Workday and McKee Foods

McKee Foods is a privately held, family-run company with a history of innovation and a deeply held belief in the importance of doing business with integrity. McKee Foods, headquartered in Collegedale, Tennessee, is best known for its line of Little Debbie® snack cakes and Sunbelt® products. Little Debbie® is America’s leading snack cake brand in unit sales. McKee Foods has nearly 6,000 employees in the US and Canada, and annual sales in excess of $1 billion.

We have leveraged Workday to communicate changes to workforce processes and analytics, bringing key business data and automated processes to the fingertips of our internal customers in a way we were unable to do prior to Workday. 

Mark Newsome

Director of Corporate Human Resources

  • Ageing, expensive legacy system requiring time-consuming, expensive upgrades.
  • No visibility into the overall workforce.
  • Poor analytics and reporting.
  • HR and payroll staff mired in transactional work.
  • Non-strategic role for HR.
  • Lack of HR data to inform the business.
  • Limited ability to plan for sudden marketplace changes affecting staffing.


  • Estimated cost savings of more than $1.5 million since deployment; zero spend on upgrades.
  • Estimated 35 per cent to 40 per cent savings over previous legacy system.
  • Self-service HCM and payroll platform provides cost savings and greater operational efficiency.
  • Quick, easily accessible analytics and reporting with mobile availability.
  • Greater visibility into the workforce for better planning.
  • More strategic role for HR.