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Alvarado Street Bakery


The Alvarado Street Bakery was founded in 1979 as part of a small food cooperative in Santa Rosa, California. A group of members split off the bakery and renamed it Alvarado Street Bakery.


The bakery produces 30 types of organic breads, bagels and rolls. The company is solar powered.


The bakery is owned by the (more than) 100 workers. Each worker owns one share, and all important business matters (including employee benefits, wages and reinvestments of profits) are democratically decided on by the workers. They also elect the board of directors.


In 2009, more than half of the employees had been with the company for more than 15 years. The bakery produces 40,000 loaves of bread per day. Annual sales are over $25 million.


Last update: September 2014


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Type of initiative Company
Field of work Manufacturing
Date of commencement 1979
Founder(s) Cooperatively owned
Legal form Cooperative/Corporation
Continent North America
Country United States
City Petaluma, CA
One or several keywords that describe your initiative cooperative, worker ownership, democratic management, organic food
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More information In 2009, the bakery was featured in Michael Mooreís film, "Capitalism: A Love Story".

Contact person(s)

Michael Girkout, President


Contact information

Name Alvarado Street Bakery
Address 2225 S. McDowell Blvd. Ext.
Zip/postal code 94954
Place Petaluma
State/province California
Country United States
Phone +1 707 283 0300



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