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Topping Pies lifts lid on new brand
what’s new... Now in its 12th year of production, Passion Preserves has released a limited edition lemon trufﬂe marmalade (lemon, white chocolate & ginger) to mark the milestone. The Welsh company has also switched to round jars with gingham lids after customer feedback highlighted the difﬁculties of extracting the last bits of jam from hexagonal jars. www.chefontherunfoods.co.uk
The Topping Pie Co’s new Maggie’s range features seven different grab-and-go lines BY MICHAEL LANE
The Topping Pie Company has created a ‘deli to go’ range of pies for its independent retail customers under its new Maggie’s sub brand. The Yorkshire bakery said the seven-strong lineup, made using Red Tractor pork local ingredients, would cater for the full spectrum of speciality retailers “from forecourt to farm shop”. As well as chilli pork pie, Traditional and Family pork pies (all 190g), the range also features Huntsman
and Yorkshire Farmers’ half pork pies (210g) and two varieties of quiche – cheese & onion and quiche Lorraine. All come ﬂow-wrapped with brightly coloured sleeves. The new brand is named after Maggie Topping, whose family recipes are the cornerstone of the Doncaster-based pie business. “As farm shops, independent delis and speciality retailers become ever more competitive, they are looking for quality products that give food-
to-go counters a real point of difference,” said sales director Matthew Topping. “We believe our new Maggie’s range will appeal to foodies looking for a wholesome, homemade snack or lunch on the go and with our brightly coloured packaging, will catch the eye of customers.” The Topping Pie Company has also unveiled new colour-coded boxes for its speciality pork pie range, featuring the bakery’s new logo and a window panel.
Organic, suitable for vegans and sugar-free, the bar is said to have an earthy and smooth taste, rather than the bitterness associated with dark chocolates. Each 100g bar has an RRP of £3.99. “We take our customers’ suggestions very seriously and there have been more and more calls for our darker chocolate ranges recently,” said Montezuma’s cofounder Helen Pattinson. “Developing a 100% cocoa bar is a careful balancing act, and we took time to get the ﬂavour right. “We are delighted with its taste and texture, which we are sure will appeal to real chocolate enthusiasts.” www.montezumas.co.uk
Made in East Anglia from Norfolk barley, Wild Knight Vodka is one of the latest British artisan spirits to hit the market. The 40% ABV spirit comes in 70cl bottles (RRP £45) and is described as “liquid silk” thanks to its smooth ﬁnish. It is also suitable for gluten-free diets. www.wildknightvodka.co.uk
Montezuma’s goes as dark as possible with 100% cocoa bar Montezuma’s has launched its ﬁrst 100% cocoa bar – Absolute Black – following the popularity of its other dark chocolate bars.
Mineral water company Radnor Hills has developed an ambient still fruit juice range. The Fruella roster includes 100% apple and 100% orange juices as well as cranberry & raspberry, orange & carrot, apple & blueberry and tropical blends. The whole range is free from preservatives, additives and added sugar, and comes in 400ml PET bottles.
T Plus launches with vitaminenriched green tea range
Blackacre adds goose eggs Somerset freerange egg producer, Blackacre Farm Eggs, has expanded its Free Collection with the Dabbling Free goose eggs. Available to independents UK-wide, the eggs come in a twin-pack cardboard shed (RRP £9.99). They join Rambling Free hens’, Waddling Free ducks’ and Foraging Free quails’ eggs. www.blackacrefarmeggs.com
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T Plus Drinks claims to have created the UK’s ﬁrst range of vitamin-enriched green tea, which is aimed at boosting the health of consumers with hectic lifestyles. Available from wholesalers Marigold and Tree of Life in boxes of 15 tea bags (RRP £3.69), each of the four blends has a different purpose. The raspberry and pomegranate ﬂavoured t + boost is designed to energise through its combination of green tea, yerba mate, ginseng and energy releasing B vitamins in a natural raspberry & pomegranate ﬂavoured tea. There are also the orange & blueberry t + immunitea (green tea,
echinacea, ginseng and vitamin C) and the apple & blackcurrant t + detox (green tea, milk thistle, ginger root and B vitamins). Completing the range is t + multea, a lemon & peach ﬂavoured blend of green tea, rosemary, cardamom, spearmint and with 9 daily essential vitamins. T Plus donates 10p from the sale of every box to the Vitamin Angels charity, which provides vitamins to at-risk children and new mothers around the world. www.tplusdrinks.com
Vol.17 Issue 4 | May 2016