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our employees is our number one priority.

* Masks provided and Social Distancing including
visual aids

We have proactively put in place measures to ensure

* Temperature monitors

the health and safety of our workforce including daily

* Outdoor break rooms

leadership meetings to review any changes to the state

* Plexiglass work partitions

and county regulations and guidelines; Alameda County,
where Sugar Bowl Bakery is located, has amongst the

BAKE: What do you consider to be the biggest variables, and how do you take steps to minimize risk?

strictest regulations in the country. We've implemented

THOMSEN: Human behavior is probably the biggest

those recommendations with strong enforcement of

variable as regulations amongst the general public relax.

social distancing, use of face masks, paid leave for sick

However, the majority of our stringent regulations in

and high-risk employees along with a significantly more

our bakeries will remain intact and it will be of utmost

focused and intentional GMP sanitation procedures.

importance that the workforce continues to act respon-

BAKE: What are the "new" realities to deal with?

sibly and continues to keep safety at the highest priority.

THOMSEN: Again, safety of our employees is our

Communication and enforcement of our policies will

number one concern and that means taking every precau-

be ongoing.

tion and measure to keep them safe. That involves

BAKE: How does COVID-19 change the current and

stringent health monitoring and tracking processes,

future landscape of consumer demand for fresh bakery?

enhanced sanitation procedures, providing proper PPE

THOMSEN: Sugar Bowl Bakery has seen growth across

supplies, and the space on the manufacturing floor to

our business and across all our customers as at-home

practice social distancing.

consumption replaces foodservice and out of home

BAKE: Describe the highlights of your production

consumption. Packaged baked good items, like those

practices and how do these steps ensure the safest

Sugar Bowl Bakery sells, are selling well above prior

possible environment?

year levels.

THOMSEN: Daily meetings with leadership and the

Although time will tell how COVID-19 changes consumers

teams, to re-enforce that our priority is first and fore-

behavior over the long run, at-home consumption and

most safety

grocery sales remain highly elevated three months into

* Office staff working from home

the pandemic with a majority of Americans still eating

* High-risk employees excused on paid basis

90%+ of their meals prepared at home. Our outlook

* Sick employees excused with two-week quarantine

remains positive as we strive to deliver upon consumers

period with full pay

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need for high quality sweet baked goods.

JOHN UNREIN

Bowl Bakery family, so first and foremost, the safety of


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