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Food & Drink Means Business Live!
FDMB Live is quite simply THE event in the North of England for food and drink start ups and seriously ambitious food and drink entrepreneurs
‘Informative, educational and inspiring!’
Taking place on Friday 27th September, at the fantastic J36 Conference Centre in Cumbria, FDMB Live will build on the spring 2019 event, with a relaxed and informative day of workshops, guest speakers, trade exhibitors and networking.
New for the Autumn event is the ‘Bidfood drop in zone’ and an exciting programme of workshops, seminars and panel discussions.
If you are a start up food and drink producer or a food and drink business looking to scale up, grow, develop and thrive, then FDMB Live is ideal for you.
The morning sessions will be a mix of guest speakers and panel discussions, along with networking and a fantastic trade suppliers exhibition.
The afternoon continues with workshops designed to increase your knowledge base on a variety of important, need to know topics.
What they said about FDMB Live in March
‘Inspirational talks, great range of exhibitors to support food businesses, fantastic opportunities for networking and catching up with fellow food businesses’ – Delegate, Bakes and Balls
Was a truly inspirational event’ – Delegate, Jeffrey’s Tonics
‘The FDMB Live event was the first time we felt connected to organisations within the food industry. It’s been foggy up to now, but now we can see clearly! We are feeling so inspired’ – Delegate, Our Paula’s
‘I’ve had the best day at FDMB Live. So many inspirational business stories shared, and so many lovely people met’ – Delegate, Ridiculously Rich by Alana
‘Thrilled to be part of a very fantastic event. Very relaxed. Think we are all part of something really special here. It’s got success written all over it’ – Delegate, Cuzena
‘Not only did we meet people we want to do business with, we made friends. Very important to us because sometimes it can be a bit lonely and you feel like you’re the only business going through tough times’ – Delegate, Willow Cottage Kitchen
If you supply products and services to food and drink businesses and are interested in exhibition space at FDMB Live, please contact Paul Caunce on 07501 216651
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Re brand for Northern Dough Co
The Northern Dough Co and four of its product ranges have taken on a new look with the help of Preston-based Wash Studio.
The Northern Dough Co, whose co-founder Amy Cheadle (pictured below) spoke at FDMB Live in March, manufactures a range of pizza doughs available from Sainsburys, Waitrose, Ocado, Booths and Whole Foods Markets. They also have sub-brands The Original One, The Wholesome One, The Herby One and the Fiery One.
The brand re-positioning project included new social media, packaging and a website which features a How To Guide for the “ultimate homemade pizza” and a recipes section including vegan, vegetarian, kids and “showstoppers”.
Wash Managing Director Lynsey Thompson said of the project: “The Northern Dough Co is a fantastic brand from fellow Prestonians with a great outlook. It has got a fantastic back story of a successful company coming from humble beginnings, through a passion for providing a great product, and we really enjoyed bringing that to life through branding, photography, design and video.”
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The Lakes Distillery announce more retail partnerships
The Lakes Distillery have announced a number of exciting new partnerships that will boost their growing list of stockists and open more duty-free gateways to Europe.
From this autumn, The Lakes’ whisky, gin, vodka and gifting range will be available to buy from Ocado, the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer, as well as from British high street retailer Next’s official website and Heart of England Midland Co-op’s 32 stores, bolstering the firms current national listing within Co-op.
Following their previous success in travel-retail – with listings in all UK airports – the new alliance with global duty-free giant Lagardère will see their spirits brought to life for travellers jetting throughout Europe from both London City and London Luton airports.
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Hawkshead Relish collaborates with Tom Kerridge
Hawkshead Relish, has collaborated with two Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge, to craft his first ever range of ketchups.
The range of products are free of any artificial colourings, flavourings, and preservatives, are gluten-free, nut-free and suitable for vegetarians. Most are also vegan friendly.
The Tom Kerridge range is no ordinary celebrity chef range, from the get-go, the idea was to create a range of professional quality products that would give home cooks the right tools to create great dishes at home. Tom wanted to do things a little differently from the norm. To work with British manufacturers, to marry his knowledge as a professional chef with the skills and experience of some of the UK’s leading artisan makers. To meet, discuss and share ideas and then to work together to bring those ideas to life.
