The Duke of York visited Crantock Bakery in Cornwall last week to unveil a plaque marking the completion of a £1.1m investment in the site.
The investment boosts the bakery’s capacity by 40,000 pasties to 120,000 pasties per day. It includes an extended freezing area, the creation of an extra 30 jobs, up from 85, and new machinery, including a £100,000 sausage roll machine from Rondo.
HRH Prince Andrew said that the bakery was a "prime example of a successful Cornish business" and wished Crantock "continued success in developing new markets in the UK and abroad".
In the UK, Crantock Bakery’s pasties are mainly sold under The Cornish Oggy Oggy Pasty Company and Cornish Bakehouse brands. There are 30 Oggy Oggy Pasty shops and 20 Cornish Bakehouse outlets across the UK.
Overseas sales account for 10% of Crantock’s £9m annual turnover. Products are exported to France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar and Ireland. Spain is the biggest overseas market where it supplies nine retail outlets under The Pasty Shack and Tasty Pastry brands.
Of the £1.1m investment, £247,000 came from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, administered by the Objective One partnership.
"Whether you are eating a Crantock pasty in Marazion or Malaga, you are certain of getting a real Cornish pasty," said Carleen Keeleman, the director of the Objective One partnership.