Established in 1993 The Bread Factory produce some pretty amazing pastries, cakes and bread. If you’ve enjoyed our ‘Ultimate Avo’ breakfast at Social Pantry Cafe, then you’ll know how delicious the bread is. We caught up with Phillip Alexander, Sales and New Business Development Manager…
The Bread Factory in Numbers
2 production facilities when first opened
Now employs 255 Bakers & 260 Pastry Chefs
Around 20 requests received daily for new products
Their 5 founding principles are…
Quality, innovation, people, service & passion
Fresh daily produce of the best possible quality
Recruit and hire great people and encourage the team to grow and develop with the business
Form strong relationships with clients and provide excellent service
Search for efficient ways to bake passionately whilst driving out any inefficiencies
What is your overall aim?
By definition, Artisan bread is made by hand by a skilled and experienced crafter using traditional techniques and high-quality ingredients. It’s our job to scale Artisan bread making so that we can reach a wider audience. Our 5 founding principles help keep us on track.
Apart from Social Pantry, who else do you supply?
We’re proud to work with some great restaurants, cafes and pubs across the UK including Carluccio’s, Bills and Young’s Pub Group.
What are your plans for 2017?
We plan to continue growing without compromising our standards.
What challenges do you face this year?
Rising flour and butter prices are a constant challenge but we are determined to looking internally at making production more efficient rather than passing price increases onto our valued customers.
What are your most unusual requests?
Our Development Director reviews all new requests once a week; around 500 product lines considered for launch every year. Our most unusual requests last year were charcoal burger buns, beetroot burger buns and a brioche bun with carrot and fennel (yum!).
For further information about The Bread Factory, head over to their website.