“After hard work from our members and champions in the Texas House and Senate, we are thrilled to see the final passage of the Tray Loss and Prevention Law.” –MacKie
“The organized theft of plastic trays has resulted in excess of 25 million dollars of lost equipment and countless operational disruptions over the past five years in Texas alone,” said Kelly Knowles, Vice President of Political & State Affairs at the American Bakers Association. “From hiring private investigators, investing in innovation for tracking devices, employee education and incentive programs, this is a huge cost-driver for an industry already facing record high commodity prices and diminishing access to skilled workers.”
“Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Cole Hefner in the Texas House and Senator Bryan Hughes in the Texas Senate, HB 4584 passed House in early May and the Senate in late May,” said Knowles. “HB 4584 expands the definition of trays that are currently covered by law to include all returnable containers, such as bread trays and other containers used by wholesalers and manufacturers.”
“The law utilizes all angles of enforcement to solidify the theft of trays as a criminal offense,” said Robb MacKie, President & CEO, American Bakers Association. “In addition to benefiting individual businesses, these tougher laws will improve both the health of the Texas economy and the health of the environment.”
“The passage of this meaningful legislation driven by the recently formed State Affairs Working Group at ABA is incredibly impressive,” said American Bakers Association State Affairs Working Group Chair, Craig Pizer of Bimbo Bakeries USA. “The ABA Strategic Planning Committee directed us to address issues at a state level affecting the baking industry. The Tray Loss and Prevention Law is exactly what the baking industry needs to disincentivize criminals from stealing bakery trays and incentivize local prosecutors to prosecute these criminals.”
The legislation builds upon the Texas Retailers Association’s Stop Theft of Plastics Products (STOPP) Initiative, an initiative that has had success, although not complete, in combating tray theft. In 2013, the ABA lead similar successful reform efforts in the Maryland Legislature.
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The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry. Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities. ABA advocates on behalf of more than 1,000 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. ABA members produce bread, rolls, cookies, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families. The baking industry generates more than $153 billion in economic activity annually and employs more than 799,500 highly skilled people.