American Bakers Association and Valley Cooperative Association announce partnership

Washington, D.C. – The American Bakers Association and Valley Cooperative Association have entered into a unique membership arrangement which will leverage key strengths of each organization.

“We look forward to getting to know Valley Cooperative Association’s staff and wholesale baker members,” said Robb MacKie, President and CEO of the American Bakers Association. “This partnership is the embodiment of one of our core initiatives to strategically align the baking industry.”

“Becoming an ABA member was an easy decision for Valley. We understand that having easy access to the right resources has never been more vital to our members’ success,” added Valley Cooperative Association President Mark Munroe. “We admire the great work ABA does for our baking industry. We believe our Cooperative community of bakers, millers and allied companies will bring value to the group and also benefit from sharing the journey with ABA.”

Valley Cooperative Association will receive several membership benefits including ABA digital communications, special registration offers for meetings and conferences, issues guidance from ABA professional staff, and the ability to enroll in ABA’s Cookie & Cracker Academy.

ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie will present details on the membership arrangement at the Valley Bakers Board meeting on June 25, 2019. Additionally, ABA staff will exhibit at Valley Cooperative Association’s annual food show to promote ABA’s mission for the industry and its membership services.

-American Bakers Association-

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.

-Valley Cooperative Association-
Valley Cooperative Association, based in Greenville, Wis., also known as “Valley Bakers,” is a bakery ingredient cooperative serving retail and wholesale bakers in the Western Great Lakes. Members and customers come from a broad range of bakery and foodservice companies. Their business model serves the procurement needs of professional bakers; their main purpose being to reduce ingredient costs through volume purchasing and efficient distribution. Valley Bakers is owned by its members; annual operating profits are distributed to member owners/stockholders.