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Welcome to the new look Take Stock! With the winter cobwebs blowing away at last, it seemed like the perfect time to launch a fresher, brighter look. We love it - and hope you do to! It’s still packed with all your favourites and regular features, including a special bumper Cheers section - everything the on-trade needs to know. There are features on cider, Southern Hemisphere wines, and champagnes and sparkling wines for all occasions - particularly weddings which are now on the rise in the UK. A toast to that! We Grill chef patron Simon Salt. At just 30 years old, the MasterChef quarter finalist and former Northcote Manor apprentice has taken over the White Bull in Gisburn, North Yorkshire. Read about his passion for the pub and cooking food that everyone can enjoy on page 18. As the popularity of street food and kebabs continues to grow, we look at the potential of these less conventional food trends on pages 11 and 16. There are also business boosting ideas on weddings and choosing a wholesaler - advice to help you stay ahead in this tough, competitive market.

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Easter is a busy time and therefore offers a lucrative opportunity for businesses. Check out our tips and recipes to sweeten your profits over the holidays. And turn to page 38 to see what was hot at the Hospitality Show in Birmingham. Yet again, we have been spoilt for choice by our loyal #FeedYourEyes contributors, and it was a tough call to filter it down to our contenders - and winners. Entries are getting ever more creative and we love it - so please keep them coming! Take Stock is for you. If there is something you want to see in it then please let us know.

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Art Director Richard Smith

Editor Tracy Johnson

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News and Features Sarah Hardy Rebecca Cooper

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52 28 PERFECT PATISSERIE 27-29. Easter Delights


31. Sweet Sensation




42. Swifties 43. Dates for your Diary 45. Perfect Peru 47-49. A Taste for Everyone 51. Pressing News 52-54. Wine Report

FEATURES 11-13. Prima Doner 15. Food On-The-Go 16-17. A Food Revolution






EVERY ISSUE 6-7. Calendar 8-9. The Stock Market - What’s New 18-19. We Grill - Simon Salt 21. Food for Thought - Doing Your Bit 22-24. Feed Your Eyes


38-39. B  ig Boys Toys - Hot Right Now




RECIPES 13. Turkish Delight Special Chicken 13. Imam Bayildi (Stuffed Aubergine) 15. Falafel Flatbread with


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“Dining out is a large part of British culture,” says Ibrahim Dogus founder and director at the Centre for Turkey Studies. “Due to a mixture of economic, social and cultural factors, taking away and eating at ethnically themed restaurants is also on the rise.” The eating out market is worth £52 billion a year, but this is expected to rise to £65 billion by 2017, according to

Kebabs are big business. Boost your menu with these Turkish delights packed with flavour and super-healthy too!

research from Allegra Strategies. “Kebab is certainly becoming one of the most popular dishes in the country. Having a quality kebab on your menu would make a real difference to your

Kebab businesses currently contribute more than £2.2billion to the

business,” adds Ibrahim. “We are hoping

British economy each year. The British Kebab & Retail Awards, founded

to remove the negative perception of

by the Centre for Turkey Studies, aims to shed light on this established

the dish, which is that kebabs are all

industry and help the foodservice sector and community recognise its

about late night food - which is not

potential and the cultural and economic contributions it makes to the UK.

correct. In fact, the majority of kebab businesses in the country stop serving food at 11pm!”

Appeal The simple, delicious kebab has been developed by professionals over decades. “We only use the finest ingredients in all of our recipes,” says Deniz Dikgoz from Turkish Delight in Manchester, winner of the best kebab shop of the year 2013 at the British Kebab awards. “We pride ourselves on doing all our own butchery and preparation, from our homemade doner kebab to our homemade vegetarian dishes, assuring that only the best ingredients are used in all of our food.” The family-run restaurant serves traditional Turkish cuisine through to a selection of hot and cold mezes and a range of lamb and chicken dishes including: Kuzu sis kebab - lamb, charcoal grilled with onions and peppers Homemade doner kebab - famous

High quality meat and fresh vegetables with the special sauce, cooked at the right temperature, makes a good kebab.

Turkish dish of oven spit roasted lamb Pilic kebab - fillet of chicken breast, charcoal grilled, topped with fried onions and peppers Tavuk kebab - chicken off the bone, rolled and skewered with onions and peppers, charcoal grilled

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Deniz Dikgoz, chef and proprietor of Turkish Delight in Manchester, shares two of his popular, tantalising dishes.

Turkish Delight Special Chicken Makes 4

Imam Bayildi (Stuffed Aubergine) Serves 4

INGREDIENTS 2 medium aubergines, cut in half and scored inside 3 large onions, thinly sliced 3 green peppers, thinly sliced 4 pieces of garlic, sliced 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper Pinch chilli powder Pinch sugar 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 small tin chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato purée 2 tomatoes, cut into quarters

METHOD 1. Cook the onions, peppers and garlic in a drizzle of oil until soft, then add the chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes

2. Add the salt, chilli, black pepper, cumin and sugar and cook for a further 10 minutes

3. Deep fry the aubergines until cooked and place on a strainer to get rid of the



8 chicken thighs, with bone and skin off

1. Blitz the garlic and vegetable oil until fine,

and add the sauce, spreading it evenl.

2 tbsp tomato purée

add the tomato purée and blitz

Place the tomatoes on top and bake in

4 pieces of garlic

2. In a bowl, mix the chicken, salt , pepper, chilli

oven on highest setting and cook until

1 tsp oregano

excess oil, then place onto a baking tray

and cumin, then add the blended tomato and

the tomatoes on top brown

1/2 tsp black pepper

rub mixture into the chicken

4. Leave to cool

Pinch chilli powder

3. BBQ or pan fry the chicken until cooked

1 tsp salt 4 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp ground cumin powder

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Food On-The-Go The eating out market is booming. And thanks to a change in eating habits, food onthe-go has become an established part of the British diet. Here, Take Stock looks at some ideas to help your business benefit from the change in the nation’s eating habits.

Keep it healthy

Sweet treats

Food to go can be good for you - and that’s what customers want, according to Allegra

According to market researchers NPD

Foodservice. Nutritionally-balanced dishes that fit into a healthy lifestyle is a growing

Group, these days customers rarely eat

priority so provide delicious options.

three set meals a day and instead are increasingly grazing on snack items.

