Dawn Food Products Inc. in Jackson today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Lakeside Bakery Supplies in California, expanding Dawn’s reach across southern California. The deal closed on Friday, May 11, and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Lakeside is a wholesale bakery distributor that has been owned and operated by the Brzezinski family for nearly 70 years. It provides bakery ingredients and includes egg products, flours, cake mixes and bases, icings, sugars, oils, shortenings, fillings, nuts, spices, frozen products, 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,” says 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.”
Dawn will continue to carry many of the same products that Lakeside currently provides. If preexisting relationships prevent Dawn from offering these products, it plans to work one-on-one with customers to find the best alternative.
“Dawn Foods is well-known in the bakery industry for its unparalleled dedication to customer service,” says Mike Brzezinski, owner of Lakeside Bakery Supply. “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.”
Many Lakeside sales workers and drivers will transfer to the Dawn company. Mike Brzezinski will be named the regional director of business development, southwest at Dawn and will help with the transition process for Lakeside customers.