Farmhouse Biscuits, a traditional family bakery acquired our BCH Mixer when the company purchased Kippax Biscuits in Colne in 1993. Originally the mixer was built at our site in Rochdale back in 1930 for a cost of around £100 at the time. This machine produced around 13 million flapjacks known as ‘Moorland Munch’ over 85 years! These were on sale up until 2017.
Farmhouse Biscuits have kept the 90 year old machine for posterity before we decided to buy this back as part of our historic display!
The fee for this machine has gone straight towards Farmhouse Biscuits fundraising totals for Pendleside Hospice, for whom they have been raising money for over the past 2 years.
Stuart Grogan, Operations Director at BCH, commented: “Due to the history of our company and its reputation over the years, I’m really keen to create a museum of sorts, so it was nice to hear from Farmhouse about the mixer becoming available for us to buy. As an engineering company, we’re lucky to have been around for as long as we have, and we hope creating a display of our history will prove to be fascinating for employees and visitors alike. It will be a nice addition to customer visits and pupils aspiring to become engineers. We’ve had a few schools come round previously and they’ve been amazed at the transformation of designs and manufacturing practices – this will only add to their experience.”
Louisa Mayor, Sales and New Product Development Manager at Farmhouse Biscuits, said: “We’d kept this historic piece of machinery as a tribute to the very beginnings of flapjack production in this area and we’re glad it’s going to its spiritual home to be preserved for years to come. Many of the people from the local area who’ve worked at Farmhouse over the years will remember this machine well – its flapjacks were always best eaten warm and it attracted many supervisors while it was running! This is the first contribution to our fundraising pot for Pendleside and after raising over £7,000 last year, we’re hoping to beat our total this time around.”