Refrigerated Pickles Pioneer Claussen Celebrates 150 Years
The number one refrigerated pickle brand still packs the crunch
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To commemorate the milestone anniversary, Claussen is looking back at some of the best and briniest facts from the brand’s history:
From farmer to pickler: In
Chicago, IL, a vegetable farmer named Claus F. Claussenfrom Germanyhad a truckload of cucumbers he couldn’t sell. Rather than waste the vegetables, he turned them into pickles, the first batch marking the beginning of the 150-year-old company.
Cooler for crunchier: Claussen was a full family affair, and Claus’s great grandson,
Ed Claussen, perfected the first refrigerated pickle in the 1960’s after nearly five years of research. Ed’s innovative refrigeration method ensures that Claussen pickles are the freshest, crunchiest pickles around.
Wiener meets pickle:
Oscar Mayer & Co.purchased Claussen Pickle Company, Inc.in 1970, transforming the regional refrigerated pickle company into a national brand available across America.
Doctor in the house: In the 70’s and 80’s, Claussen featured an animated “world-renowned pickle expert” in their print and television commercials – Dr.
Q. Cumbus Claussen. He wore a signature striped scarf and yellow gloves.
I’m picklin’ here, I’m picklin’ here!: In 1994, Claussen introduced New York Deli-style Half Sours, and they continue to mainly be available on the
East Coastas a regional specialty.
- Dream job alert: One job duty at the Claussen plant is to taste-test the spicy brine found in Claussen’s Hot & Spicy pickles to ensure it’s spicy enough (and trust us, it’s really spicy)!
Keeping it kosher: Claussen’s best-selling variety is refrigerated Kosher
Cucumbers follow the sun: Claussen sources its cucumbers according to season for ultimate freshness. Cucumbers are first harvested in
Mexicoin winter, and as the heat, humidity and sun move north, so does harvesting.
- Fresh cukes, every time: Unlike other pickle brands, Claussen cucumbers go from vine to brine in 10 days or less, and are pickled under refrigeration, meaning they are never heated or pasteurized. With minimal processing, Claussen refrigerated pickles deliver superior color, taste and crunch every time!
All in the family: Claussen is a family business where multiple generations of workers have grown cucumbers for Claussen and packed them at the
Woodstock, ILfacility, with 40% of workforce having at least one relative who has been—or is currently employed—by Claussen.
“It’s wonderful to ring in this milestone anniversary with our dedicated Claussen fanbase who recognize the labor of love we put into creating crunchy and flavorful refrigerated pickles,” said
For more Claussen information, pickle fans can visit ClaussenPickles.com.
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