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Food and drink federation publishes shortlist for Awards 2019

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the shortlist for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2019, which take place on Thursday 19 September at The Royal Lancaster, London. The annual awards celebrate the diversity, dynamism, and dedication of those who work in the industry and ensure that food and drink is so widely enjoyed across the UK, and around the world.

This year saw a record number of entries with the shortlist for each category chosen by an expert panel of judges. Nominees include household names as well as new products and faces and this year’s award include a new category, Registered Nutritionist / Dietitian of the Year. Nutritionists and dietitians support our industry in improving the health of the nation and are crucial to innovative new product development. This new accolade will recognise an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the food and drink sector in that field.

This prestigious event brings together around 500 guests to celebrate the success of the winners and the strength of the food and drink industry. Jay Rayner, British journalist, writer, broadcaster and celebrity restaurant critic, returns to host the ceremony.

The headline sponsor for the event is Santander, with menu and wine sponsored by Birds Eye Ltd and table plan sponsored by The Gap Partnership. This year’s category sponsors are IFST, RSSL, PepsiCo UK, Santander, and Sheffield Hallam University.

Ian Wright CBE, Chief Executive of the Food and Drink Federation, said:

“Congratulations to all the teams, individuals, and brands that were nominated for our Awards. The strength of our industry is its breadth and its boldness, each category will be hard fought. Despite the political uncertainty we face, our industry will continue to produce the high-quality and innovative goods for which we are known worldwide. Now more than ever, it is vital that we celebrate our success together. I look forward to toasting our shortlisted nominees in September.”

FDF Awards 2019 Shortlist

Apprentice of the Year: Sam Dagley – Weetabix; Abigail Davidson – Unilever UK & Ireland; Kyle Constable – OAL; Gareth Thompson – Premier Foods; Dennis Bell – BV Dairy; Millie Blackburn – ABP UK.

Brand Launch of the Year: The Meatless Farm Co; Pladis – Flipz, Premier Foods – Mr Kipling Unicorn Slices; Häagen-Dazs – Häagen-Dazs Mini-Cups Collection; Nature Valley – Nature Valley Nut Butter Cups; Samworth Brothers – Honest Crust; Britvic plc – Robinsons Fruit Creations and Robinsons Fruit Cordials.

Campaign of the Year: FareShare – Feed People First; Gosh! Food – The Gosh! Kindness Café; Birds Eye – Captain Birds Eye ‘Real Food. Simply Made’ campaign; Mr Kipling – Premier Foods – Mr Kipling & Roald Dahl’s Splendiferous Summer Partnership; Mondelēz International – Cadbury Inventor; apetito UK Ltd – Wiltshire Farm Foods Rebrand.

Community Partner: Loch Duart – Salmon Pool Community Fund; Valeo Foods UK – Rowse Hives for Lives; Coca-Cola Great Britain – ParkLives from Coca-Cola Great Britain; FareShare – Fight Hunger, Create Change; Bags of Taste – Bags of Taste, combating food poverty; Company Shop Group – Community Shop: Building Stronger Individuals and More Confident Communities. 

Diet & Health: Kellogg’s – Kellogg’s Coco Pops Sugar Reduction; Britvic – A Healthier Everyday; McCain Foods (GB) Ltd – McCain Home Chips Lighter; Mondelēz International – Cadbury Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar; Kerry Taste & Nutrition – Nutritional Optimisation in Beverage for our Foodservice customers through reformulation and NPD; Kellogg Company – W.K. Kellogg No Added Sugar Granolas.

Education Initiative: RSSL – Science Takes to the Road with RSSL; PepsiCo International – The PepsiCo Beaumont Park STEM Initiative; Coca-Cola European Partners – Coca-Cola European Partners and UK Youth’s ‘Reach Up’ programme; Nestlé UK & Ireland, Girvan factory – Nestlé Girvan educational biodiversity site; Warburtons Ltd – Discover Warburtons Wheat project.

