Statistics on how many pretzels are produced in the Keystone State, how many people work in the pretzel industry and how much money the industry is worth to the state are hard to come by. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry use the North American Industry Classification System, which breaks out employment statistics only in terms of snack food production. The category includes potato chips, corn chips, corn curls and tortilla chips.
The top dozen pretzel brands in America did more than $1 billion in business in 2013, according to the Snack Food Association. The brands sold 324.4 million pounds of product during that time. Of those brands, half are produced in Pennsylvania. Of those six, Snyder’s of Hanover, Utz Quality Foods and H.K. Anderson are made in Central Pennsylvania.