Dobbies CEO Nicholas Marshall has outlined a three-year plan designed to take the chain more upmarket and restore its focus as a quality retailer of plants.
Staff in Dobbies stores told GTN Xtra last week that their regional managers had relayed Marshall’s ideas for doubling the group’s plant sales, bringing back AB demographic customers lost during the years of Tesco ownership and doubling income from concessions.
Plant managers will be allowed to choose which plants to stock via an online ordering system and will be accountable for the condition of their retail displays.
The familiar ‘Good, Better Best’ product strategy used by suppliers and retailers will be re-balanced across Dobbies from 70% Good, 25% Better and 5% Best to 25% Good, 50% Better and 25% Best, GTN Xtra learned.
Online sources suggest Marshall is disappointed with the chain’s shops and layouts and will undertake a programme of change early next year, with new-look planterias a priority in many. Changes are already under way in some stores for the autumn and Christmas offerings.
Marshall and new owners Midlothian Capital Partners, who acquired the business for £217 a year ago, are also reported to be keen to buy new garden centres, especially in the south – a process stalled during the Tesco years.
As previously announced, a Dobbies online sales service in partnership with Ocado, supplied via a model garden centre at the distributor’s Dartford warehouse, is scheduled to go live next Spring.
The team at one of West Yorkshire's largest garden centres has introduced an innovative gardening product that is proving timely for midsummer gardeners.
Wonderwall, a self-watering system of interlocking plant pots that are designed for vertical gardening, is now stocked at Tong Garden Centre, the award-winning retail and destination centre in Bradford. The planters have already appeared in the GTN Bestsellers Garden Products Top 50 charts for several weeks this summer.
The garden centre team are hoping that Wonderwall will prove popular with local people interested in creating a vertical garden easily and quickly, said Jo Dales, the marketing manager at Tong Garden Centre.
"We're very pleased to be able to offer customers an exciting and innovative gardening product that will enable them to create a stunning feature wall in next to no time.
"Wonderwall is incredibly versatile and can be used to grow everything from herbs and grasses to flowers, ferns and fruit. The fact that it is self-watering is an added convenience to our customers.
"At Tong, we pride ourselves on sourcing and providing innovative solutions for gardeners and Wonderwall is a perfect example of a functional, yet attractive product that will look great in a garden of any size."
Already being used in a number of displays at Tong Garden Centre, Wonderwall has been designed by gardening expert Rick McKeever of USP Creations and is made from recycled propene polymer with a three-piece filter layer. Wonderwall costs £12.99 for a three pocket planter, or £9.99 each when five are bought together.
Rick is delighted to be working with Tong Garden Centre, one of only a handful of garden centres to stock the product: "Wonderwall can be used indoors and outdoors to bring vertical surfaces to life quickly and easily and I'm confident that the team at Tong will make a real success of selling it."
Each Wonderwall planter is interlockable and stackable and can be installed on fences, walls, arches and balconies. It is suitable for many plants such as fruits, vegetables, house plants, grasses, succulents, herbs and ferns.
2018 top plant varieties revealed - the industry has voted
Ball Colegrave's Trial Grounds facility at West Adderbury not only gives the company's Product, Sales and Technical teams the opportunity to evaluate current and potential new varieties, but also demonstrates to customers some truly innovative and inspirational ideas for growing, planting and displaying so many outstanding plant products.
Ball Colegrave's Trial Grounds facility at West Adderbury not only gives the company's Product, Sales and Technical teams the opportunity to evaluate current and potential new varieties, but also demonstrates to customers some truly innovative and inspirational ideas for growing, planting and displaying so many outstanding plant products...
This year over 3,500 Nurserymen, Retailers, Parks, Landscapers and Home Gardeners visited the Summer Showcase at Ball Colegrave.
They voted for their 'Favourite Plant Variety' with a blue marker flag and with over 1300 catalogue varieties, 200 new varieties and 700 experimental products on display, there was certainly plenty to choose from!
After plenty of flag counting each day, I am pleased to attach the results of this year's 'Favourite Plant Variety' chosen by customers and Home Gardeners, giving us a good indication on what's likely to be 'Hot' in Garden Centres for the 2018 season.
The winners of this year’s Summer Showcase 'Blue Flag Favourite Varieties' which are:
1st NEW Petunia 'Ovation Dark Heart (P)'
2nd NEW Celosia ‘Dragon’s Breath™’
3rd NEW Petunia 'Amore™ Queen of Hearts (P)’
2018 promises to be even better show... and not to be missed! Please keep in touch with us as we will be releasing next year's dates very soon.
Wyevale Nurseries offers new Taster Menu for 2018
Wyevale Nurseries has unveiled a new concept in its 2018 promotional catalogue – the Taster Menu containing a small range of plants, which have successfully been through the first phase of its new plants trial system, but haven’t yet gone into full scale production...
Wyevale Nurseries has unveiled a new concept in its 2018 promotional catalogue – the Taster Menu containing a small range of plants, which have successfully been through the first phase of its new plants trial system, but haven’t yet gone into full scale production.
Adam Dunnett, Sales & Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said: “With product innovation a top priority, we are keen to bring new plant introductions to our customers as quickly as possible and are able to do this with our new Taster Menu.
“We can offer retailers the chance to express an interest in these super new lines and trial them in their plant areas before they are available in commercial numbers. This is a great opportunity for our customers to be ahead of their competition and help us with feedback on product innovation.
