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Jamaican patty business celebrates over 50 years of baking

DELIVERING THE GOODS: Managing Director Anthony Davis

A WEST Midlands family-owned bakery is celebrating over 50 years of baking this year.

The Jamaican patty bakery, Quick Food Products, was one of the first Jamaican patty bakeries to open in England.

Increased demand for their patties has meant that they have employed a further nine new members of staff within the last two years and are on schedule to provide a further 10 more jobs within the next 12 months.

The bakery have just launched their new packaging and brand name, The Original Patty Company, which coincides with their 50th year celebrations at the bakery.

The name chosen was very fitting because they were one of the first commercial patty bakeries in the United Kingdom. The Original Patty Company in Wolverhampton was originally set up by Oswald and Maureen Young, who moved to England from Jamaica in the 1960s. The couple first began their business in Manchester and called it The Hot Bake. Maureen Young, 79, believed a local Jamaican patty outlet was needed back then:

“We started it because it was necessary for ethnic people to be serviced.

“There were no companies doing it and we chose Manchester because there was a large population of Jamaicans.”

Becoming one of the nation’s biggest bakeries was far from easy however.

“It was somewhat difficult. I am a registered nurse so he [Oswald Young] had to do the footwork.

“I had done accounting so I helped out with that part until I left my job and did it full time.”

The Youngs also sold classic English dishes so as to attract customers of different backgrounds.

Their patties became so popular that they opened a bakery in Wolverhampton. Speaking about their wide reach, Managing Director Anthony Davis said:

“Our patties are already enjoyed by thousands of people across the country because of their amazing taste. However now the patties are visually standing out from the rest because changing our brand name and packaging is making it easier for our customers to see us on the shelves and also it is helping us to get into the larger retailers across the country.

“Our next step is to introduce Jamaican patties to people who may have never tried them before. People tasting our patties for the first time are blown away and excited by the flavour and spicy kick which it has.”

The 50th year celebrations day included free entertainment for all the family including live steel drum music, face painting, a rodeo bull and bouncing castle. Free patties were also given out for all to try. The event was well-attended by over 100 people throughout the day from around the city.

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