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London Mayor Visits Forman & Field

One of the UK’s oldest and best respected fine food vendors, Forman & Field has always enjoyed providing for discerning palates. With this background, the company was thrilled to receive a visit from the London Mayor, Boris Johnson.

Attracted by the unmistakable quality of Forman & Field’s organic foods, catered meals, hampers and gift baskets, Johnson was pleased to wander round the Fish Island premises.

With the London Olympics coming up, Boris Johnson is keen to do everything he can to ensure a great experience for both visitors and residents of London. As well as providing a great selection of produce for those looking for something special for the events, Forman & Field is providing all the smoked salmon for the meals the Olympic competitors will enjoy in-flight on British Airways’ business class menus.

From classic British dishes such as three-bird roasts – that’s a pheasant in a chicken in a goose – to an all-in-one hamper Christmas wouldn’t be complete without, Forman & Field brings a taste of luxury to many Londoners’ lives. Proud of their reputation for sourcing and selling the very best in traditional British cuisine, they also provide delicacies from across Europe and around the world.

During his visit, Boris Johnson was happy to look around the premises, which includes a smokehouse for salmon, packing and processing facilities, and business offices.

Forman & Field for Everybody
Anyone who wants to investigate the Forman & Field premises is welcome to drop by to Fish Island, which is close to the buzzing commercial and transport hub of London’s east end. A more simple and convenient way to explore their offerings is via their website, which includes a gift basket range, luxury products, and good quality basics for any table.

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Truly Irresistible Relaunch for The Co-operative

The Co-operative is relaunching and revamping its premium Truly Irresistible range, with the addition of 50 brand new products for 2011, and an elegant, sleek new look.

The Co-operative Truly Irresistible range provides quality, great-tasting and affordable food within easy reach. With a range of 400 products – including 50 brand new ones for 2011 – there’s something for every occasion – from an indulgent treat to share with family and friends, to inspiration for making the evening meal that little bit more special.

The stylish new Truly Irresistible logo and packaging, which has been created for The Co-operative by Manchester-based GJ Creative, exudes quality and provides a striking on-shelf presence for the premium own-brand range.

The range officially re-launches tomorrow (Wednesday 25 May), when many of the new products – perfect for summer eating – will be available. To encourage shoppers to try the Truly Irresistible products, the entire range will have a minimum of 25% off from 25 May to 14 June 2011 inclusive.

Sean Toal, Commercial Director for The Co-operative Food, said: “With continued pressure on everybody’s purse strings, many people are eating in rather than dining out, so the extended Truly Irresistible range is ideal for those looking to create quality dining experiences at home.

“We’ve added lots of delicious new products to our premium range, as well as reviewing every single Truly Irresistible product to ensure we’re offering the very best in terms of fantastic tasting, quality food at affordable prices for our customers and their families.”

The extended range includes higher-welfare British meat and poultry, as well as fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables and top-quality store cupboard ingredients – all perfect for scratch cooking.

However, there are also some delicious premium pre-prepared meals and desserts to add to any occasion, from family mealtimes and romantic nights in, to picnics and eating alfresco – and all within easy reach at local Co-operative stores.

The launch will be backed by a multi-million pound advertising campaign, which breaks tomorrow. The national TV advert features the now firmly-established family from The Co-operative’s “Passionate Plea” campaign, sitting down at a “table for four” to eat what looks like a restaurant-quality three-course meal, made with delicious Truly Irresistible products, including Parma ham, stone-baked mozzarella, tomato & pesto pizza, garden salad and lemon & summer berry torte. The ads created by TBWAManchester, will also communicate the “at least 25% off” message.

The Co-operative will also use its sponsorship of ITV National Weather to highlight its premium range, with idents featuring several of the hero products in a combination of relaxing summer scenarios and exhilhirating and enjoyable outdoor settings.

The Co-operative will also be extending its digital reach in support of the Truly Irresistible brand. The multi-channel approach will see a re-design of The Co-operative Food’s website ( www.goodwithfood.co.uk ). The new-look website, featuring the re-invigorated Truly Irresistible packaging, will be unwrapped on 25 May.

