Cobbs Cakes, a Scottish baked goods company based in the Drumnadrochit area, has won its biggest order since its establishment in 2002.
The bakery has been commissioned to manufacture 120,000 portions of cake, which will be given to Boundary Mills Stores visitors for free to thank them for their custom during March 2014. If they are well received at the discount store's Newcastle, Sheffield, Colne, Walsall and Grantham sites, Cobbs Cakes could receive an order for an additional 30,000 sweet snacks.
Although the order is large, Cobbs' manager Sheena Lloyd is confident that the factory will be able to process it successfully. She said: "The logistical exercise at the bakery will be massive but there is plenty of capacity and a top team of bakers to handle this order."
Cobbs Cakes will be required to make a variety of baked goods, including carrot cake, lemon drizzle traybake, victoria sponge and chocolate brownies, using 4,500 lbs of butter, 5,000 lbs of sugar, 6,000 lbs of flour and 76,000 eggs as well as large amounts of chocolate, jam, icing and lemon curd.
The order has been secured for the firm by its new brand ambassador for the north of England, a position which is supported by government funding. The Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation scheme has been set up to create job opportunities within the food manufacturing industry and to provide investment both at home and overseas.
Richard Lochhead, rural affairs secretary for Scotland, said: "I am delighted that Scottish government funding has helped Cobbs Cakes secure this colossal order." He added: "Success is very sweet indeed."
This is the largest order Cobbs Cakes has ever received in the 12 years since it took over a small village bakery on a farm in the Highlands. The firm started out producing goods for its own nine outlets, but demand from both locals and tourists grew and today Cobbs Cakes employs 30 members of staff at its Drumnadrochit factory.
Its products are distributed to cafes, visitor attractions and takeaways in Scotland, so this will be the first big order the business has received for an English client.