At Commerce and Industry Dinner
The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mexico will host the 27th Annual Commerce and Industry Appreciation Banquet Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. This year Dawn Food Products, Inc. will be honored. The event is to recognize a local business or industry for outstanding contributions to the economic growth of Mexico and for dedicated community service.
Dawn Food Products got its start nearly a century ago when two bakers opened a small bakery in Jackson, Michigan. This little bakery quickly became famous for its donuts. Soon bakers from other parts of the country wanted the formula. Rather than give the formula away, the unassuming entrepreneurs decided to blend the secret recipe themselves and sell the mix to other bakers. By 1920, they were selling more mix than donuts, so they sold the bakery and began the nation's first industrial bakery mix company, which they named the Dawn Donut Company in reference to the time of day when bakers do their work.
Officials state on the website www.dawnfoods.com, “over the years, Dawn has continually transformed itself in order to provide the quality goods and services on which our customers depend. But, throughout, the company has remained true to our core beliefs. Dawn will always be known as a family business where every individual takes pride in all they do and the customer always comes first.”
Currently, Dawn Food Products, Inc. is the world’s largest privately owned global bakery supplier with annual sales over $1 billion and over 4,000 people working in more than 40 countries. They have operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, France, Romania, and the Netherlands.
“Dawn’s proven recipe for success is built on their Circle of Excellence that includes outstanding, hard-working people who develop and produce consistently high-quality products that exceed the expectations of our customers around the world. Our culture drives global growth by embracing diversity while encouraging constant learning and continuous professional development,” officials state.
The local Dawn bakery became a part of Team Dawn on January 1, 2004. In the first five years of operation under Dawn, the Mexico, Mo. bakery’s sales volume and headcount more than doubled. The Mexmo bakery produces 200 unique and different bakery products and ships 340,000 cases each month. Annual sales of this facility exceed $100 million. Predominant customers include Panera, Au Bon Pain, Sam’s Club, Safeway and BJ’s Wholesale Club.
Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner will be served at 7:00. Tickets are $35 each. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP no later than Oct. 4 at 581-2765 or mail a check with reservation information to: 100 West Jackson. No refunds will be offered after Oct. 4.