George Bardos came to the Pittsburgh region from Greece in the early 1900s and began making chocolate in Washington, PA.
In the late 1950s, Spiro Tsudis graduated from University of Pittsburgh and started his career at Clark Candy Co. in Pittsburgh. The two men met soon after when Spiro began dating George’s daughter, Marjorie, who he later married. After a nearly 30-year career at Clark, 54-year-old Spiro decided to leave his executive position to start his own chocolate company.
The year was 1986 and many said it couldn’t be done, however Spiro and Marjorie launched Penhurst Candy Co. — named after the street they lived on at the time in the East Hills of Pittsburgh.
Their niche was making the chocolate bars used for fundraising efforts. In addition to a factory, the couple managed an adjacent storefront, the House of Chocolate.
Hard work, long hours and a commitment to providing high quality products using the freshest ingredients led to steady growth and the company later moved to a larger location in the former D.L. Clark Candy Co. building.
Penhurst Candy Company changed its name to Tsudis Chocolate Company and under the leadership of Spiro and Marjorie’s eldest son, Pete, the company expanded its capabilities to include nutrition and protein bars.
In 2013, the company officially changed its name to TruFoodMfg to reflect its continued growth and new market reach. Today, it is one of the country’s top contract manufacturers. Customers rely on TruFood’s production expertise and attention to quality to help grow their own businesses.