Family Owned and Operated
The Bachman Company is family owned and operated with a long tradition of product excellence. Headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania, with manufacturing facilities in both Berks and Lancaster County, we’ve been committed to making quality pretzels and snacks for 125 years. Our signature Rolled Rods and Twist Pretzels are made the old-fashioned way, not extruded but actually rolled or twisted by our heritage bakery machines, then Brick Oven Flame-Baked, ensuring a distinctive crispy bite.
Our founder, J.S. Bachman, went into business in 1884 with just one product – pretzels. He had a small oven and a horse-drawn delivery cart, and his product was hand-made and packed. Although the pretzel had been known in Europe for nearly 13 centuries by 1884, Bachman’s bakery was one of the first in America. Since then, The Bachman Company has become a leading producer of a full line of salty snacks, including Twist Pretzels, Rolled Rods, Pretzel Stix, Pita Pretzel Squares, Kidzels, Jax Cheese Curls, and 100% Stone-Ground Tortilla Chips.
Many changes have taken place in the Bachman Bakery over the years, but our insistence on excellence will never change. From J.S. Bachman’s horse drawn cart to today’s modern machinery and facilities, consumers can always count on Bachman classic quality.
The Bachman Family
Francis Joseph Von Bachmann, the only son of Joseph Von Bachmann, emigrated from Marienbad, Austria, to America in 1868. He changed his last name to Bachman, and he lived with his wife, Margaret, and his father-in-law, Thomas Sattler, at 351 North 11th Street in Reading, PA. It was their oldest child, Joseph Sattler Bachman, who founded the Bachman’s Pretzel Bakery in 1884. And the Bachman tradition of quality pretzels and snacks has continued, uninterrupted, since that time.