TruFoodMfg has a sweet story—
and it involves chocolate. Lots of it.
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.
1985: Spiro & Marge Tsudis start Penhurst Candy Co. – 12,000sf converted grocery store
Spiro and Marjorie named the company 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.
2001: Pete & George Tsudis acquire company and change name to Tsudis Chocolate
Under the leadership of Spiro and Marjorie's eldest son, Pete, the company expanded its capabilities to include nutrition and protein bars.
2004: Operations move into 98,000sf Alpha Building at RIDC Park (Pittsburgh)
2007: Tsudis Chocolate spins off Belmont Confection. Pete Tsudis becomes President
2009: Tsudis Chocolate expands business into nutrition bars
2013: Tsudis Chocolate changes name to TruFood Mfg to reflect broader product offerings
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.
2014: 155,000sf Gamma building at RIDC Park acquired. Business expands into baked bars and granola
2017: 100,000sf Omega building opens to provide central warehousing and additional baking capacity