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.

In creating Tarsier, globetrotters Sherwin Acebuche and Tim Driver have created a gin brand that stands out in a crowded marketplace by taking inspiration from their travels in Southeast Asia. The new Backpacker Series continues this theme, with Khao San Gin, which harnesses the flavours of Thai cuisine, and Taipei Old Tom, which takes gin lovers on a taste journey through Taiwan’s tea plantations.

L’éclair Pâtisserie is a small French-inspired Leeds bakery that was set up during lockdown. As well as supplying high-end cakes, tarts and patisserie to cafés and restaurants, the bakery has a packaged retail offering, which includes 6” family style cakes such as Lemon Drizzle, Classic Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Fudge Cake, Coffee & Walnut and Carrot, Orange & Walnut, with an RRP of £5.

Ghee Appétit has made ghee – the butter-like cooking fat used in Indian cuisine – accessible to home cooks with a range of ghee infusions in 300ml glass jars. It is an organic, grass-fed product that is slow cooked as per Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicine doctrine, as well as triple-filtered to ensure that it is mostly free of lactose and casein. There are six different varieties – Turmeric, Roasted Garlic, Chilli, Cinnamon, Herbes De Provence and Morel Paté – with RRPs from £9.90 for 300ml.

Durham-based Whitehouse is the latest entrant to the kombucha space. Chef Liam Whitehouse is behind the venture, which currently offers three fermented drinks: Ginger Green Tea, Elderflower Earl Grey and IPA Style Beer. RRP £2.50 per bottle.

Since taking over Northumbrian rapeseed oil brand Baste & Bray last year, new owner Karen Park has extended the line-up to include 500ml bottles and will soon launch 100ml bottles. The brand has also recently attained LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) status.

Disillusionment about the state of jarred sauces has prompted a group of Cheshire-based “foodie friends” to launch their own offering. Developed in collaboration with a Michelin-starred chef, the Jarrd range includes Tuscan Pomarola Sauce, Puttanesca, Murgh Makhani and South Indian Chettinad.

Leek chocolatier Misco’s Chocolates has launched a five-strong hot chocolate range for wholesale. These include the company’s Classic blend, which mixes five different chocolates, the biscuity white-chocolate based Blonde blend, and three vegan varieties. RRP is £8.50 for a 300g bag.

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