Interbake Foods is for consumers who want a balanced diet; it makes a cookie for each hand. Founded in 1899, the company is one of the biggest manufacturers of cookies and crackers in the US. It supplies private-brand baked goods for retailers as well as contract-manufacture of custom goods for the supplemental, new-product, and seasonal baking needs of regional and national food manufacturers. Through its ABC Cookie Bakers unit, the company has been a Girl Scout cookie supplier since 1939. Interbake Foods' businesses include Interbake Foods in the US, and Colonial Baking in Canada. The company has operated as the North American cookie and cracker division of Canadian baking behemoth George Weston since 1946.
Biscuit sales, including the wafers and ice-cream cones of Norse Dairy Systems, and the cookies and crackers of Interbake Foods account for between 19% and 22% of George Weston's sales. During 2010 biscuit sales slipped almost 8% from 2009, driven by lower pricing in some product categories positioned to preserve market share under a difficult economy. Volume sales of cookie and wafers, nonetheless, increased and helped to offset weaker demand for ice cream cone and cup sales. The parent company also suffered a hit to its operating income attributable to unfavorable currency exchange rates, which valued the Canadian dollar stronger than the US dollar.
On Interbake Foods' workbench, it initiated a pilot program in 2011 to reduce waste generated by its Girl Scout cookie boxes. The program eliminates the outer box of the Thanks-A-Lot cookies, marking the first step toward changing the packaging of all Girl Scout cookies -- if consumers like the packaging and the cookies retain their quality. Interbake also debuted its newest Girl Scout offering, Shout Outs cookies. – less