It’s time to welcome back our Guest Blogger, Maddy Bellcroft. This week Maddy has been catching up with the Roland from Dovedale Bread on behalf of Fresh Choice Nelson. Take it away Maddy…
A few years ago I had the pleasure of spending the day in Roland’s Dovedale Bread factory. I really enjoyed watching the process of delicious bread being made from scratch with good ingredients. Since then I have been a huge fan, and in this week’s feature, I chat with Roland about his company.
Firstly, tell us a bit about how Dovedale Bread began?
Dovedale began in 1996 on our farm in Dovedale. I had noticed from my early days in Sydney, growing demand for gluten-free bread. So, after selling my Australian gluten-free bread company, we started Dovedale Bread, which began with just one product, Dovedale Rice Bread. I also learned from my Dallas Bread NZ experience and invested in a vacuum packing machine, to ensure longer shelf life without preservatives. Dovedale Bread was the first gluten-free bakery to distribute nationwide, and soon we had a thriving business supplying supermarket chains.
What is the philosophy behind your products?
The Dovedale philosophy is that products should taste good and also be good for you. So, we use mostly organic ingredients and add no sugar, eggs or dairy to any of our bread. We have since 2012 expanded our range to include biscuits and crackers.
What is your favourite product that you make?
Driving our growth in the last two years has been our Paleo range. My favourite would be our Paleo Turmeric Bread. We also use the same dough to make Paleo Turmeric Buns.
What’s next for Dovedale?
Despite the often temporary nature of trends, Paleo shows no signs of going away. So, we are keen on introducing more paleo products. Paleo biscuits will be next!
Could you share some serving suggestions or recipe ideas using your product?
Toast Dovedale’s Paleo turmeric Bread, then smear with pesto. Grill halloumi, add to the bread and finish with cracked black pepper!
Yum! That sounds amazing, thanks, Roland. My personal favourite are Dovedale’s Choc Ginger Biscuits. Spicy and warming and perfect dunked in tea! Don’t forget to head to Fresh Choice Nelson for your Dovedale bread, biscuits and crackers.