“In our 2018 promotional catalogue, we are including eight varieties, which are only available in limited quantities. They have been through our first phase of commercial trials and we are confident they will make outstanding retail promotions.
“We would love our customers to sample them, so we are asking for people to register their interest with our sales team. Some of the tasters are available in quantities of fewer than 500.”
The plants in the Taster Menu include:
The product selection available from Wyevale Nurseries is enviable across the industry and the talented team regularly introduces new, award-winning plant varieties.
- Daphne odora ‘Sweet Amethyst’ – a sweet scented Daphne with clusters of amethyst flowers and dark green leaves. Flowers in early spring. It’s suitable for sunny and shadey areas and requires minimum maintenance.
- Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Winter Love’ – with highly fragrant blooms in early spring this variety has been selected because of its improved habit and superior performance.
- Phormium cookianum ‘Blondie’ – a new and very different dwarf Phormium with arching and slightly twisted cream and yellow leaves. The unique weeping habit makes this variety perfect for borders or containers.
- Helichrysum amorginum ‘Red Jewel’ – produces a mass of very deep red flowers, which are held on stout stems above lush silver foliage. A good grower, with less foliage issues than other Helichrysum.
- Hesperozygis ‘Midnight Mojito’ – this purple-lilac coloured flower will bloom between March and April and is suited to both containers and borders. It’s heavily mint scented foliage makes it attractive to both gardeners and wildlife.
- Trollius ‘Lemon Queen’ – lemon yellow double flowers on attractive cut foliage. Perfect for planting in either sun or part shade.
- Disporum cantoniense ‘Moonlight’ – a new cultivar with eye catching evergreen foliage, which will give an illuminating effect to any shady garden. Graceful arching habit followed by clusters of tiny white flowers and as temperature cools in autumn the bright foliage evolves with an infusion of pink and purples.
- Rodgersia ‘Bronze Peacock’ – the darkest foliage of any Rogersia, this plant produces stunning pink flowers in spring against huge bronze leaves that fan like a peacock’s tail.
Its main business is to supply garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners with a comprehensive array of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants.
For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.
GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange Programme has been further expanded for the autumn season, with the introduction of a fourth session, which will focus on Sales Territory Planning.
Created in association with Cedar Associates, the latest workshop (13th December) will help participants to make better use of sales territory plans to create a more effective sales structure. Advice and top tips on the day will help sales leaders to implement new techniques that will help them to prioritise tasks and better plan their time, both on the road and in the office. A ‘consultative sales’ approach will also be explained, demonstrating to participants the ways that they can develop relationships with existing and potential customers, whilst also increasing link, cross and up-sale opportunities.
Vicky Nuttall, Director at GIMA, said: “The latest workshop to join our autumn roster is the perfect choice for those sales teams that want to streamline their procedures, offering a more efficient and profitable approach to sales and how they work with their customers. I’m sure many will find what Cedar Associates have to say to be extremely thought provoking and inspiring.”
In addition to the Sales Territory workshop, GIMA’s autumn programme also includes three other sessions designed to help businesses grow and develop. Space for each are still available, though interested parties are urged to book their place now to avoid disappointment.
Kick starting the workshops will be ‘Leading & Managing a Team’ (20th September) which will focus on the ways that managers can improve staff morale, understand the dynamics of the teams they work in, and finally analyse their strengths and weaknesses. The second workshop (11th October) ‘Negotiation Skills’, will help attendees to understand the difference between traditional ‘positional negotiation’ and collaborative negotiation, whilst ‘Key Account Management’ (22nd November) will look at ways that delegates can differentiate between ‘Account Management’ and ‘Key or Strategic Account Management’.
Each of the interactive workshops will take place at Horticulture House, Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire. Open to both members and non-members, bookings can be made for individual workshops, or as a suite of four days.
Further information about GIMA Knowledge Exchange workshops can be found at www.gima.org.uk.
A taste of things to come - lunch! 2017 unveils its food and drink exhibitor show highlights
Record number of new food-to-go innovations at lunch! 2017
lunch! - the UK's favourite food-to-go trade show, is back next month, on 21-22 September, at the new venue of ExCeL London. This 10th anniversary edition will also be its biggest yet, with a record 335 exhibitors promoting their latest NPD for the eating out-of-home market (including retail, convenience, contract and travel catering, and foodservice)...
lunch! - the UK's favourite food-to-go trade show, is back next month, on 21-22 September, at the new venue of ExCeL London. This 10th anniversary edition will also be its biggest yet, with a record 335 exhibitors promoting their latest NPD for the eating out-of-home market (including retail, convenience, contract and travel catering, and foodservice).
2017 is not just a milestone year for lunch! but also the industry it serves. Food-to-go has never been more popular. According to MCA Insight, convenience is now a 'mega trend'. MCA recently valued the food-to-go market at a hugely competitive £20.2bn (across all day parts). To put that in some context, in 2009 (just after the launch of lunch!) it was worth £14.9bn - that's a 40% growth in the past decade.
lunch! has certainly reflected that rising demand - becoming firmly established as the 'go to' show for discovering innovative new ideas and concepts. It annually attracts the biggest food and drink buyers in the UK - from Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, Starbucks, Pret, Compass, Costa, Greggs, WHSmith, Lidl, Nisa, BP, RoadChef, SSP, Tesco, SPAR, Bidfood, Caffè Nero, Waitrose, and many more - all looking to satisfy the nation's growing appetite for a high quality, and good value, food-to-go experience.
