Mt. Olive Pickle ending its 60-year N.C. State Fair run

State Fair Booth

All good things must come to an end, even a flavorful 50-cent Mt. Olive pickle at the N.C. State Fair. After more than 60 years, Mt. Olive Pickle is discontinuing its participation at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. The company will not operate its booth this year. “This decision comes with great regret,…

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Mt. Olive Pickle marks 90th anniversary

Mt Olive 90 Year Celebration Logo

They were bankers, produce brokers, farmers, merchants, physicians, railroad men, and insurance executives. Together, they established the Mt. Olive Pickle Company in January 1926 in what they envisioned as a community stock proposition. Today, Mt. Olive is the maker of the best-selling brand of pickles, peppers and relishes in U.S. grocery stores, with distribution in…

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Mt. Olive Pickle Research Project Receives Emmy Award

Mount Olive logo with an emmy award

Earlier this year, the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognized Durham-based storytelling firm StoryDriven and the University of North Carolina’s Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) for its video “Harvesting Clean Energy” with an Emmy award. “The competition this year was fierce – there were more than 900 entries from 131…

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Mt. Olive Pickles, 96 years old, honors hometown roots

Birthday cake with candles that say 96. green cake with pickles on the bottom. Jars of Mt. Olive products surrounding. pickle banner says Since 1926

For immediate release: January 3, 2022 MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Mt. Olive Pickle Company hit a milestone on January 2: America’s #1 best-selling pickle company turned 96 years old.  For all those years, the company has honored its hometown beginnings. Organized on January 2, 1926, the company today employs 1,000 people who pack and sell…

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Mt. Olive’s Lebanese beginnings chronicled in Our State

Shirkey Baddour Family

The spark of an idea for establishing Mt. Olive Pickle is credited to Lebanese immigrant Shikrey Baddour back in the 1920s. He saw local fields of cucumbers going to waste, and he thought there ought to be something done about that. His initial idea for a source of brinestock for other pickle companies didn’t pan…

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New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop marks the end of 2020, virtually

Pickle Drop

Updated December 30, 2020       MOUNT OLIVE, NC—In true 2020 fashion, a live, in-person New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop will not be held in Mount Olive this year. But pickle fans everywhere will still be able to watch a pickle drop come December 31. Plans are to air a 30-minute webcast that compiles…

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New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop Will Have a Different Venue for 2019

Pickle Drop

The 20th annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop will see a significant change this December – but only for one year. Because of a major construction project going on at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine – the location of the company’s Main Plant – the Pickle Drop will be held at the University of…

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New Year’s Eve Pickle to drop into 2018

Children with a pickle light

Mark your calendars: Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc.’s annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop will be held on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine in Mount Olive. At the stroke of 7 p.m. midnight – that’s 7 o’clock EST, which also happens to be midnight Greenwich Mean Time. (That way,…

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Pickle Drop incorporates canned food drive

Food Drive Most Needed Items

One of the traditions of the Mt. Olive New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop is the canned food drive for Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. And this year, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the food drive is even more important. See the list of most needed items. “Typically after the holidays local…

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Pickle Drop Virtual Food Drive nets $10,358 for Food Bank

Virtual Food Drive Banner

Mt. Olive Pickle Company and its fans together raised over $10,000 to help feed hungry neighbors. Mt. Olive held a virtual food drive in conjunction with its 2020 New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The company set a goal of $5,000 and pledged a $5,000…

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The 96-Year History of Mt. Olive Pickle Company

Birthday cake with candles that say 96. green cake with pickles on the bottom. Jars of Mt. Olive products surrounding. pickle banner says Since 1926

The 96-year history of Mt. Olive Pickle Company is filled with momentous events. We’d love to give you a rundown of every single highlight of our long and fruitful career. But since we don’t have space for a 1,000-page bio on our blog, we’ll settle for giving you some of the peaks. The 1920s: Where…

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