Whether it’s producing our beloved products or cooking up new innovations, our team is the essential ingredient to our success.

We believe the talent and dedication of the Flowers team is second to none in the baking industry. Nearly 20% of our current team has been with our company for more than 20 years. We provide competitive pay and benefits and reward eligible employees with bonuses when the company succeeds. We support and develop our employees through training and development programs designed to build and strengthen leadership and professional skills.

To determine opportunities to improve the overall employee experience, we conduct anonymous surveys about our total rewards programs, career growth opportunities, and other topics.


The safety of our team is our number one priority. We strive to provide a safe working environment and have policies, procedures, and training programs to ensure team members understand and meet safety guidelines.

A few of our best practices include:

  • Bakery safety training
  • Safety focus during shift meetings
  • OSHA training for new and existing team members
  • Job hazard analysis and training
  • Continuous improvement culture

Have a look at some of our benefit programs below.

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We have a demonstrated history of investing in our workforce by providing competitive pay and benefits. Our benefits package includes:

  • Comprehensive health insurance coverage to employees working 30 hours or more each week;
  • Parental leave to new parents for birth, adoption or foster placement;
  • Short-term disability to provide wage protection for up to six months;
  • A tuition reimbursement program; and
  • A 401(k) plan* with generous company contribution.

*Some union-affiliated employees participate in a company-sponsored pension plan or multi-employer plan.

FLOcoach: Our Employee Assistance Program

flo coachFLOcoach, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provides free, confidential assistance to help with life’s challenges, including personal, legal, financial, and dependent care needs. Through FLOcoach, team members and their dependents receive dedicated, no cost 24/7 access to an extensive network of licensed professionals. Employees do not need to be enrolled in our medical benefits to be eligible; this program is open to all employees and their family members at no cost.

Flowers Disaster Relief Fund

Following major weather events, the Flowers Foods Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) stands ready to assist employees, contract and leased labor, independent distributor partners, and recent retirees if their primary homes are damaged. DRF was established in 2004 to express the compassion and caring of the Flowers team to fellow team members affected by catastrophic, large-scale, natural disasters. Funds donated by team members throughout the year are matched by the company when disaster strikes.

In 2021, DRF assisted nearly 140 team members affiliated with six bakeries. Disasters included a winter storm, flooding, and a hurricane that caused catastrophic damage for more than 20 team members.


March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic and recommended containment and mitigation measures worldwide.

Our main focus throughout the pandemic centered on the health and safety of our team members and independent distributor partners. From the start of the pandemic, we followed the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), taking a number of recommended steps to safeguard those in our facilities, including:

  • Monitoring the symptoms of everyone entering our facilities
  • Requiring face coverings
  • Maintaining (where possible) social distancing of six feet
  • Conducting enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and frequently touched surfaces
  • Performing decontamination of work areas and equipment following a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 at a facility
  • Conducting contact tracing

Companywide bans on non-essential travel and non-essential visitors at all locations were put into place, corporate offices were closed, and office staff were directed to work remotely. In addition, the company issued regular communications about COVID-19 prevention steps. When COVID-19 vaccinations became available, we shared educational information with our team members and encouraged vaccination for those eligible.

In recognition and support of our frontline workers, we paid a total of $5.2 million and $12.3 million in appreciation bonuses to eligible hourly and non-exempt employees, leased labor, and contract workers in Fiscal 2021 and 2020, respectively. These appreciation bonuses are in addition to the company’s annual performance-based cash incentive plan, in which all Flowers employees participate.


