Goodness Grains is a young Irish Company set up in 2013 to bring quality fresh Gluten Free products to the Coeliac consumer in Ireland and increasingly non-coeliacs choosing a Gluten Free diet. Located in Longford, our bakery is one of very few purpose built gluten free bakeries in the country. This offers Coeliacs complete peace of mind in relation to issues of concern for them, i.e. traceability and cross contamination of GF products.Our Bakers have over 40 years’ gluten free baking expertise.
We have won 16 Great Taste Awards and 7 Blas na hEireann awards since we began production in February 2013. In fact, we are the only Gluten Free Bakery in Ireland and the UK to have won 2 Gold Stars at Great Taste for a Gluten Free Bread over 2 consecutive years – 2013 and 2014.
Goodness Grains is a family owned and run business with a long tradition in the restaurant and service industry. And it was from this involvement in the restaurant business that the story of Goodness Grains began.
In 2010 a customer came into our restaurant one day and asked for gluten free bread to go with his lunch. We didn’t have any but we listened to what he had to say (allowed him to use his ‘own’ Gluten Free bread which he carried around in his pocket!) and the following day we had gluten free bread on our menu!
We began to extend the gluten free options on our menus and in doing so we have always tried to source a consistent range of good quality Gluten Free products for our many coeliac customers. From chatting to them at our research stage, we discovered that they found it extremely difficult to source fresh gluten free products that have all the taste and choice of conventional foods. Our research showed categorically that the most ‘wished for’ products are fresh bread and a ‘treat’.
Of course market research was vitally important to the development of the Goodness Grains product range. We spent 18 months listening, chatting, surveying, developing what the customer was looking for and then trialing and sampling the new products with our customer base. And now finally, together with our Coeliac customers, we are satisfied that we have a great Gluten Free range that delivers on taste and quality, ensuring that our customers are happy.
At present, we are supplying in excess of 400 Retail and Foodservice Customers as well as numerous online customers. Customers include Tesco Ireland, Dunnes Stores, SuperValu, Supermacs, AppleGreen, Butlers, Brambles, ITSA Bagel, Kay’s, Wilde and Greene, Mortons of Ranelagh, Nolan’s of Clontarf, Café Togo, Listons, Fallon & Byrne, McCambridge’s Galway and many more. Click here for a full list of our stockists.
Our plan for the next 18 months is to continue to grow organically with special emphasis on expanding our product range to address other allergens. Since last year we no longer use nuts in our bakery, it is a nut free environment. Our bread range is suitable for a Vegan diet, containing no dairy or egg. Our Danish pastries and Lemon tart are also dairy free.