In the town of Chillicothe in Missouri, the eponymous Chillicothe Baking Company was the first company to use a slicing machine to produce the successful Kleen Maid Sliced Bread. After ignoring this achievement for decades, Chillicothe has now reinvented itself as the “Home of Sliced Bread ”, holding an annual Bread Fest.
However, sliced bread was not available in Australia for some decades. The rise of supermarkets led to a demand for pre-packaged bread that would keep fresh for longer. The Tip Top brand was launched nationally in 1958 with pre-sliced, wrapped bread. It was the first national bread brand in Australia.