Papas Minerals secures significant business in GB P
apas Minerals, a local specialist in traditional non-alcoholic drinks, has secured its first significant business in Great Britain and is also close to clinching a major retail deal in the Republic of Ireland.
The company, based in Bangor, Co Down, has recently supplied its range of traditional minerals and cordials such as cloudy lemonade and sarsaparilla, as well as its original ginger wine and elderflower, to artisan food and drink specialist mmm... and glug based at Grainger Arcade in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Papas Minerals, founded by Managing Director Wayne Adair in 1999, has been focusing on business outside Northern Ireland. The company, which supplies its handmade beverages to over 100 independent retailers, has been developed through its web presence and also referrals from existing customers. Papas produces a range of beverages from original recipes without artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners. The range includes a sugar-free ginger wine. It also produces a clove and winter berry cordial which is sold throughout the year. The business with mmm... and glug followed a recent visit by the Newcastle company to St George’s Market in Belfast, where Papas has had a presence for more than a decade. “They sampled our beverages at the market and then placed an order, our first substantial business in Britain,” said Adair. “While we’ve had small orders from individual consumers in Britain from our website over the years, the business placed by mmm... and glug is significant and encouraging because it’s from an established retailer specialising in craft beverages.”
YUMMY BAKES TARGETS GROWTH IN AFTERNOON TEA MARKET
ummy Bakes NI, a local specialist in biscuits, scones and cakes, has launched a special package of products aimed at the developing afternoon tea market in foodservice. The products comprise a range of smaller scones, shortbread and oatie biscuits and a vanilla butter said to be ideal for hotels and restaurants increasingly offering afternoon tea menus. Yummy Bakes, run by Anna Taggart and based at Newtownabbey in Co Antrim, already supplies its bakery goods such as traditional Irish shortbread to foodservice operators including Sodexo in Great Britain and in the Republic of Ireland. The company’s products have also recently been listed for the Causeway Business Lounge at Belfast International Airport. “There’s been a tremendous revival in afternoon tea throughout the UK involving many leading hotels in particular,” said Taggart. “It’s great to see one of the great traditions being rejuvenated by initiatives such as the recent Afternoon Tea Week.”
New cheese from Northern Irish award winner A ward-winning Northern Irish cheese maker Mike Thomson of Mike’s Fancy Cheeses has released a younger version of his successful raw milk Young Buck blue cheese. The new cheese, known as Baby Buck, is matured for around a month instead of the four months for Young Buck and is on sale before piercing. Baby Buck has a Cheshire style texture and is described by Thomson as a ‘creamy cheese without the blue notes’ associated with Young Buck, which was Northern Ireland’s first raw milk blue cheese. Baby Buck also uses raw milk from a local dairy farm. The new cheese comes as the small business has expanded its sales outside Northern Ireland to leading fromageries in the key French centres of Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux; business developed during a promotional tour by Thomson to France. Baby Buck is already on sale in delis across Northern Ireland, and also supplied to cheese specialists in Britain including Neal’s Yard in London.