"Previously, food-to-go has been seen as purely a convenience occasion, one that is more about fuelling the body, rather than enjoying the food occasion," explains regular lunch! speaker Simon Stenning, executive director at MCA.
"However consumers are increasingly demanding better quality, more interesting and wider choices, and will not accept cheap and boring," he says.
lunch!'s 335 exhibitors - from emerging start-ups and niche, speciality producers to some of the industry's best known brands - certainly have a dazzling array of 'choices' on offer for 2017. The following is just a taste of what's new to the market, including food and drink products launching exclusively at the show:
iraw Healthy Habits (stand SU-24) is previewing its new range of healthy snacks, desserts and meals on-the-go. Its Best Friends Raw Strawberry and Banana Bread is gluten, dairy, soy and GM free, and is made with activated buckwheat. Also sampling: raw quiche, children's crackers, and apple pie, which are all expected to roll out in the next couple of months.
The Soho Sandwich Company (stand H77) is previewing its Autumn Winter retail range, including a Beetroot Chutney & Feta Panini, Spiced Chickpea & Falafel Flatbread, and Apple & Pear Bircher. Also on show will be details of an 'own brand' solution for retail grab and go.
MightyBee (stand K66) is previewing its 'Bananito' solar-dried banana bar (launching this December). Flavours include: Original & Chewy, Dark Chocolate Dipped, and Dark Chocolate & Almond Crush. These vegan treats are all natural, gluten-free, high in fibre, and classified as one of your five-a-day.
Gato & Co (stand SU-11) is previewing its new range of creative, guilt-free puds, including its Chocolate & Aubergine Fondant. Made from 29% of aubergine, raw cacao, silky almonds, spirulina, and the purest dark chocolate, this fondant contains less than 200 calories, and is free from refined sugar, gluten and dairy.
Northern Bloc (stand L73) is previewing its new ice-cream for kids - Little Bloc. The range (launching in November), is available in a Crazy Chocolate and Super Strawberry twin pack (120ml per tub). It is free from additives and artificial ingredients, and just 49 calories per scoop.
Serious Food (stand C61) is launching the UK's first branded foodservice doughnut concept. No trans fats are added to the product, which is a positive contribution to the lowering of cholesterol levels, and the doughnuts are produced using sustainable palm oil. Also introducing: an authentic Italian Piadina Wrap from the region of Emilia-Romagna.
Aqua Esse (stand G88) is launching its new range of botanical waters in 330ml bottles. Fennel + Mint and Damask Rose Petal are both part of the pure activated, naturally alkaline spring water range, which contains no sugar, no artificial flavours or colours - just the essentials.
Ninkee (stand SU-2) is launching its steamed bread bun, filled with a range of savoury fillings including: Chilli, Fruity Chicken Curry, Bolognaise, Veggie, and Cheesy. The use of steamed bread instead of pastry results in a lower fat content. The Ninkee is supplied frozen to point of sale and comes in a steam valve wrapper package. Just microwave and serve.
POPS: Premium Popsicles (stand L33) is promoting the world's first Pimms Pops. Made in Britain with real strawberries, cucumber, minblot, lemonade and the classic Pimm's No.1 serve. The popsicle represents a glass of Pimm's in frozen form, and contains only 32 calories.
Country Choice (stand C49) is introducing its new Ja' Patties at the show. Baked straight from frozen and available in three varieties - Sweet Potato & Coconut, Curried Lamb, and Jerk Chicken, they're made in crisp, golden 'Caribbean Crust' pastry.
Europastry (stand L51) is launching its clean-label, sourdough range, made with extra virgin olive oil and high hydration. The soft sub rolls, round buns, baguettes and large ciabatta style loaves are available sliced or unsliced, and bespoke development is also available.
Ajinomoto Foods Europe (stand K32) is launching two new Gyozas in Vegetable and Duck. The Vegetable Gyoza consists of five different vegetables, where spinach is added to the pastry to add a green touch. The Duck Gyoza, inspired by the popular 'Crispy Aromatic Duck', offers a different twist to the typical shredded duck and pancakes.
Phrooti Fruit Water & Innate (stand A26) is launching its new range of Fruit Waters at lunch! Made with real fruit and spring water, Phrooti has no added sugar or sweeteners and is naturally low in sugars. Available in: Apricots & Mangoes, Blackcurrants & Blueberries, and Raspberries & Strawberries - each 330ml PET bottle has an RRP of £1.75.
Indie Bay Snacks (stand B47) is reinventing a classic, with its new pretzel bites. Launching with three flavours in two formats (26g single serve and 160g sharing), most 26g bags are under 100 calories, suitable for vegetarians, GMO free, along with being a source of protein and fibre. Flavours include: Spelt Pretzel Bites with Rock Salt, Quinoa Pretzel Bites with Cracked Pepper, and Sunflower Pretzel Bites with Superseeds.
The Real Soup Co (stand B10) is introducing two new flavours to its range of fresh 380g on-the-go pots - Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato, and Indonesian Chickpea and Coconut. Now available in a new, refreshed single serve format.
NutriPot (stand J51) is launching Numai noodles (Japanese Ramen) and gluten-free Vietnamese Pho. Inspired by the fusion and flavours found in the street markets of Asia, they are low in salt, sugar, and fat, and made with natural ingredients. Presented in a convenient pot with steam lid.
