Bethlehem, pa. — Just Born Quality Confections, maker of candy brands including Peeps, Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales, has temporarily suspended production at its facilities in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The company’s factories in Bethlehem, Pa., and Philadelphia, along with its Peeps & Co. store in Center Valley, Pa., will remain closed until at least April 7.
The closings will not impact supply of Peeps for the upcoming Easter holiday, Just Born said. The marshmallow and sugar treats already have been shipped to retailers for the season.
While it currently has sufficient inventory of Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews for the short term, the company said it “may experience out of stocks on several individual items.”
All employees will be paid while operations are closed.