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October 4-10, 2020: Baker Appreciation Week
October 04, 2020
WHEREAS, Baker Appreciation Week commences on October 4, 2020, 100 years after the world’s first industrial donut mix was created in Jackson, Michigan, by Dawn Foods; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan’s over 30,400 commercial bakers provide consumers with fresh and comforting baked goods, helping to make the baking industry one of our state’s critical economic drivers and contributing over $701 million to our state’s economy each year; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan’s rich history of producing baked treats, from artisan breads to iconic paczki, make our state a hub of delicious classic desserts and pastries; and,
WHEREAS, bakery production, supply chain, and related businesses employ close to 83,000 of the state’s nearly 4 million workers; and,
WHEREAS, the baked goods produced and sold in Michigan have a total economic impact of over $16.11 billion; and,
WHEREAS, consumers, restaurants, and retailers who purchase from Michigan-based bakeries support the state’s small businesses and local communities, which in turn helps preserve Michigan’s vibrant baking industry;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 4-10, 2020, as Baker Appreciation Week and encourage all persons in Michigan to learn more about and support local community bakeries throughout the state.