Emerging Business (sponsored by RSSL): Yorica!; Techni-K; Kolibri Drinks; Bon Accord Soft Drinks; NEMI Teas; The Meatless Farm Co; Mr Lee’s Pure Foods Co.

Environmental Leadership: Raynor Foods Ltd – Rosemary Gardens – Sustainable Food Systems; The Bay Fish and Chips – The Bay Fish and Chips; WWF/Coca-Cola Foundation Partnership – WWF/Coca-Cola Foundation Partnership; Nestlé UK&I – Leveraging Environmental Sustainability Through Collaboration; pladis UK&I – #RoadtoZero; Tate & Lyle Sugars – From sugar cane to building bricks: turning a by-product into a sustainable ingredient for artisan bricks.

Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Santander): Ramsden International; Millennium Group; St Pierre Groupe Ltd; Belvoir Fruit Farms; Global Brands Ltd.; Mr Lee’s Pure Foods Co.

Food and Drink Engineer of the Year (sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University): Grahame Poole – British Sugar; Ryan Schouten – BV Dairy; Alexandra Agg – Mondelez International; Craig Moore – Siemens Digital Industries.

Food and Drink Scientist of the Year (sponsored by IFST): Carole Bingley – RSSL; Alexandra Johnstone – The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen and SEFARI Gateway; Steven Muir – Agrico UK Ltd; Durran Eden – Raynor Foods Ltd; Jacquie de Silva – Unilever UK & Ireland; Suzanne Davies – PepsiCo International; David Clark – KP Snacks.

HR Initiative: pladis UK&I – Positive minds; KP Snacks – Making mental health a priority at KP Snacks; Weetabix Food Company – Weetabix’s Induction Experience; Birds Eye UK – Birds Eye UK Commercial Capability programme; Unilever – Unilever Integrated Talent Strategy; Mondelēz International – BOOST Employee Wellbeing Programme; apetito UK Ltd – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Project.

Innovation: Made for Drink – Reclaim the pub for the local community via sublime snacks that pair perfectly with your favourite alcoholic tipples; RSSL and The Meatless Farm Co – Meat Free Mince – affordable, unique and lovingly made from plants; Garçon Wines – Sustainable, flat wine bottle and game-changing 10 Flat Bottle Case; Company Shop Group – Unlocking the full potential in surplus – commercially, socially and environmentally; Raynor Foods Ltd – Rosemary Gardens ¬our on-site hydroponic, vertical, self-contained farm; KP Snacks – IWS: Making tomorrow better than today at KP Snacks; Hawkshead Relish – Hawkshead Relish Company Black Garlic Range.

Registered Nutritionist / Dietitian of the Year: Meg Longworth – Chartwells, Compass UK&I; Lauren Woodley – Nomad Foods; James Collier – Huel; Hannah Theobald – pladis UK&I; Claire Baseley – Ella’s Kitchen; Caroline Page – Raynor Foods Ltd; Luise Kloster – Premier Foods.

Rising Star (sponsored by PepsiCo UK): James McComas – Birds Eye UK; Natalie Lee –Birds Eye; Rasan Chandra – British Sugar; Lydia Cordice – Mondelez International; Jessica Kelly – Premier Foods; Alexandra Agg – Mondelez International.

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Dive into new swimming event

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Go Swim Loch Lomond receives EventScotland support

A new open water event taking place in the stunning surroundings of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has received support from EventScotland.

Go Swim Loch Lomond, a packed programme of open water swimming events for all ages and experience levels, will take place on 7 September at Loch Lomond and has been awarded £10,000 by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

The event will use the EventScotland funding to enhance the athlete’s village, produce a start and finishing stage, secure a commentator and to develop branding and flags.

Expecting to welcome 1000 swimmers, the event’s programme includes a family friendly 250 metre option, and 750 and 1500 metre options for those just starting out in open water swimming. For the more experienced swimmer, 3000, 5000 and 10,000 metre options are available. All distances include generous cut offs to allow for those who want to take it a bit easier.      

