Snyder vs. Snyder’s: How this story happened

Hailing from Somerset County. #fatatwork

If you get the chance, check out a story I wrote recently about Snyder’s of Hanover vs. Snyder of Berlin.

It’s kind of random.

You see, York County makes no sense.

We have an East Berlin. But no West Berlin. And no Berlin either.

But if you’re not from this fabulous place, you might get confused.

That’s what happened a couple weeks ago when I got a call from someone suggesting I do a story on the 65th anniversary of Snyder of Berlin.

Not to be confused, as you will read, with snack food giant Snyder’s of Hanover (now Snyder’s-Lance).

Label from a Snyder’s of Hanover pretzel bag.

“But that’s not in York County,” I responded to the story pitch. “We are the York Daily Record.”

On a side note, I’m always reading the backs of food packages. It’s just a weird thing.

So, I quickly remembered the above label and a presentation I attended at Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover after I first became the York Daily Record/Sunday News manufacturing reporter.

Titled, “Angel Food Cakes, Egg Noodles and Potato Chips,” it was the story of Snyder’s of Hanover.

I remembered a factory in Berlin was once part of the York County company.

But there was a break-up (that sounded dramatic) at some point.

“What the hell,” I thought. I’d do a story.

And it stayed in the top ten of our webpage for a few days.

Totally awesome accident.

Don’t you just love those?


2 responses to “Snyder vs. Snyder’s: How this story happened

  1. Bridget Deise

    Hi there! I represent Snyder’s of Hanover (Snyder’s-Lance) and I thought the story was a cute one. Of course, I wish my Snyder’s had gotten a little more love, but overall it was randomly cute, nonetheless. I enjoy following your journalistic endeavors. And well done on a story that stuck to the front page! : )

    • Bridget! I’d love to get in touch with you. It’s so wonderful to have a big name company like Snyder’s of Hanover right here in York County.

      If you get the chance, I’m at or 717-654-0675. I’d love to brainstorm some story ideas with you.


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