SQUEAKY BEAN ROAST CHICKEN SLICES // NEW PRODUCT

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Plant-based Roast Chicken Flavour Sandwich Slices come to Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
Squeaky Bean®’s latest launch revolutionises meat-free sandwiches

Sainsbury’s and Waitrose are expanding their plant-based range with the introduction of Squeaky Bean’s vegan Roast Chicken Flavour Sandwich Slices. The new product will launch into 221 Sainsbury’s stores on 21 September, as well as 155 Waitrose stores on 30 September.  

Perfect for eating straight from the pack or making a flavourful sandwich filling or salad accompaniment, Squeaky Bean’s Roast Chicken Flavour Slices are a deliciously savoury addition to any plant-based lunch.
The new product was developed as a result of strong demand for Squeaky Bean’s existing range of Pastrami and Ham Style Slices. The realistic and succulent texture is sure to cause a flutter among consumers who are simply looking to reduce their meat intake, as well as those who are committed to a vegan diet.
Made from wildly delicious plants, including wheat, tofu and herbs, the Roast Chicken Style Slices are high in protein.

Packaged with sustainability in mind, the Slices are encased in a recyclable paper container with a peelable film lid. Each pack bears the recognisable bright Squeaky Bean branding, ensuring the Slices stand out on shelves.
In a recent survey from the British Sandwich Association, chicken topped the list of the nation’s favourite sandwich fillings. In combination with other ingredients, such as stuffing, it also featured a further two times in the list of the top nine sandwiches.

These favourite fillings contribute to more than 43,000 tonnes of chicken being consumed every year in the sandwich market alone. However, with the launch of Squeaky Bean’s Roast Chicken Style Slices, vegetarians and plant-based diners no longer need to miss out on these much-loved sandwich combinations, while flexitarians looking to reduce their meat intake – whether for health, environment or animal welfare concerns – can opt for a realistic alternative to chicken products. 
Consumers can shake up their sandwiches in a variety of ways, including by trying the club sandwich recipe featured below.

Sarah Augustine, Squeaky Bean co-creator, says: “Squeaky Bean is your sidekick in the kitchen, with these wonderfully versatile and flavourful Roast Chicken Flavour Slices that are sure to challenge negative perceptions of vegan food. Adding a deliciously moreish filling to sandwiches has never been easier – that’s if you can resist eating the Slices straight from the pack!”

Squeaky Bean’s delicious range of simple-to-prepare products are helping to expand the vegan food market, which is experiencing a year-on-year value growth of 22% for meat-free ready to eat lines [Kantar WPO 52 w/e April 2020].  

Each pack of Squeaky Bean plant-based Roast Chicken Slices weighs 90g and has a recommended retail price of £2.50.

POSITIVE PARCEL // PRODUCT REVIEW

I’ve recently had the pleasure of receiving a gorgeous & very heartwarming box from none other than Positive Parcel. As the name clearly suggests, they exist to spread little boxes of positivity. The perfect pick me up for yourself, or just a little reminder to someone close that you’re thinking of them, or simply sending them a little smile. The box is made up of some yummy treats, these include 2 homemade chocolates from Positive Parcel (white chocolate, which is delicious), plus some Happy Tea from Teapigs. Receiving this actually allowed me to try Teapigs for the first time & I was v impressed! A subtle lemon tea that can lift your mood. The other bits in the box are sadly not edible, all very lovely nonetheless. The other items include a Relax Candle (this smelt absolutely amazing, I could smell it as soon as I’d unwrapped the post packaging, not the box!!), The Happy Newspaper, which features plenty of happy & uplifting news, Sticky Notes, (because when are sticky notes not useful?!) & a very calming colouring in sheet. I absolutely loved receiving my Positive Parcel, & it brought a genuine smile to my face. Help spread the joy & send a parcel yourself, at £17.99 with 10% of profits go to mental health charity Mind, too. 
Thank you very much to @positive_parcel for bringing a smile straight to my doorstep 🙂 [GIFTED]

MRS BROWNS KITCHEN // NEW PRODUCT

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MRS BROWN’S KITCHEN LAUNCHES WITH RANGE OF PUFF PASTRY CROWNS EXCLUSIVELY AT ICELAND

Mrs. Brown’s Kitchen is the first-ever food brand launched by TV’s hilarious Mrs. Brown. It will bring Mammy’s cooking straight to the homes of hungry families across the UK with a range of ready-to-bake, savoury pastry treats, available exclusively in-store and online at Iceland.