With the support and backing of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority, Go Swim Loch Lomond will follow in the footsteps of the Great Scottish Swim after the event was cancelled earlier this year.

The launch of this exciting new open water event is particularly apt as preparations begin for the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. The year will celebrate Scotland’s Coasts and Waters with a programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape.

Richard Pearson, Go Swim Loch Lomond Event Director, said: “We are really excited to be able to continue the tradition of fantastic open water swim events at Loch Lomond. We know thousands of people have enjoyed the previous races so it is a fantastic opportunity to create something that replicates that experience.

“We’re grateful to be working with EventScotland on this important and exciting project. Their support will ensure we deliver an even bigger and better Go Swim Loch Lomond. We look forward to all of our swimmers joining us on September 7th.”

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Go Swim Loch Lomond, bringing a brand new event to the area and making the most of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships open water swimming legacy. With its established reputation amongst swimmers and its stunning backdrop for participants and spectators alike to enjoy, Loch Lomond is the perfect stage for such an event.”

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “Loch Lomond is a stunning location for open water swimming and I’m delighted to hear that we are supporting a new event for swimmers of all ages and abilities. With 1000 swimmers expected to participate, this event provides an opportunity for the area to showcase itself as a top visitor destination and ensure the benefits of tourism are felt across West Dunbartonshire.

“Tourism is more than a holiday experience it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community, generating income, jobs and social change.”

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Pure Bite, the flagship healthy snack brand in Bite UK Snacks portfolio cements its position in convenient retail with a series of substantial listings across the UK expanding its presence in convenience. Pure Bite goes on sale in 200+ McColls stores, as well as central distribution listing in NISA and Costcutter stores across the UK from this month.

Jonathan Hastings, Ebor Foodmarkets Ltd (Costcutter), said: “We’re excited about introducing Pure Bite into the healthy snacking range available in our stores. It will add a fresh and healthy option for customers to enjoy and for our retailers to offer to the growing consumer demand for tasty yet healthy snacks. Our healthy snacking range has grown significantly and we are delighted to introduce an exciting new brand that looks great on shelf and has serious health credentials. We believe that Pure Bite will be a popular choice for our customers.”

According to Kantar Worldpanel 92%* of consumers could be encouraged to try a new type of snack (crisps, savoury snacks or nuts) with a third** of people looking for healthier types of snacks all or most of the time.

Founder, Jason Bull, said; “I am so delighted to have such outstanding partners in the convenience sector. The reason that I started Pure Bite was because I couldn’t find snacks that delivered on taste and health credentials on the shelves. It just shows how far we are coming in terms of healthy snacking and just how much potential this category has to offer.”

Pure Bite Almond Nut Clusters has won a prestigious Great Taste Award. The mission of Bite UK is to create delicious free-from and healthy products and are suitable for people with allergies and intolerances. The Pure Bite range is dairy free, gluten free, vegan, preservative free, high fibre, high protein, low salt, low sugar and low in calories. The current range (£1.69 RRP) is:

  1. Pure Bite Popped Rice Clusters, Blueberry and Cranberry, 20g
  2. Pure Bite Popped Rice Clusters, Strawberry and Gojiberry, 20g
  3. Pure Bite Nut Clusters, Almond, 30g
  4. Pure Bite Nut Clusters, Hot and Spicy, 30g
  5. Pure Bite Crunchy Coconut Clusters, Strawberry, 30g

For further information please contact Helen Trevorrow or Vicky Hague @ Green Row on 0794 000 9138 or email

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Coeliac UK wins national award for its food checker app

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Coeliac UK, the charity for people who need to live gluten free, was announced as the winner of the 2019 Memcom membership excellence awards, for its Gluten Free Food Checker app that makes shopping for food and drink products safer and easier.  

The Memcom awards celebrate the positive impact that professional bodies, trade associations, membership charities and other not-for-profit membership organisations have on public good.