The range includes:
Black Garlic Ketchup, made with crushed black garlic, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, spices and Anglesey Sea Salt. This ketchup is perfect with meat, chicken or as cheeky addition to casseroles and risottos, the ideal thing to add an extra depth of flavour.
Fruity Brown Sauce, a classic brown sauce made using a traditional base of dates with a carefully-balanced selection of spices and fruit – just the thing to bring out the flavours of a full English breakfast.
Chipotle Barbecue, a must for every home cook! This ketchup is a fresh take on a classic summer BBQ ketchup – glorious ripe tomatoes blended with a mix of savoury spices and chipotle chillies delivers a tangy sauce, delicious with ribs, chicken and chargrilled veggies.
Gherkin Ketchup is the only sauce of its kind on the market and has long been a staple in Tom’s menus. Perfect with steak, this ketchup is also a delicious accompaniment to a classic burger and chips.
Virgin Mary Ketchup is a take on the classic drink – this non-alcoholic tomato ketchup made with ripe tomatoes and celery has been combined with a carefully chosen selection of other fresh ingredients to create the perfect ketchup for any occasion.
Tom Kerridge commented: ”Ketchups and relishes bring an extra dimension to a simple home cooked dish and are a great way to add a twist to the plate. I have worked with a producer that understands the importance of provenance and quality and have developed five really unique ketchup flavours that share the same authentic, homemade taste as my restaurant sauces.”
Tom added: ”I was keen to bring some new and different flavours to the table, so I have worked on some exciting recipes that will really add something special to burgers, grills and sandwiches and can be used as a unique base for dips and salad dressings.”
Maria Whitehead, co-owner of Hawkshead Relish, said: “We were delighted to be asked to work with Tom. To have the opportunity to work with one of the UK’s top chefs on his first ready-to-eat range has been exciting and insightful. Knowing that Tom values artisan British makers is heartening, like him we have a real passion for what we do, for where we live and for the country in which we are fortunate to live. This project has given us an opportunity to showcase a little of what we do to a wider audience and we hope that we have the opportunity to collaborate with him again in the near future, especially as he will be closer to hand when he opens his first restaurant in Manchester later this year.”
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Register now for the North West’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT)
Ever tasted a range of Chinese wines?
Did you know that Cider IS Wine?
Do you need to liven up your Christmas wine list with traditional bottles or with new and innovative products?
Are you an expert or just learning about wine?
If you work in hospitality or drinks retail you are invited to visit September’s exciting Specialist Importers Trade Tasting.
SITT has been coming to Manchester for the last 15 years. It is the premium tasting for the North West wine and drinks trade, and for SITT Autumn on Wednesday 11th September it’s moving to a new location, ETC Venues, just down from Piccadilly Station.
This edition is one of the most innovative and inspiring SITT Tastings we’ve seen for a long time. The wine/drinks business is not sitting still – it’s all very exciting, and you can see why if you pay SITT a visit.
SITT has always been about collaboration, ensuring the right businesses meet each other in the best possible tasting environment and at the most appropriate buying moments of the year, but at this edition, you will find some particularly collaborative exhibitors, working together to make business as easy as possible for YOU whether you are a sommelier, an on-trade or retail buyer or if you’re just getting started in the drinks business.
Here are a few examples you’ll find in the tasting room:
SPOT: the ingenious gathering together of SITT specialist exhibitors, Hispa Merchants, Go Brazil Wines, The 3 Amigos and Esprit de Champagne. You can buy from any or all of them with one point of sale, one delivery and one invoice.
Cider is Wine: Another clever grouping of independent producers from South Africa, Sweden, England, Wales and Ireland, all the ciders made from full flavoured 100% apple juice and not from concentrate.
Vindependents: Many people know this as a buying group for independent retailers, but it is also very much an importer and distributor of wines to retailers and on-trade clients. With a highly skilled and business orientated selection panel, every wine has to really prove itself to earn a place on the list.
Planete Bordeaux asked every SITT exhibitor with Bordeaux wines in its portfolio if they’d like to include their wines on the Planete Bordeaux table, so enjoy a surfeit of outstanding wines perfect for your Christmas Wish List
By the Glass: talking about your Christmas Wish List – you’ll find By the Glass tasting machines in the free-pour area. Here you’ll discover wines chosen especially with the festive season in mind.
