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Stellar Snacks Plans Second Production Facility for Louisville

Oct. 31, 2023
Mother-daughter-owned company investing $137 million in a 434,000-sq.-ft. pretzel bakery, its second plant.

A mother/daughter-owned company is opening its second pretzel production plant, a $137 million investment over 10 years in a 434,000-sq.-ft. pretzel bakery facility in Louisville, Ky.

Carson City, Nev.-based Stellar Snacks announced last week its plans to expand production. The new plant will not only meet increasing demand for the company’s pretzel braids but will enable growth in the mid-South and East.

Elisabeth (mother) and Gina (daughter) Galvin founded Stellar Snacks in 2019 on a “pretzels with a purpose” platform, producing non-GMO, vegan pretzels with sustainably sourced wholesome ingredients and a variety of gourmet flavors. At the same time, pretzels are the fastest growing segment of the salty snack industry for the first time in recent history. Sales of Stellar Pretzel Braids are up 162% in the past 52 weeks, the company claims, making it one of the fastest growing natural pretzel brands in the country.

Stellar Snacks’ new facility will create 350 full-time jobs over the next 10 years. Work is scheduled to begin in spring 2024 with baking of the initial products at the location set to begin in fall 2024. It will be Stellar Snacks’ largest pretzel bakery; the company operates a manufacturing plant and a warehouse in northern Nevada, where it employs more than 170.

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Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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