For Kimble’s Food by Design , freshly made food isn’t just for the fresh food machine or the manual cafeteria. The company’s passion for producing great food also extends to the candy and snack category, giving refreshment service operators a chance to offer customers a great tasting snack for vending machines and micro markets.

Launched in 1985 as a three-person vending operation in LaGrange, Ga., Kimble’s Food by Design has expanded to a full-service food operation that is becoming known nationwide for its Ole School Cornflake Chewy and Ole Honey snacks. 

The story began in 1985 when Kimble Carter, a short order cook in a biscuit shop, started a small vending business in LaGrange, Ga., servicing accounts from his car, assisted by his wife, Debra, and one employee. He rented a basement office in a paint store in nearby Columbus.

The company expanded slowly, and in the late 1990s, a local hotel asked Carter to cater their events, leading to the birth of Kimble’s Food by Design. Shortly after, the company expanded into manual feeding.