Prohibition Tied to SensoryEffects Powders Products

Tom Diehl
Research Fellow

There is rich history at our corporate powders manufacturing plant in Defiance, Ohio. Beginning business in the mid-1800s as a brewery, continuing on to dairy and non-dairy powder processing during Prohibition, and leaving the legacy of the Diehl Brewery brands in our Centennial and Jerzee products still produced today.

The Christian Diehl Brewery began manufacturing beer in 1867, and continued until January 6, 1919 when Congress passed the 18th Amendment. One year later, Prohibition became the law of the land. To allow business to continue, the brewery became known as Defiance Milk Products, manufacturing evaporated milk. When Prohibition ended in 1933 (the 21st Amendment), the Diehl Brewery once again began processing beer, but continued manufacturing evaporated milk and spray drying milk (dairy milk powder) for the soldiers in World War II. In 1953, the brewery closed permanently due to larger brewery competition, and went to full-time dairy manufacturing.

In the early 1950s, Pream, a non-dairy coffee creamer, manufactured by Ross Laboratories in Columbus, OH, was introduced to the US market as the first powdered creamer for coffee. Later, the company, now called Defiance Milk Products, began manufacturing the Jerzee Creaming Agents line, which is a popular creamer line that is still in production today.

Products With a History

Our Centennial Powdered Fats and our Jerzee Creaming Agents (learn more) product lines have been in production since the early 1960s, and are still in high demand today. The Centennial brand name comes from the Diehl Brewery Centennial beer brand, and the Jerzee name derives from the Jerzee cow, which has rich milk.

Want to know more?

Call 800.251.3033, or contact the Diehl Brewery founder’s great grandson and dairy milk powder expert, Tom Diehl.

About SensoryEffects Powder Systems

In 2006, Diehl Food Ingredients, Inc. was purchased by SensoryEffects Powder Systems and continues to produce specialty food ingredients for customers in the United States as well as internationally. We offer non-dairy creamers with various fat levels of soybean oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, or canola oil. Our creaming agents are used in various applications, including repackaging for vending and retail, reliquifying for food service, hot chocolate, confections, icings, soups, sauces, gravies, meal replacements and dietary supplements. Powder Systems provides powdered shortenings used in pancake, biscuit, cake, cookie, and muffin mixes, as well as in gravies, soups, sauces and breading applications. Powder Systems also offers powdered butterfats that contain dairy solids. We offer whip topping and dessert bases for applications ranging from retail or food service, mousses, cheesecakes, soft serve mixes and adding volume to cakes and desserts. SensoryEffects Powder Systems also provides specialty powders, including spray-dried and blended products, to serve the bakery, beverages, dairy, desserts and confectionery, flavors and fragrances, seasoning and spices, soups and sauces and health and nutrition markets.

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Tom Diehl

Tom Diehl

Research Fellow

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