Bakeries are not necessarily the first place you turn to when you think about healthy eating. But Chalmers Bakery which has 15 shops in the north-east of Scotland has lifted an award for its commitment to encouraging healthy eating at the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards. Its Mediterranean Pie is baked with vegetable oil and has a 56.7 per cent reduction in fat and a 59.6 per cent reduction in salt. Inspiration for the new product came from a work placement student, who is originally from Greece. Bakery director, Pamela Chalmers, pictured with her award, said: “The pie is a new addition to our product range, but it is a major part of our on-going commitment to provide healthier options for our customers, as we look to develop new products and improve existing ones to meet changing trends and customer’s desires.”
Meanwhile the judges at the Scottish Baker of the Year 2014 will have their work cut out on 2 April when they work their way through hundreds of scones, loaves, savoury items, rolls, cakes and biscuits to select the winners for the awards, which are announced in May.