Barnsley-based Fosters Bakery has struck a deal that will see the company supply its frozen baked bread to Greece, through The Greek Coffee Company.

It has also just launched four products on to the shelves of Asda, and two through a sandwich manufacturer into Boots the Chemist. The additional business has meant the bakery has had to take on 16 new full-time staff.

Fosters will produce various Asda own-brand rolls, as well as a chocolate hot cross bun and milk-roll fingers, available nationwide.

Its sun-dried tomato and basil bread and cornbread are being supplied to a firm that produces sandwiches for Boots. And in Greece, its bread will be used for sandwiches sold in the likes of Costa Coffee, said sales director, Bill Finnerty.

“We already supply a few companies in England and Ireland, that produce sandwiches for Costa, and the deal came about from that,” said Finnerty.

Around half of which were recruited through an initiative with the Job Centre, driven by the Work and Skills Board for Barnsley, of which Fosters’ managing director John Foster is the volunteer chairman.