(LtoR) David and Paul Baxter

“If it comes out of an oven, we do it”

Article & images by Valerie MacDonald

There’s a new industrial bakery in town.

Baxter’s Bakery has opened a second location outside of Toronto after purchasing the assets (including machinery) of The Weston Fruit Cake Company and signing a lease with Northam Industrial Park for 10 years, co-owner Paul Baxter told the News Now Network during an interview at the company’s grand opening November 26.

He and his son, David, have been in the large-scale baking business for 12 years and their company supplies retailers like Loblaws and Sobeys as well as independent retailers. They began operations in Cobourg this September.

Town staff were instrumental in letting them know about the opportunity and reassembling Weston’s staff who had not been working for about 2 1/2 months, senior and junior Baxter explained at the opening.

“Thank you for making this investment,” Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Philip Lawrence told the Baxter family. He congratulated them on improving employment in the area, especially during the pandemic. Local riding MPP David Piccini was also there to offer congratulations and this included the importance of this bakery operation to the economy. He and Lawrence provided certificates of welcome to the new local business.

Cobourg Mayor John Henderson offered a huge welcome as well as a certificate. His children know the Baxter products well, he said, adding: “Your cake is to die for.”

The company’s website states: “Baxter’s Bakery puts small-town bakeshop quality into everyone one of our baked goods.” The website also says, Family owned and operated, our baker heritage doesn’t just go back several generations, it’s the origin of the Baxter name. And we care deeply about living up to our name.”

During the opening ceremony, Paul Baxter said the Cobourg bakery site “provides the capacity to grow our business” and when asked what things they make, replied: “If it comes out of an oven, we do it.”

Baked goods include loaves, brownies, bars and squares that are available at markets and independent grocery stores in an area that reaches from Burlington to  Ottawa.

The company is developing a more localized supply chain, the owners said.

(L-R) John Henderson & David Piccini

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