A chocolatier going places as company climbs to new heights in 2014
An innovative Scottish chocolate company which began its life in one of Scotland’s most rugged and remote landscapes is embracing a number of new urban business opportunities as it looks to grow and expand into fresh markets – including an expansion of its wholesale sector business.
Cocoa Mountain, based in the beautiful Craft Village of Balnakeil in Durness, Sutherland, and with another retail shop in Auchterarder, has recently exhibited at ISM Cologne (January 2014), the world’s biggest confectionery trade fair. It is also exhibiting at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show and is hoping to secure an increase in trade orders for its new 2104 products - large organic chocolate tablet bars and its chocolate shard range.
Most certainly “reaching new peaks” in the business, Cocoa Mountain is also preparing to open a prestigious new retail outlet in Glasgow, ahead of one of the Calendar’s most important days for sales of luxury chocolates - Valentines Day 2014.
The Choc Bar, offering Cocoa Mountain’s market leading range of chocolates, fresh truffles, bars; new shards range and hot chocolate, will be situated in the upmarket Princes Square Mall.
There will also be an expansion of the firm’s retail shop at Balnakeil, a 4 star Visit Scotland Visitor Attraction, which has built up a strong reputation for quality of product and excellent service.
To cater for the increase in both trade and consumer business, and to keep Cocoa Mountain well stocked with its quality chocolate products, which feature ethically sourced organic chocolate from various parts of the globe, the company has acquired a new production facility in Bellshill too.
Says Cocoa Mountain Co-Director Paul Maden, who founded the business in 2007 with partner James Findlay: “It’s an extremely exciting time for us here at Cocoa Mountain as we take these opportunities to expand and grow our existing business at home and abroad. We are delighted to be entering this lucrative new market with our new Choc Bar luxury shop and cafe in Princes Square and the opportunities we currently see in the wholesale sector are considerable too.”
“We are delighted to be exhibiting here at the Speciality Food Show – events like this really put the very best of Scotland’s food and drink on the map.”
Paul Maden also explained that he was constantly developing new products to keep Cocoa Mountain abreast of trends in chocolate.
“We have our own ideas for new products too. This year we have introduced peppermint creams; hazelnut Giaduja and of course, the fantastic range of tablet bars for trade which we are highlighting in this show. We have also extended our dairy free range too,” added Paul.
The International gifting market is important to Cocoa Mountain too with 35% of all sales coming from overseas visitors to Balnakeil and Auchterarder. Many of these customers repeat purchase via the web.
“We are probably the most geographically remote chocolatier in the world, with the world’s most geographically widespread customer base,” said Paul. “With this in mind we have just introduced a new range of chocolates which contain no fresh cream. These are particularly good for countries outwith the EU Delivery times and can be dispatched well in advance. As well as Europe and Scandinavia, we have customers in China, in Australia and in New Zealand.”
Paul Maden outlined that one of his chocolatiers is currently providing chocolate courses and training at the Nick Nairn Cook School and that the firm was working with many leading hotel groups supplying them with luxury chocolates and truffles.
“Trade customers include numerous industry leading names such as Glenfiddich; First Drinks Group and Crieff Hydro,” he said.
Finished Paul: “Our strong branding and charity tie ups with various Mountain Rescue organisations ensures that we are never far from the news in the luxury and consumer food sectors either.”
Check out the website at www.cocoamountain.com.
NEW 100% NATURAL SCOTTISH ENERGY DRINK AT SCOTLAND’S SPECIALITY FOOD SHOW
SUPER!NATURAL, a new Scottish 100% pure and natural energy drink is to be on show at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show, taking place at the SECC from 19-21 January 2014.
The exciting new drink, developed in the Inverness, is a delicious, 100% natural and uplifting fruit juice drink. SUPER!NATURAL offers a fusion of fruit juices and natural caffeine from green coffee beans with no sweeteners or added sugar.
SUPER!NATURAL is excellent as a delicious refreshing drink which gives an uplift of energy. It can be enjoyed on its own or as a mixer. SUPER!NATURAL, as the name suggests, is 100% natural and is made from pure fruit juices, making it a healthy alternative to synthetic energy drinks.
