A Chicago Classic.
From the Beginning.
On October 18, 1920, a German entrepreneur named Herman Seekamp purchased a small donut shop named Clyde's Delicious Donuts in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. This was the beginning of a family tradition for quality that has spanned over 90 years.
From its humble beginnings, Clyde's has excelled in serving fresh donuts, pastries, muffins, and other breakfast items to Chicago’s restaurant and food service industry.
In January 1962, Willard Bickford (Herman’s son-in-law) purchased the company. Under his leadership, Clyde's embarked on a course of modernization, growth and entry into new markets that continues today. Outgrowing its facility in Lincoln Park, the company moved to larger quarters on Chicago’s west side in 1968.
In 1976, Clyde's joined a local supermarket chain to become an innovator in the in-store bakery market, initially serving fresh donuts to stores daily and ultimately leading to a state-of-the-art cryogenic freezing process that locks in the fresh taste and quality and enables a much wider distribution area. This has become known as Clyde's “Thaw and Ice” product line.
In 1990, Clyde's moved to its current home-- 56,000 square foot bakery in Addison, Illinois -- in order to better serve a growing customer base. In the 1990s, customer demand allowed Clyde's to innovate again and lead in the marketplace, being among the first in the U.S. to develop and successfully market a line of fully finished, pre-packaged “Thaw and Sell” products for in-store bakery retailers. By the end of the decade, the company expanded again to add a “Thaw and Serve” line for food service operators.
From the Addison location, Clyde's manufactures and sells its quality donuts in more than 20 states--virtually coast to coast--with additional distribution beyond the shores.
All of us here at Clyde’s are very proud to say that the cornerstone for our family-owned and -managed company’s success is our employees’ commitment to quality, service and value as well as the exceptional loyalty of our customers.