BRATTLEBORO - Ownership of Vermont Bread Company is coming back to the state it was founded in way back in 1978.

The company was purchased by Charter Baking, a New York-based private equity firm, in 2005.

On Tuesday morning, a spokesman for Burlington-based Koffee Kup Bakery told the Reformer that it has purchased Vermont Bread from Charter.

"We've worked with the folks at Vermont Bread for quite a few years," said the spokesman, a member of Koffee Kup's board of directors who asked that he not be named.

Under the leadership of Lisa Lorimer, Vermont Bread Company grew from a startup in 1978 in an 800-square-foot barn with a pizza oven and a home-sized mixer. It now bakes its products in a facility on Cotton Mill Hill.

In 2005, Charter purchased Vermont Bread Company, The Baker, Matthew's All Natural Baking, and Rudi's Organic to create Charter Baking. A spokesman from Charter referred all questions to Koffee Kup.

Koffee Kup has distributed some of Vermont Bread Company's products to its customers and is excited to broaden the reach of both Koffee Kup and Vermont Bread, said the spokesman.

"Koffee Kup is a family owned business," he said, "and it will remain so."

He said Koffee Kup plans no changes in Brattleboro, Burlington or its facility in Connecticut.

Vermont Bread Company makes products such as buns and rolls, English muffins and multigrain breads.

They are made without the use of synthetic pesticides, high-fructose corn syrup, chemical additives, artificial ingredients, irradiated ingredients, GMO products or white sugar.