Mull bakery makes organics award shortlist

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Mull’s Island Bakery has been shortlisted for a top organic award.

The bakery near Tobermory has just been named as a finalist in this year’s Best Of Organic Market (BOOM) Awards brought by the Soil Association Certification.

Shortlisted for the Best Of Organic’s bakery category, Island Bakery has beaten off hundreds of other applicants with its Lemon Melts.

Joe and Dawn Reade were fresh-faced graduates when they started baking bread in a converted garage in Tobermory in 1994.

In 1996, they bought a shop premises on Tobermory’s colourful Main Street, which became the Island Bakery Delicatessen.

Keen to make something that could travel beyond Mull, the Reades thought that biscuits seemed to be an excellent product to introduce to places beyond the island’s shores and in 2001 Island Bakery Organics was born and went on to serve customers in Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

By 2007, the biscuit side of business had overtaken the deli, and the Reades
made the difficult decision to sell their shop to concentrate on biscuits. Soon afterwards, plans were made to build a new bakery. The new premises were completed in June 2012, powered by local renewable energy – wind and water for electricity, and wood for heating the ovens.

Last month The Oban Times reported how Island Bakery’s biscuits were being enjoyed by long-haul flight passengers 30,000 feet in the air.

Every week, 35,000 snack-sized packets of Island Bakery biscuits, alternating between Lemon Melts and shortbread, wing their way to British Airways.

Virgin Atlantic is another jet-setting client ordering about 9,000 packets every week and the bakery has just signed a new deal to supply more of the organic treats to a Middle Eastern airline.

The bakery, employing about 35 staff, was also proud to pick up a top award in the Artisan Food category of the 2019 Scottish Rural Awards earlier this year.

The BOOM Awards are the UK’s only dedicated awards celebrating the best of organic produce.

Shoppers are now spending £45 million every week on organic in supermarkets, independent retailers, online and through home delivery.

The award winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on June 26.

Joe will be there hoping to pick up an award. He said: ‘This is great for us. We are up there with the biggest of brands so getting this kind of top level recognition is valuable for a little brand like us.’

In BOOM’s 2017 awards, Island Bakery’s biscuits were voted the nation’s favourite product by consumers.