New York…There will be no Bartons products this Passover, KosherToday has learned, amid fears that Bartons will be the victim of mounting financial troubles at Cherrydale Farms in Allentown, Pa. Salesman and brokers of the coveted chocolate products that were first introduced in 1938 by Stephen Klein were distraught over the latest developments at the large confectionery plant. Mr. Klein, a Viennese chocolate maker, was known for his philanthropy and pivotal role in the growth of Orthodox Judaism in America. Cherrydale Farms which had acquired Bartons many years ago was known for its major role in not-for-profit fundraising. Rumors were rife in the food industry that Cherrydale was a recent victim of a huge peanut butter recall, further sending the company into a tailspin.
March 2, 2009