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PEPPADEW & LEATHAMS

PEPPADEW & LEATHAMS

Leathams LTD appointed the sole exclusive distributor for Peppadew in the UK and Ireland

Leathams Charity support

Leathams Charity support

Leathams is demonstrating its commitment to dealing with global environmental and social issues through a number of its charitable endeavours.

Monthly Reports

Monthly Reports

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Leathams installs solar panels

Leathams installs solar panels

Leathams is showing its commitment to sustainable energy by installing a 250 kWp solar PV system comprising 1000 photovoltaic panels at its London Headquarters.

Leathams to launch new Baxters Beetroot juice range

Leathams to launch new Baxters Beetroot juice range

You can now kick start your day with a tasty glass of Beetroot juice thanks to an exclusive partnership between Baxters and Leathams, which will see the product launch this summer

Leathams announces support of  Foodservice Cateys Awards.

Leathams announces support of Foodservice Cateys Awards.

The Foodservice Cateys celebrate Foodservice employees across the UK will be holding their awards ceremony on 10th October at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge London.

Caribbean Cuisine is the one to watch

Caribbean Cuisine is the one to watch

Horizons recent “One to watch report” found world foods as the fastest growing area of the branded eating out sector, and a recent report put forward by “The food people “cited Caribbean food as the one to watch for this year.

Are traditional foods becoming extinct?

Are traditional foods becoming extinct?

According to the recent “flavour of Britain survey”, we may be at risk of losing some of our regional dishes. The research on 1,000 UK children found that the majority of them had never tasted and in some instances had not heard of some traditional regional UK dishes.

Health trends in snacking

Health trends in snacking

Declining health, evident by growing obesity rates and lifestyle related diseases, are all serving as a wake-up call to take action for many consumers in Britain. A few years ago it was only a select few that were immersed in their well-being.

Increasing demand for cleaner food

Increasing demand for cleaner food

Recent research conducted by Datamonitor shows that nearly three in four healthy snackers are trying to limit or avoid the consumption of sugar in a bid to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Running for the future

Running for the future

A number of Leathams staff, including Chris Waters, Managing Director and Clive Moxham, Group Sales & Marketing Director, joined together on Sunday 27th April to take part in the Hotelympia 10K run which was held at Excel in London.

The gluten free trend, is here to stay

The gluten free trend, is here to stay

The free from market has been in growth for some time now, however the gluten free sector has experienced the most significant increase and is forecasted to grow by 46% to £561m by 2017.

How to introduce an authentic Italian offering to your menu?

How to introduce an authentic Italian offering to your menu?

The demand for Italian cuisine continues to grow and with its popularity on the rise customers incorporating robust flavours of the country onto menus can be a great way to keep dishes innovative and on trend.

Keeping it casual

Keeping it casual

Throw down your dinner jacket and reach for your denim number, dining is changing and as our lives become more causal so are our choices of restaurants. Over the last few years we have experienced a shift in trends, first it was faster dining, and then healthier eating now it is all about casualisation.

Merchant Gourmet Ready to eat pouches continue to grow

Merchant Gourmet Ready to eat pouches continue to grow

After the continued success of their ready to eat lentils and grains pouches, Merchant Gourmet have launched three new lines, a new Spelt and SunBlush® pouch in their popular “meals in minutes” range, a ready to eat Spelt and a Grains, red rice and Quinoa mix under the Merchant Gourmet banner.

Wrap it up

Wrap it up

It seem that Britain has a weakness for “wraps” with over 40% eating one at least once a month and 15% of them choosing a wrap as their lunchtime meals at least once a week.

Roquito® launch new social media campaign

Roquito® launch new social media campaign

Roquito® peppers have launched their new marketing campaign, "The 7 delicious sins of Roquito®" which aims to turn the traditional seven sins into a delicious and indulgent melody of fantastic recipes and meal tips.

Spice and authenticity go hand in hand for 2014

Spice and authenticity go hand in hand for 2014

2013 saw the increase in spicy toppings taking centre stage, and 2014 is set to see this trend further evolve to incorporate alternative ways of adding a kick to traditional offerings. Whist the nations craving of hot pizza toppings has conventionally been satisfied through the use of peppers, the growing popularities of spicy, authentic meats are set to be the next big thing for the New Year.