Healthy Baker (stand A43) is launching its brownie, tiffin, rocky road, and granola bakes for coffee shops and food service. The range is gluten free and made at its purpose-built solar powered bakery in Wellingborough. Delivery included.
Kumar's Curries and Bumbu's (stand D12) is launching its range of pastes at the show. Based on herbs and spices, the sauces boast a complex blend of aromas. Rich in plant based nutrition, flavours include Bali, Vietnam, Szechuan, and Sweet & Sour.
Tea Rex (stand A37) is launching its new foodservice packs for 20 servings. With redesigned packing, Tea Rex's first fresh fruit and root infusions, uses cold-pressing, not pasteurisation, to naturally cram all the flavours, vitamins and nutrients into a raw blend. Tea Rex recently won two Great Taste Awards for its Wakey and Berry Time blends.
Florette UK & Ireland (stand H85) is introducing its new slaw range, made from a mix of freshly prepared vegetables with a sachet of dressing. The Yogurt & Mint Slaw is ideal with Chicken Tikka or lamb dishes, or the Thai Sweet Chilli Slaw can complement seafood.
Kepak (Rustlers) (stand L38) is introducing Rustlers Gourmet Burgers at the show. Made with 100% beef, the range complements the growing high street gourmet food trend. The burgers, in brioche buns, combine a flame-grilled taste and have quick-to-cook convenience.
Jake & Nayns (stand F25) is launching at the show. Named after the company's two founding brothers, the new brand will be introducing its filled Naan breads in a range of fillings including: Beef Madras, Chicken Balti, Chicken Curry, and Chickpea Curry (which can now be eaten cold).
Vive Foods (stand A72) is launching its natural energy snack bars in Cacoe Organic, Lemon Burst Almond & Coconut, and Peanut Butter Jelly. Made using only a few natural ingredients and enriched with more than 10g of plant protein, they're vegan friendly, soya/dairy free and low-calorie.
Urban eat (stand H31) is launching the full breadth of its food-to-go portfolio, whilst unveiling a new look for its range. The latest sandwich range includes: The Beet Goes On, Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese, Chicken Mayonnaise, All Day Breakfast, and more. Also showcasing: the new URBAN (b)eats promotion, and an on-stand interactive music quiz, which will offer visitors the chance to win music vouchers and exclusive merchandise.
The Little Treats Bakery (stand B75) is introducing Little Chums - premium iced biscuits for kids. Crafted by its family bakers, Little Chums are available in two flavours: chocolate, and vanilla shortcake, and come in ten icing designs.
Foodist (stand A44) is introducing its free-from Protein Bites and Snack Balls. Flavours include Peanut Butter Jelly and Cookie Dough, paired with the nutritional benefits of superfoods and plant-based protein.
Traybakes (stand H92) has developed its Granola Range. Handmade and packed with toasted clusters of granola, cranberries, apricots, toasted sunflower, and pumpkin seeds. Available in-service trays, sharing slices, and individually wrapped bars.
C'go Drinks (stand SU-9) is introducing C'go, an entire bowl of wholegrain cereal, milk, and essential vitamins in just one 250ml bottled drink. Providing a fast-healthy start or anytime snack, it's made with British wholegrain wheat, barley and oats and comes in vanilla, banana, and chocolate.
Wat Kitchen (stand K21) is launching its new Chicken Tikka with Rice to its street food snack box collection. Boasting authenticity with fragrant notes, it contains less than 290 calories, is low in fat and can be heated in two minutes.
Doughlicious Cookie Dough (stand SU-16) is introducing a chilled version of its gourmet cookie dough, which can make up to six cookies. These smaller packs give the consumer an easy and fun way to mix flavours. The dough balls are ready to bake and will be on the table in ten minutes.
Big Al's Foodservice (stand K39) is launching the Chuck & Brisket Prime Burger, made with 100% grass-fed beef. Full of flavour, delivering a premium taste experience, it can be cooked from frozen in six minutes. Available in a pre-packaged foil wrapping for serving on-the-go.
Great British Biscotti Co (stand A83) is introducing five new additions to the 'twice baked' biscuit range, including Belgian Chocolate Orange, and White Chocolate with Cranberries & Pistachios. Plus three savoury variants: Sundried Tomato & Olive, Wild Garlic & Rosemary, and a Jalapeno with Cheddar. All available in retail, and catering packs.
Ape Snacks (stand E88) is sweetening their collection of coconut snacks with the launch of new Crunchy Coconut Bites Chocolate. The bites have the added health benefits of coconut's anti-microbial and anti-viral properties.
Holy Moly Dips (stand E45) is launching its B2B offering at lunch!. The London start-up's new range includes all-natural avocado dips, including two guacamoles, and the UK's first pure 'smashed' avocado. All of Holy Moly's dips are vegan, free from gluten, dairy, and preservatives.
Galliance (stand A71) is launching its new roast and flavoured chicken slices at the show. The spicy recipes include Lemon Chilli, Chipotle, and Asian Teriyaki, to complement sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and pastas etc.
Honeybuns Bakery (stand D43) is launching its Oaty Coconut Bar with Dark Chocolate and its Oaty Raspberry Bar. Both taste like cake not health bars, and are gluten, dairy, refined sugar-free, and vegan. Date syrup is used in both instead of golden syrup.
Ugly Brands (stand K25) is launching its new range of fruit-flavoured sparkling waters with a whole new look. Ugly contains no sugar, no sweetener, no calories, nothing artificial and comes in four new flavours: Lemon & Lime, Orange, Tropical, and Triple Berry.
