Thursday, 29 March 2012

Ethical Food Firm Redwood Set To Make A Splash By Putting Out Nine New Lines This Weekend, Including Fish Free 'Fish'

Multi award winning ethical food firm The Redwood Wholefood Company is aiming to make a bit of a splash this weekend by putting out nine new lines, including fabulous fish-free ‘fish’ cakes and ‘fish’ steaks, both made from 100% natural plant-based ingredients.

Also making their debut at the Natural and Organic Products Europe Show at Olympia on 1st and 2nd April 2012 are Redwood’s delicious new vegan pizzas, meat-free sausage rolls and pasties, dairy-free ‘Parmesan’ and a strawberry dessert made from highly nutritious pea protein.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, by the year 2030 an additional 37 million tonnes of fish each year will be needed to maintain current levels of fish consumption and to cope with an increased world population of 2 billion more people.

With the number of fish left in the ocean declining rapidly, Redwood’s new Making Waves Gourmet Fish Style Cakes and Fish Style Steaks offer a more ethical, sustainable and cruelty-free alternative.

Like Redwood’s ever popular Fishless Fingers, these mouthwatering new fish alternatives are made from succulent ‘fish’ flakes with a crispy breadcrumb coating and have all the taste of the ocean yet none of the fish.

Also making an appearance for the first time will be Redwood’s fabulous new gourmet vegan pizzas, believed to be the first range of vegan pizzas on the market in the UK.

Featuring Redwood’s dairy free Super Melting ‘Mozzarella’, these come in three delicious varieties including a Meatless Feast made with Redwood’s amazingly realistic Cheatin’ meats, Cheezly & Tomato and Ham Style with Pineapple.

On show too will be Redwood’s new meat-free and more-ish Sausage Rolls, made with the company’s award-winning Lincolnshire style sausages, traditional style vegetarian pasties and a wonderful flavour-enhancing vegan ‘Parmesan’. With its delicious piquant taste, Redwood’s new dairy-free Parmesan-style cheese is the perfect ingredient for adding extra flavour to salads, minestrone and pasta dishes.

Last but not least, Redwood will be showcasing its new Strawberry pud, the latest addition to its growing range of delicious “Wot No Dairy” yoghurt style desserts. Produced from highly nutritious pea protein so free from dairy, soya and allergens, Wot No Dairy desserts also come in raspberry, peach & apricot, plain and black cherry varieties. Made from natural ingredients and sweetened with fruit juice, Wot No Dairy desserts are higher in protein than many dairy-free ’yoghurts’ produced from oat or rice.

Everything in the Redwood range is made from natural plant-based ingredients so free from animal products and derivatives as well as cholesterol, artificial colours/preservatives, lactose, hydrogenated fats and GMOs. This makes them suitable not just for vegetarians and vegans, but also for people suffering from lactose or casein intolerance and anyone looking for a healthier and more ethical lifestyle.

Redwood products are also kosher certified and the company itself is halal process certified.

According to The Ethical Company Organisation and The Good Shopping Guide, Redwood describes itself as: "the UK’s most ethical vegetarian foods firm."

Find out more at www.redwoodfoods.co.uk or visit them at Stand 8090, Natural and Organic Products Europe Show, Olympia, 1-2 April 2012.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Amy’s Kitchen – official partner of National Vegetarian Week 21-27 May 2012

The Vegetarian Society is pleased to announce that Amy’s Kitchen is an official partner of National Vegetarian Week 21-27 May 2012, Amy’s Kitchen, a family run business which is now produced in the UK, is this year joining in with the celebration of all things vibrantly veggie.

Amy’s Kitchen is the Number 1 US meat-free brand. They offer a range of delicious soups and frozen meals, ‘freshly prepared for you so you don’t have to’. The company only use ingredients likely to be found in a normal kitchen and finish each meal off by hand. Highlights from the UK range include Vegetable Lasagne, Country Vegetables and Pasta and the Gluten Free Bean and Cheese Burrito, as well as a range of delicious soups.

Liz O’Neill Head of Communications at the Vegetarian Society said, “Amy’s Kitchen has been expanding into UK supermarkets with its range of meat-free frozen ready meals, burritos and canned soups – all approved by the Vegetarian Society. Now, for the first time they are going to be an official partner of National Vegetarian Week 2012 - a great way to showcase your vegetarian products and highlight them to a wider audience.”

Amy Berliner of Amy’s Kitchen said, “We are delighted to be teaming up with the Vegetarian Society for this year’s National Vegetarian Week. Although a US brand we are very proud to be part of the UK vegetarian scene and are committed to offering consumers an increasing amount of choice which is why we now produce all UK lines at our Corby site in Northamptonshire.”

Now in its twentieth year National Vegetarian Week (NVW) is the annual awareness-raising campaign promoting inspirational vegetarian food and the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved in NVW and you don’t have to be a vegetarian to do so. Restaurants, schools, libraries, caterers, shops, manufacturers and individuals can find out more at www.nationalvegetarianweek.org or call 0161 925 2000.

Chocolate and Butter for Lowering Cholesterol and Weight Management

Scientists and doctors from a Cambridge-based company, Lycotec Ltd, have developed a technology which converts all edible fats and oils into lipid-lowering and weight management products.

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This technology explores completely new mechanisms of lipid metabolism in humans.

Based on this, the company has developed new chocolate and butter products which have been tested in double blind, placebo controlled trials.

The results were remarkable in drastic reduction of elevated cholesterol and triglycerides in patient blood – major lipids in our body.

The taste and the texture of the new products are identical to the original, and the cost is 2 pence per day for 1 person.

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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Natural Food Show Exhibitor Highlights 2012

The Natural Food Show at Natural & Organic Products Europe returns to Olympia, London, on 1-2 April 2012, with over 300 exhibitors from all around the world. The UK's biggest trade showcase of natural, organic, Fairtrade, free-from, sustainable, and artisan food and drink, the following is just a taste of some of the latest innovations being introduced at this year's event.

New for 2012 - revamped Original Ayurvedic blends from herbal innovators Pukka Herbs (stand 5070). Pukka has rebranded their original teas - Relax, Refresh and Revitalise - that were launched when Pukka started in 2002. Retaining the vibrancy and iconic recognition of these incredible teas, Pukka has updated the design and copy to reflect the importance of its heritage in Ayurveda and to educate consumers on the authenticity of the blends.

In response to consumer demand, Pukka will also be launching a new selection pack of award-winning teas as part of its 10th birthday celebrations. Containing four sachets of five bestselling blends - Three Mint, Three Ginger, Three Tulsi, Three Green and Three Fennel, Pukka's selection pack offers first-time consumers an exciting introduction to Pukka's tea portfolio.

Nature's Path UK (stand 6060G, Soil Association Organic Marketplace) is proud to unveil its first foray into 'free-from' snacking for younger coeliacs, with the much anticipated arrival of its magnificently nibbly Crispy Rice Bite range that come in three fantastical flavours: Choco Nobbly, Berry Bobbly and Peanut Butter Bites. The bars are a natural evolution for Nature's Path into kids' gluten-free snacks with mainstream appeal. Focus group research showed that parents of recently diagnosed kids (and the kids themselves) have historically felt like forgotten 2nd class citizens at the breakfast table. Crispy Rice Bites are actively endorsed by Coeliac UK.

Immergruen..green imports (stand 8080F, Vegan Society Pavilion) is proud to introduce some new and exciting Austrian organic products. These include NEUNER'S organic Baby Stomach Ease Tea - the UK's first and only organic herbal tea for babies, naturally caffeine and sugar free; MY E. Bio - Europe's only organic energy drink, with natural ginseng which tastes like a classic energy drink; LANDGARTEN's savoury and sweet snack range, such as the soya chocolate mix or pumpkin seeds covered in dark chocolate; and SONNENTOR's award winning organic spice blends - Aladdin's Coffee Spice Mix and Shanti's Tandoori Masala, which bring the flavours of the Middle East and Asia into your kitchen. The SONNENTOR range was voted Best New Product 2012 at BioFach in Germany, earlier this year.

Essential Trading Co-operative (stand 8003) is launching a beautiful range of biodynamic, Fairtrade, organic herbal teas in Camomile; Camomile & Spearmint; Hibiscus; Peppermint & Spearmint and Peppermint. Cultivated in Egypt on reclaimed desert land, these teas sustain a healthy, resilient ecosystem on which the livelihoods of thousands depend. Organic/fairtrade teas abound, but organic, Fairtrade and biodynamic tea is pretty special. Sample Essential's new range of eight flapjacks in fruit, nut and chocolate varieties. Taste its pure, raw, unpasteurised New Zealand Wild Honey. Certified organic and with independent proof of its bioactivity, this genuine manuka honey has a superior flavour and well-being potential. Join nutritionist Christine Bailey on the stand and try her delicious recipes using Essential ingredients.

Cheeki Bottles (stand 4090A) launch into UK market! Established by Simon Karlik and co-directors, Larry and Robyne Dimant in May 2009, Cheeki has become Australia's leading brand of stainless steel water bottles with recent expansion into the New Zealand market. Since inception, Cheeki's range of BPA-free products has grown significantly to include environmentally sound flasks, mugs and shakers. Cheeki uses a Food Grade 304 stainless steel (also known as 18/18) and features varnish paint for durability. Available in a variety of shapes, designs and sizes starting from 350ml all the way to 1.2 litre, there is something for everyone from babies, toddlers, athletes, travellers and everyday users.

