British retailer Co-op finds new own brand bread baker

Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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British market Co-op has a new breadmaker, tapping a sixth-generation family-owned bakery to supply own brand bread for the retailer.

Hull, England-based Jacksons Bakery, first established in 1851 and baking bread ever since, will bake Co-op store brand bread beginning next year. Not too shabby itself, Co-op just celebrated its 175th anniversary.

“We’re really excited to be working with Co-op on this brilliant opportunity,” said Dorian Hiles, managing director, The William Jackson Food Group, which owns Jacksons. Hiles added that the bakery has a long history with the Co-op and “is closely aligned in terms of quality and values, and it’s great to be able to build on this relationship even further.


The deal between Co-op and Jacksons also includes that the bakery will supply Britain’s largest bakery brand and fifth generation family business Warburtons, which has worked with Co-op for many decades, to enable fresh daily deliveries to be made through its logistic network and distribution hubs.

“Co-op is committed to meeting our customers’ needs for great quality, delicious bread and bakery products and, creating value in our communities through co-operation and working together is at the heart of our approach. We look forward to deepening our relationships with Jacksons and Warburtons as we continue to find new ways to innovate and provide access to products and services, conveniently,” Sinead Bell, director of chilled food and bakery, Co-op.