Wightlink forms partnership with Grace's Bakery

Wightlink forms partnership with Grace's Bakery
Wightlink’s head of Retail Simon Lewis takes a delivery from Sarah Redrup from Grace’s Bakery (Image: Wightlink)

UK ferry operator Wightlink has partnered with Isle of Wight-based company Grace’s Bakery to provide ferry customers with sandwiches made from locally sourced ingredients.

Introduced on a trial basis on the Yarmouth to Lymington route last year, hand-made sandwiches from Grace’s Bakery sandwiches have been an “overwhelming hit” with customers. Consequently, the range of sandwiches, wraps, paninis and pastries are now available on ferries serving the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route, as well as in Wightlink’s Camber Café in Portsmouth and Fishbourne’s Wight Taste café.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers an impressive range of sandwiches made with bread that goes from the oven to our ferries within hours,” said Simon Lewis, head of Retail at Wightlink. “Grace’s products are as fresh as fresh can be and, as it travels just a short distance from the bakery in Ryde, it reduces food miles. This fits in with Wightlink’s desire to be considerate to the environment.”

Established more than 20 years ago, the family-run bakery uses locally sourced produce and quality ingredients to make its bread and other baked goods.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve our hand-made sandwiches to Wightlink’s customers and join the other fantastic local producers onboard,” said Ray Redrup, founder of Grace’s Bakery. “We firmly believe that you can't beat fresh bread, which is why every sandwich we deliver is made with bread baked on the same day.”

Grace’s Bakery is the latest in a long line of Isle of Wight-based companies to provide fresh food for Wightlink’s customers. Milk comes from Briddlesford Farm, coffee from Island Roasted, water from Wight Crystal, cakes from Calbourne Classics and juice and ketchup from The Tomato Stall. Other products are provided by The Garlic Farm, Isle of Wight Biscuit Company, Wight Salt from Ventnor, Goddard’s Brewery, Island Ales and Isle of Wight Distillery.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Wednesday, April 10, 2019