The Bakery that is Changing the Hot Dog Bun Market


Chicago is internationally known for its winters, sports franchises and crime.

But we also have some famous hot dogs.

One Chicago company, Alpha Baking Company, produces buns for 90% of the food stands in Chicago.

 Sales manager, Jim Deere, told Chicago Tonight, “There are competitors out there, but I really think I have the Cadillac of hot dog buns.” 

Their popularity  means the company has to roll a lot of dough.

Production Manager Michael Thornberg said “A typical dough mass that we make weighs around roughly 2,000 pounds, and out of that we get roughly 14,000 hot dog buns.”

Alpha sells their buns at Wolfy’s, a Rogers Park hot dog institution.



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