Get inspired

Small, takeaway portions ideal for a

Make your menu stand out with influences from different cuisines. Take inspiration

lunch, mid-afternoon snack or a dessert

from street food - these talented vendors specialise in homemade, tasty treats from

are a great idea.

around the world, including British favourites.


Falafel Flatbread with Salsa Dressing

FALAFEL 800g tinned chickpeas, rinsed, drained and dried

Serves 10 400 calories per serving

10g garlic, chopped 5g vegetable bouillon 10g flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 tbsp Moroccan spice mix 50g plain flour 10ml sunflower oil

METHOD 1 Blitz all ingredients except sunflower oil and bread and shape into 10 patties

2 Fry for 3 minutes each side

INGREDIENTS SALSA 400g MAGGI rich & rustic tomato sauce 1 garlic clove, crushed 100g banana shallot, finely diced 100g cucumber, de-seeded, finely diced 100g orange bell pepper, finely diced 1 tsp smoked paprika

METHOD 1 Mix all ingredients, and season to taste

To serve put one warm falafel in a toasted pitta with a generous serving of salsa and green salad 15

A Food Revolution Great, affordable food served from a van or a stall at markets, festivals and events is now taking the UK by storm...

The street food revolution is a global phenomenon and this year is set to be a bumper one for the UK. A firm favourite in London, it’s now a growing trend around the country. Street food in the UK has doubled in size every year for the past four years. The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) said they have had almost 700 new businesses sign up with them since January 2014 and they now have close to 2,000 traders working. “The street food industry in the UK is growing faster than anyone could have predicted,” says Mark Laurie, director at NCASS. “It’s passionate people making great quality and affordable food for everyone to sample. This is an upward trend, and certainly no fad.”

The appeal

food traders are actively seeking to avoid

Street food has successfully made the art of dining out move from fussy to unfussy. Not only does it allow everybody to taste global cuisine in an affordable, unpretentious setting, it is homemade produce made by skilled, enthusiastic people. It is one of the most affordable and low-risk ways to start your own business, helps to re-energise under-utilised and possibly unloved urban spaces, creates jobs and brings people together.

There is a move within the industry to work together to re-use any waste that is created at festivals and events and NCASS is working closely with FareShare South West and A Greener Festival to pilot a new scheme.

Allergy friendly The allergen legislation, which came into force last December, requires all businesses to provide allergy information to customers on food sold unpacked.

Nationwide trend Street food first took off in London, but now it’s reaching the masses outside the capital in cities and towns including: Birmingham, Newcastle, Tiverton, Frome and Blackpool. But it’s Leeds’ forward thinking ‘Trinity Effect’ – five traders taking residency in the shopping centre for one month – that has got other nationwide shopping centres hoping to follow suit.

Street traders make their own food so they know exactly what ingredients they have used and in turn, they can tell and show their customers.

Handmade happiness Leeds-based Market Wraps has been trading for four years, with a regular spot at Leeds Farmers Market. Owner and trained chef Carl Denning, along with his members of staff, pride themselves on delivering something just a little bit

Waste not, want not A shocking 3.9 million tonnes of food is wasted every year by the food and drink industry. It is estimated that 10% of this waste is fit for consumption, enough food for 800 million meals, according to FareShare. In contrast, many street

waste and only cook what they need.


special on the streets of Yorkshire. Their previous menu included wraps filled with everything from curry to spinach, but they now concentrate solely on their pulled pork wrap. “Instead of having several items that are going to be good, we wanted to have one item that is amazing,” said Carl.

Photo: NCASS



Pulled Pork with Sweet Slaw By Carl Denning at Market Wraps

Boned and rolled will feed about 8

the pork skin about 1cm deep all over


film and leave overnight

5kg quality pork shoulder, boned (ideally get the pork seperate to the rolled fat) Sweet slaw - 3 carrot, 1 large onion, 1 red cabbage, mayo (half of a jar),

work full time


has doubled

every year since 2010


of traders


1 unit

with a sharp knife, wrap in heatproof cling

3 The next day place the meat (still in cling flim) onto an oven tray, with half an inch of water, and cover in foil. Cook at


60% of traders

2 Massage the rub into the meat, score

2 tbsp sugar, pinch fennel seeds

120ºC for 8 hours (or until ready)

4 Leave to cool and then pull the meat 5 When ready to eat, heat in a dry non- stick pan and add some of the rub for extra taste

METHOD 1 Smoke the shoulder for 2 hours – if you don’t have a smoker, buy some smoke liquid and inject or spray a small amount (4 squirts of liquid smoke, or rub a tablespoon) into the meat

Served in his mum’s handmade flatbread, accompanied by their own sauces, everything on the stand is homemade using local ingredients.

TO SERVE 1 Put a handful of pork in a flatbread 2 Serve with a nice sweet slaw and BBQ sauce on the side

Where Some examples of traders in the UK: • Exeter Innovations Street Food, Guildhall shopping Centre, Exeter

Carl says there is nothing better than seeing their customers reaction. “We get so much back from their feedback, and we know that if they like it then they’ll be back for more!”

• Treacle Market, Market Place, Macclesfield • Stockbridge Market, Saunders Street, Edinburgh • Piccadilly Street Food Market, Manchester • Eat Street, Food Market, Regent Court

I think it’s the aroma that gets them to the queue, and once they are in it, they see us creating their dish and can see exactly what is going in.

Shopping Centre, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire • Cranleigh Market, Village Way Car Park, Surrey

Carl Denning, Market Wraps





Simon Salt Simon Salt, 30, is the new chef-patron of the White Bull, in Gisburn, Ribble Valley. A former quarter-finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals, he was previously Lancashire Young Chef of the Year, North West Young Chef of the Year, Gordon Ramsay Scholar finalist, and an apprentice at the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor, Lancashire. What brought you to the White Bull?

at The Ledbury and Martin Berasategui in San Sebastián. Meeting people like Mark Askew and Gordon Ramsey inspired

It had always been my ambition to have my own place.

me, but so did a broad range from all over the world. I’ve picked

When The White Bull came up it stuck out for me. I’m from

up things from a lot of people so I couldn’t single out just one.

