|Born||25 August 1811|
|Died||15 December 1878 | Age 67|
Alfred Bird 1837
Alfred Bird was born in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire, England in 1811. He invented a new egg free custard for his wife in 1837 that became Bird's Custard Powder.
Alfred was a food manufacturer and pharmacist and he set up a chemist's shop in Birmingham in 1837.
Alfred's wife, Lady Bird, was allergic to egg and yeast but she adored custard. Alfred Bird set about trying to find a way of formulating an egg free custard for his wife. After much experimenting he found that cornflour powder would thicken to form a custard-like sauce when mixed with milk and heated.
He formed 'Alfred Bird and Sons Ltd' and later went on to create a formula for Baking powder, blancmange powder, jelly powder, and egg substitute.