FAMILY and professional interests coincided for a Government minister when she visited a hi-tech bakery that specialises in making bread for people with coeliac disease.
Europe minister Caroline Flint revealed her husband, Phil Cole, has the condition and needs gluten-free products such as the bread made by Village Bakery (Nutrition) Ltd on Wrexham Industrial Estate.
People with coeliac disease are unable to consume wheat-based foods such as bread that contains gluten because it makes them ill.
The gluten-free range, comprising white, fibre and clean oat bread, is sold under the Juvela brand in the UK and the Semper brand in Europe.
The minister’s visit coincided with Coeliac Awareness Week and chef Phil Vickery has launched a gluten-free cookery book, Seriously Good, as part of the campaign.
Ms Flint said: “As the wife of a coeliac, I was particularly interested to see the gluten-free breads being made and hear how they are now being exported all over Europe.”
The minister was on a tour of North Wales highlighting how European funding has helped create and safeguard jobs in the region.
The £3m bakery, opened last year, employsŠ 25 people and there are 10 more jobs in the pipeline, with new products being launched in the autumn.
Among the workforce are three people who were taken as a result of European funding through the ReAct programme administered by the National Assembly for Wales.