Who doesn’t recognize this little goldfish? All of us, especially children consider this little guy a staple to their diet and reach for a handful. Perfect for lunch or an in-between snack. The main production plant for these and other premium quality bakery products is produced by our friends at Pepperidge Farm, in Willard, Ohio.
Among the company's most popular products are Chocolate Chunk and Milano(R) cookies, Goldfish(R) crackers, and more than 50 varieties of fresh baked breads including Swirl, Farmhouse, and Natural Whole Grain breads.
The Willard plant is also one of their largest production centers. Dan Bettac, Cracker Production Manager, and some of his team, recently led us on a tour of their massive plant and confirmed their commitment to continue donating to Second Harvest. Last year Pepperidge Farms donated 45,083 pounds of product. The majority of this product was Gold Fish crackers in various package sizes, flavors and textures. We used this in our backpack programs, distributed to our partner charities and other food banks with in Ohio. In addition to the plant donations the employees have a food drive once a year and last year they donated over 2000 pounds of product for our partner charities.
Pepperidge Farm was founded in Connecticut in 1937 by Margaret Rudkin, an entrepreneurial homemaker who began baking fresh, all-natural bread for her allergy-afflicted son. The company is now a nationwide business with 8 manufacturing facilities, almost 5,000 employees, 3,000 independent distributorships, and just over $1 billion in sales. Pepperidge Farm was acquired by Campbell Soup Company in 1961.
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