About Us

History Spotlight: Creating Tradition for 60 Years

For more than 60 years, Hickory Farms® has been enriching holiday celebrations with the highest quality, best tasting food gifts.  Our dedication to helping you share these traditions has never been stronger.  Whether you’re passing Hickory Farms along to family or helping friends start new traditions, we’re committed to helping you spread joy all year-round.

  • In 1951, young entrepreneur Richard Ransom, started selling award-winning hand-cut cheeses at county fairs in Ohio.

  • The Hickory Farms catalog has been a long-time favorite among specialty food enthusiasts.

  • With the expansion of shopping centers in the US, Hickory Farms quickly became a favorite stop for busy shoppers.

  • We love this image from one of our advertising campaigns showing the appreciation that is felt each day across North America when a Hickory Farms gift is received.

  • It was 1996 when we introduced our Turkey Summer Sausage.  This perfectly balanced union of Brown Sugar and Honey has made this a well-loved and well-shared treat for millions of our Hickory Farms fans.

  • In 2008, we started our work with the No Kid Hungry Campaign of Share Our Strength®.  To-date, our customer and associates have generated more than $3.3 million to fight childhood hunger in North America.

  • In 2011, we earned the American Masters of Taste Gold Medal for having the best tasting Summer Sausage in the nation!

  • In 2013, the Hickory Farms Reserve line of products featured artisanal specialty foods and gifts like our Dry Salami and handcrafted Natural Cheeses. Soon after in 2014, the Signature Chocolate Collection was introduced. Remarkable flavors from Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel to Raspberry Sorbet and many more.