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Serving up the best for you April 19, 2017

The Food & Drink Trade Show opens its doors in two weeks!  With a wide range of exhibitors from near and far there’s going to be a lot for you to see, touch, taste, and test.  From cider to coffee, meat to menus, soft drinks to sweet cakes, packaging to photography, pies to preserves, tea to training, water to wine – the list goes on and on!  Did you know there are even some exhibitors coming all the way from China to show you their regional Sichaun specialities?

It’s been a busy year for our exhibitors, and it’s great to hear all about their news and achievements.  Many of their products have won awards, and many are also launching new products at the show, so this is your chance to get your hands on both current and future award winners!  As if all that wasn’t tempting enough, there are many exclusive show offers for you to take advantage of.  Here’s just a taste of what’s in store for you:

The Knights Cider range from Aston Manor Cider is specifically made with traditional bittersweet apples, all grown on the Malverns. Their ciders have won many awards, and 2016 was their best year for awards so far. 2017 looks likely to be another good year, with more awards to come. Recently, at The International Cider Awards, Knights Malvern Oak won one of only 10 Golds, & Knights Malvern Gold won one of 9 Silvers. Sitting alongside the International Brewing Awards, and with only 27 medals up for grabs in the entire category,  the International Cider Awards were hotly contested, with beers and ciders submitted from 187 breweries and 53 cider mills from over 50 countries! Knights Cider performed brilliantly. Cider samples from across the range will be freely available at the show for tasting. (Stand G10).

Boddington’s Berries are new to the show. They’re based at the top of Tregoney Hill in Mevagissey, overlooking the sea, and offer truly unique conserves. Boddington’s received a Made in Cornwall award for “Taking Cornwall places” in 2016. The Made in Cornwall judges were looking for companies which traded successfully out of county, and promoted the local area. Their inspirational preserves now have new labels. These have a textured feel and reversed out images of the fruit, giving a glossy appearance. Gold has been added as an additional colour to help the product stand out. (Stand B2).

Ethical Addictions Coffee have been working with the Caixeta family in Brazil since 2010, to produce their first direct trade coffee from Brazil, and a recent visit shows that they are doing really well. Business, farm and life are good, and improving. Not content with doing well for themselves, off the back of their own success they are helping other farmers, developing speciality coffee and increasing income for others too. Through Athos’ business, along with his partners Denilson and Herico, they are looking up, literally a 1000ft higher up, into the mountains at Jacutinga, where a small rural community have the potential to produce exceptional coffee if they can just be taught to invest the time in selective harvesting and better processing. In partnership with them Ethical Addictions are now looking at a project to invest in that community, as they have elsewhere, to bring about sustainable incomes, higher standards of living and consistently fantastic coffee.  (Stand D2).

Hay Wines are bringing their unique selection of wines to the show, many of which are exclusively imported by them. Amongst them is La Maliosa Rosa, from Tuscany, which is one of the wines with lowest levels of sulphites in the world. It’s also suitable for vegeterians and vegans. If you’re more worried about sugar than sulphites, then they have a Zero Sugar Prosecco DOCG, by Bastia Rebuli in the Valdobbiadene district, called Introvers0. With its 0 g/l of residual sugars, Introvers0 is a very rare example of an actual sugar free Prosecco. It is the lowest sugar Prosecco you can find on the UK market, and one of the lowest calorie fizzes too. It’s not all about wine though…Hay Wines have spirits & liqueurs, including an exclusive range of artisan Italian liqueurs. They will be officially introducing the latest addition to this range at the show. Come along to discover the delicious & rare Salted Chocolate Liqueur, by Piolo & Max from Trieste.  (Stand E5).

The Danish concept of Hygge has been portrayed as a more indoors and winter thing, when in fact it isn’t – Hygge is to be celebrated all year round! Hoogly is the pronunciation of ‘hyggelig,’ the adjective of Hygge, and new British tea company Hoogly Tea want you have a hoogly time drinking one of their delicious and indulgent brews and be seduced by the wonderfully relaxing Danish way of life whatever the weather – their tea is good hot or iced! As well as launching two new blends, the Apple Strudel and their Sparkling White tea (prosecco tea), Hoogly Tea have just launched their individual wraps, and loose tea, to cater for all businesses, having previously only offered tea pyramids. (Stand A8).

