hey, you breakfast lover
And boom, Christmas is over and the new year is just around the corner. Isn't it crazy how fast time flies?
Before we make concrete plans for 2023, we want to review the year and use this newsletter to give you a brief overview of what has happened with us in the last few months.
The first thing I noticed while writing was how unbelievable it all was and still is.
In addition, we would like to report again today about a new partner - this time we are going to Mönchengladbach and the surrounding area, to EDEKA Endt, a multiple chain store on the beautiful Lower Rhine. Since the beginning of December you can find all our products there.
We also recommend our recipe of the month, wintry apple-cinnamon overnight oats with almond Britta granola.
Annual review - that was our 2022
Lena and I had already decided at the end of 2021 that we wanted to expand and move into an old bakery in Kleve. The first renovation work was already being planned at the time and should be completed by spring.
At the same time, the year began with an exciting and also challenging major order (at least that's how we felt at the time). Well over 1000 boxes of the online food retailer Foodist should be filled with our almond Britta. Since there were precise delivery regulations and deadlines, precise planning was the be-all and end-all - so for the first time we made a really large amount of muesli, packed it and sent it on a pallet by freight forwarder. In the end everything worked out wonderfully and we learned a lot - so the previous excitement was completely for nothing. ;-)
So it was clear to us that we wanted to move our Gocher cellar production to the new Klever bakery by summer at the latest. The renovation works went well, everything gradually took shape and became more tangible.
Lena had also decided to give up her job as a confectioner and join Barni & Wilma full-time from July.
Accordingly, numerous planning measures were on the agenda in the first half of the year. In addition to the financial planning, we also took care of the complete equipment of our production facility. Also included is the heart of the bakery - the oven. For this purpose we were guests in Hilden at the Wachtel company and roasted our muesli there.
Paperwork, applications and forms to be filled out were also on the agenda and very "nerve-wracking", to put it positively. But we managed that somehow.
After our move to the new bakery was successfully completed and the first productions started in Kleve, there was a small inauguration party with our hard-working helpers, families and customer friends at the end of the summer. So we were able to look back on the first half of the year, which was quite exciting and challenging, and also show our gratitude to those who supported us so well and without whom this step would not have been possible.
Also, Barni & Wilma hasn't been a one-woman show since the summer, which is really great. Lena and I complement each other perfectly in our areas of responsibility - she primarily takes care of production and order processing and I take care of sales, marketing, administration, IT, etc.
We became very aware of this great new beginning at our little celebration.
Autumn had just begun and the Christmas business was already in full swing. We have also launched two new granolas - the limited-time Mandel Britta Winter Edition, which by the way is very popular with you, and the Mandel Britta Niederrhein Fräulein Edition, which is a cooperation with Niederrhein Tourismus and blogger Nicole Marks has arisen.
In addition, we will be exhibiting at the Krefeld Christmas market for a whole week this year, we were part of the van Nahmen Advent bazaar in Hamminkeln and shortly before Christmas we were guests at the trend market 'Claus' in Mönchengladbach.
Of course, so much more happened this year - thanks to the loosening of the corona virus, we were finally able to hold granola tastings at various locations (including the Gocher after-work market in summer) and engage in personal exchange with many great customers and interested parties.
In addition, we have gained 17 new EDEKA stores here in the region, as well as two REWE stores and 17 new retailers (cafes, hotels and retail). Even another Swiss customer is involved.
We are really, really grateful that the year turned out the way it did despite the corona pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis.
We are still as happy as little children about every single order and feel a lot of joy and happiness to be able to do what we love!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support.
Whether you bought our products, recommended us to your friends, followed us on social media, sent us lovely messages with a lot of positive encouragement and feedback... Everything was wonderful and got us here.
Thanks for that! 🙏🙏🙏🙏
We are looking forward to many more crispy and hopefully successful years and wish you a happy and healthy New Year.
Our new partner: EDEKA Endt in Mönchengladbach & Wegberg
Hello Mönchengladbach & Wegberg! 🥳🥰
Since the beginning of December we have been able to deliver to a total of 6 EDEKA Endt stores in the cities mentioned.
That was another big step for us and we are totally grateful for this great opportunity.
Our beautiful wooden displays are available in the following markets:
Hofstr. 144, 41065 Moenchengladbach
Helmut-Grashoff-Str. 1, 41179 Moenchengladbach
middle street 5, 41236 Moenchengladbach
SteinsStr. 70, 41199 Moenchengladbach
Pastorenkamp 15, 41169 Moenchengladbach
At the train station 10, 41844 Wegberg
In addition to our basic varieties in 350g and 750g, you can also find our new Almond Britta Niederrhein Fräulein Edition variety there.
We hope that we can also inspire people in Mönchengladbach and the surrounding area for our granolas and that we will therefore be represented there in the long term.
recipe of the month