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Holy Moly Launches Range of Cold-Pressed Nutshakes

Holy Moly is creating a new category in Britain’s burgeoning plant based market by launching at Sainsbury’s the UK’s only range of cold-pressed Nutshakes: low fat but deliciously creamy plant based milkshakes, made from a blend of raw, unpasteurised almond mylk and fresh fruit.

Holy Moly is a revolutionary British brand that produces heavenly tasting, sin-free food and drink that tastes as good as homemade. Its launch of Nutshakes follows the business’ success at disrupting the dips category with its range of smashed avocado and guacamoles. These SKUs are stocked nationwide at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado and revolutionised the market by bringing all-natural products that taste as good as homemade to the category.

The brand aims to now disrupt the ready-to-drink category, providing more choice for consumers and retailers, with this same approach to innovation. There are three editions in the range:  Strawberry AlmondChocolate Almond and Banana Almond. All three will launch nationwide in Sainsbury’s in 750ml and 250ml bottles (750ml: £3.80, 250ml: £2.00). The larger SKUs will be available in the chilled dairy alternatives bay, whilst the smaller bottles will retail in the dairy aisle.

The Nutshakes are vegan, gluten free and low in fat, with an average 73 calories per 150ml serving and around a third less sugar than smoothies and up to 90% less saturated fat than some traditional dairy milkshakes.

Unlike other brands, Holy Moly doesn’t heat pasteurise its nut mylk. Instead, it uses a cutting edge cold-press production process that retains the nutritional value of the natural ingredients to deliver the optimum health benefits. This process means that the brand can deliver 30 days’ chilled shelf life for retailers, without the need for preservatives.

This new product type will meet surging demand for both plant based products and food and drink that not only tastes great, but provides health benefits. Indeed, consumers in the UK are now spending £20 billion a year on food and drink for health reasons.

There are three Nutshakes in the range, all are available at Sainsbury’s stores nationwide and online:

  • Strawberry Almond (750ml: £3.80, 250ml: £2.00) – Made from raw almond mylk, crushed strawberries and naturally sweetened with dates, this Nutshake is fat free and just 45 calories per 150ml serving. It has the incredible taste of a traditional strawberry milkshake but is made using a healthy and plant-based recipe.
  • Chocolate Almond (750ml: £3.80, 250ml: £2.00) – A sin-free alternative to the nation’s favourite milkshake, this Nutshake is made from a heavenly blend of raw almond mylk, bananas, apples, dates and smooth, rich chocolate.
  • Banana Almond (750ml: £3.80, 250ml: £2.00) – A fat free Nutshake with no added sugar, it is made from raw almond mylk, bananas, apples and dates.

All three are available nationwide in 750ml and 250ml bottles (750ml: £3.80, 250ml: £2.00) at Sainsbury’s, in-store and on its website.

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Harrison Ovens Launches New At Home Charcoal Oven

Harrison Ovens, the luxury, British Charcoal oven company known for its exceptional, handmade, high performing, professional ovens, is proud to announce the launch of the Harrison Atom. Closely following the launch of the game-changing Harrison Icon; the first charcoal oven created that can simultaneously cook at two temperatures, the Harrison Atom boasts both a hot plate plancher and pan aperture making it the most versatile and compact oven of its kind. 

Unlike any other, the Harrison Atom is an extremely high performing oven that can use both charcoal or wood; reaching up to temperatures of 400°C and making it the most economical on the market. As such it can bring to the creative chef a breadth of cooking styles – from cold-smoking and ultra-low temperatures, through to a searing intensity of heat for very fast cooking. The engineering of the Harrison Atom means that food is given moisture and flavour enhancement and the classic design and minimal kitchen footprint also make it an ideal choice for any kitchen.  

For professional use, be that in the kitchen or for theatrical use outdoors, the Harrison Atom has character that goes beyond its cooking capabilities and iconic design. Much like the wider Harrison Oven range, the Harrison Atom is unique as it is made to order and hand crafted in Kent using only British materials. 

