By focusing on the 4C’s – our Companions, our Customers, our Community and our Company – we have built a small family-owned business with a strong reputation for doing things right.

Because we’ve created an environment that fosters teamwork and growth, we are able to boast a workforce that includes numerous long-time companions as well as new folks eager to learn the art of bread baking.

Here are just some of our team:

Josh Allen

Josh started Companion Baking in St. Louis in 1993 at the age of 24. His vision was clear and concise: create wholesome and delicious European breads with simple ingredients. Starting with just six breads in its product line, Companion quickly made a name for itself, receiving orders from various local restaurants and specialty stores.

Today, Companion’s award winning bread is served in more than 200 local restaurants, grocery stores and businesses around St. Louis and beyond.

Jodi Allen

Jodi established herself in the local food industry working 12 years in wholesale food distribution with her family’s business, Allen Foods. Since 2001, she has been the managing owner of Companion’s Cafés, helping to cultivate the retail locations into favorite neighborhood gathering places.

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