Sunday, November 25, 2012

Snyder of Berlin Potato Chips

Aren't snacks great? I know my family enjoys tasty potato chips, pretzels, and other treats from time to time. Snyder of Berlin has been making yummy snacks for 65 years now! And they are celebrating with a contest that you can enter.

The product: Snyder of Berlin has a snack line including potato chips of all varieties like original, barbecue, salt & vinegar, dill pickle, and more. They also make rippled and wavy potato chips, kettle cooked potato chips, many varieties of pretzels, dips, popcorn, corn snacks, and even  specialty snacks like pork rinds and vegetable chips.

Snyder of Berlin is celebrating their 65th anniversary. Here's a little history on the company:

The Snyder family starts cooking kettle chips in their home kitchen on Centennial Avenue in Hanover, PA.
With a growing reputation, chip operations move to a new brick building at the back of the homestead.
Edward Snyder II and brother-in-law Barb Sterner work nearly around the clock to keep up with demand.
William Snyder takes over operations from his father as the company moves into its third generation.
Snyder works with manufacturers in the development of the aluminum foil bag and automated packaging machines.
Distribution spreads across Pennsylania — from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
Jacob Stutzman, a storeowner in Berlin, PA, assists in sourcing chipping potatoes in Cambria and Somerset counties.
September 18, 1945
Stutzman and William Snyder meet with local farmers and business owners to discuss joining together to open a potato chip factory. TheBerlin Brothersvalley Industrial Association of Berlin, PA, is formed.
March 1946
Stock is sold to finance construction of our original 120 x 100 foot building at the East End of town.
October 1946
Sent to learn the chip making operations, Norman Handwerk of Berlin returns from the Hanover plant with surplus machinery that he and his mechanics refurbish for use in the new factory.
February 9, 1947
Operations begin in Berlin with seven employees.
Snyder operations in Hanover and Berlin part ways. The Sterner family assumes ownership of the Berlin operations.
Upon the death of her husband, Edythe Snyder Sterner becomes president. Edythe and Barb's son, Gary Sterner, becomes general manager marking the fourth generation in the family's business.
Eleven additions are 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.
Continuous roll packaging machines begin the trend toward high speeed automation.
Snyder is acquired as a division of Curtice Burns of Rochester, NY. Its association with the Pro-Fac Cooperative (Producers-Facilities) garners the commitments needed to satisfy market demand; farmers get a guaranteed market for their produce.
Curtice Burns Foods becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pro-Fac Cooperative.
Curtice Burns changes its name to Agrilink Foods, Inc. to underscore the close relationship between farmers and processors.
With the acquisition of the Birds Eye brand, Agrilink Foods doubles its size. In 2003 Agrilink changes its name to Birds Eye Foods, Inc. building on the prestige of the nationally recognized brand.
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC completes the acquisition of Birds Eye Foods. Pinnacle Foods is a private equity portfolio company of the Blackstone Group.

In celebration of their 65th anniversary Snyder of Berlin is running a fun contest. They have special packaging for their anniversary and best of all a photo contest. From now until December 31, 2012 you can submit your own photos of Snyder of Berlin snacks for the Snyder Snack-Shots contest. Just show how you, your friends or family enjoy these snacks in the spring, summer or fall. The photos can also be of an event or occasion that you've enjoyed the snacks. Or maybe you just enjoy them with lunch or a snack break.

They have many great prizes that you can win:
*One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in case, new camera, and a year's supply of Snyder's snacks.
*Three runners up will receive $500 in cash, and a year's supply of Snyder's snacks.
*Each month there will be monthly winners who will receive a Snyder of Berlin Party Pack of snacks and also have the chance to be a grand prize or runner-up winner.

It's easy to enter. Just go to and click on the "Snyder Snack Shots" image to enter. All the contest details can be found there.

What we thought: We got to sample a few varieties of Snyder of Berlin potato chips. My whole family really enjoyed them. They were flavorful and crisp, just what we want in a potato chip. They are great for occasional snacking or fun to bring to parties. With all the holiday celebrations coming up, I'm sure picking up a bag of their snacks will be well received every time.

Where to buy: You can find these in your local grocery stores. Or search on their website for distribution areas or to purchase online.

How to connect: See all about Snyder of Berlin and their wide selection of snacks on their website And don't forget to enter their contest while you are there.

*Disclaimer: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.*


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