TASTY SPECIALS: Blackburn bakery enjoying nationwide success

Baker Barry Wood shows off his cakes

Baker Barry Wood shows off his cakes

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BLACKBURN bakery is enjoying nationwide success after producing specialist pies, pasties and cakes for people on restricted diets.

Wood’s Craft Bakery in Whalley New Road first opened in 1984, in much smaller premises in Longridge, and since then it has gone from strength to strength.

Headed up by husband and wife team Barry and Catherine Wood, the bakery originally started out only selling bread.

But Barry said the business had to diversify in order to compete with large supermarkets, which were selling bread cheaply.

The Woods spotted a gap in the market for specialist foods for people on low sugar or gluten-free diets, and their products are now being sold all over the UK.

Wood’s Craft Bakery has a range of products, including gluten-free pasties, and low-sugar cakes for diabetics.

Lancashire Telegraph:

The bakery has customers as far apart as East Lothian in Scotland, Somerset, and the Isle of Man.

Barry Wood said: “Unfortunately low- sugar products for diabetics is a growth market.

“A lot of young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and gluten-free diets have grown by 32 per cent, and are set to grow by 20 per cent next year for some reason, I don’t know why.

“People are also more concerned about what they’re eating, and our products don’t contain food colouring or preservatives.

“Once upon a time it was all bread, but we find out what the customer wants and give it to them but make sure it’s good quality and the right price.

“All our produce is produced on the premises. And our products go places, from the top to the bottom of the country.

“The business is growing nice and slowly, but steadily.”

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7:45pm Wed 13 Aug 14

M.DANNY says...

Good luck Barry you spotted gap in the market for these products.Best wishes for future and may your business grows from strength to strength and create jobs for many young unemployeds in town.
Good luck Barry you spotted gap in the market for these products.Best wishes for future and may your business grows from strength to strength and create jobs for many young unemployeds in town. M.DANNY
  • Score: 16

8:18pm Wed 13 Aug 14

child44 says...

They do fantastic pies.
They do fantastic pies. child44
  • Score: 10

8:27pm Wed 13 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

child44 wrote:
They do fantastic pies.
They also sell them at fantastically high prices also.
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: They do fantastic pies.[/p][/quote]They also sell them at fantastically high prices also. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -16

7:48am Thu 14 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
child44 wrote:
They do fantastic pies.
They also sell them at fantastically high prices also.
Good to know we won't be bumping into you in Barry's shop then.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: They do fantastic pies.[/p][/quote]They also sell them at fantastically high prices also.[/p][/quote]Good to know we won't be bumping into you in Barry's shop then. greenscreener
  • Score: 12

8:41am Thu 14 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
child44 wrote:
They do fantastic pies.
They also sell them at fantastically high prices also.
From East Lancashire's leading retail consultant.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: They do fantastic pies.[/p][/quote]They also sell them at fantastically high prices also.[/p][/quote]From East Lancashire's leading retail consultant. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 4

9:21am Thu 14 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
child44 wrote:
They do fantastic pies.
They also sell them at fantastically high prices also.
Repetition of "also" - one point to me.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: They do fantastic pies.[/p][/quote]They also sell them at fantastically high prices also.[/p][/quote]Repetition of "also" - one point to me. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 8

12:34pm Thu 14 Aug 14

woolywords says...

So has anyone had one of these pies?
Am having real difficulty in imagining a pie, made with gluten free, hot water pastry, with a reduced fat content, no jelly and it still being a pie.
...
I truly feel sorry for those whom cannot tolerate the ingestion of an Hollands meat pie, I really do, even though I've tried nut cutlets, when they first came out and since...
I'd type more but my clogged arteries are going into spasmodic withdrawal convulsions, for want of a cold meat pie and brown sauce.
Pie now, die tomorrow!
So has anyone had one of these pies? Am having real difficulty in imagining a pie, made with gluten free, hot water pastry, with a reduced fat content, no jelly and it still being a pie. ... I truly feel sorry for those whom cannot tolerate the ingestion of an Hollands meat pie, I really do, even though I've tried nut cutlets, when they first came out and since... I'd type more but my clogged arteries are going into spasmodic withdrawal convulsions, for want of a cold meat pie and brown sauce. Pie now, die tomorrow! woolywords
  • Score: 3