Brits are familiar with Mrs. Brown’s iconic TV kitchen, which has been graced by a host of celebrity guests, from Pamela Anderson to Caitlin Jenner. But now consumers can experience ‘d’Mammy’s cooking and get a real slice of the Brown’s family action in their own homes for the very first time.

The Range
Mrs. Brown’s Kitchen is launching with a range of bakery-fresh Puff Pastry Crowns. Each Crown is a little parcel of golden, flaky puff pastry filled with delicious ingredients. There are two varieties in the range, each with their own unique fillings:

  • Ham and Cheese Crowns (RRP: £1.25 for a box of two) – ‘Yer can’t beat a classic. Mrs. Brown’s favourite: Ham and Emmental cheese in a creamy sauce, wrapped in her delicious and fluffy puff pastry. Perfect with a cup a tea.
  • Chicken Fajita Crowns (RRP: £1.25 for a box of two) – A little spice is nice. Mrs. Brown has prepared a tasty mix of chicken, Cheddar cheese and vegetables in a spicy fajita sauce, wrapped in her delicious and fluffy puff pastry. Winnie’s favourite!

The recipes were created by ‘fecking food genius’ chef Aly. A lot of people will recognise him as being the chef on All Round to Mrs Browns, but Chef Aly has spent many years working around the world developing his culinary skills. For those more ramshackle than Gordon Ramsay, don’t panic – any eejit can make ’em. Mrs. Brown’s Kitchen Puff Pastry Crowns are ready-to-bake straight from the box in under 25 minutes. Just shove ’em in the d’oven and then scoff the lot.

Mrs. Brown’s Puff Pastry Crowns are perfect for everyday occasions. Easy to cook and even easier to eat, enjoy a Crown or two for a quick and simple brekkie, lunch or dinner, or whilst watching an episode of Mrs. Brown’s Boys! They make a tasty and filling teatime treat for the whole family, or cook ’em en-masse to bring a little of Mammy’s pizzazz to parties.

The Mrs. Brown’s Kitchen range is available exclusively in Iceland stores nationwide and via Iceland online from 1st May 2020 (RRP: £1.25 for a pack of two). Grand.

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POSITIVE PARCEL // PRESS RELEASE

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POSITIVEPARCEL LAUNCHES TO OFFER THE NATION A HUG IN A BOX THIS CHRISTMAS. 40% OF UK ADULTS REPORT THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR MENTAL WELLBEING

PositiveParcel is a hug in a box that brings positivity to people’s lives. The parcel is full of handpicked treats to put a smile on your face, encourage self-care, and most importantly spread some positivity! 2020 has been a tough year and this Christmas is set to be even tougher as we cope with a with potential lockdowns, no sunny weather to escape our homes and the economic impact of the initial lockdown starting to take effect.

More concerningly recent research from the Office for National Statistics found that by June, two months into the initial lockdown, instances of reported depression had doubled from pre-lockdown rates (from around 10% of adults, to around 20%) and by August 40% of adults reported that coronavirus was affecting their wellbeing.

As the nation slips into a second lockdown, after a few months of freedom and a taste of normal life, the impact on mental health and wellbeing is expected to be even worse. We all need to be conscious of each other’s wellbeing and look out for each other especially over the next few months.

PositiveParcel is a handpicked selection of treats that encourages self-care and positivity but most importantly reminds a loved one, a colleague, a neighbour or anyone that needs their day brightening up you are thinking of and appreciate them. We believe that a positive mind brings a positive life. 

PositiveParcel is also donating a percentage of the profits from every parcel to the NHS and a selection of mental health charities.

To find out more or to send someone a PositiveParcel please view our website – www.positiveparcel.co.uk


THE COPPER CREW – CANNED WINE // NEW PRODUCT

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“The Copper Crew Launched in July 2020, The Copper Crew is a Cambridge based canned wine business, founded by three young friends – Theo Gough, Oli Purnell and Sam Lambson. Theo and Oli are Cambridge locals, while Sam is The Crew’s winemaker, based in South Africa. The name, The Copper Crew, comes from Theo and Oli’s ginger hair.

About us
We focus on sourcing and blending South African wines, specifically to be
canned. Our wines are selected and blended by Sam Lambson who recently completed a degree in oenology (the study of wine and wine making) at the University of Stellenbosch. While still at University Sam founded Minimalist Wines, launching his first wine to great acclaim in London (Stars in the Dark, 2018, Sryah, W.O. Elim). Sam’s success saw him completely sell out of his wine, signing an exclusive export deal, and being written up as one of Jancis Robinson’s unofficial wines of the week. While exhibiting for Minimalist in 2019, Theo and Sam first discussed the future
of young winemakers, changing consumer preferences and the importance of sustainable practices. Meanwhile, Oli had noticed the rise and popularity of canned wine whilst studying in the US. Together, we thought canned wine matched consumer preferences and could be successful in the UK as a more sustainable alternative to glass. Following conversations between all three of us on the business potential, feasibility and technical processes, we decided to make it a full-time venture. We left our jobs, started The Copper Crew from a kitchen table and have enjoyed every day since!