Oswaldtwistle, so I wanted a village pub in Lancashire, and I used to go there when I was a lad. It had a tired but nice character and always felt like the heart of the community,

When did your love of food begin?

so after it had been closed for a year it seemed the perfect

I liked food from an early age. As well as offering to help Mum

opportunity to bring it back to life. It’s got four areas; the snug

make tea, we ate out a lot, and when we did I never ordered a

(a drinking area for locals), a dining area, a private dining room

child’s meal. Even at the age of seven I knew I wanted a steak

that seats up to 14 and the function room that holds 140 people.

over fish fingers and would even order it myself - medium rare!

It can cater for every situation.

And when I was 15 I figured out I wanted to be a chef, because I was the only boy in my home economics class! I struggled

What’s the menu?

academically, but thrived when it came to cooking. I loved it.

I was adamant about providing dishes of different cost and a burger and fish and chips, but then we have a specials board

What advice would you give to a young, ambitious chef?

that you can have something a bit more fine dining - like lobster

Soak up as much as you can from chefs you respect. Be

or venison. Fresh, local and seasonal products are extremely

prepared to work long and unsociable hours and, starting from

important to me. I want to use local produce to feed local

when you first start training, expect not to have a social life for

people. I wouldn’t call my food gastro or fine dining: it is what

at least five years! Try and get an apprenticeship somewhere

it is. We aren’t pretentious. You can get a burger or something

good that has an excellent reputation and are prepared to train

fancier with a gel or a foam. I’m offering the two options and

you. You have got to constantly eat, sleep and drink food.

style to suit every occasion. I wanted staples on the menu, like

not singling myself out as one or the other.

Favourite restaurant in the UK?

Do you have a children’s menu?

There are too many to name just one! But, in London, I’d have to say The Ledbury in Notting Hill. Brett Graham is fantastic and

No. Everything I make I’ll do in a small portion of. I knew what

in my eyes one of the best chefs in the UK. Obviously, you can’t

I wanted at that age and I believe children need to be taught

beat Nigel Howarth. He is the man of the north west without a

about good, nutritional food. Customers love it because they

shadow of a doubt. And in the Lake District L’Enclumes serves

want their children to be eating what they’re eating, and they

simple, beautifully tasty food.

are trying food they never thought they would - and enjoying it.

Do you think restaurants outside of London can compete?

What’s your signature dish? I don’t have one. I don’t use expensive cuts because anyone can cook with an expensive cut. I like braising and slow cooking

The Ribble Valley is one of the strongest areas in the country

- for me its more about the flavour than the presentation.

outside of London for food. You can’t beat the views and the

Presentation plays a massive part but flavour is absolute key to

northern hospitality. Places like Northcote and the Freemason’s

me, and using local produce is important.

in Wiswell match London and give it a run for its money. London chefs have been using north west products for a long time, there is a lot of good stuff grown in Lancashire that is

Who has been your biggest influence?

shipped to London.

There are a lot of chefs who I look up to and have helped me throughout my career; from lecturers at college to Brett Graham


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Feed Your Eyes Our Twitter followers have done it agian, sending us dozens of photos of dishes they’ve created. The quality and range of submissions continue to dazzle and impress us. As always, it was a tough job whittling them down to the top five for each course. Thanks again for all the amazing entries, please keep them coming to #FeedYourEyes.







3. Robbie Lorraine @Robbie_lorraine

1. Zoltan Szabo @zoltan_sz

4. Wesley watts @wezwatts

6. Bjorn Moen @thehartinn

Senior head chef at Cameron House, Loch Lomond “Cailles aux raisins” with celeriac, spiced sourdough, sauternes & vinegar sauce

Head chef at the Post Box, Perth - Hand dived scallops, confit guinea fowl croquet, celeriac and apple

Head chef and owner of the Hart Inn, Hartland, Devon - Three little pigs; celeriac, pea shoots, apple gel, black pud, belly and prosciutto crisp

2. Tom Mackins @ChefTomMackins

5. Jack Day @ChefJackDay

7. Matt Noonan @dirtyworm35mm

Head chef at the Llawnroc Hotel, Cornwall Scallops with textured of cauliflower, pickled raisins and crispy ham

Culinary director of Xclusive Hospitality and Xclusive Christmas Parties, Leicester - Hot smoked salmon, celeriac, coriander, mayonnaise and beetroot

Head chef at the Boathouse hotel in Hythe, Southampton - Wild bass, celeriac, oyster mushroom, prosciutto, butternut squash

Executive chef at Grazing Events, London Lobster ravioli and pickled fennel











8. Phil Dixon @phildix




13. Leon Justin Sharp @Chef_LeonJSharp

9. Adam Church @churchyboy22

11 Chris Turnbull @chefchris86

14. John Grabecki @ John_Grabecki

Head chef at Franks Steak, Northampton - Beef three ways, fillet, liver & shin, glazed vegetables & beef reduction

Head pastry chef at The Kitchin, Edinburgh Warm choc financier, bitter ganache and an espresso ice cream

Head chef, BNY Mellon Blackfriars - Sticky toffee pudding

10. Neil Ferguson @neilfergie

12 Simon Martin @EI_Barto B

15. Tom Lawson @Lawson_chef

Sous chef at Killarney Park, Co Kerry, Ireland - Lamb rack, smoked potato, confit garlic, pea puree, bacon jus

Head chef at Kippings, Wheathampstead Black Forest gateaux

Head chef and co-owner of Rafters Restaurant, Sheffield - White chocolate and banana parfait, rum and caramelised banana ice cream

Head chef at Langshott Manor, Gatwick, Surrey Venison with red fruit mustard and smoked potato


Chef de partie at Millenium Madejski, Reading Muscovado parfait with raspberry, lemon and vanilla

The Winners Tom Mackins



Head chef at the Llawnroc Hotel, Cornwall Scallops with textured of cauliflower, pickled raisins and crispy ham

Bjorn Moen

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Head chef and owner of the Hart Inn, Hartland, Devon - Three little pigs; celeriac, pea shoots, apple gel, black pud, belly and prosciutto crisp

John Grabecki




Head chef, BNY Mellon, Blackfriars - Sticky toffee pudding



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Easter is particularly popular and our busiest time for families after Christmas.

