A hobby that turned into a business idea is proving successful for a couple from the North East of England.
Dawn and Richie Pallin are directors of newly-created Dickiez Nuts, a business which supplies healthy nut snacks which do not contain harmful additives from premises in Shiney Row, near Sunderland.
Dawn said: “The business started as a hobby. We have always been interested in healthy living and wanted to find snacks that fitted in with that philosophy.
“We did not want to eat snacks full of additives and sugar so we started buying ingredients and making our own.
“We initially started producing the nut snacks for ourselves but when we began sharing them with friends we found that they really liked the idea.
“As interest grew, we realised that there was a gap in the market and the idea of starting a business evolved.”
Dickiez Nuts buys in the nuts wholesale, produces the healthy snacks then supplies them to gyms, where users have a healthy living ethos, and now there are plans to extend into shops as well.
The company has grown steadily since its formation and the couple have moved from making snacks in their kitchen to turning a space in their garage into a purpose built commercial kitchen.
They offer a wide range of products both sweet and savoury and also a range of bars. The savoury range falls into flavour and hot and spicy, including Balti, Chinese five spice and tandoori cashews. The piri piri and super hot cashews have lots of heat as they are made with chillies.
The sweet range includes cashews with coconut or sesame seeds and bars such as the fruity nutta or the Brazilian. All are made with manuka honey as a natural sweetener.
Dawn said: “The idea has really taken off. People really like our range of snacks and we are seeking to expand the business.”
The company can be contacted on www.dickiesnutz.com