The HoneyBaked Ham Company is a True Michigan Success Story

While serving the World’s Best Ham to the entire country, HoneyBaked remains proud of its Michigan roots

DETROIT, December 9, 2009 /PRNewswire/ – The classic flame-glazed, spiral-sliced HoneyBaked Ham has become synonymous with American Holiday gatherings, but many don’t realize that the family-owned company originated right here in Detroit. For more than 50 years HoneyBaked has expanded across the nation, but its roots remain firmly planted in Michigan.

HoneyBaked opened its first retail location on Fenkell Ave. on Detroit’s West side in 1957. Harry Hoenselaar, HoneyBaked’s founder, worked in his garage to invent and patent a machine to perfectly spiral slice a ham. Using only the leanest, tender, slow-cooked and smoked ham, Mr. Hoenselaar added the signature sweet, crunchy glaze, applied by hand, to create the authentic HoneyBaked Ham that remains a favorite on American tables.

From those humble beginnings, HoneyBaked has grown into an iconic American brand, with 10 stores in metro Detroit, 19 in Michigan and more than 400 nationwide. Still family-owned with a divisional headquarters in Troy, HoneyBaked remains committed to Michigan and proud of its long heritage here in the State.

“As a homegrown Michigan company, we understand the struggles facing our state,” said Lou Schmidt, Jr., President, The HoneyBaked Ham Company of Michigan and Grandson of Mr. Hoenselaar. “It’s important to us that the families that have had HoneyBaked products on their holiday tables for more than 50 years continue to be able to do so, despite any challenges they might be facing.”

In an effort to remain affordable to longtime customers, HoneyBaked’s Michigan division has put forth its most aggressive promotional offers. Customers can visit to locate their nearest store and for more information, including a downloadable coupon for up to $10 off a Half Ham, along with a wide array of discounted holiday dinner packages.

Founded in Detroit in 1957 by Harry Hoenselaar, The HoneyBaked Ham Company operates more than 400 stores throughout the United States. Mr. Hoenselaar invented and patented the spiral-slicing machine still in use today. He also pioneered the method to slow-cook and glaze the classic HoneyBaked Hams that have become the centerpiece of many American Holiday traditions. Since then, The HoneyBaked Ham Company has expanded into many other food categories; including turkeys, roasts, side dishes, premium desserts, and a full lunch and catering line. For more information, visit

Source: The HoneyBaked Ham Company

CONTACT: Geoff Schwartz, Field Marketing Manager of The HoneyBaked Ham Company, +1-248-265-6630

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