Easter Delights

Paul Williams, Celtic Manor Resort

For caterers, Easter is second only to Christmas when it comes to a high customer turnover. As the only weekend with two bank holidays and falling in the middle of the school holidays, Easter can be a lucrative opportunity. Last April, Greene King Leisure

homemade hot cross buns in their

Tracker found that the average British

afternoon tea, they have arranged

household leisure spend increased 8%

specific accommodation packages just

to £215 due to the Easter weekend

for the holiday plus a ‘Gourmet to Go’

and spending on eating and drinking

package where the hotel’s chefs will

out experienced double digit-growth

create a gourmet Easter lunch that

compared to the previous month.

can be taken away, or enjoyed within the hotel.

Paul Williams, PR manager for Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales says;

Little touches

“We’re a year round hotel that attracts

Easter is predominantly about

families throughout the calendar, but

chocolate, but you can create any

Easter is particularly popular and our

sweet and tasty treat to mark the

busiest time for families after Christmas.”

occasion. From a courtesy mini-

Generates future profit

egg with every tea purchased or a chick-decorated cupcake with every

Having an Easter event will make you

glass of pop, little touches will entice

stand out as a venue to return to after

customers in. Big, lavish, or expensive,

the holiday. The Eagle and Child in

needn’t be the case; something simple

Ramsbottom put on a community

and thoughtful can be just as effective.

event last year, which included a barbecue and face painting. “It was

Easter may be only two days for some,

a great success with many locals

but for families with school children it’s

visiting us,” says owner Glen Duckett .

two weeks - a perfect opportunity to

“Whilst we made profit on the day we

get their business. Things like putting

also benefited later on as the event

out more colouring books for the

encouraged them to visit again.”

young ones, making sure you have an up-to-date kid-friendly menu or

Be different Easter egg hunts or bonnet parades are still popular and pull in the crowds,

even even checking your WiFi works properly means you are catering to the needs of families.

but why not think outside the box to attract even more trade? Celtic Manor

To give you some inspiration, two

Resort is running an extensive Easter

chefs have shared their recipes, which

programme. Not only do they feature

they feel are perfect for the occasion.


Rhubarb Crumble Tarts by Tom Kitchin, chef & proprietor, The Kitchin, Edinburgh

Makes 4 Photo: Laura Edwards





1 Put the rhubarb into a heavy-based

1 Roll out the pastry to a 3-4mm thickness

250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

saucepan with the sugar, orange zest and juice

and use to line 4 individual flan tins (7.5cm in

50g icing sugar

2 Bring to a simmer, lower the heat and cook

diameter and 2.5cm deep)

150g unsalted butter, in pieces

gently for 10-15 minutes

2 Refrigerate for 15 minutes before baking at

1 free range medium egg

180°C/Gas 4

1 free range medium egg yolk,


3 Line the pastry cases with baking parchment

lightly beaten


CRUMBLE TOPPING 250g plain flour 200g cold unsalted butter, in pieces

processor. Add the butter and pulse until

200g soft light brown sugar

breadcrumbs. Add the whole egg and pulse

75g rolled oats (or oatmeal)

until the dough comes together

Few drops pink food colouring

2 Knead, and flatten into a round

Lemon thyme or shredded mint

3 Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes

to finish (optional)

RHUBARB FILLING 6 rhubarb stalks – de-strung, cut into 1cm lengths 180g sugar, or to taste 1 orange juiced and zest finely grated

10 minutes, then remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 10 minutes

Pinch sea salt

1 Sift the flour and icing sugar into a food


and add a layer of baking beans. Blind bake for

4 Remove the paper and beans and brush the inside of the hot pastry cases with the beaten egg yolk to seal. Set aside on a wire rack

5 Scatter the crumble on a baking tray and bake for 6-8 minutes



1 Warm the rhubarb compote, if necessary,

1 Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Add the

and use to fill the tart cases

butter until the mixture resembles coarse

2 Scatter the crumble evenly over the surface.

crumbs. Stir in the brown sugar, oats and a

Sprinkle with herbs or leave plain

little food colouring

2 Cover and chill for 20 minutes


Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or pouring cream



This is perfect for the transition from the last colds of winter to the more mediocre suns of spring! It’s got a rich white chocolate cream with a fresh and crisp raspberry sorbet; perfect to make in batches for families at Easter.

‘Swiss Roll’ Genoise Sponge with Raspberry and White Chocolate Creme Patissiere by Simon Martin, head chef at Kippings, Wheathampstead, Harpenden

Makes 8





1 Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until light

1 Bring all the ingredients to the boil

150g icing sugar

and thick, then add the flour

and simmer for 2-3 minutes

150g ground almonds

2 Bring the milk and vanilla pods to a simmer

2 Blend and cool

3 eggs

and remove, pour over the egg and sugar

90g egg yolks

mixture and return to the heat


275g egg whites

3 Bring to a simmer and use a spatula to

110g caster sugar

ensure mix is evenly rotated and thickened


120g plain flour

after 2 minutes

METHOD 1 Whisk the eggs and yolks, then whisk in icing

4 Fold in the chocolate and cool using a covering of cling film

5 Finish with the raspberry purée

sugar and almonds until pale

500g raspberries 100g caster sugar 15ml lemon juice

METHOD 1 Put the raspberries and sugar in a bowl,

2 Whisk the egg whites and caster sugar to


form a meringue


simmering water for 2 hours

50g melted white chocolate

2 Drain, add lemon juice and chill. Churn

100g tapioca maltodextrose

the mixture in a sorbet maker and transfer

3 Mix the two, fold in the flour and bake for 6 minutes at 180ºC

cover in cling film and place over a pan of

to the freezer





1 Whisk the the ingredients into a crumb-like

TO FINISH 1 Cut the genoise base into 8 equal squares

500ml full fat milk

and pipe the creme patisserie onto one edge

2 tbsp cornflour


75g sugar


crumbs so that each edge is straight

50g raspberries

2 Lay the white chocolate crumb opposite and

50g strawberries

pipe the coulis where necessary

50g water

To serve, scatter frozen raspberries over the top of the chocolate crumb and add a scoop of raspberry sorbet

1 whole egg 2 egg yolks 1 pod vanilla seeds 50g white chocolate, melted

and spread across. Roll up and trim any excess

50g sugar 1/2 lemon juice




Sweet Sensation Thanks to its sweet, thick formula, condensed milk is a pleasure to bake with. This essential and versatile ingredient can be used in just about any sweet dish, and is traditionally used in banoffee pie, millionaire’s shortbread and toffee icing. It is a must in a professional kitchen.


