Yorkshire bakery becomes first high street chain to sell 100 per cent vegan bread
Yorkshire’s oldest family bakery chain has risen to the challenge of producing freshly baked 100 per cent vegan bread.
Cooplands has become the largest bakery in Britain to make the move to vegan - all its bread and rolls now contain none of the animal fats, dairy, eggs or honey that can often be found in shop-bought breads.
Company CEO Belinda Youngs said: “At Cooplands we put our customers’ needs at the heart of our bakery operations. We know that many shoppers want to be really sure that the bread products that they are buying are 100 per cent vegan and that’s why we are delighted to be the first high street bakery to be able to offer this to all our customers every day.”
The company’s bread is made to a traditional recipe, with just high protein flour, water, salt and yeast as the base. Variants include white, wholemeal, scotch and country grain. Where possible the firm sources local ingredient.
Staff at the company’s three bakery sites in Scarborough, Durham and Hull make thousands of loaves and rolls every day, freshly baked around the clock, then delivered to 160 shops and 12 cafes across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North East at 5am each morning.
Traditional baking methods by skilled bakers are at the heart of Cooplands bread making. Despite the scale of the company’s modern-day production, large parts of the process are still manual, including weighing ingredients, levelling dough into bread tins, cuts on top of all loaves, loading and unloading tins and rolls into ovens and removing loaves from their tins.