J&J Snack Foods turns 40
On Sept. 27, 1971, Gerald B. Shreiber bought the assets of J&J Soft Pretzel Co. at a bankruptcy auction. At the time, the company had just eight employees and sales of less than $400,000 annually.
Forty years later, J&J Snack Foods Corp. has more than 3,000 employees and record sales of nearly $750 million. And, for 160 straight quarters, J&J Snack Foods has continued to grow, while remaining a debt-free company.
“While we are deeply proud of our company’s success and its employees’ accomplishments, we are equally optimistic about our future for continued growth and success,” says Shreiber, J&J Snack Foods Corp.’s president and ceo. “J&J is a rare combination of special niche products, complemented by talented people with superior work ethics sharing common dreams and goals.”
J&J Snack Foods Corp.’s expanding portfolio of products includes soft pretzels, frozen beverages, frozen juice treats & desserts, churros, funnel cakes, cookies and bakery goods, and other snack foods and drinks. These niche snack food products are available for purchase at nearly 50,000 snack bars, food stands and supermarkets.
Specifically, the company’s product line includes: Super Pretzel, Pretzel Fillers, ICEE, Slush Puppie and Arctic Blast, Luigi’s, Mama Tish’s, Shape Ups, Minute Maid and Barq’s, among others.
J & J has manufacturing facilities in Pennsauken, Bridgeport and Bellmawr, N.J; Scranton, Hatfield and Chambersburg, Penn.;; Carrollton, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; Moscow Mills, Miss.; Pensacola, Fla.; Vernon, Colton and Norwalk, Calif.; Holly Ridge, N.C. and Weston, Ore.