Pecatonica River Popcorn History

In 1983, Rural Route 1 Popcorn was approached by the U.S. Grant District Boy Scouts of America to produce a pails
of popcorn to be used as a fundraiser.  Pecatonica River Popcorn was established as an exclusive brand solely for
Scouting use.  Upon a successful fall sale in 1983, the Blackhawk Area Council of Rockford, IL joined
with Pecatonica River for the fall sale of 1984.

Since that initial Council sale in 1984, Pecatonica River has had numerous plant and production expansions.  In 1992,
a new plant was built in the Livingston Industrial Park, in 1998 expansion doubled the original plant size, in 1999
additional warehousing was constructed and in 2004 that warehouse was doubled.  It’s now 2015 and
we are currently expanding our facility once again.

These expansions are driven by more and more Councils joining the Pecatonica River team.
Currently we serve 26 Boy Scout Councils.

Pecatonica River’s niche has been to provide an individualized program for each Council, capitalizing on their
strengths and assets.  Everything from specific container designs, to unique products and
specialized forms create a program unique to each Council.

Our goal at Pecatonica River has been and always will be to make the best popcorn possible, consistently,
efficiently and with high attention to detail.  This goal is what keeps us in business year after year.


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