Kindred Bakery to focus on wholesale

Kindred Bakery will focus on expanding its wholesale business - with a new bakery opening next month.

Speaking to British Baker, Anthony Kindred, owner of Kindred Bakery, and president of the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA), said the site will also be responsible for producing the business’ current range, to be sold at its retail unit in Herne Hill, south London.

Located at Bourne Works, Whyteleafe Hill in Whyteleafe, Surrey, the new 3,000sq ft bakery will also feature an extra 500sq ft room for cake-decorating.

Kindred said the site would give the business the capacity to increase its wholesale arm, which is getting “busier and busier”.

According to Kindred, the London site will be the “public face” of the bakery, and will soon include a coffee shop.

Having sold the bakery’s second London site in Norwood last August, Kindred chose Whyteleafe due to its good road and rail links into London.

He said: “It has been a long time coming. We were reaching capacity at the Herne Hill site about a year ago. Since last August we were turning work away, which really hurts.”

Kindred added that negotiations for the new bakery were put on hold last summer after its Herne Hill site was submerged under a metre-and-a-half of water from a burst water main. Read the original story here.

Expanding capacity via machinery, rather than extra staff, the CBA president said he had invested in a new retarder-prover for the Surrey site. He said, however, that extra staff will probably be needed over the summer.

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