Posted: 06/09/2020

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.

Brand new for 2020, Jenny Wren Chocolates’ Fabulous Fondants are made to 100% plant-based recipes using Fairtrade Cocoa. They are also non-GMO and free from palm oil and gluten. English Peppermint, Peach Paradise, Tropical Coconut, Vanilla Custard and Jungle Orange all come in totally compostable wrappers. Available in shelf-ready displays containing 16 packs (RRP £1.35 each)

New York Delhi produces ViPnuts, gourmet flavoured jumbo peanuts in six flavours – Lemon Chilli, Hot Honey & Mustard, Dry Roasted, Classic Sea Salt, Bollywood Barbeque and Hot Chilli. The 63g pouches retail between £1 and £1.50.

Holy Cow! has relaunched its range of curry sauces with plant-based recipes, so that they are now suitable for vegans. The packaging for the ambient sauces has also been redesigned with regional Indian patterns and languages reflecting the brand’s heritage. Available via Cotswold Fayre, Treet of Life and The Health Store. RRP £2.35, 250g.

Brighton-based Hoogly Tea has launched a Blueberry Muffin blend of rooibos infused with sweet berries. It comes in 100% recyclable plastic-free packaging. Cases of 6×37.5g (15 pyramid bags) cost £21.60. RRP £5.25 per unit.

Harnessing the sweet and sour flavours of the tamarind fruit mixed with Southeast Asian Tarsier Gin is RoniB’s Kitchen’s Tamarind Jam. The vegan jam is handmade in small batches and is available in small 41ml and 190ml glass jars (RRP £5). A case of 6x190ml jars costs £15.60.

PLAYin CHOC is launching its best-selling JustChoc in a three-piece bar. Packaged in 100% recyclable or compostable materials, the 30g bar is made up of three individually wrapped 10g bars to encourage portion control and to keep the product fresh. Available in Dark or M*lk, the bars have an RRP of £2.95 and a wholesale case costs £12+VAT.

One of the latest additions to Epic Spice’s range, the Green Hatch Chile® Blend is made with chillies solely grown in New Mexico’s Hatch Valley. This blend can be added to soups, sauces and rice dishes or used a meat rub or in marinades. It comes in 75g and 150g tins (€2.85 and €4.70 respectively).

Peanut-free nut butter brand Nutcessity has added Coffee Walnut to its range of butters. Made with only five ingredients (nuts, seeds, coconut, fruit and salt), the stone-ground butter is certified organic and comes in plastic-free packaging. Cases of 6x180g jars cost £21.54, with each jar retailing at £5.99.

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