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.

Potatoes Have a Friend in Pennsylvania.
Snyder of Berlin is the largest user of Pennsylvania-grown potatoes in the potato chip industry.

Waste Not...
The scrap chips and snacks products that are picked out from inspection tables are recycled by sending them to composting and digesting operations.

Packin' Neat
Snyder of Berlin always has an eye for recycling, being one of the first to use returnable cartons for product distribution.

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

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

We're Diggin' Up Sales and Cashin' in the Chips
With over $5 billion in annual sales, Pennsylvania is the "Snack Food Manufacturing Capital of the World." And with nearly $50 billion in annual revenues, PA is a leader in agribusiness.

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.

That's a Lot of Potatoes...
About 43 million pounds of potatoes are used annually. That's about 12 acres of harvested potatoes per day. More than half of the potatoes come from counties within 25 miles of the plant. The balance in winter comes from Florida, Virginia and the Carolinas.

Imagine Our Grocery Bill!
Snyder uses approximately:

  • 6 million lbs. of oil a year
  • 200,000 lbs. of salt per year
  • 2,000,000 lbs. of corn meal per year
  • 700,000 lbs. of popcorn per year
  • 700,000 lbs. of cheese per year
  • 700,000 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.

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.