Dudek Foods finds a new owner

By Charles Sercombe

One of Hamtramck’s iconic businesses has shut down.

But its products live on.

Dudek Foods has been swallowed up by Hamtramck’s other iconic business, Kowalski Sausage Co., says Jason Friedmann, the Director of Community & Economic Development.

We placed a call to Kowalski for comment but no one called back. Dudek’s phone number has been canceled, and there is no one at the site.

Friedmann said that to his knowledge, Kowalski will continue the Dudek line of frozen foods and continue to sell the products with the Dudek logo.

Production of the Dudek line has been incorporated into Kowalski’s facilities, Friedmann said. The Dudek building is for sale.

Friedmann said plans are going forward to work out an expansion for Kowalski at its current plant on Holbrook. The company, he said, has abandoned plans to move the plant to another community.

Kowalski is Hamtramck’s oldest private employer.

29 Responses to Dudek Foods finds a new owner

  1. Ron Ferris

    June 7, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Would like to know if they still make Dudeks mustard, and if they do how can I purchase a case of it?

  2. kim grucz

    October 13, 2016 at 4:37 am

    how can i pick up dudek or kowalsky foods. can you tell me when and how and how i can get a menu to see what is available

  3. Anna Marie McKellar

    October 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I purchased a pkg. of Cheddar/Potato Pierogies recently. My son lives in a nursing home (age 46). He’s been asking for pierogies for a while. Today is his birthday and I tried to prepare them for his lunch. They fell apart and became MUSH. Terribly disappointed! Anna McKellar

  4. Dr. Stan Selengowski

    January 4, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    where can I purchase dudek cheese pierogi? shelby Twp. area

  5. reese

    March 27, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    dudek foods, all hand made and delicious.

  6. Cathy (DUDEK) Reber

    April 11, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Hi,I’m trying to find info n the Dudek store I believe my realities use to run,do you know of any of them ,if so please give my email to them thank you

  7. Alan Karwowski

    April 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    You can pick up Dudek pierogies frozen at Meijer… we buy them at the Lapeer location not the same as when Mark’s family was making them but still pretty good.

  8. Jo Ellen Radze

    February 5, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Are they still making Dudek pickles. If so where can I buy them. I can’t find them any where. Mabie their sales person can get Joyview polish meat market on Joy rd in Reford township to carry them.

  9. Annette Correa

    March 21, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Where can I buy Dudek frozen potato pancakes in the Warren area? Can’t find them anywhere anymore

  10. D. Jakubiak

    April 9, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Does kawalski make the Dudek style of duck blood soup? If so where can I buy some?

  11. louella

    June 29, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    My last two batches of Dudek pierogies were awful. I thought the first was a fluke, but after two in a row, I am no longer buying Dudek pierogies at all. What a shame.

  12. Janis Long

    October 29, 2019 at 12:45 am

    I am from Michigan and now living in Tennessee…what stores carry the Dudek pierogies??? If they are not available in this state…is it possible I could order the pierogies and have them shipped to my home?

  13. Denise Borkowicz

    June 5, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Very disappointed that Dudek’s pierogies are not availablae at Country Market in Adrian, MI. Any idea of where I can purchase Dudek’s cheese pierogies?

  14. Kelly Evans

    July 3, 2020 at 11:13 am

    The pierogies aren’t currently being restocked at the Kroger in South Lansing/Holt, will they be again? If not, where can I find them??

  15. Suzi Grant

    July 6, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    I am also looking. I used to be able to get them at Kroger or meijer. They haven’t had any in months. I eat them once a week, very sad.

  16. Dale

    July 22, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Went to Meijer in Waterford, Meijer Auburn hills, Kroger in Clarkston, no one is carrying your pierogies anymore? Was gonna grab some and bring them to Kentucky with us for her sister as a surprise. Bummed I couldn’t find them. Are you going to bring the Dudek line back out, or do we all have to suffer and lower our standards to cookie cutter brands? Hope you bring me good news soon!

  17. Stephanie Outman

    February 1, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Looking for dudek Sauerkraut perogies.My favorite where can I purchase them?

  18. Kim

    July 25, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Looking forward to having dudek perogies once again.I will even place a order and have them delivered if I can’t find anywhere here or around Holland.

    Can’t wait to hear back from you.

  19. csercombe

    July 25, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    this article is from 2012

  20. Nancy Goretski

    October 4, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    How can I order Dudek cheese perogies? My mom used to make them but she is getting older and is unable to make them anymore. Dudek’s was the closest to homemade that I found.

  21. Sherrie

    October 26, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Are you going to make the Dudek perogies available again at Kroger as or Meijer’s? I miss them terribly, kraut, potato, and potato cheddar!!!! They were the BEST of any BRAND!!! The original version of Dudek potato cheddar (orange colored ones) I really miss. I’m hoping you will see how much all of us out here really love them and so very much want them back. There is a HUGE market for you to start selling them again. Thank you, A Very Loyal Customer

  22. Ray Bradley Badaczewski

    November 4, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Why the silence? Hello?!
    Where are you?
    Where is the promise if returning Dudek pierogi?
    If you’re not going to do it sell it to someone who will
    Stari! Nie po Polski!

  23. Bill R

    September 2, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Absolutely the worst, now I know why most stores won’t carry them anymore.

  24. Stanley Kowalski

    September 16, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Is this guy calling the Polish eagle the Dudek logo? Kind of insulting isn’t it?

  25. Gene Archer

    December 26, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Who sells the cheese Perogies in Toledo Ohio…Meijer used to have your product.

    Thank you

  26. Tom Poore

    February 3, 2023 at 9:17 am

    Where can I buy Dudek pierogi s in toledo ohio cheese

  27. Edward Omeara

    February 12, 2023 at 8:20 am

    Dudek Kraut Pierogis were always the best. Since Kowalski took over the recipe has changed. The filling tastes different and the amount has been reduced, only to be replaced by a much thicker dough. Sadly, I am done with them.

  28. Ron

    November 13, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    Are Dudek pickles available somewhere?
    If not any suggestions for the recipe so I can make them at home?

  29. Margaret

    February 1, 2024 at 10:48 am

    I emailed Kowalski Sausage Co. last December about the poor quality of their kraut pierogis. No response. Dudek kraut pierogis were always our favorite. Stuffed full and very flavorful. Now they taste like dough stuffed with more dough. I had to peel them apart to see if there was any actual sauerkraut in them. Just a few pale shards of what might have been cabbage. I paid quite a bit of money to have a case of 6 shipped to my house in Northern Michigan. I threw 2 packs out already (I tried to see if maybe they were a faulty batch). Unfortunately, I’ll have to throw out the remaining 4 packs. I thought of donating them to our local food pantry, but I wouldn’t want anyone to think negatively about Polish food.

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