We've Been Poppin' for 60 Years!
Popcorn was not always the great-tasting, fun-eating treat it is today. Many early varieties were either extremely hully or very chewy after being popped. In the early 1940's, John Metzger and Syl Osting, farmers living near Delphos, Ohio, saw the need for a brand of popcorn that was crisp and crunchy to eat, yet tender enough that anyone could enjoy it. (Thus our Mello-Krisp label)
John and Syl started raising, processing, and packaging their carefully selected popcorn in 1943. They hand harvested 10 acres of popcorn, hand cleaned it, and sold it from a tractor-drawn flatbed wagon. The response to their popcorn, like the product itself, was explosive! John's son Carl joined the operation in 1946 upon his release from military service. Building upon a solid foundation of honesty and integrity in business, Carl became actively involved in the affairs of the popcorn industry, and eventually served as president of The Popcorn Institute (an international association of popcorn processors) in 1974 and 1975.
Today, Carl's son, Bob, strives to continue the tradition of high quality and sound business ethics that have been established over the last half century. The company that began with John and Syl's 10 acres has now grown and progressed to handle thousands of acres of popcorn, which is shipped worldwide. And the same pride and care go into every pound of popcorn today that John and Syl put in, back in 1943.
Quality is #1 with Us
Unlike some of our competitors, we take possession of all our popcorn at harvest time so that we can totally control the critical conditioning process. Once conditioned, our popcorn goes through an extensive cleaning process, including separation by size, separation by density, high velocity and high volume air cleaning and the latest "electronic eye" optical sorting. This cleaning process, using state of the art separation equipment by experienced personnel, is another key to ensuring that only the finest quality popcorn moves on to our packaging lines.
We also do private label packaging. And remember, if you have other special packaging or labeling requirements, just give us a call or email us at the address at the bottom of this page. We're flexible to meet your needs.