Isle of Wight business Grace’s Bakery is to supply Wightlink car ferries with sandwiches made using its own bread.

The deal follows a trial last year when Grace’s sandwiches were sold on the Yarmouth to Lymington route.

Wightlink said they had proved an “overwhelming hit” with customers, leading to a range of sandwiches, wraps, paninis and pastries being rolled out on the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route, as well as Wightlink’s Camber Café in Portsmouth and Fishbourne’s Wight Taste café.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers an impressive range of sandwiches made with bread that goes from the oven to our ferries within hours,” said Wightlink retail head Simon Lewis.

“Grace’s products are as fresh as fresh can be and, as it travels just a short distance from the bakery in Ryde, it reduces food miles. This fits in with Wightlink’s desire to be considerate to the environment.”

Grace’s was established more than 20 years ago by Ray Redrup and his wife Carole, when they opened in an old flour mill. A second shop opened four years later in Newport, followed by sites in Shanklin, Cowes and then Yarmouth.

The business now employs more than 50 staff from around the island, and Ray and Carole’s sons are involved in the day-to-day running of the business together with Ray’s brothers Derek and Mark.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve our handmade sandwiches to Wightlink’s customers and join the other fantastic local producers on board,” said Ray Redrup. “We firmly believe that you can’t beat fresh bread, which is why every sandwich we deliver is made with bread baked on the same day.”

Wightlink’s ferries and cafés also carry Island Roasted coffee, Wight Crystal water, Calbourne Classics cakes, products from The Garlic Farm, Isle of Wight Biscuit Company, Wight Salt from Ventnor and The Tomato Stall’s juice and ketchup, as well as a range of drinks from Goddard’s Brewery, Island Ales and Isle of Wight Distillery.