Hansel 'n Gretel to close

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GLENDALE, NY – Hansel 'n Gretel Brand, Inc. is closing its doors after 140 years in business, the company announced June 10. When asked, a company spokeswoman offered no reason for the closing.

Hansel ‘n Gretel, formerly Henry Kast Inc., was established in New York City in 1872. That same year, Yellowstone became the world's first national park (President Ulysses S. Grant signed the order) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors, according to the company.

The deli processor served famous and high-end clients such as The Plaza, Waldorf Astoria, Luchow's and Lindy's. World War II veterans Milton Rattner and Jerry Wein purchased Hansel 'n Gretel in 1954. Rattner continued the business after Wein moved on, according to the company. In the 1980s, Hansel 'n Gretel launched the first Healthy Deli line of 97-100 percent fat free and lower salt deli meats. Rattner retired at age 93.

"Our closure represents the end of an era," the company said in a statement. "Deli was born in New York City. Hansel ‘n Gretel Brand, Inc. was the last deli manufacturer remaining in the city producing a full line of deli meats. The closing of our plant closes out a chapter in the grand story of Deli and New York City."
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READER COMMENTS (6)

By JJ 7/21/2014 10:24:03 AM
OH no! Say it ain't so! Your meats are so much better than Boar's Head. You had the best roast beef & ham!!

By Louise F.Bowles 7/12/2014 9:21:07 AM
Very sorry to hear of your closing. Your smoked liverwurst is the only one our family buys. There is none that compares or even comes close.

By Sue Gould 7/6/2014 4:08:22 PM
This is a huge disappointment. The Hansel & Gretel Macaroni and Cheese Loaf has been around for forever. Will most definitely miss this product.

By Name Required 6/20/2014 9:14:43 PM
Sorry to read this, my husband sold for Hansel n Gretel in the Midwest for many years. He would be very sad to know that they closed and that Milton Ratner has passed away! My thoughts are with the family and employees!! Rosalie Snipes

By Lynn Clark 6/20/2014 3:31:31 PM
Very shocked at this..I have family members who were longtime employees of this company that are now unemployed...to close without much warning or reasons given must be heartbreaking for them...140 years in business is rather remarkable in this day and age...Goodbye Hansel and Gretel!

By Jack 6/13/2014 4:27:11 PM
too bad an icon in the meat business