In this day and age of corporate failure and “passing the buck” (take a look at the Gulf Coast shoreline for the most recent example), it’s refreshing to hear about a company that is trying to do some good. Enter the Tastykake Baking company ( http://www.tastykake.com/ ) of 2801 West Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA (215-221-8500).
Anyone who has grown up in this area needs only to hear the Tastykake name to conjure up delicious memories of delicacies past; cupcakes packed carefully in a Batman lunchbox, a fruit pie for dessert, and who could forget the thrill of seeing a pack of Butterscotch Krimpets nestled under a PB & J in a brown paper bag!
But did you know that our favorite snack cake company has spent millions of dollars to “go green”? In addition, they recently chose to continue their lifelong commitment to the Philadelphia area when it might have been easier and arguably cheaper to relocate to a more tax-friendly state or region. That’s right, Tastykake is here to stay, and they have spent a lot of their own money to retool and modernize their facility to become one of the world’s most ecologically sound manufacturing facilities. Here are just a few of the environmentally conscious measures that Tastykake implemented in their new facilities:
• Special drought resistant, no-mow grass was used as part of their landscaping plan, using less water
• Solar panels are installed on their roof, partially powering their operations with solar power
• Special heating and cooling systems that use less power and environmentally friendly coolants and zero Freon
• Aggressive recycling as part of their operation plan, minimizing all kinds of waste
What does all of this mean? Did the changes diminish the high-quality and great taste of their products that we have come to know and love? Opinions differ on that question, but in the opinion of this author the products coming out of the new plant are just as good if not better than in years past. So three cheers for Tastykake, and next time you are thinking of buying some snack cakes, try a pack of Krimpets or Kandykakes: you will be doing yourself and the environment a favor!!!
If you want to know more about Tastykake and their environmental efforts, visit their website and click their “green” link @ http://www.tastykake.com/green/Default.aspx . And as always, if you have any subjects or topics you would like discussed, or maybe you have your OWN favorite bakery or specialty item that you would like reviewed, please shoot the author an email @ [email protected] and he will get it in print for you. Thanks for reading!