|Founded||Yonkers, NY, U.S. (1982)|
|Founder||Tetsugen Bernard Glassman|
|Michael P. Brady, CEO & President|
|Products||Ice cream mix-ins, brownies, cakes|
Number of employees
Greyston Bakery was founded in Riverdale, New York, by Bernie Glassman, a Zen Buddhist. Although it is a for-profit company, its profits go to its non-profit parent organization, the Greyston Foundation, where they are used on behalf of the local community.
The bakery was founded in 1982. Later that decade, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's ice cream company agreed to purchase Greyston Bakery brownies for chocolate fudge brownie ice cream. In 2004, Greyston Bakery moved to a larger facility designed by Maya Lin to accommodate growth. In 2012, Greyston Bakery became New York State's first registered Benefit Corporation.
The company aims to hire the hard-to-employ and is known for its "open hiring" practices, where anyone can sign up regardless of background. All profit from the company go to the Greyston Foundation, which uses it for low-income housing, day care open to the community, a medical center for those with AIDS, and other community endeavors.
Greyston Bakery is the primary supplier of brownies for Ben & Jerry's, which is its main client. The bakery also has its own line of baked goods that it sells online and a co-branded line of products with Whole Planet Foundation sold exclusively at Whole Foods Market.
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