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Baking for Benji

 Dogs need whole grains, too.  I can take this thought in a bunch of different ways, and probably will, but something as random as doggie treats recently dog photoreminded me of the power of the Great Harvest learning community.


There was a discussion on our internal website recently on size, shape, packaging, legal labeling requirements, etc. for dog bones.  Does the dog care about shape or the color of the packaging?  No and no but their owner does.

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This is the type of product that can make the difference between being just another business and YOUR neighborhood bakery.  As a consumer and dog owner, if you take care of my dog, you are probably taking care of me, too.  And, I will reciprocate by being a regular customer.  Probably more regular than otherwise because dog bones are packaged in a way that I buy them more frequently than I do bread for us.  And, do I ever just by dog bones?  Absolutely not.


The most entertaining part of the discussion was what do we call them.  For most the obvious answer (dog bones) was correct but carries some labeling rules.  Then someone suggested a different shape and calling them Dog Scones.  I loved that idea. 


But, back to my opening.  It is true.  Most dog treats are the K-9 equivalent of a Big Mac.  I don’t eat those so why would I feed them to my puppies?  Well, dog photowhenever I can find Great Harvest dog treats, I don’t…


And, if you promise not to tell, I will admit I have eaten our dog treats.  But, never a milk bone….


What special treats do your pets get?


I am Mike Ferretti, the Chairman and CEO of Great Harvest. But, I am also a dad who grew up in a world with old fashioned business ethics. Before Great Harvest, I thought those days and companies were gone. Luckily, I now get to work with a group with a strong moral compass that genuinely lives "Give generously to others" and "Run fast to serve customers." And we do it with more than just lip service in a way that allows us to set an example for others. I am proud that my kids are proud of what I do for a living.