Welcome to Rise & Shine
If you have any news about your business you’d like to see here please contact our News Editor, Carolyn Moss, at email@example.com or call her on 01305 575155. Follow us on Twitter @BreadButterNews for updates.
Sheppy’s win 3 golds at ICA
Somerset cidermaker Sheppy’s is celebrating winning three gold medals at this year’s International Cider Awards. The producer, founded in 1888, saw off competition from more than 182 ciders entered by 62 cider producers from 24 countries.
It won gold medals in the Tannic Cider category, for its 200 Special Edition, Modern Cider for its Classic Draught, and the Low Alcohol category with Low Alcohol Classic Cider.
Master of Cider, David Sheppy comments: “We are beyond thrilled to have won three gold medals across three categories. The success has a particular resonance with me having followed in my grandfather Stanley’s footsteps. He crafted the early prototype of our Gold Medal cider, which won two gold awards at an earlier version of the same awards in the 1930s. My family has since been making premium cider for over 200 years and we are incredibly proud of our heritage and the skills we pass from generation to generation, which are at the heart of everything Sheppy’s does. It’s fantastic for Sheppy’s to have been recognised at this level again!”
Nectar stock Salcombe Brewery ales
Leading drinks supplier to the on trade, Nectar Imports, will be stocking Salcombe Brewery ales from the 1st April. They will carry Salcombe Pale Ale both on draught and in bottle together with 330ml Island Street Porter and Salcombe Gold bottles.
Mark Higgs, Salcombe Brewery’s general manager, comments: “We are thrilled to be working with Nectar Imports Ltd. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to introduce our incredibly popular craft range to a wider audience as well as making it more readily available to customers who are already fans of our ales.”
Nectar Imports Ltd. head of sales, Hilary Morgan comments: “ We have been highly impressed by Salcombe Brewery’s rapid growth and their commitment to developing an outstanding portfolio of ales. There is a strong demand from our customers for high-quality craft ales and we are confident that Salcombe Brewery’s range will be extremely well received.”
Salcombe Brewery, which was founded in 2016, have also announced that it has secured a listing of its Shingle Bay golden ale across the Ei Group’s pubs across the south from May. The Ei Group is the largest portfolio manager of pubs in the UK, with over 4,400 properties.
Bath Ales install £150k solar system
Bath Ales have completed the installation of a £150,000 solar array on the roof of its Hare Brewery building between Bristol and Bath.
The brewery, which was acquired by St Austell Brewery in 2016, have undertaken the initiative as part of their “ongoing commitment to green brewing and sustainability.”
The array comprises 892 solar panels, each producing 280W of power and contributing to an overall output of 250kW. A full monitoring and fault-finding system ensure quick detection for any problems with the system, which is designed to make the company a C02 saving of over 128,000kg per year at the Warmley site while generating 226,500 kW hours across the year.
St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales’ director of external relations and head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Piers Thompson said: “As soon as we gained planning approval to create Hare Brewery in Warmley, our intention for phase 2 was to get the solar array up and running as quickly as possible. ZLC have done an amazing job completing ahead of schedule and while £150k is a big sum to put up front, the technology is so advanced that we’re looking at making an estimated annual saving of over £30k on our annual power bills making a good return on investment and importantly reducing our carbon footprint.”
Urban Guild launch hospitality podcast
Mark Cribb, the founder of Urban Guild, the Dorset-based family of boutique hotel and restaurants, has launched a new weekly podcast. Mark Cribb’s Humans of Hospitality will feature in-depth interviews with “the producers of ingredients and the people who combine them to create amazing new dishes and drinks, together with the owners of the bars, cafés and restaurants who supply their memorable settings.”
Mark Cribb said: “I’m launching Humans of Hospitality so that the many varied voices of the independent world of food, drink and hospitality are heard and the issues they face get a proper airing. I respect the entrepreneurs who’ve made it big and turned their enterprises into chains but I worry that the rise of formulaic wining, dining and overnighting will make the planet pale and uninteresting.
“There are lots of podcasts that focus on particular aspects of hospitality, such as different types of food and drink, but Humans of Hospitality will cover every angle and generate thought-provoking discussions along the way.”
Produced by a former Radio 4 producer, the first four programmes feature Rupert Holloway of Conker Spirit, Joel Lovett of Bad Hand Coffee, David Sax of Maison Sax and Steve Farrell, MD at Eight Arch Brewing.
Humans of Hospitality can be found on all major podcast players, on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/mark-cribb-636470623 or by visiting https://humansofhospitality.co.uk/.
