Tasty Baking opens Philadelphia bakery
BakingBusiness.com, May 4, 2010
by Eric Schroeder
PHILADELPHIA — Tasty Baking Co. on Tuesday officially opened its new, modernized, LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) bakery at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Once approved by the U.S. Green Building Council the 345,000-square-foot facility will be the world’s largest “green” bakery, featuring energy-efficient HVAC, water conservation, the use of recycled building materials and day-light harvesting, among other environmentally efficient components, Tasty Baking said.

“The opening of the new bakery — and its place as the greenest bakery in the world — is the successful culmination of our manufacturing strategy to transform the brand,” said Charles P. Pizzi, president and chief executive officer of Tasty Baking.

The one-story facility features new, highly automated baking equipment and a “straight line flow” from production to packaging to warehouse that provides capacity for future product and packaging innovation as well as more efficient baking of Tastykake’s product lines. Currently five of seven production lines are operating in the bakery.

“This new bakery is the hallmark of Tastykake’s transformation, and we anticipate that the opportunity for innovation, flexibility and efficiency it brings will ultimately drive increased value for our shareholders,” said Autumn Bayles, senior vice-president of strategic operations.