Of course, there are many other very exciting, innovative, inspirational exhibitors for you to meet, each with their own speciality and each with a huge knowledge base about their wines, their speciality areas and about doing business with the independent on and off trade. So if it’s the lure of Chinese wines that bring you to SITT, or the chance to try amazing Portuguese wines from local importer Raymond Reynolds or if you just want to discover new wines from all the corners of the globe, you’ll find them all here. Check out www.sittastings.com for all the details.
What to expect on the day:
Theme: The theme for this Autumn’s tasting is ‘Your Christmas Wish List’, so the 40 specialist exhibitors are focussing on wines and drinks that will make your wine list that extra bit special. Bottles will be highlighted in the catalogue as well as on the ‘free-pour’ tables
Book in to one of the masterclasses, or take a tour of the tasting with Piotr Pietras. Piotr is a Master Sommelier who is the on-trade ambassador for SITT. He will show visitors some of his favourite wines and drinks in a casual ‘walk-round’ tasting at 11:00 am, 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm.
Taste rare Old Vine Wines at 12 noon and Discover the mysteries of South Africa’s old vines with André Morgenthal from the Old Vine project: Register on the day when you get to the tasting.
Discover how gnarly old vines (+35 years old), that have survived the savages of time and harsh conditions, are enhancing the South African wine scene by producing wines of quality and authenticity. The Certified Heritage Seal is a first of its kind and is shaping a new wine category with substantial structure and complexity. André Morgenthal, Project manager at the Old Vine Project, will explain how the collective movement is uniting and advancing the South African wine scene, its people and the environment. A selection of rare Old Vine wines will be tasted.
At 15.00 you can join Julian Langworthy from Margaret River’s Deep Woods winery who is offering you some of his rare older vintages to taste:
Margaret River accounts for only 3% of Australia’s total wine production (20% of Australia’s premium wine production), however, the region accounts for over 30% of all trophies and medals. Margaret River is acclaimed for its Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and this vertical tasting will show you why that is.
Julian Langworthy, James Halliday’s 2019 Australian Winemaker of the Year, believes strongly that a winery’s heart is in its vineyard. His goal as Chief Winemaker is to continually refine and explore the Deep Woods wine style in a nuanced, modern manner, pushing boundaries along the way, whilst respecting the excellent fruit resource.
There’s lots, lots more to enjoy on the day. We think this is the most exciting tasting to hit Manchester for a long while. If you visit, tell us what you thought about it. We’d love to know.
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New street food market to launch in Bolton this weekend
A new street food market is to launch in Bolton town centre this weekend.
Market Place will launch Eat Street on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August 2019 and then take place between 11.30am – 9pm on the last Friday and Saturday of each month.
Making up ‘Eat Street’ this August are:
Food Cart Ltd – Serving up a delicious Polish inspired barbecue food, including tasty hot dogs with a variety of fresh and pickled vegetables and sauces to choose from, very meaty Angus beef burgers within a and German style Bratwurst.
Delvita – Serving up authentic wood-fired pizzas and Italian sandwiches to tickle your taste buds with Mediterranean delights.
Karma Indian Foods – Serving up over 50 years of family recipes inspired by traditional Bangladeshi cuisine.
Classique Cuisine – a selection of Caribbean cuisine from Jerk Chicken to Mutton Curry and lots more dishes that reflect the cultural and culinary diversity of the Caribbean.
Mia’s Arepas – Arepas are a Gluten-free traditional Venezuelan dish, filled out with anything you want including meat, fish, vegetables or cheese. With vegan options too, there really is something for everyone.
The York Roast Co – Serving traditional roast dinner sandwiches and their very own YorkyPud Wrap – roast dinner, wrapped in a delicious Yorkshire pudding blanket!
Sweet Palace – providing a wide range of desserts including ice creams, milkshakes, Thai ice cream, crepes , waffles, chimney cakes and hot and cold drinks.
A Tavola – Delve into a wide range of Sicilian specialities including cheese, olives, breads and cannoli among other delights.