How it’s made

·S  tore in a cool, dark place

Condensed milk is cow’s milk with the water removed and sugar added. It is tinned

· Turn the tins upside down every

and can last for years without refrigeration if unopened - a bonus for kitchens

few weeks as the milk solids settle

pushed for fridge space. The sugars and proteins in condensed milk help it to brown

at the bottom

and mellow as it cooks, and it grows thick and chewy if boiled with a little sugar. When mixed with acidic ingredients it thickens naturally without requiring heat. It’s perfect for puddings, bar cookies and refrigerated desserts.

Honeycomb Ice Cream By Carol Jackson, freelance chef

·K  eep refrigerated once opened and use within five to seven days · Don’t freeze

Preparation time: 30 mins

condensed milk. Continue to whisk until thick and holding its shape

Makes 1 litre

7. Fold in the honeycomb pieces, plus any crumbs

INGREDIENTS 75g caster sugar

8. Scrape into a freezer container/recycled ice

2 tbsp clear honey

cream tub, label and date

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

9. Place in the freezer overnight

500ml whipping cream, chilled

10. Serve by itself or as an accompaniment to

1 tin (397ml) sweet condensed milk

a hot dessert

METHOD 1. Put the sugar and syrup into a pan and cook over low heat until the sugar melts

2. Increase to a boil until the caramel is midgolden colour

3. Turn off the heat and sieve in bicarbonate of soda. Stir until frothy - do not over mix

4. Scrape out onto a flat baking tray with a magic mat or parchment paper. Do not spread. Leave to cool

5. Put into a freezer bag or bowl and bash with a rolling pin, leaving some pieces quite chunky

6. Whip the cream until floppy and add the


The condensed milk whips well with the cream, adds just the right amount of sweetness and the finished product has the silky smooth texture of ice cream, without having to use an ice cream machine.

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Finding the Perfect Partner Choosing the right wholesaler is a big deal. It’s a relationship that has a direct impact on your business and how successful you are. Take Stock spoke to Tracy Faulkner from research and consulting firm, him!, about how to find the perfect wholesale partner.

The amount of support and added

“In fact, 54% of caterers who use a depot

value your wholesaler gives you is also

are doing so to ‘top up’ – buying products


outside of their main weekly order.”

Research shows that whilst 62% of

Bargain hunt

buyers work from a precise shopping

Everyone loves a bargain and a fifth

list, 38% are keen to know about

of caterers will go out of their way to find

new products and are willing to try

a good deal - but how good is it really?

something different. A good wholesaler

“It is really important to weigh up all

will have informed sales teams who

aspects,” says Tracy. “Yes, it may be a good

know what’s available and give you

deal, but what additional cost is there in

professional advice.

fuel and time out of your business?”

Keeping in touch

Wholesale performance

Good communication is also a must.

Research by him! revealed that when

“You need to consider, when choosing

The perfect partner will keep you

it came to ‘overall relationship’ Today’s

a wholesaler, which one is best suited

informed and let you know what’s

wholesalers scored 8.1 out of 10 - points

to your business needs and first and

happening on a regular basis - via

above its closest competitor which

foremost which option is best for you;

email, telephone contact and/or regular

scored 7.9. See how Today’s wholesalers

a delivery service or a cash and carry,”

promotional literature. Almost 80% of

performed in detail below:

said Tracy. “The main points you have

buyers say this directly influences their

to consider are; how much stock you

purchasing decisions.


Wholesale Industry Average

Product availability



Value for money






Customer service



Quality of own label



are likely to order (delivered services may have a minimum order level), are

Inspiration is key! Foodservice is on the

you able to hold much stock, whether

constant look out for something new

your business requires high levels of

- him! research reveals that over a third

fresh produce, can you take time out of

of buyers want to be given menu ideas.

your business, do you have the means to

That’s one reason why every issue of

transport stock yourself.”

Today’s Take Stock is packed with recipes and suggestions.

According to research by him!, when it comes to choosing a wholesaler, caterers

Delivery options

are influenced by:

A delivery service offered once or twice

· Reliability (46%) · Value for money (38%)

a week is vital - 73% of caterers made it a priority even if they also used a cash and carry. “Even if the delivered route is the

· Availability of stock (25%)

way to go, the majority of caterers will still

All scores out of 10.

· Delivery times (20%)

use a cash and carry depot,” adds Tracy.

Source: him! Wholesale programme 2014


I Do...I Do…. After decades of decline, weddings in the UK are back on the rise according to The Office of National Statistics. The overall wedding market is worth £10 billion according to, with the average couple predicted to spend £2,210 on food and drink this year.

Whether you’re a small or large venue, a restaurant or a pub, you can take a slice of the lucrative wedding market.

Year of the ‘Romantic Luxe’ A-list celebrity weddings are a big inspiration this year, and ‘Romantic Luxe’ is set to be a key trend. Luxury is paramount with opulent flowers, champagne fountains and elegant dining. The Wedding Community has said that jam jars, soft pastels, birdcages and bunting are out, in favour of The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbeyinspired art deco decadence.

Colour and flower trends Pantone’s top colour picks for 2015 weddings are ‘En Plein Air’, which in English means ‘in the open air.’ Soft and muted hues are set to be big with Aquamarine dominating together


with Lucite green and toasted almond. Pantone also predicts that Glacier Grey will be massive – a colour they say works for the bride and groom and is unobtrusive, contrasting with and enhancing the other key wedding colours for 2015. In keeping with the ‘Romantic Luxe’ theme, flowers are set to take centre stage and be very grand. An abundance of hydrangeas, hyacinths and orchids in creamy pastels are expected to be popular.

