Alvarado Street Bakery Video

June 2014

Learn more about our worker co-op bakery and our sprouting process in this video.

Watch the video on YouTube.

A Great Place To Work

October 2013

Alvarado Street Bakery Named Great Place to Work® on the 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List
Great Place to Work® named Alvarado Street Bakery #23 on their annual Best Small & Medium Workplaces in the USA list, and will be featured in FORTUNE Magazine. Alvarado Street Bakery was selected from hundreds of companies across the country in a process that consisted of employee questionnaires and a workplace audit. Great Place to Work® evaluates each company that submitted an application using methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.
As a worker owned and operated bakery in Petaluma, CA, Alvarado Street Bakery was especially pleased to receive this award, as they are the first cooperative company to ever receive this honor. They feel that this award is a great opportunity to promote their co-op as an example of how alternative business structures can excel in the workplace.
To see the full 2013 Great Place to Work Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, please visit

Green Business Leader

January 2013

What makes Alvarado Street Bakery a green business? Check out this article from Green America for a peek into our green efforts.
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October is Co-Op Month!

October 2012

Alvarado Street Bakery, a worker-owned cooperative, has much to celebrate this October with the culmination of Co-Op Month and the United Nation’s 2012 International Year of Cooperatives. Cooperatives around the world have made a special effort to raise awareness of the cooperative structure, and the social and economic achievements and contributions of cooperatives.

The slogan that is being used this year for both the United Nation’s 2012 International Year of Cooperatives and Co-Op Month is “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World”. This is more than just a slogan; cooperatives really do have a business model that puts people first. In fact, “Concern for Community” and “Education, Training and Information” are just two parts of the “7 Cooperative Principles” that cooperatives around the world use to guide their businesses. 

This year, Alvarado Street Bakery has participated in several cooperative functions, including “Co-Op Day at the Capitol” in Sacramento, CA. We have hosted cooperative groups at our bakery and provided products and education to many others. We hope that by sharing and educating others on the benefits of a cooperative structure, it may encourage other businesses to move in that direction. In the United States alone, there are 2 million people that are employees of cooperatives!

For more information on Co-Op Month, please go to: . For more information about the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, please go to:


January 2012

Alvarado Street Bakery was once again awarded the Superior Certification rating by the American Institute of Baking (AIB), the highest rating possible. This is a certificate that is given by AIB to food manufacturing facilities that pass an audit of food safety standards and policies, and a rigorous physical inspection of the buildings and grounds of the facility.

Alvarado Street Bakery is proud to have been honored with this prestigious rating from AIB. They have always been committed to strict food safety and sanitary working conditions, and are pleased that they have been recognized by AIB with this Superior Certification.

Run For Your Health!

August 2011

Alvarado Street Bakery is proud to announce that they will once again be the title sponsor of the Santa Rosa Marathon that will take place on August 28, 2011. This beautiful Boston Qualifier wine country marathon starts and finishes in Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa, CA and loops through the scenic Santa Rosa Creek and picturesque Prince Memorial Greenway.


There will be options to run a full marathon (26.2 miles) or a half marathon (13.1 miles) with a portion of the race proceeds benefiting The Sonoma County Humane Society and Valley of the Moon Children's Foundation. There will also be an option for a 5K Fun Run that will benefit Schools Plus, a local organization that supports music, sports, art and drama enrichment in Santa Rosa secondary schools.

For more information on this fun event, or to register to run, please visit the Santa Rosa Marathon website at

PAL Hero Award

May 2011

Alvarado Street Bakery was presented with the PAL Hero Award from The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) for our commitment in maintaining a peanut & tree nut free facility. PAL stands for Protect A Life (from food allergies) and PAL Hero awards are presented to companies whose actions prevent a serious allergic reaction.


FAAN was originally established in 1991 to help provide education and support to the many parents who needed help managing their children’s food allergies, and has grown to become the most trusted source of information and resources related to food allergies. For more information on FAAN, and for the latest food allergy research, please visit


What an honor!

Meet Our Other Cats!

January 2011

After a company-wide trip to Safari West Wildlife Preserve in the hills of Santa Rosa, CA, Alvarado Street Bakery chose to adopt cheetahs Gijima & Thula, born in capitivity and brought to Safari West in 2001. Gijima & Thula serve as ambassadors for their wild cousins, and provides Safari West an opportunity to educate the public about their conservation.

Safari West Wildlife Preserve is a world-class facility that provides the best possible care for their animals. When animals are "adopted" the funds go to their non-profit Safari West Wildlife Foundation and are used to support wildlife conservation and educational programs.

Alvarado Street Bakery Receives Green Jobs Award

November 2010

Alvarado Street Bakery has been selected as one of ten recipients of the 2010 Green Jobs Award. The award was presented in New York City November 16th at an awards dinner. Joseph Tuck, Alvarado Street Bakery’s CEO, was present to accept the award.

With support from the Citi Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, SJF Institute and Green For All have partnered to launch a Green Jobs Award Program, which seeks to identify, recognize, and promote private companies that are leaders in quality green job creation. The award honors businesses that are making valuable contributions to both the economy and the environment. Award recipients are judged on the quality of their jobs and benefits, the diversity of employment opportunities, and their level of community engagement.

