Westminster Cracker Company
|Founded||Westminster, Massachusetts, United States, 1828|
|Headquarters||Rutland, Vermont, United States|
|Products||Crackers, Oyster crackers|
The Westminster Cracker Company is a New England-based company established in Westminster, Massachusetts in 1828. The original building, which is depicted in its product labeling, still presently stands in the center of Westminster, although it has not been used for manufacturing for decades. The company is now based in Rutland, Vermont.
Westminster Cracker Company was owned by the Dawley family for more than 100 years. Dawley & Shepard, Inc., headed by President David Dawley, sold its breading factory[where?] to the Pillsbury Company in 1982. The rights to make Westminster Crackers were retained by Peter Dawley who started a new Westminster Cracker company in Rutland in 1988. Historically, the most famous cracker was the common cracker that filled Cracker Barrel country stores in New England[according to whom?]. The company makes other types of crackers, but the most popular contemporary product is the oyster cracker, which is served by restaurants throughout the United States.
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