Watkins products were first sold in 1868 as the salespeople used a horse and buggy to visit the homes on their route. The company was founded by J.R. Watkins who started the company in Plainview, Minnesota. Watkins died in 1911 forty five years after he founded the company.
Their products include home health care products like liniments and seasonings for cooking.
I can remember Watkins salespersons going door to door selling their array of products. The company thrived for many years until changes in buyer’s habits during the 40’s and the company filed for bankruptcy protection in the 1970’s and was bought by investor Irwin L. Jacobs in 1978.
Wal-Mart has sold some Watkins products in their stores along with Walgreens who have also sold the Watkins products on their shelves.
Watkins today has an internet presence as it has evolved from a horse and buggy operation to using modern computer technology to sell their products.
The prognosis for the company does not look good if they don’t price their products more reasonably. One Watkins website is selling an 11 ounce bottle of vanilla priced at $14.99. A four ounce can of black pepper is being sold for $5.99 which seems very pricey to me.
Watkins products and prices can be found at this website: