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Westminster Cracker Company

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Westminster Cracker Company

Westminster Cracker Company
Industry Food industry
Founded Westminster, Massachusetts, United States, 1824
Headquarters Rutland, Vermont, United States
Products Crackers, Oyster crackers

The Westminster Cracker Company is a New England-based company established in Westminster, Massachusetts in 1824.[1] The original building, which is depicted in their product labeling, still stands as of 2012 in the center of Westminister,[2] although it has not been used for manufacturing for decades. The company is presently based in Rutland, Vermont.[3]


Westminster Cracker Company was owned by the Dawley family for more than 100 years. Dawley & Shepard, Inc., headed by President David Dawley, sold its breading factory[where?] to Pillsbury in 1982. The rights to make Westminster Crackers were retained by Peter Dawley who started a new Westminster Cracker company in Rutland in 1988.[4] Historically, the most famous cracker was the common cracker that filled Cracker Barrel country stores in New England[according to whom?]. The company makes other types of crackers, but the most popular contemporary product is the oyster cracker, which is served by restaurants throughout the United States.

Oyster cracker

The Westminster Cracker Co. is best known for its oyster crackers. The crackers are made from the original 1828 recipe.

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  • About Westminster Crackers
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