New exhibitor Wellness Foods (stand 9050) will be showcasing the latest innovations from its market leading brands. These include: new and innovative 100% fruit snacks from Fruit Bowl; a new pack design from Dorset Cereals; a new Manuka honey design; and a national UK TV campaign from Rowse Honey.

After winning a Two Gold Star Award for its Flapjack Mix at The UK's Great Taste Awards and Gold for its Tomato and Herb Bread/Pizza Base Mix at the Irish Food Awards in 2011, Cathy's Spelt for Health (stand 9091) have rebranded and are ready to export. All five mixes will be on display at this year's show - Multiseed Bread Mix; Wholemeal Bread Mix; Tomato and Herb Pizza Base/Bread Mix; White Scone Mix; and Flapjack Mix. They are made from spelt flour, and are yeast free. The breads do not contain any added sugar, contain all natural ingredients and are gentle on the digestive system.

Nordberry (stand 9057) - the Suffolk-based company specialising in natural products from Finland, is pleased to announce that it will formally unveil its new range of health tonics at the show. Wild berry juices have long been known for their high vitamin content and health benefits, such as supporting a healthy immune system, cholesterol control and much more. Merja Stephens, co-founder of Nordberry and a native of Finland, commented: "It's exciting introducing products that were part of my childhood and something we Finns still drink daily."

Representatives from Amy's Kitchen UK, the family-run vegetarian company, will be showcasing the full range of Amy's Kitchen products at the show; including a completely new canned, vegan chilli and the company's latest fresh-frozen, gluten-free Country Vegetables and Pasta (stand 6070). A taste unto their own, all of the Amy's Kitchen dishes are prepared to the same standards as anything home cooked, and provide a great tasting and natural meal-for-one that can be cooked in the microwave or the oven. Other available dishes will include the Amy's Kitchen Rice Mac and Cheese, Vegetable Lasagne and the Rice and Bean Burrito.

Available and launching at the Natural Food Show from Wholebake Foods (stand 8067) are Seed Stacked's amazing Super Sprinkles! Sprinkle Some Goodness onto your favourite dishes - perfect for salads, stir-fries and everything in between! With its mix of roasted seeds and spices, transform the flavour of any meal whilst adding a fantastic health boost that seeds naturally give. Available in Thai and Italian flavours - indulge yourself in health today!

Authentic, organic, Italian and delicious best describes Tuscany Corner (stand 7096), with its growing collection of products from Tuscany. New to the UK, Tuscany Corner offers the very best quality products that form the cornerstone of authentic Italian cooking. In addition to offering cheese, handmade pasta products, and full bodied classic pasta sauces, the Tuscany Corner range boasts organically-certified extra virgin olive oil. Sourced directly from La Tenuta's own olive groves, the oil is characterised by a mild, fresh and slightly fruity flavour. Perfect for cooking with, or served as an accompaniment, it complements any dish including salads, bruschetta and grilled fish or meats.

PROPERCORN (stand 9010D, FoodLovers Approved Pavilion) is the young British gourmet popcorn brand, which is ready to show the nation how popcorn is done properly. Following secret recipes that use only the most authentic ingredients (including garden chives, roasted onions, sun-dried tomatoes and crème fraiche), the freshly popped butterfly corn is delicately tumbled to create a delicious, guilt-free snack and comes pillow packed in 4 delicious flavours: Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun Dried Tomato; Sweet & Salty; Sour Cream & Chive; and Lightly Sea Salted.

Lily's Kitchen (stand 8035) offers a range of Organic and Holistic food for both cats and dogs. Lily's Kitchen uses the highest quality ingredients in its food and have been voted the UK's best pet food company in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the Ethical Good Shopping Guide. Last year, they were also voted most innovative pet food brand by Mintel. This year, will be exhibiting three new products: Immune boosting Power Flower treats for dogs; Grain-free Venison and Wild Rabbit Terrine for dogs; and Organic Turkey Dinner for Cats.

teapigs matcha green tea is the new must have product of 2012 (stand 2019). teapigs matcha is an organic green tea powder that's packed full of antioxidants and nutrients. A must stock item for health food shops, one serving contains 70 times the antioxidants of orange juice, and in a survey of over 700 people, 98.9% said they would buy another pack of matcha after trialling it for two weeks. teapigs also recommend coffee shops and cafes serve matcha lattes as a great alternative to coffee. Matcha lattes have taken off in the States and Canada and the UK is next.

Lulo, Guanábana and Mora are the new 'must try' fruit drink flavours of 2012 offering a taste of the South American Andes. These new delicious flavours, together with Mango, make up the delicious range of all-natural nectar fruit drinks from Euro-Colombian start-up company JUNA (stand 9019). The fruits used in the JUNA drinks offer intrinsic health benefits, with high vitamin, protein and fibre content. Through its drinks JUNA also seeks to make a positive impact on the communities growing the fruits for its products, opening new markets for small farmers and their families in Colombia. 5p per bottle sold will go towards the JUNA Project, designed to strengthen fruit grower associations in remote areas of the country.

Grab your daily dose of probiotics - in a chocolate bar. Introducing ohso (stand 6075), the must-have healthy Belgian chocolate. New ohso probiotic chocolate bars, made from 53% delicious Belgian chocolate, are clinically proven to be three times more effective at delivering your daily probiotics than a yoghurt drink - and at only 72 calories a bar! Each dairy-free, individually wrapped bar is designed to provide consumers with the optimum daily amount of probiotic to help support their digestive health, restoring the bacterial flora of good bacteria in the gut to help improve immunity and overall health and wellbeing. The UK's BBC Radio 2 presenter Jayney Lee Grace - a huge fan of ohso - will be on the stand between 2-3.30pm on Sunday 1 April.

The Booja-Booja Company (stand 9003) creates guilt free, gloriously scrumptious organic chocolates and a mouth-watering alternative to dairy ice cream. Everything it makes is dairy free, vegan, organic and utterly delicious. They now have three exciting new truffle flavours to tantalise the taste buds: Rum Sozzled Sultana; Banoffee Toffee; and Stem Ginger. The new flavours, as well as its old favourites, will be available for tasting at the show. Also recently released are its Artist's Collection Boxes, which are handmade and painted by a community of artists in Kashmir.

Established in 2010, LULL/The Botanical Drinks Co (stand 9010C, FoodLovers Approved Pavilion) is an artisan drink producer, passionate about creating great tasting healthy soft drinks that play to the senses, sophisticated drinks made with nature's finest botanicals. LULL, its first drink to market, is a calming drink to soothe mind and body, blended with botanicals with proven calming properties. Created to tap into the desire for healthy 'good-for-you' drinks, LULL has a clean and balanced taste, with a subtle natural sweetness. Packaged in a stylish aluminium bottle, LULL is made from a refreshing blend of kiwi and berries with the deliciously distinctive taste of lavender.

Specialist Polish food importer and distributor Morgiel Fine & Organic Foods (stand 9093) has launched a range of organic, marinated wild mushrooms. Varieties include Bay Bolete; Cep; Chantarelle; Slippery Jack; and Honey mushrooms. All of these mushrooms are certified organic, and grow in forests, which have not been treated with chemicals for at least three years prior to picking. These products show how versatile wild mushrooms can be. They can be eaten on their own, but are also perfect accompaniment to many dishes. There is a gap in the UK market for organic, marinated wild mushrooms.

The Sicilian DELI (stand 6080B, Italian Food Village) sources only the best 100% organic fine foods from local farmers and specialty producers in Sicily. Its selected products are not just natural they are also unique and particular. Exclusive new products for 2012 include The Sicilian Prosciutto crudo; Salami and cured sausages; Extra Virgin Olive Oil from a unique Sicilian cultivar; Multiflowers, Eucalyptus and Sulla's flowers Honeys; and typical Cheeses, such as Caciotte or Cacio Madonita. Only free range animals make our selected products, and there's no industrial farming involved whatsoever.

Mini Magoo's organic cereals, winners of numerous Organic Food Awards, go from strength to strength to bring this year's show visitors the broadest choice ever (stand 6002S, Soil Association Organic Marketplace). Proven by popularity, the brand's tradition of 'the goodness that you choose' continues with a number of tasty fruit, berry or spice varieties. At the Natural Food Show 2012, Mini Magoo's cereals, including Muesli, Granola and Porridge, are joined by recent classic and fun, yet exclusive additions sure to be a hit for all the family: Cornflakes, available natural or with ginger, orange or blueberries; Granuesli, with blueberries, dates or ginger, and the award-winning Funstuff in a ginger variety.

New for 2012 is Storm Tea's range of 16 new loose leaf tea blends, which are now available with amazing blends such as Cherry and Beetroot tea and Tulsi herb with Orange & Ginger. To ensure the best flavours possible the company has sourced ingredients from all over the globe from prime tea, fruit and herb growing regions. For example, its lemongrass and vanilla tea contains lemongrass sourced from Egypt, the orange from Ghana, the vervain from France, and vanilla from Madagascar! Visit stand 6002B in the show's Soil Association Organic Marketplace to find your 'perfect Storm'.

