Kroger to expand Country Oven Bakery

by Eric Schroeder
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BOWLING GREEN, KY. — The Kroger Co. said it will expand its Country Oven Bakery, a move that is expected to add 33 jobs at the plant. The expansion will add 50,000 square feet to the company’s existing 177,000-square-foot facility to accommodate a second iced cake line.

The Country Oven Bakery makes iced cakes, frozen dough products and bread for Kroger.

At the time it was built in 1981, Country Oven Bakery was the single largest building project Kroger had ever undertaken. The Bowling Green site was chosen because of its strategic location next to interstates and highways.

Kroger is the largest U.S. traditional supermarket chain, employing more than 334,000 associates who serve customers in 2,468 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under such names as Kroger, King Soopers, Dillons, and Fred Meyer.

In addition to Country Oven Bakery in Bowling Green, Kroger’s other bakeries/delis are: Anderson Bakery, Anderson, S.C.; Clackamas Bakery, Clackamas, Ore.; Columbus Bakery, Columbus, Ohio; Dillons Bakery, Hutchinson, Kas.; Indianapolis Bakery, Indianapolis; KB Specialty Foods, Greensburg, Ind.; King Soopers Bakery, Denver; La Habra Bakery, Los Angeles; and Layton Dough Plant, Layton, Utah.

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By Ms. Jo Woodward 5/22/2017 8:34:11 PM
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By Ms. Jo Woodward 5/22/2017 8:31:55 PM
Mon. 5.22.17 Greetings...Country Oven Bakery: I purchased a loaf of 100% Whole White Wheat 24 oz. Country Oven bread Tuesday May 7, 2017 from Fred Meyer's West in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was on sale for $2.20 a loaf it is usually priced $2.50 or higher. The UPC 11110 02148 and no codes are visible but sticker expiration date shows 5.5 which explains why it was on sale. Now, when mid-way of the loaf of bread I saw something I had never witnessed in my long years of living. Four consective slices had holes in the center of the slices. The first two w/holes were large enough for my thumb to fit through. The third slice w/a hole, hole was large enough for my little finger to fit through and the fourth slice w/a hole in the center w/half the size of the third slice. What caused that? I do not accept it was an air pocket. The light brown tab that closed the bread had no date nor code for me to include. I await your response. This loaf was most likely baked at a Western City Bakery but this is the comment page therefore I ask in good faith you forward to the correct Kroger Country Oven bakery? Thank you. Sincerely, Ms. Jo Woodward POB 753251 Fairbanks, AK 99775.3251