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alpha baking company, inc. launches propane-powered delivery fleet test

On June 12, 2013, Alpha Baking Company, Inc. held an event at our Aurora, Illinois depot to officially announce the launch of 22 propane-powered stepvans to be used for Chicagoland deliveries. In addition to our friends, business associates, and members of the press, key individuals from the local community and trucking and baking industries were in attendance. Our Master of Ceremonies was Carl Lisek, from the U.S. Energy Department Chicago Area Clean Cities, who introduced each speaker and highlighted Alpha's great strides in our tests of alternative fuels. Speakers at the event included:

Greg Bales,Liason to U.S. Senator Richard Durbin

Dale Berman, Mayor of North Aurora

Todd Mouw, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Roush CleanTech

Jack Sullivan, Vice President of Sales, Penske Truck Leasing

Jula Kinnaird, Washington Representative, American Bakers Association

Andrew Burnham, Assistant Environmental Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Following these speakers, Alpha's Vice President, Director of Logistics gave his keynote address, thanking those in attendance as well as Alpha Baking Company, Inc. as a whole for their vision. "Alpha Baking did this because it's the right thing to do. They are continually pursuing doing the right things, from the way they serve their customers to the manner in which they treat their employees. I am very proud to be a part of Alpha Baking and in making this initiative a reality."

Compared to conventional diesel counterparts, propane autogas vehicles reduce smog-producing hydrocarbons, virtually eliminate particulate matter, and lessen noise by 50%. Alpha's 22 new 100% propane-powered stepvans will emit about 2 million fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over their lifetime than conventional stepvans.






Michael Thornberg, a Lead Supervisor at Alpha Baking Company, Inc. has been named Vice President of the Baking Science and Technology Class 182 at the American Institute of Bakers in Manhattan, KS. In the latest edition of the AIB's 'Dough Chute' newsletter, Michael says he "hope[s] to gain an understanding of the complete baking process, and everything it takes to run a successful bakery. In turn, I will be able to teach people at plant level the science and art behind baking."






Alpha Baking has been utilizing the AIB's educational opportunities since our founding, and we've found that the knowledge gained in the Baking Science and Technology curriculum has helped our Supervisors routinely make intelligent decisions at plant level. We are eager to welcome Michael back to Alpha this summer.





A Loss in the Alpha Baking Family





It is with great sadness that we share the news that Nick Nicholas, Alpha Baking Company, Inc.'s Senior Vice President of Sales, has passed away at the age of 83. Nick was a key member of our family and was universally loved by coworkers and customers alike. With his quick wit, humor, scrupulous business sense, and generous heart, Nick was an example to all. Our hearts go out to Arlene Nicholas and all of Nick's family and friends. To read more about Nick Nicholas, please see this article from The Daily Herald:



Alpha Baking Company, Inc. Named as a Sysco 2010 'Silver Supplier'

On February 1, 2011, Alpha Baking Co., Inc. was named as a 2010 Silver Supplier by Sysco. This award designates Alpha Baking Company, Inc. as one of Sysco's top 40 suppliers for 2010. Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing, and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments, and other customers who prepare meals away from home. "We are thrilled to once again be designated as a Sysco Silver Supplier," said Tim Gill, Vice President of Frozen Foodservice. "We look forward to years of continued partnership with Sysco." As in years past, all finalists -- the "Top 100" -- were selected based on key business performance metrics with critical evaluation by Sysco's U.S. broadline distribution companies, Sysco's corporate Merchandising, Sourcing, Quality Assurance and Supply Chain Services departments.


Alpha Baking Company, Inc. Wins US Foodservice Award

At an awards ceremony on September 29, Alpha Baking Co., Inc. was presented with a Departmental Excellence Award from US Foodservice, one of the United States' largest broadline foodservice distributors of national, private label, and signature brand items. The award, for Food Safety and Quality Assurance, was accepted on behalf of Alpha Baking by Tim Gill,  Vice President of Frozen Foodservice. Says Gill, "Making the most delicious product is no longer enough. I'm thankful to US Foodservice for recognizing our continued efforts to maintain quality and consistency and to ensure food safety." Alpha Baking Company, Inc. was also one of three nominees for the 2010 Frozen Grocery award.


Alpha Baking Sponsors Local Make-A-Wish Foundation Event

On September 25th, Alpha Baking will donate brat rolls and potato buns to the third annual Schnelltember Fest, a Make-A-Wish event in Naperville coordinated by a local couple, the Schnell's.  After being blessed with four healthy, happy children, the Schnell's decided to pledge their time to help less fortunate children.  TheSchnells have raised enough money in the past two years to grant the wishes of four children and hope to help two to three other children this year.  Attendees of the Schnelltember Fest purchase tickets to the event and receive food, beer, wine, and entertainment including a live show by the Chris Buehrle Band.  Alpha Baking and many other vendors have donated product and time to this event so nearly all proceeds from the event can be donated directly to Make-A-Wish.  Tickets for the event can be purchased at http://schnelltemberfest.eventsbot.com/.

