credited with developing the more current Slim Jim formula, a spokesperson for Conagra Brands, the manufacturer of the jerky, told CNN.
“Conagra Brands was saddened to learn of the passing of Lon Adams, and we extend our condolences to his family and loved ones. We are grateful for the contributions that Lon made to Slim Jim,” the company said in a statement to CNN.
He worked for Goodmark Foods for many years, eventually retiring as a principal scientist, his obituary stated.