RENO, NEV. — Mary’s Gone Crackers, a manufacturer of organic and gluten-free healthy snacks, plans to open a 420,000-square-foot manufacturing and R.&D. facility in Reno by this fall. The company also said it will relocate its headquarters to Reno from Chico, Calif.
Founded in 2004, Mary’s Gone Crackers makes products that are available nationally at natural, specialty and mainstream grocery and club stores. The company’s products also are exported to Canada, Mexico, the European Union and Australia.
|Mary Waldner, founder and chairman of Mary’s Gone Crackers
“Today, nearly 30% of adults in this country are actively trying to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diets,” said Mary Waldner, founder and chairman of Mary’s Gone Crackers. “This is not a fad. It’s a $15 billion movement. We bake organic, gluten-free, vegan crackers, cookies and pretzels with whole grains, flours and seeds that are full-flavored, crave-able and deeply satisfying.”
Mike Kazmierski, chief executive officer of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, said the region is excited Mary’s Gone Crackers has selected Reno for its new manufacturing operations.
|Mike Kazmierski, c.e.o. of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada
“The fact that they also chose to move their headquarters here is significant and shows that they intend to be here for the long term,” Mr. Kazmierski said. “I look forward to tasting their healthy snack offerings.”
The new bakery will be a green building that will be “a healthy, resource-efficient and cost effective workplace,” according to Mary’s Gone Crackers. When completed, the project will be submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) status.In 2012, Mary’s Gone Crackers sold a majority stake of the company to Kameda Seika, Co. Ltd., Japan’s largest manufacturer of rice crackers.