Nashville’s Christie Cookie Company, maker of gourmet cookies for more than 35 years, has been acquired by food company Rich Products, according to an announcement made earlier today.
Rich's, which makes everything from cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers, and specialty toppings, will gain Christie Cookie Company’s insight and expertise into premium baked goods with customers across foodservice, regional in-store bakeries, e-commerce, corporate gifting, and retail bakery outlets.
“The acquisition of Christie Cookie Company furthers our position as a premier supplier in the growing cookie category,” says Ray Burke, President of Rich’s U.S.-Canada business. “Adding the iconic and beloved Christie brand of products to our portfolio is something we’re very excited about as we move forward.”
Christie Cookie Company employs nearly 100 associates, with one manufacturing facility and a direct-to-consumer platform that includes e-commerce and a corporate gifting program. It also has two retail bakery shops in Nashville, with an additional location in Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. The company produces approximately 100 million cookies per year.
“As a private, customer-centric company that values the long-standing relationships we have with our customers, Rich’s was a natural fit to help take our business to the next level,” says Fleming Wilt, President of Christie Cookie Company. “In Rich’s, we have a partner with a 75-year track record of success, one that’s dedicated to ongoing innovation and growth and a company that not only values quality, but culture, too. We’re proud to join the Rich family of associates.”