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Shop with Forman & Field for a Truly Gourmet Mother’s Day

It is often difficult actually choosing presents for your mother. What do they need? What do they actually like? This problem can lead to the standard last-minute buying of a bargain box of chocolates or a sad-looking bunch of flowers. Of course, your mother will love whatever you give her, but sometimes it is worth going to the extra level to prove just how much you appreciate her.

If your mother is a bit of a culinary connoisseur, then you should consider ordering something special from Forman & Field. With a great array of hampers and gifts, Forman & Field can save your Mother’s Day worries and make sure you’re her favourite child.

With many savoury packages and hampers, here is a selection of some of the gifts perfect for those mothers with a sweet tooth:

L’Artisan Du Chocolat Assorted Truffles (£14.95)
Each pack delivers three uniquely delicious truffles that are guaranteed to have a chocoholic’s mouth watering. There is a 70% cocoa dark chocolate truffle, a pave truffle that mixes layers of milk and dark, and a classic champagne chocolate truffle.

Dark Chocolate & Popping Candy Salted Caramel Lollies (£6.95)
Paul Wayne Gregory is one of the country’s most celebrated chocolatiers. These lollies saw him win first prize in the Chocolates category at the Excellence in Food& Drink Awards 2010. The first-class chocolate and caramel ingredients are divine, with an added pop of candy for an extra surprise.

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Christmas Food From Forman and Field

Forman and Field are the mail order arm of the salmon smoker H Forman and Son. They’re skilled at picking the best of the best from among British food producers, and customers can order from their fine selection all year round. At Christmas, they bring out a festive catalogue containing all their best Christmas food. This year, they’re offering an extra deal – customers who spend £100 before Christmas Eve will get free delivery on all their orders from January until September next year.

Forman and Field only supply the best quality food and concentrate on supplying products made using traditional methods. They’re an ideal choice for Christmas, either when buying presents for family and friends, or when stocking up the cupboards for the perfect Christmas menu. Those who want to buy for others, have several mouth-watering hampers to choose from. The Gourmand Gift Box is a perfect choice, including as it does a range of foods that really cover all bases. For something smaller, the Star Hamper concentrates on the essential food stuffs that everyone needs at Christmas, such as smoked salmon and mince pies. Customers who want to send their family home with full bellies on Christmas Day have lots of options. A multi-bird roast or Seldom Seen goose might make a change from the norm, and turkey lovers will appreciate the free-range Kelly Bronze turkeys. For dessert, there are traditional puddings, as well as more unusual ones, such as the panetone and butter pudding. Extras such as smoked salmon or the more unusual smoked eel should go down a treat too.

About Forman and Field: Forman and Field supply artisan-produced food to people all over the country by mail order. They are the mail order arm of the salmon smoker H Forman and Son, which has been in operation since 1905. Their Christmas range includes all the essentials, and gift items such as hampers. To order, customers can get online or use the catalogue.

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Christmashamper.com Deliver Their Solution For A Vegetarian-Friendly Christmas

Traditionally, Christmas is something of a meat-eaters holiday with turkey, gammon and goose all familiar fayre around the dining table.

Nowadays, some 11% of the UK population is vegetarian however; throwing something of a carrot-shaped spanner into the works when it comes to the iconic Christmas roast.

Thankfully, the gourmet gurus at Christmas Hamper have come up with the perfect solution this holiday season – a range of veggie hampers that make for vegetarian-friendly gifting and dining.

Christmas Hamper’s business development manager – Samantha Barrie – explained their reasons for including vegetarian hampers across the range:

“Consumers are becoming more and more conscious about what they put on their plates with regard to whether something is organic, locally sourced, ethically farmed and so forth.

“Vegetarianism has been around for some time now and it would be a real indication that we were out of touch with over 10% of our potential consumers if we weren’t to acknowledge this.

“We’re proud to offer vegetarian options right across our range; be it our Scottish Christmas hampersluxury Christmas hampers and even our savoury Chirstmas hamperrange. In that sense, there really is something to tickle everyone’s tastebuds.”

As well as offering a selection of over one hundred mouth-watering hampers, gift trays and baskets, Christmas Hamper have also become famed for their corporate packages that give businesses of any size the opportunity to customise and create bespoke Christmas gifts for colleagues and clients.

