Reser's Fine Foods Company History Timeline

1950
In 1950, Mildred and Earl Reser decided to try their hand at making potato salad in quantity.
Incorporated 1950 as Mrs.
1951
In 1951, the business took a huge step forward when Mildred got up the nerve to ask a local Safeway, a chain grocery, if it would consider stocking her potato salad.
Reser s Salads quickly found a local audience and in 1951 relocated out of the family kitchen to a nearby rental space.
1953
Following his graduation from Hillsboro High School in 1953 and a two-year stint in the United States Army, he enrolled at Portland State College now Portland State University , where he met Patricia Valian.
1960
In 1960 Reser's Fine Foods began trading publicly on the Over-the-Counter OTC exchange.
1967
In 1967, Reser's bought German Boy, a maker of sausage and processed meats.
1982
When Kettle Foods began producing Kettle Chips in Salem in 1982, the company was making the only all-natural, hand-cooked potato chips in the western United States.
1987
He secured a loan to buy out Kohl s holdings, and by early 1987 the company had been delisted and was back in family hands.
1989
In 1989, the plant was at capacity for salad, so Reser's bought a California manufacturer, Salad Host.
1990
Revenue increased by 10 percent or more year after year under his tutelage, and reached 100 million by 1990.
1991
1991 Reser's opens plant in Topeka, Kansas.
1993
In 1993, it bought two Italian food makers, Bellissima Italia, Inc. of Oregon, and the Cleveland-based Sidari's Italian Foods.
1996
Reser's also bought a half-interest in a Mexican food plant in Topeka in 1996.
1999
The Reser family has donated more than 35 million to Oregon State University, with one gift resulting in the renaming of the school s football stadium to Reser Stadium in 1999.
2010
By 2010, Reser s Inc. was producing five million tortillas a day.
2011
In 2011, the company purchased Oklahoma-based competitor Vaughan Foods for 18.3 million, and the assets of Orval Kent for 69.2 million.
2014
In July 2014, it announced plans to build a 310,000-square-foot 29,000 m facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, but indicated that its headquarters would remain at the site in Beaverton.
2015
In July 2015, the new Hillsboro plant, located on Century Blvd., was about three-fourths completed and was projected to begin being used for production in October 2015.
Founded
1950
Company Founded
Headquarters
Beaverton, OR
Company Headquarter

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