Cornwall LivingIssue #72

A true taste of Cornwall

Cornish by name and inspired by nature, a new healthy snack company is so much more than it’s cracked up to be.

We all know that feeling of needing a little something to quell hunger between meals. Keen to come up with savoury alternatives to the usual sugary treats, husband and wife Richard and Julie Robinson recently launched a range of vegetable-based cracker biscuits through their new business, Mossel & Croust.

“The support we’ve received from Outset has been invaluable”

Taken from the Cornish words ‘mossel’ and ‘croust’ used originally by Cornish tin miners to describe their mid-morning snack time, the Robinson’s biscuits are gluten free, suitable for vegans and suited to a raw food diet.

The Robinsons came up with the idea to make a light, tasty and nutritious biscuit that could be eaten on its own or with cheese or a slice of apple while they were out walking the Cornish coast path.

Following several months of research and experimentation with a variety of recipes, the couple hit upon their celery, tomato and chilli vegetable cracker biscuit, which they launched at Trevenna Cross Christmas Market last December to great success.

“We were bowled over by the response we received,” said Richard. “The crackers were clearly extremely popular, selling out every weekend.”

It was here that Richard and Julie met Outset Cornwall business advisor, Pam Sekula who introduced them to the range of business start-up support offered by the fully funded programme.

“The support we’ve received from Outset has been invaluable,” Julie shared. “We are currently developing our business plan and are extremely grateful for the support and opportunities we’ve been given.”

Following their initial success, the couple are planning to invest further as full-time work commitments will allow. They are aiming to be as environmentally aware as possible. Ingredients are sourced locally (Riviera Produce), and the containers are re-useable as plant pots or food containers.

With a presence at St Ives and Helston Farmers’ markets, a second flavour (cauliflower, lime and ginger) now launched and further recipes being developed, Mossel & Croust could well be the picnic provider of choice this summer.

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Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Liverty and the Outset Foundation, Outset Cornwall provides a flexible programme of business start-up support, helping individuals explore their business idea through information sessions, specialist workshops and one-to-one coaching.



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“The support we’ve received from Outset has been invaluable”