Great Harvest Bakery Cafe

28 S Montana St, Dillon, MT 59725

Great Harvest Franchising (dba Great Harvest Bread Company) helps entrepreneurs not only bake bread but earn it. The company franchises its name and baking techniques to more than 210 bakeries in some 40 US states. In exchange for sending 7% of their sales to Great Harvest, owners receive bread recipes, baking techniques, and advice about accounting and store design. The company acquired Montana Mills from doughnut-maker Krispy Kreme in 2005. The six-store bakery chain in upstate New York was converted to Great Harvest locations in early 2006. Founded by Pete and Laura Wakeman in 1978, Great Harvest was sold in 2001 to a group of North Carolina investors, including Mike Ferretti, who became CEO.

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3.6

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Industry

Restaurant Companies

Category

Restaurants & Cafes

ESG/Ethical Impact

Great Harvest Bread Company may be a national corporation, but we have the spirit and heart of a locally-owned small business. Our voice and priorities reflect the small business owners who represent our over two hundred independently-owned bakeries and bakery cafes across the country. Generosity is a cornerstone of our culture, and we direct it not only towards those who walk through our doors, but to people (and animals) who don’t even eat bread. Each of our locations chooses to support the causes about which they are passionate. Last year, local Great Harvest bakery franchises collectively gave over a million dollars in donations to a whole range of causes, from local charities and community organizations to international relief efforts and cancer research. We do this not just because we believe in “doing good,” but also because we know our communities support us, and we want to reciprocate. When we say that we appreciate your business, we really mean it. We helped the community of Dillon raise $11,080 over three days for the local America Legion baseball team’s down payment on their new bus. Since 2004, we’ve raised over $40,000 for college scholarships for our local high school graduates in Dillon, MT. In the midst of the third week of the government shutdown in January 2019, a Great Harvest owner in Lawrence, Kan., was feeling emotional about the stories of federal employees on furlough or working without pay. So, she decided to do something to give back to her community. She set up a “Shutdown Shelf” in her bakery, offering free bread to federal workers and contractors in need. As the shutdown dragged on and word got out about Sarah’s Shutdown Shelf, Great Harvest franchisees across the U.S. started providing their own Shutdown Shelves to help the federal employees in their communities. By the time the government work stoppage came to a close, more than 70 Great Harvest locations had Shutdown Shelves available.

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Awards Received

2023

Revenues

$158,000,000.00

Website Traffic

Employee Rating

3.9

Customer Rating

4.5

Company Size

100-1000

ESG Risk Rating

3

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