Hospitality Action’s Tour De Cuisine 2019
Industry charity Hospitality Action’s Le Tour de Cuisine – Cotswold Cycle Challenge will take place on Monday 10th June 2019.
Four cycle routes through the villages and countryside of the North Cotswolds range from a short ride (20 miles) to two mid-routes (40 and 60 miles) and a long route of 100 miles. Along the way, there will be feeding stations at Whatley Manor, The Manor at Castle Combe and at the Village Hall in Barnsley with a congratulatory barbecue at the end of the ride in Calcot.
Last year, more than 200 cyclists raised over £50,000 for the charity. The registration fee is £40, with a minimum of £100 sponsorship per person required to raise funds for Hospitality Action’s cause.
For more information visit http://www.hospitalityaction.org.uk/get-involved/events/ or email Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD AND DRINK NEWS
Salcombe Gin launch limited edition with Masterchef pro
As the latest addition to their Voyager series of limited edition gins, Salcombe Gin have released Island Queen in collaboration with Masterchef: The Professionals judge and restauranteur Monica Galetti.
Named after a famous Salcombe Fruit Schooner from the 19th Century, it’s described by the producers as “a rich, balanced and totally tropical gin with freshly cut pineapple, sweet mango and coconut on the nose at first followed by waves of green citrus and a hint of manuka wood smoke and spice to finish…”
Monica Galetti said: “I’m so excited to be working with Salcombe Gin to create a gin for their fantastic Voyager Series. I’ve been a fan of their signature gin for a while and loved the quality so much I serve it at the bar of my restaurant Mere. When Salcombe Gin approached me, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to create a gin that reflected my culinary style and heritage in the Pacific Islands. The gin is truly tropical, inspired by the ocean with notes of freshly cut pineapple, sweet mango and coconut in perfect balance with traditional juniper.”
Angus Lugsdin, the co-founder of Salcombe Gin, added: “It is a huge privilege to be working with Monica on this collaborative Voyager Series gin. Monica is such a talented chef and immediately understood what we were trying to achieve. With the incredible history linking Salcombe to the pineapple trade and the tropical influences in Monica’s cooking it could not have been a more exciting partnership, which has resulted in a highly distinguished gin for our portfolio.”
Limited to 2,500 bottles, ‘Island Queen’ is priced at £65 per 50cl bottle. It’s available at salcombegin.com and selected independent retailers including Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols, and Selfridges.
New chilli ketchups from South Devon
The South Devon Chilli Farm are launching three new chilli ketchups – Cool Jalapeno, Smoky Chipotle and Hot Habanero.
Cooked in small batches on the farm, the ketchups pack “a full tomato flavour lovingly blended with some chilli oomph.”
Steve Waters, the founder of South Devon Chilli Farm, said: “In response to growing consumer demand for spicy food, the range was developed to provide a ketchup range for all types of chilli lovers. For those that like a tickle of heat on their tastebuds, the mild jalapeno ketchup fits the bill, for those looking for a rich depth of flavour with an exciting kick, the smoky chipotle ketchup is a fantastic match and those after more heat, balanced with a subtle fruity quality, the hot habanero ketchup is perfect.”
Presented in glass bottles, they are suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets and contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Available nationwide in delis and independent stores and online at www.sdcf.co.uk, the RRP is £3.50.
FEM launch new commercial mixer
FEM are launching a Hamilton Beach Commercial mixer that they describe as “compact, capacious, tough and multifunctional”.
The CPM800-UK features an eight-litre stainless steel bowl that can handle up to 2kg of flour. Heavy-duty accessories include a dough hook, beater and wire whisk. It has a seven-speed dial with pulse option and a tilt-back head that allows easy access to add ingredients and remove the bowl. The main boy is made of die-cast aluminium and it’s powered by a 1500W motor.
It’s available through FEM dealers with a two-year parts and labour warranty. The list price is £740. For more information and details of local stockists call FEM on +44 (0) 1355 244111, email email@example.com or visit www.fem.co.uk.
UK’s first ‘eco-laundry’ opens
A new service claiming to be the UK’s first eco-friendly laundry is launching near Dartmouth, Devon. The Eco Laundry will use renewable energy and have a zero plastic policy and aims to “revolutionising the sector with its environmentally ethical credentials.”
Other sustainable steps taken by the laundry include using spring water from a nearby borehole, running washing machines on solar power, heating water with a biomass boiler and only using eco-friendly detergent.
