A look back at milestone moments.
The history of Dixie® paper cups and disposable tableware.
Dixie® has been instrumental in giving us confidence in every meal moment. From helping to stop the spread of germs, to giving us disposable containers and tableware for everyday convenience — Dixie® has always been there.
Invented To Stop the Spread of Germs
Lawrence Luellen, an inventor from Boston, Massachusetts invented a paper cup to help stop the spread of germs.
Lawrence Luellen and Hugh Moore moved to New York to incorporate the Individual Drinking Cup Company. They hired engineers to develop machinery to produce paper cups untouched by human hands. The new cups were called Health Kups.
Faced with competition from other paper cup manufacturers, Hugh Moore recognized their Health Kups needed a more memorable name. Moore asked the Dixie Doll Company of New York if he could borrow their name — and the Dixie® brand name that we know today was born.
Following the global pandemic of 1918, the need for safe drinking cups was greater than ever. Dixie® produced the first packaged line of Dixie® paper cups for home use.
Playing A Part In America’s Fun Times
Luellen and Moore developed a franchise plan with ice cream makers across America to create the first individually packaged Dixie® ice cream cups.
The Dixie® Circus, a Dixie® sponsored commercial radio show, introduced children across America to a colorful cast of circus animals whose pictures they could collect under the lids of their ice cream cups.
THE LATE 1940s
The fast food industry began to emerge and Dixie® met the demand by producing custom containers for restaurants, lunch counters and more.
Dixie® introduced The Dixie Cocktail Time set. It included three sizes of exclusively processed cups designed for alcoholic beverages.
Creating a Stronger, Better Product
The Dixie® brand split into two distinct lines: heavy-duty dinner plates called Superware and casual use lunch plates called Livingware.
Dixie® moved to eliminate solvents from the manufacturing process. A water-based polymer system was developed that created a soak-proof barrier at a very low coating weight, which made the new Soak Proof Shield™ friendly for the environment and ideal for microwave use.
Experimenting with how to make cold cups stronger, a Dixie® engineer accidentally created the Perfect Touch® cup, an insulated cup ideal for hot beverages.
Dixie® revolutionized the food service industry with to-go products like Dixie® Liddies. These portion cups sped up preparation time, while Cutlery Dense Packs made restocking easier for food service employees and more sanitary for customers.
Innovations For Everyday Life
Dixie® continues to create disposable tableware solutions that allow you to be present for every meal moment by helping to make the occasion hassle-free. From developing plates, bowls, and cutting boards with a Soak Proof Shield™ and Flex Proof® Technology to on the-go cups that are leak resistant, Dixie® is inspired to evolve with the mealtime needs of you and your family.
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