JACKSON, MICH. — Dawn Food Products, Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Lakeside, Calif.-based Lakeside Bakery Supplies, a move that will expand the company’s reach across Southern California.
Founded by Florian and Stella Brzezinski in 1949, Lakeside Bakery Supplies is a wholesale bakery distributor that provides its customers with a variety of bakery ingredients, including egg products, flours, cake mixes and bases, icings, sugars, oils, shortenings, fillings, nuts, spices and a wide assortment of frozen products. The company also offers packaging, cake decorations and supplies and paper products.
“We look forward to welcoming Lakeside’s customers to the Dawn family as we continue to grow our business and expand our reach throughout California,” said Eric Metzendorf, president of bakery distribution, U.S. and Canada for Dawn Foods. “Working together for the last 10 years, our company has grown to be true partners with the Brzezinski family and the entire Lakeside team. This opportunity helps us further deliver our insights, innovations, products and bakery expertise to even more bakeries across the country, empowering them to achieve their aspirations.”
As part of the agreement, Dawn said it will continue to offer Lakeside’s customers many of the same products they currently provide. In the event certain products are unavailable, Dawn said it will work with customers on a one-on-one basis to find the best alternative to meet their needs.
“Dawn Foods is well known in the bakery industry for its unparalleled dedication to customer service,” said Mike Brzezinski, owner of Lakeside Bakery Supplies. “When Carol and I made the decision to take this next step toward retirement, we wanted to find a partner we knew and trusted — someone we would feel good leaving our family’s legacy to. We found that in Dawn and are extremely happy our customers will be able to transition to such a hardworking, dedicated partner.”
Dawn said many members of the Lakeside sales team and drivers will transfer to Dawn. Additionally, Mike Brzezinski will be named the regional director of business development, Southwest at Dawn Foods, and will play a key role in the transition process for all Lakeside customers.