Who We Are

It all started with a vision...


Claude Parrish begins City Baking.

Claude Parrish sitting in the drivers seat of a delivery truck.


Parrish Bakeries is Incorporated.

The exterior of Parrish Bakeries with a line of delivery trucks sitting outside.
Collage of works at Parrish Bakeries.

Sweets & yummy treats! Bread, doughnuts, Honey Buns, Nabs, Puff-Pastry Turnovers grow the business.

Collage of production lines at Parrish Bakeries.
Wedding photo of Claude's daughter Gaynelle and Vernon Grizzard.


Claude passes the torch to his daughter Gaynelle and her husband Vernon Grizzard, who sell Parrish Bakeries to Pet, Inc. frozen foods.

Collage of Southeastern Mills workers and facilities.


The Grizzards founded Coosa Baking Company & acquire Southeastern Mills as growth explodes.

Early packaging examples of Southeastern Mills brands including Whirly Bird and Nature Valley Granola Bars

Famous for Fast Break, Hermit Bars, Macaroons, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Whirly Birds, Wafers & More!

Exterior of Coosa Baking Company


Coosa Baking division sells to Campbell Taggart. Southeastern Mills expansion continues.

Interior of Mondo Baking Co. production line


Southeasten Mills founded Mondo Baking Company who assisted major brands in R&D of many of the world’s most famous convenience foods.

Exterior of Milner Milling


Southeastern Mills expands, opening Milner Milling which supplies flour in bulk to foodservice customers.


High performance workplace philosophy adopted by company.


Custom food coatings business & facility built to service B2B.

Rice Krispies Treats


At one time all Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats in the world were made in Rome, GA! Eventually leading Kellogg’s to purchase Mondo Baking Company.


Center of Innovation built to support booming Custom Food Solutions division.


Acquisition of Sportsman’s Recipes, and launch of Shore Lunch premium soup, breading & batter mixes.


Southeastern Mills purchases Superior Quality Foods and begins to promote the Better Than Bouillon® food base brand to critical acclaim among culinary experts.


Cereal Food Processors, Milner Milling, and Pendleton Flour Mills merge to form the third largest flour miller in the nation. Grain Craft, Southeastern Mills sister company, is comprised of 15 milling facilities that are spread from coast-to-coast.


Acquires The Original Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce and associated brands from long time, Louisiana-based, Bruce Foods Corporation.


Southeastern Mills acquires JMH Premium.

Photo collage of the Culinary Innovation Center interior, exterior, and ribbon cutting.


New Culinary Innovation Center opens with 5,500 sq. ft. of lab, culinary, sensory and ideation space. New 140,000 sq. ft. distribution center to support current business and future growth.


Southeastern Mills company rebrands to become Summit Hill Foods. Continues to service retail consumer & b2b businesses with best-in-class flavor solutions.

Today Summit Hill Foods is a leading flavor and ingredients company. But we started as a small family-owned bakery nearly 80 years ago. Our history of hard work and innovation makes us the adaptable, forward-thinking, continuously growing company that we are today. And our rich family heritage means we do it with unwavering hospitality and commitment to quality.

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What We Do

To families shopping the supermarket aisles, we are the creators of brands like Better Than Bouillon, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Shore Lunch and Southeastern Mills. And to our foodservice and industrial partners, we are respected for innovative solutions that increase satisfaction. Here's a look at how we got there.

Our culture is the main ingredient in creating food experiences that satisfy the world’s appetite.

How We Do It


We hold ourselves and each other to high standards. We establish trust by acting with humility, thinking positively, communicating openly and always doing the right thing.


We value each member of our team and their role in decision-making. We invest in people with competitive wages and benefits, as well as training, mentoring and resources.


We set high expectations for ourselves that drive us to improve every day, learn from our experiences, and innovate. We work hard, individually and as a team, to consistently exceed expectations.


We hold ourselves and each other to high standards. We establish trust by acting with humility, thinking positively, communicating openly and always doing the right thing.


We make a positive impact the communities where we do business. We implement sustainable business practices to preserve the environment and ensure good jobs for future generations.

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