Food and Drink

Jill and husband overwhelmed by support from local customers

A small business owner based near Inverness has spoken about how overwhelmed they have been by the support from local customers since the lockdown began last month.

field fare berries

Reducing food waste - one patisserie, pea or pie at a time! 

Field Fare showcases selected lines from their packaging-free, Scoop & Serve and single portion ranges, plus premium ready meals, desserts and vegan products, at …

Stand J86, The Farm Shop & Deli Show, NEC, Birmingham Monday 30th March - Wednesday 1st April 2020

And demonstrates ongoing support for independent and rural retailers by sponsoring the new Rising Star category of the 2020 Farm Retail Association Awards…

It is a shocking fact that if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, after China and the US. And 70% of the UK’s contribution takes place in the home, with the average family throwing away £700 of food in 2018, according to The Grocer. Premium frozen food specialists, field fare, with their 150-strong, multi award-winning range of ready meals, desserts and pioneering loose serve and individual unit lines, is tackling the sustainability issue in...

Bottle of Nectvs

True British Spirit brings you Nectvs, a luxurious thoroughbred spirit for the truly discerning drinker.
Nectvs is created from fruit grown and hand-picked from the Bardsley estate in the Garden of England.  This beautifully mellow fruit has been pressed and distilled before being united with pure juice drawn from the same crop to enliven a distinctly natural flavour. 
Enjoy these spirits after dinner as a digestif, over ice or with tonic or other mixers to create a refreshing long drink.

The Yorkshire Creamery dairy products

Wensleydale Dairy Products launches The Yorkshire Creamery brand with three cheeses to ‘make a stand against bland’
 The Yorkshire Creamery is making a ‘stand against the bland’ in a bid to champion exceptional quality and traditional recipes to make dairy products that ‘taste like they ought to’.
Launched by Wensleydale Dairy Products, the parent group of the award-winning Wensleydale Creamery, The Yorkshire Creamery promises to share all the same values of using locally sourced milk, investing in the sustainability of British farming and creating delicious dairy products made with love and care.

Staff from Fodder and Ramus Seafood join forces in historic move

Fodder, the multi-award-winning farm shop and café based on the Great Yorkshire Showground, has become the flagship stockist for Ramus Luxury Seafood after a new collaboration between two of Harrogate’s leading food brands.
From this week, Fodder will offer an outstanding selection of Ramus fresh, smoked and frozen Luxury Seafood products, and online orders can be taken for its stunning seafood platter.
Alistair Ramus, owner of the family business, which was founded in 1974, said: “This is the start of a long and fruitful partnership between two great Harrogate brands.

cider production in Norway - the farm diversity site with orchard in foreground

Janice Hopper heads across the North Sea to check out a farm diversity project which has brewed its own success…

Sailing up the scenic fjords of west Norway, our Fred Olsen cruise ship docked in the staggeringly picturesque harbour of Eidfjord. A quality cruise will offer quality onshore excursions, so a group of British tourists are transported to the farm of Nils Lekve for the ‘Taste of Hardangerfjord’ experience. En route the tour guide explained that Hardangerfjord is the fruit region of Norway, thanks to its mild climate and lack of snow, due to the Gulf Stream.

Cow on dairy farm

Three “fantastic” dairy operations have been visited by the independent assessors appointed by AgriScot to find Scotland’s dairy farm of the year 2019.

This year, all 3 farms – now finalists in the running for the award – are located in the same part of the country, the renowned dairying heartland of Dumfries & Galloway.

Baltier Farm, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, where the third generation of the Douglas family now milk their 580 cow herd of high yielding Holsteins 3 times per day, is vying for the award alongside Drum Farm, Beeswing, Dumfries – the 2012 award recipient – farmed by the Harvey family, and Ernespie, Castle Douglas where David McMiken milks a herd of 290 cows in partnership with his parents.

Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese

Fife Buffalo farmer and star of the BBC’s ‘This Farming Life’, Steve Mitchell, has reached an amazing £556,000 of his £800,000 buffalo mozzarella crowdfunding goal, with just under a fortnight to go until the target must be met.

