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Bickel’s Snacks History

Bickel's Potato Chip Company was started in 1954 by Mr. Luther Bickel in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It was a regional family run business offering a unique "seared" potato chip in a variety of flavors.

In 1998 Bickel's was purchased by Hanover Foods Corporation. Hanover Foods is the largest independently owned manufacturer of frozen, canned, fresh, and freeze-dried food products in the United States.

To further strengthen its position in the salted snack category, in 2000 Hanover Foods purchased York Snacks and the Bon Ton Potato Chip facility in York, Pennsylvania. The companies were consolidated as "Bickel's Snack Foods, Inc."

The consolidation brought together the production of corn snacks & potato chips, branded labels & private labels, the traditional potato chip & the unique seared potato chip all in one company.

Bickel's is one of the few manufacturers that can offer a FULL LINE of salted snacks - potato chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, corn chips, cheese curls, popcorn, party mixes, and much more!

Bickel's then acquired WEGE Pretzel Company of Hanover Pennsylvania in 2001 to strengthen our position with the manufacturing of pretzels in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Bickel's Snack Foods is committed to being the number one salted snack producer for the future. Quality, consistency, and dedication to customer service keep us moving toward that goal.

Bickel's name was then changed to Bickel's of York, Bon-Ton of York and WEGE of Hanover to better define it's snack food roots within the "snack capital of the world" in south central Pennsylvania.

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