The SUPER!NATURAL team are extremely keen to speak with interested parties at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show in January. SUPER!NATURAL will be located at Stand M21.
Ben Chambers, who developed SUPER!NATURAL says:
“We all lead busy lives and many of us sometimes need an energy boost to help us perform at our best and get through the day.
“SUPER!NATURAL is 100% natural but more importantly it also tastes great. We’ve already had significant buy in from the Speciality Food sector in Scotland who are interested in stocking a product that is more healthy than alternatives but which is also fresh and delicious.
“SUPER!NATURAL is ideal for busy people such as professionals, students, mums, sports enthusiasts, drivers, travellers, and particularly the health conscious - or indeed anyone simply looking for an energy boost or delicious drink. Our branding is modern and vibrant, with real shelf presence and SUPER!NATURAL has already demonstrated its popularity among a range of consumers, both in terms of taste and branding. Please come along to visit us on Stand M21.”
“We are proud to be a Scottish business and we look forward to working with other members of the UK drinks and retail industry to get this new natural, healthy energy drink out to consumers.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
• SUPER!NATURAL product photograph attached
• Journalists or potential buyers unable to attend the Scotland’s Speciality Food Show and wishing a free sample of SUPER!NATURAL by post should contact Ben Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Find out more about SUPER!NATURAL - @SuperNaturalnrg on Twitter or SUPERNATURAL ENERGY DRINK on Facebook. www.drinksupernatural.co.uk
• For more information on Scotland’s Speciality Food Show, please visit www.scotlandsspecialityfoodshow.com
GODMINSTER LAUNCH THE PERFECT HANDMADE SOMERSET ORGANIC BRIE
Godminster, which is best-known for its famous burgundy waxed organic cheese, is launching an exciting new organic brie, hand-made by its artisan cheese makers, during British Cheese Week, which takes place from 7 September – 15 September 2013
The brie, uses Godminster’s own fresh organic milk, delivered straight from the farm where its dairy herd grazes on lush green pastures in the heart of Somerset. The new brie is full of character with a real depth of flavour. Each cheese is hand made by Godminster’s artisan cheese makers and has a deliciously smooth white rind and is cream in colour.
The hand-made cheeses are available in three flavours: traditional, hand rolled in crushed peppercorns or infused with garlic and chives. The cheeses are produced over the course of seven days; during which time they are lovingly made in the traditional method. The Godminster milk is ‘set’ using vegetarian rennet and the soft curds are then hand-cut before being scooped into individual moulds, hand-turned, and then moved into a series of drying rooms for five days to allow the unique flavours and creaminess to develop. Finally the bries are hand wrapped.
Commenting on the new cheese, Peter Andrew, CEO of Godminster; “Our new brie is delicious. It is a fantastic achievement by our cheese makers who have created a rich delicious brie using our own Godminster milk. We have been perfecting the recipe for this cheese, which is now ready for launch.”
Godminster’s three organic bries retail at £18.50 for one of each variety, including postage and packaging at www.godminster.com or alternatively can be bought individually from delis and farmshops with an RRP between £4.00 and £4.50.
If you would like further press information, images or samples please call Nickie Davies, Positive PR, tel: 01935 389497 or email: email@example.com
(037) September 2013
Godminster Vintage’s mantra is a simple one – nature repays those who treat her kindly – from the rolling fertile pasture and grazing herd of Friesian dairy cows to the organic soil and rambling orchards, Mother Nature is at the core of Godminster Farm. By looking after her, the unsurpassable organic raw ingredients are readily available to create a delicious range of high quality organic foods.
GODMINSTER GOODIES MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Gifts under £10
Godminster 200g heart vintage organic cheddar: RRP £5.50 – simply the best vintage organic cheddar to slip into a stocking – available nationally from delis and farmshops.
Gifts under £25
Triple Tipples RRP: £16.00 - for someone who loves a little tipple - a lovely gift pack of three different 5cl vodka spirit drink flavours. The flavours will be an elderflower, blackcurrant and horseradish.
Cheese & Chutney combo £23.95 - a beautifully packaged gift set of a 400g vintage organic cheddar and a 235g glass Kilner jar of chunky beetroot and apple chutney for those cheese and chutney lovers.