Daniel Thumwood commented: “The launch of the Harrison Atom is truly an exciting one. This is a game changer for any Chef, it’s the first charcoal oven to integrate the hot plate plancher and pan aperture which allows for exceptional versatility when cooking. We created the Harrison Atom to enable innovative chefs to cook with charcoal or wood using multiple techniques with one oven. The Atom has been designed to be the most compact and versatile oven in the Harrison Ovens range.

We’re really proud of this product – it’s size and versatility makes it perfect for smaller restaurants, food trucks and street food outlets. We are also launching it for the home market. Like the Icon, the Atom is the first of it’s kind and we look forward to seeing what our creative customers cook on it!

We’re really proud of this product – it’s size and versatility makes it perfect for smaller restaurants, food trucks and street food outlets. We are also launching it for the home market. Like the Icon, the Atom is the first of it’s kind and we look forward to seeing what our creative customers cook on it!”

Championed by those working within the professional market, Harrison Ovens can be found in the kitchens of the culinary worlds good and great, including those of Yotam Ottolenghi, Jason Atherton, Neil Rankin, Richard Corrigan and James Cochran.

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BLOOM Gin Offering £25K to Fund Women’s Projects

The all-female team behind BLOOM Gin is giving budding female entrepreneurs the chance to win a share of £25,000 to fund their ‘Passion Project’, taking their passions in life and turning them into a business reality, in an effort to further increase the number of female-run businesses in the UK.

The initiative follows research from the gin brand, which polled 2,000 UK women aged 25 and over, and found that an overwhelming majority (84%) did not believe that women had yet achieved true equality in the workplace, with sixty-five percent (65%) stating that we need to see more women in senior management positions and fifty percent (50%) wanting to see more female entrepreneurs. 

The research also found that while nearly half (45%) of women had considered starting their own business, just under a fifth (18%) had gone on to do so, with sixty-percent (60%) admitting they had been unable to progress their ambitions. The main reasons cited for this included not having the funds to get going (55%), a lack of confidence (51%) and the need to juggle existing work and children (49%).  

In response to this, BLOOM Gin is launching a new initiative that aims to inspire, motivate and support budding female entrepreneurs, teaming up with some of the UK’s most inspiring female business leaders and owners to encourage the next generation of female entrepreneurs to take their Passion Projects to the next level. Over the next month, these successful female entrepreneurs will share their own journeys, including the highs and lows they experienced along the way, through a content series hosted on BLOOM Gin’s Instagram page (@BLOOMGIN).

To be in with a chance of winning, entrants must visit and follow the steps to submit their business proposal. Entries will open on 7th September 2020 and suitable candidates will have until midnight on 11th December 2020 to submit their entries. Entrants must be aged 25 or over. Terms & conditions apply.

Finalists will then be announced in January and will be invited to the grand finale, which will take place in February 2021. Here finalists will have the opportunity to meet the judging panel, including the Founders of Double Dutch, Boom Cycle and Social Fixt, before pitching their business proposal to the judges in front of a live audience.

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Fatt Pundit Announces Collaboration with Snowflake Gelato

Soho’s Indo-Chinese restaurant Fatt Pundit has announced a one-off collaboration with the award-winning Snowflake Gelato, who have given the restaurant’s iconic Sizzling Brownie a luxury gelato makeover, launching this October. 

Following the popularity of their signature dessert which has become an Instagram sensation due to its theatrical presentation, Fatt Pundit teamed up with SOHO neighbour, Snowflake Gelato to make their best-selling dessert, even better. The Fatt Pundit x Snowflake Gelato Sizzling Brownie special is perfectly rich chocolate brownie, topped with a bespoke scoop of Snowflake Gelato’s vanilla gelato with chocolate covered honeycomb pieces, served tableside in a cast-iron pan before being drizzled with a generous helping of hot chocolate sauce.

Snowflake’s gelato is made with 100% natural ingredients using organic Jersey Milk and cream from Somerset, before adding the world’s great flavours – in this case rare vanilla from the Sava region of Madagascar. Snowflake combine the best of both worlds, working directly with British farmers for locally sourced ingredients, then mixing them up with the love, passion and traditional methods their Italian chefs bring.

