Shank’s Extracts is your premier supplier of vanilla extracts, other extracts, natural and artificial flavors, and food colors. Shank’s quality products are widely distributed to 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 produce a better – and more controlled – quality product for our customers. Our modern laboratory facilitates the development of creative flavor solutions for our customers’ specific needs.

Our SQF 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.

Our History


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 his services to people for food flavoring.


Lillian Lehman, purchased the business in 1967 from a door-to-door brush salesman.


Lillian’s son, Jeffrey Lehman, helped guide 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 since its inception. The Shank’s 191,000 square foot facility houses current operations, sales and customer service, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution.

Shank’s Extracts offers unique flavoring formulations that your customers love. With roots dating back to 1899, Shank’s Extracts has established a strong presence within the flavoring, extracts, and bottling marketplace. With emphasis on quality, flavor, customer service, and value, Shank’s Extracts is your flavoring and extracts partner.

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