Altieri Pizza – They create authentic wood fired pizzas using the freshest, most authentic ingredients to offer you a flavourful taste of Italy.
The Manchester Barbecue Company – hosting a Brazilian inspired barbecue with up to ten different cuts of perfectly roasted over charcoal meat, all served with beautifully prepared sides that compliment your meat choices.
Market Place has responded to the growing trend for a more fluid food product offering, with Nikki Wilson-Cook, Centre Manager, Market Place (pictured above) saying: “At Market Place we’re always looking to make our customers’ visits more exciting and enjoyable.
“Eat Street achieves just that – offering everyone the chance to try new foods each month as we invite a variety of different vendors to trade here, while some will hopefully return each month to make a regular appearance here in Bolton.”
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Rockstar Spirits lands loan to fund new products
Manchester based Rockstar Spirits, which was formed in October 2018, has landed a five figure loan meaning they can now develop two new rums.
Tom Hurst, founder of Rockstar Spirits, says they aim to create a drink perfect for mixing with coke.
The firm launched the Two Swallows rum range, which was recently selected by Coca-Cola as a partner, with their two existing flavours – Pineapple Grenade and Two Swallows – having proved popular with the public.
Following reviews from Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning recently, Pineapple Grenade sold out on Amazon within an hour.
The loan comes as the latest development in the relationship between GC Business Finance and Rockstar, with a previous loan of £14,000 helping to establish the company in 2018.
Tom Hurst said: “Right now is a very interesting time for spirits – we’ve seen gin reinvigorated by producers looking to please a more discerning audience which has paid off massively. Now I believe is the time for rum to undergo the same transition.
“The appetite for our upmarket rums is growing, and with the help of this latest loan we’ll be able to make a bigger impact on the growing sector.
“We’ve established an excellent relationship with the team at GC Business Finance, who have supported Rockstar Spirits right from the get-go. We’re looking forward to working with them and hitting our target of releasing the next two flavours with use of this loan.”
Simon Truby, Senior Business Loan Manager at GC Business Finance, said: “Rockstar Spirits have thus far developed at an extraordinary rate – the official partnership with Coca-Cola’s Signature range is the latest example of this.
“Not only is the business really exciting to work with, the products are fantastic, and we look forward to working with the company to help maintain the impressive pace they’ve set.”
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Yearsley Food to tackle Yorkshire Three Peaks for Francis House
Staff from Yearsley Food, in Heywood, Lancashire are gearing up to walk, climb and even pub crawl in support of a children’s charity.
The national frozen food supplier is aiming to raise as much as possible throughout 2019 – to support its chosen Charity of the Year, Francis House Children’s Hospice, the north west charity for the families of children and young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
As part of the company’s fundraising initiatives, a team of up to a dozen staff from the group’s food sales office, have set their sights on tackling the three peaks of Yorkshire – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and all in under 12 hours.
Ian King, Yearsley Food’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with Francis House this year. We looked for a charity with a history behind it and Francis House has helped so many people over the years.
“Many of our employees have young families themselves and wanted to do something really challenging to help raise awareness of the incredible work of the hospice. We know that every penny we raise will go towards providing much needed care to local children and young people and support for their families.”
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge route is 38.6km and includes 1585m of ascent. The peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The sales, technical and purchasing team members will be looking to their families, friends, suppliers and more than forty other colleagues from Heywood to sponsor them. Training is already underway for the challenge on August 31.
Future fundraising plans by Yearsley Food, focus around activities that everyone can enjoy, including ice lolly sales, a sponsored BBQ and an ale trail from Batley and back to Manchester Piccadilly train station.
Kate Puc, fundraiser at Didsbury based Francis House said: “We really do appreciate all the time and effort that Yearsley Food are putting into the organisation of this event and raising vital funding for Francis House – for which we are truly grateful.”
Francis House supports more than 500 families of children and young adults with life-limiting conditions including 28 families from Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton.
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Lottie Shaw’s flying high with new airline deal
The team at Lottie Shaw’s, the West Yorkshire based bakery are celebrating after it was announced that their new Granola Breakfast Bar will now be part of the new cabin breakfast snack basket service for Eastern Airways.