“We’re so excited to be teaming up with our Soho neighbour Snowflake Gelato. As we live through these strange times community spirit is more important than ever, and we all need to do everything we can to support locally and bring Soho back to its glory. The flavour they’ve created for us is incredible, we can’t wait for people to try it,” said Co-Owner Huzefa Sajawal.

Launching Thursday 1st October, the Fatt Pundit x Snowflake Gelato special will be available on the menu until Thursday 31st December and is priced at £8.50.

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Tunsgate Quarter Welcomes Gail’s Bakery to Scheme

Tunsgate Quarter Guildford, the 80,000 square foot retail, leisure and dining destination located in the heart of Surrey’s county town, is delighted to announce that the popular national artisan bakery chain, GAIL’s, will be joining the scheme, opening its doors on October 29th 2020.

Set up in 2005 by Tom Molnar and Ran Avidan, GAIL’s opened its first bakery in Hampstead with the aim of making world class artisan bread accessible for all. The quality of the product, combined with a strong neighbourhood ethos, has seen GAIL’s evolve to a popular choice not only for high quality freshly baked goods to take away, but as a lunch destination for sandwiches, cakes and quiches, as well as an award-winning house coffee blend. GAIL’s Bakery has been applauded for its effective zero waste initiative, whereby all unsold goods are given to a local charity at the end of each day.

Tunsgate Quarter is home to top lifestyle brands including The White Company, Nespresso, OKA and Bobbi Brown. The opening of GAIL’s Bakery will enable Guildford shoppers to enjoy the beautiful art deco surroundings of Tunsgate Quarter, or in warmer months outside on the pedestrianised Tunsgate itself. The acquisition of GAIL’s will further strengthen Tunsgate Quarter’s enviable food and beverage offering, which already includes The Ivy Brasserie, Vietnamese Pho and Cosy Club.

Claire Suggitt, Centre Manager, Tunsgate Quarter, comments: “The demand for high quality combined with a great experience is consistently high in Guildford, and the introduction of the GAIL’s brand to Tunsgate Quarter further enables us to deliver the experience that our customers are looking for.”

Continued Suggitt: “We are delighted, for the first time, to be able to provide a dedicated café as well as a take home food option for our customers, encouraging dwell time within the scheme, and supporting our vision to offer a truly aspirational food and dining experience in Guildford.”

Commenting on this exciting new venture, Tom Molner says: “I am absolutely thrilled to be opening in Guildford. We have identified a strong foodie culture in the town and Tunsgate Quarter offers us the perfect spot to operate both as a bakery and a high visual lunch spot. We look forward to meeting our new neighbours and get baking!’ 

Owned by Merseyside Pension Fund and asset managed by CBRE, Tunsgate Quarter opened in 2018 and offers a desirable range of high-end retail brands including Seasalt, Design Vintage and Loaf. Boutique gym operator GU1 fulfils the centre’s leisure option, supporting Tunsgate Quarter as an all-day destination with its gym and studio. The acquisition of GAIL’s Bakery was managed by lettings agent Bruce Gillingham Pollard.

Tunsgate Quarter forms the heart of a £30.3 million redevelopment of Guildford’s historic Tunsgate area, and borders the cobbled High Street and the 11th century castle, as well as the pedestrianised Tunsgate with its collection of independent retailers.

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Islands Chocolate Launched Debut Home Cooking Range

Islands Chocolate, the independent, pioneering seed-to-bar craft chocolate company, is launching a home cooking range of Buttons so Brits can make their own culinary creations at home with chocolate used by the most iconic restaurants and chefs in the county.

To date, Islands Chocolate’s Buttons have only been available in iconic and Michelin Star restaurants. From Chiltern Firehouse and Pollen Street Social to Lucky Cat and the kitchens of Gordan Ramsey, Marcus Wearing, Jason Atherton, Claude Bosi and Sat Bains, the brand is championed by world-class chefs for its complex, rich flavour profile and artisan values. Now, Brits will be able to order their own from the brand’s website, which delivers nationwide.

