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Durham students work with world class chocolatier

By |2019-05-16T15:31:51+01:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Latest News|

Durham students work with world class chocolatier

On Wednesday 16th April, we visited New College Durham with award-winning chocolatier and pastry chef, Mark Tilling. Our account manager, Hayley from HB Ingredients, arranged the visit with Leah Walker from the college to engage the students in the art of creating fine desserts from chocolate.

Mark is a world class chocolatier who has appeared on Channel 4’s Creme da la Creme and most recently Extreme Chocolate Makers. He demonstrated a few tricks of the trade and then the students had a practice; the results were amazing!

Our sales managers, Stewart Jack, Maxine Whitfield […]

Sausage sales raise an appealing amount!

By |2019-05-01T15:40:46+01:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Community, Latest News|

Sausage sales raise an appealing amount!

During March, we held a special promotion on one of our favourite recipe sausages to help raise funds for Hospice at Home, Carlisle & North Lakeland. We raised a grand total of £475 to help this worthy cause.

For every kilo of our special Pork & Marmalade Sausage sold, we vowed to donate £1 to the Carlisle-based charity. The sausages are a popular choice for our customers! They are made to our own Cumberland sausage recipe and laced with quality marmalade from Claire’s Handmade.

The initiative tied in with the World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards which were held during March. The festival raises funds every […]

Ten lucky hamper winners!

By |2019-04-15T16:42:34+01:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Latest News|

Food show winners …

Our successful food show was held in February this year, and as always, we held a grand prize draw.

We are proud to announce the winners of our ten luxury hampers!

The lucky winners were …

1. Helen Garner, The Farmers Arms, Portinscale

2. Donald, The Highland Drove Inn, Grt Salkeld – it was his 43rd wedding anniversary on the day Sue handed over his hamper!

3. Stephanie Skelly, Georgian House Hotel, Whitehaven

4. Julie, The Greyhound Inn, Cotehill, nr Carlisle

5. Jordan Bindi, Italian Cottage Restaurant, Chorley

6. Heather, Boathouse Tea Rooms, Talkin Tarn, nr Carlisle

7. Byron, Proper Tasty, Northallerton

Allergy Awareness Week 2019

By |2019-04-02T09:56:01+01:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Latest News|

29th April – 3rd May

Allergy Awareness Week is ran in conjunction with Allergy UK, a national charity providing support, information and advice for those living with allergic disease.

In the UK, the number of people with allergies grows by 5% every year. There has been a significant increase to food intolerances, especially to foods such as wheat, dairy, eggs, gluten and corn.

We all know the importance of declaring allergen information. There are 14 major allergens which must be declared to customers.

Regulations are changing …

In March 2020, an establishment that serves food and drink to the end consumer, will have to advise calorie information […]

Proud to support Carlisle Youth Zone

By |2019-03-15T10:56:09+01:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Community, Latest News|

We are a proud supporter of Carlisle Youth Zone

For many years we have been a proud sponsor and supporter of Carlisle Youth Zone and on Thursday 14th March, we visited to hand over a cheque for £2,000.

Our sales manager, Gemma Hodgson (pictured left), handed a cheque to Lynsey Buckle (pictured right) who is the Development Manager at the youth zone.

Carlisle Youth Zone relies on charity donations to run its services to help children from a wide range of backgrounds from across the county. The youth zone is based in Carlisle and provides a safe and fun place for children and young people to meet, make new […]

Colourful fun run sponsorship

By |2019-03-13T12:59:26+01:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Community, Latest News|

Colour Run 2019 sponsors

We are proud to announce, for the third year, we are sponsoring Eden Valley Hospice’s annual Colour Run!

Each year the Carlisle-based hospice organises the fun run at Carlisle Racecourse to help raise vital funds to maintain it’s services. The run takes place on Sunday 12th May this year.

The Colour Run is a 5km event which sees participants run, jog, walk or even toddle through a sea of paint and bubbles. This is a family fun event and we’ll be entering a team of runners to help raise money too. Last year our team raised just under £600 which is a marvellous total!

Below is a gallery […]

International Women’s Day event

By |2019-03-13T09:51:38+01:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Community, Latest News|

Celebrating Women in Business

On Friday 8th March, we attended a Women in Business event at Carlisle Lake District Airport.

The event was organised by Natwest to celebrate International Women’s Day and invited working women from across the area to come together and celebrate success and achievement. Our marketing manager, Karen Graham, attended and represented us by showcasing a stand showing a huge array of local produce from suppliers that we work closely alongside. From Claire’s Handmade jams and chutneys, ales from Carlisle Brewing and Brack n Brew to gin from the Lakes Distillery, our stand attracted a lot of attention.

There were many inspirational female speakers invited on the day. Kate Willard, […]

Another successful food show

By |2019-03-06T09:28:17+01:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: Latest News|

Food show proves a tasty success!

On Sunday 24th and Monday 25th February we held our 21st food show for caterers. Held at The Shepherds in Carlisle, we welcomed over 600 of our customers to the much anticipated show over the two days.

Customers travelled from far and wide to take advantage of money-saving deals from over 60 national and regional suppliers. Suppliers were showcasing their product ranges and many new product launches were on display. Household names such as Heinz, Whitby Scampi and Nestlé were in attendance alongside an array of regional suppliers from Cumbria, Northumberland and Scotland.

New regional suppliers attend the […]

Handmade premium ice cream

By |2019-03-05T16:16:11+01:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Latest News|

The Handmade Ice Cream Co

Exclusively available to the hospitality trade through Pioneer Foodservice!

We are very proud to launch a new range of premium ice cream from The Handmade Ice Cream Co.

Steven Darvill is the founder and owner of the Handmade Ice Cream Co and his ice cream is the very best of Cumbrian produce. Based in Ulverstion, this ice cream is made using only natural flavours and ingredients.

Steven’s background as a pastry chef for 15 years certainly gives him the credentials to know quality ice cream when he sees it! He struggled to find ‘handmade’ quality ice cream when he was working in the kitchen, so […]

NEW cake ranges from Chefs Selections

By |2019-03-05T15:23:37+01:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Latest News|

Cakes worth celebrating

We are excited to be launching a range of our own brand, Chefs Selections, cakes.

From colourful and stand-out cakes to a range of elegance, we love these quality products!

All the cakes are on offer during March 2019, just click on the image to find out pricing information.

The ‘colour pop’ range

Bright and colourful, these cakes certainly stand out from the crowd!

1.  Pinata Cake

206230C – 1 x 14ptn

This rich dark chocolate masterpiece is topped with multi-coloured buttercream swirls and sugar sprinkles filled with chocolate buttercream. Slice the cake open and wow your customers as they watch the […]