Archway Cookies was a cookie manufacturer founded in 1936 in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Archway Cookies was an American cookie manufacturer, founded in 1936 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Since December 2008, it has been a subsidiary of Lance Inc., a snack-food company, whom in turn merged with Snyder's of Hanover to form Snyder's-Lance. Archway is best known for its variations of oatmeal cookies. In 1936, Harold and Ruth Swanson began baking soft oatmeal cookies and doughnuts out of their home's garage in Battle Creek. By the late 1940s, they had discontinued baking donuts and just concentrated on cookies. They had fifteen different varieties of cookies by 1949. In the 1950s they licensed their cookie recipes and begin selling baking franchises in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Canada. To avoid conflict with Swanson, a maker of frozen dinners, the Swansons changed the name of their bakery company to Archway Cookies. Throughout the 1950s Archway continued to grow and sell more franchises. It also built cookie-manufacturing plants in Ohio and Iowa.
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