our--history

1939 was a big year. Gottlieb Dietz met Walter Watson and developed his original German Bratwurst recipe. Four generations and hundreds of recipes later, we still stand by Gottlieb’s unwavering dedication to quality, family and delicious food.

gottlieb dietz'##historic beginnings

1922##1st generation

In 1922, our founding great-grandfather, Gottlieb Dietz, fled the crumbling economy of post-WWI Germany and planted his family roots in Philadelphia. He perfected his skills as a sausage maker for nearly two decades before purchasing The Watson Meat Company in 1939. With Walter Watson as his partner, the two renamed the company “Everbest Brand Meat Delicacies.”--The original facility was located next to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. This historic neighborhood was the inspiration for many of the time-honored family recipes that are still used today.

momma dietz, a prime example of dedication,--worked tirelessly as chairperson until 2019--at 94 years old.

1942##2nd generation

Gottlieb’s daughters, Ruth and Lore, began working for their father in the summer of 1942 when Ruth was just 14 years old. This was the start of Ruth’s lifelong dedication to the family business, a commitment that eventually earned her the name “Momma Dietz.” Ruth remained the company’s chairperson until 2019 at 94 years old. “Everbest Brand Meat Delicacies” became “Dietz & Watson” in 1945 and moved to a new location in Camden, N.J. In 1957, the iconic “Diamond” logo first appeared on packaging and marketplace signage.

the world meets##momma dietz

growth rooted in family,##quality and integrity

1975##3rd generation

Where there is an unwavering dedication to quality, success is inevitable. And so, Dietz & Watson outgrew our Camden home. In 1975, we set our sights on a larger, more modern facility and moved to our current location in Northeast Philadelphia. It’s here that Louis Eni Jr., Chris Eni and Cindy Eni Yingling began to hone their skills and learn the Dietz family way. Despite this growth, the focus on family, quality and integrity remained Dietz & Watson’s guiding principles.

today##4th generation

A lot of things have changed since 1939, but we see to it that the most important things remain the same. These are the things we credit to Dietz & Watson’s success over the past 80 years. We like to think Gottlieb would be proud that the recipes from his timeworn book are still being used today and that, despite all the technology available, we still handcraft our spice blends and slow-roast our meat.--We’re excited that our family continues to serve yours. We believe everyone who has dedicated their hard work to our company has had a hand in making us who we are today. Coworkers, friends and neighbors are all part of our extended family and, together, we’re supplying the highest-quality products to deli counters, corner markets and grocery stores all across the country.--We’d like to thank our partners for carrying our line of premium meats and artisan cheeses. Your hard work motivates and inspires us daily, and we’re committed to giving you the best our family has to offer.

a look to##the future

dietz and watson,--it's a family thing.