Gluten free bakery, Sussex Bread Company, co-founded by Jane McLaughlin and Ed Synnott, the has scooped a top award in the bread version of the Oscars – just 9 months after firing up the ovens.

Its Bracklesham Brioche Burger Rolls secured the starring role at the Tiptree World Bread Awards when it won Gold in the Gluten Free category at the awards ceremony, held in London.

A further four Silver and Bronze awards were also handed out for its loaves, including a Silver in the Speciality Bread category for the Firle Focaccia.

The awards are an added bonus for the team, which this month also opened the first completely gluten free café in Sussex, with a strong emphasis on local, sustainable, quality produce.

Co-founder Jane McLaughlin said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and honoured to receive these awards, especially in our first year. It builds on the incredible support that we’ve had from our customers from day one. We love being part of our local community and we’re proud to create artisanal baked goods that happen to be gluten free.”

Sussex Bread Company is the brainchild of Ed Synnott, Jane McLaughlin and Lush Trezise, entrepreneurs from Worthing who saw an obvious need for quality gluten-free bread and baked goods for people whose experience of eating decent bread was a distant memory.

Demand for gluten free products has been growing over the last five years, with gluten free consumers now making up to one-in-ten of the bread-buying consumer market.

This, combined with a growing interest in artisanal local produce means there is a clear demand for products that taste good to everyone, whatever a consumer’s dietary needs.

Ed Synnott, co-founder and head of the bakery’s product development, said: “Baking for others has been a long-held dream, partly driven by the lack of good gluten-free products in the market, and partly by a desire to get back to my roots – getting back to bread.”

An increasing number of local businesses are already stocking Sussex Bread Company produce, including the award-winning Bracklesham Rolls, such as The Troll’s Pantry, Coggings & Co and Lucky Beach in Brighton, as well as Tomfoolery Café in Shoreham, ensuring that many more customers can enjoy the company’s high quality artisanal food.

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