The Colombo Baking Company was founded in Oakland in 1896, and known for its sourdough bread.
It was founded by Peter Ravazza and [ possibly G.B. Ratto? ]. 2
From at least 1917 to c.1935, it was at 1500 Cypress Street
c.1937-1966 it was at 461 - 59th Street at Canning.
In 1966, Colombo got a grant to build a new plant at 580 Julie Ann Way near the Oakland Coliseum. 3
The company acquired competitor Toscana Sourdough Bread in 1971, and Baroni in 1972. In 1982, they acquired Parisian Bakeries of San Francisco. 5 Then in 1984, the company became part of the San Francisco French Bread Company. That in turn became a subsidiary of Hostess Brands, Inc. in 1994, and Colombo shuttered operations in 2012. 1,6
The Colombo brand was acquired by Bimbo Bakeries USA in August 2014. 1
Links and References
- Colombo Baking Company on Wikipedia
- Jack Ravazza Obituary Oakland Tribune March 6, 2002
- Federal Dough to Bake Bay Bread Oakland Tribune April 16, 1966
- Colombo To Build New Plant Oakland Tribune June 15, 1966
- Colombo buys Parisian in a no-dough deal Oakland Tribune September 2, 1982
- 145 workers affected by Hostess nationwide plant closures Oakland Tribune November 16, 2012
- Extension of Plant Okehed Oakland Tribune April 22, 1936