MFF History

Our History

Built on our core values:
People, Quality, Safety, Integrity and Passion

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In the early 1900's, Shibley Azar opened a small nut and candy store near the Rio Grande River in El Paso, Texas. Built on a reputation for nut expertise and quality, Shibley grew his business into one of the country’s premier nut companies. Over the next century, the company evolved combining packaging and processing capabilities. We are now proud purveyors of an expanded line of products across the categories of nuts, candy, snack mixes, fruit-flavored snacks and dry-blend mixes.  Our quality products are available through foodservice supply, private label manufacture, co-manufacturing partner and retail.

  • Founded in 1907 as Azar Nut Company, Mount Franklin Foods, LLC has grown to include Sunrise Confections and Nubu Nut Butter Bites brands, in addition to the Azar Nut Company brand.
  • In 2018, the parent company of Mount Franklin Foods, LLC acquired Hospitality Mints, LLC, a manufacturer of custom-ordered mints for thousands of restaurants and businesses across the country.
  • In 2020, Element Food Solutions, LLC, a sister company of Mount Franklin Foods, LLC, began operations further expanding our foodservice capabilities with synergies in the dry-blend ingredients category.


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Our mission is to fuel great food experiences through our brands, private label products and manufacturing services with intent to exceed our customers expectations.
As a result, our growth and profitability will allow our team and the communities in which we live and work to flourish.