Natural Balance Foods (stand 8071) is the UK's fastest growing natural snack company, producing genuinely healthy products the way nature intended. The products are all made in Britain, and are fundamentally different from 99% of the bars out there. Natural Balance Foods will be exhibiting its award-winning, market leading Nākd bars and introducing two new flavours to its raisin range - Crazy Cola and Tangy Lime (joining Cherry, Lemon, Pineapple and Orange flavours). The more-ish new raisin varieties are completely natural, contain no added sugar, and taste simply yummy! Each 25g bag of Nākd Infused Raisins is fat free, contains only 68 calories, and counts as one of your five a day!

Natur Boutique (stand 6002W, Soil Association Organic Marketplace) will be showcasing its new Tropica range, which includes organic snacking bars and fruits, which all use organic, natural, raw ingredients with no additives, colourings, flavourings, preservatives or GMO ingredients. What really makes the range stand out however is its main ingredient - 'Ladies Fingers Bananas'; which are also known as 'Date' or 'Fig bananas' because of their delicious sweet, sticky taste. Try them on their own as Tropica's Dried Whole Bananas, or in one of their organic bars (Organic Banana Bar, Organic Fruit Bar and Organic Peanut Bar) where the bananas produce a unique delicious flavour unlike anything else currently available.

Tierra Verde (stand 7070) is a company based in Cordoba, Spain, which specialises in the export of the best organic products from Andalucia into the UK. It has a variety of great olive oils from Seville and Almeria; wines, fortified wines, and vinegars from Cordoba; Pâté and marmalades; honey from the parque natural de Grazalema; and aloe vera cosmetics from Almeria. Tierra Verde and its producers are passionate about the care and welfare of their land and country to produce the best quality foods and wines.

Chia Seed suppliers, Chia bia (stand 7100) are back at the Natural Food Show this year to launch the much anticipated 'Chia & Blueberry Mix' and 'Chia & Cranberry Mix'. The demand for Chia across the UK is growing as consumers continue to realise its health benefits. Chia bia's new products appeal to consumers demand for natural, as a unique drying process is used where only water is added to the blueberries and cranberries to create a 100% natural fruit powder. This powder is mixed with Chia bia's Milled Seed to produce delicious products that can easily be added to porridge, yogurts, and smoothies etc.

Look for the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark, coming soon to all six flavours of Classic Glee Gum (Verve Inc, stand 8060)! Fair Trade is all about a better deal for farmers and workers. When you see the Mark on a box of Classic Glee Gum, it means that the cane sugar inside it meets the social, economic and environmental standards set by Fairtrade International, and that the farmers and workers have been paid a fair and stable price for their produce. Also exciting? It's the first time this sweet sign will be spotted on a pack of gum - ever!

Kallo Foods (stand 6028) has recently launched Organic, Belgian Dark Chocolate Rice Thins and a new range of multigrain corn and rice snacks in eye catching new packaging, which strongly reflects the brands positioning of simple, natural pleasures. Both products are made from 100% natural ingredients and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, enabling the consumer to snack with a clear conscience! The chocolate thins use only the finest Belgian chocolate and yet are only 56 calories per slice, making them the perfect, healthy alternative to a chocolate biscuit. The Kallo corn and rice snacks are only 1% fat and less than 100 calories per bag, making them the perfect, healthy alternative to a packet of crisps.

InSpiral Visionary Products (stand 9056) launch new Raw Dehydrated Cacao & Cinnamon Kale Chips and the first ever Artisan Handmade Raw Chocolate Easter Eggs. Enhanced with nourishing superfoods, such as maca and barley grass, pure essential oils, fruits and flowers, inSpiral's line of Raw Easter eggs are suitable not only for those on specialist diets, but also for children and those watching their weight. inSpiral's new raw dehydrated kale chips are causing an absolute storm in the health food world. Imagine a whole bag of green curly kale (officially the most nutrient-dense vegetable per calorie and per weight), enriched with 100% natural ingredients and shrivelled to the size of a packet of crisps, yet with only 60-90 calories per packet!

A daughter's wish to provide tasty and natural food after her mother was diagnosed with coeliac disease has culminated in an award-winning UK business - Freedom Deli (stand 9008). The original Lasagne, Fish Pie and Shepherd's Pie have been revamped with a new image. The company wanted the packaging to say 'this tastes great for everyone, whether you have a food intolerance or not' and to celebrate the natural handmade quality. This is just the start though. Freedom Deli will be launching new products, including traditional scotch eggs and a gorgeous pastry topped Chicken and Leek Pie - all of which can be seen at the Natural Food Show 2012.

Exportiamo (stand 6080C, Italian Food Village) will be introducing two new products to the UK market, both made by Rigoni di Asiago. FiordiFrutta, Italy's best-selling brand on the jam and marmalade shelf is a range of organic, pure fruit spreads. Each jar is packed with 1.5kg of sun-ripened organic fruit and cooked at low temperatures to preserve nutrients and the full fruit flavour. With very low levels of sugar (only naturally-occurring from fruit), it is tastier and healthier than traditional jams. Nocciolata, the connoisseurs' hazelnut and chocolate spread from Italy, is made from the finest organic ingredients, including Italian hazelnuts and dark chocolate. Unlike others, no palm oil, no hydrogenated fat, no artificial flavours are used.

Kara Dairy Free (stand 8051) has launched a Chocolate + Calcium 1 Litre drink to join the successful Original + Calcium milk alternative, which has become one of the Health Trade's 50 best-selling food & drink products. Made with natural ingredients, including silky smooth, freshly pressed coconut milk and premium quality cocoa powder, it offers a rewardingly rich flavour with less than 2% fat and 0% cholesterol. Kara Dairy Free Chocolate is reassuringly free of lactose, dairy protein, soya or gluten. RRP £1.99 and stocked by most Wholesalers.

EcoPeace is launching its range of 100% Natural Mangoes and Exotic Produce at the Natural Food Show 2012 (stand 9035). The mango range comprises of three varieties: Kent, Smith and Baguinda, grown in Pout Ecovillage in Senegal. EcoPeace will also present its range of exotic produce, preserves, cordials, nectars and herbal teas produced in Pout Eco-village. For guaranteed freshness, its 100% natural mangoes are only harvested 3-4 days before shipment (compared to 21 days for chemically-treated mangoes). EcoPeace mangoes will be available in UK around 21 June 2012.

New French exhibitor Comptoirs et Compagnies (stand 1060) will showcase its Stevia range. Stevia is a plant from South America that was traditionally used by Guarani Indian people to sweeten their yerba-mate herbal tea. Comptoirs et Compagnies have extracted its main sweetening components, which have a sweetening power that is 250 times higher than classical sugar. The complete range adapted to every use, includes: STEP - Natural sweetener from stevia extract; STB - Box of stevia extract powder; STD - Dispenser of 250 stevia extract pills; and new STD100 - Dispenser of 100 stevia extract pills.

New for 2012, is the ready-to-drink Rocks Organic Fruity Spring Water range (stand 8101). It includes still drinks aimed at busy families on the go, while sparkling variants are presented for the take-home market. Labelling across the extended Rocks range has been simplified to accelerate consumer understanding at point of purchase. The Rocks Cordial selection is to benefit from new illustrations, giving them a more sophisticated look and deepening their adult appeal. Fruit Juice Concentrates have been added to the Rocks portfolio in 2012. These dilutables have been available under Rocks' sister brand Meridian, for many years and are well known to health food retailers and shoppers.

SuperLife's SuperFood Breakfast Topping and SuperFood Smoothie Mix have proven to be a phenomenal success, due to their user friendly nature, great taste and high health benefits. Consumer feedback and response has surpassed everyone's expectations. SuperLife is a new Irish and Israeli company that specialises in SuperFood Blends. The co- founders, Talya Lewin and Diarmuid Russell, holistic health and fitness counsellors, launched their products on the Irish market 4½ months ago. There are many more products to come and they are very excited to enter further into the European market (stand 9099).

Cocofina (stand 9025) a very popular British coconut water brand is unveiling three innovative flavours of coconut water in very attractive PET bottles. The new flavours (Apple & Blueberry, Pineapple & Lime and Tea & Passion Fruit) are made in Europe incorporating premium ingredients, such as ginseng, chamomile and green tea. This makes Cocofina the first coconut water company in the world to combine the isotonic properties of coconut water, with the antioxidant properties of tea. Cocofina - Coconut Water Tea & Passion Fruit won the award for the most innovative drink at the World juice conference in Madrid this year.

First time exhibitor Miracle Noodle (stand 5080F, USA Pavilion) is the premier, calorie free, soy free, gluten free, Kosher Shirataki noodle. One of the most versatile noodles, Miracle Noodle caters to a wide range of different demographics - from diabetics to Celiacs, bodybuilders and for weight loss. With the largest variety of Shirataki noodle shapes on the market, Miracle Noodle is on the cutting edge of innovative new low calorie, guilt free products.

