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'Free from' baker's sweet success

Sally Beattie with sons Finlay and Lyall
Sally Beattie set up the firm after her son developed a dairy intolerance

A Lanarkshire baker who started her own company after her son developed a dairy allergy has been shortlisted for three prestigious food awards.

Sally Beattie's Lazy Days Foods specialises in cakes and biscuits free from gluten, wheat, dairy, or eggs.

She set it up two years ago after her son, Finlay, was diagnosed with glue ear, caused by dairy in his diet.

The firm is now in the running for three Scotland Food & Drink Excellence awards.

Ms Beattie said: "When my son was diagnosed with glue ear his speech became hampered due to his loss of hearing and it was only when the speech therapist suggested cutting out dairy that we gave it a try.

"Within two weeks his hearing had gone from flat-line to normal. It was astounding."

The businesswoman said it was a combination of that, and her own struggle with food intolerances, that spurred her on to set up the cake company.

It is not critical to have a cake or biscuit but it is a treat people with intolerances and allergies should not have to miss out on
Sally Beattie
Lazy Days Foods

Ms Beattie, along with her business partner, Emer Busturd, began selling their "free from" biscuits and tray bakes at local farmers' markets.

The firm, based in Chapelhall, Lanarkshire, now employs five people and supplies to outlets in the UK, Europe and America.

Ms Beattie added: "It is not critical to have a cake or biscuit but it is a treat people with intolerances and allergies should not have to miss out on."

Brian Cunningham, from Business Gateway Lanarkshire, said: "In any business it is important to stand out and provide a product or service that the customer really wants.

"Sally and Emer have certainly done their research and as a result have managed to create a range of unique bakery products that are exactly what their target market is looking for."



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