Eight big food trends of 2014

Eight big food trends of 2014

2013 was the year of the educated consumer, who placed the traceability of their food high on their agenda. With greater attention being paid to the origin of their food consumers are now savvier than ever and are consequently looking for ways to make more informed choices about what appears on their plate.

More transparency around PDO products needed.

More transparency around PDO products needed.

Consumers demand for authenticity and traceability has seen a growing demand for protected designation of origin (PDO) products, which through their clear labelling offers assurance around the production process.

Roquito® Peppers launch into Retail

Roquito® Peppers launch into Retail

After numerous requests from consumers Leathams Ltd will be launching Roquito® peppers into the retail marketplace starting with Tesco this month. Whilst they have always been available across the ingredients and food service channel, the decision to extend the product range came after an overwhelming demand from consumers who were desperately seeking a retail presence.

Leathams is top of the Awards

Leathams is top of the Awards

Leathams Ltd have been making headlines for all the right reasons after four of our products have been short listed for the PAPA and Q awards. Roquito Chilli Pepper Pearls®; Merchant Gourmet Dulce de Leche; Crumbled sausage meat and Spreadable Chorizo have all proved to be winners in their own right

Breakfast more than just fuel for the day!

Breakfast more than just fuel for the day!

Recent research conducted by Weetabix on the Go has revealed some shocking statistics when it comes to Britain’s breakfasting habits. We all know that skipping breakfast is not good for you and that it is the most important meal of the day; however the findings show what the real knock on effect is by missing this humble meal!

Bringing it back home

Bringing it back home

Lovers of traditional charcuterie are in for a real treat as Leathams have joined forces with Woodall’s to bring delicious British air dried hams and salamis to market.

Consumers demand for quality cheese offering on the increase.

Consumers demand for quality cheese offering on the increase.

In days gone by, most sandwich quality was considered to be pretty poor with a few limited mediocre filling choices and ingredients. If you were lucky you would get two slices of basic white bread with a few slices of Cheddar cheese, and maybe some fresh tomato thrown in. Nowadays, the situation is totally different with the rise of independent sandwich shops offering increased choice with consumers now more than ever are expecting quality ingredients in their sandwiches.

Update on the Tomato Harvest in Europe

Update on the Tomato Harvest in Europe

Although the tomato harvest has started in several producing countries in Europe, the season is set to be a late one this year due to poor weather conditions.

Restaurants getting mobile

Restaurants getting mobile

A few years ago booking a reservation at a restaurant was solely done via a landline telephone, however recent data released by the 2013 Livebookings Dining Index shows the continued rise in mobile bookings across the industry.

The power of the digital

The power of the digital

Even if you have not registered your restaurant with a review site, the chances are it may still be on live on forums such as Urbanspoon and Foresquare. If it’s not, be sure to encourage your customers to post a fair review. Ask your brand ambassadors on Twitter to leave a review, as well as customers in your restaurant.

Going State side

Going State side

According to a new survey conducted by Horizons, Hot dogs have become the UK's fastest growing menu item. “Gourmet Hotdogs” were on 85% more menus this year compared to last, and are being followed in popularity by other American inspired dishes such as pulled pork sandwiches, chicken wings and ribs. Analysing the growing appeal for American farye, Leathams takes a look at this emerging trend and the opportunities it holds for the hospitality sector.

The long term effect of food price Increases

The long term effect of food price Increases

According to recent findings from the Livebookings European Dining Index, in the last six months, food prices have overtaken rent and rates in the list of major overheads facing UK restaurants. The Index which is based on interviews with 200 UK restaurants and supported by industry data, suggests that 74% of restaurateurs interviewed cited food costs as the factor that has had the most impact on menu prices in the last six months.

Monthly Buying Report

Monthly Buying Report

Eating out is getting younger

A new survey from Horizons has shown that despite a shaky start to the year the eating out market in the UK is on the rise. This change in direction is a result of the sector being dominated by consumers under the age of 34, which was not the case this time last year.

Help grow communities in Ethiopia by buying your morning latte from Vital Ingredient!

Help grow communities in Ethiopia by buying your morning latte from Vital Ingredient!

For the Oromia people of Ethiopia, coffee means ‘life’ and as far back as ancient times, coffee has been an integral part of their culture from food and drink, to trade, spiritual nourishment and peace-keeping and reconciliation. Thanks to the partnership between Oromo Coffee, Vital Ingredient and Leathams Ltd, consumers can now enjoy this smooth, organic, fair traded coffee, as it is now available on the High Street in London!

