CHICAGO — The American Society of Baking (A.S.B.) will induct five industry leaders into the Baking Hall of Fame on Feb. 26 during a special ceremony at in Chicago. They include “The Bun Lady,” two cousins who persevered against all odds and a pair of pioneers who helped build the second largest baking company in the nation during the 20th century. This year, the A.S.B. inducts Cordia Harrington, The Bakery Cos.; Mike and Larry Marcucci, Alpha Baking Co.; and William Mead and Connie Lane, Campbell Taggart, Inc.
“The baking industry and its allied suppliers continue to provide us with excellent candidates,” said John Del Campo, chair of the A.S.B. Baking Hall of Fame Evaluation Committee. “The committee thanks all those who nominated individuals for the coming year’s honors. It was an extraordinary list.”
Since its launch in 2006, the Baking Hall of Fame will have enshrined 80 individuals from all parts of the baking industry — from bakeries, allied equipment to ingredient suppliers, schools, service organizations and publishers.
“These individuals all showed magnificent leadership and represent the best qualities of compassion, forward-thinking and personal judgment,” Mr. Del Campo said. “Speaking for all members of the evaluation committee, it is an honor for us to look at their accomplishments. They inspire our future by their examples.”