The N.K. Hurst Company was established in 1938 by Needham King Hurst as a distributor of coffee, tea and sugar. Mr. Hurst had worked with the C.D. Kenney Company as a sales representative when he decided to go into business on his own. 9 years later, he began packaging dry edible beans into 5 pound packages for the grocery trade. His decision would lay the groundwork for the future of our company.
As the years went on, Hurst began packaging dry beans for many retail customers including the A&P Tea Company, Winn-Dixie, and Kroger. The Hurst brand became widely known as a top quality product.
In the mid 1960’s, Mr. Hurst went to an acquaintance who was a chemist and asked him to create a dry ham flavoring. The result would be a line of seasoned dry bean products under the brand name Hurst’s HamBeens®. In 1986, we introduced our HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup® which includes 15 varieties of beans and peas, along with our famous ham seasoning packet.
Today, our HamBeens® products are sold in every region of the United States. We are distributed from Maine to California and from Alaska to Florida. Our seasoned dry beans have expanded to nearly 20 items including Cajun 15 Bean Soup®, Spanish-American Black Bean Soup®, Pasta Fagioli, and Confetti Lentil Soupreme®.