De Gustibus’ Oxfordshire bakery has been destroyed in a fire.
The blaze ripped through the artisan baker’s Abingdon plant on the night of 10 September, damaging most of the building before firefighters arrived. Owner Dan Schickentanz said: "Only the walls are left standing - the place is completely gutted."
Schickentanz said he was mystified as to what could have caused the blaze. Police are checking CCTV footage and are keeping an open mind.
While the damage is assessed, De Gustibus has moved its operation into a smaller unit in London, and is currently able to meet about 80% of its supply commitments. Schickentanz said his staff had been hugely supportive, working tirelessly to get the second factory up and running. Suppliers have also lent their support. Schickentanz said he hoped part of the Abingdon factory may be saved.
De Gustibus is widely-regarded as one of the best craft bakeries in the UK, with customers, including Fortum & Mason and the Hilton and Cadogan hotel groups.