This is the first time confectionery wholesalers House of Flavours have exhibited at the Food & Drink Trade Show. They produce high quality confectionery, mainly sourced from the UK, and can offer own label or bespoke products. Their ranges are unique and change with the seasons. They offer a large range of packaging and ribbons. All of their products are packed and finished by hand with a great deal of care and attention. They are launching a new range and new look of fine confectionery at the show, packaged in a contemporary style, in their new grey & white corporate colours. (Stand C2).

Janes Beverages Foodservice have introduced an exciting new addition to their ‘FREE ON LOAN’ offer, serving chilled refreshing beverages. This new chilled drinks dispenser offers an extensive product range in a 5 litre bag in box. Beverages include Fairtrade Lemon Tea, Fairtrade Peach Tea, Pineapple, Blood Orange, Apple, ACE [Orange Carrot Lemon], Grapefruit, Pear, Peach, Lingonberry [Cranberry] to name but a few…and also a range of Aloe & Stevia drinks. (Stand B1).

Risbury Rapeseed Oil is a real family affair with the oil itself being grown, harvested, made and bottled in Herefordshire. Rapeseed Oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils, particularly due to its beneficial balance of fatty acids, and it has less unhealthy saturated fat than other cooking fats and oils. They were delighted when their cold-pressed rapeseed oil with garlic from was awarded Bronze Winner in the Best New Product category at Ludlow Food Festival 2016. As well as this, and their signature Cold-Pressed Rapeseed Oil, their range includes oils flavoured with chilli, basil, and a rather special smoked variety. Their oils have a high smoke point and are rich in essential fatty acid Omega 3 as well as being a rich source of Vitamin E, making them a great choice for all aspects of cooking, from frying and roasting, to dressings and drizzling.  (Stand NC6).

Silesia Grill Systems and Martin Scott will be demonstrating live during the show, displaying the versatility and reliability of their Velox High Speed Contact Grill unit. This cooking style not only promotes unbelievable speeds but also promotes healthy eating. Many products cook in their own juices without needing any additional fat or oil. If you’d like a sneaky peak of what you might see at the show click here. (Stand B11).

After almost 3 years of dukkah blending, The Dukkah Company now have 3 award winners in the range, their best-seller Super Dukkah, their Dessert Dukkah, and their newest flavour – “Coastal Dukkah”. Dukkah is a traditional North African dish packed full of seeds, nuts & spices and their “Coastal Dukkah” is a pistachio & hazelnut based dukkah seasoned with Cornish Seaweed & Cornish Sea Salt. The flavours of the sea together with mint & cayenne awaken your senses in this delicious dip. Simply serve with bread & oil, or use as a seasoning for fish. New to the show, they supply both Retail tubs and Catering packs. (Stand A16).

Treelinks Ingredients are an internationally recognised specialist in the supply of frozen fruit, vegetables, puree & concentrates. Founded in 1983 the company has developed from its early roots as a processor of English sourced fruits to become a major global supplier. Their markets include: preserves, chutney & relishes, marmalades, desserts, alcoholic & soft drinks, ready meals, smoothies, ice cream, yoghurt and many more. Last year they became one of the first suppliers to be awarded with the new BRC Agents and Brokers accreditation. (Stand B14).

Family run wholesale bakery Truly Treats is based in Paignton on the beautiful South Devon coast. They supply quality handmade cakes, cupcakes and traybakes to the catering trade. All their products are made from scratch, in small batches and finished off with the finest attention to detail – best selling flavours at a price you’ll love! They have a new range of Handmade Classics cakes which you can discover at the show – including Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cake, Coffee & Walnut Cake, Lemon Drizzle and Victoria Sponge. In December 2016 they also became SALSA accredited, so you know you’re buying from a team you can trust.  (Stand H3).

When in Rome is delighted to announce the launch of The Glitteratithe UK’s first box wine club, for all those people who know that the best thinking (and drinking) happens inside the box.  People who join The Glitterati will experience an exclusive and off-the-beaten-track taste-tour of Italy and discover some of the country’s most exciting small and independent wine producers. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, When in Rome’s producers have won awards for their wines in Italy, in particular their Barbera DOC Piemonte won the Cangrande medal from the President of Italy. Their Sauvignon IGT Venezia Giulia recently won a blind tasting of almost 400 entries to be awarded Gold Medal at the International Wine in Box competition. (Stand NC2).

With so many wonderful exhibitors and products to be discovered at the show, it’s impossible to tell you about all of them here.  To see them all for yourself, why not register to attend now, and print your badge out? We’ll see you at the show in May!