Bristol baking royalty steels crown from international giants to be named Best Food Supplier in Europe


Bristol bakery, cakery and all round king of sweet thrills Cakesmiths was named as the Best Food Supplier in Europe at the Allegra European Coffee Awards in Milan last month. Pipping big guns such as Unilever and Danish Bakery to the post, the indie cake dealers joined heavyweights Starbucks, Alpro and Lavazza in this year’s impressive list of winners.

‘We were super chuffed and humbled to even be nominated but to win was amazing,’

says co-owner, Tom Batlle.

A busy year of innovations – including the introduction of eco packaging, a slick new bakery and the launch of no-less-than 20 new products – put Cakesmiths in prime position for the coveted award which is voted for by industry pros.

Now in its tenth year, the Allegra European Coffee Awards celebrate the top dogs in the caffeine and food-to-go industry. The 2018 winners were announced at a glitzy black-tie ceremony in Milan on November 29 which was the caffeinated high of the annual European Coffee Symposium.

The freshly-buffed glass trophy joins an increasingly crowded mantelpiece at Cakesmiths’ Bristol HQ. The wholesale cake specialist (which supplies speciality coffee shops and cafes across the country with tempting traycakes, drool-worthy brownies and crowd-pleasing flapjacks) already polishes a sizable collection of Great Taste Awards for its ever-expanding range of doughy delights.

Cake junkies can also get their fix of Cakesmiths best-in-Europe bakes at its Whiteladies Road cafe and bakery, Bakesmiths. Game-changing flavours include a Moor Beer-collab stout cake, a zesty lemon and courgette loaf and a fight-you-for-the-last-slice espresso brownie.