Scottish Co-operative Scotmid has opened its 100th bakery as part of its local bakery project.
Reaching the milestone with Scotmid Balloan, Inverness, in partnership with Ashers Bakery of Nairn, the project has seen stores across Scotland and Cumbria fitted with bakery counters in a drive to support local trade.
Stephen Brown, bakery and local sourcing manager for Scotmid Co-operative, said the business was absolutely delighted to be opening its 100th local bakery.
Brown said: “Adding bakeries to our stores has been great for customers, the local communities we trade in and the bakeries too. Our customers enjoy the convenience of having freshly baked bread, cakes and hot food at their local Scotmid. Together, we’re bringing the local baker back to the high street.”
Alister Asher, joint managing director of Ashers, added: “Ashers is delighted to be working in partnership with Scotmid as they expand their bakery sector. Customers appreciate local fresh bakery suppliers in a convenient location. We’re proud to be Scotmid’s 100th in-store bakery.”
The project started in August 2012, with the first partnership set up with Stephens Bakery of Dunfermline. The first Scotmid store to have a local bakery was Polbeth.
Scotmid has now established partnerships with seven Scottish craft bakers, including Ashers Bakery of Nairn; Aulds of Greenock; The Breadwinner Bakery of Edinburgh; Goodfellow & Steven of Dundee; J G Ross of Inverurie; Stephens Bakery of Dunfermline; and Stuart’s of Buckhaven.
Scotmid also has a new partnership with English baker Bryson’s of Keswick, for its Lakes and Dales Co-operative stores in Cumbria.