Herr's Snacks

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Herr Foods Inc.
Type Private
Industry Snack foods
Founded 1946
Founders James Herr
Headquarters Nottingham, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Area served Eastern United States
Website www.herrs.com

Herr's is a Nottingham, Pennsylvania-based brand of potato chips and other snack foods. While their products are sold throughout the Eastern United States and Canada, their stronghold is the Mid-Atlantic region.[1] Herr's products are sold in twenty-eight states. [2]


In 1946, James S. Herr, then 21 years old, purchased a small potato chip company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[3][4] Initial sales averaged approximately thirty dollars a week.[5]

In 1958, the company introduced flavored potato chips, and in 1974, switched to foil packaging from the traditional glassine bags. The 1970s and 1980s saw a growth in the snack food industry which prompted an expansion in the variety of products being manufactured, including corn chips, tortilla chips, and pretzels. The 1980s also saw the addition of the Herr Angus Farm, a cattle farm which made use of potato waste products. James S. Herr died on April 5, 2012, at the age of 87.


Herr's produces a wide variety of snack foods, including potato chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, cheese curls, popcorn, and onion rings. They produce, as of December 2011, twenty-five different potato chip varieties, with an emphasis on strong and spicy flavors. Among their offerings are Old Bay, horseradish, baby back ribs, Kansas City steak, hot sauce, jalapeño, in addition to more traditional varieties such as barbecue, kettle cooked, sour cream & onion, cheddar & sour cream, salt & pepper, Ketchup, and salt & vinegar. Herr's potato chips are sold in distinctive foil packaging.

Visitors' center[edit]

The Herr's Visitors' Center was constructed in 1989 and is adjacent to the plant in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. Tour guides lead visitors through both the visitors' center and the actual plant. The tours are free and last approximately one hour.


  1. ^ Beakes, Jason S. "The Pennsylvania Center for the Book - Herr's Potato Chips". Pabook.libraries.psu.edu. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  2. ^ "Herr's Distribution Network". Herrs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Herr's History". Herrs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  5. ^ Barber, Chris (2012-04-07). "Jim Herr, founder of Herr Foods, dead at age 88". Main Line Media News. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 

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