TWO sisters are appealing to the public to raise seed funding for their dairy-free baby and toddler food business.

Cheryl Ryder and Gillian McDonald founded Dribble Delights in October last year but are now looking for money to help get the first products off the ground.

The pair started the venture in Glasgow as Ms Ryder's three young children are dairy intolerant. Now they are looking to raise £7300 via the Bloom Venture Catalyst crowdfunding platform which is run by entrepreneurs Amanda Boyle and Michelle Rodger.

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The money will help Dribble Delights develop the packag- ing, ingredients and manu-facturing of the dairy-free recipes.

Ms Ryder, a web designer and marketing specialist, said: "We feel we need to have our customers' trust as there are so many kids out there who are allergic.

"We know these recipes work for my kids but we are doing lots of research to make sure they work for all children.

"At the moment we are in talks with universities about trying to get recognised international standards for our products.

"We have our recipes but we don't have a dairy-free kitchen where we can prepare products to then go out to the market. So the money will be a great starter boost for us."

Dribble plans to launch a range of meals and snacks for kids aged one or older with the first products expected to be ready in April.

The next step will be securing a manufacturer followed by targeting buyers for super-markets and other food outlets.

The example of Genius Foods founder Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, whose company makes gluten-free breads and rolls, helped inspire the sisters.

Ms Ryder said: "People like her and companies like that are opening doors and making the public aware food intolerance is not just a made-up thing."