S. Rosen's Rye Bread Featured on Food Network's 'Unwrapped'

When the popular Food Network program 'Unwrapped' decided to do a show devoted to deli foods, they knew they needed to showcase the ultimate deli bread. That's why they traveled to the Alpha Baking Co., Inc. plant in LaPorte, Indiana to shoot a segment on our world-famous S. Rosen's rye. Featured in the segment are company President Larry Marcucci and Vice President of Production George Poulos, who takes viewers on a detailed tour of the baking and packaging processes. Check your local listings for reruns of the Deli episode of 'Unwrapped.' For more information on the episode, see here


Vice President of Logistics, Bob McGuire, Featured on Cover of Food Logistics Magazine

Alpha Baking's cold storage facility, Frozen Assets, was featured on the cover of the October issue of Food Logistics Magazine.  Frozen Assets, a 41,000sq.ft. dedicated center was developed and engineered by Bob McGuire and Frozen Assets Cold Storage to accomodate and efficiently move over 8,000 pallets of Alpha Baking's fast moving products.  Alpha Baking and Bob McGuire are very excited about the prestigious honor of being featured on the cover of this magazine.  Click here to read the full archived story of Frozen Assets and its outstanding capabilities and efficiencies.

S. Rosen's Bun-a-thon raises over $100,000 for Local Food Banks

To celebrate the S. Rosen's brand's 100th anniversary, Alpha Baking Company, Inc. hosted a charity drive during the third week in July. During this week, each S. Rosen's hot dog bun eaten in restaurants, diners, and hot dog stands meant a ten cent donation to five Midwest food banks. The public was encouraged to "chow for charity" during this week and eat 1,000,000 S. Rosen's buns to help Alpha Baking reach its goal of donating $100,000. 


When the poppy seeds cleared, it became apparent that the goal had been not only met but far surpassed. At a presentation event on July 29th, 2009, Steve Rosen, Alpha Baking Company's Vice President and General Manager and grandson of the founder of S. Rosen's, presented a check for $120,773.60. The recipient charities are Greater Chicago Food Depository, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin, the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. 

Visit here for more information about our donation.

Alpha Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its S. Rosen's Brand with "Bun-a-thon"

S. Rosen's brand turns 100 years old this year. To celebrate, we will be donating 10 cents to local food banks for every S. Rosen's hot dog bun eaten in a restaurant, diner, or hot dog stand from July 13th through July 19th. Our goal is to sell 1,000,000 buns, meaning $100,000 given to five Midwestern food banks. You can help - click the link below for more information about the promotion and to donate directly to the food banks, or simply order a hot dog on a delicious S. Rosen's bun between July 13th and July 19th.

Visit here for more information about this promotion.


Alpha Baking Company's Robert McGuire Named to American Bakers Association Committee

Robert McGuire, Vice President of Logistics for Alpha Baking Company, Inc., was recently appointed Chairman of the American Bakers Association's Fleet and Distribution Committee. We congratulate Robert on this honor.


Alpha Baking Company Highlighted in Chicago Tribune Article

Gary Narcisi, Alpha's Group VP Frozen Foodservice and Retail, was recently  featured in an article in the Chicago Tribune's business section. The article addresses the changing needs of consumers during the economic downturn. Narcisi points to Alpha's new 4 packs and Party Entertainers cocktail ryes as examples of giving customers what they want: smaller packages at lower price points.

Click here to read the article.

WBBM Radio Features S. Rosen's on Air

Chicago's WBBM radio recently featured Alpha Baking's S. Rosen's brand for "Made in Chicago," a recurring segment focusing on Chicago businesses. WBBM's Craig Dellimore interviewed Steve Rosen, Alpha Baking VP & General Manager and grandson of S. Rosen's founder, about bread production and being part of a longstanding family business.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Natural Ovens Makes the News

Green Bay, Wisconsin's WFRV-TV recently featured Natural Ovens Bakery on their Sunday morning newscast. The segment began with a mention of Alpha Baking's waste vegetable oil (WVO) program, a pilot program running some of our fleet on oil used in cooking that has been refined and recycled. The anchors then move on to an interview with Natural Ovens representative Melissa Ebert, who talks about the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids (which our breads have contained for years) before demonstrating some quick, easy-to-make breakfast recipes featuring Natural Ovens breads, bagels, and granola.

Click here to watch the video.


Aurora Medical Center Awards Star Award to Alpha Employee

Marie Russell, a delivery driver for Alpha Baking, has been awarded an Aurora Star award for going "above and beyond in her service when it comes to helping Aurora Medical Center." Food Service Lead Pamela LeGrave, who nominated Russell for the award, points out Marie's "exceptional service" and "significant contributions through teamwork and accountability." The Aurora Star will be presented at an awards celebration on March 17, 2009. We congratulate Marie Russell on this honor and her outstanding work.

Alpha Baking Awarded Sysco Silver Supplier 2008 Award

Alpha Baking was recently named #20 on a list of Sysco's top 100 suppliers, earning a Silver Supplier award for 2008. The 2008 Supplier Recognition recipients were selected from over 2,000 eligible suppliers located across the world. All finalists -- the "Top 100" -- were selected based on key business performance metrics with critical evaluation by Sysco's U.S. broadline distribution companies, Sysco's corporate Merchandising, Sourcing, Quality Assurance and Supply Chain Services departments.

Click here to read more.


Brian Carson takes home a medal! 
Alpha Baking Company’s Director Techincal Services, Brian Carson, has won third place in a National Contest sponsored by The California Raisin Board for the Best Raisin Bread in the country. His formula and bread design placed among hundreds of entries and third out of the eleven finalists. 
Click here to read more: http://www.calraisins.org/presscenter/release.cfm?id=117