Victoria’s Origin Bakery earns best employer award

Origin Bakery, with a location on Pandora Avenue, serves up only gluten-free products.

A Victoria bakery was awarded with Best Employer in this year’s B.C. Small Business Awards.

“For our business it just means clearly we are doing something right. We value our employees input for our growth,” said Marion Neuhauser, co-owner with Tara Black.

Origin Bakery, with a location on Pandora Avenue, serves up only gluten-free products. There is another location at 110-1790 Island Highway in Colwood. The company has 24 employees.

Black and Neuhauser started with only a summer market stall in 2009. In 2010, they became the first bakery in Victoria to offer exclusively gluten-free product. Neuhauser says they have 18-20 different replacements for traditional flour.

“It’s [gluten-free products] much better than it used to be. The whole reason we went into business was to create a better product.”

Origin Bakery received a $1,500 prize for the win.