Both of the firms focused flapjacks and breakfast bars will now be available to passengers on board its Flybe Franchise services from August 2019 as part of a drive to offer passengers artisan products from regional producers.
The traditional rolled oat flapjacks and the new recipe granola breakfast bar; which is packed with seeds and apricots, are baked by the award winning bakery in Brighouse, near Leeds.
Winning awards both regionally and nationally for their products which are based on 100 year old family recipes, the firm has been credited as ‘The Authentic Taste Of Yorkshire’ and their range of traditional cakes, tray bakes and biscuits are stocked at farm shops and independent retailers nationwide.
Amanda Clark, Eastern Airways’ Head of Cabin Services and Training, said: “As a UK regional airline, we are working closely with many local businesses in an effort to ‘go local’ with our complimentary on board products.
“We are very pleased to be able to work with Lottie Shaw’s who are providing tasty flapjacks and granola bars for our snack basket, which our cabin crew will offer to passengers during flights as part of the service.”
Charlotte Shaw, Director of Lottie Shaw’s, said: “We are very proud to have our traditional oat flapjacks and new ‘breakfast bar in your pocket’ granola bars available to customers aboard Eastern Airways’”.
“In an era when so many of us can skip breakfast altogether because we’re in a rush or on an early morning commute, it’s great to have an artisan breakfast, handmade with wholegrain honey oats, omega rich seeds and apricots offering an energy hit that could last you until lunchtime. I’m particularly pleased to hear that our products will feature on flights from our local airport Leeds Bradford.”
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Whitby Seafoods going from
strength to strength
On their quest to be the best, Whitby Seafoods has now bagged the title of the ‘fastest-growing coated seafood brand’. In the past 4 weeks, the Yorkshire company has seen a whopping 45.3% increase in spending and an equally impressive 41.3% increase in volume. What’s more, they have also seen a 32% rise in households buying into the brand this year, with 50,000 new households being introduced to the brand in the last month alone.
Founded in 1985 by Graham Whittle, the family set out with a buccaneering spirit, committed to doing things honestly and properly to make the best scampi around. Now, 34 years later, the family-run company continues to go from strength to strength and have reported an impressive £60 million turnover.
Whitby Seafoods’ mission to wow customers with bloomin’ special seafood remains, and with a passion to grow, the seafood specialists are working hard to closely analyse the market. By doing so, they have recognised that their target audience spans wider than they once thought. Seafood is now being enjoyed by a range of consumers, including a younger and more affluent demographic – an insight which the company plans to use to develop new and exciting products! This work has already begun with the addition of Whitebait and three new and exciting Fishcake lines to their existing range.
In addition, Whitby Seafoods have also added to their product offering with the launch of their gluten-free range; which is available in Sainsbury’s and Asda. The company has succeeded in combining taste and emotion into a category that can sometimes be perceived as functional and bland, and have ensured their bloomin’ special taste credentials stay in tact.
The Yorkshire food brand has continued to strengthen the brand through a ‘range development programme’ aimed at aligning their current product range with a number of different occasions. This involved reviewing ‘pack formats’ not only to help highlight the different products and occasions to consumers but from an environmental point of view. The seafood family have done some tip-top work by moving some of their products into box cartons – reducing the amount of plastic from each pack by 40%! With such significant media attention around plastic reduction, Whitby Seafoods highlighted that it was essential to do their bit. Going forward, the company will continue to steer away from plastic trays in their chilled food by switching to card. This will result in a massive 85% reduction in plastic and in total, 12 tonnes of plastic will be removed from their supply chain each year! Their aim is to be 100% plastic-free by next year.
Laura Whittle, Whitby Seafoods Sales and Marketing Director said: “Our brand definitely stands out on the shelf, and the new packaging and product lines only add to our appeal. We’ve taken onboard consumer feedback and adapted our packaging, to be more environmentally friendly by removing a large percentage of plastic. It’s incredible to be crowned the fastest-growing seafood brand, in both volume and value, and to see the number of distribution points nearly double is pretty breathtaking stuff.”
PHOTO: (from left to right) Edward Whittle, Daniel Whittle, Laura Whittle and Graham Whittle
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Approved Food stops thousands of unwanted airline snacks from being wasted
South-Yorkshire head-quartered online retailer Approved Food has taken on a large supply of airline snack boxes following a cancelled order that left thousands of products heading for the bin.
