Wes Devon
Wes Devon

Our Story

Cole's Humble Beginnings
1943
Cole's Humble Beginnings

Caroll L. Cole founded Cole's in 1943 in Muskegon, a quaint town in West Michigan where tulips were made famous.

Cole's Retail Bakery
1963
Cole's Retail Bakery

We opened our first retail bakery shop in Muskegon, Michigan and offered over 300 varieties of donuts and specialty cakes.

Cole's First Frozen Garlic Bread
1973
Cole's First Frozen Garlic Bread

Wes Devon took the helm of Cole's in 1973 and made the pivotal decision to invent and introduce the first frozen garlic bread to grocers in the mid-west.

Cole's Plant with 9 Story Freezer
1983
Cole's Plant with 9 Story Freezer

In ‘83, we built an enormous nine-story freezer to help meet the growing demand for our frozen garlic bread.

Awarded ChefsBest Best Taste Award 2002-2005
2002
Awarded ChefsBest Best Taste Award 2002-2005

The entire line of Cole’s frozen garlic bread was awarded the ChefsBest, Best Taste gold medal—four years in a row!

First Freezer-to-Table Garlic Bread - No Thawing
2003
First Freezer-to-Table Garlic Bread - No Thawing

Continuing our heritage of innovation, we introduced the first freezer-to-table garlic bread. For the first time ever, garlic bread was ready in only 10 minutes.

World's Longest Garlic Bread
2006
World's Longest Garlic Bread

The Cole's team of bakers produced a 152" loaf of garlic bread and set a Guinness Book World Record. Now that’s a lot of bread!

Cole's Supports Breast Cancer Network of Strength
2008
Cole's Supports Breast Cancer Network of Strength

We turned our iconic red packaging pink in support of Breast Cancer Network of Strength and raised $50,000 for the organization.

Continued Innovation: Breadsticks With a Twist!
2010
Continued Innovation: Breadsticks With a Twist!

Always on the edge of innovation, we took our now-famous garlic bread sticks and gave them a twist. Turns out, the new twist holds the garlic butter topping even better.

Cole's Tasty Tailgate Tour
2013
Cole's Tasty Tailgate Tour

Cole's tricked out a 45' RV and toured from Michigan to Florida, introducing our new flavors of garlic toast and breadsticks at college football games and NASCAR events.