As Samantha Barries explains, being able to celebrate the dietary choices of individual clients goes a long way in demonstrating their value to your business:

“When it comes to corporate Christmas gifts there’s plenty of scope for creativity and individuality but a lot of businesses fall into the trap of opting for something more or less ‘off the shelf’.

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ChristmasHamper.com – Luxury Christmas Hampers

With only twenty-three days of shopping left to go, things are really starting to heat up for consumers battling against the icy conditions, determined to buy friends, family and colleagues that perfect Christmas gift.

Could The Dilemma Of Buying For That 'Person Who Has Everything' Finally Be Over? Christmas Hamper - christmashamper.com - Certainly Think So

Whilst Christmas wish-lists and dropping the odd hint might go some way to help make Christmas gift giving that little bit more straightforward, each year still poses the dilemma – what to get for the person who has everything?

Thankfully, gourmet gurus – Highland Fayre – think they’ve solved the problem with their range of luxury Christmas Hampers; jam-packed with festive fayre and other goodies to suit absolutely any budget.

Discussing the versatility of Christmas hampers, Highland Fayre’s business development manager – Samantha Barrie – explained:

“The Christmas rush can become a stressful time of year, even for the most organised amongst us. This isn’t helped when you’re attempting to buy for that fabled ‘person who has everything’ or even someone who’s not sure what they’d like for Christmas.

“In situations like these, luxury Christmas hampers serve as an excellent gift; loaded with treats that can be enjoyed throughout the festive season and beyond. Our bespoke hamper service also allows you to tailor your gift to the personal preferences or dietary requirements of the person you’re gifting to and when presented in one of our Christmas gift baskets, trays, hampers or cartons they really make something of a show-stopper.”

The solutions posed by christmashamper.com needn’t stop there either as the flexibility of this style of gift giving means customers can peruse hundreds of pre-made collections at their leisure, from the comfort and warmth of their home.

Furthermore, as Samantha Barrie explains, this year’s Christmas hampers collection could be just the ticket for people buying for other potentially tricky recipients:

“As well a buying for people who have everything, there’s often other people on our to-buy for list who we might not know very well but still want to gift to – a child’s school teacher or long distance relative being a good example of this.

“In cases such as these, Christmas hampers act as a thoughtful gift and can be made as personal as need be. We’ve found that our range of Scottish Christmas Gift Hampers, for example, are particularly popular with people gifting to Scottish expats who may have lived out of the country for some years now but are still delighted to receive a gift reminding them of where they grew up.”

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Foodie Festivities at the Forman & Field Open Day

Saturday 2 October saw another successful and very well-attended open day held by Forman & Field. Their east London premises, directly opposite the Olympic Park, were opened to the public, who could attend for free. The fine food mail order company organise an open day every year, showcasing their work. Those who came were able to explore the company’s Fish Island premises and find out about many of the small artisan food producers who supply Forman & Field with their many high-quality products.

There were many different things to see and do on the day. Forman & Field’s trademark product, their London Cure smoked salmon, played a big part, with attendees able to see the smoking process from start to finish on a tour of Fish Island. The company’s very own world record holder gave demonstrations throughout the day of his skill in carving salmon, which won him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

The Food Theatre gave people the opportunity to see demonstrations from many independent producers, as well as to hear talks about their work. Then, there was the chance to try and buy at the Producers’ Market. There was a great choice of produce on offer from the Forman & Field family of food producers, with many people buying lots of food to take home as well as taking advantage of the tastings on offer.

The British Food Fortnight, which the Forman & Field open day is part of, takes place annually (from 18 September to 3 October this year). It brings together food lovers from across the country, who take part in thousands of different events.

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Forman & Field Helps You At Christmas Time

Respected fine food mail order company Forman & Field is requesting that online customers make their premium food decisions in advance of the busy Christmas season. Through its simple website, the food delivery firm ensures a reliable process of ordering quality food, gift and hamper options.

Forman & Field has been delivering fresh, premium foods from independent, small British producers for eight years and is well prepared to handle the high influx of Christmas orders.

Forman & Field provides a huge selection of food gifts and hampers. Its line of luxury food products includes champagnes and wines, cheeses, foie gras, smoked salmon, caviar, pies, biscuits, cakes and coffee.

