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Charles Entenmann, Who Helped Propel New York Entenmann’s Snack Cakes to Sweet Success, Dies at 92

Plus, a bill to get naloxone at every NYC bar gains steam — and more intel

A selection of Entenmann’s baked goods in boxes on a supermarket shelf.
A selection of Entenmann’s baked goods.
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Charles Entenmann, the man who helped take his family’s New York bakery to national distribution at supermarkets throughout the country, died in Miami on February 24, the New York Post reports. He was 92.

Entenmann’s father, a German immigrant named William, launched the baked good brand — known for its mini chocolate chip cookies, devil’s food cake, and cake-y donuts — in Brooklyn in 1898. The operation was later moved to Bay Shore, Long Island, according to the company’s website. In the years following his father’s death in 1951, Entenmann was instrumental in helping the company expand beyond the tri-state area with franchising.

Newsday reports that the family-owned operation sold for $233 million in 1978 and the Bay Shore outpost closed in 2014. But the name lives on in households purchasing its snack cakes around the country.

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