Cornish pasty sales have fuelled a record year for Crantock Bakery, which has grown from a butchers shop in the Cornish seaside village of Crantock in 2001 to a £15M turnover business based in Newquay employing 150 people.
“There’s a lot of talk of looking for the ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery, but we’re having our best year ever. We’ve never been busier,” said Crantock Bakery’s chairman and md Nick Ringer.
Turnover has more than quadrupled since the business was bought by its management team in 2002 for £6M, and is up 30% on last year. This is partly thanks to a £2M investment programme at the company’s 2,508m2 premises in 2007.
The investment in production machinery and freezer storage gave the bakery the capacity to produce up to 150,000 pasties a day, all hand-crimped in the traditional way, while its £100,000 computerised sausage roll machine can produce just under one mile of sausage rolls every hour.
The bakery’s growth plans have involved expansion into new markets as well as building on its core business of supplying Cornish pasties and other products for in-store baking by independent pasty shops and bakeries.
Today Crantock Bakery’s products can be found nationwide in Morrisons and Asda, as well as in pasty retailers Proper Pasty, Cornish Bakehouse, Cornish Kitchen and the Oggy Oggy Pasty Company.