Sensible Snacks Since 1933™ You may have heard about Kar’s award-winning Sweet ‘n Salty Mix®… our little purple bag is loved by retailers and consumers coast to coast. So much so, that we can officially state that it’s “America’s Favorite Trail Mix Snack!” 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.
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. Recently, Kar’s Nuts moved to a new facility in Madison Heights, Michigan and now roasts and packages nut mixes for every retail channel; vending, convenience store, large format grocery and club stores nationwide.
Kar’s Nuts Timeline
1933 . . . Sue Kar begins roasting nuts in her kitchen
1946 . . . Built new processing plant in 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 . . . Move to new manufacturing facility in Madison Heights, MI
2007 . . . Expanded convenience store distribution to regions throughout the U.S.
2009 . . . Introduced pantry packs and all-natural items for the grocery channel