The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 14, 2014

Snyder of Berlin set to get new owner

BERLIN — The $6.6 billion deal in which Hillshire Brands Co. will buy Pinnacle Foods Inc. means a Somerset County potato chip company now also has a new owner.

Snyder of Berlin is owned by Pinnacle, which also owns Birds Eye, Vlasic, Van De Kamp's and other food brands.

The deal announced Monday won't close until September. Hillshire spokesman Matthew Pakula tells the Daily American that until the deal goes through "it's hard to say" what impact, if any, the deal will have on Snyder of Berlin.

The potato chip company has about 100 workers. It was founded in 1947.

Hillshire makes Hillshire Farm cold cuts, Jimmy Dean sausages and hot dogs under the Ball Park franks label.

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