Keith Giusto expands artisan flour facility in Petaluma

New Southpoint location has office space, retail potential

PETALUMA -- A year and a half after noted artisan baker Keith Giusto set up a Bay Area distribution arm here for a large Utah group of flour mills and seed companies targeting the natural-foods market, Keith Giusto Bakery Supply is expanding.

The company, a subsidiary of Central Milling Co. of Logan, Utah, signed a five-year lease for about 15,000 square feet of warehouse and office space at 755 Southpoint Blvd. in Petaluma.

The new location is the same size as the current facility at 1129 Industrial Ave., but it has 2,000 square feet of office space and potential for retail sales at some point, according to Mr. Giusto's nephew "Nicky" Giusto, who runs the operation.

About 800 square feet of the office space is being prepared for an informal bakery lab and technology school.

"Other bakers in this area or around the country that use our product can do R&D work, or if we have new products we can showcase them to customers," he said.

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