Speaking on Business: Kodiak Cakes
Kodiak Cakes is best known for their pancake mixes, made with 100 percent whole wheat.
This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
It was always Joel Clark’s intention to take his business, Kodiak Cakes, full-time. But for many years, he wondered if he’d ever get there and operated it as a side gig throughout college. He continued creating the pancake mix that inspired the business and hit it big in 2014 when he launched his protein line and was featured on Shark Tank. Since then, Kodiak Cakes has more than quadrupled in size with 43 employees and 6 product lines.
Joel credits his brother, Jon, who started the company, and his mom, Penny Clark, as the inspiration for Kodiak Cakes. She learned the pancake recipe from her dad and felt others would love it too. So, Penny packaged up the mix and sent Joel selling it around the neighborhood with his wagon. The neighbors loved it, but it wasn’t until 1995 that Kodiak Cakes launched.
Kodiak Cakes is best known for their pancake mixes, made with 100 percent whole wheat and based on Joel’s grandfather’s recipe. The product line also includes syrups, cup items and other baking mixes, like brownies, cornbread and muffins. The cup is a microwaveable baking mix that makes a muffin, pancake, oatmeal or granola in minutes, as a healthy breakfast option.
Find more online at www.kodiakcakes.com.
The Speaking on Business program is now in its twentieth year.
For Zions Bank, I’m Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.