Recently, we’ve made big changes to our suppliers to centre our supply chain in our local area. Dairy milk has quite the environmental impact, being one of the biggest contributors to the carbon footprint of the cafe industry, and so we have moved to Dundee Dairy Co. as our main milk supplier. This also includes oat milk, packaged in reusable glass bottles that go back to the dairy, cutting down on our cardboard and plastic use too. Considering that our previous oat milk of choice was Oatly, an international brand, this is quite the change! These guys started in 2020 and we are delighted to support such a young small business.
Our delicious cakes are sourced from The St Andrews Cake Company, a small business run by Michelle. Her Lemon Curd and Coffee & Walnut cakes have become firm customer favourites at Zest, alongside her Rocky Road and Caramel Shortbread. One of our favourite things about having a relationship with a local supplier is the flexibility that comes with actually knowing the person behind the business. Michelle has so many cake options and we have a lot of fun trying out new flavours when we fancy a wee switch-up: our current new favourites are Red Velvet, Coconut & Raspberry and Victoria Sponge!
Responsible sourcing is something that is very important to us at Zest and something we are always working behind the scenes on. It’s great to know that our customers are enjoying products produced locally and lovingly.