Monthly Buying Report

Happy to be British!

Happy to be British!

The recent horse meat scandal has once again put the sourcing of food to the forefront of consumer conversations and raised concerns over the way in which meat from overseas has entered the UK food chain. Recent research conducted by MINTEL suggests that there has been 133% increase in consumer concerns about the traceability of their meat and as a result there has been a real shift to buying local British and regional food.

A saucy affair for Roquito®

A saucy affair for Roquito®

Thanks to the growing popularity of Roquito® products, Leathams have recently introduced an amazing tasting chilli pepper sauce to the Roquito® family. In today’s ever changing market the demands for spicy foods has seen a significant increase as consumers want to add an extra kick to their meals.

Dulce de Leche is Back!

Dulce de Leche is Back!

After being away from the retail sector for nearly three years, Merchant Gourmet will be re-launching their Dulce de Leche into Asda from the summer. The decision to reintroduce this product was made as a result of the increasing demands from our consumers wanting an authentic product compared to “me too” products currently on the shelf.

Are we living in a Wellthy time?

Are we living in a Wellthy time?

For some time now, there has been a renewed interest amongst consumers about their health and wellness, and in recent years, we have seen a conscious shift in the industry to produce healthier offerings to meet the demands of this growing trend.

Leathams Forms Strategic Brand Partnerships with Villeroy and Boch and Buyagift

Leathams Forms Strategic Brand Partnerships with Villeroy and Boch and Buyagift

Leathams Ltd have formed Brand partnerships with Buyagift and Villeroy and Boch to develop their Merchant Gourmet Marketing Campaigns for 2013/ 14, which will see a lucky winner receive a gourmet meal in the comfort of their own home, as well as a quality Villeroy and Boch dining set for the Christmas campaign.

 Leathams lead the way in Culinary Concepts

Leathams lead the way in Culinary Concepts

Trends and food habits have changed vastly over the last few years, and with the growing popularity of street food, gourmet snacks and healthy fast food alternatives, the Leathams Foodservice Division have developed a range of tailor made food concepts for their customers which have helped them to meet the growing demands and changing needs in the marketplace.

From Home to Market; The Rise of the Entrepreneur

From Home to Market; The Rise of the Entrepreneur

According to a new report by Mintel*the average Briton is spending more on food and drink at home than they did prior to the recession. However, whilst it may seem that we are splurging on luxuries, the report suggests that we are spending more for similar amounts of food due to significant increases in food prices!

 Rising to the occasion

Rising to the occasion

The popularity of artisan breads has seen resurgence recently, as more consumers are seeking out authenticity, quality ingredients and powerful flavours. With independent sandwich retailers upping their offerings of artisan products and with Prime time TV proving a good education source around the varieties available, more and more people are starting to experiment in their baking.

The story behind our Rapeseed oil

The story behind our Rapeseed oil

With the total cooking oils market being worth £335m and growing at a steady pace of 28%* year on year, it would be easy to assume that Olive Oil is the best seller in this category. You would be wrong as rapeseed oil is rapidly emerging as the largest contributor to this sector, as it has seen double-digit growth in both volume and value year on year.

Leathams to launch Fair Trade coffee into Vital Ingredient

Leathams to launch Fair Trade coffee into Vital Ingredient

Leathams has been working in partnership with both The Oromo Coffee Company and Bolling Coffee to launch a new line of speciality espresso coffee beans exclusively into Vital Ingredient. These fair trade products are produced in the Oromia region in Ethiopia, and are made from the finest beans from the Harar, Limu and Yirgacheffe regions.

Are black coloured foods really the new green?

Are black coloured foods really the new green?

For years, we have grown up with our parents telling us to eat our greens, and we all know that the darker the vegetable is, the better it is for us. However, the recent attention being given to black coloured foods is proving to take this old adage to the extreme as more consumers are starting to realise that the blacker the berry the healthier the juice!

Leathams to bring unique Black Garlic™ to a wider audience

Leathams to bring unique Black Garlic™ to a wider audience

Leathams Ltd “innovators in food” are to become Black Garlic™ (UK) Ltd’s exclusive distribution partner across all sales channels including export from the 2nd April 2013. Black Garlic™, “the missing ingredient”, is gently aged white garlic that takes on a new colour, taste and texture; providing an unexpected and inspiring flavour variation for any dish.

