What it's like to be part of a snack empire

Gardetto’s – the pretzels, the rye crackers, the breadsticks, the secret spices … You know them, you love to crunch them, but did you know Gardetto’s started as a family bakery?

Meet Johnny Gardetto

Johnny Gardetto is a principal engineer at our Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plant and has been there for more than 34 years. He focuses on facilities projects, processing enhancement and packaging in the facility where Chex, Bugles – and yes, Gardetto’s – are made.

He is actually the third generation of Gardetto’s to be involved with making the snack his family created.

Built in 1968 and originally owned by the Gardetto family, the Milwaukee plant was acquired when General Mills purchased their snack business in 1999.