Produce Report – Heat & Drought

Produce Report – Heat & Drought

We have been seeing the effects of the recent extreme weather with certain crops and the impacts are likely to last well into the coming Autumn and Winter seasons… examples we are seeing are:   Tomatoes – early summer heat forced crops through early, we are now seeing a reduction in supply until main crop Spanish season starts and prices are spiking as demand remains high. Peppers & Aubergine – early summer heat forced crops through early, we are now seeing a reduction in supply until main crop Spanish season starts and prices are spiking as demand remains high. Strawberries – crops still being effected by extreme heat through the early summer, shortages and shelf life are still an issue. Calabrese – heads are half their normal size due to a lack of water  – they will just flower before they get bigger, this also halves the crop yield. Leeks – crops still being effected by extreme heat through the early summer, shortages and shelf life are still an issue. Graded Chipping Potatoes – are a lot smaller in size with a lack of water available to help growing conditions. Salad Mid Potatoes – harvest quality has been affected by the extreme conditions. Carrots – all harvests being impacted by the lack of rain earlier in summer.   It will be a tough period coming up for availability, price and quality, we will keep you updated as we hear or see things but please be aware.     Latest News Links – Food Price Inflation – Record Breaking Food Prices ‘to rise 5%’ UK Carrot Crisis Fears of Food Supply Crisis...
Tregothnan – Britain’s first home grown tea

Tregothnan – Britain’s first home grown tea

  Tregothnan is Europe’s largest commercial producer of world class tea offering a wonderful selection of estate teas and herbal infusions in a variety of servings to suit all. Join us as we explore Tregothnan and their fantastic range available from Plough to Plate.   Tregothnan History Tregothnan is home to the Boscawen family with a rich history dating back to 1334. The Boscawen family are the largest land owners in Cornwall with 25 thousand acres. Lord Falmouth passed over the estate to his son Evelyn Boscawen 20 years ago after the passing of his wife. He decided the garden needed some energy and vision to move forward and the honourable Evelyn Boscawen brought Tregothnan to where they are today. Jonathon Jones, now managing director, joined Tregothnan in 1996 as head gardener and spent time travelling to tea plantations around the world. One of those plantations resides in the Himalayas, the world’s tallest mountain range and an important tea growing region. On his return Jonathon realised that the estate could sustain Magnolias and Rhododendron, native to the Himalayas, so why shouldn’t they be able to grow tea. It was at this moment that tea at Tregothnan was first established and in 2005 Britain’s first home-grown tea became available.   Botanical Gardens The Botanical gardens at Tregothnan are an official safe site for the keeping of rare or endangered trees and plants from all over the world. Some examples include Magnolia Rostrata, Rhododendron, a variety of Camellias and a Wollemi Pine Tree. The Wollemi Pine Tree at Tregothnan is a cutting from the original in the Blue Mountains national park in...
Cornwall vs Climate

Cornwall vs Climate

Cornwall is well known for its variety of beautiful beaches and rich history; just a few features that make Cornwall a popular holiday destination and also why many consider Cornwall to be one of the best places in the UK to live. Compared to the majority of the UK, Cornwall has the sunniest climate, the south west coast in particular has the only sub-tropical climate and Cornwall experiences some of the longest hours of sunlight. These factors including the warm ocean currents ensure that the events of snow and frost are a rarity, even during the winter months. But what happens in Cornwall when the climate starts to change? Changes in the climate have implications for all elements of life. Wetter, stormier winters and hotter drier summers will not only impact the environment but also society and the economy; direct impact on water resources, infrastructure, health, tourism and agriculture to name a few. Crops benefit from the coast due to the warm air created by the sea. The conditions help minimize the risk of frost damage and aid growth for crops all year round. With over 400 miles of coastline Cornwall is considered a perfect growing location because of the optimum weather patterns the county has to offer. For a county or country, as some consider Cornwall to be, the economy is heavily dependent on agriculture and tourism. Heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures and strong winds left the entire county covered and farmers and suppliers were faced with a major challenge. Cauliflower is no doubt a favourite amongst fruit and veg with over half a million harvested each week however...
CanO Water – Water with a Purpose

