A GLUTEN-FREE food business which first tested its products at a Grimsby market has experienced impressive growth in sales after attending some of the region’s farmers’ markets.Ladybird Foods, which is run by Simone Porter, launched in September 2013 to provide homemade baked products and ready meals to those with coeliac disease and wheat intolerance. After testing the water with products at a Grimsby market, Simone ventured into artisan food and farmers’ markets – and hasn’t looked back since.She said: “The Top Town Market in Grimsby was a great learning curve and a good way to see if there was a demand for our products, as overheads were low.”But it was only when we started attending farmers’ markets across the region that our sales really started to grow. We went along to a foodie market in Selby in September and we found we were selling more. We also took up a pitch at the Humber Bridge Farmers’ Market, in Hessle, and were surprised when we sold out of stock on our first visit.”
We would like to offer congratulations on the success to a Grimsby Business that has found a niche market and made a successful business by traveling round local farmers markets. It is lovely to see someone passionate about creating a large range of gluten free products – they offer their pies in 14 different flavours! I love the look of their Yorkshire Puddings – they look nicer than many gluten ones! Take a look at their Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/ladybirdfoodsfreefrom?fref=ts
Unfortunately for us, we don’t live close enough to visit one of their markets, if only they did mail order.