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The History of Rudolph Foods

A Quick Timeline

It all started in ...

  • timeline photo1955Rudolph Foods founded with the purchase of the Whittex Company building shown to the right.
  • timeline photo1957Mary Rudolph invents the secret pork rind recipe.
  • timeline photo1966Rudolph Foods sells to Beatrice Foods, John Rudolph takes VP position at Beatrice with continuing oversight of Rudolph Foods.
  • timeline photo1972John Rudolph becomes President of Rudolph Foods once again.
  • timeline photo1982Rudolph Foods begins making traditional cracklins.
  • timeline photo1987Rudolph family purchases Rudolph Foods back from Beatrice and introduces crunchy tender cracklins.
  • timeline photo1989Ohio's Governor proclaims Lima, Ohio "Pork Rind Capital of the World".
  • timeline photo1991Rudolph Foods opens California facility in San Bernardino, CA. The facility adds a crucial link to the Western U.S. for Rudolph Foods.
  • timeline photo1992Rudolph Foods acquires Texas facility in Dallas.
  • timeline photo1993Rudolph Foods opens operations in Pachuca, Mexico serving Mexico and Central America.
  • timeline photo1994Rudolph Foods purchases Georgia facility.
  • 2000Rudolph Foods adds second Ohio-based facility.
  • 2005Rudolph Foods celebrates 50th Anniversary.
  • timeline photo2006Rudolph Foods continues to produce an ever growing line of pork products, and also expands to produce grain-based snack foods.
  • timeline photo2008Rudolph Foods opens a facility in Brazil and acquires a facility in Mississippi.
  • timeline photo2009Rudolph Foods sponsors the Major League Eaters Pork Rind Eating Contest at the annual “Pork Rind Heritage Festival” in Harrod, Ohio.
  • timeline photo2010Rudolph Foods kicks off the annual Pork Rind Appreciation Day!
  • 2011Rudolph Foods acquires Gaslamp Popcorn Co.
  • timeline photo2014Southern Recipe Small Batch launches with big, bold pork rind flavors for a new audience.

About Rudolph Foods

Since 1955, Rudolph Foods’ commitment to excellence has been passed from generation to generation, just like their love for flavorful, traditional pork rinds snacks ...