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Ore-Ida is a brand of potato-based frozen foods currently produced and distributed by the H. J. Heinz Company. Ore-Ida's primary production facility is located in Ontario, Oregon, and the company employs over 1,000 local residents. Ore-Ida is generally considered a leading potato brand in the American market, consistently accounting for a large amount of processed potatoes sold.
Ore-Ida Potato Products, Inc. was founded by Idaho entrepreneurs F. Nephi Grigg, his brother Golden Grigg in 1952 with the development of a potato-processing facility located in Oregon, near the border of the state of Idaho. The company's name is a syllabic abbreviation of the first few letters of Oregon and Idaho and the original logo consisted of the outlines of Oregon and Idaho with Ore-Ida superimposed in italicized letters. The name was used in the company's long term advertising slogan: “When it says Ore-Ida, it’s All Righta.”
Ore-Ida initially produced and sold frozen corn and French fries, however, Nephi and his brother Golden developed Tater Tots, bite-sized "logs" formed from spiced slivers of potatoes, from leftovers produced through the company's French fry production. Tater Tots are today considered the brand's most well known product.
The Ore-Ida brand was acquired by the H. J. Heinz Company in 1965, and its division headquarters were in Boise, Idaho until 1999 when a new frozen foods division was created based at Heinz's corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. McCain Foods bought Ore-Ida's foodservice division in 1997.