East Coast Bakehouse are proud to announce that we have achieved Origin Green membership

East Coast Bakehouse are proud to announce that we have achieved Origin Green membership. Alison Cowzer – co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse said “ as a new biscuit manufacturing business we are committed to embedding sustainability in everything we do. We look forward to collaborating with others in the food industry to achieve better outcomes for our customers, our local communities and for the environment”

To achieve Origin Green accreditation, East Coast Bakehouse had to show sustainability timelines and targets, which were then verified to an independent standard. Included in the plan were commitments to sustainable sourcing, environmentally friendly operations, and a range of community initiatives

Bord Bia CEO Tara Mc Carthy said, “I am delighted to welcome East Coast Bakehouse as a verified member of the Origin Green programme. The company now joins nearly 280 other Irish food and drink producers committed to environmental, social and economic sustainability targets. Origin Green provides Irish companies with an infrastructure with which to measure and improve their sustainability performance, at a time when the world needs to produce more food with less resources.”

Employing a team of 45 at our Bakehouse in Drogheda, East Coast Bakehouse bake a range of biscuits using Irish butter and Irish Oats and now stocked in all major retailers nationwide.

Clean Sweep at Blas na hEireann Awards

We are thrilled to have swept the boards at the prestigious Blas na hEireann / Irish Food Awards 2017.

Gold – Milk Choc Enrobed Milk Choc Chunk Cookies
Silver – Milk Choc Chunk Cookies
Bronze – Oat’ems Milk Choc Enrobed Oatie Biscuits

We reckon the judges could taste the Irish butter and Irish oats, which make our biscuits just that bit better than the rest. Time to celebrate…now how about a cup of team and (an award-winning) biscuit?

East Coast Bakehouse at Ploughing

We are delighted to be going to the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan for the first time. We are located at Block 3 / Row 32 / Stand 665 where you can sample our biccies, meet the team and tell us what you think of our biscuits and cookies.

East Coast Bakehouse is a proud member of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Programme

East Coast Bakehouse is delighted to be part of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Programme – the world’s first national food sustainability programme.

We’re also committed to ensuring that we are a sustainable producer, taking care to develop our processes, sourcing policies and ways of doing business that have minimal impact on our environment. We’re working with Bord Bia to implement the Origin Green Programme, aiming to deliver real improvements in how we reduce waste, improve our use of energy and generally do our bit for the environment.

East Coast Bakehouse a Blas na hEireann Favourite

We are thrilled to be have four of our tasty biscuits shortlisted for the Blas na hEireann Irish Foods Awards. Baked using pure Irish butter and Irish oats our biscuits are going down a treat with consumers and now they are a firm favourite of the expert taste panels of Blas na hEireann.

Four of our tasty biscuits have been shortlisted and if you haven’t tried them yet just drop into your local shop and you can have your own taste panel!

Our Milk Choc Chunk cookie as well as its Milk Chocolate enrobed twin are both shortlisted as well as our Oat’em Milk Chocolate Enrobed Oat Biscuit and our delightful Crunch’em Milk Chocolate Enrobed Butter Crunch.

Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Over 2,500 products were entered into the 2016 competition in over 100 food and drink categories.

East Coast Bakehouse secures RSPO Certification

East Coast Bakehouse has been awarded RSPO certification, this is part of our core commitment to sustainability and meeting retail partner requirements.

“Ensuring that we source the right ingredients for our customers is an important element in what we do”, commented Daragh Monahan, Commercial Director, “sustainable palm oil is not only demanded by our retail-partners, but it’s the right to do for a progressive and forward-looking company like East Coast Bakehouse”.

Director of Marketing & Innovation, Alison Cowzer, also commented: “Sustainability is at the heart of what we do and how we plan our business, having RSPO certification ensures that we are not only using quality ingredients but are building on our Origin Green commitments”.

The goal of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) is a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders from the 7 sectors of the palm oil industry to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. The RSPO has more than 3,000 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO.

