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OUR LATEST PRODUCTS

The Penny Loaf Company - Fruit Soda

FRUIT SODA

A good scone alternative, this fruity treat is made with succulent sultanas.

The Penny Loaf Company - Spelt Soda

SPELT SODA

Made according to the traditional Irish Buttermilk soda recipe.

The Penny Loaf Company - Seeded Soda

SEEDED SODA

A unique blend of Pinhead Oatmeal, Brown Linseed, Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds.

ABOUT US

Penny Loaves are YEAST FREE soda breads that are FULLY baked in the shape of a mini loaf (45-55g) and frozen. With NO Additives or Preservatives, The Penny Loaves are made to age old recipes and traditional baking methods using Irish Ingredients.

These little creations are produced in the Heart of Ireland by Master Baker Cathal O’Donohue of O’Donohues Bakery Tullamore, Co.Offaly.  Cathal is a 3rd Generation craft baker who setup O’Donohues Bakery, with his wife Frances in 1989. 

O’Donohues produces handcrafted, artisan breads that have been winning gold stars in the prestigious Great Taste Awards since 2006. Today, Cathal, Frances and their 4 children all work in the well-established, family business.

A fresh innovation on traditional breads, O’Donohues formed The Penny Loaf Co. in mid 2013. Currently there is a great product range available and NPD is ongoing. O’Donohues have the flexibility to manufacture a wide variety of Penny Loaves and could even make them on request.
The great advantage with these products is that they are Simply Thaw & Serve. Once they are thawed out naturally they have a shelf life of up to 3 days, thus:

- REDUCING YOUR LABOUR COSTS
- IMPROVING EFFICIENCIES
- CUTTING OUT WASTE

With the attractive product range available, they have many uses, such as:

  • Soup and Salad Accompaniments
  • Stews and Casseroles - Great for Dunking!
  • Morning Goods Offering
  • Restaurant Bread Basket
  • Mini Sandwiches/Scones for Afternoon Teas
  • Canapés & Hors d'oeuvres
  • Ingredient in a dish

LATEST NEWS

Bord Bia Awards 2015

The Penny Loaf Co. has been shortlisted for the Entrepreneurial Award in this years #BordBiaAwards. Find out more in the Irish Times article by clicking this link. http://bit.ly/1NawBZp 

Cathal, Managing Director of the Company, has said, "Baking has always been my passion and this is the driver. Without this and my dedicated team behind me, we wouldn't be where we are today. There are many challenges facing business owners today so to win this award would be fantastic! Even to be nominated, in itself, inspires me and the company to embrace change even more and continue developing products that meet consumer demands." 

Grade A BRC Accreditation - After a very thorough and intense BRC Audit, The Penny Loaf Co & O'Donohues Bakery were awarded Grade A BRC proving that the Penny Loaf Co. & O'Donohues are committed to ensuring that the highest levels of Food Safety and Hygiene are achieved.

"Without the continued commitment and dedication of our wonderful staff this wouldn't have been possible. The tremendous work that was done in the run up to the audit has resulted in this brilliant achievement that will open many new doors for us. I thank all our staff and look forward to growing the business now through new and existing markets". - Cathal O'Donohue, Managing Director. - 08.05.2015

 

Brakes UK and Ireland Overall Winner 

Competing against over 30 of Irelands finest food and drink companies, The Penny Loaf Co. was the overall winner at Brakes Supplier Innovation Day 2014, where they were awarded product listing with both Brakes Ireland and Brakes UK. The event was run in conjunction with Bord Bia and Invest Northern Ireland in Dublin’s Griffith College last October. View the media release write up here...

EIQA O’Donohues Bakery has achieved a LEVEL 3 - Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety again for the 3rd year running.

Origin Green

O’Donohues Bakery and The Penny Loaf Co. have submitted their plan for Bord Bia’s Origin Green Programme to demonstrate our commitment to producing quality products in a sustainable manner.

Did You Know..?

The penny bun was popular enough in England over the years that it came to have a day named after it. Penny Bun Day, or Penny Loaf Day, came about after a prophetic dream by a rich Englishman.  The Nottingham town of Newark was under siege during the English Civil War in 1644 when Hercules Clay dreamed on three successive nights that his house burned down. The third dream convinced him to evacuate his family, and his house was later destroyed in the war.

Grateful for the warning dreams, Clay created a fund of £100 Great Britain Pounds (GBP) to provide penny buns, food and clothing for the poor every March 11, the anniversary of his third dream. By the 1800s, thousands of penny buns were handed out in exchange for the recipients first listening to a sermon. The original fund is history, but the Penny Loaf Day sermon remains a tradition in parts of rural England.