CASBA’s 48th Annual Convention – Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL – February 19 – 21, 2017

2016-Villas of Grand Cypress Promotional BrochureLet’s Get Ready For CASBA 2017!

From February 19 – 21, 2017, come and join your friends and colleagues in the Cookie and Snack Baker’s Association at the 48th Annual CASBA Convention, at the Villas of Grand Cypress , Orlando, Florida!

In the coming weeks, you will receive more information about the reservation, registration, and conference schedule in the mail, but please continue to check back in at the CASBA website as we will be updating this information online as it becomes available.

If you have any questions about the 2017 conference, please contact William Bennett, CASBA President (770-565-1942 or or Craig Parrish, CASBA Executive Director (

Looking forward to seeing many familiar faces, as well as many new ones in 2017!

Check out this link for more information on the Villas at Grand Cypress:

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Villa Living Room Villa Dining Room + LR 1-Bedroom Suite 1-BR Suite-Kitchen

Thank You Note from Gene and Phyllis Veazey


“We want to thank our CASBA friends for the beautiful floral arrangement furnished at the Memorial Service for our dear daughter, Denise!!!” – Gene and Phyllis Veazey

CASBA Member Letter – January 2016

January 4, 2016

Dear CASBA Member:

The holidays are over and we have now entered a new year. My wish for each of you is a safe, happy, and very prosperous 2016!

The last few weeks have been very busy for me, as I am sure they have been for you. It is amazing to think that in less than 6 weeks we will be holding our 47th Annual CASBA Convention at the Cloister in Sea Island, Georgia, February 14 – 16, 2016.

We are all very busy finalizing plans to make this year’s convention one of the best ever. To accomplish that, we need your help in getting your registration fees, sponsorships, and room reservations made as early as possible. The most urgent need at this time is to get your room reservations made at either The Cloister or The Inn at Sea Island.

Room Reservation Deadline for Sea Island –

The deadline for guaranteeing a room at the CASBA Convention rates listed below is FRIDAY, 1/22/2016, which is only a few days away!

We have room blocks for CASBA members to reserve in The Cloister Main Building and Beach Club on the Sea Island Resort property, as well as rooms at The Inn at Sea Island, a couple of miles away from the main resort.

If you haven’t made your reservations, please take a moment to call the number below and get your room(s) booked!
Call Toll Free 1 (844) 445-2186 and reserve your rooms now!

CASBA Member Room rates are as follows:

• The Cloister at Sea Island (Riverview Rooms and Beach Club Rooms) are available at a daily rate of $345.00/night. + Applicable Taxes and Resort Fees*

• The Inn at Sea Island (located about 2 miles from the Sea Island Resort) has room available at a daily rate of $140.00/night. + Applicable Taxes and Resort Fees*

* – For more information on taxes and resort fees, go to

CASBA Website:

For the most updated information on the 47th Annual CASBA Convention, go to our CASBA at The Cloister webpage ( Check in often, as we will be adding updated information and details for the annual meeting on this page as they become available.

Be sure to check your regular mail, as well, as we will continue mailing out CASBA information and forms through USPS.
Sponsorship Opportunities – You should have received a Convention Sponsor form for the 47th Annual CASBA Convention back in November 2015. We have received some nice sponsorships so far, but our goal is to get every CASBA member company to be a sponsor of the convention at some level.

If you or your company has committed to a sponsorship, I want to say a hearty, “Thank you!”

If you have not yet done so, please consider a level for which your company could be a sponsor for this year’s convention, mark it on the request form, and return it to Tom Lugar (see form for address). If you have a particular activity or event that your company or you want to specifically sponsor, contact me directly and we will discuss options that are available.

If you need a copy of the Convention Sponsor letter, you can print one off of the website or you can contact me and I will send one via email (

CASBA Golf Mark Bartles, that Great Golf Guru, has a program planned and ready to go for a couple of amazing rounds of golf during our convention. If you are planning on golfing, you may want to consider coming down a couple of days early to get in some practice on these courses. You may sharpen your skills enough to win one of the awards that will be awarded on Tuesday evening!

Non-Golfing Events – We are putting the final touches on a Monday event for non-golfers. Sea Island has many options available and as soon as the details are final, we will be posting the information on the CASBA website.

Program Itinerary & Dress – Our program itinerary should be completed in the next couple of weeks. We will then upload the program itinerary to the CASBA website for you to view in advance of your arrival.

We will have a buffet style dinner on Sunday night, as usual and we are moving the plated dinner from Tuesday evening to Monday night.

Since Monday has historically been our night with the most attendance, we are hoping that it will make for a wonderful evening of presentations, food, and fun for all. CASBA will present the Kit Murphy Scholarships during the evening.

On Tuesday evening, we will have a Closing Reception with heavy hors d’ouevres, at which time we will have the presentation of the golf awards for the Monday and Tuesday competitions. After the golf awards, the convention will be adjourned. There will be no dinner on Tuesday evening.

If you have any questions or ideas regarding the convention, please feel free to reach out to me, Craig Parrish, or any of the other officers of CASBA. We want and need your input.

Best regards,

William Bennett
CASBA President

Book of Memories Reminder

I want to refresh members’ minds about our CASBA Book of Memories.  You can either send memorials to me (see email address below) or bring them to our February 2016 Convention in Sea Island!