The company also offers a wide choice of deluxe food hampers for online customers looking to host a special occasion, such as Christmas. There is the Forman & Field Gift Hamper, which offers a varied selection of top-of-the-line food items at great value. The Hamper for Two, with its custom array of fancy food products, can cater to couples looking to spend a highly memorable Christmas together.

The Cheese Round gift basket consists of a round of delicious creamy cheese – the Colston Bassett Stilton – chutneys, oatcakes and a bottle of Pinot Noir. Seafood lovers would be delighted to feast on the H Forman & Son’s Smokehouse Crate during the end-of-the-year festive season. Delectable smoked salmon, tuna and potted lobster products make up this hamper.

The Gourmand Gift Box would help make any upcoming Christmas party a success. With its selection of fine caviar, foie de canard, smoked salmon, pâté, L’Artisan chocolates, cider brandy and more, this hamper is all about freshness and quality.

Forman & Field guarantees these seasonal foods will be delivered at their freshest. About Forman & Field

Forman & Field has been delivering seasonal, fresh luxury food items to satisfied customers since 2002. The online company shares its east London headquarters with its parent company, H Forman & Son, an eminent 100-year-old family business that provides smoked salmon, caviar and other deluxe seafood items to high-class hotels and restaurants. The company’s online customers truly enjoy receiving a Forman & Field gift hamper. Visit Forman & Field’s website for more information on a specific Christmas hamper or gifts for other special occasions.

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Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery at Hackney Wicked

The Hackney Wicked Art Festival had its third successful year of operation this month, and taking part was one of the local area’s most successful companies, H Forman and Sons. Their premises opposite the Olympic park house the Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery.

The Hackney Wicked Art Festival has become a firm fixture on the London summer calendar, despite only having operated for three years. More than 30,000 people are thought to have attended this year, the highest yet seen at the festival. There are numerous art exhibitions, theatre and cabaret performances all over the Hackney Wick area, as well as interactive family events and markets. The emphasis this year, as ever, was on including local businesses and the local community.

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is open all year round, but it put on a special exhibition for the festival called ‘I see myself there, where I am not’. Rather than being a single artist exhibition, this included ten different artists’ work, all based around a theme – exploring ideas of heterotopias and ‘the other’. The gallery was the venue for the launch of the whole festival on Friday 30 July, hosting a successful opening night with lots of enjoyment to be had by all attendees.

The gallery continued to be very popular over the weekend – and not just for the art. After enjoying the gallery, many visitors chose to take in a meal at the brasserie, which operated all weekend, or take home some gourmet foods to enjoy later. Kids loved the family drawing day, where they got to take part in a competition to draw a picture of the Olympic stadium.

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Fine British Food to Buy Online

There is increasing interest in traditional, fine British foods from small producers. Supermarkets dominate the market for food in Britain, but more and more people are appreciating the value of using small companies that aim to produce high quality food using artisan methods passed down between generations. Forman and Field, a London-based mail order food company, specialises in providing this kind of food.

Founded in 2002, Forman and Field aim to provide traditional foods from small British suppliers in an ‘online farmers’ market’. Their suppliers all use high quality ingredients and traditional recipes and methods. The company is part of H. Forman and Son, a traditional salmon-smokers and supplier of smoked salmon, other fish and seafood to some of the best restaurants and chefs in London. H. Forman and Son is a family business in operation in East London since 1905.

Many people have an unfounded, poor view of British food, and Forman and Field seek to rectify this. They provide a wide range of traditional foods, which would be regarded by many as among the finest in the world. The company is committed to ensuring that traditional methods of production survive. The salmon smoked by H. Forman and Son is a good example, using their famous ‘London Cure’, a recipe invented by Harry Forman, the company’s founder, in 1905. Many of their suppliers use similarly traditional methods to produce their products, and many have been recognised by various awards.

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Popular Malaysian Sweets in Focus at Kuala Lumpur August Expo

Tens of thousands of trade and public visitors are expected at Kuala Lumpur’s popular Malaysian Sweets Expo, with hotel rooms filling up fast.

The Malaysian Sweets Expo is slated from 6 to 8 August at Kuala Lumpur’s Matrade Convention and Exhibition Centre, providing confectioners with a unique opportunity to showcase their products to tens of thousands of visitors. The rapidly growing domestic market and confectionery sector international contacts are expected to be successfully accessed by exhibitors.

