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Growing Our Business
Wraps, Thins & Pittas
Fruit Loaves & Teacakes
Gluten Free and Wheat Free
Did you know that?
We are the second biggest grocery brand in the UK based on sales, after Coca-Cola.
We have doubled in size over the last decade and jumped from third to first most recognised bread brand in the UK in the last five years.
We produce more than 2 million of our famous wax wrapped loaves, wraps, crumpets, pancakes and bread rolls a day - accounting for a quarter of the total wrapped bakery market, which is worth more than £2.8 billion a year.
We deliver to 18,500 retail customers each week, a number which has grown by more than 1,000 since last year alone.
We currently operate 12 bakeries and 14 depots across the UK.
Since 2000, we have opened and upgraded seven of our bakeries across the UK with state-of-the-art technology, including our most technically advanced bakery in Bristol, which can produce more than 1.5 million products per week. The latest addition to the family is a dedicated gluten-free bakery at Newburn, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which opened in 2011.
We have invested more than £400 million in our business over the past decade, building new bakeries, refurbishing others and upgrading distribution networks to ensure our products are as fresh as possible when they arrive at the point of sale.
We have more bakeries in the UK than our competitors which enables us to ensure we always provide our customers and consumers with the freshest bread.
We are a family bakers founded by Thomas and Ellen Warburton in 1876 in Bolton.
In 1991, Jonathan, Brett and Ross Warburton inherited the business to become the fifth generation of dedicated family bakers to lead the organisation.
We operate with the support of over 4,500 employees and pride ourselves on an impeccable record for employee retention. We have a voluntary turnover rate of just 5.16% per year, and our overall employee engagement score is an encouraging 74%.
In 2011, we introduced a new look Warburtons brand that is simpler, more distinctive and easier to recognise to offer greater consumer appeal.
We offer a wide choice of products that cater for different diets and healthy balanced lifestyles, including our gluten free and Weight Watchers ranges.
Each year one per cent of our pre-tax profits are donated to grass roots projects aimed at having a positive effect on the aspirations, education, skills and employability of young people across the UK.
Warburtons opens a new bakery in its home town of Bolton. This is the most modern bakery in Europe.
In this year, the company opened a dedicated gluten-free plant at Newburn, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. A new wraps and thins plant was introduced to the Bristol bakery and a brand new crumpet plant opened at the Enfield bakery in London.
A super bakery opens in Bristol, which can produce more than 1.5 million products a week.
In this year, Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh also visited the Back o'th Bank bakery.
Warburtons opened a state of the art bakery in Tuscany Park in Yorkshire, this was the first bakery to have a computerised production line installed.
Even today, this is one of the most technologically advanced bakeries in the world.
HRH Duke of Edinburgh opens Warburtons' 11th bakery in Enfield North London.
It's a busy year for Warburtons. Not only did the business celebrate its 125th anniversary, but Jonathan Warburton stepped up to the role of Chairman and a new bakery opened in Wednesbury in the West Midlands.
Warburtons opens the doors to two further bakeries in Nottingham and Bellshill, Glasgow.
The fifth generation of family bakers took to the helm. At this point Brett, Jonathan and Ross took on the challenge of running the best bakery business in the UK.
Going from strength-to-strength, the business acquires two further bakeries in Wakefield and Newcastle.
The fourth generation of Warburtons welcomed royalty for their centenary anniversary where they celebrated the growth of the business to the largest bakery in the north of England.
A brand new bakery also opened in Burnley this year.
Warburtons introduced a new product called Milk Roll, which even 40 years later is still a firm favourite in British households.
Derrick Warburton oversees the rapid expansion of the business across the Northwest, whilst maintaining a commitment to Warburtons' high standards.
At this time the business saw the fastest expansion of the business to date. This included the modernisation of the Bolton bakery on Hereford Street and acquisition of several northern bakeries. A process that continued through the 1960s and 1970s.
Even with the challenges brought by the war, Warburtons still delivered more than 1,300 loaves of bread per hour.
However, in light of petrol rationing, electric delivery vehicles were used to deliver bread to the customers.
Henry Warburton passed away and his three sons, George, Harry and Billy, took over as the third generation of family bakers.
Henry Warburton became Mayor of Bolton.
Warburtons installed their very first semi-automatic wrapping machine to deal with the increased demand.
It was in this year that Billy and Harry joined the company after serving in the first world war.
Henry is rapidly expanding the business, by this point the workforce had increased to 24 people and there were now six delivery vehicles.
Henry buys the Diamond Jubilee bakery on Blackbank Street as well as another shop at 136 Blackburn Road in Bolton. Henry's wife Rachel runs this shop single-handed while bringing up four children!
The business continues to grow and Thomas Warburton buys his first pony to transport goods to customers.
Due to the success of the business Thomas asked his nephew Henry to join the growing business.
It wasn't until six years later when Ellen Warburton decided to bake bread, after a slump in the grocery market. Her first batch of four loaves of bread and six cakes sold out in under an hour, within two weeks of baking the first loaf the shop was renamed to 'Warburtons the Bakers'.
Thomas Warburton and his wife Ellen set up a small grocery shop in Bolton, with the help of Thomas' brother George.
The shop on 126 Blackburn Road is still owned by Warburtons and is located near the head office in Bolton.
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