Clyde’s Donut’s second facility “85 West”

Clyde’s Donuts produces more than one million glazed donuts, filled donuts, donut holes and other varieties every day, following the same high-quality, handcrafted batch recipes their family has used for over 100 years! In this Q&A session with Chicago’s Daily Herald, Josh Bickford details the exciting plans for second expansion and the future of Clyde’s Donuts for donut lovers across the country!

Baking and the food industry has a long history in Chicago, and we’re proud to be part of continuing that tradition today.

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Focusing on the “family” part of family business, Kim Bickford highlights what over 100 years of experience has taught Clyde’s Donuts about weathering the storm of the current pandemic.

“When the pandemic hit last year, one of the important things that I said to the organization was, ‘This company has been through a lot in the past 100 years, and we’re going to get through this as well.’ That’s a steady message that I tried to share with our team,” noted Mr. Bickford, who’s been with the company for 44 years.

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In a year where the COVID-19 surge has changed so much of how we do business, Clyde’s continues to provide delicious donuts that are safe to eat!

“While the individual, self-serve case has definitely seen some challenges in the past few months, donuts are still strong!” he shares. “A delicious donut is a wonderful comfort food, and for 100 years Clyde’s has always been proud to bring a smile to our customer’s face.”


What’s the driving force in the bakery today? In an interview with Jennifer Barnett Fox of Supermarket Perimeter, Clyde’s focuses on how donuts and innovation will stand the test of time!

“There’s an emotional connection to enjoying a donut,” says Josh Bickford, executive vice president, strategic initiatives, Clyde’s Donuts. “Tried-and-true varieties like glazed rings or sprinkled donuts can bring back a sense of simpler times and with increasing demand for combining flavors into new creations, there’s always an opportunity to excite the customer with something new.”


Josh Bickford, EVP of Strategic Initiatives, was recently awarded the IDDBA 2019 Champions of Change Emerging Champions Award.

In its inaugural year, the Winsight Grocery award “recognizes up-and-coming inspirational food industry professionals… who are making a mark—and a difference—in their stores, companies and communities through demonstrated leadership, results-oriented achievements, peer mentoring and related exceptional contributions to their companies’ overall success.”

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen by my peers and accept this award. It’s truly the dedication and hard work of everyone at Clyde’s Donuts that has positioned us as leaders in the marketplace, and am excited every day to carry that to future generations of donut lovers,” Josh added.