Foodies100 is full of very creative and talented bloggers who not only have fabulous blogs but also run businesses along side their blogs. We thought it would be a great idea to highlight these people and their business. If you would like to be featured email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We start off with Vicki Montague, also known as the Free From Fairy…
What is your business/product?
I have developed the world’s first wholegrain rice and gluten free flour blend in my own kitchen.
What inspired you to start this venture?
When I found that there was nothing wholesome on the market to feed my coeliac daughter I set about creating my own flour blend that I could use in all her baking, from biscuits to bread, cakes to pastry. In addition to selling the flour, I am planning a range of e-recipe books showing people how to make all their favourite foods with my blend. The first of the series is published and focusses on pastry. It outlines how to make gluten-free (and in some cases dairy and egg free too) shortcrust, rough puff, Danish and choux pastry.
How long did it take you to develop your product and how did you know where to start?
It took me around two years to develop the flour blend because I experimented with 23 different blends before I came up with this. I wanted something that would work in all my bakes so that I didn’t have to have loads of different types of flour for different things. That meant a lot of testing! I had no idea how to get it on the market, and had no intention of doing so until a friend suggested it. Google is a wonderful thing. There is so much to get your head around when taking a product to market, but with Google anything is possible! It is equally important to know who to ask about things when and to make full use of contacts that you have.
We wish Vicki every success in her new business. To find out more visit Vicki’s site Free From Fairy.