Carlton took over the Milo's Hamburger chain from his father in 1980. In 2001 he sold the restaurant chain to a franchisee and founded Milo's Tea Company to focus on growing the tea and sauce brand as a business.
- "Williams, Roy L. (October 1, 2006) "If you give... a quality product, they will keep coming back." On the Record: Ronnie Carlton. Birmingham News.