Panda Liquorice (Bravura Foods, stand 8036) is delighted to celebrate its 30th birthday at this year's show. It has been a big year already with the launch of new Strawberry Bears, proceeds of which are being donated towards the care of Edinburgh Zooʼs pandas - Sunshine and Sweetie. Strawberry Bears will be available to try at the show, alongside its award-winning Blueberry Liquorice, which delivers a delicious combination of two ʻsuper-foodsʼ. As with all of the products in the All Natural range, it contains no artificial ingredients, virtually no fat and is sweetened with real fruit puree. Plus the entire All Natural range is suitable for vegetarian and vegans!

Chimpanzee Energy Bar (stand 8040) is an easy solution in a form of energy bar. No extreme formulas or tricks. The Chimpanzee energy bar charms you with its flavour and provides enough energy for your sports performance. It is a completely natural product with no preservatives or dyes. The Chimpanzee Energy Bar supplies the body with the immediate energy through monosaccharides, which are found in cane sugar, molasses and fruit. The Chimpanzee energy bar releases the energy gradually thanks to polysaccharides, which are normally found in wholemeal cereals. Thus it provides gradual and enough energy for your sports performance.

Clif Bar & Company (stand 6015) is a leading maker of wholesome and nutritious foods and drinks, helping people do better in sport and lead healthy lives. The original 'Clif Bar' was born in 1992 and has since grown to be the biggest selling energy bar in the US. The newest product within the range is the Clif SHOT Gels, which deliver energy to the bloodstream in five minutes or less. They are available in four delicious flavours: Citrus; Double Expresso; Raspberry; and Chocolate. The packaging features the patented Litter Leash® to keep the torn-off tops from littering trails and roads.

The TIANA Fair Trade Organic range includes coconut superfoods and a unique selection of raw active honeys (stand 8030). Platinum award winner - TIANA's raw extra virgin coconut oil is not just a cooking oil, as part of a balanced diet it is essential for everyone who has low metabolism, and eaten naturally it helps to strengthen the immune system. High Omega 3 organic coconut butter and organic pure coconut butter have superb heat resistant, making them a safer alternative to cooking oils. TIANA's raw active honeys provide considerable benefits for therapeutic use. Coconut baking flour is excellent for gluten free, low carbohydrates and fibre rich diets. Sugar- free, raw crystallised coconut nectar is a delicious low Glycemic sugar replacement.

The Natural Food Show at Natural & Organic Products Europe on 1-2 April 2012 is free to attend for pre-registered trade visitors and relevant press representatives only. To register, and be kept fully up-to-date with all the latest news and exhibitor information, please visit www.naturalproducts.co.uk quoting priority code NPE12050.

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Natural & Organic Products Europe is the UK's biggest trade show for the natural products, health food and organic sectors. It is the key event of the year for independent health store retailers, wholesalers and distributors, supermarket and multiple buyers, and specialist and organic shop owners looking to source the very best in natural, organic, biodynamic, fair trade, artisan and sustainable products.

Admission: Free to all trade visitors
Location: The Grand Hall Olympia, Kensington, London W14 8UX

Opening hours: Sunday 1 April 9.30-17.30 & Monday 2 April 9.30-17.00

Montezuma's Monkey Around

Montezuma's Chocolate has launched five new half-kilo, bigger than an iPad, 'Monkey Bars' named after Cockney Rhyming slang phrases - as a celebration of all-things British in this Olympic and Jubilee year.

Can you Adam and Eve it? Montezuma's new 'Monkey Bars' are bigger than an iPad!

These half-kilo slabs of great British chocolate take their name from Cockney rhyming slang for '500' and measure an impressive 10" by 6" (25.5cm x 15.5cm, if you really want the metric).

Inspired by a very special year for Britain, when we celebrate both the Royal Jubilee and the Olympics, unwrapping a 500g Monkey Bar at a gathering of family or friends will have their 'mince pies' popping out!

While huge, Monkey Bars do break up into handy 33g blocks, so are easily shared - whether it's for Easter, Father's Day, as an after-dinner treat or even while watching a certain East End sitcom!

There are 5 innovative flavours in all - each decorated with a skyline of London and other iconic symbols of Great Britain, including a traditional phone box, bulldog, Welsh dragon and a Scottish lion:

'Airs & Graces' (meaning 'Races' as in Epsom Races - which is Ecuadorian Dark chocolate with Nougat Pieces); 'Nanny Goat' ('Boat' - Venezuelan Milk Chocolate with Salted Peanuts & Butterscotch); 'Daisy Roots' ('Boots' - Ecuadorian Dark chocolate with Cherry & Almond Slices); 'Adam & Eve' ('Believe' - Venezuelan Milk Chocolate with Orange & Hazelnuts) and 'Shake & Shiver' ('River', as in The Thames - Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate with Peppermint & Cocoa Nibs). RRP is £13.99.

The bars are available from www.montezumas.co.uk and its 5 shops (Brighton, Chichester, Winchester, Kingston-upon-Thames and Spitalfields in London), as well as John Lewis, Whole Foods Market and all good independent fine food stores nationwide.

Monkey Bars are part of Montezuma's 'Great British' range, which also includes 6 traditional pudding-flavoured bars and truffles - including Spotted Dick, Treacle Tart and Apple Crumble.

Brighten Up Your Baking With New Natural Organic Extracts From Steenbergs

Building on the success of their popular Home-Baking extracts and flower waters, Steenbergs has added some essential flavours to the range. Based in sunflower oil rather than alcohol, the aromatic organic Lemon Extract, fruity organic Orange Extract and pungent organic Peppermint Extract are sure to be snapped up by avid home-bakers keen to add a burst of flavour to their cakes, biscuits and puddings.

Steenbergs organic Orange Extract is a lovely smelling extract that uses organic sunflower oil flavoured with organic orange oil. A great complement to desserts like custards and ice cream, or in fruit pies or tarts, and why not try with fish to add a certain sophistication.

Steenbergs organic Lemon Extract has been created particularly for home baking but complements everything from desserts through to chicken especially together with herbs like rosemary and thyme. Another sunflower based extract; this has a glorious lemon citrus aroma and flavour.

How about trying some home made mint choc chip ice-cream with the newly improved organic Peppermint Extract from Steenbergs? Sure to add a real zing to any home baking, this is the perfect complement to chocolate and is, of course, ideal for making your own peppermint creams.

These new organic extracts join the highly acclaimed Almond Extract, which is perfect for marzipan and Bakewell tarts, and the UK and Europe's first organic Fairtrade Vanilla Extract, made from organic Madagascan vanilla.

All extracts come in handy 100ml bottles, which look great in the kitchen whilst tasting and smelling simply divine.

Bring a zest to your baking and get set for spring!

Prices from £4.85; available online at www.steenbergs.co.uk and Orange and Lemon extracts also available from Suma.

FACTFILE:
Based in rural North Yorkshire, Steenbergs Organic was established in 2003 by Axel and Sophie Steenberg. Since the outset, they have been centred on sourcing and packing the best organic spices, herbs and teas that they can find. They are one of the leaders in Fairtrade spices. They also blend spices and herbs to our own recipes creating a range of organic seasonings.

What are their differentiating features?

Completely focused on organic and ethical trading -they source most of their spices direct from growers and grower groups, many of whom are in the developing world, e.g. India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkey. They know down to the region -and often the exact 1 hectare farm- who grew the spices or herbs.

One of the original Fairtrade spices businesses - they worked (and continue to work) with Fairtrade to develop standards for spices, becoming one of the first Fairtrade spices businesses (the other 2 were Italian), launching the first Fairtrade spices range in Europe.

Determined to develop organic and Fairtrade into the quality standard for spices - since the outset, they have been continuously developing the technical side of their spices and herbs.

They work with their producers to improve the quality of their raw materials, as well as having the widest range of low micro spices and herbs in the organic spices/herbs sector. Their new factory is to the highest food technical standard with food grade wall throughout the production and warehouse area and resin floors. At the same time, they brought in new metal detection, check sieving, blending and grinding capability. All staff are trained in food hygiene and safety using external trainers.

Carbon neutral - they are committed to minimising our impact on the environment, so are carbon neutral now. Steenbergs moved into new premises at the start of 2007 that include environmental features, like sun pipes, green energy, low water use toilets and linoleum floors (in changing areas).

The Monkey Shoulder Indoor Chocolate Trail With Niko B

Monkey Shoulder Whisky indulge in a subversive take on the traditional Easter egg hunt. Think fewer bunnies, more booze; all in an overgrown, indoor wilderness in the heart of Soho.

This Easter, adults can run riot with their youthful spirit at the Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail. Easter eggs are hidden amongst the foliage, which can then be swapped for a bespoke whisky cocktail paired with a handmade chocolate.

Monkey Shoulder is teaming up with London Cocktail Club and chocolatier Niko B to create a range of delicious whisky cocktails accompanied by specially flavoured chocolates. They will also be cracking open barrel-aged cocktails they've had stashed away since the beginning of the year.

Explorers on the Chocolate Trail can wonder the space freely or let the Monkey Shoulder Ambassador Dean Callan guide them through the undergrowth, pointing out the best flavours and garnishes to complement whisky cocktails. Reach inside the hidden spaces to discover something nice...or something nasty... this Easter bunny has a cheeky sense of humour!

Artists and designers like Bobby Peterson, Anna Garforth and a seemingly rebellious Easter bunny have let their imaginations loose on the space with specially grown moss and grass sculptures to give the effect of the outdoors, indoors. After all, why should the kids have all the fun?

