Firm will stop making Gibble's snack foods

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

It looks like a staple of Franklin County snack food with a long history of popularity will soon disappear. Along with that, around 30 jobs will be lost.

Eldon Dieffenbach, who bought Nibble with Gibble's from Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. in December, announced in a statement today that his company will discontinue the manufacturing of Gibble's snacks effective Saturday. Gibble's Food said it was ending the Gibble's brand to allow it to focus on private label manufacturing of its snack food products. Gibble's chips and other snack products are manufactured at a plant along U.S. 11 south of Marion.

Dieffenbach's statement said, "Over the next several weeks we will have limited DSD support to close out the Gibble's products."

Gibble's Foods is not affiliated with Mrs. Gibble's Candies and Mrs. Gibble's Restaurant, which operates in separate facilities south of the chip plant.

Gibble's Foods is also not affiliated with Dieffenbach's Potato Chips of Womelsdorf, that company said in a statement, "We are not and never have been affiliated with Gibbles. Our relationship with Eldon Dieffenbach ended over seven years ago. We apologize for any confusion and thank you for your support."

When the sale of Gibble's was announced last fall, officials said that the Gibble's brand employed about 30 people making various snack foods, including potato chips, popcorn, pretzels and air-puffed cheese snacks. While Eldon Dieffenbach took over operations in December, Martin's was still overseeing distribution through April.

According to reports, Gibble's Foods has filed layoff warnings with CareerLink. It did not know yet know many employees would lose their jobs.