Posted: 11/10/2021

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.

York Gin has unveiled a new Chocolate & Orange variety, inspired by Terry’s Chocolate Orange, which was invented in York in 1932. Orange and chocolate have been added to its classic bouquet of nine botanicals to create this festive unsweetened dry gin.

Northumbrian Pantry’s latest introduction is a piccalilli made according to 18th century food writer Hannah Glasse’s original recipe. Alice Murray, founder of Northumbrian Pantry, is a descendent of Hannah and the launch of Paco Lilla marks 250 years since her passing. RRP £4.25 for a 186g jar.

Neighbourhood Gin, made on the outskirts of Manchester, is now a double award-winner, after scooping silver in the IWSC awards and being named finalist in the Gin Guide awards this year. The distillery plans to launch a Rouge Edition later this year. RRP £32 for 50cl.

Tea-Pop has collaborated with Chester University to conceive an innovative ‘tea-on-a-stick’ product. Tea-Pops are natural extracts that are crystallised in novel shapes which dissolve fully in water. The crystals retain the goodness of the fruits, plant and herbs they are extracted from and are free from the dust, dirt and fertiliser commonly found in leaf tea, says the Cheshire producer.
Choose from herbal and fruit blends such as Lemon Ginger and Passionfruit Punch, or Classic blends like Earl Grey and English Breakfast. RRP £8.99 for a tube.

After launching the world’s first Hazelnut Rum in 2019, Lakes rum producer Belgrove is claiming another world first with the introduction of its Spiced Fig & Blackberry rum. The rich, fruity spirit is made by infusing single origin Demerara rum from Guyana with notes of fig, blackberry and cinnamon. RRP is £39.99 for 70cl; trade price £24.

Kakoa, Friars’ vegan chocolate label, is poised for expansion, following a six-figure investment in its production process to keep pace with demand after a busy 2020. Kakoa uses rice and almond milk to create chocolates that are said to be difficult to discern from normal dairy chocolates. Sea Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Champagne truffles are among its best sellers. They can be purchased in six, eight and 24-piece boxes.

After 30 years of making “dem bellies full” at festivals and carnivals as well as through the family takeaway in Manchester, Jamaican-born Buzzrock has bottled his magic in a range of Caribbean style marinades and spice blends. Jerk Marinade, Mild Jerk Marinade and Jerk BBQ have an RRP of £4.50 for 250ml; trade price £3.20.

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