BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As a result of more than 1,300 telephone inquiries, 1,000 petition signatures, and countless online message board postings from passionate Hydrox® cookie fans, Hydrox cookies, the first creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookie, began returning this week to grocery stores nationwide for a limited time. This unprecedented reintroduction on the part of Kellogg Company, in response to impassioned consumer demand, comes in honor of the cookie's 100th anniversary this year.
Originated by the Sunshine Biscuit Company in 1908, Hydrox cookies were reformulated and re-branded in 1999. The consumer campaign to "Bring Back Hydrox" has succeeded in persuading the Kellogg Company, which acquired the brand in 2001, to return Hydrox cookies to stores as a limited 100th anniversary edition.
"For the generations of fans who grew up on Hydrox cookies, it is more than just a delicious, creamy-filled chocolate sandwich cookie," said Brad Davidson, senior vice president, Kellogg Company and president, Kellogg North America. "We've been touched by how many consumers describe their preference for Hydrox cookies as interwoven with their identity and family history. These Hydrox cookie loyalists can be proud to know they've been heard and have inspired this latest chapter in the story of the 'little cookie that could.'"
Kellogg Company thanked loyal consumers with a contest to find America's Biggest Hydrox® Cookie Fans, giving Hydrox cookie enthusiasts the chance to be among the first to taste the Limited Edition 100th Anniversary Hydrox cookie at a milk and cookies celebration in New York City today.
Chosen from entries across the country, America's Biggest Hydrox® Cookie Fans are: Andrea Dawn Burns of Greenville, South Carolina; Ronna Farley of Rockville, Maryland; and Mary Marlowe Leverette of Columbia, South Carolina. A panel of Kellogg Company judges as well as Kim Burton, founder of the online Hydrox Cookie page and the unofficial leader of Hydrox cookie fans across America, evaluated the entries. Kim Burton and the contest winners will also join Mr. Davidson on the podium at the New York Stock Exchange for the ringing of today's closing bell.
Limited Edition 100th Anniversary Hydrox cookies will follow the original, beloved Hydrox cookie recipe, though they will contain zero grams trans fat per serving. The cookies will be available nationally at the suggested retail price of $3.19 for a 14 oz. package while supplies last. Additional information can be found online at http://www.hydroxcookies.com/.
With 2007 sales of nearly $12 billion, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is the world's leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, frozen waffles, and meat alternatives. The company's brands include Kellogg's, Keebler, Pop-Tarts, Eggo, Cheez-It, Club, Nutri-Grain, Rice Krispies, Special K, All-Bran, Mini-Wheats, Morningstar Farms, Famous Amos, Ready Crust and Kashi. Kellogg products are manufactured in 19 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information, visit the Kellogg Company web site at http://www.kelloggcompany.com/.