On show will be everything from processing equipment, packaging, refrigeration, ingredients and raw materials, marketing tools and manufacturing control technology as well as the sweets themselves. The aim of the event is to generate leads, create product awareness, build business relationships, network and make immediate sales.

Visitor profiles include buyers and production managers from the international confectionery industry, packaging designers, product developers, local retailers, wholesalers and international food retailing executives as well as the general public. The result for exhibitors will be a boost to their businesses during the coming years.

According to DirectRooms.com, major trade shows in cities popular as visitor and business destinations often result in shortages of suitable nearby hotel accommodation. They advise those who need to book rooms in cheap Kuala Lumpur hotels during expo week to do so well in advance.

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Traditional British Pork Pies Are One Of Life’s Simple Pleasures, And Forman & Field Provide The Solution For Those Looking For Some Of The Highest Quality Local Produce

Now that the UK general election has been and gone, it’s time to think of something other than politics. Yet politics have always gone hand-in-hand with a few porky pies, so it’s perhaps apt to turn our focus to more gastronomic issues.

Traditional British Pork Pies Are One Of Life's Simple Pleasures, And Forman & Field Provide The Solution For Those Looking For Some Of The Highest Quality Local Produce

Traditional British Pork Pies are one of life’s simple pleasures, and Forman & Field provide the solution for those looking for some of the highest quality local produce. Widely regarded as the country’s leading supplier of fine food by mail order and online, Forman & Field stocks Traditional Pork Pies f r o m Norfolk made by Silent Partners f r o m gloriously tasty pure breed Old Spot Rare Breed porkers. These handmade traditional pies are perfect for a cold lunch or starter. Another choice recommendation for fans of good ol’ fashioned porky pies is Mrs King’s Pork Pies: genuine, thoroughbred Melton Mowbray pork pies.

Speaking of simply delicious pies, pie addicts are sure to go pie-eyed over Forman & Field’s range of Simple Simon’s Pies. Made with the freshest, natural ingredients on shredded potato encased in flavoursome pastry by chef Bernard Alessi, these pies come in a wide variety of new and exciting flavour combinations. The value-for-money Best Sellers Selection Pack contains 1 x Organic Beef & Mushroom, 1 x Chicken and Tarragon, 1 x Smoked & Fresh Haddock with Creamy Leeks.

Forman & Field, launched in 2002, is considered by top food writers as the country’s leading supplier of fine food by mail order and online. The company is regarded to be a pioneer in quality seasonal British Foods, including such delicacies as three-bird roast, fine ham, cheese and desserts, such as culinary masterpieces f r o m Nadell’s chocolate cake selection.

Forman & Field’s parent company, H. Forman & Son was founded in 1905 by Harris Forman, great-grandfather of present owner, Lance Forman. Regarded to be the UK’s oldest and best-known salmon smoker, H. Forman & Son is the choice of top chefs and hotels in London and around the world, including the Dorchester, Sandy Lane, Barbados, Fortnum & Mason, and Waitrose.

About Forman & Field: Forman & Field was established in 2002 as a national home delivery service for private customers wanting to order H. Forman & Son’s fish as well as gourmet foods f r o m other speciality producers. They are widely regarded as the country’s leading supplier of fine food by mail and online order.

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Is Belgian Chocolate the ‘King of Chocolate’?

For a small landlocked country nestled within the folds of Europe, Belgium has a big claim to fame. Talk chocolate, and Belgian seems to be the adjective that springs to mind when it comes to describing the absolute top quality.

Is Belgian Chocolate the ‘King of Chocolate'?

From the chocolate bars available in shiny wrappers at supermarkets to the expensive candies and pralines that can be bought at exclusive downtown chocolate boutiques, the range of chocolate available on the market is as varied in taste as it is in the country of origin. But in Europe, the debate over where the best chocolate in the world is produced is a topic of heated debate and much discussion.

Belgians proudly claim to have the finest range of chocolates, considered by many chocolatiers to be the gourmet standard by which all other chocolates are measured. The French, on the other hand, hold up their centuries old tradition of making chocolate to support their claim to supremacy. Swiss chocolates, which are famous world over for their quality, often lose their way in the debate when the question comes to the basic recipe, for the Swiss love to make exotic and deliciously eccentric chocolates, a passion said to have been borrowed from the Belgians and French. Germany and Austria also both have a stake in the chocolate industry, but Belgium generally still comes out on top.

