Our Story - Hickory Farms

Creating Food Gifting Traditions for More Than 65 Years

Hickory Farms has been enriching everyday gatherings and holiday celebrations with the highest quality, best tasting gourmet foods since 1951. Families around America have welcomed Hickory Farms into their homes to celebrate Christmas and holiday traditions, Thanksgiving, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, and countless other holidays and special occasions. Our meat and cheese, fruit baskets, gourmet chocolates, and steak and seafood have been part of so many of those celebrations.

Our gourmet food gifts are perfect to serve family, friends, and business associates of all tastes. These food gifts have won countless awards, earned extreme brand loyalty, and have attained celebrity status on tables around the country. We’re proud to offer the perfect gift for every occasion, and our exceptional quality and superior customer service lets customers gift with confidence. Gifts from Hickory Farms are always thoughtful and delicious

Our goal is to be the best retailer in the food gifting space. As Diane Pearse, CEO of Hickory Farms says, “People love giving the gift of food, and we can help them make the perfect selection year-round.” That’s why we’ve streamlined our website and made significant investments in ensuring customer satisfaction every day of the year.

Our Customers are Family

Our roots have always been in homes. Richard Ransom founded Hickory Farms in 1951, selling his handcrafted sausages and cheeses at local home shows. The rich flavor and uncompromising quality were an immediate hit, and would become the hallmark of the Hickory Farms collection of fine foods. Our focus on quality and customer satisfaction are part of our core and have been a tradition since the company was founded.

Our customers have always supported Hickory Farms’ growth—from our first home shows to today, where we’re found in more than 600 popup shops and kiosks in retail shopping centers, leading mass merchants, and supermarkets during the holiday season; as well as our website that’s shoppable year-round.

A 66-Year-Old Startup, Headquartered in Chicago

Today, Hickory Farms looks at our business in an exciting light. We consider ourselves a 66-year-old startup with a strong history.

In 2017, we relocated our headquarters from Ohio to Chicago, IL. Setting up in the windy city allows Hickory Farms to be closer to our product innovation and distribution center. Chicago is also home to a growing hub of retail and ecommerce innovation, and Hickory Farms can now make the most of these exciting developments. Our headquarters can be found at 311 S. Wacker Drive, right next door to a Chicago celebrity: the Willis Tower.

We invite you to become a member of the Hickory Farms family, and share our traditions with yours.