CELEBRATIONS: Quick Food Products managing director Anthony Davis
A WEST Midlands family-owned bakery is celebrating its 50th birthday 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 past two years and are on schedule to provide a further 10 more jobs within the next 12 months.
The bakery recently launched its new packaging and brand name called ‘The Original Patty Company’, which was designed to coincide with the 50th year celebrations at the bakery.
Managing director Anthony Davis said: “Although our patties are already enjoyed by thousands of people across the country, I want our patties to stand out from the rest, being a recognised brand, so changing our brand name and packaging now will make this easier for our customers to see us on the shelves. Also, the branding and packaging will help us to get into larger retailers across the country.
The origins of The Original Patty Company started in the 1960s when Oswald and Maureen Young emigrated to England from Jamaica. They set up a small family bakery in Manchester, called Hot Bake. The patties that they produced proved popular with the local community. A few years later, the couple scaled up their production, building a bigger bakery in Wolverhampton, this time selling to food retailers around the country.
Davis, who has the day-to-day responsibility of running the company, bought the business from the Young family in 2013 as he had always been a fan of the patties, with his parents bringing him there to buy them as a child. The opportunity to buy the business came up when the Youngs were making plans to emigrate.
Davis said: “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.”