Mountain House is nestled in the heart of the lush Willamette Valley of Oregon, just south of Portland. It is here in their hometown of Albany that they cook up their hearty, savory meals. During the Vietnam Conflict, the military put out a request for food that tasted better, lasted longer and weighed less than old K and C rations. Mountain House's parent Company, Oregon Freeze Dry, responded to that request and won the contract. They immediately started making freeze dried food as Long Range Patrol rations for the military. They've continued making food for the United States Special Forces and other branches of the military ever since. As the war began to wind down, they took our surplus rations to military surplus and sporting goods stores, where they rapidly sold out. It was then in 1969 that they realized the great consumer demand for good tasting, easy to prepare freeze dried food and Mountain House was born.