About Rudolph Foods Company
Our Quality Process
Rudolph Foods | A Story of Pork Rinds
For 57 years, Rudolph Foods’ commitment to excellence has been passed from generation to generation, just like their love for flavorful, traditional pork rinds snacks. In 1955, John Rudolph learned of an untapped market for pork rinds and the Ohio entrepreneur quickly launched his own company producing pork rinds from smoked bacon rinds.
Two years later the company would face its first big challenge, the meat industry no longer smoked the rind on the bacon. Under pressure to save their fledgling business, John’s wife, Mary, put her home economics background to work and invented a revolutionary process the company still uses today.
With Mary’s surefire recipe and John’s leadership, Rudolph Foods became a snack industry success story. Since then, John and his sons have continued to dramatically expand their business and the family tradition.
Today, the company has seven facilities in the United States and three International ventures. With more than 400 employees, Rudolph Foods has launched into new areas of the snack food industry while maintaining its presence as the nation’s leading producer of pork rinds and cracklin snacks.
All of us recognize that Rudolph Foods is in the business of enriching and nourishing families around the world.
The core values of humility, caring, integrity, open and honest communication, personal responsibility and the respect of other humans will be the foundation on which we build our organization.
As we continue to create success into the future ... our employees will be heard saying; “Rudolph Foods is the best place I have worked.” We will be acknowledged and rewarded by consumers who profess their love of our products. Our customers will express their thanks for Rudolph Foods being a “forward leader” and true partner in their growth. Our suppliers will state; “Rudolph Foods strives to demonstrate all that is good about people and business relationships.” Our communities will recognize Rudolph Food’s support of their local communities, the less fortunate, and our commitment to serving God.
The Rudolph Process
- Raw Material Inspecting & CuttingPork skins are visually inspected before entering an automatic slicer. This is just the first part of a continuous quality control process for our pork rinds.
- Step 1 – Drying & Smoke CuringOnly Rudolph Foods slowly dries and cures pork skins while using real hardwood smoke. This gives our pork rinds and cracklins the rich smokehouse bacon flavor consumers prefer.
- Step 2 – RenderingThe second step in our exclusive process is carefully rendering the pork skins to remove excess oil and create pellets ready for frying and seasoning.
- Pellet SizingThe pellets are conveyed automatically through a separator where they are sorted and graded by size, then packaged in specially lined boxes
- Packing & ShippingSealed boxes of pellets are labeled with bar codes and conveyed through a metal detection unit before shipping just-in-time to food processors around the world.
- Frying the Pellets for Pork RindsTo create finished pork rinds and cracklins, the pellets are transferred via conveyors into frying units where they literally “pop” into crispy snacks.
- SeasoningStill hot from the fryer, some of our pork rind snacks are conveyed to tumblers where they are coated with seasoning blends to create special flavors.
- Finished Snacks PackagingIn our automated packaging area, bags are formed and filled with carefully measured quantities of finished snacks, then boxed for shipping to our customers.
Remembering the Life of John Rudolph.
In April, we said goodbye to an important member of the Rudolph Foods family, John Rudolph. Mr. Rudolph heralded our company from its humble beginning to the company it is today. Even at the age of 88, Mr. Rudolph still came into our offices, making sure that our brand remain the flavorful and trusted favorite it is today.
Born near Toledo, Ohio, he developed a strong work ethic and unquestionable values from the family farm where he grew up. Those ideals still ripple through our company and our brands today. Family was extremely important to Mr. Rudolph – including his Rudolph Foods family. May we all be so lucky to have so much love in our lives, especially the love he shared with his family. We’ll all miss you, Mr. Rudolph!
Read more about John Rudolph.
57 Years in 57 Seconds
Our Lawrenceville facility was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as a 2010 Energy Saver. An Energy Saver is qualified as a facility that has achieved more than 75,000 MMBtu total energy savings or more than 7.5% total energy savings.
We utilize a sustainable green printer.
The History of Rudolph Foods
6575 Bellefontaine Road
Lima, OH 45804
3660 Pipestone Road
Dallas, TX 75212
1050 Progress Circle
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
San Bernadino Facility
San Bernardino, CA
1010 South Sierra Way
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Riverside Facility - Gaslamp Popcorn Company, LLC
880 Columbia Avenue #6
Riverside, CA 92507
New Hebron Facility
New Hebron, MS
607 HWY 42
New Hebron, MS 39140
Wapakoneta Facility —Whitefeather Foods
13845 Cemetery Road
Wapakoneta, OH 45895