The bespoke cocktail recipes and chocolate pairings:
Banana & Sherry Fix with Coffee & Cardamom truffle
50ml Monkey Shoulder
15ml Pedro Ximénez Sherry
15ml Banana Liqueur
25ml Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
25ml Pineapple Juice
25ml Freshly squeezed orange juice
Dash of Angostura bitters

Mix in a shaker, fill with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
This will be paired with - Coffee & Cardamom truffle (a blend of dark and milk chocolate ganache truffle with cardamom infused cream, coffee and vanilla).

Rhubarb & Rose Julep with Lemon , Ginger and Cayenne Pepper truffle
50ml Monkey Shoulder
15ml Sugar syrup
15ml Rose Liqueur
Dash of Rhubarb bitters
Pinch of Mint

Build in a julep tin with crushed ice.
This will be paired with - Lemon , Ginger and Cayenne Pepper truffle ( a dark chocolate ganache truffle with fresh ginger infused cream, lemons and cayenne pepper)

Monkey Jam Sour with Masala Chai truffle
Heaped tea spoon of apricot jam
50ml Monkey Shoulder
25ml Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
15ml Drambuie
15ml Sugar syrup
1 egg white
Dash of Angostura bitters

Mix in a shaker, fill with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass, add twist of orange zest for added aroma.
This will be paired with - Masala Chai truffle (a milk chocolate ganache truffle with star anise infused cream, black tea and chai spices)

Ambassador, Dean Callan says of The Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail "The rich and smooth taste of Monkey Shoulder makes it perfect for mixing cocktails, and by pairing drinks with chocolates we can really play around with all the great flavours in the whisky - what better way to treat yourself this Easter?"

Dates: Open to the public from Friday 6th to and including Monday 9th April; 12.00 -7.00pm

The Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail is free to attend and discover, drinks are also available to buy.

The pairings will be available at all three London Cocktail Club bars from 30th March -15th April, and at the Monkey Shoulder Chocolate Trail itself at 63 Broadwick St, from 6th -9th April.

Cheese Maker Launches Easter Gift Box With Yorkshire Blue Chocolates

A Yorkshire cheese maker has launched the ultimate Easter gift for chocolate and cheese lovers! Shepherds Purse Cheeses of Thirsk is offering an Easter Gift Box-with-a-difference, showcasing 4 of its award-winning, traditionally handmade cheeses and Yorkshire Blue cheese and biscuit chocolates, courtesy of York Cocoa House, based in the chocolate city of York.

The Gift Box, RRP £15, is a cheesy alternative to the Easter Egg present and a fabulous find for foodies and offers both cow's and ewe's milk cheeses, including 180g Yorkshire Blue, 125g Yorkshire Fettle, 125g Monks Folly and 180g Mrs Bells Blue cheese.

The box incorporates a gift bag containing 4 chocolates handmade by the York Cocoa House from their Yorkshire Chocolate Collection, featuring 2 Yorkshire Blue cheese and biscuits chocolates. The dark chocolate coated truffles, created using the soft and creamy champion blue cheese with fine Belgian milk chocolate, deliver a delicious combination of savoury and sweet, creamy and crunch.

A Yorkshire Rose chocolate, made with rose petal jelly from Yorkshire roses and a Real Ale chocolate using Yorkshire bitter from a York brewery complete the set.

Commenting on the new Easter Gift Box, Katie Matten, joint managing director, Shepherds Purse said: "Chocolate and cheese are two foods people get very passionate about, so we are delighted to offer this unconventional gift for Easter to our customers at www.shepherdspurse.co.uk.

"We are delighted to join forces with Sophie Jewett, founder of the York Cocoa House, who is passionate about working with local quality producers and we think the Yorkshire Blue cheese and biscuits chocolate, which combines two old favourites, is surprisingly tasty together! We look forward to the reaction of our customers."

BBC Good Food Show Summer Announces All Star Line Up

The BBC Good Food Show Events team will be rolling into town once again for their annual Summer Food Show and today announce they will be bringing an all star line up with them to the NEC in June.

James Martin; the Hairy Bikers; John Torode; Gregg Wallace; MasterChef Champion 2012 - Shelina Permaloo; Olly Smith; Michael Caines and local Chef Glynn Purnell will all be cooking live under one roof! The Show will bring to life some of TV's most loved cookery programmes including Saturday Kitchen featuring the omelette challenge and celebrity guests' food heaven and hell. Plus MasterChef sessions hosted by the fearsome duo, featuring cook offs and demonstrations.

These foodie favourites will be joined by some of the most exciting up and coming producers in the country including Moofree who will be bringing dairy free chocolate; Tan Rosie selling their range of Caribbean sauces; Sipsmith's award winning artisan spirits and The Northern Dough company will be bringing their innovative and award winning frozen pizza dough.

Tickets also include entry to BBC Gardeners' World Live where visitors can pick up tips on how to grow your own from Monty Don; Alan Titchmarsh; Carol Klein; Joe Swift and the rest of the team!

James Martin says: "I love the BBC Good Food Show Summer. To me cooking is all about using fresh, seasonal produce and where better to get that from than your own garden. This is the perfect place to learn how to grow your own with your free entry to BBC Gardener's World Live. Combine that with inspiration from top chefs, recipe ideas and hundreds of producers to taste, try and buy from and you've set yourself up for quite the foodie summer!"

Family Weekend
Kids go free at the weekend with activities and entertainment throughout Saturday and Sunday for children.
Organisers are urging visitors to book in advance due to a sell out Saturday at last year's Show.

To book please visit www.BBCGoodFoodShow.com or call 0844 581 1341

Tickets start at £19.75. £1.75 booking fee per ticket applies. The NEC charges £8 for parking, payable on the day.

No animals admitted to the show except for registered assistance or guide dogs. One person admitted free of charge per wheelchair user or person whose disability necessitates a carer. Tickets are sold subject to terms and conditions and are non-transferable and non-refundable. Children under 6 (0-5yrs) are free of charge but do need a ticket to get into the show. If booking online select child ticket from the dropdown menu, or if booking over the telephone, please ask for a free child ticket. Up to two children per paying adult

Under 18s are admitted to the Show accompanied by an adult. In accordance with the law, visitors aged under 18 are not permitted to purchase/sample alcoholic drink products or knives.

Weeton's Backs Ethos Of National Butchers Week By Encouraging New Blood Into The Industry

Weeton's Master Butcher, Dave Forward, will be passing the cleaver to his keen young trainee this month, ensuring his expert butchery skills - celebrated by National Butchers Week on March 25-31 - are carried forward to the next generation.

Encouraging bright young things into the industry is at the heart of National Butchers' Week, set up five years ago to promote the craft skills, knowledge and profile of retail butchers across the UK. Like the organisers, Weeton's, Harrogate are championing the true expertise of the artisan butcher - many of whom have been at the heart of high streets communities for decades.

Nineteen-year-old Danny Lancaster - who came to Weeton's through the Askham Bryan College apprenticeship scheme - will be utilising the skills passed down to him by Dave, ensuring that the retiring head butcher's knowledge and artisan skills are continued, at the award winning 'farm shop in the town'.

"It's been a fantastic opportunity to work alongside the butchery team and be taught all of their incredible skills," said Danny, who also learned this week that he has passed the following courses with flying colours, Meat and Poultry Pathway and a NVQ Level 2 Food Manufacture. "The Weeton's butchers team have more than 100 years of experience between them so I couldn't have asked for better teachers!"

Master Butcher Dave said Danny has shown 'relentless' enthusiasm throughout his training. "His confidence has come on in leaps and bounds, and it really is encouraging to see a young person with such a genuine passion for the trade," he said. "Danny thinks nothing of making the two-train commute from Selby each day, and he has not taken a single day off sick all year. With a growing shortage of skilled artisan butchers in the UK, Danny is proving an invaluable asset to the business."

As a further testament to Danny's success he recently achieved a 99% score in Weeton's latest mystery shop customer service report. "I really enjoy the technical side of the trade but what I particularly love about Weeton's, is the chance to chat with all our customers and offer advice on the choice of cuts of meat."

You will find Weeton's at 23/24 West Park, Harrogate, HG1 1BJ, 01423 507 100, info@weetons.com
www.weetons.com is the ultimate website for food lovers, with bags of inspiration to tempt your taste buds, including recipes, insider tips and a taster of what's in store.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Is Britain going Vegetarian? New report says we are

It’s official, roast beef loving Brits are starting to shun Sunday roasts, the British banger and milk on their cereal for plant-based swaps, a survey from Alpro reveals.

The power of plant-based eating is a fast-growing trend. In fact, four out of 10 of us are eating more vegetables, fruits and plant-based foods than we were a year ago. And six out of 10 of us are eating more of these types of foods than we were five years ago.

People of all age groups are fuelling this trend, although it is younger consumers – those aged between 18 and 30 – who are looking to change their diets and turn to alternative eating regimes in the greatest numbers.

In fact, the independent survey commissioned by Alpro revealed that more than half of 18 to 30 year olds surveyed have added more vegetables, fruits and plant-based foods into their diets in the last year alone, pointing to a major change in the UK’s dietary habits for generations. Meanwhile, of all those surveyed, one in five admitted they ate meat and dairy-based foods merely ‘out of habit’.

