Posted: 01/02/2021

Product focus: Pickles & chutneys

With the new-year-new-you brigade starting to wane and Veganuary nearly over, your customers are sure to be looking for some accompaniments for their cheese and deli items, or something to jazz up their sandwiches, this month’s selection should provide some ideas. This week we take a look at pickles & chutneys.

Following the popularity of its Pickled Onions with Garlic, Mrs Picklepot has launched Garlic Pickle. The Chester-based producer has also balanced out its range with a sweet Sticky Onion Pickle and a classic Piccalilli, which features crunchy baby onions for a more ‘pickly’ taste profile.

Newcomer Rogue is on a mission to become the number-one brand for brunch by “pairing the unexpected, innovating in flavours and bringing inspiration from restaurants into the home”. Its products have an ethical dimension too – for every tub sold a child in poverty receives a school meal via a partnership with charity One Feeds Two. RRPs range between £3.95 and £4.50.

Crooked Pickle Co has taken what is arguably the most ubiquitous cheese accompaniment and translated it into pickle format. Red grapes are pickled in a sweetened cider vinegar infused with mulled wine spices, turning them into sweet, crunchy pickles that are said to complement a variety of cheeses, cold cuts, pate and terrines. RRP £3.95; trade price £2.50.

Galloway Lodge Preserves reports that its chutney sales leapt by 54% in the run-up to Christmas following a redesign. The range now features strong ‘made in Scotland’ messaging and has been extended to take in a Fig Chutney, which, like the producer’s other chutneys, has a competitive RRP of just under £3.

Rosebud Preserves’ new Damson Fruit Paste for Cheese contains just three ingredients: damsons, fresh lemon juice and unrefined cane sugar for a natural set. This sweet, sharp and vibrant fruit preserve pairs with goats cheese and has an RRP of £3.95 for 125g; trade price £2.97.

Red Tomato Chutney and Red Onion Relish are two of the latest jarred creations from The Fruity Kitchen in Yorkshire. The chutney marries ripe tomatoes with red chilli while the relish is the result of slow cooking red onions with balsamic vinegar, garlic and thyme. RRP £2.75 for 227g.

Cooking sauce and condiments producer Karimix has fused Asian spices with Kentish apples to create two chutneys with provenance. Both Spiced Apple Chutney and Apple & Ginger Chutney are listed with Partridges and Whole Foods and have an RRP of £3.50 (trade price £2.25).

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