On Dec. 8, 1993 we pulled the first baguettes from our imported French ovens. Santé!
In November 1995, Companion breads entered grocery stores around the greater St. Louis area.
By April 1996,
total cumulative production reached 1,000,000 pounds.
Presented with a
Leadership Award from Modern Baking Magazine for leading the artisan bread movement in the Midwest.
By December 1998,
total cumulative production reached 5,000,000 pounds.
we were chosen to bake bread for the Pope’s historic visit to St. Louis.
On Oct. 17, 2000 our
breads & pastries fed Al Gore, George Bush and the media at the WashU Debates.
On Apr. 2, 2001
our Clayton Café opened to rave reviews.
By February 2002
total cumulative production reached 15,000,000 pounds.
On Sept. 17, 2003
the 250,000th customer was served in our Clayton Café.
By August 2005
total cumulative production reached 20,000,000 pounds.
In November 2007
USA Today declared Companion one of the Top 10 Places in the country to get bread.
Growing on our success in Clayton, we opened the Ladue Café on January 2, 2008.
In September 2009
we were named as the Official Baker of Farm Aid 2009.
Wildly popular as a specialty item, our Bavarian Pretzels became a core product in January 2010.
In September 2011
our Ladue Café served its 250,000th customer and Clayton served its 1,000,000th.
By January 2012
total cumulative production had topped 50,000,000 pounds.
On Dec. 8, 2013
we celebrated 20 years of sharing our passion for creating great bread with St. Louis.
On Dec. 5, 2015
we began pulling bread out of the ovens in our
new 41,000 sq. ft. facility in West St. Louis.
On Feb. 2, 2016
the doors to our new West St. Louis Café opened for business, offering a window (10 actually) into our
community-focused Teaching Kitchen opened, sharing our passion for baking and food with St. Louis.
On Dec. 8, 2018
we celebrated 25 years of sharing our passion for creating great bread with St. Louis.
We served our 1 millionth customer in our Ladue Cafe.
We shipped our 1 millionth case of bread since moving into our new facility.
Founder, Josh Allen, presented a Ted Talk on “Changing Our Culture While Watching Our Waste.”
Companion was issued a $75,000 Sustainability Grant to support our sustainability goals and composting efforts in local communities.
We reduced our landfill contribution by 91% in just over five years.