Many companies in the agriculture-based state of Nebraska produced food and beverages. Dairies, breweries, packinghouses, and distilleries are integral parts of Nebraska's manufacturing history.
Clockwise, L. to R.: Bartlett pears, Allen Bros., Omaha; Wanda's Bread Mix, Nature Farm Foods, Inc., Lincoln; Honey, E. C. Leigh, Beatrice; Tostada Chips, Nebraska Land Dist. Co., Hastings; Sterling, Zipp Baking, Nebraska City; Meadow Land Honey, Alliance; Popcorn, Morrison Farms, Clearwater; Grama's, Lincoln
Michael Cudahy founded the Cudahy Packing Company in 1886 and the plant continued in operation until 1967. It was one of the "Big Four" packing plants in Omaha, which also included Armour, Swift, and Morris.
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The Weaver's Potato Chip Company, Inc., began in 1932 with its hand-scrubbed "Weaver Brownie Vitamin Chips." Today Weaver's is located at 610 L Street in Lincoln and processes five thousand pounds of potatoes an hour.
Hastings Inventor Edwin Perkins had problems marketing his Fruit Smack, a liquid drink concentrate. Packaged in bottles, the product was expensive to ship and often broke in transit, so to solve these problems Perkins developed a way to dehydrate the concentrate. Wildly successful, the Perkins Product Company moved to Chicago in 1931. Today Kraft Foods Company continues to manufacture Kool-Aid, a favorite of children for generations.
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