Rose Mary M. | Insider Expert | “Grebe's Bakery & Delicatessen”
Every Sunday morning - this is the place to go. Especially for a Packer Party! For $15.99 you get 3 lbs. or ham, free rolls and 3 pounds of potato salad. The best rolls are called "Better Butter" !!!! There are plenty of places to get hot ham and rolls but there is also entertainment in going to Grebe's. The ladies that work there have all been there for years and some are quite elderly and they all do an amazing job of getting your order filled fast. If you see the parking lot full - don't let that dissuade you from going in.
What's in a Name, You ask? Just ask Jim Grebe
Baking Management Tuesday, March 1 2005
In the 1930's after her husband's stroke, Grandma Grebe began baking butterhorns at home for the local PTA, and Grebe's Bakery was born.

Jim Grebe, president and CEO of Grebe's Bakery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says his grandparents really weren't bakers to begin with; rather, they were both musicians, and hosted their own radio show on Milwaukee's number one station, WTMJ. 'My grandfather could play any instrument really well....almost a musical genius.

The stroke cut short a promising musical career, and necessitated the start of what would become one of the Midwest's most successful baked goods producers.

Since 1930, Grebe's has grown to the point of having two retail outlets in Milwaukee, but more importantly, has become a household word and predominant bakery distributor throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. Grebe's produces and distributes around 900 different bakery products to more than a million people in the Midwest. Seventeen Peterbilt trucks deliver Grebe's baked goods to 300 retail outlets seven days a week.
Danny Gokey sugar cookies at Grebe's Bakery
By Karen Herzog of the Journal Sentinel
May 7, 2009 |(0) Comments

The race is on for local businesses to put Danny Gokey's "American Idol" face all over town, as the Milwaukee singer returns for Danny Gokey Day on Friday.

Grebe's Bakery, 5132 W. Lincoln Ave., is selling white buttercream iced sugar cookies with an air-brushed image of Danny Gokey's face for 99 cents. The cookies also will be available at Sentry stores and Speedway. Grebe's Bakery, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., already has some Gokey cookies available in its store. To place an order, call the bakery at (414) 543-7001.

Grebe's offered similar cookies during the presidential election.
Grebe's reprises Obama cookies
The Business Journal of Milwaukee - by Wendy Strong
In honor of Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th U.S. president, Grebe's Bakery is selling cookies with images of Obama at a limited number of stores in southeast Wisconsin.

The cookies are being made available at all Sentry stores in southeast Wisconsin that are supplied by Milwaukee-based Grebe's, said Jim Grebe, third-generation president and owner of the bakery. The political cookies are also being sold -- just for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday -- at Grebe's Bakery location at South 51st Street and West Lincoln Avenue, and at the Sendik's Food Market store at North 124th Street and West North Ave.

The cookies are a reprise of the same political cookies distributed by Grebe's to all of its 300 retail accounts during the 2008 election, which featured cookies with candidates' images. In total, Grebe's sold about 60,000 of the cookies so far, with Obama being the best seller, said Grebe, who noted that the popularity of the cookies are at its peak.

"We've been doing this since Reagan, but we've never experienced this kind of response," Grebe said.

The cookies are priced at 79 cents apiece.
Crestwood Bakery to close after Grebe's licenses name
The Business Journal of Milwaukee - by David Schuyler
SuperValu Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with Grebe's Bakery Inc., West Allis, that will allow the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based grocery retailer and wholesaler to shutter its Crestwood Bakery operations in West Allis.

The Crestwood Bakery, which has 125 employees, operates in a leased facility at 1710 S. 108th St. The lease expires early in 2005 and will not be renewed, said SuperValu spokeswoman Lynne High.

Under terms of the agreement announced Tuesday, Grebe's Bakery, West Allis, will become the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Crestwood Bakery products in Wisconsin and parts of Michigan and Illinois. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In 50 years of operations, Crestwood Bakery has been a mainstay in Sentry Foods stores, including more than 40 in southeastern Wisconsin. Crestwood became part of SuperValu last year after a deal with C&S Wholesale Grocers, Brattleboro, Vt. In that transaction, C&S purchased Crestwood -- along with various operations in Waukesha, La Crosse and Ohio -- from Fleming Cos. Inc., Lewisville, Texas, and then sold the operations to SuperValu.

The Crestwood Bakery operations will be consolidated into Grebe's Bakery operations, High said. It remained unclear how many Crestwood employees might be retained. Grebe's Bakery president Jim Grebe could not be reached for comment.

Grebe's Bakery is based at 5132 W. Lincoln Ave. It serves approximately 300 grocery and convenience stores in Wisconsin. The transition of the Crestwood business is expected to be completed this fall.
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