New bake production line for Northumbrian Fine Foods increases capacity

A new £1.2m bake oven and production line at Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF) is now fully operational and is already significantly adding to production capacity at the Gateshead based biscuit manufacturer.

The new line will help meet the soaring demand for the company’s rapidly expanding range of biscuits, especially in the gluten-free sector. The oven and associated production line has increased baked production output by around 30% and created 40 new jobs in the process.

“The new bake line will enable us to further develop our range of ‘free-from’ biscuits and cookies to meet strong customer demand,” says Stewart McLelland, NFF managing director. “This investment will reinforce our leading position in the gluten-free sector and enable us to develop new markets, including export.”

The new line will focus on the production of a wide range of different biscuits including ‘indulgent’ cookies, rotary moulded biscuits and bake bars such as Granola.

As well as major supermarket own-label products, NFF also manufactures gluten-free biscuits under the Prewett’s brand. About 70% of the UK’s gluten free sweet biscuit production is carried out at the NFF site.

Prewett’s Gorgeously Gluten Free Spicy Dark Chocolate & Ginger Cookies scoop prestigious Grocer Award

Prewett’s Gorgeously Gluten Free Spicy Dark Chocolate & Ginger Ginger Cookies have scooped a prestigious Grocer New Product Award 2016 in recognition of their fine taste and quality.

The product won in ‘the Free From Biscuits’ category at the awards, with another great tasting Prewett’s biscuit, Chocoful, being ‘highly recommended’. The Grocer awards celebrate and reward outstanding innovation in the UK Fast moving consumer goods sector.

Gorgeously Gluten Free Spicy Dark Chocolate & Ginger Cookies feature indulgent ingredients such as Belgian chocolate and stem ginger. Prewett’s biscuits are manufactured by Gateshead based Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF).

David Wood, NFF Business Director, said: “We are delighted to have won this award and at the heart of our success has been the commitment of our staff in producing the highest quality and best tasting biscuits.”

The Grocer New Product Awards 2016 were held on Friday 7th October at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, London.

Prewett’s biscuits selected as finalist at prestigious awards

Two products from the Prewett’s biscuit range have been shortlisted at the prestigious Grocer New Product Awards 2016 in recognition of their great taste and quality.

Prewett’s Chocoful and Prewett’s Gorgeously Gluten Free Spicy Dark Chocolate & Ginger Cookies are finalists in the ‘Free From Biscuits’ category at the awards, which celebrate and reward outstanding innovation in the UK Fast moving consumer goods sector.

Chocoful is a gluten free individually wrapped chocolate coated biscuit bar whilst Gorgeously Gluten Free Spicy Dark Chocolate & Ginger Cookies feature indulgent ingredients such as Belgian chocolate and stem ginger. Prewett’s biscuits are manufactured by Gateshead based company Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF).

David Wood, NFF Business Director, says: “Since we launched our new Prewett’s gluten free range at the start of the year, we have been delighted at the positive response from consumers. We are thrilled that the quality of these biscuits has also been recognised by The Grocer New Product Awards.

“Innovation is at the heart of our business and we are planning further new product launches over the coming months.”

The Grocer New Product Awards 2016 will be held on Friday 7th October at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, London.

Jobs boost for Northumbrian Fine Foods

Northumbrian Fine Foods Ltd (NFF), the UK’s biggest gluten free biscuit manufacturer, is investing £1.2m in new baking production capabilities that will create around 40 new jobs at their Gateshead facility.

The investment is the result of soaring demand for their biscuits in the ‘free from’ sector that has seen turnover increase over the last five years by 80%.

The baking oven will increase production capacity at NFF by 40% and will principally focus on the manufacture of ‘indulgent’ cookies, rotary moulded biscuits and bake bars such as Granola. The 40 new jobs created by the investment will see total employment at the plant increase to around 200 people.

Stewart McLelland, managing director of NFF, said: “This investment is great news for Gateshead and is testament to the hard work of everyone at Northumbrian Fine Foods. We have seen significant growth in the ‘free from’ market for our ‘indulgent cookies’ and other biscuits, especially from the multiple retail sector.

“The new baking oven will play a key role in meeting current demand and also ensure that we can continue to grow the business significantly over the coming years.”

As well as supermarket own-label products, NFF also manufactures biscuits under the Prewett’s brand, which has enjoyed recent success with a significant expansion in its range to include milk-free biscuits, ‘indulgent’ all-butter cookies and individually wrapped chocolate coated biscuit bars, all of which are gluten free.

