The Bertinet Bakery has formed a partnership with Warburtons to expand its wholesale production output.
The artisan bakery will open a second site in Milton Keynes in the next few months, in a bid to expand across the south.
The contract means Warburtons will assist the bakery with infrastructure and distribution. The bakery currently supply to cafés, restaurants and some Waitrose stores.
Richard Bertinet, founder of the The Bertinet Bakery, said: “We have been growing our production and reach gradually since 2011, but the challenge has always been how to get Bertinet bread to more people in more places without making any compromises to the quality of our bread.
“In Warburtons we have found another family business with the same attention to detail and commitment to excellence within their sector of the market. Having developed their logistics network over the course of 100 years, Warburtons is ideally placed to help our business on the next stage of our journey, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
Neil Campbell, managing director at Warburtons, said: “Consumers have a growing interest in home and artisanal baking and Warburtons is keen to gain a better understanding of this sector as we continue to develop a range of products that reflects what our customers want and love.
“The Bertinet Bakery is respected as one of the leading artisan bakeries in the country, and we are delighted to work with a company that shares the same passion for bread and focus on quality as Warburtons.”
Exact details about the Bertinet and Warburtons partnership are yet to be disclosed.
The Bertinet Bakery began in 2008 from its cookery school. It currently has two shops and one production site in Bath.