Islands Chocolate’s Buttons have been carefully developed with the help and advice of several renowned Michelin star chefs. Delicious straight from the bag, they are also perfect for cooking, whether individuals are making something simple, like an artisan hot chocolate, or putting together a more extravagant culinary creation.

The Buttons

Islands Chocolate buttons are available in five varieties in 300g bags. Every product in the range is a true celebration of the fruity characteristics of Caribbean cacao; beautifully balanced to promote a whole host of flavours.

  • 55% Milk Premium (£9.50): A dark milk chocolate, with hints of caramel and fruit and a higher percentage of cocoa than most other milk chocolate products.
  • 65% Dark Premium (£10.50): A fruity explosion packed full of flavour. This is the Islands Teams’ favourite – so tasty and moreish, with subtle citrus notes and banana undertones.
  • 75% Dark Premium (£11.50): With lovely balance between fruit and nut, the flavours really are fantastic. Great for a moment of indulgence and even better to cook with.
  • 85% Dark Premium (£12.50): An incredibly well-balanced dark chocolate with very little bitterness. This chocolate is used in numerous Michelin star kitchens and has been praised for its subtle notes of citrus and earthiness.
  • 100% Dark Premium (£13.50):  This is an intense chocolate, perfect for flavour junkies and those that like their coffee black. As well as a complex eating chocolate, the product can be used in sweet and savoury dishes.
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Ascent 4 Signs Pelican Procurement Services

The International business of Federated Hermes has officially announced the signing of leading supply chain specialist, Pelican Procurement Services, to take 10,074 sq ft at the recently refurbished Ascent 4 building at Farnborough Aerospace Centre. The ten-year letting will see Pelican become the first hospitality business to join the Farnborough Aerospace Centre line-up as it aims to expand its operations across the UK.

Previously based at Elstead, Surrey, Pelican is a leading UK professional procurement and supply chain specialist with over 30 years of expertise within the food service and catering industries, supporting organisations with in-house catering provision and supply chain management in the education, healthcare and hospitality sectors.

Stephen Ellis, Senior Investment Manager, at the International business of Federated Hermes said: “The entrance of Pelican to Ascent 4 introduces a whole new industry sector to the business park and highlights how premium office space can be adapted in line with the changing requirements of new occupiers. This marks the third signing secured at Ascent since the pandemic began, reflecting the quality of the Ascent Farnborough scheme, and the resilience of the regional office market.”

Ascent 4’s flexible floorplates, as designed by Hale Architects, will allow Pelican to fit out the space with a full demonstration kitchen, which will be utilised for training of staff and the testing of new recipes and menus. Pelican will be joined at Ascent 4 by associates from parent company Aramark and fellow subsidiary Trinity Purchasing.

The office space also offers impressive reception and break-out areas and allows for adequate social distancing in line with Covid-19 workplace regulations and advice.

Franco Scannella, Managing Director, Pelican Procurement Services commented: “Growth in our business has led to pressure on our existing space. Having undertaken a thorough selection process, visiting a number of other locations, we felt Ascent 4 was the right building and location for the Pelican team. As we work through the fit-out project I’m both excited and looking forward to delivering an inspiring and motivating space for all our colleagues which supports our culture and matches our future ambitions. I am confident that Ascent Farnborough, with its flexibility, quality and community focus, is the right place to support Pelican in the next phase of our growth.”

Taking occupancy at Ascent 4 in Q4 2020, the new arrivals will also benefit from inviting landscaped surrounds, on-site café, gym, dedicated shuttle buses and a roster of Ascent-led community engagement activities including food trucks, seasonal fairs and pop-up stores.

The announcement follows news that specialist pensions administrator, Trafalgar House, has signed to take 5,548 sq ft of space at the second floor of Ascent 4. Further to this, international software firm Infor recently committed to extending its stay at Farnborough with a new 12-year lease at Ascent 1, where the firm is taking 24,620 sq ft of space.

Canmoor has been Federated Hermes’ retained strategic advisor throughout the on-going repositioning of the four buildings located at the 250,000 sq ft Farnborough site.

