- Company Remains Committed to Milwaukie Operations, Oregon Employees -
MILWAUKIE, ORE. – Aug. 12, 2015 – Dave’s Killer Bread today announced it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO), the nation’s second largest baking company. Pending regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed early this fall.
Flowers has nearly 100 years of history and baking experience, dating back to 1919 when the Flowers family opened its first bakery in Thomasville, Georgia. Today, Flowers operates 47 bakeries and its fresh bakery products are available to more than 80% of the U.S. population.
Adding Dave’s Killer Bread to Flowers’ product offering will allow the Milwaukie bakery to accelerate distribution and keep up with hungry consumers demanding its killer organic loaves. When the acquisition is complete, Dave’s Killer Bread will operate as an independent subsidiary and is expected to continue expansion of its Oregon operation where more than 300 employees fuel the brand’s success. Dave’s Killer Bread also will remain steadfast to its belief in the potential of its people, committed to not only hiring but advocating for the employment of people with criminal backgrounds through its foundation and sponsorship of the Second Chance Summit, a gathering of nonprofits, government officials and business leaders scheduled for October 16 in Portland, Ore.
As CEO John Tucker shared in a post to fans on Facebook: “Ten years ago, after 50 years in business as a small regional bakery called Nature Bake, we took a little, experimental product to the Portland Farmer’s Market: Dave’s Killer Bread. It was the first of its kind – healthy, delicious, nutrition-packed, 100% organic bread, seeded all the way around and through for killer taste and texture. To our surprise, the bread was an instant hit. We’ve been working our butts off ever since trying to keep up. There’s no way we could have predicted how much people would fall in love with our product, and our mission. In fact, as word has spread and demand grown, we’ve had trouble keeping up. It takes a special bakery to bake the Dave’s Killer Bread way – you’ve got to have the right equipment, the right people and the right heart. That’s why the partnership with Flowers Foods couldn’t come at a better time.”
Flowers Foods’ President and CEO Allen L. Shiver echoed Tucker’s enthusiasm for the pending acquisition: “We recognize the opportunity for growth in organic bread and have full intention to maintain what makes Dave’s Killer Bread powerfully different and unique: organic, whole grain and non-GMO ingredients. We have a long history of producing whole grain breads and a deep understanding of the unique process that’s required to bake a bread like Dave’s. It’s a very complementary partnership with a lot of shared values.”
About Dave’s Killer Bread
Dave’s Killer Bread is the best-selling organic sliced bread in the U.S., with 17 varieties of whole grain organic bakery products and widespread distribution across the U.S. and Canada. One of the cleanest bread labels on bread shelves, DKB pioneered the organic seeded bread category. All its products are Certified USDA organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. First introduced at Portland Farmers Market in 2005, DKB’s deep commitment to the power of second chances is helping transform lives and lead to positive, lasting change for its employee partners, one of three who have a criminal background. Learn more about the Flowers Foods announcement at www.daveskillerbread.com/newsroom/flowersQ&A
About Flowers Foods
Headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is one of the largest producers of fresh packaged bakery foods in the United States with 2014 sales of $3.75 billion. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of bakery products, including Nature’s Own, the company’s top brand, which was developed by Flowers in 1977 as a healthier bread choice with no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. Today, Nature’s Own is America’s best-selling bread brand with more than $1 billion in retail sales. Learn more at www.flowersfoods.com
A nonprofit 501(c) (3), the foundation was seeded with undisclosed gifts from the bakery’s founding family led by Glenn Dahl, and CEO John Tucker. It will build on the legacy of second chances that began when co-founder Dave Dahl was welcomed back to the family bakery after 15 years in prison.
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Dave's Killer Bread Becomes Toast of the Nation with National Distribution Expected by Year End
- From Farmers Market to No 1 Organic Brand, Dave's Hits Coast-to-Coast -
MILWUAKIE, Ore. – Sept. 18, 2014 – Its fans call it the “Best Bread in the Universe” – a bold statement for a brand that until now was only available in Western states. That’s about to change. Today, Dave’s Killer Bread announced is national expansion with distribution into Midwest and Southeastern states. In all, retailers in 25 U.S. states - plus Canada – now sell the No.1-selling organic bread in the U.S., with full distribution expected by winter 2014.
Dave’s Killer Bread’s hand-crafted/seed encrusted line of 13 flavor-packed varieties are USDA organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Powerful in nutrition, the breads are loaded with protein, Omega-3s and fiber from seeds and organic ingredients such as amaranth, barley, spelt, blue cornmeal, quinoa and pumpkin. An average slice has up to five grams of protein, as much as an egg. DKB’s Thin-Sliced varieties have all the nutrition of the brand’s regular deli slices, with as little as 60 calories. Signature products include 21 Whole Grains and Seeds, Good Seed™, Blues Bread, and its growing family of Thin-Sliced breads. ... (continued: view the full Press Release)
Dave's Killer Bread Rocks Non-GMO Project, Entire Product Line Earns Verification
- Organic Trailblazer Backs Oregon Right to Know Initiative -
Milwaukie, Ore. – Sept. 4, 2014 – Dave's Killer Bread just got more awesome. Aready one of the cleanest bread labels on shelf – the bakery uses no artificial ingredients, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup – the No.1-selling organic bread maker in the U.S. has achieved Non-GMO Project Verification for all its 13 varieties of bold, seed-crusted, whole grain certified organic breads.
Packaging on all products, including its popular 21 Whole Grains and Seeds, Blues Bread® and Good Seed®, now displays Non-GMO Project Verification prominently on the front of its new, bold packaging.
"Transparency is part of our DNA," said Dave's Killer Bread Vice President of Marketing Michelle Hunt. "Consumers can already see the care we take to source high-quality, nutrition-rich ingredients. We power pack our breads with ancient grains, seeds and organic ingredients. Organic and non-GMO have always been our way of making bread, before there were certifications or consumer demand. Our clean label confirms it, and we're proud to have all our breads certified." ... (continued: view the full Press Release)
Dave's Killer Bread Toasts the Big Apple in Debut Media Event
- Killer Turnout for the Best Bread in the Universe* -
New York, NY – June 17, 2014 – Dave's Killer Bread is spreading the news, nationally. America's fastest-growing organic sliced bread served up hundreds of slices of gourmet toast and samples to the country's leading food media in New York City this week.
Food Fête New York is an exclusive gathering of top media influencers and brands, many of whom debut products. Dave’s Killer Bread is no exception: it introduced 21 Whole Grains and Seeds and Seeded Honey Wheat to more than 100 top national media and bloggers. Sweet and savory toppings complemented the killer taste and texture only Dave’s Killer Bread brings. How? It’s simple – they do things differently... (continued: view the full Press Release)