Peter started baking up on the UC campus in one of the co-ops in 1986 and slowly the business has grown to what it is today.
Besides providing great bread in 45 farmers’ markets and 200+ grocery stores around the Bay Area, Beckmann's donates a tremendous amount of bread to many NPOs, especially those focused on education, the environment and bicycle advocacy. Second Harvest picks up several times per week.
Waste Smart Program
They don’t produce much waste. Any bread that is near the end of its life (for instance, comes back from grocery stores) is donated to charities, and the really old stuff is picked up by a couple local ranchers for their (very lucky) livestock.
Several years back they installed a silo for bulk flour. This reduced their need to recycle many bags from 50 pound sacks of flour. They encourage employees to bike to work and frequently put more than one market in a truck to reduce fuel consumption. They recycle packaging waste as much as possible at the bakery.
They have a category of products that are offered at $6 each or 2-for-$10. Included are bags of cookies, banana bread, pumpkin bread, shortcake, cheese twists and soon to be released brownies.
Beckmann’s is an all-natural, from scratch bakery making many kinds of breads and pastries. They use no GMOs, preservatives, dough conditioners, artificial colors or flavors. They have several flavors of slow-rising sourdoughs, Whole Grain Breads, Apple Cinnamon Swirl, German Farm Bread, Francese, Jalapeño Cheese Bread, Focaccia and “Home Bake” (brown and serve) breads. Their pastry offerings include a variety of pies in two sizes, bear claws, shortcake, cookies, scones, banana bread and pumpkin bread.
Their Pure Rye and Organic Francese are organic products. They make the Honey whole wheat with all organic ingredients except for the local honey. Certified CCOF.