In 2006, using our great grandmother Lala's recipe, we started McClure's Pickles after years of making pickles in our tiny Michigan kitchen. We learned how to make the pickles from our grandfather and parents and now we continue the tradition with a bit more room. We make the pickles, relish, bloody mary mix and other McClure's products in Detroit, Michigan. In Brooklyn we have a small marketing, sales and order management office.
We use as much local produce as possible when it is in season and when it's not, we call up the farms and speak directly with the growers to know where our produce is coming from and how it is being grown making sure we are getting some of the best, freshest produce available. Every jar is hand packed by one of our talented team members. We’re happy that after so many years, we can bring our family recipe, to yours.
Joe, Bob, and the McClure Family
We work to provide the freshest tasting product we can and use as much local produce nearby our factory. When we have to get produce outside of our area, we call up the farms direct and speak with the growers that provide the materials that go into our products. Our products are all-natural, gluten-free (pickles, relish, bloody mary, all-natural chips, brine), and kosher certified (Michigan Kosher Supervisors, OU).
JOE MCCLURE (co-owner)
Joe lives just outside Detroit, MI and has recently completed a doctoral degree in physiology from Wayne State Medical. His work has been published in The American Journal of Physiology. He is also a classical musician and, of course, a pickle maker. He oversees large-scale production, Midwest distribution and sales, as well as a number of other major tasks...like managing a 20,000 sq foot factory. Joe has lived in Hawaii and Tennessee (strikingly similar). He has just discovered the joys of using a pizza stone, enjoys running, and watching NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.
BOB MCCLURE (co-owner)
Prior to the pickle biz, Bob was an actor, comedy writer and pickle maker living in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Natalie and their son. He has since moved back to the Detroit area, working at the McClure's manufacturing plant in Detroit. There he oversees business administration, key account management and brand development. Represented by Abrams Artists, he has shot commercials for: Visa/NFL, Verizon, Time Warner, Staples, Quiznos amongst others and has appeared in films such as Neil Jordan’s The Brave One with Jodie Foster. Currently, his work can be seen on The Burg and All’s Faire.
JENNIFER (A.K.A. MOM)
Jennifer started making this recipe around the age of five with her father and has been canning ever since. She won 1st place at the Michigan State Fair in the 1970’s for her corn relish and she jokes that the reason Mike married her was for the pickle recipe. After thirty-seven years of marriage, she may let him know the real recipe. Jennifer holds a degree in gerontology and is currently completing a course in Master Gardening. She is also a licensed massage therapist with a number of clients throughout the metro-Detroit area. She handles all things pickle-related from putting garlic and dill into the jars to putting elbows into backs.
MIKE (A.K.A. DAD)
Mike is a twenty-five+ year veteran of the grocery and mass retail industries. Various management positions in store operations, advertising, sales and marketing, transportation and logistics, general maintenance and the love of food and cooking are what make him an invaluable member of the McClure’s team. “Dad” semi-retired in 2006 to assist Bob and Joe in their endeavors with the business. However, he learned (always knew) that his sons were light years ahead of him as is attributed in the success and growth of McClure’s Pickles. For over 30 years Mike has always liked to... and still does... "put 'em in the jar" everyday.
Watch a video on the company and our team here: http://www.mcclurespickles.com/pages/from-the-jar