The history of Daisy Brands started with a man by the name of Morris who emigrated from Russia to the United States to start a new life in the country. When Morris’ son Louis lost a significant amount of money to the real estate market, Morris contributed a buggy and a horse so that Louis could start a new business. With Morris’ contribution, Louis started selling fresh milk and other dairy products to residences and establishments in Chicago.
It was in the 1920s that the Daisy Brand was first introduced to the market. Under this label, Louis marketed all of the company’s products throughout Chicago. With this, Morris invested in his son’s company. The company’s first factory was completed in 1922. It was located near Haymarket Square, where Louis started the business.
The Great Depression was a time of growth for the company, during which the business flourished and the brand became a popular one. A big part of this popularity was due to the company’s inventive promotions of its products. During that time, the most popular Daisy Brand promotion was the mini-porcelain butter churns.
Over the next 30 years, Daisy Brands steadily implemented its expansion programs, starting with its production plants. The company soon started to distribute its products to other parts of the United States. In 1958, Daisy Brands became the country’s leader in interstate shipping of sour cream. In that same year, the company was distributing sour cream to more than 200 markets in 32 states.
In 1972, the company was hit with a major blow when its Chicago facility caught fire, without any hopes of being salvaged. After the disaster, Burton (Louis’ son and then company president) decided to relocate what was left of the business to the company’s facility in Texas.
Over the succeeding years, the company continued to operate in the state of Texas. When Burton’s son, David, decided to join the company, he focused on creating new technologies to create products that had superior quality on a consistent basis when compared to their competitors. In the later part of 2006, the company introduced their cottage cheese product in the market. In 2008, the company was given the impressive American Business Ethics award.
Currently, Daisy Brands continues to operate with the same high-quality service and products that it has been giving consumers since the company first started.
Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
Ownership Type: private
Demography: sour cream and other dairy product consumers, foodservice operators