Food trends Couples are looking for elegant dining. Every dish should be beautifully presented and ready to eat, and service discreet, attentive and efficient (just like Carson in Downton Abbey!). The Wedding Community predicts classics

friendly atmosphere, at the fraction of the cost of an extravagant country hotel. If you’re a pub contemplating hosting

Average cost

weddings, you could also apply for a license to hold civil ceremonies. In many


ways weddings are not only profitable but easier to organise than you might think, as Tom Martin of the White Swan in London explains. “It’s actually easier

with 96 guests

to host a wedding than a normal night at the pub. You know exactly how many


people are coming, what they’ll be eating and what wine they’ll be drinking. I’d definitely recommend it to other landlords. You’re guaranteed a specific income on that day, and it’s likely to be above what you’d usually make. People are happy at weddings so they tend to spend more on drinks.”

like quail egg royale canapes will return, replacing trendy fusion or quirky options. The wedding breakfast will feature classic English dishes – with starters such as Gravadlax, mains of duck breasts with blackcurrants and gooseberry fool for dessert. The Wedding Community predicts classic English ingredients will dominate each season with rhubarb, asparagus and jersey royals in spring and rabbit, venison and pheasant in winter.

August is the most popular month (

Foreign influences

Covering all bases

Engagements abroad have risen sharply

According to, 19% of

according to the Office for National

weddings are held in hotels. Mitton Hall

Statistic and some couples are inspired

is a country hotel in Lancashire that

by a foreign influence to shape their

caters for all types of weddings – from

wedding theme. Italian weddings, for

small and intimate receptions to grand

instance, feature up to 15 courses, so

affairs! For large weddings, the hotel

if you have the resources, why not

can accommodate 200 guests for the

offer it as an option? Or, instead of the

wedding reception and 400 guests for

traditional wedding cake why not go

the evening reception. They’ve recently

French and offer a pièce montée?

added a stunning conservatory for ceremonies and provide accommodation

Small reaps big profits Pubs are a cost effective option for many couples. The Great Country Pubs association supports them as a great venue because it allows for atmospheric surroundings in the beautiful English countryside, with great food and a


with 18 bedrooms. To cater for smaller weddings, they have a number of dedicated, private rooms, allowing for most intimate gatherings. See page 47 in Cheers to learn how champagne and sparkling wine can complement the occasion.



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ho knew frying could be healthy? Well, thanks to a new oil-free fryer it can be! Caterers looking for

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In this issue Swifties


A Taste for Everyone


Pressing News


Wine Report


Swifties March - April

Vickery Cocktails Velvet Personalised Diageo has been looking at how

personalisation of drinks can be used in clubs,

The Wine Fusion have

pubs and bars to attract younger consumers.

just announced the UK launch of Vickery Riesling,

They’ve identified a growing interest in

- created by award winning

personalisation – with ideas like individual

‘old master of Australian

serving trays with components of a cocktail

Riesling’ John Vickery, and

that can be self-assembled at the table.

renown wine maker Phil Lehmann.

Especially useful to drive spirit sales, the idea taps into the trend for customers to photograph, tag and share their experiences on social media – great exposure for both the drink and venue!

The 2014 Watervale Riesling celebrates a blend of fruits from the Brazel and Castine vineyards in Clare Valley, South Australia and has been heralded by wine experts as one to watch in the 2015 independent sector.

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Detox January is long gone, but

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sugar intake continues apace.

17th March

and on the day itself.

Belvedere Vodka’s ‘Drink, Eat, Live’ initiative recognises this – offering

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Pisco Sour

1 measure of Pisco Puro Quebranta 1/2 measure of lime juice, fresh Few drops Angostura bitters Splash ginger ale

METHOD 1 Pour ingredients with handful of ice cubes into a long tall pre-chilled tumbler

2 Top with ginger ale, slice of lime and a stemmed cherry, and stir to mix

INGREDIENTS 1 measure of freshly squeezed lime juice 1 measure of egg white (fresh) 1 measure of sugar syrup 3 to 4 measures Pisco Puro Quebranta Splash Angostura bitters

METHOD 1 Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a handful of crushed ice

2 Pour into a chilled tumbler in three parts: 70%, 20% and then the last 10% (the foam)

3 Finish with few drops of Angostura bitters


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A Taste for Everyone It was Coco Chanel who famously said “I only drink champagne on two occasions. When I am in love and when I am not.” It’s been over 40 years since she died – in which time champagne has been joined by a whole host of sparkling wines from all over the world - often drunk to toast a special occasion or wedding, but always with pleasure. Here’s Take Stock’s guide to the most popular options.

Champagne A word sometimes erroneously used to describe any sort of fizzy wine, but actually a specific region of France, centred upon Reims, east of Paris and the only geographical area allowed to use the ‘champagne’ descriptive for their wines. Champagne itself can be made from three grapes – white chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier – the latter two, somewhat surprisingly, being red skinned grapes. Because up to three different grapes can be used, champagnes can have distinctly different tastes or ‘house” styles. Actual blends are generally a closely guarded secret, but sometimes a wine is described as ‘blanc de blancs’ which means only white grapes have been used, whilst ‘blancs de noirs’ tells you the champagne is made from the red skinned varieties. The process of creating champagne – the méthode champenoise – is well documented. Suffice to say it is both complicated and labour intensive – which goes some way to explaining why the finished product is not cheap…but that’s part of the attraction!


Champagne also has the distinct

Italian sparkling wines were astis and

bottle-fermented lambrusco for quality,

advantage of offering something to suit

lambruscos, joined now by Franciacorto

and have one of the sweeter varieties

everyone’s palate. Like a super dry taste?

and prosecco sparklers.

as a superb accompaniment to

Look for Brut Nature or Brut Zero. Then

chocolate desserts.

moving up the scale of sweetness you


have Extra Brut; Brut; Extra-Sec; Sec

Hailing from the Asti region in Piedmont,

The Franciacorta region is home to most

(medium dry); Demi-Sec and sweetest of

asti is made from the moscato grape,

of Italy’s sparkling wine production,

all - Doux. So, a taste for everyone.

giving it a slightly sweet taste. Production

mainly using chardonnay and pinot

costs are reduced by use of the Charmat

bianco grapes. Wines carrying the DOCG

As the use of the word champagne is

method, where secondary fermentation

label have no more than 15% pinot nero

strictly controlled, French producers

takes place in large tanks, with the finished

grape and will have been aged on their

outside of the area have adopted different

wine being bottled under pressure.

lees for between 18 and 30 months.

they make. Two examples to look out for

Asti is normally lower in alcohol level



than champagne, with the moscato

Made in exactly the same way as

d’asti ‘frizzante’ even less.

champagne, cava is Spain’s favourite

terms to describe the sparkling wines

Crémant - wines from eight AOC areas that are produced within strict guidelines, using the same methods as in champagne. Vouvray - hailing from the Loire Valley, Vouvray wines are typically made from the chenin blanc grape and can offer brilliant value.

sparkling wine.

