Tasty completes transition to Philadelphia bakery

by Eric Schroeder
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PHILADELPHIA — Tasty Baking Co. has transitioned the remaining two Tastykake production lines from its Hunting Park facility to its new, 345,000-square-foot LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) bakery at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. With the move, the company’s 88-year-old Hunting Park bakery officially has ceased production.

Tasty Baking in April agreed to sell the Hunting Park site along with its former corporate offices and distribution center to TKMG Associates, L.P. and its guarantor, Metro Development Co., for $6 million. The company also has sold the physical assets of the bakery for approximately $700,000.

“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 Charles P. Pizzi, president and chief executive officer of Tasty Baking. “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.

“We believe that the many chapters of Tastykake history at the Hunting Park bakery will be tightly bound to those chapters that we will begin to write at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.”

The new bakery’s lobby, which will serve as the public gateway and ticketing center for The Tastykake Bakery Tour, features an oversized wall print of the Hunting Park facility. The Tour, which is expected to open to the public in 2011, also will contain historical film and prints from the Hunting Park bakery.

Additionally, Tasty Baking said it 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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