Snyder of Berlin
The Snyder family started cooking kettle chips in their home kitchen in Hanover Pennsylvania in the 1920s. With a fast growing reputation, chip operations moved to a new brick building at the back of their home. Before long Edward Snyder II and his brother-in-law Barb Sterner, were working around the clock to keep up with demand. In the 1930s William Snyder assumed operations from his father as the company moved into its third generation.
The 1940s saw the introduction of aluminum foil bags and automated packaging machines. A meeting between Snyder, local farmers and business owners featured discussions about a joint venture potato chip manufacturing factory. The Berlin Brothers Valley Industrial Association of Berlin, PA, was then formed.
Operations begin in Berlin with seven employees in 1947 and in 1950 the Snyder operations in Hanover and Berlin part ways. The Sterner family assumed ownership of the Berlin operations at this point.
Between the 1960s and 1980s several additions were constructed around the original factory with new offices, manufacturing lines, storage and distribution facilities. The added space and success leads to the introduction of new product lines — including corn chips, corn curls and popcorn.
In 1972 Snyder is acquired as a division of Curtice Burns of Rochester, New York. Its association with the Pro-Fac Cooperative (Producers-Facilities) garners the commitments needed to satisfy market demand as farmers received a guaranteed market for their produce.
In 1994, Curtice Burns Foods becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pro-Fac Cooperative, before changing its name in 1997 to Agrilink Foods, Inc.
In 1998, with the acquisition of the Birds Eye brand, Agrilink Foods doubled its size. In 2003 Agrilink changed its name to Birds Eye Foods, Inc. building on the prestige of the nationally recognized brand.
In 2009, Pinnacle Foods Group LLC acquired Birds Eye Foods. Pinnacle Foods is a private equity portfolio company of the Blackstone Group.
Snyder of Berlin
Address: Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, PO Box 3900, Peoria, IL 61612
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Snyder of Berlin's range of snack foods includes, potato chips, including chip flavors such as Open Pit Barbecue, Sweet 'n' Sassy, Vlasic Dill Pickle and Hawaiian Sweet Pickle. At the last count there were ten pretzel styles, corn chips and popcorn.