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Shortage of Bread

After the war, the employees of the bakery were not allowed to bring any bread home. As a veteran at Vilniaus Duona, I. Šiaulys tells: “We would get some bread to eat, but we were not allowed to take the bread outside the bakery. This was considered as trying to take over the socialist property. You were endangered to 5 years in prison for taking that bread for your own use. Even for taking half a loaf. People working at the bakery were like any other – queuing and waiting to get a loaf of bread. They had no privilege.”

Just between 1948-1950 the queues at the bread counter started to calm down. At that time, Vilnius was better provided with bread than any other city. As a proof of that, the second factory was built in 1956 in Tuskulėnų street.

“Since the very beginning, Vilniaus Duona felt responsible for producing a well-made loaf of bread. It might come from that time when good products were not that easy to get. Even though the times have changed, we still remember it to this day” – claims I. Šiaulys who has spent over 40 years at Vilniaus Duona.

According to his story, deficit times memories are still very vivid. People would start stocking products from around November.

“You would get deficit products if your employer arranged that – canned peas, mayonnaise, champagne, smoked sausage. Officers at the bakery had connections, so they would help out with getting those products. Basically, the shelves at the stores were empty, but the dinner tables were full of food” – I. Šiaulys remembers.