The order of approximately 7,000 Mediterranean snack boxes was taken on by Approved Food after being cancelled by an airline due to seasonal demands and menu changes, leaving the suppliers with a large, unusable order that was set to be wasted.
According to the International Air Transport Association, airline cabin waste alone is responsible for 5.2 million tonnes of waste each year, most of which went to landfill or incineration. And it’s a figure set to double over the next 15 years.
Andy Needham, MD at Approved Food, commented: “Even though the products are nearing or past their ‘best before’ date this does not mean that they aren’t perfectly safe to eat. They are no longer suitable for the airline but there is nothing wrong with the products themselves.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve taken on a large supply of ‘problem products’ from airline suppliers and it won’t be the last. Demand can change due to seasons, flight destinations, and many other factors. It can then be challenging for airline suppliers to find a sustainable solution for any excess stock or cancelled orders.
“That’s where we come in. Just because the orders are cancelled, it doesn’t mean that the products themselves are in any way damaged, inedible or otherwise unsuitable for consumption.”
Approved Food Brand Ambassador, Jonathan Straight, added: “It is a tricky situation, airlines are under high pressure to deliver a certain in-flight experience and this can lead to last minute menu changes or amended orders. We do, however, need to consider the impact this has on suppliers. Most of the time these products are branded and prepared with a particular airline in mind, making it difficult for the products to be repurposed by the original supplier.
“Best before dates also play a huge part in this. Switching menu’s each season means that, due to the best before dates of the products, it is highly unlikely that any remaining stock will last until the season comes back around, meaning that the majority of cancelled orders then become a waste issue for suppliers.”
In this instance, the snack boxes are being sold intact but for previous products Approved Food has minimised waste further by splitting the boxes up due to varying ‘best before’ dates. This enables Approved Food to provide incredible discounts to savvy shoppers and ensure that none of the products are wasted.
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A new dram fit for a King
A new blended whisky from the homeland of Robert the Bruce has been crowned the official dram of Netflix’s epic take on the life of the Scottish legend.
Outlaw King, named after the film, has been created by Annandale Distillery in Dumfries & Galloway to celebrate the 14th century monarch, the 7th Lord of Annandale who grew up in the region and became one of Scotland’s greatest historical figures.
The new blend was unveiled at an exclusive one-off event at Annandale Distillery on Saturday 10 August.
The special open day was attended by Outlaw King stars James Cosmo and Tony Curran, director David Mackenzie and producer Gillian Berrie, and co-producers Danny McGrath and Brian Coffey.
The distillery reopened in 2014 following an extensive restoration project to bring whisky production back to Dumfries & Galloway after almost 100 years.
The Outlaw King whisky features premium Single Malt and Grain Scotch whiskies, including Annandale’s peaty, smoky Single Malt, Man O’Sword.
Outlaw King was released globally on Netflix, which has 130 million paid memberships in more than 190 countries, on 9 November. Shot entirely in Scotland (according to the borders of 1320) it is the largest production to be made in the country to date.
The film charts the story of Robert the Bruce (played by Chris Pine), from defeated nobleman in 1304 to victorious King of Scots at the Battle of Loudoun Hill in 1307.
VisitScotland said film and whisky tourism play “an important role” in visitor experience.
Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, said: “The launch of this new whisky brings together two of Scotland’s biggest industries.
“Film tourism is booming in Scotland, with Netflix’s Outlaw King one of the most recent films to feature the country on-screen. Whisky tourism also plays an important role in the visitor experience, particularly for our international visitors, with one in five visiting a distillery as part of their trip and many more sampling it in our bars and restaurants.
“We’re delighted to support this event in Dumfries & Galloway which brings the region’s connections to Robert the Bruce and our national drink to the fore.”
David Thomson, co-owner of Annandale Distillery, said:“Annandale Distillery is located at the very heart of Bruce’s lands in Annan.
“It is therefore only fitting that our Man O’Sword peated Single Malt should be at the very heart of Outlaw King Blended Scotch Whisky, giving it an edge that’s as keen as the blade of Bruce’s great sword.”
