Keely Roberts and Simone Lawrie (middle with cake) with staff celebrating their second birthday.
Keely Roberts and Simone Lawrie (middle with cake) with staff celebrating their second birthday. Vanessa Jarrett

Big plans ahead for CQ bakery celebrating two years

A RED and black circle logo is taking the gluten free market across Central Queensland by storm.

Rockhampton-based business, Artisan Gluten Free Bakery, sells everything gluten free from sweets and pies to breads and pizza bases.

They recently celebrated their second birthday and are swiftly making their way into grocery stores across the region.

Co-owners Simone Lawrie and Keely Roberts said it has been a busy 24 months.

"We have expanded to Bundaberg, Mackay, Biloela, Emerald and Gladstone," Ms Roberts said.

"We're in Foodworks and IGA across the locations."

"Our biggest speedbump is logistics, we need to have refrigeration."

 

Simone Lawrie and Keely Roberts when they opened Pie Alley in November 2016.
Simone Lawrie and Keely Roberts when they opened Pie Alley in November 2016. Allan Reinikka ROK091116apiealle

With some distribution channels under the belt, service stations are the next focus.

"We're doing a trial at Caltex on William St," Ms Roberts said.

"We get a lot of feedback from customers, that they can't get quality gluten free food when travelling," Ms Lawrie said.

"And it's selling really well at the Caltex."

Getting to this point is a tick off the business plan.

"That was a goal for us from day dot," Ms Roberts said.

"We've set our goals and we're reaching them," Ms Lawrie said.

 

TWO YEARS AGO: Simone Lawrie and Keely Roberts will open Artisan Gluten Free Bakery in 2015.
TWO YEARS AGO: Simone Lawrie and Keely Roberts will open Artisan Gluten Free Bakery in 2015. Lisa Benoit ROK221215lbakery1

There are some big plans this year for the Morning Bulletin's Fitzroy Club members.

"We're doing a stall at Beef Australia 2018," Ms Lawrie said.

"We're going to be extending our wholesale operations so we can expand into the wholesale market," Ms Roberts said.

While the bakery itself won't move, the owners are looking at opening an additional site to bake the goods at a wholesale level.

"That will bring more jobs to the community for local employees," Ms Roberts said.

"With the possibility of taking on baking apprentice, sharing the skills our wonderful bakers have," Ms Lawrie said.

A special mention was made to those who have supported the business over the past two years.

"Without everyone behind us in the community and and our wonderful staff who put everything into the business like it is their own, we couldn't have done it without them," Ms Lawrie said.

"We are working to get our products out to as many people as we can," Ms Roberts said.



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