Alpha Baking Company, Inc. was established in 1979 with the acquisition of the Mary Ann Baking Company in Chicago. Founded in 1935, Mary Ann is best known for the ever-popular Chicago style poppy seed hot dog bun. In 1981, Alpha Baking purchased S. Rosen’s Baking Company, a Chicago staple and baker of Jewish hearth rye breads and variety rolls since 1909. Through the years, Alpha Baking has continued to grow with the acquisition of Kreamo Bakers in La Porte, Indiana in 1979, National Baking Company in Chicago, Illinois in 1997, Natural Ovens Bakery in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 2007 and recently in 2016 with the addition of a new sweet good facility in Chicago and a new baking facility in Grand Rapids, MI.
Alpha Baking offers direct store delivery (DSD) service in central and southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and northwestern Indiana. In addition to national grocery chains and independent grocery stores, we also service national restaurant chains, quick service restaurants, schools, institutions, major league sports franchises, warehouse club stores…the list is endless. In fact, over 90% of Chicago-area hot dog stands use our Mary Ann poppy seed hot dog buns!
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Customers outside of our fresh market distribution area can still enjoy that “fresh daily” taste, quality, and consistency through our extensive frozen and par-baked bakery programs – customized for their requirements.
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Our brands include trusted and well-established brands that include S. Rosen’s, Mary Ann, Natural Ovens Bakery, Kreamo, Golden Hearth, and Castle.
To inquire about carrying these brands or to find our products in a location near you, please contact us.
Alpha Baking has six production plants – three in Chicago, Illinois, one in La Porte, Indiana, one in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and one in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Five of our plants are certified kosher, and our Wisconsin plant is also certified organic. Regular inspections are conducted by the American Institute of Baking (AIB), Silliker Labs, the Food and Drug Administration, and ASI Food Safety.
300+ fresh delivery routes
6 production plants
18 production lines
For decades, food industry leaders have called on Alpha Baking Company, Inc. to craft solutions to complex and unique baking projects. Our modern, high-production facilities link old-world knowledge and baking experience with today’s technology. If you have a special need, we can bring you a level of experience, responsiveness, and technical expertise that is unmatched in the baking industry. Let us customize your foodservice operation with our extensive par-baked and frozen programs.
In addition to numerous "Top Supplier" awards from many of our valued customers, Alpha Baking has been named "Wholesale Baker of the Year" by both Baking & Snack magazine and Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery magazine. Our goal is to be your award-winning supplier of bakery products!
OUR TRADITION OF GIVING
Alpha Baking Company, Inc. has a long history of donating product, money, and time to local charities, including food banks across the Midwest.
Perhaps our most visible donation was the promotion Alpha Baking Company, Inc. ran for its S. Rosen’s brand’s 100 year anniversary. For one week that summer, each fresh S. Rosen’s hot dog bun sold generated a ten cent donation to five food banks serving Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. This highly successful promotion resulted in a lump sum donation of over $120,000 to help feed the Midwest’s hungry.
In addition to monetary donations, Alpha Baking Company, Inc. regularly donates bread product to local food banks, resulting in thousands of pounds of bread donations per year. Donations are also made to events and community organizations that arise through our connection to our community.