Steve’s ambition to provide Scotland with its first ever home-produced buffalo mozzarella started a number of years ago, not long after the herd of buffalo arrived at his farm. Gordon Ramsay visited Steve and together they made a trial batch, giving Steve the determination to supply Scotland’s foodies with their own delicious buffalo mozzarella.

Black Cow Vodka

Black Cow is the only vodka made entirely from grass-grazed cows milk, which results in an exceptionally smooth vodka with a unique creamy character. Our Pure Milk Vodka™ is made at The Black Cow Distillery, located right in the heart of Childhay Manor organic farm, a 13th-century Manor set in the beautiful rolling countryside of West Dorset on the coast of South West England.

Dairy farmer Jason Barber who together with Paul Archard started Black Cow in 2012, recognised the potential in what was left over from the milk after making cheese. Inspired by tales of Mongolian conquests in more ways than one, the journey to producing the world’s smoothest vodka began.

British Farmed berries

12 international markets opened their doors to British produce in 2018, with exports of soft fruits reaching £22.1 million

New figures show total UK soft fruit exports soared to a record-breaking £22.1 million last year, up from £13 million in 2017.

Exports from the UK to international markets rose by 69%, with blackberries, strawberries and raspberries being some of our most popular soft fruits. Together they are worth more than £18 million in overseas sales, with the Netherlands, Spain and the Republic of Ireland being our biggest markets.

Over the past five years, the demand for UK soft fruit has risen consistently, with the total value of exports rising by £16.8 million – an increase of more than 300% since 2013.

Whisky Barrels
Food Minister David Rutley will celebrate the UK’s world leading food and farming sector at the Royal Highland Show, as new figures show Scottish food and drink exports achieved a record-breaking £1.4 billion of sales in the first quarter of 2019.
Exports grew by 14% over the past year, driven by a surge in sales for Scotch whisky and salmon, the latest figures show. 
Through the government’s Food is GREAT campaign, Defra helps drive exports of UK food and drink, opening new international markets and supporting UK companies in their ambition to trade on a global scale. Overall food and drink exports from Scotland reached £6.3 billion last year, with Scotch whisky accounting for three-quarters of this total.
British raspberry season

Raspberry lovers can enjoy an early start to the British raspberry season this year with the berries already on the supermarket shelves in abundance.

Growers estimate that this season is starting three weeks earlier than usual and they put that down to the good spring weather. Mid-June sees the raspberry season already in full swing with high quality British raspberries widely available. Strong raspberry plants, prompted by the spring sunshine, are ensuring good flavour and bigger, bolder raspberries.

Not only will the fruit be of high quality, growers expect the British season to last right through to early November. This is as a result of careful planting to ensure a continuous supply of the berry over the upcoming summer months.  The leading raspberry varieties grown in the UK have the ability to flower and fruit over a long period of up to five months, whilst traditional types typically produced fruit for just a four to six week period.

Isle Of Man

By Geoffrey Boot MHK, Isle of Man Government Minister for Environment, Food & Agriculture

75% of land on the Isle of Man is usedfor agriculture. Proudly the only entire nation to enjoy UNESCO world biosphere status, much of the Island’s rich and varied landscape owes its appearance to the activities of generations of farmers.

Land varies from the undulating south with rich soils supporting mixed farming, to the central uplands with thin soils supporting extensive beef and sheep production and the flat northern plains used for arable and vegetable production.

Food production is a strategically important industry to the Isle of Man and one that is closely supported by the Isle of Man Government Food Matters strategy.

A selection of cheese food trends

A recent survey conducted by The Vegan Society found that one in five UK adults have cut down on the amount of meat they buy. In addition, around 13 per cent now choose meat or dairy free options from the menu when eating out. Here Darren Halford, sales director at obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explores how consumer buying habits are affecting the food and beverage supply chain. 

Research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduced rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. This, combined with an increasing concern for animal welfare and the environmental impact of animal produce, has led to a surge in vegan diets on a global scale. Now, approximately 0.5 per cent of the global population, or one million people, are vegan. However, veganism isn’t the only increasing trend in the food and beverage sector. Consumers are opting for a variety of specialised diets, such as vegetarian, gluten free and clean eating.