AN award winning Doncaster bakery has been selected as a supplier to the food hall of a growing family run garden centre in the North West of England.
Warrington-based Bents Garden & Home will be retailing a wide range of gourmet pies, speciality cold cutting pies and quiche from The Topping Pie Company, discovered by its food buyers at a recent Farm Shop & Deli trade show.
The Topping Pie Company produces a wide range of handcrafted pies and quiche made to family recipes created by Maggie Topping at its South Yorkshire bakery and uses only British Red Tractor pork meat and locally sourced ingredients.
Bents’ new 10,000 sq ft food hall is a destination for foodies and features an extensive range of speciality foods, ingredients and freshly sourced products from both local and international suppliers with real provenance.
An integral part of the retailer’s expansion plans, the food hall will include a fresh deli, tapas bar, patisserie, bakery, fruit and veg, wine concession and butchers concession.
Jimmy Lindsay, food and beverage buyer at Bents said: “We only stock the very highest quality products in our new food hall and we were incredibly impressed with Toppings pies, which are perfect for our discerning customers.
“The fact that they are also a family run operation is an added bonus, as we pride ourselves on being a family business with commitment to traditional values.” continued Jimmy.
Company founder Roger Topping and his son Matthew have trained Bents retail staff on the story behind the products, how to cut and merchandise the pies in-store to ensure customers get the full enjoyment of their pies and quiche.
Bents will be retailing Toppings gourmet pies, including premium steak, steam mushroom and shallot, peppered chicken and smoked ham and award winning pork pies, including Scrumpy, Yorkshire Farmers, Game Pie, Huntsman, Chilli Pork Pie and a range of Dinky Topped pork pies.
Roger Topping, managing director, The Topping Pie Company said: “Bents Garden & Home is a well established premier garden centre and lifestyle store with a 75 year heritage and we are delighted to supply our pies and quiche for the retailer’s food hall. We are enjoying a growing trend by garden centres with a premium food offer and our pies deliver both high end quality with a homemade look and taste.”
Toppings also has listings in Selfridges, Booths and a range of independents UK wide. The bakery creates pork pies and quiche for both deli counters and retailers. It also has a seasonal and special occasion range.