A & J Snack Foods, Inc


            "The Original Pasta Snack"â

When our founder, Elaine Katz, a nutritionist and nurse received a call from the school nurses that her five-year old Jared, was hyperactive it was cause for great distress.  At the time, some thirty years ago, the term ADD wasn’t loosely thrown around as common explanation for children’s excited behavior. “It was a big stigma then,” Elaine said.  Elaine (nicknamed “Lainie”) explored natural diets as a means to help her son.  Not wanting to take the easy way out through medicine, she sought the help of Dr. Feingold, inventor of the Feingold Diet that calls for no artificial preservatives or additives in food products.  She soon discovered that preservatives such as BHA and BHT found in most snacks would cause her son to bounce off the wall.

This prompted Elaine to create her own snack that she could trust was really healthy and natural.  Despite the healthy ingredients, it became a huge hit among Jared’s classmates, selling for 10 cents a chip at bake sales and becoming the most popular snack at friends’ parties.  Parents loved it too, asking Elaine to bring it along when visited. 

She invented a chip made not from potatoes, like most children were eating but from fresh homemade pasta.  Using unbleached semolina flour, specially seasoned and cooked, she produced the only all natural pasta chip with no artificial ingredients, no cholesterol, and 50% less fat than other leading snack chips.

Lasagna Chips is not only unique for it’s idea but also for it’s original new packaging.  Lasagna Chips come in beautiful foil bags that describe its flavors using catchy quotes like “A Kiss by the Sea” for its Sea Salt flavor, “The Perfect Marriage” for Garlic & Oregano, “Red Velvet” for Tomato Basil, and lastly, “The Wild West” for Barbeque. It’s a definite attraction when the consumer sees a little humor to go with a product, it makes it more inviting, Arlyne Katz, President of A&J Snack Foods.

Fifteen years ago, while living on Long Island, Elaine tried turning her invention into a business.  She began making samples out of her garage and received positive response from people tasting it, but the demands of motherhood proved to be too great to juggle a business as well.  It was her son Jared, now 37, who recently turned his mother’s old venture into a reality. 

A & J's Supports Our Troops

Our customers listed by state:

