Christchurch-based business Original Foods Baking Co. is on a roll. Prime Minister John Key and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel have officiated the opening of OFBC’s new $10 million production facility, which also marks the company’s 25th birthday. Guests were treated to a ‘Design Your Own Donut’ bar, jazz music and baked goods.

Established in Christchurch in 1991, the business currently crafts more than 90 different products, including cakes, brownies, muffins and doughnuts, sold in supermarkets and on Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Virgin and Jetstar’s in-flight menus.

The new state-of-the-art facility covers an area of 2,800 sqm and will allow OFBC to boost its production to meet domestic and international demand. “Over 25 years we have grown the business from a three-person operation to over 80 full-time-equivalent staff, and now export our products throughout the South Pacific including Samoa, Cook Islands and Australia. We also hope to announce a new contract with a major supermarket chain in Australia very soon,” said Jane Mayell, who co-founded the company with Mike Sproule. According to Mayell, the secret to OFBC’s success lies in its use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

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