St Mary’s Fudge Maker To Export To Europe

Gigs have been built on St Mary’s and exported to continental Europe, but now St Mary’s biggest fudge maker is sending her sweet treats to the Netherlands and Finland.

Michelle Mapplethorpe met up with overseas buyers at a food event at London’s Olympia exhibition centre.

They liked her samples, so she’ll be sending the fudge that she makes at her shop on The Strand to people who supply 200 deli’s and high-end food retailers in Holland and another distributor in Finland

Michelle says the exporting brings a new dimension to the business. She’s having to keep an eye on the exchange rate and develop palette-based packaging for the journey.

And Michelle joked that she could use returning Dutch rowers to transport back fudge after next year’s gig weekend!

She’s confident she can produce the orders on time and says the LAG has provided funding to increase the size of the premises and obtain new equipment. She’s also moving stock to the mainland for storage to free up production space.

Michelle is also waiting to hear back from Olympic buyers who have offered her space at the rowing and canoeing venues, Greenwich Park for the equestrian events and at the media village where 20,000 people will be based.

The Handmade Fudge Company is also in talks over supplying the Olympic Park construction workers with sweets for their thank you packs and four associated shops in the City of London.

She leaves Scilly today to promote her goods at the Grand Designs show and the Ideal Home Christmas show.