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The story of Litehouse Foods begins and ends with the same core values that make us one of the largest producers of refrigerated dressings and dips in the world.
As far back as 1882, the Hawkins family has been in the food business. But not until just after WWII, did Ed Hawkins, Sr. receive the inspiration that would lead to the great taste customers have come to expect from Litehouse products. Ed was a chef in Spokane, WA when his boss complained about the poor quality of the blue cheese dressing they served on salads. Ed responded to the challenge in an unorthodox manner: he prayed about it. The answer to his prayer was a blend of mayonnaise, spices, crumbled blue cheese and buttermilk. To his knowledge, his original recipe was the first creamy blue cheese dressing.
Ten years later, Ed and his wife Lorena bought a restaurant in the resort town of Hope, Idaho and called it The Litehouse Restaurant. They began serving the now famous blue cheese dressing. It wasn’t long before patrons started bringing empty jars so they could take home some of the delicious dressing.
The 1990’s brought the largest growth years, as Litehouse became the exclusive produce dressing in the newly created Sam’s Club produce department. Packaged salad was introduced to retail stores, and the first salad kits included dressing packed by Litehouse.
In 2006, owners Doug Hawkins, Edward Hawkins & Wendell Christoff offered Litehouse employees the opportunity to purchase the business. Since that time, Litehouse has received recognition for their innovative ESOP practices and training.
Serving our communities is one of the long-standing goals woven into the values and tradition of Litehouse Foods. We do this by providing jobs, supporting our youth and participating in community events, large and small. Litehouse is listed in the top l00 privately held companies in the U.S. by Entrepreneur magazine.
When you commit yourself to making great tasting products, it is no accident when people notice.
Litehouse Foods: Committed to the finest quality products at the best value and made by people who care!
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For more information, visit www.litehousefoods.com.