Lambrusco Mention lambrusco and many people

Most of Spain’s production comes from

will immediately think of cheap, red

the Catalan region – where the main

fizzy wine. This is a shame, as there are

grape varieties of macabeo, parellada,

growers in the Emilia-Romagne region

xarel-lo and of course chardonnay thrive.

of Italy who use the lambrusco grape

These grapes contribute to a slightly

to produce some really high quality red,

less complex taste than champagne,

white and rosé sparklers.

but standards are getting better, yearby-year. Production costs are kept

The French are justifiably proud of their sparkling wines, but to a true Italian, there is no need to leave their shores. Historically, by far the best known

Because of the wide range available –

down through the use of greater levels

there are at least 13 different lambrusco

of mechanisation, so there are some

grape varieties for example - you need

excellent value wines available to the

to talk to your wholesaler. Look for a





Prosecco Often thought of as an affordable alternative to champagne, prosecco’s keen pricing comes about through use of the Charmat tank method. Made in and around the town of Valdobbiadene from the prosecco grape, the wine can be found in both spumante (fully sparkling) and frizzante (lightly sparkling) forms. There are also varying degrees of sweetness - Brut (driest), Extra Dry, or Dry (sweetest). In 2014 the UK was the top export market for prosecco, with some on-trade operations selling it ‘on tap’ rather than from a bottle. This has prompted Italian makers to take legal action in an attempt

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to enforce a 2009 European law that stipulated prosecco could only be served from glass bottles. Ask your wholesaler for advice.


The different types of sparkling wine have, traditionally been European. But times are changing...


1826, it is in the last 30 years that

California has been producing

Sekt is the German word for sparkling

sparkling wine since 1892 – pioneers

wine and is used to describe fizz from

being the Korbel brothers who

both there and Austria.

brought the méthode champenoise across with them from Bohemia.

The vast majority of sekt is produced using the tank method, though some

Some of the world’s most famous

traditionally produced wines are made.

champagne houses now have

German producers tend to favour

wineries in the region, including Moët

riesling and pinot blanc grapes, Austrian’s

et Chandon, Tattinger, Mumm and

often going for grüner veltliner and

Louis Roederer.


Australian wine producers have established themselves as masters at making high quality sparkling wines. Predominantly based in Victoria and Tasmania, quality has been driven by both the willingness to embrace new techniques (e.g. screw caps) and investment by and cooperation with French champagne houses, including Moët and Roederer.

South Africa

Most Australian sparking wines use

Around 90% of sekt is made at least

Wines made using traditional

partially with imported grapes. If you

champagne methods carry the label

chardonnay and pinot noir, but in recent

want a wine made with just German

MCC – Methode Cap Classique.

grapes, look for the label Deutscher Sekt

Grapes are predominantly chenin

or Sekt b.A.

blanc and sauvignon blanc, though these are now being joined by chardonnay and pinot noir. Because of the climate, most SA wines have a fruity taste.

the classic grape combinations of years there have been new offerings, including the red sparkling shiraz.

U.K. English sparkling wine is growing enormously in both popularity and quality. Indeed, English wineries are now regularly winning

If you’re looking for an unusual addition to your wine list, try and find one of the red sparkling pinotages now being produced.

international awards - taking on and beating competition from French champagne houses. This improvement has seen sales on


English sparkling wine grow – one

Whilst the history of Australian

rise in just the past year – so definitely

sparkling wine goes back to around

worth considering for your wine list!

supermarket chain reporting a 32%


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Pressing News

Peach and Elderflower new

Stella Artois


• Fruit cider The popularity of cider continues to grow, driven in part is now the fastest growing cider by innovations aimed at both craft cider loverscategory and*the – and Stella Artois Cidre 18-30 market. Take Stock looks into some of the latest boasts the highest penetration developments: of any other in the

category at 8%.**

Modern Twists Hot on the heels of their new look and taste Old Rascal cider, Thatchers have launched two entirely new ciders. Thatchers Somerset Haze is a 4.5%ABV cloudy cider, made with Discovery, Gala, Falstaff and Jonagold apples – aimed at drinkers wanting an authentic sweet cloudy cider taste with lower alcohol content. Billed as the only red apple cider in the category, Thatchers Red has a slightly lower ABV (4%), is made with Jonagold and Katy apples and is aimed at

• Having both ranked in Cider category of the 2013 International

theon topthis, mostCarling trending Brewing Awards. Building

flavours for new beverage

British Ciderlaunches launched a in the UK, both

Cherry flavoured variety lastPeach Stella Artois Cidre Cidre Elderfl year and forand 2015 have justower

are highly desirable for shoppers.

announced Orchard***Fruits - cider with a peach and apricot flavour. The whole Carling British Cider portfolio - including

Stellar Stella ! Stock up today. AB InBev have just announced two new supported this year with a Orchard Fruit - will be

£5m+ advertising campaign, Please drink responsibly. © 2015 AB InBev UK Limited, all rights reserved.

including TV and digital. INB0652_1c_Cidre_NPD_Ad_A4.indd 1


Re-launched in 2014, Today’s ownlabel Amberdown Cider continues to give retailers the opportunity

Marketing support for

burgeoning cider market,

throughout the year and Thatchers have continued their food matching strategy by launching new recipes, including a Pulled Chicken Burger for Haze and a

to capitalise on the and make a POR of at least 25%. Two varieties are available - Amberdown

Chicken Tikka Kebab for Red.

Dry Amber (5% ABV) in

Carling British Cider

Amberdown White in 1,

Since its launch, it has made quite a name for itself, winning Gold in the

2 & 3 litre bottles and 2 & 3 litre bottles at 7.5% ABV.


- peach and elderflower.

