Manufacturing Awards 2012: Special Foods: Costeaux French Bakery

Company: Costeaux French Bakery

Address: 417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; 707-433-1913;

Number of employees: 65

Year founded: 1981

Products: A "full line" of baked goods: breads, wedding cakes, etc.

Production Volume: Approximately 5,000 items per day

Facility: 65,000 square feet, completed in 2006

HEALDSBURG – Will Seppi said he recalled the childhood days when “earning allowance” meant clocking in at the family business, Costeaux French Bakery, in Healdsburg. The reminders surround him – workers knead dough by hand as they have for decades, producing dozens of varieties of breads, pastries and desserts for direct sale and distribution.

However, as phones ring continually in the background, Mr. Seppi explained that there were certainly changes since he left the finance industry to manage the bakery seven years ago. For one, the amount of hands – and square feet, products and distribution routes – have grown several fold.

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