Awarding Coeliac UK as the winner in the 2019 Best use of an app category, the judges said they were struck by the sheer scale and ambition of the app, that provides access to a database of over 100,000 products and allows the charity’s members to personalise content. They also noted the complexity of the app’s development and Coeliac UK’s willingness to develop the product post launch, trialling the new functionality with its membership community to give users a broader choice.

Produced in conjunction with the food tech start up FoodMaestro, the app is exclusive to Coeliac UK’s members enabling them to search thousands of food products that are suitable for a gluten free diet. The app also gives additional options to tailor search results to include additional dietary preferences. It lists all products that carry the Coeliac UK Crossed Grain symbol, which is internationally recognised by those who need to follow a gluten free diet.

Hilary Croft, Coeliac UK CEO said: “Making life easier for those living gluten free is at the heart of what we do and it is wonderful to have one of our flagship services recognised with a MemCom award, which acknowledges the emphasis on user journey and our continued improvements to deliver more functionality and tailored content for a better user experience.”

Coeliac UK is the national charity for people who need to live without gluten, whether due to coeliac disease or another medical condition. The charity provides support and resources for living gluten free while also campaigning for improvements to the gluten free sector and funding vital research into coeliac disease and gluten related conditions. Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune condition caused by a reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. People diagnosed with coeliac disease must maintain a strict gluten free diet for the rest of their life if they are to avoid very serious complications such as osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions and although rare, small bowel cancer.

One in hundred people in the UK has coeliac disease but around half a million people in the UK are currently undiagnosed. It still takes an astonishing 13 years on average for a person to be diagnosed.

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F3 Celebrates Shining Star Award at the Stadium Experience Awards

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F3, the joint venture between Absolute Taste and Legends of the US, are celebrating overwhelming success at the 2019 Stadium Experience Awards, held at the Etihad Stadium.

In recognition of F3’s work at both Watford and Manchester City Football Club, the team celebrated four wins including; Small Stadium Matchday Hospitality Award (Watford), Best Events Venue and Chef Team of the Year (Manchester City) and Emilie Lundberg, Sales & Events Manager at Watford, was awarded Shining Star Award for her personal dedication and extraordinary growth in the non-matchday business at Vicarage Road.

The team were also awarded a Silver in the Non-Matchday Sales Team of the Year Award (Watford) along with two Bronzes for Overall Matchday Hospitality (Watford) and Large Stadium Matchday Hospitality Award (Manchester City).

Neil Worcester, Managing Director of F3, says: “These awards are a testament to the hard work our teams put in throughout the year, during both the football season and off-season hosting concerts and events. I always feel great pride when the team are recognised for all their efforts and dedication to be the best in the UK.”

Rebecca Pickard, Director of Sales of F3 adds: “In the last two years, since joining the team at Watford, Emilie has been instrumental in the growth of our conference and events business at Vicarage Road through the introduction of social events for Watford’s fans and corporate rates for non-matchdays. She continuously receives outstanding feedback from clients and being awarded the 2019 Shining-Star Award is further confirmation of her achievements.”


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Louis Poulsen reveals OE Quasi Light, a new pendant designed by Olafur Eliasson

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Louis Poulsen, the world-renowned Danish lighting brand, reveals their collaboration with Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson. The new, large-scale pendant light was unveiled at Milan Design Week. Inspired by the relation between mathematical forms, the OE Quasi Light uses geometry to shape light while reinforcing Louis Poulsen’s and Eliasson’s shared idea that good light = a good life.

The lighting fixture is composed of two contrasting geometric shapes, nested inside each other. The outer layer, a rigid aluminum frame, is in the shape of an icosahedron (a form consisting of 20 faces and 12 vertices). The inner layer, in the shape of a dodecahedron (a form featuring 12 faces and 20 vertices), seemingly floats inside of the icosahedron, reflecting the light in a spherical distribution.

