We, the people of Ritchey's Dairy, are committed to provide our valued
customers the freshest quality dairy products available in every community
we serve. We are dedicated to giving reliable service to all our customers
in a courteous and friendly manner.
Oliver C. Ritchey founded Ritchey's Dairy on August 3, 1940, in the rural
town of Martinsburg, PA. A farmer for most of his life, his dream was to
operate a dairy. He realized this dream on his farm with 46 milking cows
and a 36' by 40' processing building.
The business began with two home delivery routes and a dairy store.
Golden Guernsey milk, cottage cheese, ice cream and other milk products
were packaged in the early years.
In 1943 his son, Paul Ritchey took over as general manager of the dairy.
Over time, the dairy grew larger, expanding its delivery routes to cover
the Altoona area in the early 1950's. The dairy stopped processing cottage
cheese in the middle part of that decade to concentrate on the growing market
of ice cream.
In 1962, the dairy bought its first cardboard container packaging equipment.
The first machine did not seal the tops of the milk carton, so the tops
were stapled shut!
On the occasion of our 25th anniversary in 1965, we celebrated with our
first and only four-sided glass milk bottle. The dairy continued to process
milk in glass bottles until 1968.
Paul turned to his son Reid to lead the dairy in 1973. Reid had been a delivery
driver for the dairy, and had started the Altoona routes. Reid reformulated all
the recipes for the ice cream, and continued to expand the business. In 1987,
the plant was enlarged to separate the ice cream production from the milk
processing part of the plant. Extra refrigeration and warehousing rooms were
The dairy celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1990 with various specials and
an extra treat - 5 cent ice cream cones for the first weekend of August.
Over the past ten years, the changes have been numerous. Our fleet of trucks
have been converted from gasoline to diesel power. We also added extra
warehousing space in 1995, as well as a new cooler warehouse in the summer of
2000. We remodeled the salesroom in 2002. The processing plant was
remodeled in 2003 and new machinery was added. We also introduced
new light blocking white plastic jugs in 2003.
In 2010, we added a new dry storage area and increased our freezer storage by
100%. We also remodeled the salesroom, offices, and restrooms. We
added new tables and umbrellas outside for people to enjoy their Ritchey's
Having now passed the 70 year milestone, we want to thank both our
employees and our customers for the loyalty you have shown to us. We have
been proud to serve all of you, and to get to know your communities over
these many years.
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Our customers are the most valued asset we have. Our vision is to be a positive
member of all the communities that we serve. We will strive with honesty and
integrity to accomplish our goal of providing the highest quality products and
service to our customers.