Gone Crackers goes…Local!

New owners for NICHOL FINE FOODS and “GONE CRACKERS” BC artisan food manufacturer turns to new owners to take a well loved Canadian brand to new heights.

April 19, 2013, Vancouver, BC – Heather Nichol, founder and President of Nichol Fine Foods, makers of Gone Crackers, along with Edible Coast Enterprises Inc. (“Edible Coast”), a Canadian owned food manufacturing and distribution company based in Vancouver, BC, is pleased to announce the sale of Nichol Fine Foods, a bakery manufacturing company and the maker of Canada’s favourite artisan cracker, to Edible Coast.

A diminutive fresh cracker company that started in 2001 with a small idea and a single flavour, founder Heather Nichol grew Gone Crackers to a nationally sold fresh gourmet cracker line with seven flavours and triple digit sales. Remaining as a single owner operator meant limited growth however, and an offer in March 2013 from Edible Coast, a culinary based company with four working partners, was what this successful small company needed to take Gone Crackers globally.

“I am just delighted with the sale of Nichol Fine Foods and Gone Crackers”, says Heather Nichol. “Edible Coast’s philosophy of employing and manufacturing locally, using Canadian products and supporting local retailers means my little cracker company will grow the right way, I could not be more pleased.”

Edible Coast representatives are quick to add “manufacturing locally with homegrown ingredients was one of the key features we sought after in a company. Gone Crackers is a brand we are very excited to work with and grow” say the partners behind Edible Coast. “As hands-on owner operators we see a future that includes new flavours, new product lines and increased manufacturing; supporting and growing BC business right here in the lower mainland.”

The sale of Nichol Fine Foods to Edible Coast was effective March, 2013. Founder Heather Nichol will be working with the partners for a three month period to bridge a smooth transition between new owners, suppliers, clients and retailers as well as staff of the Gone Crackers manufacturing facility in Surrey, BC.

<h3>About Gone Crackers</h3>

Gone Crackers are preservative free and made from the highest quality ingredients, while excluding yeast, sugar, and hydrogenated oils. Baked in small batches, this free formed fresh cracker is meant to be consumed within a few months with a shelf life of approximately 6 months. Flavours include Olive Oil & Cracked Pepper; Parmesan & Rosemary; Blue Cheese & Cracked Pepper; Canadian Cheddar & Chive; Roasted Shallot & Herb; Moroccan Spice and, specially designed for Wine Shops and Wine Tastings, “Undressed”.

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