J&J Snack Foods Corp. celebrates 50 years

Oct. 28, 2021

Pennsauken, NJ-based J&J Snack Foods Corp. is celebrating its 50-year anniversary with a yearlong commemoration that recognizes both its employees and customers.

Founded in 1971 by Gerald "Gerry" B. Shreiber, J&J Snack Foods began with the $72,100 purchase of an ailing pretzel company with eight employees at a court auction. Fast-forward 50 years: J&J has evolved into a billion-dollar publicly traded company and industry leader in snack foods with more than 4,200 employees, 16 manufacturing locations across the country, and longtime popular products used in foodservice and retail channels nationwide.

J&J Snack Foods' iconic brands include Superpretzel, Icee and Luigi's Real Italian Ice.

"Consumers have enjoyed J&J Snack Food's iconic snacks, beverages and frozen novelties for 50 years. A staple in great moments inside and outside of the home, our fun and innovative core brands like Superpretzel and Icee have captured the hearts of millions," said J&j president and chief executive Dan Fachner. "We celebrate this 50-year milestone in honor of our fans, customer, and dedicated employees.

The company said it will participate in the Nasdaq closing bell ceremony in New York early next year that will kick off a media tour. Visit @jjsnackfoods on Instagram for updates.

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