MILTON — Bakery manufacturer and ingredient supplier Dawn Foods recently announced the winners of its annual Sweetest Bakery in America contest and local favorite Milton Quality Bakery took top honors for Florida.

Milton Quality Bakery is a fourth generation family-owned bakery that has been serving the area for more than 50 years. Frances Michener, along with her son Eric Michener and grandsons Chance and Ezra Michener, carries on the business with the tried and true recipes developed by her husband, Mitch, and father, Lenzo Malone.

“We are extremely honored that our customers responded so enthusiastically to the contest. We knew we had a loyal following, but this outpouring of support was really touching,” said Frances Michener.

Nearly 900 bakeries in the U.S. participated in the competition with more than 2.1 million votes cast online and in stores. Lochel's Bakery of Pennsylvania was recognized as the top bakery in America.