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Nibble away: After outcry, Gibble’s snacks to return to a grocery near you

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They're baaa-aack!
They're baaa-aack!

A happy ending to a sad snack food story should also mean an end to a record-breaking comment thread.

Just over a year ago, our sister publication, the Central Penn Business Journal, wrote an article about a Berks County businessman buying and then suddenly closing the Franklin County snack food manufacturer Gibble's Foods.

We republished the story on our website.

We weren't quite prepared for the reaction from the public.

People were outraged by the closure and devastated by the loss of their beloved chips – especially the Red Hot potato chips that dozens of people rued the loss of in our comment section.

The outrage wasn't that surprising. No one wants to see their favorite snack food snatched from the grocery store shelves.

What was really surprising was the volume and duration of the mourning period. Comments were flooding into the website right up to this year's Super Bowl in February.

In fact, every time a snack-food appropriate holiday occurred over the past year, some poor Gibble's fan came home empty handed from the grocery store, Googled the brand name to find out why and found our story explaining their inability to get their Gibble's.

The sad discovery left people venting their anger on our pages in the hope that someone, somewhere would hear their plea and bring back Gibble's.

Well Gibble's fans, someone has heard your cries.

Central Penn has now reported that a Berks County couple, Rob and Amy Hartman, have purchased the old production facility and will be bringing the beloved Gibble's cheese puffs, pretzels and potato chips back to your eager little tummies.

The Hartmans told the paper they were big Gibble's fans, too, and proudly proclaim on their website that "The Snack is Back!"

The Hartmans are working on package production and expect their snacks to be ready for retail sale soon, perhaps in a week or so, according the company's Facebook page.

There's only been one slight hitch.

The Hartmans said it's been a bit more difficult than they expected to get some of the larger chain grocery stores to put their products back on the shelves.

They've called on their fans to let their local retailers know they want their Gibble's.

If the stores just look at the comments that have inundated LVB.com with cheers for the chips, the Hartmans shouldn't have any trouble getting the shelf space they need.

Are you happy that soon you will be able to again Nibble with Gibbles? Feel free to comment below.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe covers technology and trends plus keeps you up to date on what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler and on social media. Reach her at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook and circle her on Google+.

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