Just Desserts welcomed HRH Princess Anne to its bakery in Shipley, West Yorkshire yesterday (15 July).
Managing director James O’Dwyer showed the Princess Royal around the Just Desserts facility, which has recently expanded into another unit. It plans to use this for offices and staff facilities, demolishing the existing ones and increasing capacity by around 50%.
The Princess Royal met the team and saw how the bakers handcraft some of its products, including Yorkshire Scoundrels, Raspberry Franzipans and Lotus Biscoff Cheesecakes, as well as seeing a demonstration on how to ice a chocolate fudge cake.
After a reception for family members, customers, suppliers and VIP guests, the Princess Royal unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark her visit.
O’Dwyer’s young grandchildren presented the Princess Royal with a bouquet of flowers and a presentation box of fresh Scoundrels and Raspberry Franzipans.
“It was an absolute honour to welcome the Princess Royal to visit our bakery today. We are incredibly proud to build our growing business, with plans to further expand into another unit,” said O’Dwyer.
“It really is the royal icing on the cake to show HRH Princess Anne just how we’ve developed from a start-up enterprise more than 30 years ago to employing more than 25 people, serving a growing customer base in and beyond the region.”