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The Toufayan family’s been baking breads with quality and care since 1926, the year they opened their first bakery. Still family owned over 90 years later, they're one of the largest, privately-held specialty bakeries in the United States, filling lunch bags, toasters and tummies with our fresh flatbreads, pitas, bagels and snack-time yummies. Toufayan® Bakeries produces over 100 varieties of baked goods daily, including product options and innovations created to meet a variety of specific consumer needs, such as Low Carb Bagels and Gluten Free Wraps.
From their Corporate Headquarters and Pita plant in Ridgefield, NJ, to their two bakeries in Orlando and Plant City, FL, the third generation of Toufayans still carefully oversees every step of the manufacturing process, from ingredient sourcing, production and baking to packaging and distribution. Families have been relyin’ on the fresh taste of Toufayan for generations.
The Toufayan family has been baking since 1926, initially in Egypt, where the family lived before immigrating to America in the 1960s. Harry and his father began in a bakery below their two-bedroom apartment baking the pitas and other products by hand. One day, while standing in line at a supermarket deli counter in New Jersey, Harry Toufayan realized American consumers might love the pocketed pita bread his family had been making for decades.
He packed up some fresh pitas and began the task of introducing deli, supermarket and health food store buyers to stock this new, previously unknown bread, changing the baked breads category in the process. As demand grew, Harry thrived at working with OEMs to design and build never-before built equipment to automate the process of making bread of his childhood in order to keep up with demand.
Karen is part of the third generation of Toufayans to run the day to day operations of the Ridgefield, New Jersey, based business. Karen’s grandparents opened their first bakery in 1926, and today Toufayan is one of the largest privately held bakeries in the country.
After starting in the fashion industry after college, long commute trips with her father each day piqued her interest in the family business, and she returned to give it a 1-year trial. More than 20 years later, Karen is still in that office in New Jersey, now leading a team to support more than 100 packaged baked goods.
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela by Armenian parents, George Duran is a chef and entertainer. Duran proudly joins the Toufayans as a spokesperson ready to talk pita, naan, wraps, bagels and pitettes as well as all things Amernian-food inspired.
Author of Take This Dish and Twist it, known for his Food Network show Ham on the Street and most recently host of TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off. He’s appeared as a guest on NBC’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, The Wendy Williams Show, the Dr. Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show and many others.