Knauss Foods is a veteran-owned small business with fifty to sixty employees (seasonally dependent) who continue to make authentic dried beef. From humble beginnings, the company has grown to become the largest manufacturer of dried beef products in the United States. It continues to use the same drying process, done in accordance with the original family recipe that has stood the test of time for Knauss Foods.
In 1902, Edward W. Knauss opened a small butcher shop in Quakertown, Pennsylvania where he sold bacon, ham and hot dogs in addition to the dried beef that would make the company famous. As the popularity of Knauss’ deli products increased in Quakertown and north into the Lehigh Valley, the business eventually required a larger production space to meet this growing demand.