In early 1966 Uncle Dan decided to turn the world of salad dressing on it’s ear. Working at home, he combined various spices, packaged them in sandwich bags and was on his way to promote the mixture in store demonstrations.
UNCLE DAN’S® “ORIGINAL SOUTHERN DRESSING” (now called Classic Ranch) became an immediate hit. The name was registered with the U.S. Patent Office, and the business was incorporated.
By February of 1967 all major warehouses and direct buying chains west of the Cascades were ordering Uncle Dan’s® Salad Dressing. Within six months the product started moving into the Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington areas.
In 1973, Dan added the Country Dill flavor to his product line, followed by Creamy Ranch dressing. With the addition of the new flavors Uncle Dan’s Salad Dressing evolved into an industry staple.
By 1974 international ties were developed with the addition of a distributor in Canada. In just one year the Canadian market activity doubled. Bi-lingual packaging was provided to enhance sales in the French Canadian market.
In 1988, Uncle Dan added a Zesty Ranch Dip to further complement his growing product line. The fresh taste made it a popular favorite as chip and vegetable dips.
In celebration of Uncle Dan’s® 30th anniversary, the Bleu Cheese dressing recipe was reintroduced into the market in April of 1997, due to consumer demand. A mail order service was added to accommodate customers who had relocated from the Northwest to other areas of the United States.
Uncle Dan’s® dip and dressing recipes are very low in fat and can be mixed using the consumer’s favorite ingredients. By customizing the ingredients used in preparing the product, the consumer can create a mix that is not only fresh, but custom tailored to meet their dietary needs. Both the dressing and dip mixes also work well as seasoning in your favorite recipes.
Also, no MSG added and gluten-free!
A Loyal Consumer Following, Quality Ingredients, Unique Taste, Cost Savings and Versatility of Preparation have made Uncle Dan’s a leading provider of Dressing and Dip Mixes in the Northwest and Canada for over 40 years.