Posted: 26/09/2020

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.

Lancashire-based The Ribble Valley Gin Co has launched its second signature gin. Country Market vegetable gin pays homage to the simple vegetable patch and the traditional country market by using tomatoes, carrots and shallots. This lends the spirit a subtle savoury and slightly sweet finish. Sold in 70cl (RRP £38, trade £25) and 25cl (RRP £19, trade £11).

Brindisa has added Navarrico’s Black Beans and Fresh Pochas Beans (both 660g) to its range, as well as a variety of Perelló Gordal olives, including pitted olives in 150g and 600g tins. It has also introduced two new snacks from popular brand Torres. Beans & Peas Bars with Lime & Pepper (70g) and Cured Cheese Crisps (150g) come in cases of 15.

A new range of dairy-free, plant-based shakes has been launched by Shaken Udder. Shaken Other shakes are made with ethically sourced coconut milk and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Available in two flavours, Chocolate and Strawberry, the shakes come in 330ml (RRP £1.60) and 750ml (RRP £2.40) bottles.

Sunbird Rooibos aims to source the best rooibos teas in South Africa, and hopes to elevate rooibos tea to a drink comparable to speciality coffees and teas. The brand has a range of eight organic single-origin teas sold in 100g tins and a range of five tea blends in 50g boxes containing 20 tea bags.

London-based Palace Culture makes organic fermented plant-based cheeses using almonds and cashews from sustainable sources – in Andalucia and Goa respectively. Its latest creations form a range of semi-soft cheeses (115g, trade £4.90-£6.40), that includes Truffled Camemvert, pictured, the paprika-coated Merken and Le Bleu with Roquefort mould.

Italian food specialist Seggiano is now offering three new gift box formats. The Oil & Vinegar set (trade price per unit £11) features 250ml bottles of organic balsamic vinegar and a limited edition Lunaio single estate organic extra virgin olive oil. There is also a Balsamics For Cooks set (£14 per unit) and a trio of 200g organic cacao hazelnut spreads (£13).

Four craft rums, a rum-infused French orange shrubb, lime and almond are the ingrdients in the latest bottled cocktail from Tom Savano. The Caribbean Dawn Mai Tai comes in cases of 12x20cl (£83.38+VAT, RRP £12 each) or 6x50cl (£94.25+VAT, RRP £27 each).

Two Farmers has boosted its range of hand-cooked crisps with the introduction of a Herefordshire Sausage & Mustard flavour. This “local” flavour comes in both 40g and 150g bags, which are the first in the UK to be plastic-free and compostable.

Read the latest edition of Fine Food Digest here.

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