Great Harvest Bread Co. Named as a 'Best Franchise for Vets' by Military Times

September 30, 2014 // // Dillon, Mont. – Great Harvest Bread Co., based in Dillon, Montana, has received the "Best for Vets" distinction in the 2014-2015 rankings by Military Times. The honor recognizes Great Harvest's commitment to providing opportunities for American veterans.

The organization is comprised of the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times and focuses on financial incentives, brand performance, and policies that cater to veterans and reservists when conducting and scoring the Best for Vets: Franchises survey. It is a highly respected, nearly 110-question analysis of a franchise’s efforts to provide veterans an environment for success.

Great Harvest was ranked #32 in the list of franchise companies, which also included CruiseOne, Molly Maid, and 7-Eleven Franchising. Great Harvest is a "Freedom Franchise" which allows for local ownership and for bakery owners the freedom to make their bakery one-of-a-kind. The franchise currently offers a 15 percent discount on initial fees for a new bakery to any current or honorably served United States serviceman who controls at least 50 percent of the bread company.

"We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to providing entrepreneurial opportunities to hundreds of franchise owners across the country, including American veterans," says Great Harvest CEO Mike Ferretti. "All of us at Great Harvest are tremendously grateful for the courage of our nation's military."

Great Harvest bakeries grind premium Montana wheat berries using a classic stone mill into whole-wheat flour daily to ensure freshness and flavor. It’s the fresh-ground flour that gives Great Harvest bread its rich taste, nutrients, and density. The bread also does not contain preservatives, additives, or dough conditioners.

"As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Franchises is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for military veterans and spouses," says Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE magazine.

The full rankings can be found online at:

The rankings are published in full in the September issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, the premier publication for military transition, and online at, as well as,, and

About Great Harvest

Originally founded in 1976 in Great Falls, Mont., Great Harvest has more than 200 bakeries located throughout the nation including Alaska and Hawaii. All bakeries are individually owned and operated, and no two are alike. Great Harvest is known for handcrafted breads made with freshly ground whole wheat purchased from family-owned farms. The neighborhood bakeries create an array of legendary fresh-baked breads and sweets, as well as specialty items during the holidays. Great Harvest mills its whole wheat daily. The fresh flour is used within two days to guarantee the best taste and nutritional value. For more information on how to become a Great Harvest bakery owner or find a store near you, visit

SOURCE Great Harvest


Heidi Melendez
Director of Sales
Great Harvest Bread Co.
P: 406-683-1646

Amanda Miller
Military Times
P: 703-750-8952


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