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New wheels on the road provides first-class service

By |2022-08-10T10:58:29+01:00August 10th, 2022|Categories: Community, Latest News|

New wheels on the road provides first-class service for all

Just a few weeks ago, we received delivery of our very first Class 1 vehicle.

For many years, our delivery drivers have been making several trips between both our Carlisle and Gateshead depots to ensure stock movement was carried out efficiently and effectively.

In a bid to cut down our journeys and to help reduce both our carbon footprint and fuel usage, we decided to invest in a Class 1 vehicle.

Improved service delivery & competitive pricing

Our business in the north east has grown exponentially over the […]

We’re a Sage Gatehead supporter

By |2022-08-03T14:54:24+01:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Community, Latest News|

Proud to be a Sage Gatehead supporter

Once again, we’re excited to be supporting Sage Gateshead in its pursuit of musical entertainment and education.

For many years, we’ve been a keen sponsor of Sage Gateshead, a popular music venue based on the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead.

Sage Gateshead is passionate about music! The venue’s main focus is to ensure all communities can experience the joys of music.

Sage Gateshead is a charity so they rely on support to bring music to people of all ages, abilities and walks of life, from babies to retirees, people with special educational needs and disabilities to young […]

Make the most of Philly

By |2022-07-20T16:11:40+01:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: Latest News|

Make the most of Philly

Discover a world beyond bagels and cheesecake

Philadelphia is a truly versatile product and we’re here to help inspire you to create much more than bagel toppings and cheesecakes.

We have a fantastic range of recipe books which cater to a wide variety of sectors; from pubs to the healthcare sector. These have been put together by professional chefs and brand ambassadors.

Scroll down for a delicious Eton Mess recipe and to download our sector recipe books.

Order your Philly today!

Eton Mess

Strawberry Meringue […]

Asian inspiration

By |2022-06-01T15:35:51+01:00June 1st, 2022|Categories: Latest News|

Asian inspiration

Asian cuisine is always a popular choice with customers and with the advent of the street food trend, it’s even more in demand. We’ve got a couple of quick recipes for you to try below. For more inspiration, see Essential Cuisine’s website.

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What Da Pho Chicken Wings

Vietnamese cuisine is gaining popularity in the UK as it offers a great number of flavours and formats, with many varied cooking techniques. From steaming-hot bowls of aromatic noodle soup to rich creamy curries, spices and chilli heat are particularly […]

John Nee – Factory Manager

By |2022-05-31T08:58:17+01:00May 31st, 2022|Categories: Staff Case Studies|

John Nee
Factory Manager

John recently celebrated over 43 years of service after joining us straight from school at the age of 16.

The early years

John started out helping our drivers deliver orders to customers. This was a job he really enjoyed as each day was different and he enjoyed the face-to-face contact with our customers across the region.

Soon, John became an apprentice butcher learning how to produce cuts of meat to ensure each carcass is as profitable as possible. Key skills he learnt during his apprenticeship were: knife skills, health & safety, profitability, seasonality and customer service.

John […]

Celebrating dedicated service

By |2022-05-25T13:38:10+01:00May 25th, 2022|Categories: Latest News|

We celebrate dedicated service

We recently rewarded all our people who have worked for us for 10 years and over. Many of them were celebrating over 20, 30 and even 40 years of service!

Our new scheme involves a voucher reward and holiday enhancement, dependent upon length of service. Those celebrating working for 10 years and over qualify for the benefits.

Pictured above are just some of our Carlisle colleagues who received the benefit this year. There were many people at both our Gateshead and Harrington depots who were celebrating too.

In fact, a total of 99 of our colleagues received a long-service award this year!


Chefs Selections Quality Assurance

By |2022-05-18T10:17:42+01:00May 18th, 2022|Categories: Latest News|

Chefs Selections Quality Assurance

We have 400 products in our ever-expanding award-winning range of fridge, freezer and store cupboard staples. Chefs Selections has been designed with chefs in mind and we believe that quality, flavour and affordability should go hand-in-hand.

Before our products reach your kitchen, they must meet our high standards. They go through vigorous taste testing alongside leading competitor brands and are chosen based on taste and quality.

Our ingredient suppliers are accredited by the Brand Reputation through Compliance of Global Standards (BRCGS). BRCGS is a recognised body that sets the benchmark for good manufacturing practice, and helps provide assurance that products are safe, legal and of high quality. […]

We’re a Living Wage Employer

By |2022-05-11T14:14:03+01:00May 11th, 2022|Categories: Latest News|

We’re committed to paying a fair wage for a day’s work

We are proud to announce that we have gained accreditation as a Living Wage Employer. Our commitment to paying a fair wage for a day’s work sees our minimum hourly rate stand at £10. This is above the National Minimum Wage and Real Living Wage rate and significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s which currently stands at £9.50 per hour.

We are based in the north west, a region with nearly a fifth of all jobs (18.4%) paying less than the Real Living Wage – equating to around 534,000 jobs. Despite this, […]

Delicious NEW range of cheesecakes

By |2022-05-11T12:14:35+01:00April 25th, 2022|Categories: Latest News|

BRAND NEW cheesecakes in stock now.

We’re delighted to launch a brand new range of premium cheesecakes from Pete’s Patisserie.

Based in the Midlands, Pete’s Patisserie employs Michelin-trained directors to create tasty and delicious cheesecakes. With many years of service either in the kitchen or front-of-house , they use their passion and creative flair to devise both contemporary and traditional recipes. Only the finest ingredients are sourced from leading suppliers to deliver a premier quality product.

We have both pre-cut whole cheesecakes alongside a range of individual tortes and cheesecakes. This new range includes exciting flavours such as Baileys & Toffee, Speculoos as well as glamorous Strawberry & Prosecco.

These […]

Pipers Crisps – win a Red Letter Day voucher

By |2022-04-06T10:07:54+01:00April 6th, 2022|Categories: Latest News|

Pipers – Win a Day Your Way

Simply order your favourite Pipers Crisps from us to win Red Letter Days vouchers.

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Order your Pipers Crisps today Enter your batch code to see if you’re a winner!