McKee Foods, the maker of Little Debbie snack cakes, announced it cannot afford the regulatory standards required to sell its famous confectionary to the Defense Commissary Agency and Navy Exchange Service, according to company spokesman Mike Gloekler.
The company told Stars and Stripes that it will end its contract to supply Zebra Cakes, Swiss Rolls, Nutty Buddies, Fudge Rounds and Oatmeal Creme Pies, to name a few of the popular sweets that are found at commissaries around the world.
“As supporters of the men and women who serve the United States military this was a very difficult decision for us to make,” Gloekler said. “We believe in the mission of forward-deployed troops, and we understand the impact that the comforts of home have on morale. Perhaps some will see an opportunity to streamline federal contractor compliance.”
McKee Foods Corp. is a family-owned bakery based in Collegedale, Tenn. that creates a large variety of bakery items, but is best known for its Little Debbie line. It has had a contract with the Defense Commissary Agency for at least 30 years.
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