Posted: 13/10/2020

Product focus: storecupboard ingredients

Whether you’re looking to bolster your shop’s confectionery selection,
offer customers a taste of the sea or present some new ideas to home cooks, this month’s round-up covers a lot of bases. There’s also a few ideas for topping up your festive stock. This week we take a look at storecupboard ingredients

Vinegar Shed has taken on a new range of Italian tomato-based sauces and pestos from La Baita & Galleano, which cultivates Taggiasche olives and organic vegetables and herbs on its farm in the Ligurian hills. The Amatriciana, Arrabbiata, Puttanesca, Alla Norma, Portofino and Trombette Zucchini sauces are available in two sizes: 180g (RRP £7.50-£10) and 480g (RRP £11.50-15).

PrimaBio Sugo Pronte Verdure (veggie bolognese) and Morelli Calamari are two of the latest Italian exports to join Il Fattore’s portfolio. The Bolognese (trade price £2.35 for 314ml) combines organic tomatoes, carrots, onions and celery, while the Calamari (trade price £2.65 for 250g) are gluten-free, squid ring shaped pasta that are made from rice and corn.

Following the launch of its Seaweed Seasoning last year, Seaspoon has created another seasoning using seaweed harvested on the South Devon coast. Combining a salty flavour with subtle heat, Seaweed Chilli Crush is said to “harness the natural symbiosis of seaweed and chilli”. RRP £3.99 for 25g shaker jar, trade price £2.39. Refill pouches also available with an RRP of £3.59.

The introduction of Acetomodena’s vinegars marks the return of Modenese balsamic vinegar to The Fine Cheese Co’s portfolio. These DOP and IGP balsamic vinegars are made with Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes from Acetomodena’s own vineyard. The range includes traditional vinegars, such as the Goccia Oro IGP Gold Drop (RRP 13.70 for 250ml) as well as Condimenti dressings and white balsamics.

Olive Branch’s latest introduction is the result of cold-pressing Greek lemons together with early harvest Koroneiki olives to yield a finishing oil with a zesty aroma and fruity, peppery taste profile. Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil is said to be ideal for dressing salads or drizzling over fish. Trade price is £3.50 per unit.

Sofia Javed has turned her personal quest for organic spices into a business venture. The Singing Spice Company sources spices from certified organic farmers around the world and packages them in 50g retail pouches (RRP from £5.25). A portion of each sale goes towards providing meals to children in orphanages. An 18g pouch and Indian spice tins will be launched soon.

Danilo Manco’s Sicilian Novello is available in limited quantities to UK retailers looking for an early-harvest olive oil. Novello extra virgin olive oil is the very first press of the year, taking place at the end of September/early October and resulting in a creamy, fresh, green product.

Pasta maker Garofolo says that the launch of a range of pasta sauces and pestos is a “natural brand extension”. The six-strong line-up takes in three sauces – Bolognese, Napoletana and Parmigiana – and three types of pesto – Rosso, Genovese and Calabrese.

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