About Shank’s

More than a century of vanilla expertise and flavoring excellence.

Shank’s Extracts supplies vanilla extracts, other extracts, natural and artificial flavors, food colors, syrups, emulsions and sauces to a wide range of industrial, private label and grocery customers worldwide.

Shank’s is a valuable ingredient partner for your food or beverage production. We have the technical aptitude for exacting formulations, the business commitment to ongoing R&D innovation, the production controls to consistently deliver quality flavors, and the comprehensive product line to help your company remain competitive in the marketplace by offering great-tasting products to consumers.

We believe our investments in people, training and equipment offer our customers a high value in ensuring a better – and more-controlled – quality product. Our modern laboratory facilitates the development of creative flavor solutions for our customers’ specific needs. Our SQF Level II ratings reflect our continuous commitment to staff training. Our products fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Our products, processes and facilities are further supervised by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF), Quality Assurance International (QAI) and the Orthodox Union.

Shank’s roots date back to 1899 when Jacob Shank, a Lancaster County, PA pioneer pharmacist who created a compound flavoring of vanilla bean to improve the taste of his medicines, established a separate business to offer it to people for food flavoring. The business was sold in 1959 to Paris “Peppy” Rohrer. One of his customers, Lillian Lehman, purchased it in 1967. In 1978, Lillian’s son Jeffrey Lehman started at the business and guided Shank’s through significant organic and acquisition growth, as well as broadening its product line to include Private Label and Industrial products. Shank’s has been headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (USA) since its inception. Our facility contains approximately 110,000 square feet for operations, sales & customer service, manufacturing, packaging and distribution.