“I have always been a huge fan of Belgian chocolates. And while Godiva and Neuhas have some mouth-watering concoctions, my favourite chocolate holiday in Belgium was a two week trip through the country, tasting chocolates made by smaller chocolatiers and some very distinct and wonderfully flavoured chocolates. I believe the Belgians create the same magic with chocolate that the French do with their wines”, says Nicolas Vernaire, a chocolatier who runs an exclusive boutique in Oxfordshire.

Like Nicolas, many chocolatiers believe the Belgian chocolate is made unique by the quality of ingredients used and a fanatical adherence to Old World chocolate making methods. “Mass production of chocolates is sacrilege for a Belgian. And much like wineries, you can walk into chocolate shops in Belgium and take part in taster sessions and classes on chocolate making”. Like everything good, the best chocolate also happens to be among the most expensive, and that is precisely the reason why, when you look up a dessert menu and see a chocolate cake that seems a little bit more expensive than you’d expected, remember to ask the waiter if the chocolate used is from Belgium. The chances are that it could have some mouth watering praline or truffles in it, making the extra pounds that you have to shell out worth every bite you take.

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Ultimate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

Nuchia Foods Corporation has a recipe for a gluten free chocolate chip cookie made from its alternative flour. Their Original Chia Seed Flour is an all purpose baking flour that does not require any additives plus it is loaded with omega-3, protein and insoluble fiber. Original Chia Seed Flour bakes and taste remarkably similar to whole wheat. It can be substituted 1 for 1 for highly processed wheat flour.

Nuchia Foods Original Chia Seed flour is the only flour of its kind. It is not just ground up Chia Seeds offered by other companies, it is an all purpose alternative flour made from a special process.

Nuchia is releasing a full line of Gluten Free Snacks in April and has released the recipe for its Ultimate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie. You can wait and find it in your stores or try it for yourself.

Cookie Recipe

Ultimate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup Butter
3 1/2 Cup Organic Brown Sugar
5 1/4 cup Nuchia Original Chia Flour
2 each Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup water
1 tsp sea salt (a little less)
4 tsp baking power
2 tbs Baking cocoa
2 cup Dark Chocolate (chucks or chips)

Instructions:

Place soften (not melted) butter, sugar, water, eggs and vanilla in mixing bowl. With a mixer, mix together until creamy. 2. Mix dry ingredients and dark chocolate chips together in separate bowl then by hand add to wet mix in portions. Bake 5 to 8 minutes at 325 (modify bake time to make a soft or harder Cookie). We used a convection oven; modify baking time to suit baking conditions.

We used a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion cookies, and then rolled them into balls. Batch makes 170 cookies, enough for a gluten free birthday party.

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Sugar Rush? Sweet Tooth? Retro Sweets are back!

Friday the 5th of February 1953 may not stand out in your mind but when you think about it this date actually probably had a BIG impact on your childhood; why? Because it marks the day when the Government ended sweet rationing of course! Meaning the sugar rush felt by kids all across the nation was well and truly back. It is also the reason that when you were growing up you had so much choice and freedom with the amount of sweets that were on offer to you.

Welcome to the Retro Sweet Shop!

Black jacks, cola bottles, dolly mixtures, caramac bars, drumstick lollies, flying saucers, love hearts, fruit salads, dip dabs, milk bottles and much more – Did you think they’d disappeared? Think again! All of your favourites are now back, ready for you to relive the old days.

I bet the mere mention of the above has taken you down memory lane and dug up concepts of your childhood. Going to the tuck shop in your break time to buy rainbow drops, trips to the corner shop to pick up some gobstoppers, walking home f r o m school with a bag of cola cubes and hanging out with friends sharing all your favourites; sweets have been a part of our childhood and we all had our favourites but why should we abandon these sweet delights just because we are older? Let’s carry on the tradition and start satisfying our sweet tooth again!

