King of Tomatoes
Commonly known as ‘The King of Plum Tomatoes’, San Marzano is a premium variety of tomato that is grown on small lots of land in the Agro Sarnese – Nocerino area near Naples. Certified Protected Designation of Origin and harvested by hand, they are the essential ingredients in any truly authentic Neapolitan pizza – as the best chefs in the world will testify. Now, Mutti has launched its San Marzano peeled tomatoes in a foodservice friendly 2500g tin. Fragrant and fleshy, they have the perfect blend between acidity and sweetness to give them a taste unique among peeled tomatoes.
Nuts & More
Permissible snacking is all the rage – something that the new Nuts & More bar from Kellogg’s taps directly into. The 45g bar contains 41% roasted peanuts and almonds, Scottish wholegrain oats, coconut flakes, crispy rice pieces, glucose syrup and 21% dark chocolate pieces, all combined to give consumers a truly tasty and satisfying on-the-go eat. It’s vegetarian and halal approved too. Available in cases of 18, the launch is being supported with a marketing campaign and social media activity.
On the Go
A new addition to Tetley’s On the Go Range – Tetley OTG100s – make it even easier for caterers to serve a refreshing cup of Tetley Tea on the go! The new pack includes 100 easy squeeze non-drip 100% Rainforest Alliance accredited tea bags, and 100 double-walled cups and sip lids, creating a full solution for foodservice operators. Containing all caterers need to serve a superior cup of tea to take away, Tetley OTG100s simplify sourcing and make storage easy. Specially developed for the travel and leisure industry, the new case aims to provide improved customer satisfaction in offering a portable solution from the tea brand.
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Halewood International has acquired the City of London Distillery, giving the on trade access to five exciting and award-winning gin variants. There’s a 41.3% London Dry Gin – with fresh orange, lemon and pink grapefruit added to give the gin distinctive zesty notes – and a 45.3% Christopher Wren Gin – designed by Master Distiller Tom Nichol – that combines the subtle flavours of juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice and sweet orange to give a complex gin that balances quality and flavour. City of London’s 43.3% Old Tom is lightly sweetened and combines a hint of warm spice flavour with lingering zesty citrus notes; its Sloe Gin is rich in colour and taste and made with London Dry to reach 28% ABV. Finally there’s the flagship London Square Mile Gin – flavoured with coriander seeds, orris root, angelica, liquorice, fresh orange and lemon plus a selection of other botanicals – which alongside its London Dry and Old Tom stablemates won Double Gold at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirit Competition.
Have a Break
From conferences to care homes, staff rooms to small offices; Nestlé Break Pack offers everyone an extra special treat. Containing a tempting choice of 40 KitKat® two finger bars in a mixture of three flavours – original, dark or cookies and cream – and 20 each of luxurious Nescafé® Gold Café Style Latte or Cappuccino sachets all together in one convenient box, Break Pack is a great way to reward your staff, residents or visitors.
Caterers are now able to purchase Tetley’s new Enveloped Variety Box. Ideal for caterers looking to develop their range of teas, and exclusive to the foodservice sector, this self-merchandising unit contains 90 premium – enveloped string and tag teabags split across seven bestselling variants – satisfying consumer demand with variations to suit all palates. With green tea, fruit and herbal blends having exploded onto the market, growing by 5.6% and 2.5% respectively, the Tetley Variety Pack is bursting with natural and intense fruity flavours including Mint Fusion, Raspberry & Pomegranate, Green Tea, Earl Grey, Green Tea Lemon, Decaffeinated and Lemon & Ginger.
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Demand for US craft ales and spirits is at an all time high and that interest will be further stimulated with the announcement of a new look for Southern Comfort. Dan Bolton, managing director of Hi-Spirits, explains the change: “Southern Comfort in the UK is the same high quality, 35% ABV premium spirit that it has always been. With the brand’s whiskey roots and heritage in New Orleans – a city known for good times and great cocktails – the new-look packaging and positioning captures that spirit perfectly.” And there’s more good news, with Amanda McLeod, marketing director of Hi-Spirits adding: “We’re very pleased to be launching Southern Comfort 100 Proof exclusively to the on trade in the UK and Ireland. It still features the distinctive Southern Comfort blend of whiskey, fruits and spices, but at 50% ABV, it’s a premium spirit that will inspire bartenders to create some interesting new cocktails and mixed drinks.”
What an Experiment!
A unique collaboration between Glenfiddich malt master Brian Kinsman and Seb Jones – an entrepreneurial Speyside craft brewer – has resulted in Glenfiddich IPA Experiment. By using American oak barrels that had previously been seasoned with Indian pale ale within, and a lighter aged malt, the resulting 43% ABV whisky has unique zesty citrus notes and the subtle tang of fresh hops that complements the characteristic Glenfiddich fruitiness and sweet vanilla oakiness. A delicious result. Serve over ice with a twist of blood orange peel, or savour by itself.
Currently available in a 500g tetra or a 2.5kg tin, Mutti Passata is now available in a handy 3kg pouch. This stand-up product offers great versatility and convenience to chefs looking for the highest quality tomato passata in their kitchens, without worrying about disposing of a bulky tin.
Concentrate on Beef
New CHEF® Liquid Concentrates are made with at least 40% of main ingredients to deliver fresh, authentic flavours. With just a few drops, you can add more defining flavours at any stage of cooking, making them great for anything from stocks and marinades to hot and cold sauces. And the latest addition – Beef Concentrate – keeps that versatility going. Containing 67% beef concentrate, gluten free, 2017 salt target compliant and free of artificial colours, flavours of preservatives, it’s a must for every kitchen.
Do the Strand
Dr. Oetker Professional – the baking and pizza specialist – has launched a new decorations range of Sugar Strands and Chocolate Flavour Strands. The easy-to-pour 700g jars are perfect for operators looking to give their daily offerings the edge, and profit from a key trend. From freak-shakes and ice creams, to cupcakes and doughnuts, sprinkles are proving a consumer favourite when it comes to sweet treats, as well as an easy way for caterers and bakers to add texture and interest to a whole range of dishes. With demand growing, the leading family baking business’s new larger format is sure to be a kitchen staple. For more information on Dr. Oetker Professional, contact 0113 823 1400 or visit oetkerfoodservice.co.uk
Demand from under 35-year-old drinkers of both sexes for fruit ciders continues apace, with Nielsen data showing a 31% year-on-year volume growth in the on trade and that fruit ciders are responsible for 20% of the total growth in flavoured cider. It is therefore imperative you have an excellent range on offer. One tip-top choice for your listings has to be new 500ml Smirnoff Cider with Mandarin & Pink Grapefruit. Crisp and lightly fizzed, the 4% ABV combination of fruit flavours, cider and Smirnoff vodka is perfect over ice or straight from the bottle, and a great addition to the existing choices of Smirnoff Cider Raspberry & Pomegranate and Passion Fruit & Lime.
A Disaronno Experience
Disaronno – the best selling Italian almond liqueur – has firmly established itself as a top choice for those looking for something different in their cocktail. And now, joining the ever-increasing list of RTDs is Disaronno Sour Ready Cocktail. Disaronno sour is a true, expertly blended cocktail that combines the unique and iconic taste of Disaronno with the refreshing sensation of lemon juice.Serve chilled and over ice for the perfect Disaronno Sour experience!