Beckmann’s Old World Bakery, Ltd was founded by Peter Beckmann in November 1985. Son of a craftsman family, he apprenticed in bread-making at Mantei Bakery in Heidelberg, Germany. After moving to the United States in 1982, Peter had a longing for the traditional breads of his home country, Germany. He baked the first commercial loaves in his kitchen oven and hand-delivered those first samples on his bicycle to four local Santa Cruz grocery stores. This was the start of a bakery that to this day has been honoring the German commitment to traditional artisan bread making.
In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake forced a relocation to the Seabright Station Cannery. The move allowed for increased production space and a new capacity for growth. In 1991 Beth Holland joined the company and became General Manager in 1997, and is now the company's CEO. Together they developed a management team which allowed for continued growth in distribution, service and production. In 2002 Beckmann's became a certified organic facility (CCOF) and food safety certified facility (NSF) in 2005.
At the time of our 35th anniversary in 2020, we are happy to occupy a new Santa Cruz facility to better accommodate our continued growth. We employ 120 local residents and deliver over 15,000 fresh, high-quality, natural artisan breads daily to Northern California grocery stores. We have a farmers market division serving 40 markets per week selling our breads as well as fabulous cookies, pies and pastries.