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Mr. Mike Gloekler

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Corporate Communications and Publ...

McKee Foods Corporation
10260 Mckee Rd
Collegedale, Tennessee 37315
United States

Company Description: McKee Foods Corporation is a privately held United States company headquartered in Collegedale, Tennessee. They are the makers of the popular Little Debbie and...   more

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McKee spokesman Mike ..., 26 Jan 2013 [cached]
McKee spokesman Mike Gloekler declined to comment on the report Saturday.
McKee kick-started the ..., 25 Sept 2013 [cached]
McKee kick-started the relaunch with the roll-out of the top four selling varieties of Drake's snack cakes on Sept. 23, a move Mike Gloekler, director of communications at McKee Foods, told Milling & Baking News was made because the company knew it could get those products "out quickly."
The Drake's snack cakes have been off the market for 10 months, and McKee has spent the past few months getting a handle on how the products may effectively fit into McKee's snack cakes portfolio, which also includes Little Debbie branded snacks. The transition was not always easy, Mr. Gloekler said.
"These were whole new recipes to us," he said.
Offering his personal opinion on how the Little Debbie and Drake's cakes compare, Mr. Gloekler said he thinks Little Debbie products are "a little sweeter" while the creme filling in the Drake's cakes is "a little creamier. The chocolate enrobing is "quite different" between the two, he added.
One Drake's product that isn't part of the initial roll-out is Funny Bones, which are rectangular chocolate cakes filled with peanut butter flavored crème and covered with milk chocolate frosting. Mr. Gloekler said Funny Bones are a challenge because of the inclusion of peanut butter.
"It's not cost effective to run alongside our current equipment," he said. "That product almost needs its own dedicated line."
McKee currently offers Peanut Butter Crunch Bars and Nutty Bars (which include peanut butter), but Mr. Gloekler said the Little Debbie products are wafers, which require different equipment then the cake-based Funny Bones. McKee is making the Drake's cakes in Collegedale, Tenn., and Stuarts Draft, Va.
While Funny Bones may not make it back to market anytime soon, McKee does have plans to expand the Drake's brand, specifically into the breakfast market, Mr. Gloekler said. No launch date has been given, but new products appearing on the company's web site and slated for future introduction include honey buns, blueberry muffins, banana nut muffins, chocolate chip mini muffins, blueberry mini muffins, cherry cheese Danish pastries and cheese Danish pastries.
"The breakfast market is a very active market right now," Mr. Gloekler said.
The company also plans to introduce Zoinks!, which are crème-filled sponge cakes similar to Twinkies.
One thing is for sure, with Little Debbie's national brand recognition and Drake's strong presence in the northeast, Mr. Gloekler sees no reason why the acquisition won't pay dividends for McKee in the long run.
"It's really a chance to increase our footprint," he said.
Mike ..., 26 July 2014 [cached]
Mike Gloekler McKee Foods Communications & Public Relations Manager (423) 238-7111, Extension 22440
Mike Gloekler of McKee ..., 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
Mike Gloekler of McKee Foods Corp., which makes Little Debbie snacks, told the paper it has "clearly seen a spike" in sales of all products that resemble Hostess treats. Little Debbie introduced Cloud Cakes two years ago. Gloekler said the company, which is the lead bidder to buy Hostess' Drake's cakes, is pleased with sales of all its competing products. The reincarnation of Twinkies under another owner won't change that, it said.
One consumer told the Tribune that while she misses Hostess CupCakes, she is getting her cupcake "fix" with the 7-Eleven brand, 7-Select. "These are good," she said.
Mike Gloekler, a ..., 16 Nov 2012 [cached]
Mike Gloekler, a spokesperson for McKee Foods, declined to comment on a potential bid, but said "the most valuable thing Hostess is holding onto is those name brands."
"Somebody is going to be interested in them," Gloekler added.
But the Little Debbie's owner is hoping to take advantage of what could be a temporary shutdown of Twinkies production. Gloekler said that McKee is "preparing our employees to work more hours during the holiday season than they typically would" in order to get more of its snack products to market.
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