Biscuit and bakery products distributor Arden Fine Foods has installed a bakery operation at its Coventry office to help it understand the sector further.

The company said it aimed to offer a hands-on approach as it develops its own branded ranges including the Arden & Amici sweet Italian baked goods range.

The operation is small but meets all the exacting standards required by the BRC’s food auditing and traceability processes, receiving its first grade A pass for BRC version 6 recently.

Gail Nelson, commercial manager, said: “As we grow and develop this business we felt it was really important to fully understand and appreciate the challenges faced by our suppliers whilst also trying to meet the exacting standards of food traceability and systems for managing product safety, legality and quality. If our tiny bakery can achieve these high standards we can advise and support our own suppliers in bringing their products into the UK.

“Not only that but we are enjoying the development work associated with running our own bakery operation.”

Traditionally Arden Fine Foods has worked with manufacturers across Europe to find baked sweet and savoury products to import into the UK.