News, new awards, and new products!

It’s only one week until The Hotel, Catering & Retail Show opens its doors! The show is very nearly sold out and over 100 exhibitors will be there with us, ready and waiting to show you their products and services.  As if that wasn’t enough reason for you to visit, many of our exhibitors have won awards this year, or have news stories to share with you.  Many are also launching new products, maybe the award winners of the future? Here’s a taste of what’s in store for you next week, or to put it another way, here’s what could be in your store or on your menu!

Boddingtons Berries received a Made in Cornwall award for “Taking Cornwall places”.  The awards were judged by looking for companies which traded successfully out of county, and promoted the local area.  Their inspirational preserves now also have new labels.  These have a textured feel and reversed out images of the fruit, giving a glossy appearance.  Gold has been added as an additional colour to help the product stand out. (Stand W405).

Bottled Consulting LtdBottled Consulting is a unique beverage consultancy dedicated to increasing profit in your program by working with your team to create cutting edge wine and drinks lists whilst teaching the art of mixology and good taste in a simple, cost effective manner.  With over 30 years of experience and high reputation in the international industry, the award-winning Salvatore & Francesco guarantee you the best support.  They treat your business as a delicate glass or ‘fine wine’; offering critical and constructive guidance, in order to demonstrate its full potential.  Your business could be full of opportunities; they are able to find, extract and build on those opportunities to give you the best outcome.  They’re delighted to announce that you’ll be able to see Francesco in action in person at the Mixology Bar in Liquid on both days of the show.  (Stand S421).

Curio Spirits Company have a new product – their Cornish Cup.  It’s a drink to share inspired by the traditional punch used in the British Navy during the 17th century.  It’s made from 5 main ingredients, all natural, and sourced locally when possible: Spirits, water, sugar, citrus and tea.  In this unique recipe they combine Curio Dry gin distilled in Mullion, blend with Cornish water, West Cornwall honey, homegrown lemon verbena and Assam tea from the estate where William, their distiller, was born while his dad was a tea plantation manager.  They use their own blend of chai spices to create the most tasty and convivial drink originating from Cornwall.  Cornish Cup is best served with ginger ale and a slice of orange or lemonade and lemon thyme.  Curio Spirits have also recently been named as a BBC Good Food Champion!  (Stand W416).

Folkington’s are showcasing their new range of premium mixers. The range of six are available in 150ml mini-cans which are ideal for outside catering, hotels, pubs and the hospitality industry. They are also available in retail packs of 8 for shops.  The range comprises two Indian Tonic waters (including a light alternative), ginger ale, bitter lemon, soda water and Sicilian lemonade.  Each have been made using natural botanical extracts made in small batches; in this way Folkington’s mixers complement the many craft spirit brands that have come to the market.  Crucially however, Folkington’s have been careful to ensure that each mixer is also a delicious drink in its own right and can be drunk “au nature”.
Folkington’s wholesalers, who include Hunts Foodservice. J & R Foodservice, Roberts Foodservice and Caterfood, amongst others, have special promotions throughout the show.  (Stand W406).

As New Forest Ice Cream’s home event, they regularly use the show as a platform to launch new and exciting flavours, and 2017 is to be no exception.  Visitors to the show will be amongst the first to sample two brand new, wonderfully indulgent ice creams, both of which are sure to be a big hit this summer.
With a smooth, creamy biscuit flavoured dairy base, Choc Chip Cookie Dough combines deliciously moreish dark chocolate chips with the soft texture of real cookie dough to create an ice cream adored by all ages.  For something a little fruitier, the Berry & Apple Crumble Ice Cream offers the iconic taste of one of the nation’s favourite desserts.  Made using real berries and pieces of apple, it’s swirled with delightful crumble topping pieces.  (Stand W310/411).

The family owned & run Island Brewery is based on the Isle of Wight.  They are exhibiting at the show for the very first time, and are very excited.  With their next day delivery to the South Coast and same day delivery to the Island with no minimum order, they feel they will be able to create some great contacts and links.  Their ales consistently win awards locally, nationally and internationally, with Earl’s R.D.A being voted IOW CAMRA Beer of the Year for the last three years, Wight Christmas winning a Gold World Beer Award and Yachtsman’s Ale a Bronze World Beer Award.  (Stand S205).

Pampas Plains are new to the show, and they are looking forward to speaking with chefs and restaurateurs alike and showcasing some of the amazing products that they have to offer. If you are looking for quality then you have found the right place. Pampas have just launched the flatiron steak to both trade customers and their catering customers, come along and find out more! (Stand W514).

