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100-YEAR HISTORY

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A slice of history
The baking industry wouldn't be what it is today
without BEMA's founding members.
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US troops' fondness for the donut, and in 1920,
he wanted to ramp up production at his Harlem
bakery. However, the messy frying process was
hampering his ability to expand. So, he created
what he called the "Wonderful Almost Human
Automatic Doughnut Machine." It would form and
plop perfectly shaped rings of dough into a vat of
oil, turn them and push them out when done. He
then used the Doughnut Corp. of America to sell
these machines across the US.
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Hansaloy provided the original slicing blades for
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Allen Wright, former BEMA chairman, vicepresident of sales for Hansaloy, said that the association has been a big part of the company's long
history. "BEMA allows you to connect to your customers, your peers and the industry as a whole,"
he said. "You can stay abreast of what's going
on in the industry. We see tremendous value in
that. That's why we do stay members; we see the
value, and it's a way to renew and continue those
relationships."
Throughout the association's history, Mr. Dean's
original intent for the founding of the association
remains intact.
"It is basically the only platform that brings all the
manufacturers to the same table to discuss what
really matters to the industry," said Justin Atkins,
director of sales, Bettendorf Stanford. "Nowhere
else do you see competitors sitting together and
talking. Customers get input into industry standards that really matter to them and manufacturers
come away with a better idea of what the bakers
want and need from us."
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the association's story is one based on members'
innovation and passion for giving back to the industry and their community. "We are proud to say
that we still pursue the goals our founders set for
the organization," Mr. Brown said. "We are well positioned to serve another 100 years because of our
leaders' dedication to providing a competitive advantage to our members."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BEMA - June 2018

BEMA - June 2018
BEMA Staff and Executive Commitee
Letters from BEMA
Sharing #BEMAsmarts
BEMA's 100th Anniversary Celebration
What Happens in Vegas
Founding Fathers
Signs of the Times
Family Ties
Recognizing Individual Honors
The Future is Now
Matchmaker, Matchmaker
In the Face of Consolidation
Modern Membership
A Forum for All
Leaving a Legacy
Guestbook
Who, When and Where
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BEMA - June 2018 - Letters from BEMA
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BEMA - June 2018 - Sharing #BEMAsmarts
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BEMA - June 2018 - The Future is Now
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BEMA - June 2018 - Matchmaker, Matchmaker
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BEMA - June 2018 - In the Face of Consolidation
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BEMA - June 2018 - Modern Membership
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BEMA - June 2018 - A Forum for All
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BEMA - June 2018 - Leaving a Legacy
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BEMA - June 2018 - Guestbook
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