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Original Companion Logo

On Dec. 8, 1993 we pulled the first baguettes from our imported French ovens. Santé!

The orignal group of Companion bakers pose in the bakery

In November 1995, Companion breads entered grocery stores around the greater St. Louis area.

Graphic illustration of a grocery bag containing two bageuette loaves

By April 1996, total cumulative production reached 1,000,000 pounds.

Image of Companion founder, Josh Allen, and another baker preparing loaves for the oven

Presented with a Leadership Award from Modern Baking Magazine for leading the artisan bread movement in the Midwest.

Modern Baking logo

By December 1998, total cumulative production reached 5,000,000 pounds.

A Companion baker transfers dough to a large mixing bowl

In January we were chosen to bake bread for the Pope’s historic visit to St. Louis.

Graphic illustration of the papal mitre

On Oct. 17, 2000 our breads & pastries fed Al Gore, George Bush and the media at the WashU Debates.

Graphic illustration of the GOP elephant and Democratic donkey symbols

On Apr. 2, 2001 our Clayton Café opened to rave reviews.

Graphic illustration of a coffee mug with steam

By February 2002 total cumulative production reached 15,000,000 pounds.

Companion rolls cool on rows of racks before being packaged

On Sept. 17, 2003 the 250,000th customer was served in our Clayton Café.

A croissant egg sandwich is plated in the Companion Café

By August 2005 total cumulative production reached 20,000,000 pounds.

Rows of pre-baked Companion bread sit on a sheet waiting for the oven

In November 2007 USA Today declared Companion one of the Top 10 Places in the country to get bread.

USA Today logo

Growing on our success in Clayton, we opened the Ladue Café on January 2, 2008.

Interior view of Companion’s Ladue café

In September 2009 we were named as the Official Baker of Farm Aid 2009.

Farm Aid Festival logo

Wildly popular as a specialty item, our Bavarian Pretzels became a core product in January 2010.

Companion Bavarian Pretzels typographic logo

In September 2011 our Ladue Café served its 250,000th customer and Clayton served its 1,000,000th.

A turkey sandwich is presented on a plate in the Companion café

By January 2012 total cumulative production had topped 50,000,000 pounds.

A Companion bkaer scrapes dough from a large mixing bowl

On Dec. 8, 2013 we celebrated 20 years of sharing our passion for creating great bread with St. Louis.

Graphic illustration of a fist holding up a baguette

On Dec. 5, 2015 we began pulling bread out of the ovens in our new 41,000 sq. ft. facility in West St. Louis.

Companion bakers load baguette dough onto the over conveyor for baking

On Feb. 2, 2016 the doors to our new West St. Louis Café opened for business, offering a window (10 actually) into our baking process.

Interior view of the Companion West St. Louis café with large windows looking onto the bake floor

Our community-focused Teaching Kitchen opened, sharing our passion for baking and food with St. Louis.

Companion Teaching Kitchen logo

On Dec. 8, 2018 we celebrated 25 years of sharing our passion for creating great bread with St. Louis.

Companion 25th Anniversary logo depicting illustrated baguettes forming the Roman numeral XXV

We served our 1 millionth customer in our Ladue Cafe.

A Greek salad with greens and olives in a bowl at the Companion café

We shipped our 1 millionth case of bread since moving into our new facility.

Graphic illustration of a map containing the words Small Batch Bakers for America’s Best Since 1993

Founder, Josh Allen, presented a Ted Talk on “Changing Our Culture While Watching Our Waste.”

The TEDx logo with an upward trending graph

Companion was issued a $75,000 Sustainability Grant to support our sustainability goals and composting efforts in local communities.

A recycle symbol with the words Reduce Reuse Recycle around the outside

We reduced our landfill contribution by 91% in just over five years.

Graphic illustration of a trash can containing bread with a downward trending graph next to it