published Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Collegedale-based McKee Foods buys Drake’s cakes from bankrupt Hostess

Little Debbie brand Oatmeal Creme Pies are made by McKee Foods Corp.
Little Debbie brand Oatmeal Creme Pies are made by McKee Foods Corp.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

McKee Foods is moving forward with a bid to buy Drake’s cakes from Hostess, according to a filing in bankruptcy court today.

Hostess named Collegedale-based McKee’s $27.5 million bid as the only qualified bid and canceled an auction scheduled for Friday morning to sell the brand, which includes Devil Dogs, Funny Bones and Yodels.

If the transaction is approved in court on April 9, it will be one of the largest acquisitions McKee has ever made, company spokesman Mike Gloekler said. He added that the company plans to put the products back on the shelves.

“And not just put them back on the shelves, but we plan to keep them true to the way they were using the formula that’s part of the intellectual property that’s part of the sale,” he said.

For complete details, read tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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