Hye Quality's History - A Part of the Fresno
Community for Many Generations
Hye Quality Bakery was established in 1957 by Yervant and Grace Ganimian (parents of the firm’s current president, Sammy Ganimian) shortly after the family moved from Boston to California’s San Joaquin Valley. Both parents had held demanding jobs in Boston, he as head baker at Beth Israel Hospital and she as manager of the family-owned pharmacy. Their original plans called for Yervant to pursue his trade as a master baker, freeing his wife to raise their children at home.
The plan did not come to fruition, and instead the Ganimians established their own business, Hye Quality Bakery, because they perceived a strong market in the Fresno area’s large Armenian population for high-quality, home-style Armenian baked goods. (Hye means "Armenian," hence the company’s name.) From the outset the family bakery produced quality Armenian cracker breads and other baked goods.
By 1978, having outgrown the 1,200-square-foot rental space it had occupied from the beginning, Hye Quality decided to construct a much larger facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. In the process it created a production line that both duplicated the handmade quality for which the firm was known and also produced sufficient volume to make national distribution a reality.
The family recipe, still followed to this day, clearly has withstood the test of time, and Sammy Ganimian has pledged to continue the father-to-son tradition of providing customers with the finest baked goods possible.