HoneyBaked Ham

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The HoneyBaked Ham Co.
Founded  1957 (1957-MM)
Founder Harry J. Hoenselaar
Number of locations
Products Honey Baked Ham® and Turkey Breast, as well as fully cooked entrees, side items and desserts
Website www.honeybaked.com

HoneyBaked Ham is a food retailer founded in 1957 who sell Honey Baked Ham, Turkey Breast and other fully cooked entrées, side items and desserts. HoneyBaked is available at over 400 locations, their mission statement is, “Celebrating life, one meal at a time,”

The company was founded by John Harry Hoenselaar who was born in 1908 in Cheboygan, Michigan. When he was 18, he went to Detroit, where he was hired as a salesman by William Hubenet for his meat company, The Honey Baked Ham Company. It didn't take Harry long to discover he had a knack for properly slicing Ham from the bone, a very tricky process for most of his customers.

In 1936, Harry built a prototype of what was to become the first spiral-slicing machine. Harry created it with a tire jack, a pie tin, a washing machine motor and a knife. Over the next eight years, he built and tested many more slicing machines. He demonstrated one of the earlier machines at the 1939 New York World's Fair. In 1944, he first filed for a patent and then sought out a buyer for his machine among the national meat companies.

However he received no interest, but in 1957 the widow of Harry's former employer, William Hubenet, called and offered him a chance to buy The Honey Baked Ham Company for $500. Harry re-mortgaged his house and opened the doors of his first store in October of 1957.

Harry died in 1974 and was succeeded in the business by his children and grandchildren.