(BUSINESS WIRE) McKee Foods, best known for producing the Little Debbie brand of snack cakes, has announced its acquisition of Vernon Hills, Illinois-based Prairie City Bakery. Prairie City Bakery was co-founded by Bill Skeens more than 25 years ago and now offers more than 125 varieties of individually-wrapped and bulk food service products, including Big Cinnamon Rolls, danish, Down Home Cookies, Classic and Premium Donuts, Donut Holes in a Cup and Ooey Gooey Butter Cakes. They sell into the convenience, food service and in-store bakery channels.
McKee Foods will continue using the Prairie City Bakery brand name and Prairie City Bakery’s existing distribution channels. Additionally, McKee Foods will retain all Prairie City Bakery employees and existing Vernon Hills offices.
McKee Foods has annual sales of $1.4 billion and employs more than 6,200 people at four U.S. plants. In addition to the Little Debbie brand, it also produces goods under the Drake’s cakes, Sunbelt Bakery and Fieldstone Bakery brands.