Family-owned business Gluten Free Bakehouse has opened a new factory on the Sunshine Coast to help keep up with demand for gluten-free fare.
The refurbished factory at Kunda Park includes state-of-the-art equipment and the capability to produce significant quantities of product, along with introducing an exclusive egg free and gluten free range.
Business owners Colin Pettigrew and Lisa Nevens also own Temptations in Melbourne, which has been in operation for more than 25 years.
Gluten Free Bakehouse has operations in Victoria and the Sunshine Coast, and specialises in producing gluten free and vegan specialty breads, cakes, puddings, muffins, hot cross buns, pizza bases and pies.
These products are sold through supermarkets, cafes and are served on domestic and international flights by the major airlines.
The company's breads, rolls, pies, desserts, muffins and cakes available nationally in Coles, Woolworths and IGA.
Gluten Free Bakehouse employs 120 staff across all of its sites, including 26 staff on the Sunshine Coast, a number that is expected to grow to 45 in the next four years.
“The new facility will allow us to grow our retail, foodservice and QSR markets along with targeted export opportunities,” Gluten Free Bakehouse managing director Lisa Nevens said.
“As a 100% Australian owned business, we are immensely proud to be a supply partner to our national retailers and airlines. And we’re looking forward to building our business from the beautiful Sunshine Coast.”
Mayor Mark Jamieson, who officially opened the new premises, congratulated the family-owned business on its ongoing success.
“I’m delighted that Gluten Free Bakehouse has chosen our healthy, smart, creative region to expand their operations,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“With the help of council, and after exploring a number of options, they’ve been able to secure a suitable site right here at Kunda Park which is a great outcome for our Sunshine Coast."
Other companies that have recently invested in new purpose-built facilities in the Sunshine Coast region include Country Chef Bakery, The Happy Snack Company, Freeze Dry Industries, and Epicurean Products.