Posted: 21/03/2021

Product focus: Sauces & dressings

With the COVID outlook becoming more positive and the warmer months on their way, it’s time to gear up for customers who will be looking to eat outside, and in larger groups. This week we take a look at sauces & dressings.

Northampton-based newcomer Vicky’s Kitchen has come to the table with a line-up of Caribbean-inspired condiments derived from recipes that have been passed down four generations. These include a BBQ sauce based on birch-smoked vegetables flecked with smoked scotch bonnet (RRP £4.40; trade price £2.70), and a trio of hot sauces (RRP £4.20; trade price £2.50).

Soybeans are naturally fermented with a blend of spices to make this Indonesian-style sweet soy sauce (kicap manis) from Mak Tok, whose flagship product is chilli paste. It can be used for dipping or to add natural sweetness and a warm aroma to Asian cooking. RRP £3.95; trade price £2.50.

Previously only selling direct to consumer, Pico Sauces has partnered with ShelfNow to allow indies to buy a single case without incurring hefty shipping costs. Pico launched after discovering a gap in the market for Indian hot sauces. Its four-strong line-up comprises: Punjabi Ketchup, Varansi Tamarind Chutney, Konkan Mango Chilli Sauce and Naga Ghost Pepper Sauce (RRP £2.50; wholesale price £1.50).

Catering company Mr Pigstuff has crafted a range of sauces to complement its barbecue food offering – a sideline that is taking off in its own right. Bridging the gap between condiment and marinade, the five sauces in the line-up are Xox2 (Chinese-inspired hot sauce), Lime & Green Chilli, Tomato, Chilli & Tamarind, Barbeque and Pineapple & Ginger. RRP £5; trade price £3.25.

Spice brand Yugo is relaunching its fusion sauces as a vegan range to cater to increased demand for plant-based foods. Designed as “all-purpose sauces for foodies who are better at eating than cooking”, the new line-up will take in Miso Chipotle, Curried Sun-Dried Tomato and Chipotle Barbecue. RRP £5.95 for 125ml.

Halen Môn has created a ketchup for pickle lovers with its new Gherkin Relish. Combining tangy pickled gherkins with dill and, of course, Anglesey Sea Salt, the relish has taken an old school burger accompaniment and reinvented it. RRP £4.85.

Italian food label Stefania Calugi has treated its truffle mayonnaise to a packaging redesign for the spring season. This preservative- and gluten-free mayo promises to elevate sandwiches, burgers, fries and meat dishes. RRP £6.90 for 130g.

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