Bright LED lights are embedded at the vertices of the aluminum icosahedron, directing the light toward the lamp’s core: a white, inset pentagonal laminae made of polycarbonate. The light’s complex geometric shape is perceived differently depending on where the observer stands, creating endless interpretations and perspectives.

“I’m very excited to bring my longtime interest in geometry and light into this collaboration with Louis Poulsen to create the OE Quasi Light. What distinguishes it from so many lamps is that it shines in toward the core, from which the light is reflected back out onto the surroundings. In one form, the lamp combines precision in design with quality atmospheric lighting,” states Olafur Eliasson.

Eliasson’s interest in polyhedrons, spheres, and curves – the ongoing geometric investigations he has pursued for years with his studio team – stems from a desire to create alternatives to the dominant orthogonal thinking of modern architecture, art, and design, to find forms that can help counteract the numbing of our senses. This concern for the emotional and physical effects of our surroundings is at the core of the lamp that Eliasson has conceived for Louis Poulsen. Louis Poulsen has been dedicated to creating lighting fixtures that are harmonious within their surroundings and have a positive effect on the viewer. Together with Eliasson, they have created a product that demonstrates how good light creates a good life.

An integral element in OE Quasi Light is its sustainability. The aluminum used is 90% recycled, while the other materials are entirely recyclable and reusable. With the design enabling future disassembly to replace and recycle parts, OE Quasi Light was created with longevity in mind.

“Over two years ago, we enlisted Olafur Eliasson to create a new product for Louis Poulsen – and the result is extraordinary. The OE Quasi Light is an inspirational product. A purposeful design piece that is uplifting to those in its presence,” says Søren Mygind Eskildsen, CEO of Louis Poulsen.

Eskildsen continues, “At Louis Poulsen, we’ve been designing light for over 145 years, and the challenge is always the same, crafting a light that does not just illuminate a room. A good light is functional and beautiful, but most importantly, interacts with and shapes the environment. I believe Eliasson’s OE Quasi Light will become a part of the heritage and history of Louis Poulsen, joining the ranks of our other iconic products, and creating good light for all.”

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All-round hygienic solutions for the meat industry

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At the IFFA, the leading exhibition for the meat industry held in Frankfurt, Rittal presented complete system solutions for enclosures, power distribution and climate control technology, appropriate for both hygienic and non-hygienic zones of production.

It included Rittals comprehensive ‘Hygienic Design’ range of stainless steel housings, enclosures and climate control systems, all of which are designed for hygienically sensitive areas of production which need regular wash-down.

During both production and cleaning, this range will shield and protect installed equipment from dust, dirt and powerful high-temperature water jets, by significantly reducing both dead-space and dirt traps where debris can build-up. This guarantees the highest standards of safety at all times by reducing the risk of direct and indirect cross-contamination.  It also makes cleaning easier and more economical, increases uptime and improves productivity, all while contributing to the creation of a hygenic production environment.

Alongside the Hygienic Design range, the company presented the new stainless steel range for universal applications. This included its AX and KX small, compact enclosures (available from autumn 2019) and its VX25 enclosure system.

The new stainless steel VX25 large enclosure system offers the highest levels of corrosion resistance. In addition to the frame structure, doors, panels and gland plate, all the external parts – such as 180° hinges and comfort handle variants – are stainless steel.

While this type of enclosure has IP 55 and NEMA 12 protection categories as default, the optional NEMA 4X version, with its IP 66 protection category, goes one step further.  It means that the electrical and electronic equipment in the VX25 is reliably protected against both dust and splashes – even jets of water.

The new ‘Blue e+’ cooling units are now also available in stainless steel, offering energy-efficient climate control for VX25 stainless steel enclosures, if required.

The new AX, KX and VX25 housing and enclosure systems are also fully integrated into the digital value chain of panel building and switchgear construction.

