Cookies to the stars
AND the award for best biscuit goes to ... Byron Bay Cookie Company!
Last week, as the likes of Hugh Jackman and Daniel Day-Lewis were collecting gongs for their acting at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, a local business was also racking up a big win on the international stage.
Byron Bay Cookie Company's gourmet products were featured in the exclusive goodie bags gifted to the stars attending the Hollywood ceremony.
It's a long way from the Byron Industrial Estate to the Beverly Hilton, but the coup was due to an approach to their US office from a PR firm representing the awards, said marketing manager Emilie Emond.
Ms Emond said they jumped at the invitation to place their triple-choc fudge flavour onto the lips of the world's most famous actors and there was a great chance their products would also have a supporting role at the Academy Awards.
It's the start of what looks to be a big year for the company with their products to be stocked in Woolworths supermarkets around the country from next month.
Ms Emond said the Woolies contract would mean more hours for their 80 staff which included casuals, an expansion into the factory they already own next door to their Brigantine St bakehouse and possibly more automation. "We're not currently producing at capacity so we'll upscale," she said.
Despite the company's rapid expansion, they were determined to stay true to their roots and continue to bake all their products for domestic consumption in Byron, she said. The company has also produced its own Anzac Biscuit in time for Australia Day which will be launched on board Qantas next month. The business was started at home in the Byron hinterland 20 years ago by Gary Lines and Maggie Miles.
The Sydney-based chairman Gordon Slater bought in 10 years ago and became the sole owner in 2005.
With an annual turnover in excess of $13 million, its client list includes Jetstar, David Jones, Bunnings Cafes and McCafe.