The mission of Miles Willard
Technologies, LLP, is to enthusiastically and creatively serve its snack
food and potato processing clients worldwide by perpetually developing
new, exciting and successful products.
Miles Willard, a chemical engineering
graduate of Drexel University in his hometown of Philadelphia, became
a co-inventor of the potato flake process while working at the U.S.D.A.
Laboratory in Pennsylvania. That expertise brought him to Idaho to help
establish the first commercial potato flake processing plant in 1957.
Ultimately, Miles believed
that potato flakes had significant potential for exploitation as an
ingredient in snack foods, which led him to become an independent consultant
and inventor. His first success was a patented fried potato ring composed
mainly of dehydrated potatoes. The crunchy snack called Hula Hoops was
introduced in Great Britain by United Biscuit and it remains a top selling
savory snack in the United Kingdom today. Other Willard licensees sell
the potato ring snack in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Canada, Japan and
United Biscuit purchased
the Keebler Company in 1979, and Miles Willard Company was soon developing
snacks for the U.S. market. Tato Skins, Ripplins, O'Boisies, Chachos
and CC Ricers established Keebler as a major marketer of salted snacks
in the U.S.
Thanks to these and many
other creative successes throughout the years, Miles Willard Technologies,
LLP, grew to become an internationally respected consulting and research
and development company with clients worldwide, and Miles himself received
numerous awards and honors. Some recent tributes include honorary doctorate
degrees awarded by Drexel University
and the University of Idaho, induction into the Snack Food Association's
prestigious "Circle of Honor", selection for an exhibit at the National
Inventors Hall of Fame, and recognition as the Potato Association of
America's "Researcher of the Year".
Miles Willard retired in
1998 after achieving his ultimate goal to create a way that his experienced,
talented and dedicated team could perpetually develop new, exciting
and successful products for clients worldwide. Miles Willard Technologies,
LLP, an employee-owned company is the realization of that goal.
The employees and partners
of Miles Willard Technologies, LLP, are grateful to Miles for his unique
leadership and his exuberant creativity. We pledge to continue the creative
work he began in the snack food and potato processing arenas worldwide.
Today MWT consists of 16 highly qualified and experienced research,
laboratory, pilot plant and office personnel working together in a 20,000
square foot research center containing a full laboratory, pilot plant,
These people have more than
200 years of combined experience with commercial snack food and potato
processing operations, including formulation, development, laboratory
analysis, equipment design and setup, line design, commissioning and
Their combined expertise
has generated more than 48 U.S. patents that have been issued to protect
company technology. The company's technology is in turn licensed to
clients on a royalty basis.
Employees have professional
memberships in the Institute of Food Technologists, American Association
of Cereal Chemists, American Institute of Baking, and Association of
Analytical Chemists, and MWT is an active member of the United States
and the European Snack Food Associations.
employee-owned company will continue to energetically pursue opportunities
to build on our wealth of experience and technology and to develop new
products for companies in every region of the world.
In addition to offering more
knowledge and services, we are also committed to maintaining the flexible,
efficient, cost effective, creative, rapid and superior results that
our clients have come to enjoy and expect.
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