What’s New

Source: Beatrice Foods Company advertisements.  Beatrice Cooke was a well known figure in magazine adds in the 1940’s and 50’s, and featured recipes relating to Meadow Gold Dairy Products.

Please Note:  Minor additions, modifications or deletions may occur on this website from time to time without such action published on this page.

April 19, 2019

We uploaded the full detail sheet on the 1985 Beatrice Racing car that was used to promote Beatrice in formula racing.  The Click HERE to download the ‘Beatrice Racing; Newman/Haas Lola T-900, Driver: Mario Andretti.’

April 2, 2019

Charles Sanna, Man Behind Swiss Miss Cocoa, Dies at 101  The Click HERE to read the full article on a prolific innovator, and remarkable person.

March 5, 2016

The annual reports from 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, and 1978 have been added to our digital archives.  1976 and 1979 are a larger format, and we are upgrading our scanning technology to accommodate larger paper documents that we have in our archives.

July 6, 2015

More updates were performed with the addition of added recipes, the 1972 Beatrice Foods Annual report, Beatrice/Hunt-Wesson Horizons Newsletters, and product brochures, located on the ‘Stationery Samples’ page.  We are hoping that the remaining Beatrice Foods Annual Reports that are in our archives will be scanned and uploaded.

June 15, 2015

Today is the new day for our site, as we not only have completely revamped the look and feel of Beatrice Archives, formerly Beatrice Foods Memorial, but added many new documents, such as recipes, converted many of our scanned Beatrice print media advertisements from images to pdf for easier viewing and saving to your computer.  As always, we welcome feedback, and suggestions, and this site always welcomes material to add to our digital archives to preserve the history of Beatrice.

December 18, 2011

Okay, we have quite a few updates to talk about and we have not been updating this page as often as we should.

Firstly, we have updated the “Ratings, Reviews & Comments” and “Become a Member” section to where both the Beatrice Foods Memorial and Bell System Memorial now have their own sections to become a member.  Before they were combined, but now you can become a member on either one, and post reviews and comments on a particular site.  Click HERE to go to the Testimonials and Member Site.

We have updated the Historical Beatrice Recipes & Brochures page, and added the “La Choy: The Art and Secrets of Chinese Cookery (1949)”, and converted the “The La Choy Collection of Favorite Oriental Recipes (1984)” to a .pdf document to make the text searchable.  On the Historical Beatrice Companies, Inc. Graphics page, we added a sales brochure; “STUTE Preserves, Honey, Fruit Juices, Bottled Fruits, Diabetic Foods (1987)”, which was part of Beatrice International Foods.

November 1, 2011

We are in the process of consolidating our web servers into one system, and the beatriceco.com will be the parent site.  We are going to phase out the porticus.org server, and all inquiries to porticus.org will transition to beatriceco.com.  This transition will be seamless, and you should not notice any changes, other than the web URL.  However, it will take a couple of months for the web search engines to update their web crawl.  In the meantime, it you have our sites bookmarked in your favorites, it is recommended that you update the URL’s to the newer system.  After December 31st, porticus.org will automatically be forwarded to https://www.beatriceco.com/bti/porticus/  Same great information and organization.

October 18, 2011

Today, our web team spent the day cleaning up broken links throughout the Beatrice Foods Memorial site, and adding new navigation links that will assist in allowing you to go through the site with ease.  In the coming days, we will be adding new search tools to help locate various documents.

July 27, 2011

All new, The Porticus Centre has signed up for VeriSign’s Authentication Services, which will help enhance the security of this site, which so many have come to rely upon for accurate historical information.

July 2, 2011

We are currently in the process of updating all of the Beatrice Historical Financials, and will have the bulk of what we have in our archives scanned and uploaded to our site by the end of the month.  We have upgraded our scanning technology, and are able to now scan much faster, and our reports will now feature searchable text.  Click here to view the reports.

April 14, 2011

Sidney Harmon, who introduced the stereo receiver in 1958 passed away on April 12th at the aged of 92.  Beatrice Foods had purchased Harman International Industries Inc. in 1977 from Mr. Harmon.  Click here to view the article.

February 10, 2010

By popular demand, The Porticus Centre now has “Member’s Center”.  This is offered through Google, and the link to join is listed on both the Beatrice and Bell System Memorial web site home pages.  This will allow members to share information with each other relating to Beatrice and Bell, and is a great resource that we are happy to finally provide for you.

November 19, 2009

It was just announced today that The Porticus Centre will merge with Beatrice Companies, Inc. and will be part of the Beatrice Consumer Products, Inc. subsidiary.  This merger will help ensure that The Porticus Centre maintains the level of quality and reliability that so many of you have relied upon over the years, and this commitment is reinforced by our parent, Beatrice.  Click here to inquire more about Beatrice.

June 6, 2009

The Beatrice Foods Memorial site has been going through some updates recently, and most notably is the addition of the Beatrice internal news letters, such as Beatrice World, Dairy Products Division Newsletter and Beatrice/Hunt-Wesson Horizons Newsletter.  To view the news letters, Click: Beatrice Internal News Letters

We have also added links to former Beatrice commercials from the 1960’s and 1980’s.  Click: Historical Film & Video to check them out.

August 11, 2008

Another rare find is this advertisement that Beatrice Foods Co. had placed in the Official Souvenir Program for the Worlds Fair, which was held in Chicago, Illinois in 1962.  Click here to view the add.

August 10, 2008

Three new magazine advertisements that Beatrice had placed back in 1985 and 1986 have been added to this site.  One is from Tropicana Products, Inc. and the other two from Beatrice Meats, Inc., which feature Butterball turkey.  Finding Tropicana or Butterball advertisements was no easy task, but when we did come across them, we had to add it to the collection of Beatrice adds.  To view the adds, Click: Tropicana (Bon Appetit)  Click: Butterball (Woman’s day) Click: Butterball (Family Circle).

February 6, 2007

The 1958, 1959 and 1960 Beatrice Foods Annual Reports have been added to the Beatrice Historical Financials.  Click here to view the reports.

February 1, 2007

As part of the effort to scan and convert all available Beatrice Annual Reports and other documents, we now have available the 1957 Annual Report and Proxy Statement for Beatrice Foods in the Adobe Acrobat PDF.  To view the reports, Click here.

February 1, 2007

As part of the effort to scan and convert all available Beatrice Annual Reports and other documents, we now have available the 1957 Annual Report and Proxy Statement for Beatrice Foods in the Adobe Acrobat PDF.  To view the reports, Click here.

January 2007

Not much has been updated on the Beatrice Foods Memorial site for a few month’s now, since the integration of the Bell System Memorial web site into The Porticus Centre.  Our intention is to make the entire Porticus Centre web site easier to navigate and to add more content as time goes by.  For Beatrice, we have quite a bit of material that we want to add in 2007.  One of the nice things about the Bell System Memorial joining the Porticus Center is that with the original site that was set up, there are ideas that can be implemented with the other memorial business sites on the Porticus Centre, including Beatrice.  One of these ideas is the “What’s New” page, which will feature announcements of new additions to the Beatrice Foods Memorial site.

We want to thank all those who have visited this site and for the positive comments that we received.  There may not be much in the area of Beatrice Foods documentation and history on the web, but we are going to rectify that.