Our wines
Currently, we have two wines, a Rosé and Chenin Blanc, and will be launching a Merlot in October.

Wine details
The Copper Crew, 2019 Rosé, 13.5%
Appellation: W.O. Western Cape
A Provençal inspired blend based on Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah

The Copper Crew, 2019 Chenin Blanc, 13.5%
Appellation: W.O. Western Cape
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc

Detailed tasting notes
The Copper Crew, 2019 Rosé, 13.5% – a blend of 5 Rhône cultivars; Syrah,
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Viognier. Pale salmon in the glass, it has juicy aromas of ripe red cherry and plum, followed by a hint of baking spices (clove and cinnamon) and delicate floral undertones (violet). The wine is medium (-) in body, displays crisp acidity which lends freshness to the palate and resolves in an almost saline finish

The Copper Crew, 2019 Chenin Blanc, 13.5% – 100% Chenin Blanc and pale
gold in the glass. It has aromas of lemon meringue and passion fruit, lifted by citrus (orange, grapefruit), and melon notes. A textural wine- initially chalky, followed by a touch of leesy richness, cut by a zesty lemon/lime acidity. Richness gives way to zestiness, resulting in a long, pithy finish

Critic’s feedback
Jancis Robinson, FT wine critic, MW – “The Copper Crew have come up with
two nicely packaged 25cl cans of South African wine, both with quite marked acidity and light spritz, the rosé a bit drier-tasting than the Chenin Blanc. It has quite successfully been modelled on a Provençal pink from Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes. Both wines are blended by Sam Lambson, featured, indeed pictured, in this earlier article” -JancisRobinson.com

Emma Dawson, MW, Berkmann Wine Cellars Senior Buyer – “In aid of drinksouthafrican I decided to try this delightful ‘tinner’ by @coppercrewwines an honestly delightful & refreshing little tipple. The Chenin was just as good too”

Anne Jones, Waitrose Wine Category Manager, Wines, Beers and Sprits –
“The branding looks well-pitched […] The fruit on the rosé is very pretty and has enough concentration and elegance […] I did send on my feedback to the relevant buyer as I think there is real potential for these. Good work on the liquid”

Jacopo Mazzeo, Imbibe UK – on The Copper Crew’s Chenin Blanc “It shows a bit of reductive character at first, which then blows off to reveal light notes of lemon, pear, blossom and a touch of wild herbs. Refreshing, with just a hint of spritz to it”. On The Copper Crew’s Rosé “Very pale, it successfully resembles a light rosé from Provence, with delicate red berry fruit and some citrus flavours”

Why cans
We chose to use cans because of their lower environmental impact, convenience and moderation of serving size:
Aluminium cans are 100% recyclable, which means that unlike glass, they
can be recycled over and over again without losing any quality. 75% of all
aluminium cans ever made are still in circulation, and in the UK they can
be back on the shelf within 6 weeks after being recycled.
Cans are significantly more space efficient than bottles- almost half (46%)
of the carbon footprint of wine comes from its packing and transportation.
Can’s pack twice as efficiently as bottles are because they are lighter required less energy to be transported.

Portion control
Laithwaites found that the average British household throws away 2 glasses of wine a week. This is equivalent to 17.3 bottles per household annually, or a massive 624 million bottles for the UK population. A quarter of those asked said they opened more than they wanted to drink. 250ml cans address this issue by acting as either a single large glass or when shared, as two small glasses.

– Cans are completely sealed protecting from oxygen degradation and UV
damage.
– Cans chill down in under 30 minutes, compared to an average of 3 hours
for a bottle of wine.
– Cans can be taken anywhere and don’t need a corkscrew.

Availability
Our wines are available for delivery throughout the UK directly from our website http://www.coppercrew.co.uk. We are also working to be stocked in Cambridgeshire independent retailers.

Pricing (from website)
£24.99 + £4.80 shipping for 6-pack (2 bottle equivalent)
£49.99 for 12-pack, with free shipping (4 bottle equivalent)
£99.99 for 24-pack, with free shipping (8 bottle equivalent)

RISE // COFFEE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

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RISE and shine with café quality coffee beans delivered straight to your door

RISE coffee box Coffee Subscription box available for UK delivery NOW. 

