A local bakery has big plans on the horizon with a second outlet coming soon and a larger production facility to meet popular demand.

Northern Rye, a bakery headquartered in Ouseburn, is on the rise with hopes to establish another outlet in North Shields’ Harbour Building and a larger production facility. The business already supplies 25 wholesale customers but now needs a larger unit than its current Byker production site to cope with demand.

Owner, Robbie Livingston, says this is the next step for the business, especially now as it plans to supply further customers at the coast and Sunderland. The firm is now in the process of moving its production to a larger unit at the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate in North Shields.

In addition, plans have been submitted to North Tyneside Council for a trading counter for food at the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate site where customers would be able to buy the firm’s own pastries and bread.

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Robbie Livingston said: “Currently, we have a production unit in Byker and we have outgrown it and we are moving to a bigger unit to try and keep up with the demand. We have been looking to expand for three years but there have not been any industrial units, there was a shortage during the pandemic.”

Mr Livingston also predicts the move to a larger facility could generate around four or five jobs, possibly with more to follow as production gets underway.

Northern Rye started in Robbie’s home kitchen in 2017 after he graduated from a baking course at The School of Artisan Food. Robbie graduated in another sense in 2018 to first his baking unit at the i2 Byker Business Centre.

By 2020, Northern Rye had been able to move to its Ouseburn HQ, part-financed by a successful crowdfunding campaign.