Flowers Foods is joining a host of industry leaders highlighting the efforts of their frontline workforce. Last week, the bakery giant announced it has paid approximately $5.6 million in appreciation bonuses to 11,757 eligible hourly and nonexempt employees, leased labor, and contract workers. In addition, the company also has implemented emergency COVID-19 leave and short-term disability policies for its 9,700 employees.
"I could not be prouder of our team and this special bonus recognizes all those who are literally on the front line—in baking, engineering, and shipping, those who handle sanitation and distribution, and those who provide other vital support," said Ryals McMullian, President and CEO. "We take our responsibility to help feed America to heart and Flowers team members are showing that every day with passion and courage. On behalf of our company and the board, I thank them for their hard work and commitment, especially during this time of uncertainty."
According to a press release, the bonus—which includes $500 for full-time employees and $250 for part-time—is a recognition of the extraordinary efforts of Flowers Foods’ workers during the COVID-19 pandemic as the company's 46 bakeries operate non-stop to produce bakery foods.
"I want to thank our independent distributor partners who have taken steps to enhance the wellness and safety practices of their businesses," McMullian continued. "This is an unprecedented time during which we've experienced a significant surge in food demand. We appreciate our distributor partners helping us keep the market supplied with fresh bakery products."
McMullian added, "Our supply chain is strong and we have a number of contingency plans in place should they be necessary. We are confident we will continue providing our customers and consumers with the bakery foods they need as we all manage through the pandemic."
In addition to the appreciation bonuses, Flowers Foods has taken several proactive steps at all of its facilities to help safeguard the wellness of its team members and the independent distributor partners that serve the market, including the following:
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