Delivering a carefully curated selection of the UK’s most interesting and varied independent coffee direct to your door every month, RISE coffee box is on a mission to do away with mediocre coffee. Unlike other coffee subscription services which rely on the same own brand coffee every time, RISE coffee box is determined to scour the UK to find exciting, innovative and fiercely independent roasters for its subscribers. 

Launched during lockdown via a triumphant Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, in only three months RISE coffee box has already welcomed hundreds of subscribers on its adventure to bring amazing coffee to the masses. Founders Alice and Ben, from South London, brewed up the idea whilst complaining to each other about the lack of interesting and locally sourced coffee beans at the supermarket, instantly recognising a gap in the market for them to fill. 

In the box, subscribers are treated to two 225-250g bags of coffee ground to perfection and a coffee-related gift, like the exciting upcoming collaboration with Mr Black Coffee Liquor. Not wanting to shy away from where the coffee comes from, RISE coffee box aims to educate its customers in the wonderful and incredibly varied world of coffee by supplying accompanying materials on the selected roasters for that month. So far, RISE coffee box has partnered with the likes of Origin and Press coffee & Co, both of which are trailblazers on the London independent coffee scene. 

With being kind to the environment intrinsic to the way RISE coffee box operates, all coffee suppliers are carefully picked to ensure they operate as sustainably as possible, with limited to no plastic, fair wages for the farmers and a proactive stance on climate-friendly production practices. The box itself is sustainability manufactured using certified wood and natural glue to ensure they are bio-degradable. Combined with this, RISE coffee box has committed to the ‘onepercentfortheplanet’ initiative which means 1% of sales go to environmental NGOs. 

As the UK public adapts to life working from home, RISE coffee box believes customers shouldn’t have to put up with mediocre instant coffee or a bland coffee ground. RISE coffee box is committed to giving their subscribers a delicious and exciting variety of coffee, straight to their door. 

Price and availability
RISE coffee box will deliver a new and unique coffee box straight to your door every month for £16.99. Available to all UK addresses, users can sign-up at https://www.risecoffeebox.co.uk and are able to cancel their subscription at any time, no strings attached. 

Looking for a gift for the coffee lover in your life? RISE coffee box offers a variety of gifting options starting from £21.99. 

BEERWULF – THE SUB // PRODUCT INFO

We have recently been lucky enough to receive The Sub, a product from Beerwulf that is designed to give you the perfect pint from the comfort of your own home. We are yet to try the product out (waiting for the right time!) but before we get reviewing, we wanted to share a little info on the product & provide more of an insight on the product & what it offers. Thank you to Beerwulf for the following content;

“Discover your new favourite gadget, The SUB. Bring the bar home with pub quality pints. The stylish design and small footprint of the home draught appliance means you can proudly tap premium beer from any countertop. All your favourite beers such as Heineken, Lagunitas IPA, SOL Birra Morreti and some more crafty ones available in 2L kegs. The SUB is easy to us, fun and a real conversation starter. Perfect for BBQ’s, watching sports at home, lazy Sunday lunches and Christmas soirees, they are the perfect addition to any home. Just plug in and you’re ready to play.”

With all this in mind, we are very excited to try out The Sub!

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BESOS // NEW PRODUCT

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New alternative liqueur set to wet the whistle
The alcohol market is set for a new delightful tipple to excite consumers as Besos, the alternative liqueur, is released. Unlike rival brands in the sector, Besos is a palate pleaser that is free of dairy, lactose, gluten, soya and nut, and doesn’t curdle when mixed. With a smooth and smoky finish, this Spanish plant-based brandy provides a distinctive taste. Also available in the Besos range is chocolate flavour — ideal for a cosy night in or a gift for a loved one.

Peter Smith, Managing Director of Besos, commented: “With no allergens, Besos de Oro is the ideal choice for anyone looking to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. We’re proud to provide a drink that can be enjoyed by all members of the public, no matter what their choice of lifestyle or dietary requirements. For over half a century the Irish Cream Liqueur has been the favourite tipple for millions of people all over the world, but times change — as do cultures, beliefs and fashion. Besos has taken this family favourite and made it the drink of the moment. Forget lactose intolerance, gluten, nut and dairy problems. Forget cruelty to animals — Besos has solved these issues and shown it’s possible to mix ethics, allergy free and scrumptiousness in the same glass.”

The liqueur has an elegant design too, with each bottle packaged in a sleek, modern and crisp casing. Produced in the North East, it has now been launched on the new Besos website for £20.

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