Cushman & Wakefield and Hollis Hockley act as joint leasing agents for Federated Hermes on behalf of Ascent, while Challinor & Co acted for Pelican Procurement Services in the deal.

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Radical Recruit Seek Socially Conscious Employers to Partner in Life-Changing Homeless Recruitment Initiative

Radical Recruit, the social recruitment agency, is working alongside homelessness charity St Mungo’s to pilot a recruitment project to find up to 100 work-ready individuals permanent employment in less than 100 days.

The agency, founded by Emma Freivogel, has supported 58 people into employment since its launch in October 2019 and has placed 30 of these individuals since lockdown commenced in March 2020. They are looking for ethical and socially-responsible employers to help them expand their reach and support what they are calling the Radical Futures project. Radical Futures is a two-month project working with those who have no recourse to public funds and need employment as the first step to rebuilding a secure and stable life. Whilst the Radical Futures project is focused on London, the wider employment initiatives that Radical Recruit does aims to make a positive social impact throughout the country. 

“We want to change negative misconceptions of people who experience homelessness and ensure everyone has the opportunity to secure and sustain paid and meaningful employment. No one wants to be wrongly perceived as being antisocial or lacking the skills required to work, especially when they’re a highly motivated individual that possesses valuable skills that are in demand by employers. Our candidates, or Radicals, as we call them, are full of  determination, resilience and grit. We want to ensure our candidates have access to the labour market and are given opportunities to become contributing and valued members of society. Otherwise, it’s a waste of life. It’s bad for business and detrimental to the UK economy,” said co-founder and CEO, Emma Freivogel.

“We want to partner with businesses who can offer employment opportunities to individuals across a range of sectors including catering, construction, manufacturing, administration, finance, warehousing, retail, hospitality and hygiene services. We need forward-thinking, ethical businesses who can see people’s potential and focus simply on the benefits to the employer and employee. For the Radical Futures project, we are willing to offer a no-fee commercial engagement model,” she added. 

Radical Recruit approaches recruitment like their mainstream counterparts in the sense that their candidates are invited to interview on the merit of their applications and offered the job because they are the best person at the end of the race. Their candidates also go through the same vetting process as every other employee. The key difference between Radical and other agencies is the pre- and post-placement support they offer candidates who have huge potential and often extensive work histories but have fallen on hard times. 

“We were lucky enough to be in a position where we could offer employment to a Radical who really needed it, and I am delighted to say that both they and we are benefiting – perhaps us more so because not only did we get a great skill set but also someone who provides alternative ideas and perspectives to a corporate law firm. In general, by securing permanent work, vulnerable people can start to rebuild their lives. This includes being able to afford safe and permanent accommodation. This really is a unique opportunity for business leaders to take part in an innovative project which tackles homelessness at its root. We will continue to work with Radical Recruit and would strongly urge other employers to consider joining their recruitment revolution – to us, it makes business sense and for society, it is the right thing to do,” said Lindsay Healy, Founding Partner of Aria Grace Law and client of Radical Recruit.

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The Ultimate Tins & Crisps Flavour Guide For Your Heatwave Picnic

As a nation, we’re making the most of staycations this summer, with garden gatherings and evenings in the sunshine. With a selection of delicious and convenient ready to drink cans, plus tasty ‘on the go’ food options lining the shops, the picnic possibilities are endless.

We’ve teamed up with food and drink journalist, Abbie Moulton, curator of some of the finest drinks lists across London, to share her ultimate crisps and ready to drink cans pairing guide, that’s sure to help you enhance your picnic game.

“This year we’re all getting used to ‘the new normal’ and spending more time closer to home. As a drinks writer, I’ve been looking for those products that are easy to purchase, consume, and work well for outdoor moments in the sun. Crisps and cans are my go-to picnic staple as they are so easy and convenient. I’ve also seen a surge in popularity of cocktails in cans and see them becoming THE hot new picnic addition, as modelled by a certain celebrity and his chain,” said Abbie.

Read on for the best combos, tried-and-tested by the expert.

