About Us

sweet n saltyYou may have heard about Kar’s award-winning Sweet ‘n Salty Mix®… our little purple bag is a loved by retailers and consumers coast to coast. So much so, that it’s now America’s best-selling brand of trail mix! Yet Kar’s produces many other great tasting nuts and trail mixes in serving sizes for every consumer. Our eye-catching, attention-getting colorful packages, cartons and store displays are designed with today’s retailers’ needs in mind.

Our History

Kar’s Nuts was founded in 1933, in a tiny kitchen in their home across the street from Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Here, Sue Kar roasted and sold peanuts to Tiger fans. The peanuts became so popular that a manufacturing plant was soon built to distribute peanuts to retailers throughout Metro Detroit. The company was sold to the Nicolay family in the 1960’s, and continues today as a family-run business. Still based in Michigan, Kar’s Nuts now roasts and packages nuts and trail mixes carried by convenience stores, grocery chains and club stores throughout America.

Kar’s Nuts Timeline

1933 . . . Founded and began selling outside Tiger Stadium and at local stores and pubs

1946 . . . Moved to Ferndale, MI

1967 . . . Ownership change

1991 . . . Expanded nationwide in the vending channel

1997 . . . Launched award-winning Sweet ‘N Salty Mix®

2003 . . . Expanded nationwide in the club store channel

2004 . . . Moved to new manufacturing facility in Madison Heights, MI

2007 . . . Expanded convenience store distribution to regions throughout the U.S.

2009 . . . Introduced convenient single serve pantry packs

2010 . . . Launched line of ‘Second Nature’ brand all natural snacks

2012 . . . Expanded nationwide in the club store channel

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