J&J Snack Foods Buys La Briola Baking Co.

By Lauren R. Hartman, Product Development Editor

Aug 21, 2017

J&J Snack Foods, Pennsauken, N.J., announced Aug. 16 it has acquired Labriola Baking Co., a premium baker of breads and artisan soft pretzels, located in Alsip, Ill. Labriola began in 1993 as a local delivery bakery in suburban Chicago, and has grown into a provider of superior prebaked breads, rolls and soft pretzels for retail in-store bakery and foodservice outlets nationwide.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"Labriola Baking Company was built upon high quality, authentic products. We have been a longtime admirer of the company and we’re eager to have Labriola join our J&J Snack Foods family of brands and bakeries," said Jerry Law, J&J’s senior vice president. "We look forward to marrying Labriola’s quality product offerings with our current portfolio, thus providing additional opportunities for our customers and consumers."

J&J produces an array of snack foods, providing nutritional, affordable branded niche products and beverages to foodservice and retail supermarket outlets.

J&J's principal products include Superpretzel, Bavarian Bakery and other soft pretzels, Icee and Slush Puppie frozen beverages, Luigi's, Minute Maid frozen juice bars and ices, Whole Fruit sorbet and frozen fruit bars, Mary B’s biscuits and dumplings, Daddy Ray's fig and fruit bars, Tio Pepe’s, California Churrros and Oreo Churros, Patio Burritos and other handheld sandwiches, The Funnel Cake Factory funnel cakes, and several bakery brands within Country Home Bakers and Hill & Valley brands.

The purchase comes after J&J Snack Foods’ acquisition in December 2016 of Hill & Valley, Inc., Rock Island, Ill., a producer of pre-baked cakes, cookies, pies muffins and other deserts for in-store bakeries.

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