AN MP has helped a North Wales bakery celebrate a special anniversary – the 80th birthday of the humble sliced loaf.
Clwyd South MP Martyn Jones joined the party at the Village Bakery, Minera – tucking into sandwiches to mark the occasion.
Village Bakery, established 34 years ago, bakes more than 1.5m loaves every year. It is continuing to expand and now employs a total of 185 people. The company recently opened the most modern gluten-free bakery in Europe, a £3m unit on Wrexham Industrial Estate which, when fully operational, will produce 4m loaves a year thanks to a five-year partnership with the Swiss giant, the Hero Group.
During his visit to the bakery, Mr Jones said: “This bakery makes an invaluable contribution to the local economy. I have seen the Village Bakery grow over the years – and the production of pies has increased from the original 250 a week to 250,000 a week.”
Joint managing director Robin Jones said he was glad the MP was able to help them celebrate the 80th birthday of the sliced loaf, which was a vital part of their business.
Sliced bread was reportedly first sold to the public in the town of Chillicothe in Missouri, USA, in 1918.