Fábrica Santo António was founded in 1893 by Francisco Roque Gomes da Silva. It is currently managed and owned by the family’s 6th generation. Since the beginning, the factory and the shop have been in the original settling place, Travessa do Forno and 5 Outubro Street.
The company maintains its important furniture stock, which has been used throughout the company’s existence as well as some of its original equipment. Said equipment is displayed on the shop. In 1948, the factory was refurbished and adaptations were made due to the introduction of electricity powered equipment. The modernisation process spared a cookie modeller, dated from 1900, which was adapted to the recently introduced energy source.
The façade shares the stylistic features of the edifications built around the same time period (late XIX century and early XX century). Said constructions were recently part of a restoration process, being the stonework and characteristic features kept.
The factory started by producing cookies and biscuits inspired by the British factory Huntley & Palmers – the biggest factory in the world –, not only adapting the recipes, but also the logos on the 5kg tins, which were tinplated and paper lined.
This is one of the traditional businesses in Funchal. It is the only factory in which cookies and traditional broas (a type of cornbread) are still produced. The characteristic aromas lure locals and tourists to the shop. It is also an example to follow because it proves that a “Loja com História” can also be modern. The new brand was developed a few years ago, preserving the essence of the business’ original image. Around the same time, the cookie tins were adapted to fit current time demands. The factory recovered from the adversity introduced by the economic crisis and is, today, recognised worldwide.
It is a reference with undisputed meaning to the local history. Said importance is recognised by the local media.
Products and Services
The company is dedicated to the artisanal production of cookies, traditional sweets, honey cake, diverse broas, fruit jams and marmalade.
The factory’s offer has adapted to the current market demands, but the star products are still on the menu and are a success, being the majority of the traditional recipe broas commercialised on gourmet mainland shops.
Shop closed on Sunday and Holidays.
Parish: Funchal (Sé)
Address: Travessa do Forno 27 – 29 , 9000-077 Funchal
Postal Code: 9000-077 Funchal
Main activity: Traditional food and drink retail
Opening Year: 1893
Main Code of Economic Activity (CAE): 10822