Plant-based eating conjures up images of a strict vegan diet, but enjoying the benefits of more plant-based choices doesn’t mean becoming a full-time vegan or vegetarian. It’s about reshaping what’s on the plate by making a few simple swaps, while still treating yourself to your favourite meat or dairy products every now or then.

While many of us are already eating more vegetables, fruits and plant-based foods for health reasons, a growing section of society is also becoming concerned over the affects that the production of meat and diary-based foods has on the environment. For example, it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat, while it takes 2,000 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.

In contrast, plant-based crops and foods, meanwhile, are much more water efficient, with an average of 25 gallons of water needed to produce one pound of food.

Despite more and more people becoming more commonly aware of such facts, it appears there is still a lack of knowledge in some quarters about the effect that the production of meat and dairy products has on the world around us.

Six out of 10 people are still unaware that plant-based foods offer the most environmentally sustainable option for food production. Even so, four out of 10 of us are already determined to cut down on the amount of meat and dairy currently in our diets.

Alpro has a range of delicious and healthy plant-based products that help you feel uplifted and enlightened. That’s because, all of Alpro’s milks, drinks, yogurts, desserts and creams are made from soya beans, almonds or hazelnuts

New Alpro Almond milk and new Alpro Hazelnut drink do not contain soya and are created using a simple blend of nuts and spring water.

www.alpro.com/uk

Otto Pizza announces New Seasonal Toppings Menu

The UK’s only cornmeal crust pizza restaurant – situated in Notting Hill – announces the seasonal changes to its menu.

The brainchild of self-confessed slackers Tom and Rich, who discovered the recipe whilst on a GAP year road-trip through Portland in a camper van called Otto, cornmeal provides a much sturdier, more filling base for pizza crust – which can then be piled generously with toppings.

Otto is also famous for using unusual ingredients – often pairing vegetables with more traditional pizza favourites, making the restaurant a popular choice for vegetarians.

Pizza topping combos making an appearance this Spring include:

Spinach and Artichoke

Cauliflower Cheese

Leek and Bacon

Red Lentil Kofte

Leek and Potato

Otto’s pizzas are sold by the slice – or as a 6 slice taster platter. The chef also makes a base without gluten.

In addition to the new toppings on the menu, Otto also serves a daily special, details of which can be found on twitter @ottopizzauk.

Otto pizzas can be taken away and enjoyed at home or restaurant diners can pair pizza with one of Otto’s selection of American craft beers or a glass of New World wine.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Sainsbury's Exceeds 165,000 Orders A Week To Become UK's Second Largest Online Food Retailer

Sainsbury's has reported its online grocery orders are exceeding 165,000 a week, resulting in a yearly turnover of over £750m positioning the retailer second in the UK market.

The 20 per cent year on year rise in orders a week, makes Sainsbury's the fastest growing online grocery business and has been driven by industry leading customer service. This was demonstrated by a new Ipsos Mori study on online customer service, commissioned by Sainsbury's, which showed Sainsbury's industry-leading position across the key service measures of:

- Quality of products
- Availability of delivery slots
- Customer service from the delivery person
- Speed of placing an order
- Contact centre staff

Accessed via www.Sainsburys.co.uk, groceries are hand-picked by colleagues in nearby Sainsbury's stores, reducing the distances drivers travel to customers' homes and therefore food miles. The company's 3,000 delivery drivers also have dedicated training with a sharp focus on customer service.

Jon Rudoe, Director of Online, Sainsbury's said: "Thousands of new customers are choosing Sainsburys.co.uk each week because it's simple to use and like our stores, people are assured of the service they'll receive.

"We're proud of our successes so far, but it doesn't stop here, we've got ambitious growth targets which we'll reach by continuing to deliver the best possible experience for our loyal and new customers."

In addition to groceries, Sainsbury's also has a fast-growing general merchandise site including home and garden, appliances, technology, toys, games and sports and leisure products, as well as a new entertainment site.

Growing numbers of shoppers are also taking advantage of Sainsbury's market leading Click & Collect service. Sainsbury's offers the largest number of Click & Collect points, now available in over 900 supermarkets and convenience stores, allowing customers to place general merchandise orders online by 2pm for next day delivery from the store of their choice.

General merchandise online now offers more than 10,000 products, spanning everything from cookware to entertainment. Top brands including Apple, Le Creuset and Sony can all be purchased online.

FACTFILE:

Quality of products

1st - Sainsbury's 2nd - Asda Joint 3rd - Ocado Joint 3rd - Tesco

Availability of delivery slots

1st - Sainsbury's 2nd - Tesco 3rd - Asda 4th - Ocado

Customer service from the delivery person

1st - Sainsbury's 2nd - Tesco 3rd - Asda 4th - Ocado

Speed of placing an order

1st - Sainsbury's 2nd- Tesco 3rd- Asda 4th- Ocado

Contact centre staff

1st - Sainsbury's 2nd - Asda 3rd - Tesco 4th - Ocado

Ipsos Mori - 1912 online interviews were conducted by Ipsos MORI between 14 February 2012 - 21 February 2012 with a sample of GB online grocery customers aged 16+. Sainsbury's supplied a sample of 912 of its customers and 1,000 were customers of other supermarkets sourced through online panels including Tesco: N=400, Asda: N=400 and Ocado: N=200.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

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YAZOO has launched a Facebook competition offering fans of the milkshake brand a chance to enter and win one of eight weekly cash giveaways of £250 and a grand prize of £10,000. The winners of the weekly cash giveaways will all receive their cash in time to shake up their weekend!

Entrants are encouraged to upload a photograph of their own Shake Squad style pose which will be voted for by other Facebook users in order to win. To find out more visit www.facebook.com/yazoo or follow @TheShakeSquad on Twitter.

The new competition supports YAZOO’s new TV ad, ‘What A Difference A Shake Makes’, which is running from Monday across a number of terrestrial and digital TV channels for three weeks and features ‘The Shake Squad’.

The Shake Squad is a crack 1970’s style undercover cop team, hell bent on bringing fun to the nation’s streets. As a sworn enemy of anything mundane, they’ll stop at nothing to get a laugh and to brighten up someone’s day, just like a bottle of YAZOO can do. They’re ready to give Britain a real shake up - which in today’s serious world is exactly what it needs.

With a campaign slogan of ‘What A Difference A Shake Makes’ the new campaign highlights the lift YAZOO gives you when you need it most, a treat for that afternoon lull, a handy snack on-the-go, or a thirst quenching accompaniment with sandwiches at lunch time.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Hotel Chocolat To Give Away 190,000 Prizes This Easter!

Luxury British chocolatier and cocoa grower, Hotel Chocolat, is launching its biggest and most exciting promotion yet with 190,000 prizes to be given away in stores across the UK, from 12th March to Easter Sunday.

Customers will be given an exclusive Room Key inviting them to check-in and collect their prize from the nearest Hotel Chocolat store. Every Room Key will win a prize, which also allows customers to enter the Prize Draw – to win an all-expenses-paid, dream holiday to The Hotel Chocolat on the stunning Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.

Prizes on offer range from irresistibly cute, bite-sized Egglets, through to Hotel Chocolat’s signature Extra Thick Eggs and the magnificently large Ostrich Eggs – the company’s flagship Easter egg that regularly stuns people into silence!

What’s more, 70 chocolate lovers will win what could be their ultimate dream come true, a year’s supply of chocolates. Customers can also enter the exciting giveaway online at Hotel Chocolat’s Facebook page facebook.com/hotelchocolat and find their nearest store online at www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/stores

Shaken Udder Celebrates The Best Of British

This summer the country will be swept along on a wave of patriotism, thanks to the Jubilee, the Olympics, the European Football Championships and of course Wimbledon. To show its true colours Shaken Udder has re-designed its milk churn bottles to feature the Union Jack, bunting and its funky cow has even been crowned!

Shaken Udder’s Strawberry Stash milkshake is made with all natural ingredients including creamy, whole, British milk and real strawberries – what sums up Britain in summer better than strawberries and cream?

Co-founder of Shaken Udder Jodie Farran explains: “With all the excitement this summer we thought we should celebrate being a British milkshake. All our shakes use only the best-quality, fresh, British milk and only the very finest natural ingredients, like real strawberries, Belgian chocolate pieces, and the real vanilla beans that you can see in the shake”

Now available in Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury's nationwide.

How it all began…
Jodie and Howie met at agricultural university in 2003, both sharing a passion for fab food, groovy tunes and the great outdoors. With buoyant post-grad enthusiasm, the pair made plans to start their own business, but weren't quite sure what that might be. Then, whilst dancing away at V festival, Howie had a sudden craving for a fabulous, thick, fresh chocolate and banana milkshake.

He closed his eyes visualised a rather funky cow, loads of fresh fruit, great chunks of chocolate and lashing of fresh milk. So in 2004, Shaken udder milkshakes was born as a top-notch event based brand, bringing fresh, tasty and healthy milkshakes to festival goers across the country.

The pair travelled far and wide to all the major music events (what a hardship) and served up 1000s of fresh creamy thick shakes. On tour, Shaken Udder's loyal fan base grew. Seeking them out at each event, people started asking where they could get there milkshake fix 365 days of the year.