When speaking about the award Joseph Tuck said, “This is a significant award for the bakery and it is national recognition of the significance of what we do here at Alvarado Street Bakery. As a worker owned co-operative we like to think we are focusing on providing quality jobs and that we are looking after our workers. Receiving an award like this tells us that we are doing just that and that again we are providing corporate America with an example of a sound business that takes pride in looking after every worker with good working conditions, a living wage and quality benefits. This award following the recent positive focus on the bakery in the Michael Moore movie "Capitalism, A Love Story" wraps up a great year for us at ASB.” Tuck also pointed out the bakery’s new solar panels. "The solar project will supply around 40% of the Bakery’s yearly electricity needs, enough electricity to power around ninety homes."

Alvarado Street Bakery began producing whole grain organic baked goods for the local community in 1979. Today, Alvarado Street Bakery is one of the largest worker owned cooperatives in the United States and specializes in sprouted whole grain breads and bagels that are sold in grocery stores and natural food stores both nationally and internationally. The bakery's mission is to support sustainable agricultural practices and healthy living utilizing a worker owned and managed cooperative business structure.

Sonoma County Firm to Energize Organic Bakery

October 2010

Stellar Energy and Alvarado Street Bakery Sign 400kW Solar Energy System Deal ROHNERT PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)
Question: What smells like fresh bread and creates energy from the sun? Answer: The roof at Alvarado Street Bakery in Petaluma, California.
"All basic components of the system are made or assembled here in America, providing green jobs at a crucial moment in this economy. Stellar Energy applauds Alvarado Street Bakery’s leadership in deploying this exciting solar project, one of the first in the bakery industry."
Stellar Energy, a leading renewable energy firm, is installing a large solar electric system on one of the North Bay’s best known and beloved organic bakeries.
Alvarado Street Bakery has a large facility in Petaluma, California; the roof area is almost 1.5 acres, and it will soon carry an innovative and effective solar electric system, installed by Stellar Energy. "This 404 kilowatt system will offset close to 40% of the bakery’s power needs, generating enough electricity to power about 90 average homes," said Matt Lugar, Vice President of Sales for Stellar.
The system will consist of 1,722 Sharp® brand 235 watt solar panels, installed on a special rack system that minimizes roof attachments and prevents water leaks.
According to Lugar, "Stellar Energy applauds Alvarado Street Bakery’s leadership in deploying this exciting solar project, one of the first in the bakery industry."
Joseph Tuck, CEO of Alvarado Street Bakery, enthused about the system as well. "We will be reducing our carbon footprint by saving energy and cutting down on fossil fuels used to generate electricity."
Tuck added: "As a worker owned company deeply committed to health and sustainable prosperity, we are thrilled to be working with Stellar Energy on this project."

About Stellar Energy G.P. Inc.

Stellar Energy is one of the nation’s foremost solar energy integrators, with complete system design, engineering, procurement and construction management capabilities. With installations spanning government, education and a wide variety of commercial customers, Stellar’s portfolio of successful projects makes the company one of the top ten solar installers in the nation. Stellar is a subsidiary of Itochu International, Inc., a New York based global trading company. For more information, please contact Chris Phipps at, 707-992-3130, or visit the Stellar website at

About Alvarado Street Bakery

Alvarado Street Bakery is one of the most successful worker-owned cooperatives in the US.. For over 30 years Alvarado Street Bakery has been a leader in producing healthy, organic whole grain breads. Alvarado Street Bakery sprouted breads and bagels can be found in grocery and natural food stores throughout the country. For more information please visit the Alvarado Street Bakery website at

Fundamental Fiber Bread

September 2010

As a part of the diet specific line of sprouted wheat breads, Alvarado Street Bakery has just released a new product – Fundamental Fiber Bread. This wide-body, deli-style loaf offers a whopping 5 grams of fiber per slice!

We’ve all heard about the benefits of fiber in relation to good health. Fiber can help lower cholesterol levels, and helps in the absorption of the important vitamins and minerals that every body needs. Fiber can also help in weight loss – fiber makes you feel full without adding a lot of calories. Fiber rich foods tend to be lower in fat, as well.

Made with sprouted wheat, Fundamental Fiber Bread is the only fiber-rich flour-less certified organic bread available anywhere!

Other breads in the diet specific line include Sprouted No-Salt Bread, Essential Flax Seed Bread, Sprouted Soy Crunch, and Diebetic Lifestyles Bread.

Alvarado Street Bakery is in its 30th year and is owned and managed entirely by the employees. Alvarado Street Bakery makes sprouted wheat breads and bagels that are sold in grocery stores and natural food stores nationally and internationally.

Alvarado Street Bakery Sprouted Rye Bread was voted BEST by Everyday with Rachael Ray Taste Test

September 2010

Sonoma County’s own Alvarado Street Bakery won the "Best Rye" category in a sandwich bread taste test conducted by Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine. The results were published in the September 2010 edition of the magazine.

Alvarado Street Bakery, a worker owned cooperative located in Petaluma, CA, was contacted by a representative of the magazine to provide samples of their Sprouted Rye Seed Bread for a series of blind taste tests that were conducted by a panel of Everyday by Rachael Ray editors and food industry professionals.

The employees of the bakery co-op were really excited to find out that they won the rye category, and they have posted images of the magazine on their Facebook page. The bread is a very unique flour-less loaf that contains sprouted organic rye-seeds, along with caraway seeds, dill weed, and celery seeds.

The magazine states that this “complex-tasting bread is like a circus of flavors in your mouth!"

Alvarado Street Bakery is in its 30th year and is owned and managed entirely by the employees. Alvarado Street Bakery makes sprouted wheat breads and bagels that are sold in grocery stores and natural food stores nationally and internationally.