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The Kool-Aid Birth Place


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The Kool-Aid Birth Place This building is known locally as the birthplace of Kool-Aid.

More accurately, it was the home of the Perkins Products Company, the manufacturing and retail enterprise of Kool-Aid inventor Edwin E. Perkins and his family.

The company was housed here from 1923 until 1931, when the firm moved to Chicago to expand production of Kool-Aid. The building itself is unremarkable, but the story of Edwin Perkins is extraordinary.

As a young boy in Hendley, Nebraska, he was fascinated with chemistry, printing and products like Jell-O, which was sold in his father's general store. When Mr. Perkins came to Hastings at age thirty-one in 1920, his principal interests were patent medicines and household products. With that background, he began producing a line over 125 "Onor-Maid" items which were sold door-to-door and by mail. One of the most popular was "Fruit Smack," a fruit flavored liquid concentrate.

By 1927, he had developed a powdered drink mix called Kool-Ade, which he packaged in envelopes and sold in grocery stores. Demand for this product was so great that it soon had international sales.

Before long, the Perkins Products Company was focusing entirely on Kool-Ade, and in 1931 Mr. Perkins relocated to Chicage. In 1934, the name was changed to Kool-Aid. The company was sold to General Foods in 1953.


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