ManíLife (stand B34) is officially launching Deep Roast peanut butter at the show. Born out of a miraculous mistake in the factory, by burning the nuts, they realised they may be onto something. The deep flavoured peanut butter is made with no nasties and was recently voted the UK's tastiest peanut butter by a panel at the London Metro.
Pop Notch (stand A35) is launching Pop Notch Kids to the UK market. With packaging designed specifically for children, this popcorn range comes in strawberry, banana and apple fruit flavours (in 20g bags). A healthy alternative snack, which is low in salt, high in fibre, gluten free, nut free, and made with natural flavourings.
Paterson Arran (stand J39) is launching a new range of Scottish Cream Shortbread Fingers in mini packs. Featuring Paterson's authentic and treasured recipe, with the addition of Scottish double cream, the mini packs present a solution for hotels, B&Bs and cafés looking to treat guests.
Gusto Organic (stand K84) is showcasing its new Organic Real Cola and Naturally Slim Cola. Packed in 275ml glass and blending Fairtrade Madagascan vanilla, organic spices, essential oils and African cola nut, both colas are bottled in the UK with Devon spring water and are sweetened with organic Fairtrade agave.
Jimmy's UK B.V (stand D61) is showcasing Pure Popcorn, a new healthy popcorn, which contains less sugar, salt and fat than regular popcorn. 100% natural, it is allergens free, high in fibre and contains no artificial aromatic substances, colourings or flavourings. Available in Subtly Sea Salted, Sublimely Sweet, and Subtly Sweet & Salty.
Pulsin (stand F30) is launching its new Porridge Oat Bars, made with 100% natural ingredients, gluten-free oats, whole seeds, and real fruit. Containing 30% less sugar, and double the fibre of other oat bars, it's ideal for on the go breakfast or a snack for sustained energy.
Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company (stand H21) is showcasing Fruella Hydrate. This new option offers hydration with a combination of 60% fruit juice and 40% natural spring water. It is available in 250ml prisma carton format, with no preservatives, no added sugar, and contains one of your recommended five-a-day.
Born Tasty (stand A46) is showcasing its new Snackamole Dip & Chip. Using a new pressure technology, the naturally grown whole fruit is mashed with nothing but a handful of ingredients. The dips - available in avocado and guacamole - comes with Pop Chips made from chickpea, which is low in saturated fat and paprika flavoured.
Rebel Kitchen (stand D80) is showcasing its new milk alternative, Mylk, which tastes and looks just like dairy milk but is made from simple plant based ingredients. Mylk is available in whole, semi skimmed, and skimmed variants, allowing consumers the freedom to choose their preferred fat content, making it an easy switch for dairy drinkers.
Snact (stand B36) is showcasing its new range of sustainable banana bars in Apple & Cinnamon Kick, Beetroot & Cacao Blast, and Carrot & Spice Boost. Each bar saves one banana from going to waste, and is packed with fruit, veg, oats, and superfoods. It also comes with home compostable packaging.
MatchaNow (stand L75) is a health drink with 2.5g organic matcha, stored dry in patented cap technology. Simply twist'n'shake to release into the water, for a clean burst of energy while on-the-go.
Wessanen UK (stand H84) is showcasing its new Whole Earth Powerballs. Made with Whole Earth peanut butter, they are a natural source of protein and fibre. Available in four flavours: Classic Peanut, Goji & Red Berries, Pumpkin, Chia & Flax Seeds, and Coconut.
Fulfil (stand B37) is exhibiting three new flavour additions to its existing range of bars with benefits. Available in Chocolate Orange, Triple Chocolate Deluxe, and Lemon Zinger, each bar is packed with protein, low sugar and has a full RDA of nine vitamins.
Tiggs - Saucy Dressings (stand SU-8) is showcasing its Tiny Tigg's - 25g tear and squeeze 'tiny bottles'. Made with all of the same qualities of Tigg's award-winning dressings range - just smaller in size and more convenient. Flavours include Sweet Original, Bold Beetroot, Subtle Pepper & Mustard, Cool Basil & Pea, and Smokin' Tomato.
Caffè di Artisan Luxe Coffee (stand H90) is showcasing Nilgris Organique, liquid single shot coffee pods. Made from an ancient plantation nestled in the Blue Mountains of South India, Nilgiris Organique is freshly roasted, ground, and slow-extracted in an artisanal micro filtery. Make artisanal espressos, americanos and lattes in 60 seconds, without machines. Ideal for homes, offices, airlines, hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés.
Savsé (stand H47) has launched Europe's first cold-pressed baby food, My First Savsé. This new product offers parents a fresh, chilled, baby food that is as good as homemade. Also new to the core range are Protein Blast and Protein Smash, two protein pick-me-ups, joining Protein Punch to form the first ever HPP protein smoothie range.
Revolicious (stand E89) has created a trio of nutrient-packed, plant-based, smoothie bowls for the food-to-go market. Inspired by Instagram's love affair with decorated smoothie bowls, each bowl comes with a handy enclosed spoon and a topper of coconut flakes, goji berries, and pumpkin seeds.
Impress Sandwiches (stand H36) has launched its new fresh salads, including the beets, squash, feta and grain salad, and superfood salad. Also showcasing: new hospitality platters in new packaging.
