Modern Marvels

Snackfood Tech

Season 11, Ep 67, Aired 12/16/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Extruders, molds, in-line conveyor belts. Are these machines manufacturing adhesives, plastics, or parts for your car? No, they're making treats for your mouth--and you will see them doing their seductively tasty work in this scrumptious episode. First, we visit Utz Quality Foods in Hanover, Pennsylvania, that produces more than one million pounds of chips per week, and Snyder's of Hanover, the leading U.S. pretzel manufacturer. Next, we focus on the world's largest candy manufacturer, Masterfoods USA, which makes Milky Way, Snickers, Mars, and M&Ms, and take a lick at the world's largest lollipop producer, Tootsie Roll Industries. And at Flower Foods' Crossville, Tennessee plant, an army of cupcakes rolls down a conveyer belt. The final stop is Dreyer's Bakersfield, California plant, where 20,000 ice cream bars and 9,600 drumsticks roll off the line in an hour.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alexander Rubinow

    Man Eating Hostess Cupcake

  • Sean Dash

  • Max Raphael


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  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: Extruders, molds, injectors, are these machines manufacturing adhesives, plastics or parts that go on your car? No. They’re making treats that melt in your mouth not in your hand. Sit back, relax, and grab a candy bar, potato chip, pretzel, lollipop, ice cream cone or a cupcake while we say a mouthful about some of the world’s favorite snacks. Now: Snackfood Tech, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Ellen Gordan President, Tootsie Roll Industries Joan Holleran Editor, Stagnito's New Products Mag. Guy Klinzing Personnel & Org. Mgr., Masterfoods USA Bernard Pacyniak Editor & Chief, Candy Industry Mag. Brice Russel VP, Supply Chain, Masterfoods USA Rick Hampton Dir., Chicago Plant, Masterfoods USA Dan Malovany Editor, Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery Mike Rice Chmn & CEO, Utz Quality Foods, Inc. Gary Laabs VP, Human Resources, Utz Quality Foods, Inc. Claude O'Connor VP, Marketing, Snyder's of Hanover Greg Maderitz Dir. Operations, Snyder's of Hanover Steve Green Plant Mgr., Tootsie Roll Industries Keith Aldredge VP, Marketing, Flowers Specialty Group Jim Gross VP, Manufacturing, Flowersfoods Brian Strouts American Institute of Baking Dan Angst Sr. VP, Interstate Brands Corp. Mark McLenithan Plant Mgr., Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Philip Lewis Mgr., Product Development, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream John Reinwald Business Unit Manager, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Jackie Keller Founding Director, Nutrifit Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: Sean Dash Producer: Sean Dash Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Associate Producer: Dan Gibbons Editor: Sean Dash Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Guy Thomas Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Anthony Lacques Production Controller: Dani Eslin Accountant: Sheridan Liu Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel Researcher: Mikki Del Monico Researcher: John Knapp Researcher: Sean Heckman Researcher: Tom Barclay Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Editor: Michael Broome Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Post Assistant: Linda Liao Camera: A. Curtis Guyer Camera: Carl Heinemann Camera: Peter Krajewski Camera: Lon Magdich Camera: Randy J. Risen Camera: Gregory Steinbrecher Field Audio: Jimmy Corn Field Audio: Art Jaso Field Audio: Don Murphy Field Audio: Cary Pope Online Editor: John Price Sound Mixer: Paul Ray Animation: Victor Bornia Historical Consultant: Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Historical Consultant: Flower's Foods, INC Historical Consultant: Masterfoods, USA Historical Consultant: Snyders of Hanover Historical Consultant: Tootsie Roll Industries, INC Historical Consultant: UTZ Quality Foods, INC Special Thanks: American Institute of Baking John Bartman Jared Dougherty Joseph Egan Bartille Glass Carrie Joy Mary Krier Maxwell PR Dane McIntyre National Confectioners Association George Neiderer Mike Redd John Reinwald Bonnie Rowan Marisa Schwertfeger Susan Smith Stagnito Communications T. Hasagawa, USA Ann Wilkes Mary Wills Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2004

    Trivia (4)

    • A retired milkman in Indiana has eaten at least one Twinkie a day for over sixty years for a total of more than 22,000.

    • Denmark has the highest per capita consumption of candy in the world at 29.5 pounds annually.

    • While the rest of the country eats hard pretzels at a rate of one and a half to two pounds per year, Philadelphians consume twelve times that amount.

    • The melting point of cocoa butter - between 97 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit - is right at human body temperature, which is why chocolate melts in your mouth.

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