Betty’s Classic Deli Salads Returns as Fifth-Generation Family Food Business Going Strong

The recipes that had been in the family for five generations and prepared and sold for nearly a century had been retired, packed into a briefcase in the home of John and Joline Marcinko of Brecknock Township.

“We tried to sell the recipes after Van Bennett (Food Company) closed, but we couldn’t,” explained Joline. “So, we just put them away.”

Affected by the great recession and other factors, Van Bennett, located on Carroll Street in Reading, closed in January 2015 after nearly a century of operations that included the production and sale of the popular Betty’s Salads. Weary of the food business, family members found other vocations and thought they had moved on. That was not to be.

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