Ward Hill has lost its sweet tooth.
The Boston Coffee Cake company's corporate partner, Bake'n Joy Foods, cut the ribbon at its new headquarters and production facility in North Andover on Thursday, ceremoniously severing its ties to BCC's former home at 145 Oxford Ave. in Ward Hill.
According to Bake'n Joy Marketing Manager Tara O'Donovan, the move was part of Boston Coffee Cake's partnership with Bake'n Joy Foods, which they entered into in 2009. The aging Oxford Avenue bakery closed officially in March when Boston Coffee Cake's lease expired and couldn't be renewed.
The closure of the bakery also meant the loss of 20 former Boston Coffee Cake staff.
Fewer than 10 employees made the transition to the new bakery. All Boston Coffee Cake staff, however, were offered jobs at the new bakery and were provided wage compensation since the closing of the Ward Hill factory in March and the opening of the new bakery last week, O'Donovan said.
Bake'n Joy plans to hire 20 to 30 employees for the new facility, where Bake'n Joy currently employs more than 125.
The new bakery boasts of having 11,300 square feet with the latest in energy-efficient baking technology.
All of Boston Coffee Cake's operations and production will take place at Bake'n Joy headquarters in North Andover, while internet sales and distribution will be handled through the Bake'n Joy distribution center in Georgetown.
Boston Coffee Cake Company has been in operation since 1992 under its founders, brothers Mark and Bruce Forman. Since opening their factory in Ward Hill in 2000, the company has produced more than 10,000 cakes per day for supermarkets such as Hannaford, Shaw's, Market Basket and Stop and Shop supermarkets as well as wholesalers such as BJ's Wholesale Club and Costco. The largest buyer for the company is the Kroger Supermarket chain, which operates more than 2,500 stores.
The unique cakes have won national distinction and accolades as well as appearances on cable networks such as Food Network.
Bake'n Joy has been part of the New England business landscape for 70 years as a producer of pre-made frozen bakery food items, including batters, fillings and icings.