J & J Snack Foods Acquires Philly Swirl

Frozen novelty products join snack food lines

Philly Swirl J&J Snack Foods (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. -- J & J Snack Foods Corp. has announced that it has acquired the stock of Philly's Famous Water Ice Inc. Philly Swirl, located in Tampa, Fla., produces frozen novelty products sold to both retail and foodservice locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Philly Swirl's product offerings include fun and unique kid-friendly items, as well as better-for-you products.

The company said that revenues of Philly Swirl are approximately $25 million annually, but did not disclose the purchase price.

"SWIRL has a unique product line and complements the frozen novelty section with popular niche products," said Gerald B. Shreiber, J & J's president and chief executive officer.

Pennsauken, N.J.-based J&J Snack Foods is a leader in the snack food industry, providing nutritional and affordable branded niche snack foods and beverages to foodservice and retail outlets. Manufactured and distributed nationwide, its principal products include Superpretzel, Bavarian Bakery and other soft pretzels, ICEE and Slush Puppie frozen beverages, Luigi's, Minute Maid frozen juice bars and ices, Whole Fruit sorbet and frozen fruit bars, Mary B'S biscuits and dumplings, Daddy Ray's fig and fruit bars, California Churros and Tio Pepe's churros, Patio Burritos and other handheld sandwiches, The Funnel Cake Factory funnel cakes and several cookie brands within Country Home Bakers.