American Pie Council

American Pie Council Announces Nation's Top Commercial Pies At 23rd APC National Pie Championships in Orlando

Bakers Square Tops the (Pie) Chart with an Impressive 36 Wins!

ORLANDO (May 15, 2016) – For the 23rd year, the American Pie Council -- the leading authority on the nation’s most popular All-American treat -- announces the country’s top commercial pies at the 2017 APC National Pie Championships May 5 and 6 at Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

This year 22 bakeries entered 470 pies in the Commercial Division of the 2017 APC National Pie Championships. Bakers Square earned top accolades with an impressive 36 award-winning pies. Some of the bakery’s blue-winning entries included Fruitabulous Blueberry Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie, Salty Hog Chocolate Pie, Creamy Orange Float Pie and Chicken Pot Pie, to name a few.

Bakers Square was followed by Legendary Baking with 26 winning pies and Harlan Bakeries and Shari’s Café and Pies, each with 12. The complete list of winners includes:

Bakers Square – 36
Legendary Baking – 26
Harlan Bakeries – 12
Shari’s Café and Pies – 12
Cyrus O’Leary’s – 11
Rocky Mountain Pies – 9
Jessie Lord Bakery – 5
Southeastern Grocers – Winn Dixie – 5
Lisa’s Pie Shop – 4
Sunset Grill – 4
White Post Farms -- 3
Table Talk Pies – 2
Kroger-Layton Bakery – 1
Pie Lab Bakery – 1
Publix Super Markets, Inc. – 1
Simply Southern Pies – 1
Three Brothers Bakery – 1
Wayne’s Family Restaurant – 1

Commercial entrants competed in 26 flavor categories -- including apple, chocolate cream, citrus, peanut butter, berry, and best new product -- as well as chicken pot pie, the only savory flavor category in the competition.

Bringing competitors and cooking co-conspirators together since 1995, the annual pie competition celebrates our nation’s most beloved treat -- the All-American pie -- and honors those that dedicate their baking skills to creating award-winning pastry treasures.

“Pie is a simple, delicious piece of our nation’s heritage,” said Linda Hoskins, Executive Director, American Pie Council. “Whether for holidays or just for fun, sharing a slice of pie is a long-honored tradition. The American Pie Council is committed to preserving America’s love affair with pie through our annual championships and our dedicated members.”

Open to amateur pie makers, professional bakers and commercial pie manufacturers from throughout the country and Canada, judges grant awards based on appearance, taste, consistency, crust, and the overall product, offering opportunities for companies to get their pie in the limelight – and substantially increase their sales and market share in that category.

The commercial division championships were held May 5 in Orlando, while amateur and professional divisions were judged on May 6. This year, a total of 789 pies were entered across the three divisions: 22 commercial bakeries entered 470 pies; 16 professional bakers entered 113 pies and 35 amateur contestants entered 206 pies.

All divisions are open to APC members and non-members. By entering, participants not only had the opportunity to sweeten their commercial sales by winning awards, but can attend an array of pie-related workshops, seminars and live demos at the Pie Learning Center. Two days of pie industry events ranged from seminars on pie trends presented by Katherine Allmandinger, Nielsen Perishables Group to holiday tips and tricks presented by Micki Short, Cyrus O'Leary's Pies. A luncheon sponsored by the Holton Food Products featured Mike Goscinski, American Bakers Association, presenting a Washington update. An awards cocktail reception was sponsored by Colborne Foodbotics and D&W Fine Foods. Many local pastry chefs, as well as other pie-related businesses presented. Other sponsors included Stratas Foods, Richmond Baking and BEMA.

The only organization committed to maintaining America’s pie heritage, the American Pie Council continues to celebrate America’s love affair with the pie, passing on the tradition of pie making from generation to generation. The APC offers personal, professional and commercial memberships. For more information, please visit piecouncil.org.

For more information contact:
Mary Deatrick, DPR.
(407) 718-4640, mary@deatrickpr.com