There’s a reason why the first thing people comment on when they step into the Pudding & Pies bakery is the delightful aroma wafting through the facility.

There’s also a reason why newcomers turn into regulars one bite into their first Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie. For at Puddings & Pies they provide customers with genuinely handmade products, baked daily in small batches to ensure quality, utilising only the finest, freshest ingredients.

The company first opened its doors for business over 30 years ago, quickly winning a reputation for creating the best puddings and cakes by using only locally sourced ingredients. And today the beautiful Dorset countryside still acts as the inspiration for the company’s product range, although a number of recipes have now been added from around the world.

This ‘international flavour’ will come as no surprise to those familiar with Puddings & Pies, with the company being acquired by South African born Edward Cunningham in 2009. This, of course, was not the best time to buy a new business, with the world’s banks in meltdown and global recession a very real possibility. But Edward saw great potential at Puddings & Pies and, although the first year was hard, the company has taken enormous strides over the past 12 months, enjoying phenomenal growth in 2011.

The explanation for this is simple: there is always a demand for quality, no matter what the state of the economy. And when you are a customer of Puddings & Pies quality is exactly what you get, with its range of handmade slices, cakes, puddings and pies some of the most delicious you will taste anywhere …

And the judges at the Taste of the West Awards 2011 agreed, with the company picking up no less than five ‘gongs’ in the Sweet Bakery category: Christmas Santa Cake (Individual), Gold; Christmas Santa Cake (Party Pack), Gold; Christmas Rich Dark Fruitcake (6” Squared), Silver; Sticky Ginger Cake, Silver; and Christmas Cake Slices, Silver.

Certainly the company to turn to for a festive treat!, Puddings & Pies entire range sets a new standard in what is a fiercely competitive market sector, with the company working hand-in-hand with a highly talented NPD chef to ensure a steady stream of new products. In 2012, for instance, a South African inspired slice is to be launched, which goes under the banner of ‘Crunchyjack’. But whether the inspiration is Dorset or Durban, you can rest assured that quality is always the driving force – it’s butter not margarine at Puddings & Pies!

Around 80% of the company’s turnover derives from the foodservice sector (cafes, coffee shops, pubs, delis etc.), with Puddings & Pies’ increasingly popular impulse-driven snack products becoming a common sight in discerning venues throughout the south-west of England. The company’s retail range is also growing in stature, with the Pudding & Pies retail brand being re-launched in March 2012 with a new, modern logo and a fresh new colour scheme that revolves around magenta.

As Edward Cunningham says, “These are quality products using only the finest ingredients; just try our flapjacks, shortbreads, teatime treats and chewy crunches. There is nothing quite like the taste of Dorset magic!” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves …

To find out more, telephone 01935 817373.

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