Flowers Foods is a leader in the U.S. baking industry

For more than 100 years, the people of Flowers Foods have worked with honesty, integrity, and a true passion for baking. Headquartered in Thomasville, Georgia, since the Flowers family opened its first bakery there in 1919, Flowers Foods is one of the largest baking companies in the United States. Our 46 highly efficient bakeries produce a wide range of delicious bakery foods under trusted, best-selling brands like Nature’s Own, Dave’s Killer Bread, Wonder, Canyon Bakehouse, and Tastykake. Flowers Foods is publicly traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol FLO.

46
Bakeries in 19 States
9,300
Employees
$5.1B
2023 Sales
#2
In U.S. Packaged Bakery Foods

FRESH. FORWARD. FLOWERS.

This is an exciting time for Flowers Foods as we become a more agile, automated, and insights-driven company focused on delighting our consumers with delicious baked foods. Throughout our company, we are making fundamental changes in how we think about our business and in how we work – with new digital tools, a creative mindset, and innovative bakery foods.

We are not only renewing our commitment to our brands, bakeries, and processes; we also are investing in our team so they can grow and reach their professional potential in an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion. This team development is one of our key strategic priorities. Our other priorities are grounded in nurturing our brands, prioritizing margins, and seeking out smart acquisitions – all of which we believe will drive growth and shareholder value in the years ahead.

“Fresh. Forward. Flowers. Three simple words – but they convey the excitement and potential of Flowers Foods. It’s who we are now and what we want to become. Fresh approaches for delighting our consumers. Forward thinking, with a bold new vision for our future, and new, better ways to achieve our goals. Fresh. Forward. Flowers. reminds us that to make our future happen, we must bring a creative mindset to our work and our relationship with our consumers.”
Ryals McMullian, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Our History

1919
1919
Brothers William Howard and Joseph Hampton Flowers, Jr. open Flowers Baking Co. in Thomasville, Ga. Bakery sold 500 loaves on first day.
1923
1923
Introduces sweet rolls and cake to product line.
1937
1937
Makes first acquisition – Tally Maid Bakery, Tallahassee, Fla.
1942
1942
Joins Quality Bakers of America and franchises the Sunbeam brand.
1968
1968
Flowers Baking Co. becomes Flowers Industries, listing as FLO in over-the-counter market. A year later, FLO lists on the American Stock Exchange.
1977
1977
Debuts Nature’s Own, a line of soft variety breads with whole grain options and no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.
1982
1982
Lists on New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FLO. More than 10 million shares are sold the first day.
1983
1983
Makes Fortune Magazine’s 500 List for the first time, ranking 470.
1986
1986
Acquires European Bakers, a bakery making frozen hearth-baked breads, buns, and rolls, in Georgia.
1991
1991
Introduces Whitewheat, a bread with the taste and texture of white bread and the nutrition of wheat.
1994
1994
Introduces Mrs. Freshley’s snack cakes to vending machines.
1995
1995
Company sales reach $1 billion mark.
2001
2001
Introduces to shareholders a new company called Flowers Foods.
2003
2003
Sells Mrs. Smith’s pie business to Schwann’s and refocuses on core fresh bakery category; becomes the first wholesale commercial baker to introduce a bread with lower carbs.
2006
2006
Acquires 139-year-old Derst Baking Co. in Savannah, Ga.
2008
2008
Acquires Holsum Baking in Arizona, opening up the California market for Flowers’ fresh bread brands.
2011
2011
Acquires Tasty Baking Co. in Philadelphia and its iconic Tastykake snack cake brand.
2012
2012
Enters Northeast U.S. with acquisition of Lepage Bakeries in Auburn, Maine.
2013
2013
Acquires 20 closed bakeries and Wonder, Merita, Home Pride, and Butternut bread brands from the former Hostess Brands.
2015
2015
Extends reach into organic bakery category with acquisitions of Dave’s Killer Bread in Oregon, the #1 organic bread brand in the country.
2018
2018
Acquires Canyon Bakehouse, the fastest-growing gluten-free bread brand in the country. CBH offers gluten-free breads, buns, bagels, English muffins, and specialty items.
2019
2019
A. Ryals McMullian elected CEO.
2021
2021
Introduces new logo and updated mission, vision, and values.
2021
2021
Establishes Agile Innovation team to accelerate the development of innovative, new products outside the company’s core categories.
2022
2022
Enters a new category with the launch of Dave’s Killer Bread Snack Bars.
2023
2023
Acquires Papa Pita Bakery in Utah, a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality bagels, tortillas, breads, buns, english muffins, and flat breads.