LANCASTER, PA. — Lancaster Food Co., a producer of organic bread and cookies, has decided to shutter operations. The company sold the equipment at its 8,200-square-foot facility in Lancaster on Nov. 30.
Lancaster Food in early July halted production of its bread and cookies, noting at the time that it was seeking a buyer and new chief executive officer. When the company was unable to find a buyer it opted to liquidate its assets.
“If you haven’t heard, we have not found a buyer and are shutting down,” Charlie Crystle, former chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a Nov. 29 posting on the company’s Facebook page. “We’re sad, but we’re also proud of our work and our co-workers and for having the chance to try a new way to have a positive impact. And we’ll miss the bread.”
Founded in 2014, the organic bakery produced six varieties of bread and a line of cookies. Its customers included Whole Foods, Wegmans, Giant, Park Slope Coop and independent stores.
The bakery acted as a second-chance employer in Lancaster and worked to decrease the city’s rising poverty rate by paying all employees at least $15 per hour.
The company shut down for eight weeks in late 2017 after losing a key investment. Operations resumed when nine investors raised $500,000 and bought an undisclosed percentage of the business.
According to the company, sales began to slow after Mr. Crystle developed a long-term illness earlier this year. This event prompted Lancaster Food to seek new leadership and strategic partners that could further its mission.