I had first read about this tour in a book of mine, Watch It Made in the USA, by Karen Axelrod and Bruce Brumberg. The Herr's Snack Factory Tour is one of the book's twenty or so specially featured tours, so I knew that someday I'd want to see it.
Tour guests are gathered in the lobby and given tickets to identify which group they are assigned to. Our tickets said we were with the Salt and Vinegar Chips people.
Herr's is a story of dedication and hard work, in spite of setbacks and competition. From humble beginnings, Herr's has developed into a prominent leader in the snack food industry.
|The original Herr's Potato Chips Store|
We had started the factory part of our tour in the mixing room, and worked our way to the end of the process, to the carton packaging and truck loading area. Along the way there was a tasty stop where we were given warm potato chips to sample, right off the line. Many lines were running, and our tour guide indicated that Herr's employs more than 1000 full time workers.
At the end of the tour we were led back to our starting point, where a very pleasant retail store had many of Herr's snack products available for sale.
|Visitors' Retail Store|
At one end of the lobby/store area there was a small museum type display, where history boards showing the Herr's family history and vintage Herr's tins and packages were arranged.
|Old Herr's snack containers|
I may have purchased
half a carful a few items to take home with us. It was exciting to find some of those hard to find snack items in there, like creamy dill flavored popcorn, jalapeno poppers flavored cheese curls, and horseradish and cheddar flavored potato chips. Believe me, I was in snackers' heaven!
Next on the itinerary: Eldreth Pottery Factory Tour