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2019 Processor of the Year: Hearthside Food Solutions

As a silent partner, Food Processing’s 2019 Processor of the Year discreetly helps the biggest names in snacks.

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This year's honoree didn't exist when we started naming Processors of the Year back in 2005. The company has no brands of its own and was assembled by private equity firms (and a former Big Food executive with a vision). But, almost overnight, Hearthside Food Solutions has amassed sales of $3 billion, operates 39 plants, including four in Europe, and is the industry’s largest contract manufacturer.Hearthside Food Solutions is, first and foremost, a manufacturer, the actual producer of some of the most famous, successful and highest-quality baked goods in the U.S. The biggest marketers of cookies, crackers and bars entrust their brands to this Downers Grove, Ill.,…

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    By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief

    This year's honoree didn't exist when we started naming Processors of the Year back in 2005. The company has no brands of its own and was assembled by private equity firms (and a former Big Food executive with a vision). But, almost overnight, Hearthside Food Solutions has amassed sales of $3…

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    By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief

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