In an effort to invest in its long-­term sustainability in the St. Louis community, Bella Four Bakery Inc. will discontinue the production of breads and baked goods associated with Theodoro Bakery. The facility will be transitioned to meet the production needs of Bella Four Bakery, parent company of on-the-go snacks and food brand Nature’s Bakery.

“Theodoro has been a long-standing business in the community and will be missed by many,” says Bella Four Bakery co-founder and president Dave Marson. “Our family is grateful to the loyal customers and employees who enabled us to start doing business in Missouri.”

As the facility undergoes changes, 131 team members will remain employed to continue production on Nature’s Bakery fig bars and other Bella Four Bakery product lines. Employees associated with the production of Theodoro Bakery products will be laid off and considered for re-hire as Bella Four expands production on its select products within the current facility. The production of Theodoro Bakery products accounts for approximately 50 positions, which will end this month. Bella Four Bakery will install an additional oven in the facility to produce its popular snack food products.

“This was a tough decision for all of us,” says Bella Four Bakery vice president of operations Jon Wesson. “Our family’s vision is to move away from the production of sugary snacks and help people find healthier options. We believe the St. Louis community is an ideal place to help us see that vision through.”