Cornwall’s ‘oldest pasty maker’ has announced it is to close its factory in the town where the business began.
Warrens Bakery said its operation in St Just was “no longer economically viable,” with the remote location a factor, and that the closure could lead to “significant” job losses.
It is also consulting on the closure of a number of “loss-making shops” in order to “safeguard the future of the wider business.”
While the factory has been there since the 1970s, Warrens has been baking from St Just since 1860, when two families joined together to make pasties, bread and scones.
Its factory at Callington will remain – allowing the company to continue producing pasties with the valuable “Cornish” PGI protected prefix.
No timescale has been for when the factory closure will take place, which has been blamed on “continued Brexit uncertainty.” This seems difficult to understand for what appears to be purely a change in the business model of the company.
Warrens was bought from the original family some years ago and became incorporated into Provenance Brands Ltd in 2012, a private limited company registered near Helston. The company also owns Simply Cornish, Cornish Sea Salt, Cornish Seaweed Company and British Crisp Co. Warrens pasties look set to expand across the UK through a franchise system which could strengthen Cornish job prospects in the medium to long term.