Gifts under £50
Cheese Party Pack £32.95 - calling all party animals, the Godminster Party Pack contains a 400g heart shaped vintage organic cheddar, 200g oak-smoked vintage organic cheddar and a packet of both our digestive biscuits and rosemary water biscuits.
Gifts under £100
The Classic Red - £50.00 - everyone knows someone who deserves a classic - our Classic Red Gift Box contains 200g vintage organic cheddar, 235g Kilner jar of beetroot and apple chutney, 200g oak smoked vintage organic cheddar, and a bottle of Paul Jeune Côtes du Ventoux Rouge: Château Valcombe 2008 from Yapp Brothers.
The Cheese Lover’s Gift Box £50.00 - for cheese lovers everywhere - Our Cheese Lover’s Gift Box consists of 200g vintage organic cheddar 150g organic brie with peppercorns, 200g oak smoked vintage organic cheddar, rosemary water biscuits and a bottle of Paul Jeune Côtes du Ventoux Rouge: Château Valcombe 2008 from Yapp Brothers.
Gifts over £100
Port and Cheese £90.00 - this perfect pairing contains a 200g vintage organic cheddar, 235g Kilner jar of beetroot and apple chutney, 200g oak smoked vintage organic cheddar, and a bottle of Fonseca 20 year old Tawny Port.
Godminster’s Ultimate Hamper £125.00 - can’t decide? This contains a little bit of everything: 400g vintage organic cheddar, 400g heart shaped vintage organic cheddar, a Triple Tipple (3 x 5cl different flavoured infused vodka spirit drinks), a packet of rosemary water biscuits, a packet of digestive biscuits, A 235g Kilner jar of beetroot and apple chutney, a fruit cake, a cheeseboard, a 35cl size bottle of infused vodka spirit drink - either blackcurrant, horseradish or elderflower. All contained in an 18inch hamper basket.
Year of Cheese £250.00 Want to give a gift that makes an impression all year round? Then send a Godminster Year of Cheese, where every month a 200g oak smoked vintage organic cheddar, a 400g vintage organic cheddar and an organic brie will be sent. As well as a cheeseboard in the first month, and other occasional treats throughout the year.
All these items are available from www.godminster.com or from delis and farm shops throughout the UK.
If you would like further press information or images please call Nickie Davies, Positive PR, tel: 01935 389497 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(032) July 2013
Godminster is well known for its delicious range of organic cheeses including a vintage organic waxed cheddar, oak-smoked vintage organic cheddar and a range of Jersey milk bries. Godminster also makes refreshing infused vodkas, including horseradish, blackcurrant and elderflower. Chunky beetroot and apple chutney and two new varieties of crackers, rosemary water biscuits and an oat rich digestive complement the range
Godminster’s mantra is a simple one – nature repays those who treat her kindly – from the rolling fertile pasture and grazing herd of Friesian dairy cows to the organic soil and rambling orchards, Mother Nature is at the core of Godminster Farm. By looking after her, the unsurpassable organic raw ingredients are readily available to create a delicious range of high quality organic foods – all incredibly familiar, yet twisted tastefully into the unique.
Field Fare Makes Entertaining Easy
field fare, supplier of loose and packaged frozen food to UK farm shops, garden centres and delis have just extended their vegetarian ready meals range with the addition of 2 new filo pastries to capitalise on the increasing consumer demand.
A Roasted Red Onion and Sweet Chilli Sauce Pastry Tart topped with creamy goat’s cheese and a Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables Filo Basket topped with a cheddar crumble. Both oven cook from frozen in around 30 minutes.
Karen Deans, Managing Director said, “They are simply delicious (the names don’t really do them justice!). They’re perfect for when you want a quick and easy meal that will impress family and friends and great to have on standby for the upcoming festive period.”
The new savoury tarts complement field fare’s existing successful vegetarian ready meal lines of asparagus and gruyere crowns (which won Gold at the 2012 Great Taste Awards), macaroni cheese, mushroom stilton and pinenut parcels and roasted vegetable lasagne. All use the finest ingredients and are frozen for convenience, offering no waste and real value for money.
For more information on field fare products and their ready meals range, visit www.field-fare.com or call on 01732 864344.
