In 1953, Mr. Bob Miller began what would become Ruth’s Salads out of a tiny kitchen on Wilkinson Blvd. in Charlotte, North Carolina. Who would’ve thought that from such meager beginnings would grow a southern institution?

In the beginning Ruth’s Salads delivered to small local independent grocers, which then led to supermarkets like Food Town (later known as Food Lion), Ingles, & Harris Supermarkets (which later became Harris-Teeter). Getting our salads into these supermarkets helped the product gain a loyal following among the residents of Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

By 1960 the company had outgrown their original location, and so Bob Miller and his wife June purchased the old Kraft Foods facility just west of downtown. They now had a facility that would allow them to grow & many of our products are still made right there.

Press “PLAY” to hear one of our original 1960’s era radio spots!!

It wasn’t long before Ruth’s popularity began to expand beyond Charlotte & into South Carolina. Grocery chains such as BiLo & Piggly Wiggly began carrying our product and so we opened yet another production facility in the little town of Chester, South Carolina. In less than a decade, Bob Miller had grown Ruth’s Salads into a multi-state, multi-facility operation. With a growing product line & a growing customer base, Ruth’s Salads was set for even bigger things.

The 1970’s came and ownership passed to Bob Miller’s widow June and her new husband Bob Griffin. Ruth’s was now expanding into Georgia and Tennessee and a third production facility in Forest Park, Georgia just south of Atlanta. We were proud to add Kroger and Big Star to our growing list of customers.

In the 1980’s & 1990’s we saw growth in Lowes Foods, Walmart, and Publix. In 2013, in an effort to expand the reach of the product, Ruth’s began shipping warehouse direct. From Charlotte to Birmingham. From the Outer Banks to Nashville. More people than ever are enjoying what began in that little building in 1953.

Ruth’s is still family owned and family operated. We stand behind everything we make and hope that you’ll consider adding us to your grocery list. Like our print advertisements from decades ago used to say “Eventually Ruth’s, why not now?”