Wachusett Potato Chip Company Article

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Wachusett Potato Chip Company in Fitchburg, Massachusetts was founded in 1939. It was originally started in Clinton, Massachusetts by the children of a Polish immigrant family.

In the 1940s the company purchased the former Worcester County jail building and grounds. The company converted the property and it has served as a manufacturing and distribution facility for snack products since that time. The Company made several additions and renovations over time to accommodate manufacturing and storage needs. It completed its last large scale renovation in the 1980s which included the addition of air conditioning to the manufacturing facility.

Wachusett Potato Chip Company produces a variety of potato chips flavors including sour cream and onion, ketchup, salt and vinegar, no salt-added, barbecue and ripple chips. It is also distributes under its own label cheese curls and pop corn.

Another large portion of Wachusett's production is dedicated to private label potato chips for supermarkets such as Price Chopper Supermarkets and as well for food service providers such as Sysco.

On October 19, 2011, Wachusett was sold to Hanover, PA based Utz Quality Foods, Inc. [1] The company now operates as a subsidiary of Utz and still makes Wachusett products.


  1. ^ Nicodemus, Aaron (October 19, 2011). "Wachusett Potato Chip Co. sold". Worcester Telegram. Retrieved February 25, 2018.


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