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About McKee Foods Corporation

McKee Foods' Little Debbie is known for snack cakes. The company boasts varieties of Little Debbie products, from brownies and cookies to cakes, pies, and pastries. It also makes Sunbelt granola, and granola bars; Drake's brand snack cakes; and bakery products for foodservice customers through Fieldstone Bakery. With facilities in Tennessee, Arkansas, Virginia, and Arizona, McKee sells its baked goods in the US and Canada. Established in 1934, the bakery is still owned and operated by the founding McKee family.

Operations

The company creates and produces Little Debbie baked goods, Drake's cakes, Sunbelt Bakery snacks and cereals and Fieldstone Bakery food products. Its largest brand is the Little Debbie brand, with a wide range of favorites from Apple Pies to Zebra Cakes. It offers seasonal items in rotation, such as the Christmas Tree Cakes product and provides discounted snacks and other goodies. Other products are granola bars, cookies and pies. In addition, it also provides products for bakeries. 

Geographic Reach

Headquartered in Tennessee, it has its presence in the US and Canada. It has plants in Arkansas, Virginia and Arizona.

Sales and Marketing

Its brand products generally are sold to stores by wholesale distributors.

Strategy

A growing and innovative product portfolio is key in the highly competitive snack market, and McKee Foods enhances its offerings organically as well as through acquisitions. In 2019, the company reintroduced an old favorite from its Drake's brand (Mini Pound Cakes). Also that year, it acquired Illinois-based Prairie City Bakery, which added 100-plus varieties of snacks to McKee's cupboard.

In early 2020, McKee Foods officials announced that the company is planning a major investment in its Collegedale operations, including a large expansion to its Apison Plant, located in the 10800 block of Apison Pike. Over a 15-year period, McKee Foods has agreed to invest more than $500 million in capital projects, including the expansion of the Apison Plant to include new production lines and additional investment in its other Collegedale facilities. The company has also committed to 125 new jobs created in the first seven years of the project. Over the course of the entire project, the company expects to create 480 new jobs.

McKee Foods Corporation

10260 Mckee Rd
Collegedale, TN 37315
Phone: 1 (423) 238-7111

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Chairman and SVP: R. Ellsworth McKee
President And Ceo: Mike Mckee
Risk Manager: Micheline Parkey
Employees (This Location): 3,500
Employees (All Locations): 6,000

Major Office Locations

Collegedale, TN

Other Locations

Gentry, AR
Kingman, AZ
Allentown, NJ
Hauppauge, NY
Cleveland, TN
Portland, TN
Stuarts Draft, VA