What’s New – Christmas 2017
CHEF has announced the launch of two new ready-to-use sauces that allow busy chefs to give customers a high quality taste, with the maximum of convenience. CHEF Premium Sauce Hollandaise contains 41% butter and has an unopened shelf life of eight months. CHEF’s Sauce Vin Rouge keeps even better with a shelf life of 12 months, and has 850ml of red wine in each litre. Both sauces come in tetra pack format for easy storage, are gluten free and meet responsibility deal 2017 salt targets. They are also stable in a bain-marie and frozen and can be used as is, or as a base for a custom sauce. Consistent high quality and convenience – and a great time saving aid to every busy kitchen.
Sales of premium spirits have never been higher, with consumers demanding the very best ingredients in their drinks. The new range of spirit enhancers from Merchant’s Heart is therefore bang on trend. There are seven mixes in the collection, all designed to combine prefect carbonation with flavours and aromas that perfectly match and enrich specific spirits. The Classic Tonic pairs well with dry and juniper-led gin, vodka and wonderfully lengthens bourbon. Tonic with Pink Peppercorn is excellent with aromatic spicy gins, earthy vodka and Cognac. Tonic with floral aromatics pairs well with citrus gin, vodka and blanco. Lemon is for agave spirits and over-proof gin; ginger with aged spirits such as bourbon and whisky, Hibiscus with citric gins, vermouth and white rum, and finally Light Tonic with most gins and vodkas. Discover how you can elevate your spirits offering to a whole new level at merchantsheart.co.uk
In recent years, demand for Asian flavours has grown to such an extent that it is normal to see Far Eastern inspired dishes on menus of every kind. And when it comes to soups, Asian varieties are among the top three flavours on menus, according to Technomic Q2 2017. To address this consumer interest, Knorr has launched two new Asian soups in 2.4l pouches that will enable chefs to offer their customers 100% authentic dishes that can be served as is, or added to. A traditional Thai soup called Tom Kha Kai, which is made with chillies, lemongrass, coconut milk and chicken, inspires Knorr’s Thai Coconut & Chicken Soup. This soup has many regional variations that can be recreated by adding mushrooms or coriander, for example. The second flavour – Malaysian – is based upon the hugely popular Laksa spicy noodle soup that’s an Asian lunchtime mainstay. Knorr’s version is vegetarian, giving operators the option of serving as is, or customising it with the addition of chicken, prawn or fish, for example to create an offering unique to them.
Halewood International continues to expand its range of premium spirits with the launch of three new rums. RUM SIXTY SIX Family Reserve comes from one of the last independent family-owned distilleries in the Caribbean. It is small batch distilled and tropically aged for a minimum of 12 years in small American white oak casks before being bottled at the Foursquare Rum Distillery, Barbados. Alongside Family Reserve there’s a six-year-aged Extra Old (40% ABV) – which Halewood says will appeal to the ‘rum explorer’ and the connoisseurs choice, 59% Cask Strength. Three top quality sipping rums that cater for every rum palate.
In the Pink
New from Gordon’s is a raspberry and redcurrant gin, inspired by an original pink recipe by Gordon’s dating back to 1880. Gordon’s 37.5% Premium Pink Distilled Gin is made from the highest quality ingredients and has been crafted to balance the refreshing taste of Gordon’s with the natural sweetness of raspberry and strawberry, with an added tang of redcurrant. Perfect for an original twist on the classic gin and tonic, or in a pink spritz – two parts Gordon’s Pink, two parts lemonade and one part Prosecco. Delicious! A must have addition to your premium gin range.
Made using the finest French grapes, the newest variant to Diageo Reserve’s portfolio of ultra premium vodkas – Cîroc French Vanilla – has been introduced to engage with consumer demand for luxurious flavoured vodkas. Inspired by the French style of making luxury vanilla ice cream, the 37.5% ABV five-time distilled vodka has been infused with a blend of vanilla, delivering a rich and creamy taste and distinctive aromatic background. Nick Temperley, head of Diageo Reserve GB said “Ultra-premium vodka is in high demand. The category is up 13.3% by volume, driven mainly by Cîroc, which is up 37%. At Diageo, we’re committed to bringing consumers new and exciting drinking experiences – Cîroc French Vanilla being the latest example of this.” And the perfect serve? A Cîroc-Star Martini. Shake 35ml Cîroc French Vanilla, 15ml passion fruit syrup, 10ml rhubarb aperitif, 25ml white peach puree and 5ml lemon juice over ice, fine strain into a large martini glass, garnish with half a passion fruit and serve with 50ml of Champagne on the side. ciroc.com
Total trade MAT, CGA to 17.07.17
Schweppes has announced it’s biggest GB investment in over 200 years, with the launch of a new, premium, skittle-shaped bottle and a brand new range of naturally flavoured mixers for discerning drinkers. Called Schweppes 1783, the 200ml glass bottle range features Crisp Tonic Water, Light Tonic water and Golden Ginger Ale as well as two unique flavoured tonics; Salty Lemon Tonic and Quenching Cucumber Tonic water. Each flavour is carefully crafted to marry perfectly with the finest spirits and has been developed with guidance from top mixologists and drinks experts. With Schweppes 1783 being supported by a £6.6m marketing campaign between now and Christmas that includes Digital, OOH, TV and Cinema, this is a launch that cannot be ignored!
Molson Coors has added small-batch Blonde IPA Malabar to its Cobra range of beers, with the new offering being launched on draught to the on trade. Malabar has a hoppy aroma and is light in colour with a deep and refreshing flavour. It has been specifically developed to pair well with a wide range of world cuisines, helped by the fact it is brewed with ale yeast to make it as smooth and drinkable as Cobra bottled lager. An exciting addition to the premium world beers category, which is currently going from strength to strength in the UK.