MOJU (stand L29) is showcasing its recently launched Booster Shot, in antioxidant-rich acerola. The Boosters focus on the growing trend for functional plant-based products, and are the UK's first cold-pressed and HPP shot range. The full range also includes award-winning Ginger-Booster and Turmeric-Booster.
The Tofurky Company (stand D85) is introducing four vegan sandwiches made from organic plant based proteins. The tempeh, lettuce and tomato sandwich heads the line up with strips of fried smoky maple bacon tempeh, fresh lettuce and tomato on malted bread slathered with vegan mayo. This 'TLT' can replace the popular 'BLT' for meat avoiders.
DJM Food Solutions (stand B48) is showcasing its Manoucher Kado and Manoucher Turmeric Bread, new hand rolled spirals filled with nooks of cheese and fresh all-natural ingredients. This new on-the-go snack turns the concept of pizza inside out, literally.
Virtue Drinks (stand L32) is showcasing Virtue Energy Water, which contains the same amount of natural caffeine as a cup of coffee (80mg). Energy comes from natural sources including yerba mate, guarana and ginseng. The key energy source in yerba mate contains more antioxidants than green tea. For every can sold, 500L of clean drinking water is donated to India and Africa through its charity drop4drop.
Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn (stand J38) has launched the newest addition to Joe & Seph's impulse range - Coconut & Chia Seed Gourmet Popcorn. Winner of two Great Taste Award Gold Stars, it's now available in a handy 23g foil pack, making it ideal for on-the-go snacking, a lunchbox treat, or a coffee break addition.
Tuk Tuk Chai (stand SU-1) is exhibiting its ready-to-drink real Indian street tea, also known as chai. Following traditional recipes and brewing techniques used in India, it mixes earthy black tea, whole milk, and a combination of spices. Tuk Tuk Chai comes in three distinct flavours: Aromatic Cardamom, Intense Ginger, and Fiery Masala.
Bam (stand K85) creates milk drinks using all natural, real ingredients including whole milk (92%), honey (5%), and natural flavourings. Free from refined sugars, additives and preservatives, it's currently available in banana and chocolate.
Tanpopo Japanese Food (stand J76) has launched 12 new lines. Taking inspiration from high street trends, their new sushi boxes, including the new Black Rice Small Sushi, will refresh any grab-and-go fridge. Whilst their new fresh Udon noodle bowls, including chicken curry and grilled salmon and miso, bring authentic Asian flavours to a convenience classic.
Rombouts Coffee (stand B51) is promoting its new Organic Expresso coffee beans. Sourced from farms in Laos, Honduras and Congo, it blends 100% Arabica, organic and Fairtrade beans. Expect a well-rounded cup with a rich aftertaste and notes of dark chocolate, nuts and stone fruit. It also has the depth to work well in cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites and other milk drinks.
Little Moons Mochi (stand D47) has launched the first black espresso mochi ice cream, made with activated charcoal. Mochi is a Japanese soft sweet dough made from rice flour. By combining ice-cream with mochi, a new traditional Japanese recipe is made.
Mr Lee's Noodles (stand E42) has completely overhauled their cup noodles, with six new flavours and a complete rebrand. Two new vegan options, which are also gluten free, include: Zen Garden Vegetables and Dragon Fire Vegetables. Other gluten free flavours include: Hong Kong Street Beef, Warrior Fighting Shrimp, Tai Chi Chicken, and Coconut Chicken Laksa.
Karma Cola (stand C10) is promoting its Sugar Free Karma Cola. The cola uses organic and ethical ingredients and instead of sugar, is made with the organically grown plant stevia, which is sweet without the calories.
Whitworths (stand L76) is exhibiting its Shots Nuts, the newest edition to their Shots range. Shots Nuts are 25g, single serve combinations of natural nuts (cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds), which come in Salted Caramel, Chilli, Salsa, and Smoke variants.
Silvina's Nature (stand A36) is showcasing its reduced sugar Crown meringue selection. Handmade in London, its unique recipe keeps calories and sugar levels low, and they are also a source of fibre and protein. Available in Salted Caramel.
Street Monkey Indian Tiffin (stand F41) is showcasing a range of meals for two that are free from dairy, wheat, gluten and artificial ingredients. Divided into three recyclable pots, each tiffin contains a main course, side dish and rice, the meals can be heated on the hob or in the microwave. They are divided into two ranges: a Classic range of beef, chicken and lamb curry tiffins and a Healthy Vegan range of Sri Lankan butternut squash, three bean, and Golden Temple daal.
Well&Truly (stand B39) is showcasing its Crunchy Sticks Range in Crunchy Cheese and Sour Cream & Onion. Made from corn flour, corn oil, linseed oil, and natural flavours. The crunchy corn sticks are gluten free and are baked, so contains lower fat - 93 calories per serving.
True Nopal Cactus Water (stand B45) is showcasing the UK's first cactus water. Made with the purée of the prickly pear fruit, which grows on the nopal cactus, true nopal has a fruity taste with no added sugar and half the calories of coconut water.
Mackie's Crisps (stand C81) has added to their range with a new offering - fully toffee coated popcorn. It's made using corn and is gently popped before being coated with a toffee shell. Suitable for vegetarians and free from gluten.
Virginia Health Food (stand L61) is showcasing Squbes - a new range of bite sized savoury seed cubes. They contain dozens of nutritious seeds in every bite, no refined sugar, and are made without wheat. Squbes are a no mess and a healthy alternative to loose seeds and crisps.