2:02pm Thu 14 Aug 14

hasslem hasslem says...

woolywords wrote:
So has anyone had one of these pies?
Am having real difficulty in imagining a pie, made with gluten free, hot water pastry, with a reduced fat content, no jelly and it still being a pie.
...
I truly feel sorry for those whom cannot tolerate the ingestion of an Hollands meat pie, I really do, even though I've tried nut cutlets, when they first came out and since...
I'd type more but my clogged arteries are going into spasmodic withdrawal convulsions, for want of a cold meat pie and brown sauce.
Pie now, die tomorrow!
yeah - the stuff from woods is really good - brilliant pasties!

do you seriously still like hollands - they dont seem anywhere near as good as 10 years ago. widely available clayton park are excellent as is cissy green's pies. if you want to treat yourself to a cold meat pie - indulge in beechs' in wilpshire or barrowford too.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: So has anyone had one of these pies? Am having real difficulty in imagining a pie, made with gluten free, hot water pastry, with a reduced fat content, no jelly and it still being a pie. ... I truly feel sorry for those whom cannot tolerate the ingestion of an Hollands meat pie, I really do, even though I've tried nut cutlets, when they first came out and since... I'd type more but my clogged arteries are going into spasmodic withdrawal convulsions, for want of a cold meat pie and brown sauce. Pie now, die tomorrow![/p][/quote]yeah - the stuff from woods is really good - brilliant pasties! do you seriously still like hollands - they dont seem anywhere near as good as 10 years ago. widely available clayton park are excellent as is cissy green's pies. if you want to treat yourself to a cold meat pie - indulge in beechs' in wilpshire or barrowford too. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 3

10:06am Fri 15 Aug 14

woolywords says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
woolywords wrote:
So has anyone had one of these pies?
Am having real difficulty in imagining a pie, made with gluten free, hot water pastry, with a reduced fat content, no jelly and it still being a pie.
...
I truly feel sorry for those whom cannot tolerate the ingestion of an Hollands meat pie, I really do, even though I've tried nut cutlets, when they first came out and since...
I'd type more but my clogged arteries are going into spasmodic withdrawal convulsions, for want of a cold meat pie and brown sauce.
Pie now, die tomorrow!
yeah - the stuff from woods is really good - brilliant pasties!

do you seriously still like hollands - they dont seem anywhere near as good as 10 years ago. widely available clayton park are excellent as is cissy green's pies. if you want to treat yourself to a cold meat pie - indulge in beechs' in wilpshire or barrowford too.
Get thee behind me Satan..
Have just got my bus pass, and you are suggesting pie shops?
...
Return to the pie shops, please..
And I mean, return!
...
Years ago, there was a cracking pie place, in the old market,
I used to get two pies from there.
One for my mate.
then get the bus to the Crown pub.
None left..
Hadn't finished baking them..
The woman in front of me, bought the last 4..
...
Told you that they were good pies..
Just don't tell Terry!
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: So has anyone had one of these pies? Am having real difficulty in imagining a pie, made with gluten free, hot water pastry, with a reduced fat content, no jelly and it still being a pie. ... I truly feel sorry for those whom cannot tolerate the ingestion of an Hollands meat pie, I really do, even though I've tried nut cutlets, when they first came out and since... I'd type more but my clogged arteries are going into spasmodic withdrawal convulsions, for want of a cold meat pie and brown sauce. Pie now, die tomorrow![/p][/quote]yeah - the stuff from woods is really good - brilliant pasties! do you seriously still like hollands - they dont seem anywhere near as good as 10 years ago. widely available clayton park are excellent as is cissy green's pies. if you want to treat yourself to a cold meat pie - indulge in beechs' in wilpshire or barrowford too.[/p][/quote]Get thee behind me Satan.. Have just got my bus pass, and you are suggesting pie shops? ... Return to the pie shops, please.. And I mean, return! ... Years ago, there was a cracking pie place, in the old market, I used to get two pies from there. One for my mate. then get the bus to the Crown pub. None left.. Hadn't finished baking them.. The woman in front of me, bought the last 4.. ... Told you that they were good pies.. Just don't tell Terry! woolywords
  • Score: 3

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