Besides the high-quality 3D data and configuration tools, QR codes have been placed onto panels which need to be machined.  This simplifies each panel’s integration into the production workflow and allows for efficient monitoring – from the receipt of incoming goods right through to completion.  Added to which, everyone within the supply chain – from the enclosure constructor to the mechanical engineer to the end customer – has access to up-to-date data for the fast ordering of spare parts, economical retrofitting projects or easy planning for plant expansions.

Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.     

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Be the first to try the Simba Sleep App

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We’ve always based our products on research from real life – that’s why the Simba Hybrid® Mattress was designed using data from ten million sleepers.

Now we’d love you to try our latest innovation: the Simba Sleep App.

Our app puts better sleep in your hands. You can:

Assess and track your rest without the need for a wearable tracker

Make small but powerful changes to supercharge your sleep

Build a personal profile that helps you understand the kind of sleeper you are

Learn how to maximise your sleep potential

As it’s still early days, we’re inviting only a hand-picked group of Simba customers to try it out and tell us what they think. You can get the Simba Sleep App here – simply download it and start tracking. It’s only available for iOS (iPhone) users for now. Then if you have any feedback, please fill in our feedback form or simply drop us a line at

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Friday 28th June, MADNESS will be headlining Franklin’s Gardens with support from LIGHTNING SEEDS.

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Music Plus Sport & Northampton Saints are delighted to announce NILE RODGERS & CHIC as the next headliners in their summer season of concerts, headlining on Sunday 30th June. Announcing Madness + Lightning Seeds (Friday 28th June) as the first headliner before Christmas, the show has become one of the hottest tickets in Northamptonshire.

Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak,” sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times,” and won CHIC 11 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations.

Celebrating their 40th anniversary with a huge summer tour in 2019, MADNESS are one of the top-20 selling UK groups of all time and will perform hits from their extensive and much-loved repertoire in front of up to 18,000 people at the home of Northampton Saints.

About Music Plus Sport
Music Plus Sport is an innovative music promoter specialising in large-scale concerts at sport venues & events. Since Its beginnings in 2013, Music Plus Sport has successfully promoted over 130 concerts attended by 1.2 million music and sport fans across the UK.

Music Plus Sport operates a number of live music brands including the hugely successful The Jockey Club Live venture, as well as summer events at Motor Sport Circuits, Rugby Stadiums and Cricket Grounds.

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Delivering quality, trust and consistency

Introducing Della Terra, new premium quality pizza flour trusted by professional chefs to produce superior pizza time after time. Della Terra is a high protein pizza flour, at 13%, producing perfect results for both high calibre ‘deep pan’ and ‘thin crust’ style pizzas.

Milled from carefully selected high protein wheats with strong gluten, Della Terra absorbs more water than other flours giving a higher dough yield and excellent consistent results.

Coming from Eurostar Commodities portfolio of high quality ingredients Della Terra pizza flour has been especially developed by the Technical Development Team, for the fast paced environments of take away, fast food and convenience restaurants.

Philip Bull, MD, Eurostar Commodities, said: “Absolutely delighted to bring to market Della Terra pizza flour which reliably over exceeds expectations creating a crispy and golden crust and an airy, soft base. This will really add value to the convenience market especially offering fantastic quality at a highly competitive price. We believe this will deliver stand-out pizza that consistently delivers great tasting results time after time.”

Davide D’Auria, Technical Development Manager, Eurostar Commodities said: “Our Della Terra absorbs more water than other flours available in this market. This mean higher quality and an increased yield. We recommend at least 600ml water for every kilo of Della Terra flour and this means more dough balls and more consistent high quality pizza. We’ve also had positive feedback from early customers who tell us that Della Terra is easy to use, and also extremely versatile, perfect for making Italian Ciabatta and Focaccia breads as well.”

Della Terra Pizza Flour forms part of Eurostar Commodities successful own brand Italian range including Peeled Plum Tomatoes, Chopped Tomatoes and Pizza Ready Sauce, as well as Fior di Maiella pizza seasonings and Donna Chiara dried pasta.

For more information please contact Helen Trevorrow or Vicky Hague on 07921 060 112 or email

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