Ombar chocolate (stand H89) has recently launched its new look. Keeping its signature O design, which has become synonymous with Ombar, the packaging has brightened colours and updated creative designs. Available in bars and buttons, the organic chocolate is made with raw cacao and comes in 11 flavours.
Clearspring (stand K71) is exhibiting its Japanese organic matcha shots, now in individual single-serve format. The 1g shots are a convenient way for consumers to access the many nutritional benefits of Matcha. The 30 single shots presented in a SRP display box can be used for counters or tills, for impulse consumers to grab and go.
More or Less Drinks (stand B78), the independent company behind award-winning sugar-free 'Get More Vitamin Drinks', are also exhibiting their new sugar-free vitamin chewing gum at lunch!. Each piece of Get More Multivitamin Gum provides 25% of the daily dose of ten vitamins, and comes in Peppermint and Spearmint.
Frill the Frozen Smoothie (stand L83) is showcasing its signature flavoured frozen smoothie, Refreshing Green Frill - made from spinach, avocado, basil, celery, pineapple, mango and lemon. Its unique blend of whole fruits, vegetables and natural ingredients, is full of nutrients, dairy free, gluten free, high in fibre, and with no added sugar or sweeteners.
Big Boss Palm (stand SU-14) is a new Coconut & Vanilla fizzy pop, made from young Thai coconut water, zero refined sugar and all-natural ingredients. It has a citrus bite, followed by warm toasted coconut and vanilla.
New York Bakery (stand E35) is exhibiting Croll, an award-winning hybrid pastry addition to the sandwich carrier category. Combining the best features of a croissant and a roll, it has a light pastry texture that doesn't flake or fall apart, making it ideal for filling with hot or cold ingredients.
JF Rabbit's (stand L79) has launched a range of waters, infused with the power of vegetables. Their Cucumber, Ginger & Lime, and Carrot & Orange Blossom waters are 100% natural, under 10kcal, and contain 100% of the daily vitamin c and zinc.
Woodall's British Charcuterie (stand E48) is showcasing its Gin snacking bites, peppered with juniper berries, a selection of botanicals, and a splash of gin. Also showcasing: Original and Spicy sticks, made with British pork. All three snacking salamis are gluten and lactose free.
The Fruitypot Family (stand K40) is showcasing its recently launched Apple and Blackcurrant Jelly Squeeze, a new flavour of ready-to-eat jelly in a pouch range. The School Compliant range is perfect for snacking on-the-go.
Opimus Co (stand SU-4) is exhibiting its Sriracha BananaJoe chips. Made using hom thong bananas, known for its creamy texture and one of the oldest banana varieties, they are handpicked while still green, to maintain a lower sugar content and its natural source of prebiotic. The sriracha and pickled garlic is seasoned to create an authentic Thai flavour.
LoveRaw (stand B80) is promoting its range of three 330ml Almond Drinks - in Cacao & Cardamom, Turmeric Chai Latte, and Cold Brew Caffe Latte. It boasts five times more almonds than most other almond drinks, and is made with nothing but natural ingredients.
lunch! will be releasing further exhibitor show highlights - covering new food-to-go packaging, equipment and technology - next week.
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Burgon & Ball, the UK’s longest-established designer and manufacturer of garden tools and accessories, is helping garden retailers put the trend for houseplants centre stage, with the launch of an inspirational new collection of indoor pots.
The lush jungle look is a strong theme in interiors at the moment, with houseplants making headlines in the home and lifestyle magazines. The new range of indoor pots from this leading name in the garden industry brings style, fashion and flair to this fast-growing category.
The range includes pots in a choice of colours, finishes and sizes, so there’s the perfect pot for every room, every plant – and every customer. And to make life easy, the pots have been created to fit the most popular sizes of houseplants sold in garden centres, presenting plenty of opportunity for add-on sales.
The range includes unique hanging pots with a cool, contemporary feel, making it easy for customers to get the latest look. With a strong natural leather cord, these hanging pots feature striking textures, colours, and glaze effects in muted shades, perfectly complementing the current trend for ‘Scandi’ style.
There are also glazed pots in a range of gorgeous colours and styles, with beautiful textured designs and an on-trend artisan appearance. Celebrating the rich heritage of ceramics in the regions they’re named after, the ‘Barcelona’, ‘Tuscany’ and ‘Porto’ pots are all available with a choice of size and colour, from calm neutrals to the splash of a vibrant accent shade.
A choice of terracotta pots offers an easy way to add a touch of country house style. Crafted in this most traditional of materials, these pots have a clever ‘weathered’ effect, for a fast way to get the look – without the waiting! This design is offered in small or large options, plus there’s also a low, bulb bowl-style pot for a classic look; perfect for showing off those on-trend succulents.
And for something different, the new collection includes quirky cactus vases; just the thing to add character to a unique indoor display. Available in large or small designs, these eye-catching vases make a real style statement and are sure to be a big hit with fans of these hugely popular and very striking plants.
These pots have been designed to sell at a range of perfect gifting price points, and make a perfect gift not just for green-fingered loved ones, but for every stylish home. All designs in this new collection are now available and are certain to prove popular as the festive season approaches.
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Sipcam UK, which launched its ecofective range of environmentally friendly and natural feed, weed and control products earlier this year, has recruited a network of sales agents to help boost sales into garden centres.
Nine experienced and well-known agents will cover the UK and ROI, working in cooperation with Decco (exclusive wholesaler) and handling merchandising and some direct selling where required. A major thrust will be promoting the new sub range of seven child and pet safe labelled products that are also bee friendly.
