• Fresh-tasting snacks for families and entertaining

    When it comes to creating good times and fun, nothing brings friends and family together better than the phenomenal flavor and variety of our family of snack brands!

  • Family Movie Night?

    Don’t forget the popcorn!

  • Doing Some Dipping?

    We’ve got all your favorite chips!

  • Curl Up

    With something delicious!

  • Twist & Shout

    Perfect for parties!

  • Special O-Cajuns

    Call for Zapp's!

  • Get Dirty.

    Go Ahead...

  • Our family of snack brands

  • Get Snacking!

    When William and Salie Utz first started making fresh potato chips in 1921, they had no idea how popular the brand bearing their name would become. Nearly 100 years later, Utz snacks still deliver freshness you can taste in every satisfying crunch!

  • Tradition you'll love to share!

    Our Bachman brand is known for producing quality classic snacks since 1884 including our baked Pretzels, unique Jax Cheese Curls, perfectly popped Popcorn and dip friendly Tortillas Chips.

  • Cajun-made with a Kettle crunch!

    Our Zapp's brand is the only kettle cooked chip with a Cajun crunch that packs all the flavor of Louisiana. Conventional flavors along with a unique brand of spicy mixes top these New Orleans Kettle Style potato chips. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

  • Tastes great naturally!

    What started as an Original Recipe using a premium peanut oil blend to craft delicious Kettle cooked chips is quickly progressing into a full complement of snacks that are made for customers who demand nothing less than perfection.

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  • Timeline


    The Utz Story begins in a small town kitchen in 1921. William and Salie Utz began producing Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips in Hanover, PA, in their summer kitchen, cooking about 50 pounds of chips an hour. They sold those fresh chips to small local grocers and markets, primarily in the Baltimore, MD, area. We hope you enjoy our story…

     

     


    In 1930, the first section of the Utz plant was built on McAlister Street in the rear of Bill & Salie Utz’s home. A new manufacturing facility was later built there in 1938, the same year F.X. Rice married Bill & Salie’s daughter, Arlene, and joined the Utz business.

     

     


    Hanover Home Brand was incorporated as Utz Potato Chip Company, Inc in 1947. Two years later, a five acre tract of land was purchased on Carlisle Street in Hanover, and construction on the first modern-day Utz plant began. The company built a 67,000 square foot facility to accommodate the growing demand for their popular potato chips.

     

     

     


    As demand continued to grow, so did the Carlisle Street plant. The facility was expanded in 1953, 1956, and again in 1958 to include route van parking and larger potato storage.

     

     


    In 1967, Carlisle Street expanded once more, and Utz replaced two original potato cookers with two new 1,200 pound-per hour cookers. In addition, F.X. Rice became President of Utz in 1968 upon the passing of William Utz. Mike Rice, the son of F.X. Rice and Arlene Utz Rice, also joined the company.

     

     


    The seventies was a busy decade for the company. In 1970, Utz Quality Foods purchased Tasty Baking Company, a potato chip facility on nearby Broadway in Hanover. The present-day Broadway plant was purchased to expand and install pretzel production, and continues to produce pretzels today. In 1971, Utz celebrated its 50th Anniversary, opening new corporate offices at the Carlisle Street plant and installing two new pretzel lines at the Broadway plant. In 1975, the High Street plant was opened for an additional 50,000 square feet of production space. In 1978, popcorn production began at the Broadway plant. In that same year, F.X. Rice retired, and Mike Rice was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer.

     

     


    Expansion continued in 1982. The Broadway plant was expanded, and construction began to expand the High Street plant another 300,000 square feet to accommodate production of all potato chips, corn, tortilla chips, and cheese curls. In 1983, sales began in Richmond, VA, Norfolk, VA, Philadelphia, PA, and Delaware market areas. As demand grew, in 1984, Utz created a mail order department to begin shipping products to Utz fans around the world. 1985 saw the grand opening of the newly expanded High Street facility, followed by the expansion of sales into Coastal Virginia markets in 1987. That same year, Utz opened a Tour Gallery at the High Street plant which remains free to the public even today, where Utz fans can view the manufacturing process of Utz potato chips and enjoy a free sample.

     

     


    The nineties was a decade of even greater opportunity for Utz. In 1992, Mike Rice became Chairman of the Board, and in 1993, Utz expanded its sales distribution to serve national customers throughout the United States. In 1995, Utz welcomed Dylan Lissette, son-in-law of Mike and Jane Rice, into the business, ushering in a fourth generation of the Utz family legacy. The following year, Utz celebrated its 75th Anniversary, also expanding into the New York City market. The World Distribution Center was built in 1997 at the High Street facility to better handle trailer shipments to national accounts throughout the United States.

