Joe Janus is upholding a family tradition that dates back many generations to the days when the Janus family lived in Holland.
Joe’s grandfather owned the bakery you can see pictured on the right, and the boy in the front of the photo is Joe’s father, Joe senior.
Joe senior – an award winning pastry cook in his native Holland – moved to New Zealand in the 1950s and introduced a fine European tradition of baking to New Zealand.
In the late 50s, Joe senior established Janus Bakery in Marton, with the Janus name quickly becoming synonomous with qualty fresh bread throughout the lower half of the North Island. Janus introduced many innovations into the local market, including in the 1960s when the bakery was the first in the country to produce sliced, wrapped bread for the New Zealand market.
As larger companies like Tip Top came into the bread making industry, Janus diversified into other areas of baking.
Joe Janus has now taken the Janus tradition and moved it into the 21st century. The combination of traditional bakery together with a modern style cafe, reflects the belief that in borrowing from the old to create something new you can create something special.
Come and enjoy the special experience that is Janus Bakkerij!