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 Eskimo Pie was invented by Christian Nelson, of Iowa. He
came to Omaha to patent his idea in 1920. There he met Russell
Stover, who convinced him to franchise his product. The name
Eskimo Pie was coined when Stover sent his sister to the Omaha
Public Library to find a word that conveyed "cold."
The partners made a fortune the first year, but knockoff products,
and delinquent royalty payments from franchisees, hurt their
profits. Stover sold his share back to Nelson, who eventually
sold the company.
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.