Three Generations of Bakers Set to Supply Waitrose

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Three Generations of Bakers Set to Supply Waitrose

A family-run, craft bakery in Dunoon has secured a deal to supply Waitrose in Helensburgh with its hand-baked breads.

Black of Dunoon’s award-winning loaves will go on sale from 1st April 2015 and is the only supermarket listing for the company. The company’s bread is made using traditional techniques with each dough resting to increase its flavour before proving and firing. The products are also GM free and contain no artificial colours or flavours.  

Breads on offer will include the Grants Loaf, which is based on a traditional wheaten loaf recipe. First used by the company’s founder, Charles M Black in 1923, the ingredients are hand-moulded to give a distinct flavour and texture.The Low GI Loaf is also expected to fly off the shelves. With a recipe that is high in fibre, low in fat and uses a range of seeds providing a good source of amino acids, it provides sustained energy over an extended period.

Established in 1922, Black of Dunoon was originally a family run Blacksmiths but, after World War One, the business was struggling. With a lack of horses returning from the front, the family diversified into baking and became famous in the local area for their scones, breads and pancakes. 

Today, three generations of the Black family work in the bakery including Charles Black Senior’s granddaughter, Julie (19) who will shortly finish her training as a baker. 

Charles Black Senior from Black of Dunoon said: “We feel privileged to be selling our breads through Waitrose in Helensburgh and are pleased to have secured a supermarket listing.  We select only the highest quality, natural ingredients to be used in our bakery and, where possible, we use local suppliers. 

“Waitrose is a perfect fit for us because both companies believe in investing in staff and working together in partnership to drive the business forward. We already supply outlets across Argyll and the Western Isles and now that my son and daughter have taken over the running of the business, we hope to take our products even further afield.”

Tracey Marshall from Waitrose commented: “We ask for regular feedback about what we offer in our stores so when our customers in Helensburgh requested more products from local suppliers, we made it our mission to seek these out. 

“Black of Dunoon’s delicious breads, including their healthy Low GI loaf, fit the bill perfectly and will make a wonderful addition to our Helensburgh store. myWaitrose customers will also enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on the new range for a limited time.”

Waitrose continues to seek out new producers and suppliers from across Scotland. More than 400 Scottish lines are now available. Household names include MacSween, Highland Game and Malcolm Allan’s butcher quality meat products as well as Marshall’s range of pasta, including the recent addition of the brand’s macaroni shapes into Waitrose stores. 

The supermarket also supports a large number of family-run businesses including Findlater’s Pates, Henshelwoods Chutneys, Simple Simon Pies and Simply Add Chilli. Black of Dunoon was selected as a finalist for ‘Scotland’s Best Bakery’ in the Scottish Baking Awards 2014 and was a finalist in the Bakery Category of the Scottish Independent Retail Awards 2015 (North West region).


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