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The History of Kytons Bakery

Kytons Bakery - The Present

Kytons Bakery Australia, is currently owned by Darren & Sharon Sutton, who previously ran Flagstaff Hill Bakery for 10 years. We bought the business in April 2003 and moved the business to its current site behind Castle Plaza in Edwardstown three months later. The Edwardstown site has not only allowed us to set up a much larger and more modern production facility, but has given us the space and location to open a factory outlet, where customers can purchase Kytons products direct from us.

Fundraising remains Kytons primary market, and each year we assist hundreds of schools, charities, social clubs and community groups to raise much needed funds, through lamington, pie, hot cross bun and Christmas Drives.

Our soft, fluffy lamingtons are the product Kytons Bakery is most well known for in Adelaide, & our lamingtons have one several awards including 1st prize in the National Baking competition held in Sydney in May 2008.

Kytons Bakery - The Past

The Early Days

  • Kytons bakery was started  as Avon Catering in September 1938, by three brothers, Jack, Allan and Bill Hignett.
  • Within a few years, the name was changed to Kytons Kakes, as the business focussed more on cake lines. The “Kytons” was simply a made up name – the brothers had wanted something that started with “K” and that’s what they thought of!
  • Kytons bakehouse was in Penney Place in the city and also took up a stall in the Central Market in the mid 1940s.
  • In the 1950s, a new bakehouse was built on Carrington Street and cakes were delivered to the market in huge quantities as the business thrived.
  • Two of the brothers died and left Jack to run Kytons until 1975. 
  • Kytons has only been sold twice during its 70 years, in 1975 to John & Carol Darwin and 2003 to Darren and Sharon Sutton.  Although the business has not remained in the same family, on both occasions, the business has been sold to a friend of the previous owner’s son, so the original ties remain b.
  • Kytons stall (where Breadz n More is now), remained a part of the market until 1988, continuing to sell top quality bar cakes as well as yeast and cream products. Kytons bakehouse moved out of the city in 1980 to a site opposite the now Ashford Hospital.

The Kytons Lamington Drive is born

  • In 1982, Kytons supplied sheets of sponge, chocolate dip and coconut  to the  mothers committee at the owners son’s school to make lamingtons for a fundraising drive and so was born the Kytons lamington drive.
  • Initially the lamingtons were provided in “kit form” – sheets of sponge, buckets of dip and coconut and some instructions. During much of the 1980s Kytons Lamington Drives consisted of trestles of sponge being madly cut, chunks of sponge being dipped in chocolate and then coconut and a lot of mess as dozens, of mostly mums, hand made the lamingtons at schools
  • and scout, guide and church halls all over Adelaide with Kytons fundraising lamington kit.
  • By 1998, the lamington side of the business became so big that Kytons
  • left the market and for the next decade concentrated almost exclusively on Kytons Lamington Drives.

The Kite Flies In

  • In the late 80s, Kytons was looking for a symbol to define the Kytons brand.  After experimenting with amongst other things a “lamington with legs”, a “Kytons Kite” was decided upon and this branding remains an integral part of the Kytons business today.
  • As time passed, Kytons began to bake, dip and pack lamingtons into ready made packets at its bake house, as they are today, rather than supplying the kits to the fundraising groups. The fundraising drives were also expanded to include hot cross buns, winter pies and festive fare for Christmas.

Kytons Today

  • In 2003, the business once again changed hands, to current owners Darren & Sharon Sutton, who had previously run the successful Flagstaff Hill Bakers Pantry, and Kytons moved to larger and more modern premises at Edwardstown.
  • The new premises features a factory outlet open to the public on weekdays. The factory outlet sells not only all of Kytons fundraising products but also hot pies, single serve cakes and products exclusive to the factory outlet.
  • While fundraising drives remain a major part of the business, Kytons now also supplies lamingtons to many Foodlands, IGA’s and gourmet stores around Adelaide
  • Since 2004 Kytons has joined forces with radio breakfast team Kym, Ali and Dzelde to run five of Adelaide’s biggest ever lamington drives, supporting various Adelaide charities.  In 2008, over 16000 packets of lamingtons (or over 102 000 individual lamingtons) were sold, raising in excess of $46000 for the Phoenix Society. 

The Best Lamingtons in Australia

  • In May 2008, Kytons Lamingtons were awarded first prize at the National Baking Awards, making them not only Adelaide’s favourite lamingtons but also the best in the nation.
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