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Pies aren't just for the holidays: Tippin's building bigger bakery for increased demand

Posted at 1:18 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 14:18:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a slice of pie. And in Kansas City, there’s a good chance your pie comes from Tippin’s.

The president of the Kansas City, Kansas-based bakery said about ten weeks of the fall holiday rush accounts for roughly 40 percent of the company’s business. 

But year-round business is going so well, Tippin’s is expanding. President Mark Boyer said the company is now building a new baking facility now which should open in the first quarter of 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Tippin’s has evolved from a restaurant known for its pies to simply a pie baker and distributor. The company now sells pies in 14 states. This year, it had to turn down orders because its bakery could not make any more pies. 

“It's a little painful to have to turn away an order because we don't have enough pies to sell them. We look forward to curing that and creating more opportunities,” Boyer said. 

Pumpkin, French silk and apple are the most popular pies this time of year. Boyer said no matter the flavor, pies have a way of uniting groups. 

“People sit around and they enjoy it, they talk to one another, they're having a good time. I think the worst thing that could happen is fighting over the last slice,” he said. “It's fun to be in a business where you can say, ‘We bring people together.’”

In case you’re curious, Boyer couldn’t pick a favorite pie. He compared the question to picking a favorite child; you just can’t!