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Tastykake maker: world's largest green bakery

Tastykake maker: world's largest green bakery

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The Philadelphia bakery responsible for the Tastykake has a new LEED facility that makes it the "world's largest green bakery."

If you've ever been to the Mid-Atlantic region of the northeastern United States, you may have heard of the fabled Tastykake.

The pre-packaged line of individually-wrapped baked goods -- think Little Debbie or Hostess, but better -- has quite a cult following in its native Philadelphia and environs.

Now there's a new reason to love them: parent company Tasty Baking Company on Thursday announced that it has transitioned its last two production lines in its Hunting Park facility to its LEED-registered bakery at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Yes, that's right: The maker of the Tastykake is now the world's largest "green" bakery.

The new facility at the naval yard replaces its 88-year-old counterpart, consisting of seven production lines spread across 345,000 square feet. Inside, automated baking equipment and a direct flow of goods -- the facility is one story -- has helped the company be more efficient in making Krimpets, Kandy Kakes, Juniors and all the other cookies, cupcakes and pies the company is known for.

The LEED-registered building awaits official certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Still, the company has apparently done its homework: it's stocked the new facility with considerations for water conservation, recycled building materials, daylight harvesting systems and energy-efficient HVAC systems.

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