Old Dutch Foods
|Key people||Steven C. Aanenson
President and CEO
|Products||See products section|
|Revenue||US $433 Million (2008)|
|Website||Old Dutch Foods|
Old Dutch Foods is a manufacturer of potato chips and other snack foods in the Midwestern United States and Canada. Their product line includes brands such as Old Dutch Potato Chips, Dutch Crunch, Ripples, Cheese Pleesers and Restaurante Style Tortilla Chips.
The company began as Old Dutch Products Co. in 1934. They originated in St. Paul, Minnesota, but moved to Minneapolis in 1937. In 1968, they moved again, this time to Roseville, Minnesota, where they remain today.
In 2005, they introduced Old Dutch beef jerky.
Today, their American arm is officially called Old Dutch Foods, Inc., and their Canadian arm is Old Dutch Foods, Ltd. They celebrated their 70th anniversary in 2004 with a line of television commercials.
The Old Dutch brand is mainly known for the many flavors of potato chips they produce. They come in bags and "twin packs"; cardboard boxes with two packages of chips inside.
Old Dutch Potato Chips advertising also featured a memorable 1989 commercial. The ad features a cartoon potato farmer dancing and singing with his live potatoes on the plantation. The trademark Old Dutch windmill can also be seen in the background. Other ads from the time period featured the signature windmill in cartoon or computer animated form, a relatively uncommon practice for its time.
Potato chip flavors available in the United States include the flagship Regular flavor, as well as Sour Cream & Onion, Cheddar & Sour Cream, Dill Pickle, Bar-B-Q, and Onion & Garlic. In addition, Ripples Chips are available in Original, French, Mesquite Bar-B-Q, and Loaded Spud varieties. On February 4, 2008, Mexican Chili and Au Gratin were reintroduced back to Canada. Other products include Dutch Crunch kettle-cooked chips, cheese puffs, Puffcorn (puffed corn twists), Restaurante Style tortilla chips, pretzels, dips and salsas, and beef jerky.
Many of the same products are available in Canada. There are also chip flavors unique to Canada; these include Ketchup, All Dressed, Crispy Bacon, and Salt 'n' Vinegar. Other products available in Canada and the USA include Arribas (flavored tortilla chips, similar to Doritos), and Bac'n Puffs.
List of Potato Flavors available in Canada:
- Original, BBQ, Salt 'n' Vinegar, Sour Cream and Onion, Ketchup, Dill Pickle, Cheddar and Sour Cream, All Dressed, Crispy Bacon, Buffalo Wings, Onion n' Garlic, Rip-L, Rip-L Lightly Salted, Rip-L Sour Cream and Green Onion, Rip-L Smokey BBQ, Rip-L Creamy Dill, Rip-L Mexican Chili, Rip-L Au Gratin, Spicy Chili Ketchup
List of Restaurante Style chips available in Western Canada:
- Original Triangles, Deli Rounds, Crispy Rounds, Bite Size, Sea Salt and Hint of Lime, Multigrain Bite Size, Multigrain Triangles, Lightly Salted Bite Size, Salsa Bowls, Blue Corn
Old Dutch Foods maintains several manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.
- Winnipeg, Manitoba - Canadian Head office, Potato Chip Facility
- Calgary, Alberta - Potato Chip Facility
- Airdrie, Alberta - Corn Chip and Extruded product Facility
- Lachine, Quebec - Humpty Dumpty Potato Chip and Extruded product Facility (permanently closed Sept. 27, 2013)
- Hartland, New Brunswick - Humpty Dumpty Potato Chip and Extruded product Facility
- Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - Old Dutch Foods Potato Facility
- Mississauga, Ontario - Humpty Dumpty Potato Facility
There are also 11 distribution centers across Western Canada.
- Roseville, Minnesota - Headquarters and Potato Chip Facility
- Minneapolis, Minnesota - Potato Chip and Corn Product Facility
In popular culture
On the July 21, 2009 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Host Jimmy Fallon and guests Will Arnett and Emmanuelle Chriqui (who are both Canadian) all ate a basket of Canadian snack foods, one of them being Ketchup flavoured Old Dutch Chips. Old Dutch products were also featured in the Canadian comedy Corner Gas. In the Coen Brothers' Fargo, they make a cameo on Marge Olmstead Gunderson and Norman Gunderson's bed.
- Hoovers: Old Dutch (Retrieved December 4, 2007)
- Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (March 21, 2006). "Humpty Dumpty agrees to takeover bid from Old Dutch". CBC News. Retrieved 2009-05-17.