2016 is a banner year for two Malden businesses as they celebrate 100 years strong in the City of Malden! New England Coffee and Piantedosi Bakery, both multi-generational family operated businesses, have been serving residents and businesses both near and far with their delectable products for a century.
New England Coffee is New England’s largest independent coffee roaster. Menelaos and George Kaloyanides along with Megakis Papadopoulos opened their business in 1916 in Boston where hand-roasted coffee was delivered by horse and wagon. After outgrowing several locations, New England Coffee settled into their present 100 Charles Street location in 1966. They currently have approximately 200 employees and offer delicious flavored coffees and whole bean and exotic blends from locations such as Colombia, Brazil and Costa Rica. Today, James Kaloyanides runs the Malden location that his grandfather and uncles began.
Piantedosi Baking Co., a great Malden staple began when Salvatore Piantedosi, an immigrant from Avellino, Italy, founded the Piantedosi Baking Co., Inc., in 1916. Salvatore was known as the “Midnight Baker” for delivering breads and pasta, anytime day or night. He and his wife Mary worked tirelessly to build an enduring family business for the next generations. Although the original bakery was built on Main Street in Everett next door to the family’s home, they ultimately moved into a bigger facility on Commercial Street in Malden. In 1995, they opened a “specialty division” that specializes in partially baked products and became the home of the Research and Development Department. Many of the 250 employees have worked for the Piantedosi family for 20 years and more. Today, grandsons Tom, Bob and Joe, Jr. are in charge of operations and continue to promote the legacy of Salvatore and Mary.
We are proud to have both of these companies call Malden their home and they have been true community partners. From donating to our Annual Senior Citizens Cookout, Mystic Valley Elder Services, and July 4th Celebrations, New England Coffee and Piantedosi Bakery know that it’s not only the bottom line that make a successful business. In celebration of their milestone anniversaries, both will collaborate and singularly hold a series of activities in 2016. Stay tuned for celebration event details as these businesses look forward to 100 more years!