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Baker Boy gets $55K from ag products commission

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Baker Boy is receiving $55,650 in APUC funds to develop a new line of doughnuts for the national market. The Dickinson company has invested $10 million in its new Magic Ring doughnut line. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)

Baker Boy Bake Shop Inc. is receiving $55,650 in state funds.

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission on Tuesday announced awards for seven projects totaling $312,375.

Baker Boy will use the funds to develop a line of 10 new doughnut products by Fall 2019.

The new line of doughnuts will be marketed throughout the US through trade publications, social media, and email advertising.

"Baker Boy is grateful that for the second consecutive year the (APUC) has generously provided us with a marketing and utilization grant that will help us market our delicious doughnuts in the national marketplace," Dustin Monke, Baker Boy marketing manager, said. "We believe this grant will provide the added boost to help bring Baker Boy doughnuts, made locally in Dickinson using our state’s agricultural commodities, to new customers across the United States."

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Baker Boy received a $105,000 from APUC last year to nationally market its new line of doughnuts.

Three flavors of Magic Ring doughnuts were launched in Fall 2018, including raspberry jelly, Bavarian creme, and dual chocolate and Bavarian doughnut. In 2019, two more flavors were added: blueberry jelly and strawberry cream cheese.

Production is expected to rise from 5,000 doughnuts an hour to 22,000 doughnuts this year. The company has invested more than $10 million bringing in new equipment.

“We bought an injector to make the Magic Rings which has a capacity to do 22,000 doughnuts an hour and our line only does 5,000 doughnuts an hour," Monke told The Dickinson Press in April. "So we started the journey to completely reinvent our doughnut manufacturing process."

Baker Boy was also awarded $10,000 in June from West River Business Center to go toward vocational training for the effort.

The company, founded in 1955, boasts 215 employers and offers about 300 products.

APUC is a North Dakota Department of Commerce program that administers grant programs for research and the development of new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products.

APUC promotes economic diversification through awarding grants that can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, nature-based agritourism, prototype and technology and technical assistance.

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This year, APUC reviewed funding requests for 11 projects totaling $1,138,735 at its meeting in Medora, held in July.

For this round of applications, health products, intellectual property commercialization, the energy industry and manufacturing were given the chance to benefit from APUC’s support in economic diversification and growth.

Other projects receiving APUC funds are: Bitz 4 Solutions (Napoleon) for $26,250; Black Bison Organics, LLC (Bismarck) for $49,000; CoJack Snack & Pack LLC (Devils Lake) for $105,425; NDSU Department of Plant Sciences (Fargo) for $23,550; Summers Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Devils Lake) for $26,250; and Total Ag Industries (Hillsboro) for $26,250.

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