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Apex Hotels partners with free-from snack firm

Edinburgh-headquartered Apex Hotels has partnered up with a Livingston-based company to provide guests with ‘free from’ snacks.

The family-owned hotel group, which currently has a portfolio of 10 properties throughout the UK, is stocking Scottish brand Fodilicious in its guest rooms.

The innovative, sustainable food business was founded by Lauren Leisk who was inspired to create meals and snacks for people who, like her, suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Whilst researching ways to alleviate her symptoms she discovered the low FODMAP diet and thus created Fodilicious – a selection of the world’s first FODMAP-friendly certified meals and the UK’s first FODMAP-friendly certified snacks.

Apex Hotels is providing the brand’s newest creation, Cookie Buttons, as a complimentary snack in all upgraded rooms across the whole portfolio which spans across Edinburgh, London, Bath, Glasgow and Dundee.

The Cookie Buttons, which launched this year, are made with all natural ingredients and no refined sugars. They are also allergen free and cater to a wide range of diets including gluten free, dairy free, nut free and vegan diets as well as being low in calories.

Angela Vickers, CEO of Apex Hotels, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support Lauren’s awarding winning business venture and introduce the Fodilicious snack to our guests. Cookie Buttons are unique in that they can be enjoyed by the majority of our guests due to their ‘free from’ advantages without compromising on taste.

“Being able to supply snacks that all of our guests can enjoy is important and the Cookie Buttons are already proving very popular.”

Lauren Leisk, founder and managing director of Fodilicious, said: “I created Fodilicious products as I am passionate to help others with IBS and food intolerances like me.

“Our new ‘free-from’ snack is going down very well, and we’re seeing huge demand for Cookie Buttons. We are so grateful to Apex Hotels for their support, we are very excited to work with Angela and the team.

“Apex Hotels is our first corporate customer so we are very excited to hear guest feedback.”