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The merger of the American Bakers Association (ABA) and the Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers’ Association (B&CMA) officially went into effect July 1.

The new ABA welcomed 116 B&CMA member companies, including U.S. and international bakers and allies.
The B&CMA professional staff will continue to provide service and leadership to its membership:   

•           Dave Van Laar, Senior Advisor to the president and CEO: B&CMA Transition and Development

•           Kathy Kinter Phelps, assistant director of education and membership

•           Vanessa Vial, manager of e-learning and communications

ABA president and CEO Robb MacKie (pictured: right) welcomed the new members, saying that they represent a community of the highest caliber. “Together, we form an organization whose voice is stronger than ever as we work to serve the needs and interests of the baking industry,” says MacKie.

Senior advisor to the president and CEO: B&CMA transition and development Dave Van Laar (pictured: left) adds: “I strongly believe that this merger was the right choice for both organizations and foresee a successful future for the new ABA and our unified membership.”

With the completion of the merger, ABA provides the united membership with a portfolio of enhanced, comprehensive services to meet their needs. Major programs offered include advocacy for regulatory and legislative issues that impact companies’ bottom lines; committees as the forums for members to shape ABA’s interactions with policymakers and set the course for the industry; the Annual Convention – the premier industry event for immersive networking; and education, including the Cookie and Cracker Academy – the complete training path for the cookie and cracker professional – the annual Technical Conference and ABA’s Leadership Development for Front Line Professionals program. 

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