The leader of a fourth-generation Hoosier family business believes innovation, patience and attention to customers are the keys to the company's longevity. Indianapolis-based N.K. Hurst Co. is marking 75 years in business. President Rick Hurst says beans remain at the core of the business, but the company is also involved in sun tan lotion packaging and dry soup mixes. During an appearance on Inside INdiana Business Television, Hurst says educating a younger generation about the cost-effectiveness of cooking from scratch will be essential to the company's future. November 25, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The N.K. Hurst Company (Hurst) is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013. Family owned and operated since 1938, Hurst provides consumers across the U.S. with high quality packaged food products. Hurst's HamBeens 15 BEAN SOUP is the nation's #1 selling dry bean soup and can be found in grocery stores nationwide.

“Needham K. Hurst started the company with the idea that if we provide our customers with good quality, good service and unique, delicious products, they will be loyal to our brand. We continue to follow his blueprint for our business,” said company President Rick Hurst.

In its 75th year, Hurst continues to distribute sugar and sweeteners across the Midwest, while remaining the most innovative brand in the packaged bean industry. Their HamBeens products can be found in nearly every grocery “dry bean” section across the country and in U.S. Armed Forces commissaries around the world.

About N.K. Hurst Co. N. K. Hurst Co. began as a packager and distributor of food items such as sugar, coffee, tea, and raw popcorn. In 1947, the company began producing packaged grocery products including edible dry beans. With the creation of their HamBeens brand in the 1960's, Hurst's products spread to grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, HamBeens remain the #1 selling seasoned dry bean product in the country. Hurst is still proudly owned and operated by the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation of their family.

To find out more about the N.K. Hurst Co. and any of their products, please visit

Source: The N.K. Hurst Co.

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