American Bakers Association
Who we are:
The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry. Since 1897, ABA has worked to increase protection from costly government overreach, build the talent pool of skilled workers with specialized training programs, and forge industry alignment by establishing a more receptive environment to grow the baking industry. 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 feeding America’s families. The baking industry generates more than $153 billion in economic activity annually and employs more than 799,500 highly skilled people.
To be the leading voice for the baking industry.
To grow and enhance the baking industry through public policy advocacy, education, and networking opportunities.
Membership involvement is critical to the American Bakers Association’s mission. There are many ways individuals from our Member companies can get involved, whether that be through our various Professionals Groups, Education Committee, or Membership Committee.
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Watch this video to learn about ABA’s most recent activities and accomplishments on behalf of the baking industry.
The American Bakers Association was founded on Oct. 18, 1897, at the first National Convention of the Master Bakers in Boston. More than 50 gentlemen participated as founders.
- The American Bakers Association was incorporated on Nov. 3, 1916, in Chicago.
- During World War II, when high school graduates could not pass their physical examinations, enrichment standards for baked goods were established to provide a vehicle for improved nutrition. ABA’s tagline was “Bread is the Staff of Life.”
- In the 1940s-1950s, ABA focused on promotion marketing of bread and baked goods.
- In the 1960s, ABA became more focused on legislative and regulatory policy that impacted the baking industry.
- As the primary lobbying organization for the baking industry, the American Bakers Association moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C. in the 1970s.