We’ve been pioneers in natural products since 1868, and our history is important to both our fans and to us. We’re highlighting different parts of Watkins’ history — check out how the company started in our first post on the topic.
JR Watkins originated as a rural business, but by the 1920’s demand was clearly growing beyond farming communities for JR Watkins’ natural products. To respond to the demand, he expanded his reach into the urban centers.
In 1913, JR Watkins had already added Canada to his distribution and by the 1930’s the JR Watkins Medical Company was a thriving international corporation with facilities and distribution in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England. Today, JR Watkins continues to operate internationally, with products sold in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and parts of Asia.
Since its beginnings, JR Watkins has been family owned and operated. JR Watkins’ descendents — Watkins and Kings — guided the company through its first 110 years. In 1978 Irwin L. Jacobs purchased JR Watkins, and the Jacobs family continues the Watkins’ tradition of manufacturing the highest quality products and providing outstanding service that exceeds expectations.
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