Lawren's809 Madison St SE Huntsville, AL 35801
Gourmet Eureka123 Spring St Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Main Steet Mall308 West Main Street Heber Springs, AR 72543
Bianchini's3130 Alpine Road Portola Valley, CA 94028
Body FactoryLos Angeles, CA 90093
Extraordinary Desserts1430 Union St San Diego, CA 92101
Gene's Fine Foods18850 Cox Avenue Saratoga, CA 95070
Gift Basket Express17874 Plaza Ahora San Diego, CA 92128
Gourmet OutfittersBorrego Springs, CA 92004
Green Frog Market3711 Columbus St Bakersfield, CA 93306
Olives Gourmet Grocer3510 East Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803
Pacific Coast Greens22601 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265
Roxbury Pharmacy9821 West Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90035
The Gourmet Shoppe4801 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield, CA 93309
The Purple Gourmet1687 Hillman Tulare, CA 93274
Healthy Farms2299 West Adams Ave El Centro, CA 92243
Zanottos1970 Naglee Avenue San Jose, CA 95126
Whole Food Market1821 30th Street Boulder, CO 80301
All In A Basket213 West Broad St Stamford, CT 06902
Newhaus Design133 Revonah Ave Stamford, CT 06905
Supplements Unlimited1625 Main St Stratford, CT 06615
A Tisket A Tasket9860 West Sample Road Coral Springs, FL 33065
Amore Home & Gourmet1315 Lee Rd Winter Park, FL 32789
Apple Market1021 Scenic Hwy Pensacola, FL 32501
Castellano & Pizzo4200 S Henderson Blvd Tampa, FL 33629
Francesco's Deli7205 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Smoothie King 071 63812140 Collegiate Way, #100 Orlando, FL 32817
Smoothie King 198700 S. Pine Island Road Plantation, FL 33324
Smoothie King 2289810-4 Baymeadows Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32256
Smoothie King 3603423 South Florida Ave Lakeland, FL 33803
Smoothie King 42717521 Preserve Walk Ln Tampa, FL 33647
Smoothie King 6231922 S 14th Street Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Smoothie King 6347873 Gunn Highway Tampa, FL 33626
Akin's Natural Foods MarketFL
Smoothie Factory1250 Auburn Rd Suite B203 Dacula, GA 30019
Smoothie King 1842045 Towne Lake Pkwy., #100 Woodstock, GA 30189
Smoothie King 791890 Dawsonville Hwy Suite E Gainesville, GA 30501
Vitamin Giant130 Prominence Point Pkwy Suite 150 Canton, GA 30114
Home Sweet HomeSt Ansgar, IA 504472
Kitchen Hearth & Crytal Bath731 Franklin Street Pella, IA 50219
Little Amana General Store2207 U Ave Williamsburg, IA 52361
Spencer Hospital1200 First Ave East Spencer, IO, 51301
The Red Geranium122 East First Street Sumner, IA 50674
Under The Sun739 Avenue G Fort Madison, IA 52627
The Record Exchange1105 W Idaho St Boise, Idaho 83702
Smoothie King 453 6151912a Round Barn Rd Champaign, IL 61821
Vintner's Cellar Winery1017 Century Drive Edwardsville, IL 62025
Smoothie King 457300 West State St. Lafayette, IN 47906
Smoothie King 609843 Joliet St Dyer, IN 46311
Cook's Nook219 North Main Street Mcpherson, KS 67460
Dwaynes Designs1308 Main St Hays,  KS 67601
Phoebe's108 South Washington Ave Wellington, KS 67152
Smith's Market211 S Main St Htchinson, KS 67501
Smokey Hill Vineyard212 W Golf Link Rd Salina, KS 67401
The First Place/ DJ Co #1652929 N Rock Rd Wichita, KS 67226
Wyldewood CellarsMulvane, KS 67110
Chamberlin's Natural FoodsTokepa, KS
Just Italy708 Iris Metairie, LA 70005
Smoothie King 0002725 Mississippi Ave Suite 7 Metairie, LA 70003
Smoothie King 014 016 019 3682222 Clearview Pkwy., Ste. G Metairie, LA 70001
Smoothie King 032 4941048 W. Tunnel Blvd Houma, LA 70364
Smoothie King 2922701 Airline Drive, Ste. N Metairie, LA 70001
Boston Snacks437 Whittenton St Taunton MA 02780
Ipswich Shellfish8 Hayward St Ipswich, MA 01938
The Tole Booth129 Main St Blackstone, MA 05504
JLM Interiors4819 Mirror Lake Rd West Bloomfield, MI 48323
Stitched Treasures4656 State St Saginaw, MI 48603
Arden Pharmacy & Gift3529 Lexington Avenue North Saint Paul, MN 55126
August Schell Brewing Co.New Ulm, MN 56073
Twin City Poultry Co. Inc.4630 Quebec Avenue North New Hope, MN 55428
Annie's (The French Wine Cellar)Carthage, MO 64836
Connoisseurs100 Chapel Dr Suite H Monett, MO 65708
Martin's True Hardware4215 McMasters Ave Hannibal, MO 63401
Provisions11615 Olive Street Road Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Smoothie King 625703 Long Crossing Drive, Suite 8 Chesterfield, MO 63005
Stickey Wicket104 North Jefferson St New Mexico, MO 65265
Traditions Downtown119 W Commercial Lebanon, MO 65536
Chamberlin's Natural FoodsSpringfield, MO
Smoothie King 566549 Highway 11 South Picayune, MS 39466
Darden Restaurants, IncNC
Reids Fine Foods225 E 7th Street Charlotte, NC 28202
Anchor O'Reilly's Chip Of The Month Club17503 Karen St Omaha, Nebraska 68135
Clabaugh Pharmacy & Gift Shop501 Court Street Beatrice, NE 68310
Chamberlin's Natural FoodsLincoln, NE
Amendola Italian Deli205 Boulevard Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
Chef CentralParamus Towne Square Paramus, NJ 07652
Maywood's Marketplace78 West Pleasant Ave Maywood, NJ 07607
Thoughts in a Basket23 Roseland Avenue Caldwell, NJ 07006
Yummy Memories65 Honeck Street Englewood, NJ 07631
A/J Candy Corp.Plainview, NY 11803
Alltogether Appetizing466 Ave P Brooklyn, NY 11223
Arbor Hill Grapery6461 Route 64 Naples NY 14512
Cravings1165 Old Country Rd Plainview NY 11803
Fancy Foods - Import DivisionBuilding B-12 Hunts Point Coop Market Bronx, NY 10474
Landmark Foods865 Waverly Ave Holtsville, NY 11742
Lunch with Lou45 Rogers Drive New Rochelle, NY 10804
Royal Food International Corp47-47 35th St Long Island City, NY 11101
The Stove CompanyMiddleburgh, NY 12122
West Side Market (7th Ave)77 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10011
The Food EmporiumNY
Cornersburg Italian Specialties3381 Canfield Rd Youngstown, OH 44511
Smoothie King 7234891 Grand Shops Blvd Medina, Ohio 44256
Zagara's Lee Rd. Supermarket1940 Lee Rd Cleveland, OH 44118
Akin's Natural FoodsHealth Food Associates 7807 E. 51st Street Tulsa, OK 74145
Chamberlin's Natural FoodsTulsa & Oklahoma City, OK
Auntie M Gift Baskets601 Stones Crossing Easton PA 18045
Espresso on ForthBank Tower 307 Forth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Mcginnis Sisters Special Food Stores4311 Northern Pike Monroeville, PA 15146
QVC, Inc1200 Wilson Drive West Chester, PA 19380
Seghetti's Italian Market522 Penn Ave West Reading, PA 19611
Vicky's Designer Touch401 South Lindell St Martin, TN 38237
Smoothie King 2656020 Westheimer Houston, TX 77057
Smoothie King 3574805 Bryant Irvin Rd Ft Worth, TX 76132
Smoothie King 36512132 GREENSPOINT dR HOUSTON, TX 77060
Jolley's Gift1676 East 1300 South Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Two Dancing Cats2360 Woodchuck Way Sandy, Utah 84093
Smoothie King 62044260 Icerink Plaza Suite 108 Ashburn, VA 20147
Smoothie King 627201 Southgate Shopping Center Culpeper, VA 22701
Taylor Made For You512 Southlake Blvd Richmond, VA 23236
Wythe-Will Distributing LLC3612 LaGrange Parkway Toanao, VA 23168
AmazonSeattle, WA  98108-0387
Costco Wholesale999 Lake Drive Issaquah, WA 98027
Cathy Bosacki's Chocolates & MoreWoodruff, WI 54568
Erickson Orchard & Country Store86600 Betzold Road Bayfield, WI 54814
The Back Porch253 South Central Ave Marshfield, WI 54449
Tricia's Treasures109 N Lake Ave Crandon, WI 54520

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A & J Snack Foods, Inc * PO Box 180 * Woodmere * NY * 11598-0180

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