“We are planning further extensions to our range that will focus on everyday favourite biscuits in a variety of formats,” said McLelland.

About 60% of the UK’s gluten free sweet biscuit production is carried out at the NFF site in Gateshead. The new bake transporting oven will become fully operational by September and the recruitment process for new employees has now commenced.

Free From Foods Expo in Amsterdam

At the start of June we exhibited at the Free From Foods Expo in Amsterdam.

This was the first time we had attended a show like this as an exhibitor and it was great to speak with industry specialists and see what else is new in the ever growing free from market.

We showcased our new exhibition stand and had a lot of interest at the show, with everyone loving our premium Prewett’s packaging! The team did a great job in introducing the rest of Europe to Northumbrian Fine Foods and what we do.

Prewett’s throws its support behind Coeliac Awareness Week

Prewett’s, the UK’s leading gluten free biscuit brand, is throwing its support behind Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week (9 to 15 May) by running a series of social media competitions to help raise the profile of the condition.

According to Coeliac UK, around 1% of the UK population has coeliac disease but only 24% of those with the condition are medically diagnosed. This means that half a million people in the UK are living with coeliac disease, undiagnosed. Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where a person has an adverse reaction to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

The aim of Awareness Week is to put people who are suffering with the symptoms of coeliac disease on a pathway to diagnosis, so they can be properly supported to manage their condition and avoid long term health complications.

To help promote Awareness Week, Prewett’s will be running a series competitions on social media such as Twitter and Facebook where a daily winner will receive a box of Prewett’s biscuits.

David Wood, Prewett’s Business Director, said: “Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week is an incredibly worthwhile campaign deserving of all our support. Our growing range of great tasting cookies has been specially created for those with coeliac disease and who require a gluten free diet.”

More details on Coeliac Awareness Week at www.coeliac.org.uk

To find out more about participating in the Awareness Week competitions follow Prewett’s on Twitter @Prewetts1872 and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Prewetts/

Terms and Conditions of Competition Entry

To be in with a chance to win the full Prewett’s range you must send in a full original gluten free recipe to us via direct message to the Prewett’s Facebook or Twitter account (photo and ingredients). The competition will run from Monday 9th May – Monday 16th May when we will announce the winner.

By submitting the recipe you are agreeing to us potentially using this for our Pennie Prewett’s blog posts.

Are these the best gluten-free biscuits ever?

A blog from The Local Bakehouse – the gluten-free and vegan specialists renowned for their quality cakes – has praised Prewett’s biscuits for their great taste!

We had delivered some of our delicious gluten-free biscuits for The Local Bakehouse to try – and under their subsequent blog entitled, ‘Are these the best gluten-free biscuits ever?’, the verdict was a resounding thumbs-up!

Thanks to The Local Bakehouse for your support – to read the full review, click on this link.

Prewett’s extends gluten free biscuit range

Prewett’s, the UK’s leading gluten free biscuit brand, has further extended its range to include Milk Free biscuits, ‘indulgent’ All Butter cookies and individually wrapped chocolate coated biscuit bars.

The brand, owned by Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF), is expecting to double both its distribution points and its retail sales value with the launch.

“These attractively packaged biscuits have been well received by the market,” says NFF’s Business Director David Wood. “We are confident they will appeal to a broad spectrum of consumers and much of the new range features ‘indulgent’ type ingredients such as Belgian chocolate.

“We have already gained a significant number of listings with multiple retailers and have secured an extension to our contract with distributor RH Amar to supply the new products to the impulse and convenience markets.”

The new offerings, which comprise four varieties of All Butter cookies with finest top-end ingredients, four varieties of Milk Free everyday favourite biscuits and a Chocolate Coated Biscuit bar will allow retailers to broaden their ‘Free From’ consumer base, says Wood.

The milk and gluten free range of biscuits which contains everyday favourites such as Choc Chip and Digestive is targeting the 40% of ‘Free From’ category consumers whom require Milk/Dairy Free products.  These are often purchased by mums for their children.

The All Butter cookies will appeal to those wanting an indulgent snack. The All Butter cookie range is promoted under the ‘Prewett’s Gorgeously Gluten Free’ strapline.

The gluten free chocolate biscuit bar aptly named ‘Chocoful’ is reminiscent to mainstream products such as the iconic Rocky Bar, and according to Wood, will for the first time deliver a tasty and satisfying new option for gluten free consumers seeking a lunch box or handbag snack.