In search of a place for their funky cow brand, Howie and Jodie took a long, hard look at the retail shelves and were thoroughly disappointed with what they found. Marvellous milk was being ruined with ingredients like modified maize starch, butter milk powders, e-numbers, artificial flavours and, what's more, they tasted like plastic fruit glue! So that was it, the pair decided to give milk what it deserved and create Britain’s best milkshake….

Monday, 12 March 2012

Gorenje Introduces Built-In Coffee Machine

Gorenje, the Slovenian manufacturer famed for its creative and inspirational appliances, presents the latest addition to its product portfolio; the CFA9100E built-in coffee machine.

As our focus becomes ever more centred on the home, and we strive to create our dream property, many of us are on the lookout for special products to help us achieve this. For this reason additional appliances, such as a built-in coffee machine, are of real interest.

Gorenje's new built-in coffee machine is the perfect choice for those who want restaurant quality coffee and hot drinks in the comfort of their own home. Its sleek and glamorous stainless steel design provides a true feeling of luxury, while it also boasts a selection of practical features that prioritise ease of use and produce excellent results.

The Gorenje coffee machine lets the consumer create coffee in a variety of strengths and sizes, to ensure they can have their perfect cup! These settings can then be stored in the coffee machine's memory for future use. Furthermore, the Autocappuccino function creates a delicious cappuccino with just one touch of a button, while allowing the consumer to set the level of milk according to their personal preferences.

Cleaning the coffee machine is also a breeze - one press of the 'clean' button starts an antibacterial programme which will treat the milk dispenser and inner suction tubes. The appliance also performs a self-clean of the dispensing nozzles every time it is turned on or off, removing coffee residue and preventing clogging.

Bill Miller, Gorenje's Sales and Marketing Director, says: "Gorenje is expanding its product range with the inclusion of a very stylish built-in coffee machine, which would look at home in even the most lavish kitchens. Appliances such as these provide a feeling of attainable luxury and make an everyday task seem much more exciting - they are also ideal for using when you have visitors or guests to your home."

Key features and benefits of the Gorenje CFA9100E built-in coffee machine:

Stainless steel built-in automatic coffee machine
Consumer can adjust the fineness of the coffee grind to one of nine different levels
Milk frothing function for creating lattes, hot chocolates and other beverages
Autocappuccino function creates perfect cappuccino at the touch of a button
Self-cleaning function automatically cleans nozzles whenever machine is turned on or off, removing coffee residue and preventing clogging
Clean function gives milk dispenser and suction tubes an antibacterial treatment
Ability to programme personalised coffee setting
LCD display with touch buttons for ease of use
Automatic lighting of spot and drip tray for visibility when machine is in use
Choice of three espresso shot sizes: single, medium and double
Allows two cups to be prepared simultaneously
Removable milk container for storage in the fridge when not in use
Internal bean dispenser
Descaling programme to remove limescale build-up
1.8 litre removable water tank
Hot water only setting
Maximum noise level: 60 dB(A)
15 bar pressure
Free two year parts and labour guarantee
Dimensions: H x W X D: 455 x 595 x 405mm
The CFA9100E retails for approximately £1175

For further information about Gorenje's new CFA9100E built-in coffee machine, please call Gorenje on 0208 247 3980 or visit the website at www.gorenje.co.uk to find your nearest stockist.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Where On Earth Can You Find A Green Cake For Saint Patrick's Day?

Zaza' Gelato, a traditional Italian ice cream boutique, is preparing a fully green Saint Patrick's Day cake. The cake is made with green ice cream, themed to the special day.

The two Zaza shops in London are famous for their colourful ice cream cakes and, on the occasion of Saint Patrick, they will be preparing a special recipe. Zaza' staff will prepare 2 new ice cream flavours: Strong Mint and Green Tea and they will be available together with Kiwi and Pistachio: a fully green ice cream range.

Zaza already counts over 60 flavours but keeps researching and experimenting with new recipes every month. It is a constant effort to find new and interesting combinations and make all the gelato foodies in London very happy.

Ivan Borriello, CEO of the London-based company, says: "Saint Patrick's Day marks the beginning of the spring and it is a very special day. We loved the idea of preparing something special to our fellows Londoners. Foodies Saint Patrick's needs to be a little special!"

Zaza ice cream and ice cream cakes can be found at Zaza' Gelato shops in London, Canary Wharf (Canada Place) and Sheperds Bush (First Floor at Westfield). They can also be ordered online at www.ZazaGelato.com or vial email at London@ZazaGelato.com Prices start from £2.5 for Ice Cream Cones/Cups and £20 for Ice Cream Cakes.

Cheshire Chef Demonstrates Skills at International Hospitality Show

Invited by the Craft Guild of Chefs, the leading Professional Chefs body in the country, Brian Mellor delivered a culinary master class at this year's Hotelympia, the UK's largest exhibition for the Hospitality business.

"I used to compete against other Chefs at the show in something we call the Salon Culinaire, working for hours to create pristine plates of food but this time it was different. There were over 20 hand-picked national and international demonstrators over the five days in The Skillery and only one from the North - me!

"The bi-annual show attracts Hospitality professionals and acclaimed Chefs from across the globe who converge in London to discuss trends, look at new products and catch up with colleagues at grand dinners." - says Brian

Having just opened his cookery school in Cheshire, Brian is well known in the industry for his passion for training, developing programmes and enthusiastically passing on skills.

"Hotelympia gave us the perfect platform to launch our latest project which is The Chefs Academy designed for professional Chefs who want to develop, enhance and share skills. Harthill is a stunning location where we are surrounded by farms, cheese makers, game and clever artisan producers. Coupled with our excellent facilities at the school and access to experts, it's the perfect environment for Chefs to be inspired and learn from them."

The cookery school has already a successful programme of leisure courses enjoyed by novices and foodies from around the country.

Due to his high profile at hospitality trade events and to the success of the workshops he runs for his fellow colleagues, Brian has been invited to run 4 master classes at the University Caterers Annual Conference at the end of March in Blackpool. All sessions will showcase North-West produce and they have already received over 200 registrations.

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Entries Open For First Ever Gourmet Dessert Chef Of The Year Competition

Luxury Swiss Ice Cream brand Mövenpick is urging chefs to enter the first ever annual competition to find the best gourmet dessert chef that Britain's hospitality industry has to offer.

Launched in partnership with The Graft Guild of Chefs, The Mövenpick Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year competition challenges professional chefs to design a unique new dessert using Mövenpick's gourmet flavours - including the newly launched Fior di Latte Ice Cream and Apricot Sorbet.

 Boasting the creamy texture and subtle flavour of pure Swiss milk, Fior di Latte is an ideal dessert base, to which chefs can add their own imaginative touch, while Apricot is a delicious combination of velvety apricot sorbet and sun-ripened Bergeron apricot pieces from France.

Successful finalists will show their skills in a live cook-off in a bid to win a luxury weekend for two to the home of Mövenpick Ice Cream in Switzerland, with two lucky runners up joining a Patisserie & Desserts day course at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons.

Julia Jones, Head of Customer Marketing at Mövenpick Ice Cream said: "We are committed to gastronomic excellence and want to give chefs an opportunity to create an irresistible gourmet dessert. We're really excited to see what they come up with."

To enter, visit www.moevenpick-icecreamcompetition.co.uk.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

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British Pie Awards: Calling All Pie Makers

The organisers of the British Pie Awards are reminding all professional pie makers to submit their entries to the fourth annual awards as the deadline fast approaches (13th April 2012). Butchers and bakers can enter their pies in 18 different classes with the chance to win one of the top accolades in the pie making industry.

The awards are organised by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association and take place on Wednesday 25th April 2012 at St. Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray. The contest is judged by a panel of over 70 pie experts, food writers and celebrity chefs led by Andrew Chisholm. Xanthe Clay, Charles Champion and many more knowledgeable foodies have already confirmed their attendance as judges.

Matthew O’Callaghan, Chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association comments: “We organise the British Pie Awards to celebrate one of Britain’s most recognised food products. This event offers a great opportunity for pie makers from across the country to demonstrate their finest produce. The standard of entries is always very high.

“To mark this important year, when the world will be looking in the direction of the UK for the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee, we have introduced new categories including the Celebration Pie class, for which pie makers can stretch their creative skills to design special commemorative products.

“We are also grateful for the support of our sponsors and this year we can confirm that Hospitality and Catering News is sponsoring the ‘Football Pie’ class; Sturgess of Leicester, the approved Jaguar dealer is sponsoring the ‘Beef and Ale Pie’ class; the Bramley Apple Campaign is supporting the ‘Bramley Apple’ category; and Nelsons for Cartons & Packaging are supporting the ‘Chicken and any Flavour’ class.”

To download an application form and for further information please visit www.britishpieawards.co.uk or contact Sarah Clothier on 0116 2344523 or sarah.clothier@mmppa.co.uk

Cavalier Launches Healthy Chocolate

What is claimed to be the healthiest chocolate that you can buy has been launched by a premium Belgian chocolate producer Cavalier.

This unique range of over 20 flavours of 100% no added artificial sugar chocolate created using a natural and healthy sweetener Stevia instead of sugar is perfect if you are looking after your waist. It is one of the first products available in the UK which incorporate Stevia since it has been approved by the EU. The guilt free treat has been created without compromising on the celebrated taste, texture and aroma of fine, traditional Belgian chocolate.

