Posted: 13/09/2020

Product focus: The September showcase

Speciality & Fine Food Fair was due to take place this month, but, with the risks of coronavirus still present, the decision to postpone the event until 2021 was taken.

However, Speciality & Fine Food Fair and Fine Food Digest both acknowledged that buyers must continue to discover new, innovative products. We hope this month’s series of product showcases goes some way to inspiring and uncovering a gem to stock in your retail outlets in the not-too-distant future.

The East India Company’s Darjeeling First Flush 2020 tea has arrived. Picked in March on the Singbulli Estate in the foothills of the Himialayas, this tea brews a golden amber cup with a fresh flavour, floral notes and gentle sweetness. Available in cases of 8x80g pouches (trade £264) and 8x40g (£144)

Ananda’s Round Up is best described as a vegan version of the Wagon Wheel biscuit. The Derbyshire producer’s new selection box contains four Limited Edition flavours – Ginger Frost, Molten Mocha, Chai Caramel and Spiced Apple – and is available using both gluten-free and standard biscuits. Wholesale cases of 3 units cost £23.10 (plastic-free packaging).

Daphnis & Chloe has two new loose leaf herbal teas, both sourced from family-run organic farms on Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Our Lemon Verbena is grown on Samos while Dittany from Crete is a native plant of the famous island that can be used both as a tea and a seasoning.

Chase Distillery has launched a range of ready-to-drink, canned gin seltzers. Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo, Seville Orange and London Dry & Lemon Gin all feature a blend of Chase’s gins, all-natural flavours and sparkling water sourced on the family farm. Containing 89 calories per can, the range is offered in three-packs (RRP £7.50) and 12-packs (RRP £30).

Among Charlie & Ivy’s newest launches are Blackberry, Thyme & Balsamic and White Balsamic, Tarragon & White Peppercorn Bread Dippers (200ml, wholesale £3.25, RRP £5.50-£6), made with cold-pressed rapeseed oil. It has also launched a Chilli & Lime Mayonnaise in 190g jars (wholesale £2.25, RRP £3.50). All three lines come in cases of 6 units.

Ingredients distributor Henley Bridge has launched the Barbara Decor brand of chocolate decorations. The range comprises 26 products – including blossom curls, chocolate tagliatelle and handmade chocolate roses – and is aimed specifically at chocolatiers, bakers, patissiers and artisan ice cream makers.

Nooj is a new brand of nut pastes made with 60% nuts and sold in pouches. The almond or cashew varieties can be mixed with water to make a dairy-free nut ‘mylk’, used as a cooking and baking ingredient or added to soups and porridge. It comes in 150g packs (RRP £4.20).

Moose Maple Butter is a Great Taste Award-winning alternative to jams and chocolate spreads that often contain refined or artificial sugars. Made with freshly churned Welsh butter blended with Grade-A Canadian maple syrup and Welsh sea salt, it is produced at a family-run dairy production unit in south-west Wales. Trade price: £2.60 for a 150g tub (RRP: £3.99-£4.99).

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