Discover Germany, Issue 47, February 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Made in Germany

Nuts about nuts Nuts come in different kinds and, regardless whether they have been refined or whether they are eaten in their original form, they are always a tasty treat. TEXT: SILKE HENKELE

Based in the beautiful city of Hamburg, the Veldkamp family is a manufacturer of roasted nuts. Their product range, amongst others, comprises of an astonishing and exquisite surprise:“We were looking for a way to honour our ancestor Anna Veldkamp, who regularly gave free food to orphans here in Hamburg,” explains Tom Veldkamp, owner of the family-run business that was established more than 100 years ago. “So why not pay tribute to her golden heart by creating golden sweets?” asks Veldkamp. Therefore, the first roasted almond sprinkled with 22-carat gold leaf was finally introduced to customers in 2009. But Veldkamp has more in store than almonds with a precious twist: the company’s product range also includes roasted cashews, almonds (minus the golden touch), peanuts and Brazil nuts - all organic and all lovingly packed in pointed retro paper bags. 26  |  Issue 47  |  February 2017

“In manufacturing our products, we are very much aware that an increasing number of customers suffer from food intolerances and hence consciously abstain from processing additional spices; which is why we mainly use organic products for the processing of our nuts,”says Veldkamp. So, for example, Veldkamp’s roasted golden almonds are primarily organic and environmentally conscious manufactured from almonds, cane sugar, Bourbon vanilla as well as cinnamon; plus a 22-carat golden sprinkle of course. When asked for his future plans, Veldkamp answers: “All our products are available from assorted chocolate stores in Spain, Austria and Germany who have specialised in organic products. We now have plans to extend our offer and add a product range that comprises of chocolate covered nuts. Moreover, we have only recently started a cooperation with Brotliebling in

Left: Organic products made by Mutter Veldkamp: Almonds 'Mumbai', Hamburger Golden Almonds, cashews with black sesame. Photo: © Björn Gantert Top right: Organic bread backing premix with organic roasted almonds by Mutter Veldkamp. Photo: © Brotliebling Above: Owner Tom Veldkamp and wife Petra on a visit to Mutterland Hamburg, one of the retailers of Mutter Veldkamp's products. Photo: © Tom Veldkamp Bottom: Mutter Veldkamp’s come in organic retro paper bags. Photo: © Stephan Chi

Berlin. They sell an exclusive bread baking premix that contains our roasted almonds. We are very proud of that cooperation and the bread is incredibly yummy!” gloats Veldkamp. If you want to know more about Veldkamp’s products or watch a couple of related videos, you can look them up on Facebook or visit their homepage. Those who are now yearning to taste Veldkamp’s delicious products or want to surprise their loved ones with the exquisite gift of gold-sprinkled sweets can easily do so as, thankfully, all of Veldkamp’s products are available online.

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