Piddle Brewery are proud to introduce Dorset’s first Gluten-Free Beer (& they’ve called it…’Gluten Free’!).  With a name like Piddle, you’d think that they don’t take anything seriously but, as this new beer proves, they do!  Piddle brew masters have perfected this new gluten free beer without compromising on taste.  Independently tested & certified by Coeliac UK, they’ve taken their existing 4.3% best seller, Cocky IPA, & made it gluten free…tasting as good as it’s always done.  Join them for a tasting & find out what else they do. (Stand S417).

This year Purbeck Ice Cream have been awarded Great Taste 2-Gold Stars for their Dorset Marmalade and 1-Gold Star for their Stracciatella Cracking Chocolate.  Last year they were awarded a Great Taste 1-Gold Star each for Strawberry, Raspberry Ripple, Sweet Fennel and Blood Orange Sorbet.  They have also been Commended in the Casual Dining Innovation Challenge for their Dorset Wasabi.  New for 2017, the Purbeck Ice Cream team are delighted to introduce three dazzling new flavours of ice cream – Dorset Truffle, Salted Maple and Chai Latte – and a sublime new Pineapple sorbet, all of which join the multitude of multi award winning, enchanting flavours lovingly made on the farm in Dorset. With a range of bold, subtle and unusual flavours, they have created a well-rounded list of flavours to suit every palate.  (Stand W302/403).

On the 20th September 2015, newly opened wholesaler Redstar Food Service in Portsmouth was damaged when the plumbers’ merchants next door caught fire. The destructive flames forced the business to close its recently opened doors after causing £200,000 of damage. Although the dream was burned to the ashes, through the tremendous effort and large investment of the Redstar team, the business has risen like a phoenix from the ashes.  They were determined to re-open the Portsmouth branch and the 27th October 2016 marked a new start for the company.  The vision to empower their customers with full control over purchases came to fruition.  With no minimum purchase orders, no fees for delivery and instant access to their favourite products, their Portsmouth customers are now well catered for.  Redstar Foodservice celebrated reopening with a party and a visit from the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth David Fuller, which you can watch here. There were plenty of fire extinguishers on hand!  (Stand W402/W503).

Rockett Plumbing & Heating Supplies will be launching, demonstrating and having special offers on two new energy saving products aimed at the hotel and catering trades:
THERMOBOOST is a super efficient additive for heating systems which improves the efficiency of wet water heating systems resulting in lower running costs.  Thermoboost not only saves you money, but also keeps your property warmer, for longer.  Seeing is believing with thei demonstration!
GREENWING provide a range of magnetic conditioning devices that reduce fuel consumption through a process called ionisation.  The magnetic conditioners have other benefits too which include eliminating maintenance problems and costs associated with lime scale.  (Stand W307).

Solkiki make exciting, single-bean, chocolate using the highest quality ingredients.  This is their first time at the show.  After 8 years of practice, they went professional and started trading in 2016.  In their first year of business, 6 different bars won 7 major international awards.  After a year’s trading they already have built up a range of 22 bars including dark, white and milk chocolate.  They have just added 2 new bars and have 5-9 more planned this year.   Everything is dairy-free and directly-traded.  Their business also won the prestigious Taste of Dorset FreeFrom award in 2016, due to their creativity, commitment to ethics, quality and nutrition.   (Stand W102).

Award-winning deep frozen fresh pasta manufacturing company  Surgital  would like to amaze and amuse your little customers with their new Laboratorio Tortellini Kids’ Amichetti.  This organic fresh filled pasta is a new fun alternative to how children have traditionally been catered for.  Filled with cheese and shaped like turtles, geckos, fish and ducks, these little shapes stimulate their imagination, and can be combined with almost any sauce and seasoning commonly used in the kitchen. With them meals are a fun time, a discovery of new tastes and healthy eating.  Happy children make for happy parents, who can relax and enjoy a meal at your restaurant while their kids eat well and healthily. Children can pass the time waiting for their meal playing with the markers and placemat in the Laboratorio KIDS kit, and they won’t have to wait too long, as the amichetti only take 2/3 minutes to cook!  (Stand W209).

Total Energy Solutions was crowned Small Business of the Year by Devon Chamber of Commerce in 2016.  Founded in 2007, Total Energy Solutions is run by husband and wife team, Alastair and Kathryn Carnegie, and has seen a six-fold turnover increase (504%) in eight years.  Total Energy Solutions help to drive down energy bills for organisations from a wide range of sectors including business, farming, education, care, manufacturing, retail, tourism and leisure.  They were awarded their well-earned accolade at a glittering award ceremony at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in September.   (Stand W212).

With so many wonderful exhibitors and products to be discovered at the show, it’s impossible to tell you about all of them here.  To see them all for yourself, why not register to attend now, and print your badge out? We’ll see you at the show next week!

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