Thomas’s Bakery has been awarded the Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation.

The Elland-based craft bakery firm, which includes the Lottie Shaw’s artisan bakery business, has been awarded the nationally-recognised food safety certification.

The accreditation, operated by The Institute of Food Science and Technology, has been designed to help smaller food and drink producers supply their products to national and regional buyers.

Charlotte Shaw, director of Lottie Shaw’s, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the SALSA accreditation as our team constantly go the extra mile to ensure our bakery meets our own very high standards and this recognition is testament to our hard work.

“In order to support our growth strategy, national buyers require us to have SALSA and we therefore hope this accreditation will take us to a new level in sales and better secure the future of our business. We can now confidently demonstrate to both potential buyers and existing distributors that we are producing quality products and are doing so to a safe and legal standard.”

Lottie Shaw’s produces a number of sweet bakery goods, including a traditional Yorkshire Parkin – a ginger cake predominantly baked using oatmeal and combining syrup and black treacle.

The SALSA scheme is a non-profit-making joint venture between the National Farmers’ Union, the Food and Drink Federation, the British Hospitality Association and the British Retail Consortium.