LactAid, Inc., Collection A Collection in Special Collections

A Guide to the LactAid, Inc., Collection, 1984, n.d. Ms.2011.008

A Collection in Special Collections


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
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Sarah R. Olney

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
LactAid, Inc., Collection,1984, n.d.
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
LactAid, Inc
English .
The collection contains a promotional folder from LactAid, Inc., including information on products and samples.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from LactAid, Inc., Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: LactAid, Inc., Collection, Ms2011-008, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

LactAid, Inc., Collection was purchased by Special Collections in 2010.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the LactAid, Inc., Collection was completed in January 2011.

Historical Note

With an estimated one third to the population having some form of lactose intolerance, LactAid, Inc., came up with a product that would allow for this part of the population to still continue drinking and eating milk products. In the 1950s, they looked into the addition of enzymes to milk as a way to modify the lactose. In 1974, The SugarLo Company (progenitor of Lactaid, Inc.), obtained an exclusive license for the K. marxianus Var. lactis lactase enzyme.

The product was first offered to the public in a single-dose pack to break down 70% of the enzyme. The powder dose pack was phased out in 1981 in favor of the sterile liquid form, a product that cost the consumer about 5 cents a glass at the time. Later, the company introduce the milk already treated, in chocolate, nonfat, 1%, 2%, or calcium-fortified. From there, more products were brought to the consumer- cottage cheese, American Cheese, lactase capsules, and Dairy-Ease chewable tablets.

Additional information about the company is available on the website: .

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a promotional folder from LactAid, Inc., including information on products. Located within the folder is the boxes for the tablets, milk cartons and mock-up drawings of the wrappers for the cheese products. There are advertisements for companies to have in their stores, pamphlets on how the product is the answer to your problems, and store price suggestions. Also included in the folder is a sample of the product.


The collection is in its original order.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • History of Food and Drink

Container List

folder 1
Flyers, samples, and forms,
1984, n.d.