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One S. Church Street, Suite 200, Hazleton, PA 18201
p: 570.455.1508   f: 570.454.7787

Food Processing

Known as the "Snack Food Capital of the World," Pennsylvania includes major producers of pretzels, potato chips, confectioneries and chocolate. The Commonwealth’s snack food and confectionery industries generate more than $5.1 billion in annual sales. Pennsylvania is also the international headquarters for Hershey Foods Corporation and H. J. Heinz.

Greater Hazleton and Northeastern Pennsylvania are a prime example of how Pennsylvania has gotten this reputation as companies such as Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate (formerly Archer Daniels Midland), Hershey Company, Bimbo Bakeries, Cargill Meat Solutions, Tootsie Roll and Aryzta, among many others, all have processing facilities in the area.

Some facts about Northeast Pennsylvania’s food industry:

  • Stroehmann Bakeries LLC (Bimbo Bakeries) makes 240 million buns each year from its Hazleton plant.
  • Cargill Meats processes enough meat annually to make 2.5 billion hamburgers at its Hazleton plant.
  • Citterio’s local facility is the largest producer of prosciutto in the United States.
  • The Hershey Company’s facility in Hazleton creates around 100 million pounds of chocolate each year.
  • Mrs. T’s Pierogies produces enough full-size pierogies and mini pierogies each year to cover 888 football fields.
  • Michael Foods Egg Products processes 1 million eggs per hour. That’s 16 million eggs per day, or 5.8 billion eggs per year.

Greater Hazleton has all of the special ingredients needed to make it an ideal location for the food processing industry... climate, air quality, fresh water, abudant workforce, rail service and highway access for ease of distribution.

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