Spicy Meat Takes Centre Stage

Spicy Meat Takes Centre Stage

Whist spicy and Smokey toppings set to carry on their success from last year; authentic, regional ingredients are not far behind and are gaining more popularity amongst consumers, emerging as a favourite for 2013.

 International flavours and locally sourced products battle it out on the same menu

International flavours and locally sourced products battle it out on the same menu

Consumers desires to have both local and authentic international ingredients on the same menu is growing, and as provenance and sustainability play an equal part in mealtime selections, Leathams take a look at what impact this may have on consumer buying behaviour in the UK.

Own Label: More than a cheap alternative.

Own Label: More than a cheap alternative.

According to a recent article in the Grocer, the amount of promotional space given to own label products has risen by 67.8% in the last four weeks, compared to the same period last year.

When did Britain get a taste for Chilli’s?

When did Britain get a taste for Chilli’s?

If you think of the traditional English meal, images hat spring to mind are of a family sitting around to enjoy a roast spring to mind. However the Chilli pepper has more of a history in Britain than we think, and as far back as the 18th century we were enjoying the intense flavours and variety of heats that now play such an integral part in our modern menus!

Leathams “holistic” due diligence processes satisfies customers concerns on equine adulteration concerns

Leathams “holistic” due diligence processes satisfies customers concerns on equine adulteration concerns

Following on from the recent FSA and FSAI findings that horse DNA has been discovered in beef products and also of halal meat contamination, Leathams would like to issue a statement to assure all our customers that they do not source any products from any supplier involved in the enquiry.

Grains aren’t Ancient history

Grains aren’t Ancient history

It was not that long ago that cous cous was turning culinary heads, and last year saw quinoa follow suit as celebrity chefs, nutritionists and foodies shouted its praises, turning a once humble ingredient from the Andes into a popular Superfood!

Topping the Pizza Trend

Topping the Pizza Trend

The humble Pizza which began life as a left over dish continues to top the grocery sales chart experiencing 4.8% growth last year alone (Kantar World panel.) With the growing appeal for fresh ingredients that have a clear provenance, James Faulkner, Ingredients Sales Director at Leathams has a look at what toppings are set to be big news in 2013.

Innovation that makes us money

Innovation that makes us money

The slow pace of innovation in some parts of the food industry is a recurring theme that will not lose its importance as competition and the fight for differentiation between companies and brands continues. With the Grocer’s top product survey showing a 45% downturn in new innovation launches last year, it looks like this debate is set to continue in 2013. Nonetheless, whilst it is often too easy to point the finger accusing brands and food businesses of playing it safe, there is a need to acknowledge the role that the lack of customer support [retailers, ready meal manufacturer’s and the end consumer] plays in providing a limited incentive for business to innovate.

Consumers demand meat free foods

Consumers demand meat free foods

With health concerns remaining high on British consumer’s agendas, new research conducted by Mintel suggests that sales of meat-free foods are set to top £1 billion this year. Surprisingly it is not only certified vegetarians who are adopting a zero meat philosophy, as 15% of the British population chose to avoid meat last year. With only 6% describing themselves as vegetarian, this growing trend is set to create opportunities and Clive Moxham, Sales and Marketing Director at Leathams Ltd takes a look at what effect this will have on the food market.

Jams Heating up for 2013

Jams Heating up for 2013

With taste buds crying out for more heat, chilli peppers have literally been spicing up the UK food scene for the last few years. It was only a few years ago that the thought of chilli ice-cream would have seemed like a strange combination, now they are appearing in everything from puddings to drinks!

Six most interesting World Food Trends for 2013

Six most interesting World Food Trends for 2013

Last year South America shot to culinary fame thanks to the popularity of Mexican and Brazilian food. New South American restaurants were popping up on our high streets and Latin flavours were fast becoming a sought after commodity in the supermarkets. Clive Moxham, sales and Marketing Director at Leathams Ltd suggest that whilst we have not seen an end to these flavours 2013 is set to be a global year in terms of food trends.

Pepper Information Pack

Pepper Information Pack

With 2013 set to be big for Chilli peppers, why not take a look at some of our more unusual peppers which can help spice up your meal offerings and keep them up-to-date with one of this year’s fastest growing trends!

Grains and Pulses information pack

Grains and Pulses information pack

This pack contains up to date information about our grains and pulses.

