Gillies Bros Pty Ltd / McCoy's Bakery
Gillies Bros Pty Ltd
Founded in the central Victorian city of Bendigo, Gillies Bros is one of the largest Bakeries outside the metropolitan area. Gilliles ‘Famous Pies' are renowned Australia-wide and their range of pastries and cakes are widely distributed throughout the Northern and Central Districts of Victoria.
The fresh pastry and cake division was transferred to McCoys in May 2002 to enable the Garsed Street factory to concentrate on the frozen segment of the business. McCoys has since manufactured the Gillies pastry under licence as well as its own label McCoys.
Riverside recently divested the frozen pastry division and the donut division. The donut division was purchased by existing management whereby most of the employees were retained. This business continues to operate out of Bendigo at the same site.
In the north-east of Bendigo, McCoy's Bakery has an enviable reputation as one of Victoria 's most innovative bakeries with a broad range of pastries and cakes. With the decision to sell the frozen pastry business to concentrate on other investments, Riverside secured a viable ‘management buyout' that ensured the business remained in central Victoria. The entire workforce was kept intact during the whole process. The business continues to operate out of the same factory. The factory is currently undergoing major renovations to facilitate growing sales volume.