Pepperidge gets Lakeland bakery up and running

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LAKELAND, FLA. — Pepperidge Farm, Inc. officially cut the ribbon on its $23 million high capacity bread production line at its Lakeland facility on Sept. 23, according to The Ledger.

The line, which has been producing bread since mid-June, had been in the midst of the troubleshooting period for ironing out any kinks in the machinery.

According to The Ledger, the line currently is running at two-thirds of its capacity but should be running fully by the end of 2009. At that time, the line will produce 31 million loaves a year. In total, the add-on at the facility entailed a 20,000-square-foot addition, bringing total square footage to 320,000.

Pepperidge makes Farmhouse, Natural and Light bread at the facility, with distribution primarily to the Florida market. In addition to the new high capacity bread line, the plant has an existing bread line that also has annual capacity of 31 million loaves, as well as lines for the company’s Goldfish crackers, hot dog and hamburger buns.

When Pepperidge first announced its plans to add a bread line at the Lakeland facility back in October 2007, the company cited a need to keep pace with growing demand for its product in the Southeast.

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