In the mid 1940s, an enterprising young Philadelphian named Martin Dabrow became America's very first importer and distributor of high quality foods sold directly to supermarkets.
By the 1950s, Martin was still importing some products, but he began using local manufacturers to produce some dressings and sauces here in America. A real stickler for quality, Martin kept a watchful eye on their kitchens. He soon concluded he could make the products even better if he made them himself. So, in 1965, Martin used his life savings to purchase a food plant in Philadelphia. He named it "Chelten House" in honor of a handsome home he admired in his childhood neighborhood.
Martin's reputation for quality spread quickly. Before long, hundreds of supermarkets and restaurants were asking him to manufacture sauces and salad dressings they could use and sell under their own name. It wasn't long before Chelten House had outgrown its Philadelphia location and moved to a new, larger facility in Pennsauken, New Jersey.
Under Martin's son, Alan Dabrow, the new manufacturing company became even more successful. So much so that, in 1979, Chelten House ceased all importing to focus solely on manufacturing its own food products. The mission statement "Only the Finest" never changed and the company's thrust into upscale dressings, sauces and marinades continued.
The third generation of Dabrows, Steve and Cheryl, joined the business in the early 1980s. Again, the need to expand presented Chelten House with the opportunity to build a larger, more modern facility. In 1987, Chelten House initiated production in its current plant in the rural Jersey farmlands. Steve and Alan designed the new facility to maintain its emphasis on small batches, which enabled our products to retain that "homemade" flavor and texture. Years later, a redesign of the processing area, incorporating the newest technology including computerized batch making system, helps keep Chelten House out in front of the competition.
In the early 1990s, Steve steered the company into the all-natural and organic arena. Chelten House scoured the country to find vendors who could supply them with certified organic ingredients needed to create great tasting products.
Today, Chelten House is the undisputed leader in the manufacture of natural and organic salad dressings, pasta sauces, salsas and marinades. The family has declared that no preservatives or additives will be used in the processing of any products under the Chelten House, Marinade Bay or Simply Natural labels.