There’s a history of reliability and strength behind our company. Founded in 1927 as a meat company servicing Lancaster County, deliveries were originally made by truck to local homes and businesses. Throughout the years, times changed and the company, then known as New Holland Meats, kept delivering to local clients – although they did replace the 300 lb ice blocks with refrigerated trucks!
Frank Ludwig, Paul Weaver, and Noah Martin, as Ludwig and Company, established New Holland Meats, Inc. as a partnership in 1927. They operated a slaughterhouse on the Ludwig farm. Noah Martin was the experienced custom butcher. They operated three sales trucks and had a retail store in New Holland, which was managed by Charles Adams. When Mr. Ludwig retired, Charles Adams became a partner in the business. At that time the name was changed to New Holland Meat Market. All meat being transported at that time had to be loaded onto trucks that were stocked with large 300lb. blocks of ice for refrigeration. The drivers had to custom cut the meat for customers on their routes. Every evening the trucks then had to be unloaded for the night and then re-loaded the next morning.
By 1946 the company had outgrown the farm and a new larger slaughterhouse was built in Blue Ball. This building, with improvements and additions is still the headquarters of the business today.
In 1981, Ted Cundiff, Sr. joined the company, providing experience and in-depth knowledge of the meat snack industry. In 1983, Ted struck out on his own, creating a company devoted to meat snacks. Wild Bill’s Foods, Inc. was born and Ted served as President for 24 years.
In 2007, the opportunity arose for Ted to reconnect with New Holland Meats. Having conquered the hearts (and taste buds) of consumers with his Wild Bill’s products, and loving a challenge, Ted decided to produce a premium line of meat snacks. He created Pony Express Foods and formed a team committed to the high standards of excellence Ted has always demanded.
These days, Ted is running Pony Express Foods in the only manner he knows; combining Service, Quality and Value to deliver a winning product for Customers, Employees, and Company. Trust Pony Express Foods to fill your saddlebags with superior meat snacks – and watch as your customers grab them for their next journey – whether cross-country or across the street!