Aunt Millie’s Bakeries honored by Michigan grocers

J. Bohn Popp, center, executive vice president of Aunt Millie’s Bakeries, receives the 2018 Outstanding Business Partner Award from James Kessel, left, and Michigan Retailers Association President Jim Hallan.. (Courtesy photo)

The Grocers Division of the Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) has named Fort Wayne-based Aunt Millie’s Bakeries the 2018 Al Kessel Outstanding Achievement Award winner in the category of Outstanding Business Partner. Launched in 2013, the award memorializes former Michigan Grocers Association Director Albert “Al” Kessel Jr., who founded the Flint-based Kessel Food Market chain.

The family-owned company has been in business since 1901, when John “J.B.” Franke founded the Wayne Biscuit Co. first producing Perfection Wafers, and later breads, cakes and cookies.

For being “an all-around great company,” Aunt Millie’s was nominated by DJ Oleson on behalf of Oleson’s Food Stores, located in northwest Michigan. “Everyone at Aunt Millie’s goes above and beyond,” Oleson said in a statement. “They do a fantastic job for us. This spring we hosted the annual Northwestern Michigan College barbecue, and Aunt Millie’s donated and delivered the buns. While serving close to 6,000 people, we ran low on buns. The Aunt Millie’s rep offered to go get more on a Sunday!

“Aunt Millie’s has made significant contributions to Michigan’s grocery industry,” MRA President & CEO James P. Hallan stated. “They have earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and customers throughout the state and beyond. The awards is well-deserved recognition.”