Essex-based cake and dessert manufacturer Raven Patisserie has moved to a new purpose-built production site in Witham.The new premises have been designed to accommodate its “ambitious sales targets for its patisserie and bakery products”, according to the firm. Operations director Daren McGrath said the business plans to achieve the growth through “new markets from within the group, and new business from a widening geographical area”.A subsidiary brand of Wilkin & Sons Limited, Raven Patisserie, previously located in Braintree, has grown steadily over the last couple of years. Wilkin & Sons, known for manufacturing Tiptree fruit conserves, acquired cakes tray-bake and bar manufacturer Passionately Cakes in 2003. Passionately then joined forces with Raven Catering, to form Raven Patisserie in 2005.“Raven has grown from strength to strength. We out-grew our premises in Braintree within two and a half years,” said McGrath. “This site in Witham is over 17,000 square feet and is large enough to handle the next phase of our growth.”The company, which currently employs 23 staff, supplies individually wrapped cakes, ambient bars and slices, luxury round cakes, and tray bakes to a number of tea rooms and restaurants across the UK. Passionately Cakes is now the brand name for the company’s counterline ‘grab and go’ bars.
Rowlett Rutland’s newly launched GA43DX Twin convection oven is suitable for bakery, bake-off, foodservice, pizzas, confectionery and fast food. The electric oven measures 595mm x 610mm x 575mm externally (445mm x 415mm x 355mm internally) and features a timer, steam outlet and double-glazed doors.Electronic power and temperature are thermostatically controlled between 50ºC to 270ºC, and high-quality thermal insulation comes as standard.