Since its launch at Glee 2016, the ecofective range has been well received by retailers recognising a growth in demand for greener, safer alternatives to conventional products. Sipcam UK is part of the multi-national Sipcam group, a family owned and managed business with total sales in excess of €500 million.
“We are delighted to have a fantastic team of agents on board to ensure we reach and communicate well to our targeted customer base as we continue to invest into our formulations, packaging and merchandising. We are determined to provide innovation and an opportunity for growth within this category,” says Sipcam UK’s Matt Jones (pictured).
For more information visit www.ecofective.uk.com
Simon Fraser, Managing Director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board.
With a Diploma in Horticulture and an HND in Commercial Horticulture Simon has worked for a number of nurseries and garden centres in Aberdeen, Lincolnshire, Kent and New Zealand.
This was followed by a six-year stint managing the family forestry business before a number of roles outside the industry. Now as Managing Director of Ben Reid & Co Simon is the fourth generation of his family that have owned and managed this Aberdeen business.
Simon has represented Scottish members on the HTA Council for the last 10 years.
He said of his appointment to the board, “It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed to the Board of the HTA at such a dynamic and exciting time in the organisations development. I look forward as a retailer and a grower to represent the HTA’s membership to help their trade association effectively support their businesses.”
Commenting on the appointment Adam Wigglesworth, HTA President said, “Simon’s experience will strengthen the Board and assist in ensuring the HTA helps our members to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities they face. Simon has been an active member of the Association for many years and I am delighted that he has agreed to take up this position”.
Simon King speaks at Birdfair 2017
Wildlife expert Simon King OBE has been speaking at Birdfair, an annual event for birdwatchers, held every year at Rutland Water in England...
Wildlife expert Simon King OBE has been speaking at Birdfair, an annual event for birdwatchers, held every year at Rutland Water in England.
Known as the ‘Glastonbury of birdwatching’, Birdfair, which is running from Friday until Sunday, is the event of the year if you’re into birds and wildlife.
The annual three-day nature event features talks and hundreds of stalls and brings together nature lovers from 83 countries. So far, Birdfair has raised more than £4 million for vital conservation work around the world.
Simon King and Wildlife World, designers and manufacturers of award-winning wildlife products and habitats, will be attending the popular event and Simon will be discussing the wildlife he captures through his lens.
Simon King has been filming and photographing wildlife for more than 40 years.
In his Wild Light presentation, he will be reflecting on some of the amazing events he has witnessed and gone on to share with the world.
This includes some clips that didn’t make it to film or digital chips. Simon will discuss the effect that seeing these films and photos can have on our sense of care and affinity for the natural world.
The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has organised an export mission to Ljubljana in Slovenia for members on October 8-9, to include a networking conference.
The conference will bring together retailers and distributors from across the Baltic States to meet UK suppliers from the home improvement, utility housewares (storage, laundry, and cleaning) and garden markets.
The event is being run by the British – Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and it will throw new light on doing business in Slovenia, a country increasingly seen as the gateway to the burgeoning opportunities that exist in the twenty million population Baltic States region.
The area is serviced by home improvement retailers including Merkur, Topdom, OBI and Bauhaus among others.
BHETA’s Home Improvement Sector Director, Paul Grinsell explained, “The conference will bring together relevant industry speakers plus buyers / representatives all the major home improvement, utility housewares and gardening retailers in the area. Individual meetings with these retailers and distributors can be arranged on request as part of the BHETA mission and a full list of the retailers and distributors can be obtained from the BHETA Member Services Team.”
BHETA members who would like to join the mission and take advantage of its face to face meeting opportunities are entitled to an early bird discount price of £550 + VAT for all bookings made before 7th August. The package includes:
- Two nights standard accommodation 8/9 October (single room) at the 4* Lev Hotel including breakfast
- Transfers from Ljubljana airport
- Tickets for the World Cup Qualifiers Scotland v Slovenia game on Sunday 8th October
- Beer tasting tour/dinner
- Attendance at the conference including lunch/refreshments – Monday 8th October
- Three to five individual meetings with Slovenian retailers
- Attendance / support of a BHETA Director
Subject to the level of interest, there is also an option of an exclusive retail store tour for BHETA members only. This would take place on the 10th October and would require an extra night’s hotel accommodation. BHETA members are responsible for arranging their own flights and any additional accommodation/subsistence requirements outside of the standard package.
BHETA members who wish to register for the event need to do so using the following link: http://www.bscc.si/program/. It is very important that all those registeringalso confirm their registration to Nicola Adams Brown at BHETA - email@example.com.
The Slovenia mission follows on from the recent creation of the BHETA Export Committee which has been set up to drive initiatives in support of the export opportunities throughout the BHETA membership, supporting members either to start exporting or to build their existing export business. It is working with the DIT and the international Chambers of Commerce to explore opportunities for overseas missions such as this one, international shows, and grant availability.
Commenting on the Slovenia initiative, Will Jones, Housewares Sector Director of BHETA and a member of the Export Committee said, “The market is very tough at the moment and given the fall in the pound’s value, export is an important form of response. The Slovenia mission is a really exciting opportunity and we are delighted we can offer it to members with so much added value and at such an achievable price.”
For more information about the BHETA Slovenia mission, BHETA membership and the BHETA Export Committee, contact the Member Services Team on 0121 237 1130 or visit the BHETA website www.bheta.co.uk.