Newman Drake entered the baking business with Vanderveer & Holmes Biscuit Company, a leading baker of quality crackers and cookies. Newman became a foreman in the bakery by 1891.
Newman became a salesman for Vanderveer & Holmes Biscuit Company. In 1893, while traveling on business in England, he was inspired by cakes from local bakeries and returned to the U.S. with a big idea.
Newman Drake opened the N.E. Drake Baking Company on 135th Street in Harlem in New York City. He baked pound cakes of various kinds, which quickly became a local favorite.
Joined by his brother Charles, Newman opened another bakery in the bustling Wallabout Market in Brooklyn, close to the source of ingredients. The bakery was incorporated as the Drake Brothers Company.
The Drake brothers opened a bakery in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.
Drake's Cakes were originally sold as large cakes that were cut to order by grocers. To insure that shoppers bought genuine Drake's Cakes, they were baked with a paper pan liner that was perforated with the Drake's brand name.
The Drake brothers built a five-story bakery in Brooklyn that included a rooftop garden for employees to enjoy during their breaks.
This truck, one of the few in the Boston bakery fleet, was recognized by an early trucking magazine for operating 14 months without the loss of a day of service.
Drake brothers rewarded their sales team with grand recognition dinners as early as 1904. By 1918, the dinner was held at Silsbe & Son Oyster House in New York.
At 63 years of age, Newman reincorporates the company as Drake Bakeries, Inc., and brings in third-generation baker Ralph Ward as president. Drake opens a third bakery in New Jersey. The forward-thinking company used electric delivery vehicles.
Drake's Devil Dogs® cakes first make the scene. Two delicious devils food cakes with creme filling soon became a popular snack. Today, Devil Dogs® are an icon of the Drake's brand.
Yankee Doodles® cakes originated from the Yankee Cake Company in Providence, Rhode Island, which later merged with Drake Bakeries.
Just before the stock market crash, The Borden Company buys Drake Bakeries, Inc. Borden quietly holds Drake Bakeries until publicly disclosing its subsidiaries in 1968.
On March 18, 1930, Newman Drake passes away at the age of 69. Before his passing, Newman donated land for the first park in his hometown of Newton, New Jersey, which is named Memory Park.
Drake's perked up taste buds with the launch of the now famous Coffee Cakes.
Drake's participated in the 1939 New York World's Fair with an exhibit called the Drake's Cake Stand.
During World War II, Drake's president Ralph Ward was the chairman of the War Advisory Committee of the American Bakers Association. Ingredient rationing during the war limited Drake's production of baked goods.
Drake's strikes a chord with the launch of Ring Dings® cakes. Often Imitated. Never duplicated.
Funny Bones® cakes have been tickling the fancy of consumers since 1961.
Drake's was on a roll with the launch of Yodels® cakes.
Originally introduced as Fruit Doodles, Drake's Fruit Pies are still a fan favorite today.
After more than seven decades, baking and executive offices for Drake Bakeries were moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Wayne, New Jersey.
Consumers were invited to participate in a contest to name the faithful duck mascot. Webster was the winner!
Borden attempted to sell Drake Bakeries to Continental Baking, who also owned the Hostess brand at the time. Competitor Tasty Baking protested the acquisition, and a federal judge blocked the merger. That allowed Rock Capital Partners L.P., funded by the Rockefeller family, to purchase Drake's.
The Canadian company Culinar, Inc., purchased Drake's. Culinar's roots go back to the J.A. Vachon & Fils Bakery, which was founded in Quebec in 1924.
Interstate Bakeries Corporation acquired Drake Bakeries from Culinar, Inc. Interstate Bakeries originated from Schulze Baking Company, Chicago, Illinois, in 1893.
After 117 years, the Drake's brand is again family owned. McKee Foods, a fourth-generation family bakery, is delighted to bake Drake's® Cakes.