HP Hood

American dairy company

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HP Hood
TypeLimited liability company
Founded1846; 175 years ago (1846)
Charlestown, Massachusetts,
United States
FounderHarvey Perley Hood
United States
Area served
United States and International Locations
Key people
John A. Kaneb (CEO)
Number of employees
approximately 3,000
Subsidiariessee list of brands below
The most sanitary milk depot in New England, early 20th Century

HP Hood LLC is an American dairy company based in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Hood was founded in 1846 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, by Harvey Perley Hood. Recent company acquisitions by HP Hood have expanded its reach from predominantly New England to the broader United States. Today, the company has an annual sales revenue of about $2.2 billion.

Hood Blimp - 2005

From 1980 to 1995, HP Hood was owned by Agway. That year, the company was acquired by current CEO John A. Kaneb.[1][2] HP Hood is an independently owned, private company and is listed at #216 on the Forbes "America's Largest Private Companies 2018" list.[3]


In 2004, the company acquired Crowley Foods, based in Binghamton, New York; and Kemps, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2007, HP Hood acquired Crystal Cream and Butter Company,[4] based in Sacramento, California, shortly selling it to Foster Farms Dairy. In 2008, they acquired the ice cream business of Brigham's Ice Cream,[5] based in Arlington, Massachusetts. These acquisitions effectively expanded the company's reach from New England and New York to the broader United States.


Current brands

Note: A news source from Binghamton, New York mentions that Balford Farms of Burlington, New Jersey purchased the rights to Crowley Foods in 2014. Another source states that Balford Farms is a part-owner, having only a portion of the assets. According to the history section on the Crowley Foods website, as of 2017, it mentions that their products are still part of the HP Hood line of brands. Balford Farms took over the former warehouse and distribution center for Crowley Foods in 2014.

Former brands


  • Milk
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Cream
  • Ice Cream
  • Eggnog
  • Frozen Novelties
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Juice and Drinks
  • Calorie Countdown®
  • Simply Smart® Milk
  • Hoodsie Cups
  • Almond Milk
  • Oat Milk


H.P. Hood & Sons delivery wagon on display at the Owl's Head Museum

HP Hood is a New England icon and their name and logo are well known. The smoke stack marked "Hoods Milk" at their former facility near Sullivan Square, Charlestown remains a landmark. The 20-acre facility is being redeveloped as a mixed residential-commercial campus called the "Hood Park".[12][13]

The company ran a highway safety campaign called Hood Samaritan (see Good Samaritan) circa 1960, that was later taken over[14] by the CVS Pharmacy chain.

At Boston Children's Museum, the outdoor ice cream stand takes the form of a large Hood Milk Bottle. The Hood blimp often appears at sport and cultural events (most often Red Sox home games above Boston, and the Eastern States Exposition in October). The Hood blimp made news on September 26, 2006 when it crashed in a wooded area near Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.[15]

The Hoodsie cup, a small cardboard cup of ice cream, is an iconic product;[16] the term "Hoodsie" is occasionally cited as a shibboleth of the Boston-area dialect.[17]

A United States Supreme Court case, H.P. Hood & Sons v. Du Mond, was decided in the Hood Company's favor, in which the State of New York was prevented from withholding a license to acquire milk produced in New York, and sold in Massachusetts, based on the dormant commerce clause limitations on state intervention in interstate commerce.

The company and their logo served as somewhat of an inspiration to the popular Phish tune "Harry Hood".[18][19]


See also


  2. ^ Agway sells H.P. Hood
  3. ^ "HP Hood on the Forbes America's Largest Private Companies List". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  4. ^ [1] Archived February 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Brigham's can't beat the heat; assets go to 2 buyers - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  6. ^ Binghamton.com, Balford Farms Buys Crowley's (September 26, 2014), Retrieved Feb. 6, 2015.
  7. ^ HP Hood LLC (Lactaid Brands), Retrieved Mar. 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Hershey's Milk and Milkshakes - Hershey's Milk and Milkshakes Announces Product Line Expansion (January 29, 2013), Retrieved Apr. 23, 2015.
  9. ^ Sacramento Business Journal - New owners whip up work at old Crystal Cream plant by Melanie Turner (June 29, 2012), Retrieved Apr. 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Kansas City Business Journal, Dairy Farmers of America Will Become Owner of Kemps (April 15, 2011), Retrieved Feb. 6, 2015.
  11. ^ WBNG Channel 12 Action News, Conklin Dairy Distribution Center Staying Open by Anna Norris (September 26, 2014) Archived February 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved Feb. 6, 2015.
  12. ^ "Site Plan", Hood Park
  13. ^ Tom Acitelli, "Hood Park's first residential component officially underway: 177 apartments", Curbed Boston October 18, 2017 [2]
  14. ^ "Web Page Under Construction". Cvssamaritan.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  15. ^ "Hood Blimp Crashes North Of Boston | WCVB Home - WCVB Home". Thebostonchannel.com. 2006-09-26. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  16. ^ Rimer, Sara (Aug 10, 1997). "The City That Worships Ice Cream in All Flavors". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-09-15.
  17. ^ "Committed to his colloquialisms". The Boston Globe. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  18. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Phish.net. Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  19. ^ The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and Their Music - Mockingbird Foundation, Tom Marshall - Google Books. 2000. ISBN 9780879306311. Retrieved 2012-10-17.

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