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Welcome to UTZ Quality Foods

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Utz Quality Foods, Inc. was started in 1921 by Bill and Salie Utz in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Bill Utz, dissatisfied with the quality of potato chips being produced at the time, believed so strongly in the marketability of a wholesome quality chip that he quit his job and risked it all to begin producing the couple's own brand of potato chips.

Under the brand name of "Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips", Salie used her knowledge of good Pennsylvania Dutch cooking to make the chips in a small summer house behind their home on McAllister Street.

The hand operated equipment she used made about 50 pounds of chips per hour. Bill delivered the chips to independent stores and farmers' markets in the Hanover and Baltimore area. Demand for the chips grew rapidly, and Salie and Bill soon built a separate building behind their house. In 1936, they installed one of the first automatic potato chip cookers, capable of producing 300 pounds per hour. F.X. "Xav" Rice, who married Arlene Utz, one of Bill and Salie's two daughters, joined the organization to manage business operations.

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UTZ QUALITY FOODS, INC.
Hanover PA
US 17331
900

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