From November Cranstons Food Halls at Orton Grange and Penrith will stock a brand new artisan toasted muesli by new business Lakeland Mues, brainchild of up-and-coming young entrepreneurs Luke Christian and Timothy Cottingham.
Luke Christian, 25, formerly worked as a Management Consultant for Deloitte in London whilst Timothy Cottingham, 26, worked in the timber industry in Cumbria. Despite their differing backgrounds they were united by their love of good food after being introduced to toasted muesli by a Swedish friend and now make the product locally at nearby Wigton, having both quit their jobs.
Their recipes boast a high proportion of seeds, nuts, cereals and luxuriant fruit, setting them apart from other muesli brands in the market that often bulk out their product with cheaper ingredients. Their ‘Artman Classic’ and ‘Tropical Medley’ mueslis are already stocked in several other notable local outlets as well as appearing on hotel and cafe menus in Carlisle and the Lakes.
Philip Cranston said, ‘We are delighted about being able to support Tim and Luke by giving the products a three month trial at our food halls and wish them well in their venture. We are spoilt in our county to have so many established producers of traditional foods as well as a new crop of companies offering products that are modern in style whilst still retaining the high level of quality that our county’s food producers are famous for.’
Luke and Tim said, ‘We're thrilled to be working alongside Cranstons. Since setting up our muesli company Cranstons Food Halls have been firmly locked in our sights as retailers with a phenomenal reputation both for stocking high quality local produce and for welcoming newcomers to the food retail stage. We're very excited to see our toasted muesli appear on the shelves of such a well-loved family business.’
Caption: Luke (left) and Tim (right) with Food Hall Manager Caroline Dinham.