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    Dawn Foods, Countryside Baking Combine Businesses

    JACKSON, Mich. -- Dawn Food Products Inc. here, one of the world's largest independently owned bakery manufacturers and distributors, has joined forces with Countryside Baking, Inc., a leading California-based cookie and sweet goods manufacturer.

    JACKSON, Mich. -- Dawn Food Products Inc. here, one of the world's largest independently owned bakery manufacturers and distributors, has joined forces with Countryside Baking, Inc., a leading California-based cookie and sweet goods manufacturer.

    Countryside Baking will continue its operations in Irvine, Calif., which will remain autonomous under the direction of current c.o.o., Kent Hayden, and the existing management team. Vache Torossian, former president of Countryside will leave the company, which employs approximately 150. The collaboration will not affect Countryside's workforce or any of Dawn's other West Coast operations, including its nearby Tustin facility.

    "We are delighted to welcome the employees of Countryside Baking to the Dawn family," said Dawn c.e.o. Carrie Jones-Barber. "Dawn and Countryside are both family-owned businesses and share a commitment to our people and to quality, making our companies highly compatible. Our businesses are complementary and we are looking forward to the synergies that will develop as we begin to share the knowledge and expertise of the two organizations."

    A family-owned company with an 18-year history of quality and innovation, Countryside manufactures and distributes premier quality Gourmet Cookies, Rugala, Biscotti and Macaroons sold through the club store, mass merchandise, foodservice and in-store channels nationwide.

    "This combination dramatically enhances the capabilities of both our companies," said Hayden, who noted, "Countryside is excited about the opportunities this offers both our customers and our people."

    Ron Jones, Dawn chairman, said the affiliation with Countryside's "state-of-the-art cookie manufacturing facility will strengthen Dawn's core competency in the frozen bakery products market, enabling us to further enhance our ability to serve our valued customers. We welcome Countryside's talented team and are confident that our joint customer bases will experience a seamless transition."

    Countryside Baking Co., Inc. is a specialty baking company operating a state-of-the-art frozen dough plant utilizing the newest technologies in dough processing, portion control, and cryogenic freezing.

    American-owned with operations worldwide, Dawn Food Products manufactures and distributes a complete line of high-quality, consistent bakery mixes, bases, icings, glazes, fillings, frozen dough, par-baked and fully baked products.

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