Is 2013 really going to be Quinoa’s year?

Is 2013 really going to be Quinoa’s year?

The UN has officially declared 2013 as the International Year of the Quinoa, however with food critics looking at alternative pulses, Leathams take a look at what is really in store for this native Andean grain.

Ain’t no mountain high enough!

Ain’t no mountain high enough!

Leathams Ltd Managing Director, Chris Waters, has completed a gruelling 13 day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in a bid to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer charity.

Free from foods set to be next big thing

Free from foods set to be next big thing

"Free from" was one of the buzz words of 2012 and according to an article written by the Food Innovation network, this trend is set to experience further growth this year. With increasing awareness of allergies taking centre stage, the market for foods that are "free from" is said to be worth in excess of £342m* and predicated to move even further into the mainstream throughout 2013.

 Leathams brings  IQF Crescenza/Stracchino to market

Leathams brings IQF Crescenza/Stracchino to market

This fresh, rindless cheese know as either Crescenza or Stracchino is made from whole pasteurized cow's milk was historically made only during the autumn and winter months as the cows descended from the pastures of the Lombardy and Romagna regions of Italy. However, now thanks to innovations by Leathams, this unique cheese has now been produced as an IQF Crumb, which allows manufactures and Restaurants to work with it effectively.

Battle of the Pizza chefs!

Battle of the Pizza chefs!

Leathams, innovators in food, had the honour of drawing 2012 to a close by being the proud sponsors of the Pizza Chef of the Year with their award winning Chilli Pepper brand Roquito®.

Food Price Increases for 2013

Food Price Increases for 2013

Whilst last year’s wet summer for many may have meant called off BBQ’s or lazy days in front of the TV, the long term effects of the “great British” weather has resulted in more than spoilt plans and sodden gardens. With the latter part of 2012 seeing a lot of focus being given to the increasing rise in food prices, Britain may not yet be out of hot water, as 2013 is set to see further increases.

Demand for speciality food on the increase

Demand for speciality food on the increase

A few years ago, if you mentioned Camargue red rice, Quinoa or Wheatberries to the average supermarket shopper you would have been met with a look of confusion. However 2012 sales figures released by Leathams, suggest that the demand for speciality foods is significantly on the rise. Recording 135% YOY increase in sales of their Camargue Red rice and 104% growth amongst their Merchant Gourmet® ready to eat cereals and grains range, Clive Moxham, Sales and Marketing Director suggests some of the reason for their rising popularity.

Leathams in the top 150

Leathams in the top 150

Leathams have secured a place in the Grocers top 150 food and drink suppliers throughout the UK.

Food price increases set to stay

Food price increases set to stay

A full English breakfast with bacon, sausages, eggs and toast may soon be costing us all more due to severe weather conditions which are resulting in poor wheat and grain yield across the globe.

Leathams keeps their fingers on the pulses

Leathams keeps their fingers on the pulses

Foodservice deal with Splenda

Foodservice deal with Splenda

Innovators in food Leathams Ltd today announce a deal with sugar alternative SPLENDA®, to become the brand’s sales partner for the Foodservice Channel in the UK

MEALS IN MINUTES

MEALS IN MINUTES

Merchant Gourmet launches new range of flavoured couscous products in ready to use pouches.

LEATHAMS CELEBRATES WITH ‘FOOD SPECTACULAR’

LEATHAMS CELEBRATES WITH ‘FOOD SPECTACULAR’

13th February 2012. We celebrated the launch of our new brand and website with a sparkling ‘Food Spectacular’ held at the London Film Museum on 9th February.

LEATHAMS' 4th PAPA Award

LEATHAMS' 4th PAPA Award

1st December 2011. Last month we were celebrating another award - this time from the Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association, with a PAPA Award for New Ingredient of the Year 2011 for our Wild Mushroom & Truffle Paste.

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Consumers demand for quality cheese offering on the increase.

Consumers demand for quality cheese offering on the increase.

In days gone by, most sandwich quality was considered to be pretty poor with a few limited mediocre filling choices and ingredients. If you were lucky you would get two slices of basic white bread with a few slices of Cheddar cheese, and maybe some fresh tomato thrown in. Nowadays, the situation is totally different with the rise of independent sandwich shops offering increased choice with consumers now more than ever are expecting quality ingredients in their sandwiches.

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