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Oh, boy: Oberto plans to send a case of jerky to Rep. Heather Scott

Oberto Brands in Seattle, manufacturer of beef jerky, is planning to send Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, a case of beef jerky, after seeing the post on Eye on Boise about how Scott said, during a lengthy hearing that was part of a special session of the Legislature on Monday, “Hey, I brought beef jerky, I’ll go for days.”

“We thought it’d be fun to send her some, now that we know her love for beef jerky,” said Courtney Roe, marketing coordinator for Oberto Brands in Kent, Wash. “I was thinking a case, so like eight bags. It’ll be a couple different flavors.”

Roe said it’ll be the first time the beef jerky company has sent its product to a state legislator. “But I’ve sent some to a chef once in Seattle,” who commented in an article that his favorite snack was beef jerky, she said. “We do it every now and then for fans on Twitter as well.”

Scott’s comment came when, nearly four hours into the committee hearing on child support enforcement legislation, she asked to pose another question to someone testifying, something she already had done many times during the hearing.  Committee Chair Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, noted the hour – long into the noon hour – and said, “They’re going to just give us bread and water here if we keep asking all these questions.” Scott said, “Hey, I brought beef jerky, I’ll go for days.” Amid laughter, Lodge responded, “You’d better pass it out.”

Oberto Brands was founded in 1918 by Constantino Oberto and his Uncle John in Seattle, pledging to sell “only the finest hand-made Italian sausages and salami.” Constantino’s son Art took over the company at the age of 16 in 1943 when his father died suddenly; in 1964, “after much in-home experimentation,” Art Oberto introduced the firm’s “natural style beef jerky,” and the company doubled in size. By 1994, Oberto was the nation’s top jerky manufacturer. Its current flavors include original, spicy sweet, teriyaki, peppered, hickory, teriyaki turkey jerky, seasoned BBQ pork jerky, applewood smoked bacon jerky and jalapeno bacon jerky. Among the company’s trademarks is the slogan, “Oh boy, Oberto!”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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