Mt. Olive Kosher Dill Pickle Spears Nominated for the Coolest Thing Made in NC


August 20, 2021


Lynn Williams, Public Relations Manager

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Mt. Olive Kosher Dill Pickle Spears Nominated for the Coolest Thing Made in NC

Public voting opened for NC Chamber’s statewide manufacturing contest

Mount Olive, NC – Today, the NC Chamber announced that Mt. Olive Kosher Dill Pickle Spears are among the 68 products nominated for its annual “Coolest Thing Made in NC” online competition. Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., the statewide contest invites the public to nominate and vote for their favorite product manufactured in North Carolina. Business North Carolina is serving as Media Partner, and the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is collaborating as a Supporting Organization.

“It’s not the perfect meal without the perfect pickle. These are the classic pickle spears you crave, and the iconic Kosher Dill flavor you love. Mt. Olive Pickle Co. has been producing your favorite pickles for nearly 100 years, and Mt. Olive is proud to be the #1 best-selling brand of pickles, peppers and relishes in the United States,” said Greg Smith, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

“Congratulations to Mt. Olive Pickles for making the list of 2021 ‘Coolest Thing’ nominations. Made in NC products like Mt. Olive Kosher Dill Spears reflect the wonderful variety and top quality of our manufacturers’ work across our great state,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “As we always say at the NC Chamber: what’s made in North Carolina makes North Carolina.”

In 2020, the NC Chamber launched the “Coolest Thing Made in NC” competition to celebrate North Carolina’s innovative manufacturing community – and champion the next generation of manufacturers and creators by raising awareness about the rewarding careers of modern manufacturing. Last year, after 72 products nominated and 58,000 votes counted, Thomas Built Buses won the inaugural title for its Saf-T-Liner® C2 Jouley™ Electric School Bus.

“Manufacturing is an important part of our state economy, so we enjoy celebrating the products made right here in our back yard,” said Greg Plemmons, senior vice president of sales for Old Dominion Freight Line. “The businesses nominated for the ‘Coolest Thing’ competition represent the best of North Carolina, and Old Dominion is proud to partner with the NC Chamber for this unique contest.”

Go to to vote for Mt. Olive Pickles Kosher Dill Spears; the 15 semifinalists will be announced on September 2. The field of candidates will narrow with each round of voting, and the winning product will be revealed on October 1, National Manufacturing (MFG) Day.

Join the contest’s social media campaign by following #CoolestThingMadeinNC. In addition to receiving a trophy, the victorious company and product will be featured in NC Chamber and Business North Carolina publications, podcasts, social and digital media, among additional statewide publicity efforts.

About Mt. Olive Pickle Company

Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc. is located at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine in Mount Olive, North Carolina. It was formally organized in 1926 by local business leaders as a way to create a new market for area farmers. Today, Mt. Olive Pickle Company is the largest privately-held pickle company in the nation, with operations encompassing 1.2 million square feet of production and warehouse space spread over 185 acres. Mt. Olive is the #1 best-selling brand of pickles, peppers and relishes in the United States.

About the NC Chamber

The NC Chamber works to research, develop, advocate, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina. For more information, visit