The Nut Factory
As years passed we began roasting other nuts and seeds and we started making many other products. The product line evolved over the next 63 years.
The Nut Factory has grown into a large snack food manufacturer. We ship over 600 products to businesses everywhere throughout the United States. Our prices are reasonable - just like you would expect from a snack food factory.
The Healthy Early 1980's
By the late 1970's, groceries had started to carry bulk foods. Restaurants were using sunflower kernels in their salad bar. Bakeries used seeds in their healthy breads. Generic was a popular trend. Low price was gaining momentum. At the same time, we began importing dried bananas, pineapple, papaya, mangos and apricots. This was all new to the public. First, backpackers mixed the fruits and nuts together. This was called "gorp" - good old raisins and peanuts. This led to an explosion of combination products using nuts and fruits. Then, health food stores started offering different combinations. The bulk bins were the most popular on the northeast and northwestern United States, where people spent lots of time on outdoor activities. At The Nut Factory, we have created our own unique line of specialty nut mixes. International Rice Crackers -
the early 1980's world
"Going global" was the cry of the mid 1980's. In 1982, we tried new crackers in our mixtures. Everybody was trying out new ideas. Because they are popular, for the last ten years, we have been importing and using these oriental rice crackers in our mixtures.
The mid 1980'sWe started distributing chocolates and dried fruits in the hectic mid 1980s. Mothers sent children off to school with pre-bought lunches. The rapid explosion of snack products was all part of a faster life style. Ease and simplicity were a sign of an affluent society.
The Fun 1990's
Our New Factory - 1998
Sugar CookingA wonderful addition to our processing area is the ability to sugar cook. Sugar makes many important things that we can use. For example, it is the way we make toffees, brittles, toffee centers for chocolate coating, marshmallow, and caramel for clusters and turtles.
Sugar CookingIn May, 2000 we added paning processes to our production. . This allows us to make another 45 products such as chocolate espresso beans, jelly beans, chocolate almonds, and chocolate buttons. It is a necessary addition to our production since we use tens of thousands of pounds of these items every year. Molding Chocolates Perfect molding.jpg (178258 bytes) We own two European Chocolate tempering/molding wheels. The chocolate melts in each holding tank and we temper the chocolate coventure to exact temperatures. Then we can fill molds or coat items in pure chocolate. The addition to the plant's capacity allows us to make a large number of chocolate molded items for the novelty trade such as chocolate easter bunnies, chocolate soccer balls, and many more life theme items that people love to buy as a gift. We use them primarily in our factory store and they are very popular. People love to watch them through viewing windows in our factory store.
The covering of chocolate over a nut or cracker is called enrobing. We carry many enrobed items in our product line.
The Nut Factory has grown into a large snack food manufacturer. There ar fewer and fewer firms like us each year. it takes a lot of capital and expertise to produce quality products. We ship over 450 products to businesses everywhere.
Our prices are reasonable - just like you would expect from a factory.