Having grown up making delicious preserves with her mother, The Bay Tree founder, Emma Macdonald, has always had an obsession for food and the pursuit of taste. This passion for discovering exciting and innovative flavours saw her travel the world as a chef, before launching The Bay Tree Food Company in the 1990’s.
Emma established The Bay Tree Food Company in her early twenties producing traditionally made home cooked condiments and marmalades with an interesting twist. Within days of launching, Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols were keen to place orders and the kitchen was quickly outgrown. Later, she expanded the range to include home-style cooking and pasta sauces. One of the earliest Bay Tree inventions was Aga dried tomatoes, but with the demand far outweighing the volume that could be made (you can only fit so many tomatoes into an Aga), she had to set her sights on more scaleable products that could be produced within the high quality values that she lived by, and with no artificial additives.
The Bay Tree believe that taste is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Quite simply, food that tastes great makes life feel better. The goal is simple – to make the wonder of nature’s finest flavours a part of everyday life.
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