Frozen Bread and Cake
|Employees||702 (May 2006)|
|Parent||Andersen Institute of Bread and Life Co., Ltd.|
Takaki Bakery Co., Ltd. (株式会社タカキベーカリー Kabushiki-gaisha Takaki Bakery?) is a Japanese Bakery based in Hiroshima, Japan. It was the first company of the Andersen Institute of Bread and Life group of companies.
They opened a restaurant and bakery called "Andersen" in a building bought from Mitsui Bank in Hiroshima in October 1967. The bank building, built in 1925, had been damaged by the atomic bomb blast during World War II.
In April 1970 they began to operate a frozen bread factory, and later that year opened another shop called "Aoyama-Andersen" in Aoyama, Tokyo The business eventually expanded to operate shops throughout the Kantō region.
The Andersen Group, formally known as Andersen Institute of Bread and Life Co., Ltd. (株式会社アンデルセン・パン生活文化研究所 Kabushiki-gaisha Andersen Pan Bunka Kenkyujo?), was officially formed in 2003 as a holding company. In addition to Takaki Bakery, the group operates shops under the names Hiroshima Andersen, Aoyama Andersen, ANDERSEN, M's bakery, and bread & hygge.
The "Andersen" in the companies title (Andersen Bakery/Institute of Bread and Life Co., Ltd.) is in reference to Hans Christian Andersen. The inspiration for making Danish pastries, and 'European style' bread, came from a study trip to Denmark in 1959, by founder Shunsuke Takaki. Seiichi Takaki, president of Andersen Institute of Bread & Life, has further strengthened ties with Denmark by donating 200 Japanese cherry trees to the municipality of Copenhagen. The trees were planted in Langelinie park.