History

Grainharvest Breadhouse Inc opened their doors first on September 27, 1989. Two years prior to that, the two founding members, Hubert Wurm and Roland Berchtold moved from a small town in Austria to Canada. Both are extensively trained bakers and worked all their adult-life in this profession. Roland and Hubert gained knowledge by taking courses to learn the art of baking and collected experience by working in several European countries in the baking trade. When they first arrived in Canada they both worked for a bakery in Toronto, but they realized quickly that there was a demand for quality European breads and that it wasn’t much available. So they started looking for a suitable area to start their own business. The Kitchener-Waterloo region seemed to be a good fit for the business venture; it has deep roots to the European culture they grew up in. Grainharvest Breadhouse devotion to quality and good tasting products, helped to develop quickly a good name as a bakery in the area and around. Soon after their first store on Lexington Road in Waterloo took off, the two opened another store in Kitchener on Lorraine Avenue. In 1993 they added a new location on Weber Street in Kitchener, which they relocated in 2004 to Eby Street across from the new Kitchener Farmers Market. Since 2005 Grainharvest also has a stand at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. In 2004 Grainharvest Breadhouse was named the Junior Achievement Royal Bank Retailer of the Year. Also later that year Grainharvest started a division specializing only in wheat- and gluten free baking, called Circle of Life Bakery. In 2009 Grainharvest Breadhouse gained an addition in their leadership team, David Nötzold joined the two existing partners. David grew up in a family owned bakery business in Germany. 2009 also marks Grainharvest’s 20th anniversary and the three owners are currently employing close to 30 people, all of them play a big role in what Grainharvest has become over the last two decades. 2013 & 2014 Grainharvest was voted Best Bakery in Kitchener Waterloo by the Readers Choice Awards. 2014 Grainharvest Breadhouse celebrates its 25th year in Business and still going strong, thanks to our loyal customers!