CanO Water – Water with a Purpose

CanO Water is the new exciting range available from the essential food company and was created in response to the damaging impact that plastic bottles have on the environment. CanO Water is known for supplying water in an aluminium can instead of the usual plastic or glass containers.  They have also created a unique can lid feature that allows you to reseal and reuse your can but does not compromise the recycling process. The water inside the eco-friendly can is sourced from the Austrian Alps. Collected from springs, the water is first filtered through the foothills collecting minerals & electrolytes. The water has a high pH level and contains increased alkaline concentrations which add antioxidant properties; known to keep you looking and feeling fresh. Approximately 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year, some plastics can take as much as 400 years to break down while others never will. CanO Water, like some of our new products introduced to the essential range; share the same core values; to supply a great product that will impact your business without harming the environment. The aluminium packaging offers a highly recyclable alternative and has the highest recycling rate of any drink on the market. When you recycle the CanO Water can it could be back on the shelf in as little as 6 weeks. The Aluminium Solution The lightest beverage containers to transport, reducing carbon footprint Cans go from the recycling bin to store shelves within 60 days Cans provide longer shelf life by protecting the contents from light & air The average aluminium can is made from...
BioPak – Biodegradable Packaging

BioPak – Biodegradable Packaging

  Welcome to the new BioPak range BioPak is the UK’s leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of eco-friendly food packaging and catering disposables. After many years of research and development, a range of products have been created to help impact your business without harming the environment. These biodegradable packaging are perfect for caterers, restaurants, delis, cafes, takeaways and coffee shops that are commitment to helping protect our environment.   Why use BioPak? Help reduce your business’s carbon footprint and impact on the environment Conventional plastics can take 400 years to break down, if at all. BioPak packaging uses polylactic acid or PLA which comes from renewable resources like corn starch. It’s an eco-friendly alternative to oil-based and unsustainable materials, and can be conveniently composted alongside the associated food waste. Remarkably, it breaks down completely in less than 12 weeks. Add significant value to your brand or business Customers are becoming more aware of the effect plastic food packaging is having on the environment. Not only will it show that your business supports the environmentally friendly trend but you will also encourage the awareness in both what we can do and the impact it can make. BioPak work hard to ensure that products carry a green message to help you proudly display your green credentials.   Contact us today to place an order or to find out more about the BioPaK range. #passionforfood 01326 372 304        ...
Good Game – Artisan Charcuterie

Good Game – Artisan Charcuterie

Good Game is an exciting new range of artisan charcuterie from Devon. They use only locally sourced ingredients and traditional curing methods. Winners of multiple Taste of the West and Food & Drink Devon awards, their mission is to make the best tasting game and cured meat in the world. Good Game support local producers, sourcing only the finest British game. Pork is produced no more than 5 miles from their base in Topsham and venison is 100% wild, from Devon and Cornwall. All of their meat is cured by hand using traditional drying methods, rather than commercial drying chambers. No nitrates or saltpetre are added during the curing process, just a little bit of salt and natural Exe & Clyde Valley air. One of their most popular products available is the Venison & Pork Burgers. These burgers are full of flavour, preservative and additive free, gluten free and frozen on day of making for maximum freshness. Contact us today for a full list of Good Game produce available, including their signature sausage, the Venison Salami.  ...
Oatly: The Barista Edition Oats Drink

Oatly: The Barista Edition Oats Drink

New in stock from the Swedish company Oatly: the barista edition oats drink. This carton of barista edition oat drink is based on liquid oats which means it isn’t overly sweet or excessively heavy. This product is 100% Vegan and is a great alternative to those tolerant to dairy, soya and rice milk. The original idea behind Oatly was to find a tasty suitable substitute to cow’s milk and in 1990 the company decided to produce a drink directly from oats. Today Oatly make great nutritious oat based liquids perfect for all occasions for all dietary requirements. You can add a splash to your brew, drink it straight, pour it on your granola or put it to work with your cooking skills. The oats drink is also fully foamable putting you in total control over the density and performance of your foam so you can show case your barista artistic abilities. The Swedish company use only Swedish oats because they are rather unique.  Grown in a Nordic climate this provides long sunny days with short periods of intense rain which make great conditions for oats to grow tall and strong. Did you know that many nasty pesticides used on oats in Europe are forbidden in Sweden? And the minimal traces of heavy metals that you find in regular Swedish oats are not significantly greater than those found in organic Swedish oats and fall well below what is considered to be safe for consumption. Oatly oat drinks are the natural choice for people who want to eat more healthily. Both Oatly the company and their products are the result of...
Global Harvest Set Fruit Conserves