Case and Price Information
Roasted Red Onion, Sweet Chilli and Goats Cheese Filo Tart
12 x 220g Wholesale Price £2.25 RRP £3.25
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables in a Filo Basket
12 x 190g Wholesale Price £2.25 RRP £3.25
Notes for Editors
field fare is a family-owned business, based just outside Edenbridge in Kent has been established for over 35 years, and was the first to introduce the concept of loose, frozen fruit and vegetables where customers can scoop exactly the quantity that they want. The range now also includes loose frozen bakery goods, fish and ready meals and they supply farm shops and garden centres across the UK.
field fare is the trading name of Agra Freeze Ltd, Black Robins Farm, Grants Lane, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 6QP
For more information please contact:
Karen Deans, Managing Director (email@example.com)
GRAN STEAD’S ANNOUNCES NEW LOOK AND NEW DRINK
Ginger specialists unveil bold branding and launch spicy blackcurrant
With sales of adult soft drinks rocketing, Gran Stead’s Ginger Co has revamped its branding as it looks to boost sales and expand its retail customer base.
Mindful of health-conscious consumers looking for no-alcohol alternatives to their favourite drinks – driving volume sales of adult soft drinks from 5.4% in 2011 to 14.8% in 2012* – Gran Stead’s rebranded refreshments and new launch Blackcurrant with Zing will enable retailers to fully target this growing market.
The Sussex-based firm, which specialises in traditional soft drinks with a nostalgic nod to yesteryear, has re-launched its four drinks with revamped labels that feature the cheery face of ‘Gran Stead’, who handed down the original 150-year-old recipe.
The range comprises Gran Stead’s Mellow Ginger (formerly Dark & Mellow Ginger Wine and a Great Taste Award winner); Gran Stead’s Fiery Reduced Sugar Ginger Drink (formerly Light & Fiery Ginger Wine, with ginger extract and chilli for a real kick); Traditional Still Lemonade (another Great Taste winner); and Still Lemonade with a Zing (also a Great Taste award winner and made with 13% Sicilian lemons).
While all the drinks are free from artificial preservatives, flavourings and sweeteners, Gran Stead’s Fiery Reduced Sugar Ginger Drink further taps into consumer demand for lower calorie soft drinks, with 40% less sugar than its sister product Mellow Ginger.
“Many people are tired of sugary, over fizzy, high calorie soft drinks and are looking for something more sophisticated and traditional,” says MD Chris Knox, who runs the company with wife Rosemary. “We know there is demand for more grown-up soft drinks that are good quality and taste great and we feel our new-look range answers this call. Our new Blackcurrant with Zing will further offer consumers something different from the norm.”
Gran Stead’s has been producing and distributing traditional non-alcoholic ginger drinks and lemonade across the UK since 1994. For many years, its original ginger wine was bottled on the kitchen table, but now the company operates from premises at Mile Oak Farm, Portslade. The firm has seen demand for its ginger drinks rise steadily over the last few years – predicting a 15% year on year increase on turnover in 2013 – and the company is now exporting to retailers in Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Belarus.
UK-wide distribution is available and a list of distributors can be found on GranSteadsGinger.co.uk
• MEET CHRIS AND ROSEMARY KNOX AND SAMPLE THEIR DRINKS AT SCOTLAND’S SPECIALITY FOOD SHOW BETWEEN 19 AND 21 JANUARY 2014. STAND NUMBER N26
*2012 Kantar Worldpanel data.
Mellow Ginger 750ml RRP £4.25
Fiery Ginger (reduced sugar) 750ml RRP £4.25
Still Lemonade 750ml RRP £2.25
Lemonade with Zing 750ml RRP £2.25
Blackcurrant with Zing 750ml RRP £2.25
• Gran Stead’s is based at Mile Oak Farm, Mile Oak Road, Portslade, Sussex BN41 2RF. • Chris and Rosemary Knox took over the Sussex-based business, started by Chris’s parents, in the 1990s. In those days, the kitchen doubled up as the production plant while, in the dining room, Chris’s mum would stick on the labels. These days, Gran Stead’s is based in a converted dairy and technology speeds up bottling and labelling, yet the drinks are still handmade by Chris and Rosemary with all the care that the original Gran Stead poured into her recipe nearly two centuries ago.
