A local vegan bakery was recently named among the top bakeries in the world for their array of animal-free treats.
Vegan Treats in Bethlehem was featured in American Express' Departures magazine among bakeries in Paris, Vienna, Tokyo and New York City.
“It's nice to be recognized among the traditional bakeries. It shows that we're not just the best vegan bakery. It's a lot of validation for us,” said Joy Grant, bakery manager.
While outstanding, the accolades are really nothing new for the Bethlehem bakery, which Grant said is “bursting at the seams.” A staff of eight bakers and decorators and 12 support staff are continually churning out product.
“It looks like a small shop, but we do a lot,” said Grant.
For example, the shop outputs at least 250 of their signature product-peanut butter bombs a week.
And that's just one product.
Over the past year alone, the 15-year-old company has increased its output by 98 percent.
“We're just constantly taking on new wholesale accounts,” said Grant.
To date, the company holds about 100 of those accounts serving restaurants along the East Coast and beyond.
The popularity of gluten-free products has aided the company's success, as have the limitless supply of the shop's offerings, Grant said.
“We do anything, we don't like to put a number or limit to what we do,” she explained.
As for the future, the company hopes to move to a downtown Bethlehem location eventually, they're just waiting for the right space to open up.
“(Owner) Danielle (Konya) has been a resident of Northampton County all her life. She lives in Bethlehem and has always been here and wants to stay here. It's just a matter of the limited inventory of Downtown Bethlehem. We're waiting for something that fits, there are only so many spots on Main Street,” Grant said.