The Otis Spunkmeyer Story

 

So what's with the name?

The story 1Are you sitting down? Good. Because we need to tell you that Otis Spunkmeyer is not a real person.

But before you get upset, you should know that the name Otis Spunkmeyer was the creation of an adorable 12 year-old girl.

Back in 1976 her father, Ken Rawlings, was walking through the Fox Hills Mall in Los Angeles when something hit him on the nose. Well, it was more in the nose. It was the smell of fresh baked cookies. The realization that he could make a living surrounded by that heavenly smell inspired him to open a cookie shop.

The first store was in Oakland, and by 1979 he had left his day job to run the store full time. And his daughter's quirky name had stuck. By 1983, there were 20 Otis Spunkmeyer stores in California.

Something else Ken was good at smelling was opportunity, so he began to transition from retail to wholesale. This meant Otis Spunkmeyer's legendary cookie dough began to be shipped to restaurants, delis and cafeterias and any other business that wanted to sell fresh baked cookies.

And it turned out that there were a lot of them. By the end of the 1980's, Otis Spunkmeyer trucks were criss-crossing the country delivering cookie dough to over 40,000 accounts. Today, Otis Spunkmeyer is the #1 selling foodservice cookie dough in America - and the #1 selling cookie dough in fundraising.

The Story 2In 2006 Otis Spunkmeyer was acquired by ARYZTA, a global leader in specialty bakery. With their baking knowledge and retail experience behind us, we at Otis Spunkmeyer were inspired to take perhaps our biggest step since Ken quit his job all those years ago: launching a line of baked treats to sell directly to consumers.

We have worked hard to make them the most delicious cakes, cookies and muffins on the shelves. If you get the chance, try one and let us know what you think.

Otis Spunkmeyer Timeline

A brief history of delicious

1977
First store opened
1977

Ken Rawlings opens the first Otis Spunkmeyer cookie store in Oakland, CA

1979
Cookie dough factory doors opened
1979

Otis Spunkmeyer signs the lease for its first cookie dough manufacturing facility in San Leandro, CA

1983
20 Cookie stores
1983

Otis Spunkmeyer transitions to wholesale and sells its 20 cookie stores in California

1987
DC-3 Skytours goes into service
1987

Otis Spunkmeyer Air DC-3 Skytours goes into service providing air tours of the San Francisco Bay Area in two vintage DC-3’s

1990
Retail frozen cookie dough
1990

Otis Spunkmeyer introduces retail frozen cookie dough sold in grocery stores

1990
Acquisition of the Sweet Happenings
1990

Otis Spunkmeyer Muffins introduced with the acquisition of the Sweet Happenings muffin company

1992
Expansion into England and Mexico
1992

Otis Spunkmeyer goes international with expansion into England and Mexico. Canada follows a few years later.

1997
Otis Spunkmeyer Bagels introduced
1997

Otis Spunkmeyer Bagels introduced

1998
Danishes and Brownies introduced
1998

Otis Spunkmeyer Danishes and Brownies introduced

2005
Otis Spunkmeyer acquires Chippery
2005

Otis Spunkmeyer acquires Chippery

All Otis Spunkmeyer cookie & muffin recipes switch to 0 grams trans fat

2006
Fat cookies & muffins & acquisition
2006

Otis Spunkmeyer Delicious Essentials reduced fat cookies & muffins introduced. Otis Spunkmeyer acquired by global specialty bakery company now known as ARYZTA AG

2009
R&D Center of Excellence opened
2009

State of the art Otis Spunkmeyer R&D Center of Excellence opened

2015
In stores throughout North America
2015

Otis Spunkmeyer begins selling its cookies, cakes and muffins directly to consumers in stores throughout North America

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