Corporate Fact Sheet 2013

Who We Are

  • McKee Foods is best known for its line of Little Debbie® snack cakes. Little Debbie® is America’s leading snack cake brand in unit sales because we provide consumers with quality products of excellent value. McKee Foods’ annual sales are about $1.2 billion.
  • The company was founded in 1934 when young couple, O.D. and Ruth McKee, bought Jack’s Cookie Company, a small bakery in Chattanooga, Tenn., and started baking small cakes. The business was known as McKee Baking Company from the 1950s until 1991, when the name was changed to McKee Foods Corporation.
  • McKee Foods was the first bakery to sell individually wrapped cakes in a multipack carton. In 1960 the company introduced the Little Debbie brand and began selling the individually wrapped cakes in multipack cartons. The product line was named after a granddaughter of the founders. A carton of 12 cakes had a suggested retail price of 49 cents at that time. Twelve cakes would have cost 60 cents if sold separately.

What We Make

  • McKee Foods offers more than 90 varieties of Little Debbie® multipack and single-serve snacks, including seasonal products. Our products are sold in all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and U.S. military commissaries overseas.
  • The company also produces 32 different multipack and single-serve snacks and granola cereals under the brand name Sunbelt® Bakery. These products are often found in the many fine retailers that carry Little Debbie brand products. Check with your favorite retailer for exact product placement in the store.
  • In 2008, the company introduced Fieldstone® Bakery, a brand of cookies, breakfast pastries and other snacks targeted to meet the needs of the foodservice industry.

How We Contribute

  • McKee Foods employs more than 5,000 people corporate-wide. During the past year McKee Foods’ operations contributed the following to the local economies where it operates through employee payroll and purchases from area suppliers:
    • Collegedale, Tenn.: $220,361,041
    • Gentry, Ark.: $53,443,709
    • Kingman, Ariz.: $5,058,649
    • Stuarts Draft, Va.: $44,764,762

How We Care About Our Environment

  • McKee Foods Corporation is an environmentally-conscious partner in our communities. On average each year, we recycle about:
    • 4,500 tons of cardboard
    • 200 tons of paper ingredient bags
    • 144 tons of mixed office paper
    • .9 tons of plastic
    • 8,800 gallons of used petroleum oil
    • 82,600 pallets
    • 2,000 used tires
    • 750 batteries
    • 300 tons of scrap metal
  • Since 2001 our Gentry, Ark. plant has achieved zero landfill waste. See our website for more information about our environmental efforts.

Where We Are Located

  • The company headquarters and production facilities are located in Collegedale, Tenn. In addition, production facilities are located in Gentry, Ark., and Stuarts Draft, Va.

How You Can Reach Us

Corporate Headquarters, Collegedale, Tenn.
Mailing address: McKee Foods Corporation and Affiliates
P.O. Box 750 Collegedale, TN 37315
Street address: 10260 McKee Road, Collegedale, TN 37315
Telephone: (423) 238-7111
Contact: Mike Gloekler, corporate communications and public relations manager

Gentry, Ark.
Mailing address: McKee Foods Corporation and Affiliates
555 McKee Drive, Gentry, AR 72734
Telephone: (479) 736-2601
Tim Broughton, vice president, Gentry operations
Contact: Melissa Smith, human resources manager

Kingman, Ariz.
Mailing address: McKee Foods Kingman, Inc.
2675 West Oatman Road, Kingman, AZ 86413
Telephone: (928) 718-4000
Shawn Wadsworth, distribution center manager
Contact: Deborah Skomski, human resources manager

Stuarts Draft, Va.
Mailing address: McKee Foods Corporation and Affiliates
P.O. Box 486, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477-0486
Street address: 272 Patton Farm Road, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
Telephone: (540) 943-7101
Randy Smith, vice president, Stuarts Draft operations
Contact: Charlease Deathridge, human resources manager
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