Stevia is a 100% natural sweetener that has been used for centuries in countries such as China, Japan, Brazil and Paraguay and was approved for use in the European market at the end of 2011. It is a small green plant that originates from the border between Brazil and Paraguay and produces a very strong sweetener deemed to be 300 times sweeter than ordinary sugar meaning that only a very small amount is used in the creation of this delicious tasting chocolate. In comparison to standard bars, with far less sugar added Cavalier chocolate is therefore packed with additional goodies such as fibres including inulin which, due to their health properties, essentially make the bar healthier.

By only using Stevia as the sweetening property in their chocolate, Cavalier chocolate has twice the amount of fibre than sugar and, with Stevia containing no calories or carbohydrates, it is the ultimate healthy bar of chocolate. The authentic sweet taste of chocolate is retained throughout the products which contain natural antioxidants, fibres, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and iron. It could be an ideal option for diabetics and it is also gluten free.

Cavalier Stevia chocolate comes in a large variety of flavours further to dark, milk and white including dark chocolate with blueberry, milk barley rice crisp and white coconut. The full range of the healthy indulgence is available to buy online from www.chocbox.co.uk, RRP £2.99 for 85g bar and £5.99 for a 4 bar selection (4x42g).

Beverage Standards Association (BSA) Welcomes Its 100th Member At Midlands Meeting

The Beverage Standards Association (BSA) welcomed its 100th member - La Cimbali - at its Midlands regional meeting at The Bottle Kiln, West Hallam, Ilkeston on Monday 5 March.

Another new member was also announced - Taylors of Harrogate - which is sponsoring the tea category of the BSA Awards, launched last week in London.

Martyn Herriott, Executive Director, BSA told the well attended meeting "We're delighted to have La Cimbali on board as our 100th member. It shows signs of strength and growth and kudos that the BSA is attracting high calibre companies such as La Cimbali and Taylors of Harrogate, alongside long standing members who have been with the BSA since it started in 1995."

Daniel Clarke from La Cimbali was presented with a special certificate to mark the 100th member. He said "It's good to be part of such a strong and vibrant Association."

John Sutcliffe from Taylors of Harrogate received a certificate for sponsoring the tea category of the BSA Awards. He said "We've been so successful in the retail market, we want to develop the Out of Home business. The BSA is an excellent vehicle for developing in this area. Sponsoring the BSA tea Award increases our awareness in that market."

At the meeting, Martyn Herriott encouraged all 'out of home' cafes (fixed & mobile) and restaurants to enter this year's prestigious Beverage Standards Awards. Rebecca Stone, owner of The Bottle Kiln which in last year's Awards not only achieved 5 cup status, the highest BSA cup grade but also the Best Cappuccino, Latte and Flat White Award, said at the meeting " The BSA Awards have been a framework and opportunity to benchmark the Bottle Kiln business against the best in the industry. The Awards have given me confidence that we have the consistency of products and quality of service which enables us to maintain a 5 cup standard and win the Best Cappuccino, Latte and Flat White Award. "

She went on to say that one of her colleagues was training to be a judge in this year's Awards. "I am going to actively promote the Awards in my area to encourage other Out of Home establishments to enter."

For entry details about the Awards, visit www.beveragestandardsassociation.co.uk

Culinary Celebration Of Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Lyth Valley damsons and English Rose Liqueur have been creatively combined to produce a unique and very regal flavour, encapsulating a very British taste experience. Whilst the damsons; peculiar only to the Lake District embrace Cumbria's unique heritage, the Rose Liqueur embodies the symbolism of the nation as a whole in this delicious commemorative condiment.

Hawkshead Relish based in the Lake District is recognised with over 40 Great Taste Awards for their handmade creations as well as a host of other accolades. Their commitment to regional provenance ensures all the ingredients are sourced locally and cooked in traditional open pans without any artificial components.

"2012 is a very historical year for Great Britain", exclaims Mark Whitehead the Managing Director. "We felt that we (as a speciality producer) wanted to create something which was very much part of the spirit of Jubilee celebrations as well as part of us and Cumbria, what better way for us to do that than conjure a commemorative condiment".

The Limited Edition preserve is on sale in specialist independents throughout the UK and the Hawkshead Relish website throughout 2012.

Kate Nicholson (Sales Manager) adds "We have received a huge amount of interest in the Jubilee Jam from overseas. It seems the world wants to join in on UK's celebrations as well as enjoying the latest Hawkshead Relish conception!"

RRP £2.60

For more information visit: www.hawksheadrelish.com contact: info@hawksheadrelish.com or telephone 015394 36614.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Harry's Nuts! declared elephant friendl

Harry Hill, elephant and Harry
Harry’s Nuts!, the Fairtrade salted nuts from Harry Hill, have been declared ‘Elephant Friendly’ thanks to the work of Fairtrade cashew farmers in India in protecting an endangered species. The snacks are available in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other outlets and the packs of cashews have an extra environmental boast with each munch.
 
The cashew farmers have used some of the extra money which comes with Fairtrade to protect wild Indian elephants which had been trespassing on their farms from the local forests. Farmers had found trees they had been growing for twenty years felled by the power of these elephants.

Wanting to protect their crops, farmers often fought back, risking both injury to themselves and the elephants.

The farming organision Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) decided the farmers, their trees and the elephants needed to be protected and studied ways of keeping the animals at bay without hurting them. FTAK came up with the idea of investing the Fairtrade premium on solar panels to power electrified fencing around the farms. This provides a very mild shock.

“The shock deters but does not injure the elephants, so these cashews are now elephant-friendly,” explains FTAK’s Tomy Mathews.

Dan Bucknell, Head of Conservation and Campaigns of the charity Elephant Family, says:
"With the Asian elephant suffering from massive habitat loss and persecution where it feeds on crops, it is refreshing that Harry's Nuts! are grown in such a responsible way that works for both the farmers and the elephants."

The 3,200 cashew nut farmers are all part of an organic conversion programme and 45% of them have already achieved this certification. Organic methods are seen by the farmers as the best way of protecting their crops while protecting biodiversity. The farmers are operating in a 'biosphere' of exceptional biodiversity and take protecting this environment extremely seriously. There is also a focus on replanting indigenous breeds of cashew trees which produce a better crop.

The farmers were also concerned that an indigenous breed of goat, the ‘Malabari’, was becoming extinct – a breed which has far greater immunity to disease than crossbreeds, eats less fodder and is much cheaper to rear for milk and meat. They have started a breeding programme which sees a farmer being given a male and female goat and then passing on the offspring to another farmer.

Harry Hill works with Fairtrade nut company Liberation Foods on Harry’s Nuts!, currently available in two varieties – salted peanuts and salted cashews. Liberation’s biggest shareholder is a co-operative of nut farming and gathering organisations including FTAK. Managing Director Kate Gaskell says: "All of the nuts in Harry’s Nuts! are transporteded to the UK by sea - the most environmentally friendly form of long haul transport. Everything we do in our business reveals a respect for the environment as well as the farmer." Fairtrade has strict environmental criteria though it is, of course, best known for the fair prices it guarantees to farmers.

Harry’s Nuts! are popular for their taste – they are cooked for longer than other salted peanuts and cashews to give them an extra crunchiness and deeper flavour. They have been backed by celebrity food writer Sophie Grigson who says: "The peanuts have a very appealing creamy texture and a delicious sweet, rounded flavour enhanced by just the right degree of salt."

Harry launched the products after travelling to Malawi and meeting some of the peanut farmers, many of whom are women looking after Aids orphans. He heard that the benefits which come with Fairtrade are a huge help to them. Harry, a big peanut lover, says: "These Fairtrade salted nuts are an extra tasty version of my favourite snack and there’s no money in it for me (what a mug!). I’m working with Liberation and it's great that the company is run to benefit the farmers and their families."

Fairtrade Fortnight this year (February 27 - March 11) has the theme Take A Step For Fairtrade http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/step This is the latest step from Harry's Nuts!

For more information see http://www.chooseliberation.com or http://www.facebook.com/harrysnuts

Harry’s Nuts! are sold in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose stores and other outlets. Prices are around £1.50. Harry’s Nuts! Crunchy Peanut Butter is available from 200 Sainsbury’s stores at a RRP of £1.99

Liberation Foods is co-owned by farming groups from Malawi , Mozambique , Bolivia , Brazil , Nicaragua , Peru , El Salvador and India . Farmers receive the guaranteed fair price which come with the FAIRTRADE Mark for their produce and receive a Fairtrade premium often spent on projects which benefit the entire community. They are also involved in the running of the company and will receive a share of profits when a dividend is paid.

Liberation is a Community Interest Company (CIC). This is a new type of company which has to be run for the benefit of a ‘Community of Interest’. For Liberation, the Community of Interest is small-scale nut farmers and gatherers in Africa, Latin America and Asia . As well as its own snacks, Liberation also supplies Fairtrade nuts to supermarkets in the UK and abroad for own-label products including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons. Liberation works closely with the Fairtrade Foundation which administers the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK.  See www.fairtrade.org.uk.

Sunday, 4 March 2012