Soup Base Perfection: A History
Integrative Flavors was started as Williams, West and Witt’s Product Company in the 1930s, and produced bouillon for the troops during World War II. Dr. Williams (a dentist), Mr. West (affiliated with West Coffee Company) and Webster W. Witt (former proprietor of the Spaulding Hotel in Michigan City, IN) bought the West Coffee Company in Chicago and changed the name of the company to Williams, West and Witt’s Products Company.
They enlisted the help of a Palmer House Chef, Ernest E. Amiet, in developing their first line of soup bases and bouillon formulations. Chef Amiet is the featured chef on the original Cook’s Delight® labels. The company was located at 125 West Ohio Street near the historic Water Tower in the Magnificent Mile.
Victor and Dorothy Palmer purchased the company in 1981. It was affectionately known as “The Soup Plant.” In 1983, they moved the plant to its first location in Michigan City. Their daughter, now President Georgeann Quealy, began working with the company in 1990. Her husband, now Vice President Brian Quealy, joined the company in 1995. The two purchased the business from Georgeann’s parents in 2005, and began doing business as Integrative Flavors in 2009.
In 2010, the team opened a state-of-the-art soup base manufacturing facility in a new Michigan City, location expanding production capacity and upgrading its technology, to meet growing national demand for Cook’s Delight® soup bases and flavor products.
Integrative Flavors is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and a family-owned business. We pride ourselves in our clean label practices and continuous innovations.