*IRI **Kantar Worldwide Worldpanel Purchase data ***Turf analysis

the 18-24 year old market.

the on-trade will occur

additions to their Stella Artois Cidre range

ELEMENT: A4 AD SIZE: 210 X 297 MM FLAT: 210 X 297 MM

Having seen their Raspberry Cidre DATE: 06.02.15

06/02/2015 12:04


attract £7.2m of sales in the 6 months after it’s May 2014 launch, the two new variants directly tap into the demand for fruit ciders - the fastest growing cider category according to IRI research. A Stella spokesman says “Since it’s launch, one million people have purchased Stella Artois Cidre Raspberry, so we’re delighted to bring even more fresh flavours to the market.” According to Turf analysis, both new varieties have ranked in the top most trending flavours for new beverage launches in the UK - so stock up now!

Wine Report

That’s because long before Europe’s winemakers were picking their grapes, producers south of the equator were tasting their 2014 vintages.

Australia One has only to overlay a map of Europe on Australia to see how enormous this country is. Australia: 7,706,168 sq km Europe: 3,483,066 sq km. Small wonder then that Australia produces such a wonderful range of great tasting wines – many of which are firm favourites with UK drinkers. Jo Burnett of wine specialists Negociants (www.negociants. com) has good news for these fans, reporting that 2014 quality is excellent. “We specialise in Australian wines, and across the country there are some really fabulous wines to add to your lists,” Jo explains. “From where Australian wine really started – the Barossa Valley – look no further than Yalumba’s Patchwork Barossa Shiraz or Bush Vine Grenache. “Then, for those wanting a superb Riesling, I’d recommend Yalumba’s Eden Valley Viognier or our Pewsey Vale Riesling. We’ve also got some excellent value wines from award winning Jim Barry Wines, including their Lodge Hill Riesling and Shiraz’s.

Geography is a wonderful thing. In the last issue of Take Stock we looked at predictions for 2014 European wines, but when it comes to the Southern Hemisphere, we already know!

“The Riverland area of Western Australia produces their equivalent to Bordeaux, and I’d strongly recommend looking at the Vasse Felix Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon wines we have. “And last, but by no means least, there are South Australian / Murray River wines.




From where Australian wine really started – the Barossa Valley – look no further than Yalumba’s Patchwork Barossa Shiraz

“This is the home of our Oxford Landing

In addition our Mud House wines have

range, wines that offer great value for

benefitted from Vintage 2014’s early

money and instant customer recognition

flavour development with resulting

– Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc being

wine showing balanced fruit acids and

the UK’s best selling Australian Sauvignon

intense mouth-watering flavours thanks


to plenty of sunshine hours. Our popular Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and

Jo Burnett, Negociants

“It’s also where Yalumba Y Series Shiraz

Central Otago Pinot Noir are particular

is produced– a big mouthful of Australia

highlights from 2014.”

with soft juicy tannins and a moreish “The growing season for Sauvignon Blanc

finish. Delicious!”

has been fantastic, the Lower Wairau And all this positive news is echoed by

Valley in Marlborough held its acidity

Darren Mackay of Treasury Wine Estates.

with good intensity and salty structure” commented Ben Glover, Mud House

“2014 was a great year for our growers.

Group Winemaker.

Just try either the Bilyara Chardonnay or Bilyara Shiraz from our award winning Wolf Blass range to see what I mean!”

New Zealand Growers in the Nelson, Central Otago, Marlborough and Waipara regions saw a bumper 2014 harvest of good quality fruit, thanks to mild spring and summer weather. So prolific was growth that many producers had to thin bunches to allow ripening, but this rigorous attention to detail paid off with resulting wines showing fantastic fruit flavours. Accolade Wines New Zealand expert Deborah Zbinden confirms this good news. “We had a good year resulting in high quality wines across a number of aromatic whites such as Pinot Gris and Riesling as well as our core Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines. “On-trade customers looking for great quality New Zealand wines need look no further than our Waipara Hills range with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay being particular standouts from the 2014 vintage as well as some delicious lifted tropical fruit flavours for our best-selling Sauvignon Blanc.

We had a good year resulting in high quality wines across a number of aromatic whites... Deborah Zbinden, Accolade Wines


white wine grapes. Red wine producers

Shiraz and Malbec blend.”

had to rush to get the harvest in before

Some great tasting wines!

heavy rain in late March – but have been rewarded with an outstanding harvest.

South America & Chile Faith Knight of Chilean wine producers

Accolade Wines have been supplying

Concha y Toro, waxes lyrical.

South African wines to the on-trade for years and their expert Bryonie Grieveson

“Chile is a country of remarkable features.

is upbeat about the burgeoning demand

With the Atacama Desert in the north,

for South African wines.

the Andes Mountains in the east, glaciers in the south and the Pacific Ocean to

South Africa

“Our on-trade customers have long

the west, its landscape is breathtakingly

been supporters of our Kumala range,

beautiful and truly unique. Just as Chile’s

especially Colombard Chardonnay and

geography is diverse, so are its wines and

Cabernet Shiraz.

whatever your preference, Chile boasts a lip-smackingly great selection of styles

South African vintners must be happy

“What we’re now seeing is a move to

at the moment, as their 2014 wines

wider listings of South African wines –

are being described as ‘remarkable’

Fish Hoek Chenin Blanc and Pinotage

“Chilean wines to watch in 2015 include

and ‘exceptional’.

being examples. We’re also thrilled with

the excellent quality and great value

the interest in our Flagstone range, where

ranges from Casillero del Diablo and

A cold wet winter and early season rain

we have the ‘Free Run’ Sauvignon Blanc

Sunrise. Add Concha y Toro’s Trivento

saw ground-level moisture levels high –

and ‘Dark Horse’ Shiraz, plus the ‘Noon

Reserve Malbec to your wine list too – a

helping growth, and a warm dry February

Gun’ blend of Chenin, Sauvignon and

wonderful wine from Malbec’s heartland

aided grape ripening, especially with

Viognier, and ‘Longitude’s Cabernet,


ranging from easy drinking to fine wines.

CAPITALISE ON THE MASSIVE SUCCESS OF SOUTH AMERICA WITHIN THE ON-TRADE • Excellent quality, great value varietals • Concha y Toro – World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2011, 2012 & 2013 • Screwcap for by-the-glass speedy service TO REQUEST YOUR FREE POS KIT, PLEASE CALL 0845 5196 298



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Take Stock Magazine - March/April 2015  

Take Stock Magazine provides news, features and business boosting ideas for restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels.

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Take Stock Magazine provides news, features and business boosting ideas for restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels.

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