The Garden Company Limited

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The Garden Company Limited
Native name
嘉頓有限公司
Industry Baked goods and confectionery
Founded 1926
Founders Tse Fong Cheung and Wah O. Wong
Headquarters Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Owner Cheung family
Website garden.com.hk
Life Bread, a product of the Garden Company.

The Garden Company Limited (Chinese: 嘉頓有限公司; Jyutping: gaa1 deon6 jau5 haan6 gung1 si1) is a Hong Kong-based bakery and confectionery manufacturer. The company was one of the first Chinese owned businesses created to sell modern-style food products in the territory. They also made bread and confectionery more affordable for lower-income earners.

History[edit]

Founded in 1926 by cousins Tse Fong Cheung and Wah O. Wong in Kowloon with a single bakery.[1] The company's name is named after the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.[2]

Garden is traditionally a Chinese company and supplied bread to the Chinese army during World War II. The firm closed operations during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong from 1941 to 1945. The company expanded with the growth of Hong Kong before and after World War II and benefited from the influx of immigrants.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Garden products were shipped overseas to Chinese communities around the world.

Today, the company remains family (Cheung family) owned with several joint ventures with other Chinese firms. It is one of few Hong Kong firms with operations still in Hong Kong.

Product lines[edit]

  • bread
  • snacks
  • scones
  • buns
  • speciality breads
  • egg rolls
  • cakes and mixes
  • army bread (1940s)

Production facilities[edit]

Bakery and head office in Sham Shui Po
Sham Tseng factory
  • Sham Tseng
    • 13,000 square metres (1962)
    • 2nd expansion (1974)
    • 3rd expansion (1982)
    • 4th expansion - 50,000 square metres (1992)
    • 5th expansion - 70,000-square metres (2000)
  • Kowloon
    • 1st bakery (1926–1935)
    • expansion - 475-square metres (1935–1938)
    • expansion - 1,400-square metres (1938–1941)
    • expansion (1947–1951)
    • expansion - 7,000 square metres (1951–1958)
    • expansion - 10,000 square metres (1958-?)
  • Central
    • 2nd bakery (1927–1935)
  • Sham Shui Po (1931–1934)
  • Hua Jia Foodstuff Company, Dongguan, China (1985)
  • Gong Yang Foodstuff Company, Jiangsu, China (2000)

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