     

     


    Kindig Lane, the fourth manufacturing facility of Utz snacks, opened in 2003, manufacturing corn chips, tortilla chips, popcorn, cheese balls, and cheese curls. From 2004 through 2008, Utz sales continued to expand into the New England, Pittsburgh, PA, Charlotte, NC, and upstate New York markets.

     

     


    In 2010, Utz expanded into Western Ohio, followed by expansion into Atlanta, GA, the next year. In 2011, Utz celebrated its 90th Anniversary. Later that year, Zapp’s, Dirty, and California chips joined the Utz family of brands, including plant locations in Wilkes Barre, PA, Gramercy, LA, and Oxnard, CA. Also in 2011, Wachusett and Michael’s chips became part of the Utz family, adding another plant in Fitchburg, MA. In 2012, Dylan Lissette became President and Chief Operating Officer of Utz Quality Foods. The Bachman Company also became a member of the Utz brands in 2012. In 2013, Dylan Lissette became Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board, with Mike Rice remaining as Chairman of the Board. Utz purchased Good Health Natural Products in 2014, aware that customers today are always looking for healthier snacking options.

     

     


    Today, Utz is the largest independent, privately held snack brand in United States, producing over 1,000,000 pounds of potato chips a week and about 850,000 pounds of pretzels while operating over 850 company owned routes. Utz is also a leading snack supplier to Warehouse Clubs and Mass Merchandisers nationwide. We thank you for sharing in our story, and are proud to continue producing high-quality, delicious snacks for you and your family to enjoy today and for generations to come.

     

     

  • Take a look inside the Utz Factory



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    Monday – Thursday: 8:00.a.m. – 4:00.p.m.

    *Please be sure to call ahead as our daily production schedule is subject to change. *Although the tour is self - guided, on average it takes 30-45 mins. to complete. Please plan accordingly to enjoy the full experience.

    Tour contact info: tours@utzsnacks.com

    For Friday tour possibilities, please call 1-800-367-7629 the Wednesday prior to the Friday you are interested in.

    If you have a handicap or need special assistance in taking our tour, please contact Beth Diehl at 1-800-367-7629.

    PLEASE NOTE: Our Tour Gallery is closed on the following major holidays: New Year’s, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas.

     

    You can see and smell the making of the famous Utz Potato Chips and Snacks at our over 600,000 square foot facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

    There, we have built a special glass enclosed observation gallery that looks down on our production process from beginning to end. You will be guided step-by-step with the aid of a push-to-talk audio program and closed-circuit TV monitors. A wall display of Utz’s history will enhance your understanding of the company and its products.

    From start to finish, you’ll be impressed with the care we put into Utz Potato Chips. At Utz, we use the finest ingredients and the most advanced equipment. Our factory is one of the cleanest and most modern snack food operations in America.

    The Utz Potato Chip Trip is fun for the whole family, a learning experience for young and old, and a snack lover’s delight. Come and enjoy the free tour at your own pace!

  • Our People

    Mike and Jane Rice, Owners
    Mike and Jane Rice represent the company’s third generation of family leadership. Mike’s grandparents, Bill and Salie Utz, founded Utz Quality Foods, Inc. in November of 1921.

    Dylan Lissette,
    Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chairman

    Todd Staub,
    Executive Vice President & CFO

    Jeff Martin,
    Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing

    Thomas Lawrence,
    Executive Vice President of Production and Planning

    George Neiderer,
    Vice President Human Resources

    Brian Greth,
    Vice President Corporate Services

    Paul Schaum,
    Vice President Manufacturing

    Jeff Fuhrman,
    Vice President Engineering

    Chuck Tullis,
    Vice President, Utz Brands

    John Warehime,
    Senior Vice President, Sales

    Jack Landsman,
    Senior Vice President, New Retail Development and Acquisition Integration 

    Ed Burda,
    Senior Vice President, Sales

    Steve Liantonio,
    Senior Vice President, Distribution Partnerships & New Market Development

    Les Erving,
    Senior Vice President, Sales Operations

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  • What We Believe

    The primary mission at Utz is to maintain our hard-earned reputation as the premier snack food company in our expanding market area. We will constantly strive to improve our leadership position and grow through the hallmarks of superior quality and service. Our specific goal — to manufacture and merchandise the best possible products with a commitment to customer satisfaction that is second to none — must never be jeopardized by our goals for growth.

     
  • What's New(s)?

    What’s new at Utz® Quality Foods? Check out the links below to catch up on all the latest stories, product releases, community and social events our family of brands are involved in!

    6/11/14 - SnackSafely.com Welcomes Utz Quality Foods to its Manufacturer Partnership
    6/18/14 - Utz an annual stop during Made in America Days

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