Ore-Ida

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Ore-Ida
Type Subsidiary
Industry Retail
Founded 1952 by F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg[1][2][3]
Headquarters Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Parent H. J. Heinz Company
Website www.oreida.com

Ore-Ida is a brand of potato-based frozen foods currently produced and distributed by the H. J. Heinz Company. Ore-Ida's primary production facility is located in Ontario, Oregon, and the company employs over 1,000 local residents. Ore-Ida is generally considered a leading potato brand in the American market, consistently accounting for a large amount of processed potatoes sold.[3]

Ore-Ida Potato Products, Inc. was founded by Idaho entrepreneurs F. Nephi Grigg, his brother Golden Grigg[1][2] in 1952 with the development of a potato-processing facility located in Oregon, near the border of the state of Idaho. The company's name is a syllabic abbreviation of the first few letters of Oregon and Idaho and the original logo consisted of the outlines of Oregon and Idaho with Ore-Ida superimposed in italicized letters. The name was used in the company's long term advertising slogan: “When it says Ore-Ida, it’s All Righta.”

Ore-Ida initially produced and sold frozen corn and French fries, however, Nephi and his brother Golden developed Tater Tots, bite-sized "logs" formed from spiced slivers of potatoes, from leftovers produced through the company's French fry production. Tater Tots are today considered the brand's most well known product.[2][3] 30 of the Ore-Ida products are Gluten Free.

The Ore-Ida brand was acquired by the H. J. Heinz Company in 1965, and its division headquarters were in Boise, Idaho until 1999 when a new frozen foods division was created based at Heinz's corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. McCain Foods bought Ore-Ida's foodservice division in 1997.[2]

Full product list[edit]

  • 9 Hash Browns
  • Bagel Bites
  • Chopped Onions
  • Cottage Fries
  • Country Inn Creations Hash Browns
  • Country Style French Fries
  • Country Style Hash Browns
  • Country Style Steak Fries
  • Crispers!
  • Crispy Crowns
  • Crispy Crunchies!
  • Extra Crispy Easy Fries Golden Crinkles
  • Extra Crispy Easy Fries Golden Fries
  • Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries
  • Extra Crispy Golden Crinkles
  • Extra Crispy Seasoned Crinkles
  • Extra Crispy Steak Fries
  • Extra Crispy Tater Tots
  • Fajita Fries
  • Golden Crinkles
  • Golden Fries
  • Golden Patties
  • Golden Twirls
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Mini Tater Tots
  • Onion Ringers
  • Onion Tater Tots
  • Oven Chips
  • Pixie Crinkles
  • Potato Wedges
  • Potatoes O’Brien
  • Roasted Garlic and Parmesan
  • Roasted Original
  • Roasted Savory Herb
  • Shoestrings
  • Southern Style Hash Brown
  • Steak Fries
  • Tater Tots
  • Texas Crispers!
  • Toaster Hash Browns
  • Twice Baked Potatoes
  • VidaliaO’s Onion Rings
  • Waffle Fries
  • Zesties!
  • Zesty Twirls

Sports sponsorship[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lukas, Paul (November 1, 2003). "Mr. Potato Head – A Dirt-Poor Farmer Turned Spud Scraps into Gold". CNN Money. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Francis Nephi ("Neef") Grigg Papers". University of Utah Library Special Collections. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ore-Ida Fun Zone – Fun Facts". Ore-Ida.