A.B.A. and B.&C.M.A. merger signing
The A.B.A. and B.&C.M.A. merged in March.

A.B.A., B.&C.M.A. merge

After a year of “exploration,” the American Bakers Association (A.B.A.) and the Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers’ Association (B.&C.M.A.) merged.

The A.B.A., based in Washington, has represented the wholesale baking industry before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and international regulatory authorities. The focus of the B.&C.M.A., headquartered in Columbia, Md., principally has been directed toward education, training and networking opportunities for its members. The A.B.A. was established 120 years ago while the B.&C.M.A. roots date back 113 years.

“It is very clear that there are tremendous synergies and that combining our two organizations will return significant added value for the industry,” said Robb MacKie, president and chief executive officer of the A.B.A.