-Craig Parrish ( )

2016 CASBA Convention Registration Form & Sponsorship Opportunities

REGISTRATION FORM 2016 – CASBA 47th Annual Convention – Registration Form


SPONSORSHIP FORM  2016 – CASBA 47th Annual Convention – Sponsorship Form & Invoice

2016 CASBA Room Reservation Information

                                                                                                                           47th Annual CASBA Convention at Sea Island, GA, February 14 – 16, 2016:

To make your Hotel Reservations for the 2016 CASBA Convention, please call the Dedicated Toll Free number below:

Toll Free:  (844) 445-2186

The CASBA (Cookie and Snack Baker’s Association) has a block of rooms at the following locations/nightly rates:

  • The Cloister at Sea Island (Riverview Rooms and Beach Club Rooms) at a daily rate of $345.00/night*  (plus Resort Fee & Applicable Taxes)
  •  The Inn at Sea Island at a daily rate of $140.00/night ** (plus ApplicableTaxes)

* – The nightly rate for all rooms are subject to a $38.00 nightly Sea Island Club Resort Fee and applicable taxes. The resort fee includes 24-hour parking with in/out privileges, access to the Beach Club**, Spa, Fitness Center, Business Center, wireless Internet service in guest rooms, no charge for local and toll free calls and turndown service nightly.

** – The rate for The Inn at Sea Island does not include access to Beach Club facilities (other than private CASBA functions), but may be purchased for $50.00 per room per night for up to four (4) guests.

Rates quoted are net per room, per night, single or double occupancy and are based on the European Plan excluding meals. Rates are subject to prevailing taxes, currently totaling 11%.


Click on the link below to check out News & Updates regarding the 47th Annual Cookie and Snack Bakers’ Association Convention at The Cloister at Sea Island, GA, set for February 14 – 16, 2016.


McKee plans $102 million expansion in Tennessee

logoCASBA would like to congratulate McKee Foods Corporation on their announcement to expand their facilities in Collegedale, TN. What a success story from their growth from a small bakery on Dodds Avenue in Chattanooga, TN, to the company that they are today.  Congratulations McKee Foods!

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McKee Foods Corp., based in Collegedale, said it will invest $102 million on an expansion project expected to add about 50 jobs over the next five years.

Included in the project will be new manufacturing equipment as well as an office building and conference center.
Mike McKee, president and c.e.o. of McKee Foods
“We’re thrilled to be increasing our production capacity and supporting the community we love through new jobs and investment in the local economy,” said Mike McKee, president and chief executive officer of McKee Foods.

With annual sales of $1.4 billion, privately-held McKee is one of the largest snack cake companies in the United States. The company’s brands include Little Debbie, Drake’s, Sunbelt, Heartland and Fieldstone.

In recent years, McKee’s largest investments have been away from Collegedale, which is located about 20 miles east of Chattanooga. In 2014, the company said it was investing $34 million to expand production at its manufacturing facility in Stuarts Draft, Va. Two years earlier, the company announced plans to spend $19 million on new baking equipment for the Virginia plant.

In 2012, the company was successful in its $27.5 million bid for the Drake’s snack cake brand and certain equipment as part of the Hostess Brands, Inc. liquidation.

Numerous local officials in the Collegedale area offered words of support for McKee and the company’s expansion plans. The mayor of Hamilton County, where McKee is located, said the company is the county’s top employer.

Former CASBA Member Awarded contract to supply for Delta Airlines

Congratulations to Byrd Cookies of Savannah, GA, on being awarded a four-month contract to supply cookies for Delta AirlinesgetLogoRedirect

Letter to CASBA Members – August 2015

Dear CASBA Member:

We are rapidly approaching the end of the summer season and moving towards fall. This time of year seems to bring changes that many folks find exciting, as well as challenging. This time of year is also when most of us begin to think about the upcoming holiday season and the many plans that go along with them. The planning for meals, travel, gifts, who-needs-to-be-where-and-when. While the planning is not always the most fun part of the holidays, it is certainly a necessary part of making sure that each individual event is memorable and special.

We have been busy, as well, making plans for the upcoming 47th Annual CASBA Convention at the Cloister in Sea Island, Georgia, from February 14 – 16, 2016. Please mark your 2016 Calendar for these dates and get ready to make your plans to join us at this wonderful venue!

The Cloister at Sea Island holds a special place in the hearts of many longstanding CASBA members, as we held our events there many times since our beginning in 1970. In speaking with the staff and management at Sea Island, it is amazing that, even though we have not been there for 11 years, so many of them have fond memories and stories of the CASBA family and are very excited that we are returning “home.”

We have room blocks for CASBA members to reserve in the Cloister main building, the Cloister Beach Club, and a new separate venue a couple of miles away from the main resort at the Inn at Sea Island. We will also have a dedicated telephone number for CASBA members to make reservations directly with the resort. For the most updated information on the 47th Annual CASBA Convention, go to CASBA At The CLOISTER. Check in often, as we will be adding updated information and details for the annual meeting on this page as they become available. We will also continue the mailing out information and forms.

Here is the CASBA DUES INVOICE for the year 2016. We are happy to announce that the dues will remain at $275.00 for this coming calendar year. As always, this includes as many company representatives as you wish to bring.

I look forward to seeing you at the 2016 convention and ask that if you have any ideas or suggestions for our upcoming meeting, please share them with me or one of the other CASBA officers.

Best regards,

William Bennett

CASBA President