Known as the "Snack Food Capital of the World," Pennsylvania includes major producers of pretzels, potato chips, confectioneries and chocolate. The Commonwealth’s snack food and confectionery industries generate more than $5.1 billion in annual sales. Pennsylvania is also the international headquarters for Hershey Foods Corporation and H. J. Heinz.
Greater Hazleton and Northeastern Pennsylvania are a prime example of how Pennsylvania has gotten this reputation as companies such as Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate (formerly Archer Daniels Midland), Hershey Company, Bimbo Bakeries, Cargill Meat Solutions, Tootsie Roll and Aryzta, among many others, all have processing facilities in the area.
Some facts about Northeast Pennsylvania’s food industry:
Greater Hazleton has all of the special ingredients needed to make it an ideal location for the food processing industry... climate, air quality, fresh water, abudant workforce, rail service and highway access for ease of distribution.