TRACY Waldock started her apprenticeship as a pastry baker in 1983 and has remained with the same company for 35 years.
Mrs Waldock was 18 when she joined Coles and has worked her way up the ladder, working in three stores before joining the Brighton Village Shopping Centre store in Butler as bakehouse manager in 2017.
During her 35-year career, the baker has seen many changes in her field.
“Technology has come a long way, which has made things easier in the bakery,” she said.
“I’ve also enjoyed seeing the evolvement of recipes – both improving traditional ones and testing out new ones.
“It has also been great seeing all the new open-style bakeries launch in our stores.
“I think customers really appreciate seeing the goods being baked; it’s interactive and it keeps our products very fresh.”
Her tenure has lasted 10 times longer than the national average period spent with one company, which was 3.3 years according to social researchers McCrindle.
Mrs Waldock said the Butler store sold more than 5.6 tonnes of hot cross buns between January and Easter.