Traditions of quality and service have made Lawrence Foods a preferred supplier to in-store and retail bakeries, foodservice operators and commercial manufacturers throughout the country. In 1917, Lester Lawrence came to America with a dream: to establish a successful bakery ingredients business using Old World fundamentals and traditions. Lester and his son, Major, delivered nutmeats and other ingredients to Chicago bakers, building a reputation for superior products and service and honest relationships. In the process, they built a company that is now one of the bakery industry s leading ingredients suppliers. Unlike many of its domestic and foreign competitors, Lawrence does not own interests in orchards or agricultural processing plants. This allows it to buy in the geographic regions offering the finest fruit from season to season. That strategy has produced long-term relationships with processors that work hard to meet the company s expectations.