Our History

Hickory Harvest Foods, incorporated in 1972 by Joseph and Pauline Swiatkowski and their son George, began as a small distributor of cheeses and smoked sausages.   As the Akron, Ohio-based business grew, the company changed focus and began roasting nuts in the mid-80s.   In 2003, George passed away suddenly leaving the business in the hands of his wife Darlene, CEO, and sons – Joe and Mike Swiatkowski – both in their twenties at the time.     Joe and Mike along with Darlene took the helm and began to build the business with annual double digit growth to what it is today.  As the business continues to grow, the Swiatkowski family and dedicated team of employees plan on continuing to build upon their reputation of quality, great-tasting products with roll-your-sleeves-up, get-the-job-done service.

Hickory Harvest Through the Years

1972

Incorporated as Hickory Harvest Foods.  Began selling smoked sausage and cheeses mostly through state and county fairs throughout Ohio and focused on mail order business, shipping, and distribution to local stores.

1980s
Began oil roasting nuts -- now Hickory Harvest's signature product line -- also expanded our product offerings to include candies, confections and dried fruits.

1990s
Began selling packaged products to local grocery accounts and national truck/travel chains.

2003
Darlene Swiatkowski became CEO.  Joe Swiatkowski was named president and Mike Swiatkowski was named vice president of sales.

2005
Purchased I.M. Good Snacks in Canton, Ohio to expand our customer base, packaging options, and add a well-known quality brand.

2010
Built a new state-of-the art food processing facility in Akron, Ohio to combine Hickory Harvest Foods and I.M. Good Snacks operations.

2012
Named top growth manufacturer in the region at 2012 Cascade Capital Growth Awards (Northeast Ohio).

Started a partnership of chocolate making in Columbus, Ohio -- American Confections Company.

2014
Earned SQF Level 2 certification for its Akron manufacturing facility, one of the highest certifications of food safety in the industry.

 2015 and beyond…

While we are happy with our progress thus far, we continually strive to develop new products and expand our customer base.

Currently plans are underway to add new food processing and packaging machinery.