The Crisps and Cans Ultimate Pairing Guide by Abbie Moulton

Smirnoff Seltzer Orange & Grapefruit and Raspberry & Rhubarb

New Smirnoff Seltzers blend Smirnoff No.21 Premium Vodka with sparkling water and natural fruit flavours: either orange and grapefruit or raspberry and rhubarb. Perfectly paired with vegetable crisps such as parsnip, beetroot and carrot crisps which are naturally dried and salty, which will work well with the natural fruit flavours in Smirnoff Seltzers.

Pimm’s No.1 with Lemonade

If there’s one drink that captures the spirit of British summer time, it’s Pimm’s. This quintessential picnic favourite has just the right balance of a fruity flavour taste with a combination of herbal botanicals, caramelised orange and warm spices. Pimm’s No.1 with Lemonade deserves a snack that’s equally sophisticated, with a delicious complimentary flavour. Perfectly paired with crisps with a bold flavour, such as prawn cocktail. The spice and hint of sweetness in this flavour will complement the flavours of Pimm’s.

Tanqueray Gin & Tonic

Elegant and smooth with a fresh citrus finish, there’s a reason why Tanqueray Gin is popular with cocktail experts. Now available expertly mixed in miniature glass bottles, you can enjoy a G&T that tastes just like you’re sitting at your favourite cocktail bar, on the go! The best crisp pairing will be bold enough to enhance the classic gin flavours, and elegant enough to lift the juniper freshness, without overpowering it. Perfectly paired with crisps which have a full-bodied taste and robust aromas such as cracked black pepper, to entwine with the juniper notes for a pairing that has style and substance.

Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin & Tonic

Enjoy the sunshine with the effervescent berry flavours of Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin & Tonic. Premixed to perfection, the distinctive taste of Gordon’s mixes with the natural sweetness of raspberries and strawberries for a great drink pairing for an afternoon picnic. The ideal crisps flavour matches the drink’s vibrant tastes, and captures the spirit of the sunshine. Perfectly paired with sweet chilli flavoursome crisps, which are sweet yet boast satisfying heat that works wonders with the berry notes.

Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold & Cola

The mix of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold & Cola is now available in a can, to be enjoyed at your convenience. The ultimate crisp pairing should be something bold, perhaps with smoked flavours. Perfectly paired with crisps which are packed with a delicious savoury flavour, such as flame grilled steak. This will match the subtle spice of rum and caramel notes of cola, for that sizzling summer combo of salty and sweet.

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The Tofoo Co. Launches Two New Products

The Tofoo Co. has announced a brand new product in its portfolio which makes cooking with tofu easier than ever before. Tempeh Cubed ‘Sweet Soy’ is cubed and ready to cook, while Teriyaki is a tasty new block product which can be added to a range of delicious dishes.

Tempeh Cubed ‘Sweet Soy’ 

Inspired by an authentic Indonesian favourite, Tempeh Cubed ‘Sweet Soy’ comes ready to throw into any meal and is ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to spend too long in the kitchen. Ripped with whole pieces of soybeans, The Tofoo Co. has developed its Tempeh Cubed ‘Sweet Soy’ to deliver superior texture and built-in taste for an exciting addition to mealtimes.

Tempeh Cubed Sweet Soy RRP £3.25, available in Waitrose (from 30 September) Co-Op (from 4 November) and Tesco (from 23 November) in a 200g pack.

Teriyaki block 

The literal translation of Teriyaki comes from two ancient Japanese words – TERI meaning ‘get this stuff in my mouth pronto’ and YAKI meaning ‘gosh, this is flipping gorgeous’.  That might be a lie – but what is undeniable is how tasty the new flavour of tofu from The Tofoo Co. is. The organic, handmade tofu is infused in a tasty Teriyaki marinade and makes the perfect addition to stir fries, skewers, wraps or simply with rice.

Teriyaki block RRP £2.65, available in Sainsbury’s (from 23 September) and Waitrose (from 30 September) in a 280g pack.

The Tofoo Co. makes all of its tofu to a traditional Japanese recipe and uses a special, all natural ingredient called Nigari so it’s perfect for flexitarians, carnivores and real foodies as well as veggies and vegans. All products are organic, GM Free and use all natural ingredients.

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