For Gran Stead’s press information and images please contact Angela Whitwood or Tracy Carroll at The Market Place on 01737 823208 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
J&J Pont Packaging
Scotland's Speciality Food Show Stand No: K51 Press release PR1013 29th October 2013
J&J Pont Packaging highlights attractive food and beverage glass packaging at Scotland's food show
Leading container packaging specialist, J&J Pont Packaging will kick off another busy 2014 exhibition programme with attendance at Scotland's Speciality Food Show where the focus will be on its extensive range of glass jars and bottles. The collection being highlighted will include standard shapes as well as striking speciality designs for maximum shelf appeal and value-added packaging of various food and beverage products.
In the food sector, the company will exhibit its new Rondo range of glass food jars. Available in 150, 250 and 510ml sizes, these distinctive jars are designed with embossed images of fruits and vegetables for enhanced shelf appeal, making them ideal for packaging home made jams, chutneys, sauces and spreads.
Another popular choice, particularly amongst smaller scale food producers, is the Excellsens range of glass jars, ideal for the traditional style packaging of products such as jams, chutneys, sauces and candy. Smart, light, hygienic and easy to open with their clip-top lids and white O-ring seals, the Excellsens range is available in 80, 120, 195, 260, 420ml size jars of various heights.
A long-time supplier to the beverage industry, J&J Pont Packaging will also be exhibiting an attractive range of beer bottles in sizes from 330ml to 750ml and in various shapes to provide attractive, stand-out packaging designs, particularly for the growing micro-brewery market in Scotland and the UK in general.
For further information contact: Andrew Crosbie, Tel: 07947 992022, E:email@example.com J&J Pont Packaging Ltd, Tel: 0141 423 3066, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lebkuchen-Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG
Zollhausstr. 30 90469 Nuernberg Germany Juergen Merkel Export Manager Juergenemail@example.com Tel.: +49(0)911 / 8966 174 Fax:+49(0)911 / 8920 844
Stand No.: L 30
We at Lebkuchen-Schmidt can offer you beautiful chests and tins created by master craftsmen with magnificient motifs. They are filled with gingerbread and other delicious pastries and produced with only the best ingredients. Please visit our booth No. L 30 so you can see what we have to offer.
Growers and Producers of Fine Foods. PRESS RELEASE October 2013
Special Limited Edition Dressing/Marinade/Drizzle
At saladworx we are always being creative & innovative, so our NEW citrus-sea range only launched in January 2013, will be surpassed by our latest creation.
2014 is a really special year at Mill Farm, home of saladworx.. It’s a special year in so many ways and for so many reasons, that is why we will be launching a really special limited edition dressing/marinade/drizzle.
We are keeping it under wraps for now, so watch this space for the latest news!..
We can guarantee it will be good - we are the first: - salad farmers to produce dressings, - to use flowers in dressings, - the first to use seaweed in dressings!
saladworx is a “little-big” company based in the Highlands of Scotland. A small company, but really big on quality and innovation! Since 2004 we have been producing the most amazing salad leaves and products, supplying chefs such as James Martin and Albert Roux. Deemed Overall Product of the Year, 2011 at Scotland Food and Drink excellence Awards, saladworx’ DRESS ME UP® fine salad is simply the best there is. As multi-award winning salad farmers, we know the importance of a really good dressing. So we have created our own ranges.
Highland Premium Hand Made range, based on local ingredients and herbs from our own fantastic herb garden, launched May 2012,
Our NEW citrus-sea range brings all the goodness and flavour of Hebridean Seaweed together with natural citrus fruit juices from warmer climes, launched January 2013,.
Special limited edition - due January 2014
Our unique recipes and flavours continue to wow customers and chefs alike! Available in retail and foodservice sizes.
For enquiries, contact: Michelle Bowley, Director, saladworx ltd, Mill Farm, Dornoch IV25 3NB 01862 811 591 firstname.lastname@example.org www.saladworx.co.uk
PERTHSHIRE FARM IS TOP OF THE CROPS
Summer Harvest Cold-pressed Rapeseed Oil Receives Supplier Approval from Sustainable Restaurant Association
Summer Harvest Cold-pressed Rapeseed Oil, produced in Perthshire by Mark and Maggie Bush, has been awarded Supplier Approval from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).
