Hanover Foods manufactures its foods hand over fist. The company
makes more than 40 million cases
of prepared food each year and boasts
a vast portfolio of products. It makes and
markets canned and frozen vegetables, canned and fresh soups,
frozen entrees, fresh produce, soft pretzels, potato chips,
desserts, and fresh deli foods, such as pasta and potato
salad. Hanover Foods sells its products under the Aunt
Kitty's, Bickel's, Myers, Hanover, Spring Glen Fresh Foods, and
Sunsprout brand names. The company caters to several
customer types throughout the US, including those in the
retail, food service, fresh home meal replacement, private label,
military, club store, and industrial markets.
Hanover Foods maintains a headquarters office, canning plant,
and frozen re-pack center in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Outside the
state, the food firm operates a retail operation in New Jersey and
a tomato plant in California.
The company is one of the largest fully-integrated independent
food processors in the US. As part of its business, Hanover Foods
owns factory outlet stores for its Hanover brands in
Pennsylvania and an outlet store for its Aunt Kitty's canned
vegetable and soup products in New Jersey, which it opened in 2010.
It has since extended its reach to California, where it operates a
tomato plant, to make its tomato paste more efficiently.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Chasing after the popular snack foods niche, Hanover Foods
acquired salty snacks maker Troyer Farms in 2010. It later merged
Troyer into its Bickel's operations, adding the Troyer Farms,
Dan-Dee, and Seyfert's brands to Hanover's snack lineup.
Sales and Marketing
Hanover Foods serves several market segments. Besides the retail
and food service sectors, the food company acts as a private
labeler for other companies and caters to the fresh
home-meal-replacement niche, as well as the military, club stores,
and industrial venues.
Hanover Foods was fined $11,500 by the Delaware Department
of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in 2008
for violations of its operating permit for failure to conduct
visible emissions testing on its boilers. The Maryland Department
of the Environment fined the company $50,000 in 2005 for violations
to the state's water pollution control laws surround the Hanover
plant in Ridgley, Maryland.