Q&A with The Primal Pantry founder Suzie Walker
PUBLISHED: 15:23 28 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:17 30 January 2019
We catch up with Suzie Walker, the founding force behind Berkshire-based snack bar company, The Primal Pantry
Tell us about how The Primal Pantry began…
I started my career in the food industry and worked at Nestle and Innocent Drinks, but then I was made redundant. However, I decided to use the redundancy money to re-train in nutrition, and I then built a nutrition practice in the Cookham and Maidenhead areas. Whilst working with my clients, I realised that they really struggled to find healthy snacks, because at the time there was simply nothing on the market. I started to make these fruit and nut bars at home and I found that lots of people wanted to buy them, so it kind of went from there really!
Where are you based now?
We have an office in Maidenhead with a team of 14 people, and the bars are stocked in all sorts of sites across the country. You can find them in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Whole Foods, Co-Op and BP garages, and they’re also available to order online.
What goes into the bars?
It’s really simple – it’s literally just whole nuts and dried fruit mixed together in a blender before they are then rolled out into bars. We don’t use any unnatural flavours, just actual flavours, which are so much better for you. We’ve got a range of healthy snack bars that are made with no more than five ingredients, and we also do protein bars, which are fully plant-based too, and they use a really simple hemp protein. This month, we’re also re-launching our fruit and seed bars, which won’t have any nuts on the ingredients list.
Have you always been into cooking?
I’m actually an awful cook! But I’ve always been into food.
What food couldn’t you live without?
Oh, that’s a hard one… a real comfort food for me is 85% dark chocolate, and coffee… always coffee!
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