UTZ Certification for East Coast Bakehouse

As part of East Coast Bakehouse’s commitment to sustainability and meeting retail partner requirements, we are delighted to be UTZ certified for the sourcing of cocoa.

“Sustainability is an important ingredient in what we do and obtained UTZ certification further enhances our reputation of putting sustainability at the heart of what we do”, commented Alison Cowzer, Director of Marketing & Innovation.

“Retailers and their consumers are becoming increasingly interested in what ingredients are in their favourite products. We are on a journey to a more sustainable future for our customers and our community”, commented Daragh Monahan, Commercial Director.

UTZ is committed to creating a better, more sustainable world. It is the largest program for coffee and cocoa and has certification schemes in other commodities including (herbal) tea, rooibos and hazelnuts. The UTZ certified label features on over 20,000 different products across 135 countries.

East Cost Bakehouse obtains BRC AA Rating

East Coast Bakehouse has obtained a BRC AA (British Retail Consortium) grade following a recent audit. The AA grade is the highest grade that can be issued and represents East Coast Bakehouses’ commitment to the implementation of best practices and process improvements relating to the production, storage and distribution of our products.

“We are delighted with the results of our recent BRC audit. Achieving a BRC Grade AA underpins our commitment to quality, food safety and excellence. We, at East Coast Bakehouse, continue to strive to improve our systems and develop our products and processes. Promoting a culture of quality enables us to respond creatively and effectively to consistently meet our customer needs”, commented Pauline Naughton, Quality Manager.

Daragh Monahan, Commercial Director commented, “having a BRC AA grade demonstrates that we are retailer ready and look forward to working with our retail partners to grow their share of the ever increasingly competitive biscuit category”.

BRC Global Standards is a market leading global brand that helps build confidence in the supply chain and its standards for Food, Packaging, Storage & Distribution, Retail and Consumer Products set the benchmark for good manufacturing practice, and help provide assurance to customers that your products are safe, legal and of high quality.

Win Tickets to Bloom

East Coast Bakehouse is delighted to be attending Bloom in the Park this June Bank Holiday Weekend (1st June – 5th June). Come by and visit us at our stand in the Love Irish Food marquee (beside the Cooking demonstration in the food village) where you can sample and buy our delicious biscuits and cookies – all lovingly baked, using pure Irish butter, in Drogheda.

This is the 11th year of Bloom and there are wonderful show gardens, food stalls and cookery demonstrations to visit, as well as lots of fun things to keep the kids occupied.

Every day we will be giving you a chance to sample our biscuits and by giving us your views, you will be in with a chance to win a wonderful picnic hamper.

We look forward to welcoming Cathy McKenna, winner of the Great Irish Bake-off, who will be giving a baking masterclass on stage on Monday 5th June (10.30 am) and will be at our stand all day to help answer your baking questions.

For your chance to win a family pass (2 adults, 2 children) to any day at Bloom in the Park, join our newsletter or enter our Facebook competition. We Look forward to seeing you.

Cathy MacKenna gives a Masterclass in Baking at East Coast Bakehouse

On Friday 19th May, East Coast Bakehouse opened its doors to 20 lucky winners who were treated to an afternoon of baking, tasting and sampling.

The group were welcomed by our Director of Marketing & Innovation and Dragon’s Den Investor, Alison Cowzer. A brief factory tour with brought the group back to our Innovation Centre for some of our yummy biscuits were enjoyed.

Cathy MacKenna, winner of the Great Irish Bake-oo, demonstrated two great biscuits recipes – Chocolate and Vanilla Pinwheel Biscuits and Viennese Whirls, which you can try yourself on our recipes page, and had shared lots of baking tips and hints.

East Coast Bakehouse’s New Product Development Manager, Gemma Flynn, also provided some baking secrets before taking our consumers through a taste test of some biscuits she’s working on.

As one of the lucky winners told us “many thanks for the most enjoyable day on Friday. We really loved today and of course the biscuits. Cathy was the icing on the cake for me. She really knows her subject.”

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