Founder Lola Grogan said: “I was working with a number of holiday homes and couldn’t find a laundry which offered a fully environmentally friendly service, many simply offered eco-friendly detergents and that was it. I’ve always been passionate about using renewable energy and preserving and caring for our precious natural environment, it was, therefore, the next logical step to launch my own eco-laundry.
“Nationally and globally there are very few laundries which have strong green credentials, especially ones which operate on a commercial scale. As a sector, this is something which really needs to be addressed. In only three years The Eco Laundry has grown exponentially, proof there really is a desire amongst the trade for our service.”
The Eco Laundry is already working with Kingston Estate, Mitch Tonks’ The Seahorse, Barrington House, Turtley Corn Mill, The Sharpham Trust, The Cott Inn and Bespoke Devon.
For further information, visit www.ecolaundry.co.uk.
COMPANY SPOTLIGHT – THE SEASPOON
Seaspoon, South West-based producers of edible seaweed products and recent winners of a BBC Good Food Show Bursary Award, launched in 2018. Their tasty range of edible seaweed blends make it effortless to consume seaweed and all its natural goodness. Seaweed is known to be one of the most nutrient dense vegetables on the planet packed with vitamins, essential minerals and fibre. Seaspoon have a licence to harvest seaweed by hand from a beautiful section of the South Devon coast.
The Seaspoon range started with Seaweed Boost, a magic mix of four seaweed varieties blended into easy to use flakes. Hot on its heels came the Umami Mix and Herb Blends which incorporate additional ingredients for flavour whilst retaining the inherent goodness of seaweed.
In spring 2019, Seaweed Seasoning was added to the family. The seasoning utilises seaweed’s natural saltiness and the way it plays with the 5th taste, umami, making it a healthier alternative to the salt pot. Officially launched in Salt Awareness Week, it is a collaboration with award-winning chef Mitch Tonks and now takes pride of place alongside the salt and pepper in Mitch’s latest restaurant, Rockfish Exeter.
Tim Buckley, Seaspoon founder and seaweed forager, says “We’ve harnessed the natural goodness and taste of seaweed, plus a few choice extra ingredients, to create a healthy, big flavoured alternative to the salt pot that you can sprinkle without guilt. Not only does seaweed taste great, it also benefits from a broad range of nutrients. It’s high in fibre, is a great source of plant protein and with each pot containing just 6.5% salt, our seasoning is a win, win ingredient”.
Mitch Tonks said “These are exciting times for Rockfish. Our collaboration with Seaspoon in creating this seasoning brings something new to our tables that our customers won’t have come across before.”
Seaspoon is currently available at Seaspoon.com, Amazon and will be in Ocado in early April plus a number of independent retailers. If you’d be interested in selling Seaspoon from your deli, shop or café or would like to use Seaspoon in your menu, or know someone that might, please contact Tim@Seaspoon.com for wholesale prices and opportunities.
Marketing, PR & branding training course
3rd April 2019
Hosted by McQueenie Mulholland & Taste of the West
The Alveston, Truro, Cornwall
“A Marketing, PR and branding training course aimed specifically at food, drink and hospitality businesses. The courses last for one day and will include: Introduction to Marketing and PR, Making your Marketing Plan, Digital Marketing and Branding.
Prices – £65 for Taste of the West members and £80 for non-members.
For more information and to book, please email Eleanor Yeo at McQueenie Mulholland – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Natural Food Show
7th – 8th April 2019
“The event is your best place to discover the latest product innovations and trends from organic, natural, vegan, free-from, sustainable, special diet, Fairtrade and vegetarian suppliers – all under one roof.”
The Farm Shop & Deli Show
8th – 10th April 2019
“Experience the best quality local and regional produce, the latest in equipment, labelling and packaging solutions, from more than 400 outstanding suppliers over three days. The Show will be packed with new launches, fresh industry insights and trend-setting food and drink.”
The Ingredients Show
8th – 10th April 2019
“Source ground-breaking new ingredients, discover the processes to put you ahead and discover your new UK trade destination for innovative and profitable food and drink.”
‘Branding Unwrapped’ Workshop-Part 2 by Food Drink Devon
25th April 2019
Exeter Golf and Country Club
“How do you persuade your consumers to believe that your product, farm shop, cookery school, restaurant or café is the bee’s knees? In a follow up to last September’s Branding Unwrapped workshop, we will delve deeper into this key business area.”
Price: Members – £15 | Non-Members – £30 (Plus VAT) to include breakfast buffet
For more information and to book, please visit – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/branding-unwrapped-breakfast-workshop-part-two-tickets-59037840771