They have been officially named as an SRA Approved Supplier making them the only approved cold-pressed rapeseed oil supplier in the UK and only the second SRA Approved food supplier in Scotland.
The SRA is a national, not-for-profit membership organisation providing restaurants with expert sustainability advice through a team of specialist account managers.
Summer Harvest Oils is operated from Ferneyfold Farm near Crieff. The family-run business, founded in 2008, was recognised for their commitment to producing a sustainable oil through intense focus on environmental factors and an acute sensitivity toward the land.
Mark Bush, Summer Harvest’s Managing Director said:
“We are absolutely delighted the SRA have recognised all the hard work and commitment the team at Summer Harvest have invested in producing what we believe to be one of the finest cooking ingredients in the world, made in Scotland with sustainability and environmental concerns at the heart of the process. Our family has maintained the land at Ferneyfold for over 130 years and we wish to keep it in the best possible condition for future generations.”
The SRA has evaluated Summer Harvest’s farming techniques and praised in particular their relationships with beekeepers to create a bee-friendly environment, the use of clover to help fix nitrogen into the soil, and the purchase of cutting-edge equipment which allows for sowing without ploughing thus helping to minimise environmental disruption.
Summer Harvest oil is a zero-waste product. A by-product produced during the pressing process, rape-meal, is formed into pencils for cattle feed used on Ferneyfold and neighbouring farms. The environmentally-friendly business has also introduced solar panels to help with power-consumption. Other waste-reducing areas lauded by the SRA include packaging, administration and delivery patterns.
George Clark from the SRA commented:
“Sourcing products that match their standards of quality and sustainability is one of the toughest tasks facing any chef. It’s crystal clear that Summer Harvest is operating to the highest levels of sustainability. SRA approval gives them the recognition they deserve, restaurants a means of identifying a new supplier they can trust and customers a greater chance of eating food that matches their values.”
Central to the ethos of the SRA is a commitment from their approved suppliers to community support and Mark’s current role as chair of Perth Farmers’ Market and Tayside’s Food Forum enhanced their application.
Summer Harvest’s dedication toward achieving a perfect product has given them an oil of rare flavour. The rapeseed is simply cold-pressed, filtered, then bottled thus retaining all the natural goodness. No heat or chemicals are used. With a light, nutty, buttery taste with hints of garden peas and asparagus, it is low in saturated fats, high in Omega-3, Omega-6 and vitamin E.
Cold-pressed rapeseed oil is popular with professional chefs as it has a high flash-point of 230°C. Summer Harvest oil is used in some of Scotland’s top kitchens including Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Cafe St Honoré and The Scottish Café & Restaurant.
The oil currently holds two Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards and two Gold Star Great Taste Awards.
As well as cold-pressed rapeseed oil, Summer Harvest produces a range of oils, vinegars, dressings and mayonnaises which are sold in over 150 shops UK-wide including Scottish branches of Waitrose.
Whisky Sauce Company
The Whisky Sauce Co was born out of a passion for good food and a love of whisky. That’s why making Scotch whisky sauce keeps the fire burning in our bellies.
We’re proud of Scotland’s past, and its present. So we proudly wave the flag that says our whisky sauces are made on home turf, in the heart of Tayside.
Quality ingredients make for quality sauces. Our sauces are free from artificial colourings, flavourings, and preservatives, leaving more room for our favourite ingredient, Scotch Whisky.
The range of six sauces will be available in standard 125ml bottles;
Scotch Whisky Sauce Scotch Bonnet Sauce Scotch Whisky Vinegar Scotch Whisky Dressing Scotch Whisky Butterscotch Scotch Whisky Syrup
The two sweet sauces will also be available in larger 250ml bottles;
Scotch Whisky Butterscotch Scotch Whisky Syrup
There will also be gift packs available, a four bottle pack for the standard bottles and a two bottle pack for the larger bottles.
A new website will support the launch of the range (whiskysauce.co.uk) and a social media campaign will promote the sauces. For further details, please contact Grant Carnegie 0n 07860 806408