Facts & FAQs

Here are a few bites of information about us.
We also welcome your questions here.

Snyder of Berlin

Fresh from the Plant.
When you drive through Hershey, PA, you can smell chocolate. Well, it's the same here. Though we don't offer factory tours, when you drive through the country town of Berlin, PA, it smells just like potato chips. Yum!

For an inside peek into our plant, watch our video here.

Working for the Environment and Sustainability works for everyone
Snyder of Berlin has been working to improve the environment for decades. Focusing on opportunities rather than just doing what is easy, Snyder has taken the path towards sustainability and doing what's right, everyday. That's good business!

Recycle

  • We start with a sturdy, recyclable box to ship and deliver our products in. Then, through our DSD network, we return these boxes to the plant for reuse. The boxes can make as many as 5 trips back and forth to market before ultimately being recycled.
  • Stretch wrap, packaging, and other products are recycled through the plant to reduce landfill waste
  • Potato and oil waste is used in a bioreactor at a local farm to produce energy
Reduce
  • We have reduced electric use with efficient LED lighting and occupancy sensors as well as dusk to dawn LED exterior lighting
  • We redesigned our potato wash system to reduce water consumption at the plant
  • We routinely tune our gas fired fryers for optimal efficiency and to reduce BTUs/lb of chips
Give Back to the Community
  • 30+ year sponsor of the local youth sports, including baseball and soccer
  • Countless other local community events like parades, sweepstakes, etc.
  • Longstanding employer in community -- average tenure 23 years
From our fields to your family, we are dedicated to quality -- everyday and every way.


That's alotta Potatoes...
About 25 million pounds of potatoes are used annually. That's about 7 acres of harvested potatoes per day. Potatoes are shipped in locally. They are also shipped from Erie, Michigan, New York, Florida, North Carolina, and Indiana.



Where'd They All Go?
About 27 pounds of chips are produced from 100 pounds of potatoes (potatoes are 80% water). It takes approximately four pounds of raw potatoes to make one pound of potato chips. The basic types of potatoes are Atlantic, Snowden, Wanetas, Pikes and Lamokas.


Welcome to Berlin, PA (pop. 2,192).
Our factory is surrounded by Somerset County farms, nestled in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands. At 2,323 feet, we're the second highest town in PA (after nearby Seven Springs). 320 of our neighbors work here at the plant and each year we put about $7.5 million into the local ecomony.

Potato Chips and the
Salt of the Earth

Less than 1/10th of a teaspoon of salt is on 1 oz. of chips. The salt is on the surface of the chip and therefore gives a saltier taste to it.

No Lard = No Cholesterol
Snyder's chips have 0% cholesterol because they are fried in vegetable oil, not in animal fat (lard).

Imagine Our
Grocery Bill!

Snyder uses approximately:

  • 4 million lbs. of oil a year
  • 100,000 lbs. of salt per year
  • 1,000,000 lbs. of corn meal per year
  • 300,000 lbs. of popcorn per year
  • 300,000 lbs. of cheese per year
  • 500,000 lbs. of seasonings per year


Ready for the Neverending
Film Festival?

The Snyder of Berlin popcorn popper holds 300 pounds of popcorn per batch. That's enough to make about 550 6.5 oz. bags. You'll have to get the drink refills on your own.