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Baker expanding to keep up with rising demands overseas

By gail robinson, Town Reporter Friday 8th February 2013
John Foster

A Barnsley baker has launched a £500,000 expansion plan to keep up with rising demand.


Foster's is installing two new ovens to enable bread production to keep up with the demands of millions of customers all over the UK and Europe and their love of their daily bread.


Managing director John Foster said the investment was needed simply to keep up with orders.


Although more than 90 per cent of the loaves and bread rolls produced by Foster's is for the domestic market - exports are growing.


Bread made in Barnsley is now tempting tastebuds all over Europe and Foster's export to France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Cyprus.


"Everyone assumes the French turn their noses up at British bread, but actually our bread is selling really really well in France," said John.


"In fact we had to invest to expand production just to keep up with demand."


Foster's currently produces and sells enough bread to create an astonishing six million sandwiches a week.


Within its huge range of baked goods the bakery also bakes high-fibre pizza bases so schools can produce healthy options for children who can't tell he difference from the taste.


They even make fruity teacakes to toast which are currently proving exceptionally popular in Cyprus.


Before Christmas Foster's closed its two shops in Barnsley town centre, one was already subject to a compulsory purchase order.


That shop, close to the market, acted as a satellite bakery producing pies and pasties for the second shop in The Arcade.


Mr Foster said: "Once the shop that baked pies and pasties close, there would have been little point keeping the second one going without that supply. So it made sense timing wise to close both shops at a time of expansion in the bakery."


Staff from those shops were transferred to the Mapplewelll bakery.

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