A Family Business
We are a small family business of artisan sweet makers here in the heart of Derbyshire, UK.
Our products are 100% vegan and Vegan Society Certified.
Ananda Foods was established in 2008. We had been searching for gelatine free marshmallows for our children to toast on bonfire night but could find only one American company. So we decided to start making our own in our small cottage kitchen. They were so loved and proved to be so popular that we quit our 'day jobs' in order to focus on making them. Here we are over a decade later, proudly making and packing our range of products right here in our own dedicated production facility.
Our marshmallows are made by hand in small batches, using only the finest ingredients; natural flavours, vegetable colourants and real fruit powders. We take great care to deliver the finest products with excellent, personal service.
Every aspect of all that we do is done with love and attention.
We have a number of specific dietary requirements in our family, so we appreciate the precautions and extra care required for those with intolerance to allergens.
You won't find any warnings on our products such as:
'may contain traces of..' or 'produced in a factory that also handles..' because we take contaminants seriously.
We don't pay someone else to make our products in a factory that handles allergens like nuts or dairy.
Nor do we buy in our mallows from outside the UK. Our Marshmallows are not commercially aerated to make them seem more 'fluffy', nor are they thickened and 'stabilised' using carageenan. We personally hand make them in a simple and traditional way and you'll be happy to know that we have a 5 star Food Hygiene Rating!
Our marshmallows are certified non-gmo and are wonderfully free from gelatine, wheat, gluten, nut, dairy, egg and soya.
Our packaging is almost all recycled and recycle-able. We upcycle and recycle over 90% of our waste and re-use outer packaging wherever possible.
Our Round Ups are free from gelatine, dairy, egg and nuts. Unfortunately the chocolate we use currently contains soya - although we're working on a soya free chocolate. We also produce a Gluten free version of the Round up for our customers who avoid gluten or are coeliac.
We hope that by working ethically and sustainably, eliminating allergens, animal products, non-food additives and environmentally harmful packaging, everyone will be able to enjoy eating our Marshmallows.
The question isn't: 'How can I change the world?' because each and every one of us does so every day. The question is really: 'In what way do I change it?'
". . now that large commercial interests are taking notice of the growth in popularity of plant based, vegan foods and lifestyles, we must be vigilant. Even though some particular additives are 'allowed' and can even be classed as vegan, we know that they are neither food, nor fit for consumption, and often are damaging to ourselves and the planet.."
For more info on additives, allergens and the environment see our LINKS page