American Bakers Association
Who we are:
Founded in 1897, the American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry. ABA has represents the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities. ABA advocates on behalf of more than 700 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. ABA members produce bread, rolls, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families. The baking industry generates more than $102 billion in economic activity annually and employs more than 633,000 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.
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 male teenagers graduating from high school 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.