Global Harvest Set Fruit Conserves

How It All Started Having had a successful career as a fine food buyer, David Mason founded Global Harvest in 2009, and began producing the artisan products by hand from his own kitchen. Inspired by his fondness for Membrillo, a traditional Spanish paste used to accompany cheeses, David began sourcing the finest ingredients and developing his recipes to produce a more refined texture and intense flavour.   What is Membrillo? Membrillo, or Dulce de Membrillo as it’s referred to in many South American countries, is a recipe of ancient origin and can be date back as early as the 4th century. The original recipe comprises of quince fruits stewed with honey for long periods of time. This preserves the fruit and sets the mixture. In more modern times, Membrillo can be found in kitchens across a variety of cultures, in one form or another. The majority of recipes tend not to differ too far from the original preserving method. In Argentina and Uruguay, the paste is well-set and served with soft cheese to make a popular dessert. In the Philippines, a former Spanish colony, Membrilyo is made from guava rather than quince, and makes up part of the traditional Christmas Eve fare. Closer to home, in the French region of Provence, quince cheese or pate de coing is part of the thirteen desserts, also traditionally served to celebrate Christmas. Hungarians enjoy a quince cheese called Birsalmasajt, which is prepared with cloves, cinnamon and lemon zest, and often contains a peeled walnut set within the mixture.   Why Global Harvest? The primary difference between Global Harvest products and their traditional...
Ponthier: Premium Purées

Ponthier: Premium Purées

About Ponthier Based in South West France, Ponthier have been passing on the craft of fruit growing from father to son for over 70 years. Similar to Westcountry, Ponthier was originally run as a fresh fruit wholesaler, selling produce grown on their family farm.  In 1998 the company created the first range of chilled purées and coulis, combining tradition and innovation. Ponthier now exports purees to over 65 countries globally, and its partners include Le Cordon Bleu, The Association of Pastry Chefs and The World Cocktail Championships. Experts in their field Ponthier purées, or fruit ‘pulp’, are made from fruits harvested annually by partner suppliers around the world. Harvesting the fruit once a year ensures that the origin and maturity of the fruit creates the best possible flavour. Each batch undergoes a Brix test, to analyse the sugar levels in the fruit ensuring it is ripe for harvest.  The fruit is then transported under optimal conditions to maintain its freshness. Once it reaches the Ponthier factory it is placed in their temperature controlled storage warehouse, a building large enough to store 5700 pallets of fruit (a full year’s production). The produce is sorted and crushed before pure cane sugar is added and the pulp is refined.  The mixture is then flash pasteurised and immediately cooled, ensuring it is safe and hygienic whilst preserving taste and colour. Each batch is then tasted to ensure a smooth texture, as well as a flavor and colour identical to fresh fruit. About the Products All products are chilled – No defrosting period is required and products can be refrigerated for up to 15...
UK Butter Prices Continue to Rise

UK Butter Prices Continue to Rise

Since the beginning of 2016 UK butter prices have risen over 20%. This is because the cost of cream (the primary ingredient in butter) has tripled in price. It’s no surprise that industry professionals are now warning of shortages leading up to the Christmas period. These shortages could not only affect the price of butter but may well impact the price of other dairy products, including festive favourites such as mince pies. So what exactly is driving prices up?   The UK Milk Crisis The reason we are seeing price increases on dairy products such as butter and cream, whilst the cost of milk remains relatively low, is primarily due to competition for UK milk supply which is falling rapidly. Stuck in a boom-bust cycle, the dairy market has become increasingly volatile. 2016 saw a 10% decrease in production of British milk. Farmers were advised, following a Russian ban on all EU dairy imports, that the UK market was saturated. This drove prices down and led to a surplus of milk. Now plagued by the increasing production costs and ever-growing prevalence of diseases such as Bovine Tuberculosis, producers are struggling to sustain healthy herds and turn a profit, following a poor year financially in 2016. Whilst some dairy farmers are choosing to diversify, most struggle to remain financially solvent with many forced to quit farming altogether.   Supermarket Price Wars The ongoing battle between supermarket giants has further contributed to the plummeting price of British milk. Whilst retailers battle it out for the cheapest price per litre, driven by consumer trends, farm gate prices have fallen as low as...