Lima, OH — John Rudolph, founder of Rudolph Foods Corp. who held leadership roles within the Snack Food Association (SFA), died on April 16. He was 88-years-old.
Launching Rudolph Foods in 1955, John Rudolph never retired and stayed involved in the business, even going to the office within the last few weeks of his life, the SFA reports. Rudolph is one of the world's largest pork rind companies and manufactures private label brand products.
He was a dedicated member of the Lima, OH, community, where Rudolph Foods is headquartered, according to the SFA. He also held leadership roles within the Food Industries Center and was a recipient of the 2001 SFA Circle of Honor Award, given to those who have made lasting contributions to the snack food industry.
“The SFA and its members mourn the loss of a key industry leader, former SFA chairman and friend, John Rudolph,” says SFA President and CEO Jim McCarthy. “He made sure the Rudolph Foods' culture continued to adopt and embrace his 'can do' attitude, crediting those who worked for him for helping to build the company throughout the years.”