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Hearthside Food Solutions is the industry’s leading food contract manufacturer, and leader in nutritional bars and baked snacks

Our product categories include energy bars, snack bars, granola bars, baked bars, cookies, crackers, pretzels, croutons, breadcrumbs, snack components and other baked foods and snacks. Hearthside is also one of the largest food contract packaging companies. Today Hearthside operates 38 production facilities, including three in Europe, and is a volume leader in multiple food categories.


Hearthside was founded in 2009 on the belief that food contract manufacturing was ripe for innovation and reinvention. Hearthside’s founder, Chairman and CEO Rich Scalise believed that a company combining the speed, flexibility and innovative drive of a startup with the scale, depth, quality and capacity of a world-class food manufacturer would create a new type of contract manufacturer, while also creating new value for customers. The result is Hearthside — a flexible world-class contract manufacturer — and one of the fastest growing companies in the food industry.


Hearthside is a young company in a mature industry. The food contract manufacturing and contract packaging industries evolved from small food co-packers and co-packaging firms in the 1950s and 1960s. Most firms were small, family owned, providing niche services. The industry grew slowly for 30 years, with minimal innovation or outside investment, largely retaining the small co-packer and co-packaging model. Innovation and consolidation began arriving in the early 2000s.

Rich Scalise, Hearthside’s founder, was a customer of these traditional co-packers and co-packaging firms and saw the need for greater innovation and scale, especially for premier food companies facing increased competitive pressures.


On the surface, a contract manufacturer may not stand out. Many even may look alike. Take a closer look, however, and there are major differences. Add them up and they create sustained competitive advantage for Hearthside’s premier food customers. Our investments and commitments to quality, safety, speed, innovation and value set new standards of industry performance. For our customers, this translates into value propositions including Quality, Speed-to-Market, Innovation and Flexibility.


Having Hearthside as a contract manufacturing partner brings many benefits. Among them is our 38-facility, world-class manufacturing network. Connected by a common SAP platform and a network-wide continuous improvement culture, we bring scale, flexibility and deep resources to projects of all shapes and sizes.


More customers bring more projects and more volume to Hearthside than any competing firm

With 34 facilities in North America and four in Europe, we are known for our size, but that is only part of our story. Our rapid growth is the result of more customers bringing more projects and more volume to Hearthside. It is our ability to innovate and continuously add value that fuels our growth.


At the heart of every world-class manufacturer, and at the heart of every great company, you will find a unique and valuable culture. Hearthside’s empowerment culture of continuous improvement and customer focus is the great enabler for the value we create for customers. Explore our website, speak with our people and tour our facilities. The Hearthside culture is a game changer and a powerful competitive advantage for the company and our customers.