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  • January 30, 2018 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    Does Your Bakery Have Bakery Operation of the Year Potential?

    The Bakery Operation of the Year Award sponsored by Valley Cooperative Association is a special award presented to one outstanding bakery operation each year.  The purpose of the award is to recognize an outstanding bakery operation annually. The first award was presented at the 2001 annual WBA banquet.

    All the winners through the years are:

    2017:  Simma's Bakery, Wauwatosa, Wis.
    2016:  Augusta Bakery, Augusta, Wis.
    2015:  Tamara’s the Cake Guru, Oshkosh, Wis.
    2015:  Simple Simon Bakery, Appleton, Wis.
    2014:  Fosdal Home Bakery, Stoughton, Wis.
    2010:  Lane’s Bakery and Gift Shop, Madison, Wis.
    2009:  O&H Danish Bakery, Racine, Wis.
    2008:  Melody Cookies, Oak Creek, Wis.
    2007:  Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe, De Pere & Suamico, Wis.
    2005:  Scott’s Pastry Shoppe, Middleton, Wis.
    2004:  Wild Flour Bakeries, Milwaukee, Wis.
    2003:  Manderfield’s Home Bakeries, Appleton & Menasha, Wis.
    2002:  Grebe’s Bakeries, Inc. West Allis, Wis.
    2001:  Colligan’s Bakery, Plover, Wis.

    Each year’s winner receives a permanent trophy to display in their business, indicating the bakery operation and the year the bakery was honored.

    How Does the Program Work?

    Nominations for Bakery Operation of the Year are submitted online for consideration.  Click here to submit a nomination!

    Nominations must be received by Monday, February 12th.

    Past winners of the BOY award vote for the current year’s winner. Each year the recipient is kept a surprise until the winner is announced at the WBA annual member event.

    Bakery Operation of the Year Must Meet the Following Criteria:

    * Contributions to the bakery’s community, non-monetary
    * Contributions to the baking industry, non-monetary
    * Contributions to the Wisconsin Bakers Association, non-monetary
    * Something that qualifies the bakery as an outstanding business
    * Must be a WBA member
    * Must agree to have the award publicized in the media

  • January 15, 2018 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI

    Fox Valley Technical College has been proclaimed the Bakery Operation of the Month for January 2018 by the Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA).  The technical college earned the honor for hosting the WBA’s Winter Bakers Forum this month.

    Bakers Forums are networking and educational events for WBA members and other baking industry representatives.  During the Winter Bakers Forum, attendees took a tour of FVTC’s campus including a visit to Ione’s, a student operated restaurant, and the Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Theater.  Chef Jen McClure demonstrated how to make gum-paste flowers and Chef Julia Steinhiser led a presentation on the advantages of scratch baking in addition to making and using your own flowers for decorating.

    Attendees at the forum participated in a discussion about employment opportunities and challenges in today’s baking industry.

    The Bakery of the Month Award was presented to Chef Julia Steinhiser and Chef Jen McClure by WBA’s Executive Director, Jessica Hoover.

    Fox Valley Technical College offers a Technical Diploma in Baking & Pastry Production.  The hands-on program prepares students for a career in the bakery field.

    For more information about Fox Valley Technical College, visit:

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