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Tasty Baking Co. opens cutting-edge “green” facility


June 25, 2010
By MarketWatch.com

June 24, 2010, PHILADELPHIA – Tasty Baking Co., maker of the Tastykake snack line, has transitioned to a new, state-of-the-art, Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) registered bakery at the Philadelphia Navy
Yard.

The company's 88-year-old, six-story Hunting Park bakery at 2801 Hunting Park Ave. in the Allegheny West area of Philadelphia has now officially closed for production.

The full operation of the seven production lines at Tasty Baking's new 345,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility occurs just over three years after the company announced its strategic transition plan in May 2007. The one-story bakery at the Philadelphia Navy Yard features new, highly automated baking equipment and a "straight line flow" from production to packaging to warehouse that opens significant opportunity for product and packaging innovation, while achieving more efficiency in the baking of Tastykake's core products such as Krimpets, Kandy Kakes, Juniors, pies, cookie bars and cupcakes.

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Currently registered under LEED and awaiting official certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the bakery will be the world's largest "green" bakery, featuring environmentally-friendly components such as water conservation, the use of recycled building materials, day-light harvesting and energy-efficient HVAC systems.

"While we celebrate our new bakery and the future of the Tastykake brand with significantly enhanced manufacturing capabilities, we simultaneously celebrate the legacy of the Hunting Park bakery and its irreplaceable role in the development and growth of the company and our beloved brand," said president and CEO Charles P. Pizzi.

"Now that we have transitioned all seven of our production lines to the new facility at the Navy Yard, we can turn our focus to the optimization of our operations there, a process which we expect to last through the third quarter of 2010."

The new bakery's lobby, which will serve as the public gateway and ticketing center for The Tastykake Bakery Tour, features an over-sized wall print of the Hunting Park facility. The tour, which is expected to open to the public in 2011, will also contain historical film and prints from the Hunting Park bakery. Additionally, Tasty Baking Company will continue its support of the Allegheny West Foundation, one of the oldest and most successful community development corporations in Philadelphia, which serves the community around the Hunting Park facility.


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