Canadian Manufacturing

The Original Cakerie expands London, Ontario plant

The premium dessert company is expanding its facility to accommodate growth

September 25, 2019  by CMO Staff

LONDON, Ont. – The Original Cakerie, a leading manufacturer of frozen desserts for retail and foodservice customers across Canada and the U.S., will undergo a major expansion of its London, Ont., plant this fall.

The Original Cakerie is a division of Dessert Holdings, based in St. Paul, Minn.

The project will consist of adding a new building onto the existing structure at 2825 Innovation Drive in London as well as investments in new production lines. The expansion will add capacity for making all of the Company’s existing products. Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 2020.

The company expects to hire about 100 additional workers over the next year.

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“In the last four years, we have experienced sizeable growth as demand for our premium, innovative products remains strong with our existing customers and we continue to add new customers as well,” said Paul Lapadat, CEO of Dessert Holdings. “We have made significant investments over the last three years, which have allowed us to meet this demand, and this additional capacity will enable us to continue doing so in a category that is expected to maintain strong growth.”

The Original Cakerie has been providing high-quality frozen desserts to leading retail and foodservice customers for 40 years. The company produces more than 350 products, including layer cakes, bars and brownies, at the London plant and an additional state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Delta, B.C.

Sales of premium desserts have been steadily rising in North America in recent years, with in-store bakery category growth approaching high single digits.