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Pancake maker adds commercial kitchen

Heidi’s Cottage Classics, a Coeur d’Alene firm that sells gourmet pancake mixes, has opened its own manufacturing facility after years of contracting with co-packers.

“If we wanted to stay competitive, it was time to get our own equipment and do it ourselves,” said Heidi Acuff, company owner.

At the 1,400-square foot commercial kitchen on West Garden Avenue, Acuff and her part-time staff can fill about 600 bags of mix per hour. The facility will also be used by Three Bears Porridge, which is owned by Chrystie Hjeltness.

Acuff started Heidi’s Cottage Classics in 2000, after friends and family members raved about her cottage cheese pancakes. “They’re healthy, high in protein, and a good breakfast product,” she said. The company evolved into a line of five different mixes, including Whole Wheat, Sourdough and Oats’n Apples.

Acuff contracted with several different co-packers to blend and package the mixes. But two co-packers quit abruptly. With large orders pending and costs for the remaining co-packers rising, it was time to invest in a commercial kitchen, Acuff said.

Heidi’s Cottage Classics sells its mixes at grocery stores in Washington, northern California, Idaho and Oregon. Locally, the mixes are available at Albertsons, Super One, Rosauers, Yokes and other stores. The firm is also working with a broker to get the mix into stores on the East Coast. The new facility will offer no retail sales.