Shipley based bakers and patissiers, Just Desserts, suppliers of premium handmade desserts and pastries to the hospitality and foodservice sector, has invested a five figure sum in new, state of the art equipment to support its growth plans. The award winning company, which is currently trading at 25 per cent ahead of its 2010 performance, has doubled its capacity with a new energy efficient freezer, enabling the business to service an increased customer base.
Just Desserts commissioned Leeds based refrigeration contractor, Kirwin Refrigeration to design a bespoke commercial freezer which would upgrade and modernise its existing processes. A family run business, Kirwin Refrigeration provides refrigeration solutions to the private and public sector, with clients including Leeds University and Bradford Hospital.
Commenting on the investment, James O’Dwyer, managing director, Just Desserts said: _”We are enjoying an encouraging period of growth in spite of the current economic climate and in order to meet customer demand we needed to invest in new equipment to enable us to respond quicker to increased customer needs and to carry greater stock levels of key lines. The freezer has improved thermal efficiency and allows us to reduce our carbon footprint and to operate more economically and cost effectively._
_”I am delighted with how Kirwin Refrigeration approached the project, creating a made to measure freezer to our design specifications, which allows our handmade products to freeze faster due to a lower room temperature (-28°C) without the aggressive air flow of blast freezing, stopping ice crystallization within the product forming,”_ continued James O’Dwyer.
Just Desserts was established by James O’Dwyer and his wife Carol in 1985 when they made their first handmade cake at the famous Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford and has since gained a first class reputation for providing the hospitality and food service industry with a range of high quality handmade desserts and quiches. The company now boasts 17 staff and moved to larger premises in Shipley in 1989 to meet demand, before expanding further in 2007, investing heavily in that time and doubling the size of its production facilities.