Flowers employees
  • Diversity enriches our perspective. We believe in the power of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences coming together under a common set of values to achieve uncommon results.
  • We aspire to be an inclusive workplace. Where all perspectives are valued, all contributions are celebrated, and everyone has equal opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.
  • We empower our people. Our culture of appreciation and belonging means Flowers is a place where all employees can learn, grow, and thrive. We offer mentoring opportunities, apprenticeships, and learning and development programs across our organization.
  • We seek out new employees with diverse backgrounds and skillsets. Flowers aims to attract new employees through an inclusive recruiting process. We champion second chance employment and partner with organizations like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the USO to reach prospective employees.
  • We want to make Flowers even better. We are committed to understanding more about each other and we realize there’s always more we can do. And, we are turning to our employees to help us chart what’s next—through intentional conversations and anonymous surveys. To foster a greater culture of inclusion, in 2021, the entire Flowers senior leadership team participated in unconscious bias training. To further our progress in 2022, we have implemented diversity, equity, and inclusion training companywide, which is additive to our existing annual anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, and are currently developing a standard set of metrics to evaluate our progress on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Second Chance Employment

At the original Dave’s Killer Bread bakery in Milwaukie, Oregon, Second Chance hiring is deeply ingrained in their culture. At any given time, approximately 30-40% of bakery employees are formerly incarcerated.

We are committed to giving second chances to those with criminal backgrounds who are looking for employment. We encourage our bakeries to work with local agencies to find qualified individuals within this candidate pool. Our bakeries are known as places that provide employment opportunities for those eager to get back on their feet and change their lives, regardless of one’s past.


We are a long-time supporter of causes that aid U.S. veterans and their families. We recruit U.S. military veterans, and actively employed more than 550 veterans as of year-end 2021. Since 2018, our Wonder and Tastykake brands have proudly supported the USO as “A Force Behind the Forces,” pledging to donate up to $1.8 million to the organization by 2022.

Flowers Spirit Award

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Flowers Foods celebrates the positive spirit that is alive in our company through our employees. The Flowers Spirit is one of integrity and dedication to a job well done. It encourages others and inspires them to do their best. It’s about caring for those with whom you work as well as for your community and neighbors through charitable actions. The Flowers Spirit is the heart of our company.

Since 2002, the Flowers Spirit Award program has celebrated employees throughout the company who live the Flowers Spirit. These individuals, chosen by coworkers, are honored with a Spirit Award because of their exemplary work performance, their positive attitude, their encouragement of others, and the time and energy they give to their community. In keeping with the spirit of the program, Flowers makes a charitable donation in honor of each Spirit Award recipient.

Every year, from the list of Spirit Award honorees, one person is chosen to receive the programs’ highest honor: the L.S. Flowers Spirit Award. This award is named after Langdon S. Flowers, Sr., former chairman of the company, whose kindness, generosity, and encouragement touched the lives of many within our company and the country.

L.S. Flowers Spirit Award Recipients


Betty Walraven
Flowers Baking Co. of Batesville
Bun Breakperson
2022 Awards Video


Jason Frye
Flowers Foods
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Planning & Performance
2022 Awards Video


Marcel Ngqa
Flowers Baking Co. of Denton
Production Lead
2021 Awards Video


Danny Gray
Canyon Bakehouse


Christopher Henderson
Flowers Foods
Associate Software Developer
2019 Spirit Award Newsletter


Jerry Pile
Flowers Baking Co. of Bardstown
ESS Manager
2019 Spirit Award Newsletter


Dakota Rockford
Dave’s Killer Bread, Milwaukie, Ore.
Production Supervisor
2018 Awards Video
2018 Spirit Award Newsletter


Rahsaan Sloan
Dave’s Killer Bread, Milwaukie, Ore.
Assistant Supervisor
2017 Awards Video
2017 Spirit Award Newsletter


Donna Masusock
Tasty Baking Co., Philadelphia
Sales Specialist
2016 Awards Video
2016 Spirit Award Newsletter


Calvin Zeigler
Derst Baking Co. Savannah, Ga.
Moulder Operator
2015 Awards Video
2015 Spirit Award Newsletter


Jeff Cook
Flowers Baking Co. of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.C.
Director of Sales
2014 Awards Video
2014 Spirit Award Newsletter


Johnathan Mize
Flowers Baking Co. of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
ESS Director
2013 Awards Video
2013 Spirit Award Newsletter