The Wholesome History of CARNATION® Milks

Families have trusted CARNATION® Milks for generations. They know that our evaporated milk adds rich, creamy taste to their favorite recipes. And it all started with a humble grocer who wanted to share quality milk with his customers.

The Wholesome History of CARNATION® Milks

Families have trusted CARNATION® Milks for generations. They know that our evaporated milk adds rich, creamy taste to their favorite recipes. And it all started with a humble grocer who wanted to share quality milk with his customers.

Rich Beginnings

More than 100 years ago, on September 6, 1899, grocer E.A. Stuart and a business partner founded the Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company in Kent, WA. It specialized in evaporated milk, which is simply fresh milk, gently heated to remove (evaporate) about half the water. At a time when families couldn’t always enjoy farm-fresh milk, Stuart knew this “new-fangled” evaporated milk could help them get the nutrients they needed, along with a rich, creamy taste.

Although CARNATION Evaporated Milk began as a drinking milk, it has become known as “The Cooking Milk.” Today, many chefs love it because of the homemade taste and creamy texture it gives to both sweet and savory recipes.

CARNATION® Milks Through the Years

As CARNATION Evaporated Milk found its way into many American pantries, the company continued to come up with trusted products that could be enjoyed in family-favorite recipes. Soon, Carnation milks became a delicious part of families’ traditions.

In 1967, the company introduced CARNATION Fat Free Evaporated Milk, and in 1976, CARNATION Lowfat 2% Evaporated Milk was introduced. =

CARNATION Sweetened Condensed Milk, the most recent member of the CARNATION family, was introduced in 1988 and was immediately incorporated into America’s baking and confectionery recipes.

Today, CARNATION Evaporated Milk remains essentially the same high-quality product it has been since its introduction in 1899. Generations have grown up with it in their kitchens and many have literally been raised on it. It truly has become the American staple that E. A. Stuart envisioned more than 100 years ago.