Dawn started as a family business. And no matter how large we grow, family is still at the heart of how we think, how we treat our customers and how we treat each other. Here’s a quick look at our family and their history of dedication to serving you and your business.
Ingredients are at the heart of who we are – it’s where we started 100 years ago. Within just a few years, more than 50 bakeries were using Dawn donut mix throughout the Midwest. Bakers recognized that Dawn had something special – a donut recipe that produced delicious, consistent, high performing donuts every time.
100 years later, Dawn creates much more than donuts. We have more than 4,000 products made to inspire bakers around the world to create sweet moments. Our team is full of more than 5,000 passionate people across 105 countries dedicated to helping you succeed.
From our first donut mix to the innovative, on-trend products of today, Dawn ingredients and partnership stand for trusted quality, proven performance, and timeless taste.
Prior to 1920, Dawn is originally founded as the Century Bakery in Jackson, Michigan, by Eugene Worden and Grover Lutz. They choose the name “Dawn” because of the time of day bakers do their work. Dawn's donut recipe soon becomes so successful that Mr. Worden and Mr. Lutz buy a bigger building and install equipment for mixing and packaging. They then form the Dawn Donut Company, the nation’s first industrial bakery mix company. Today, Dawn Foods is still proudly headquartered in Jackson.
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