Product focus: North of England
Rather than concentrate on a single category, FFD has gone geographical this month. We’ve rounded up a host of new launches from the North of England. Whether it’s cheese, coffee or even rum, this bountiful region has buyers covered.
The more eagle-eyed retailers and buyers out there might have spotted some changes on packs of Artisan Biscuits.
The Ashbourne-based bakery has begun a comprehensive rebranding exercise, and is introducing its Miller’s name – which already appears on the popular Damsels range – as the umbrella brand spanning its line-up of sub-brands. The name already appears on the Mondovinoand Grate Britain ranges, with more packaging upgrades to follow over the coming months – as well as further design assets being introduced.
The change is being implemented to give Artisan Biscuits’s wide range of lines a more unified presence and will also allow parent company, The Fine Cheese Co., to register trademarks for its products in a number of export markets more easily.
Husband-and-wife team Kelvin and Kelly Linstead have launched The Yolker – a gourmet Scotch egg company based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The pair are using Gloucestershire Old Spot meat and Northumbrian free range eggs to produce eight varieties of scotch egg, including gluten-free and veggie varieties, named after movie titles.
RRP £3 each.
Cooper King claims to be the first distillery in England to produce carbon-negative gins, The Yorkshire producer’s Dry and Herb Gins are now classed as carbon-negative, which means that for every bottle of spirit created, more carbon is removed from the atmosphere than is emitted. The gins have an RRP of £39 for a 70cl bottle.
Loving Foods, a Manchester-based producer of fermented food and drink, has created what it believes is one of the first organic, fermented, unpasteurised hot sauces. Organic red chillies, red peppers and sea salt are fermented for six months with the producer’s own kimchi juice, yielding a spicy, tangy, slightly sweet, hot sauce with no nasties. RRP £5.95 for 150ml.
Decorrum aims to fill a gap in the market for an elegant, feminine boutique rum. The ginger, cinnamon and clove spiced rum is made with honey from Manchester Printworks’ bees, and for every bottle sold Decorrum adopts a bee to help protect the local bee population, as well as donating £1 to Forever Manchester. RRP is £29.99 for 70cl.
Responding to demand from consumers for a crisp and refreshing mixer from “God’s Own Country”, Yorkshire Tonic has introduced Paradise. Featuring natural extracts of quassia and Mediterranean botanicals including Sicilian lemon and rosemary, the tonic is named after a field in front of the distillery in Thixendale where it is made, which is known locally as Paradise.
Northumbrian Wildflower completes The Tea Enthusiasts’ regional tea trio. Covering Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland, the blends are a homage to the North East as well as the tea merchant’s northern roots. Northumbrian Wildflower is a herbal blend of natural flowers, fruit, herbs and leaves, inspired by the rolling hills, sleepy valleys and coastal paths of ancient Northumberland.