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Great Brands: Tip Top Tomato Products of Ohio

July 18th, 2010 · 10 Comments

By Garland Pollard

Tip Top CanningTIPP CITY, Ohio – Back in the day, there were hundreds of regional tomato brands across the U.S.

Canneries were not giant agribusiness, but were instead closer to the field, family-owned. In Virginia, I can recall Webster’s, who was famous for his Webster’s catchup. Old man Webster lived in a giant plantation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. While he is a forgotten figure (as is his catsup), most who travel Route 13 on the Eastern Shore will remember the peacock figurines that decorated his gates.

One regional tomato brand that survived is the Tip Top Canning Company of Tipp City, Ohio. According to their website, they opened in 1924, when the Timmer family purchased a cannery on South First Street in Tippecanoe City, Ohio. They said that back then, tomatoes were “grown in fields just down the road and brought to the factory in horse-drawn wagons.” Theyreport that they have tripled production in the last decade, and apparently do a large amount of contract/private label canning.

The Timmer family still owns the brand, and they sell dozens of different tomato products, including this tomato juice. They promise that all of their tomato products come from fields nearby, including “dedicated family farmers” in the fertile soil of Ohio’s Darke County, Henry County, Putnam County, and Hancock County.

While you might want to ask your gourmet foodstore if they have Tip Top, we actually found this tomato juice can at the Dollar Tree. Must have been some overstock.

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Tags: Grocery · News

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mike McDermott // Jul 19, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Great story. I live in Tipp City, just two blocks down the road from Tipp Top Canning. In the fall after all of the tomatoes have been plucked from their vines, you can smell the aroma of basil and tomatoes as they conjure up all of the different private label branded sauces and purees.

  • 2 I would like to buy this product please call me at 513-519-1251 // Oct 7, 2010 at 10:20 am

    ilike to by this produc coll me at 5135191251

  • 3 linda clark // Feb 2, 2011 at 6:49 am

    woulde like to purchase tip top tomato paste in the Cincinnati are or Lawrenceburg In area where can I find them??? thank you

  • 4 Neal // Feb 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Tomato lovers, contact TIP TOP by phone or emai.
    Tip Top Canning Company, They can help you locate stores that carry their products.

    505 S. Second Street
    Tipp City, OH 45371
    1-800-352-2635
    Office Phone (937) 667-3713
    Office Fax (937) 667-3802
    info@tiptopcanning.com

  • 5 R.T. Napolitano // Aug 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I would like to know who handled your tomato juice in my area. near Ft. Smith, Ark. I found it once and enjoy it.

  • 6 Sally Steele // Oct 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I just discovered your product at Dollar Tree although I think my mother had it in our house in the 60’s. I am on a budget and a diet so this is great for me. Love the fact that this is 46oz. Need to tell you I do transfer your product into a plastic tomato juice container I had from a local store brand juice that is also 46 oz. I don’t like a metallic taste and I am afraid I will get that taste once I chill the can in my fridge. Please keep sending your overflow to Dollar Tree – this is one of those life’s little pleasures I allow my self – just add lime, and worchestershire sauce, and a couple of pickled mild dilly beans and enjoy.

  • 7 R J EVENSON // Oct 4, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Are you still shipping the 64OZ canned tomato juice to the DOLLAR STORE organization?
    What UPC # does this item have?
    I am in Northeast Washington State and do miis your Juice. Regards, RJE

  • 8 RLD // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Please get tip top tomato juice back in dollar tree stores in MN!

  • 9 Beverly // Nov 5, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I love love love this Tip Top tomato juice. Please please put it back on the shelve at Dollar Tree.
    I just bought the last can and they told me they did not know when they would get more. Please the Lincoln, Nebraska Dollar Tree stores.
    Thanks
    Bev

  • 10 Nancy // Jan 5, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Just discovered your product today at Dollar Tree. We buy lots to tomato juice. Finding your product for $1 a can. We will be helping to keep you in business. Made in the USA. Going to put your product on my face book to let everyone know.

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