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Hearthside Food Solutions to Shutter Nashville, Tennessee, Facility

May 28, 2024
Snack bar processing plant was acquired in 2017; nearly 230 employees will be laid off as a result of the closure.

Hearthside Food Solutions will close its Nashville, Tenn., bakery, resulting in the layoff of nearly 230 employees this summer, according to several news reports and an official WARN Notice filed with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The facility will close permanently on July 15, and the layoffs will also be permanent, the company said.

Hearthside acquired the facility along with Nashville-based Standard Functional Food Group in 2017 from then-parent company Standard Candy Co. At the time of Hearthside’s acquisition, Standard Functional was a contract manufacturer of organic, meal-replacement and sports nutrition snack bars.

Hearthside, which is based in Downers Grove, Ill., produces bars, cookies, crackers, granola and snacks in more than two dozen food-processing facilities.

In April of this year, it sold off its Jacksonville, Fla., ready-to-cook and ready-to-heat manufacturing assets to Custom Made Meals LLC.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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