Amidst the ongoing pandemic created by the coronavirus (COVID-19), Unique Pretzel Bakery, Inc., a sixth-generation family business based in southeastern PA – a region recognized as the pretzel capital of the world, saw an opportunity where other businesses were forced to close or postpone corporate initiatives. The company followed a different strategy and launched a corporate rebranding to become Unique Snacks.
As a result of the mandated, stay-at-home orders and ensuing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, Unique Snacks experienced an increase in demand for the company's healthy snacks.
At the same time, the business used the uncertainty created in the marketplace to develop a strategic e-commerce plan and initiate a rebranding campaign – all ahead of the company’s 100th anniversary that will officially take place in February 2021.
Justin Spannuth, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Unique Snacks:
“Through our rebranding campaign, we intend to grow beyond our signature pretzel products to offer a variety of other healthy snacks that are consistent with the high-quality and taste our customers expect us to deliver.”
Unique Snacks has a well-established reputation for providing nutritious, high-quality products that are created with fewer ingredients to offer more flavor and healthier snacking options. The company's Splits, Shells and Sourdough Craft Beer Pretzel Rings are verified Non-GMO.
The Sprouted Splits and Sprouted Shells are certified USDA organic, making all varieties of the company's premium snacks compatible with a variety of dietary constraints, including vegan, kosher and low cholesterol.
The company has the production capacity to create new snacks or extend current lines to meet increased demand. Unique also has several new snack concepts in the works for future development. The business has grown from approximately 35 employees just four years ago to more than 85 employees today.
As a nearly 100-year-old family-owned company, Unique has a rich heritage of building the business based on traditional family values. Throughout COVID-19, Unique took swift action to support its employees and help the broader community by donating facemasks and supporting local food drives.
Unique Snacks also introduced 'Giving with a Twist,' a national program that donates 10% of purchases to a participating nonprofit while providing members and supporters a 5% discount on all online purchases.
“Our success is driven by our culture. Our family-based values emphasize treating people like family and putting safety first. Pretzels are second.”
“These principles also guild our belief that businesses have a responsibility to support employees, customers and the broader community. In recent months, we have witnessed other businesses across the nation return to the traditional family values we have maintained for almost 100 years.”
Since March, Unique Snacks has tripled its website sales and has experienced an approximate 575% increase in purchases through Amazon. The business also registered a 30% increase in email opt-ins featuring deals and other useful information.