It all began in rural Ohio, more than 56 years ago, when Richard Ransom, founder of Hickory Farms, first gave people a sample of the genuine, uncompromising taste of quality that would soon become the company’s hallmark.
Richard began by selling cheeses he had hand-cut and wrapped himself at local home shows. These cheeses carried such a rich, full-bodied flavor and irresistible aroma that people began demanding more.
Richard’s cheeses really filled a niche and soon he was adding more unique kinds of cheeses, as well as their now famous Hickory Farms Beef Stick Summer Sausage.
By 1959, Hickory Farms had opened its first retail store outside Toledo, Ohio. This proven retail concept was so successful that other Hickory Farms stores started appearing across the United States.
It could be said that these Hickory Farms stores were the first ‘delis’ for many Americans. Most grocery stores at that time simply did not carry a wide array of premium cheeses and specialty meats. People fell in love with these friendly stores where they could sample a variety of specialty cheeses, meats, mustards, crackers and candies before making their purchase decisions.