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PROFILE: Icertech – The experts in quality chilled packaging
Equipment & Packaging
Icertech was established in 2005, offering cost effective chilled packaging solutions to food retailers and manufacturers. The solutions are designed for customers to get their perishable items from A to B, within a 24-72 hour time frame. Our product range includes smart and sturdy insulated boxes and our food safe chill gel packs. These components have been designed to be used together for optimum reliability and performance, offering you cost effective, high quality solutions to meet all of your temperature controlled packaging needs.
Ultimately the primary purpose of our packaging is ensuring that temperature sensitive products arrive at their destination in perfect condition, chilled, and well protected. But we believe that packaging is capable of more than that!
Packaging can act as an excellent tool for businesses to communicate and strengthen their brand. We can supply bespoke versions of many of our bestselling packaging products, so you can create a unique and branded solution that not only does the job, but works as an invaluable marketing tool.
For a custom printed box, there is a minimum commitment of 300 boxes. You can find examples of previous work, as well as viewing the ordering process on our website.
As we have experienced following our own rebrand in 2016, putting effort and thought into your packaging will help your customers feel good about their decision to buy from you, encourage them to recommend your company to others and position your business as professional and one who pays attention to detail.
We’d love to work with you to develop your own bespoke packaging, and we are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Market value used for building reinstatement costs;
Incorrect figures used when calculating ‘insurance gross profit’ for business interruption cover (which is not the same as your accountants’ figure)
An example of this last point saw one business with a £55m hole in the cover they required. These are business-ending figures!
Other gaps are in areas of emerging or specialist risks: regulatory prosecutions; product recalls; data and cyber losses; losses by fraud & deception; reputational damage… It is easy to think ‘it won’t happen to me’, or to underestimate the cost of an incident.
By getting to know our clients’ operations we can help map out the full impact which often prompts a more urgent discussion! The result isn’t necessarily an insurance solution – some clients develop controls and contingency plans where there were none before.
It is easy to think of insurance & risk management as a sunk cost: another drain on ever-challenged budgets that you may never really need (more businesses do not have catastrophic fires than do, after all.) You at least want it to operate when you need it to though.
With the right partner, insurance can be turned into something that works for your business, protecting your investment, making it more resilient for the future.
To find out more talk to us at NFU Mutual Preston agency on 01772 735798
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Expert Opinion: How consumers are supporting sugar and calorie reduction
Anne Betty – AB Food Nutrition
A recent Public Health England (PHE) survey revealed that 9 out of 10 consumers feel that the solution to obesity is a combination of help from the government and the food industry (manufacturers, supermarkets and out of home sector), as well as making better individual choices. 87% of people also want unhealthy products near supermarket checkouts to be replaced with healthier options.
With the current challenges set by government to reduce sugar and calories by 20% and consumers telling us for years that they want a greater choice of healthier products, it is more important than ever to respond through reformulation, introducing smaller packs or portions and increasing marketing investment in low or no sugar and reduced calorie alternatives.
According to Public Health England (PHE), food companies can expect tougher measures if they do not speed up efforts to cut sugar from everyday foods. They could publicly name those who have missed sugar and calorie reduction targets – including restaurants, takeaways and cafes.
Changing the ingredients in food gradually, so consumers don’t notice a change in taste, is one of the most accepted interventions to reduce sugar and calorie intakes, and focusing on everyday foods will increase the impact on the populations overall diet. But reformulation doesn’t just have to mean taking something out – there are also some nutrients we need to eat more of such as fibre, fruit & vegetables and oily fish. Increasing these in your food products can be beneficial not only to health but commercially as we see more consumers looking for healthier products.
There are some great resources and a whole host of case studies available for free from the Institute of Grocery Distribution to help you begin your reformulation journey.
In the meantime, here are some dates for the diary:
Mid 2019: PHE aim to publish specific calorie reduction guidelines for a range of product categories.
March 2021: Progress report of sugar reduction and a first assessment of progress on the calorie reduction programme.
Mid 2025: PHE publish progress towards the 20% calorie reduction target.
Anne Betty is a freelance registered nutritionist and the owner of AB Food Nutrition, the Nutrition and Labelling Partner for FDMB North West