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Dessert Holdings Adds Kenny’s Great Pies to its Brand Lineup

May 17, 2024
Acquisition of pie manufacturer gives dessert company a sixth premium brand to serve retail and foodservice channels.

St. Paul, Minn.-based Dessert Holdings has acquired Kenny’s Great Pies from Kaho Partners, a move that will complement Dessert Holdings’ existing platform of premium dessert brands serving retail and foodservice customers. Kenny’s will continue to operate under its current management team, led by Gary Muter, according to the release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Kenny’s brand joins Dessert Holdings’ five brands: Steven Charles, The Original Cakerie, Lawler’s Desserts, Atlanta Cheesecake Co. and Dianne’s Fine Desserts. Kenny’s was founded in 1989, and its signature product is reportedly its Key lime pie, which is made with 100% pure, freshly squeezed, authentic Key limes, the release noted.

Kenny’s sells millions of branded and private-label pies through multiple channels, producing its products in its Smyrna, Ga., processing facility, which features newly installed automated mixing and filling lines.

Dessert Holdings has been owned by Bain Capital since June 2021

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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