Thanks to the Internet boom there are now websites emerging that provide you with a huge range of retro chews, chocs, lollies, yummy gummies, treats and bubblegum as well as retro bars. The choice is so big that it is guaranteed to satisfy even the sweetest tooth and best of all they can make the perfect gift.

Treat your loved ones with traditional, retro sweet gifts

Whether you are looking to buy for yourself or someone special, retro sweets are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. A prime example of when they make the perfect gift is a 21st or 30th birthday of one of your oldest friends, someone who you used to go to the corner shop with to buy sherbet sticks. Buying a gift hamper of retro sweets will bring back all the childhood memories of all the time the two of you spent together; what a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion!

Maybe you are looking to treat your special other half? Love hearts, Parma violets and strawberries and cream hard boiled old fashioned sweets are a cute, romantic way of staying I love you.

If you are looking to say thank you to a family member, such as your Grandma then think back to when you were young and how she always carried your favourite traditional sweets in her bag; why not repay the favour? Visit an online store and make your own gift bag of sweets, which includes all of her favourites and all of those classic sweets she used to keep especially for you. Not only does this provide her with lovely treats but it also demonstrates how much you appreciate everything she used to do for you and how much you love spending time with her.

What if the person you are buying the retro sweets for doesn’t really have any memories of them f r o m their childhood? Maybe they were too young or just never really indulged. In cases such as this I say let them start to create some memories now! Introduce them to the sweets that meant a lot to you when you were growing up because remember your never too young or too old to get stuck into some sweets!

If you are looking to treat someone with a selection of sweets then DON’T rush out to your local shop; all you’ll find there are a limited selection of modern sweets, what you need to do it get yourself to an online sweet shop. Visit a site that specialises in retro sweets f r o m decades such as the 70’s and 80’s and you will be amazed at what you can find. All the classics and all your favourites will be on there; all that’s left for you to do then is to pick which ones you want, so start looking now and create the perfect gift and trip down memory lane.

For more information please visit our website http://www.smartgiftsolutions.co.uk.

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Waitrose Launches New Range Of Seasonal Fine Foods With An International Twist Which Has Something To Suit All Tastes And Budgets

Waitrose has announced the launch of their new range of seasonal fine foods with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

As the credit crunch drives the appeal for home entertaining and dining, those watching the pennies this festive period can still enjoy the finest foods with the fresh party collection from Waitrose.

The new range offers an exciting collection of 38 contemporary canapés, with something to suit all tastes.

This latest range includes bite-sized classics from around the world, such as traditional styled classics with British recipes like Mini Beef Wellingtons, and Mini Yorkshire Puddings filled with beef, onion relish and crème fraîche with horseradish and mustard.

The Mediterranean collection includes Scallop and Chorizo Skewers, which are hand-made with slices of spicy Spanish chorizo and succulent scallops, marinated with roasted peppers, Sunblush tomato paste and parsley. Other Mediterranean favourites include the ever popular Brie and Cranberry Parcels, as well as Mushroom and Mascarpone Cups, Mini Bruschettas and Lamb Koftas.

The Oriental flavours which are on offer include Mini Salmon Fishcakes with a garlic and ginger dip, Mini Duck Spring Rolls, Spiced Chicken and Cashew Cakes and Paper Prawns.

The new Christmas recipes party food collection will be available in Waitrose branches from November 17th ensuring anyone can lay on an impressive buffet spread for their New Year’s celebration with minimum effort.

All items are suitable for home-freezing too, so they can keep be kept in the freezer through Christmas and into the New Year, and of course all come with the assurance that they are made with the highest quality ingredients.

The new party food collection will be available in Waitrose branches from November 17th About Waitrose Waitrose has 191 branches in its estate including stores in Wales and Scotland and has just been named Britain’s Best High Street Retailer at the Which? Awards 2008 and Supermarket of the Year by the RSPCA at its Good Business Awards in 2008. The food shop has won more major wine awards than any other retailer and was named Supermarket of the Year 2007 at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Waitrose sells over 1,700 organic products, over 60 different types of fish and seafood and more than 100 different cheeses. The food shop also enjoys one of the best reputations for dealing with farmers and suppliers

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Highland Fayre Has Launched A New Range Of Luxury Hampers

Highland Fayre, the premier Scottish hamper company for luxury corporate gift hampers, has just released a brand new range of hampers.

The new Highland Fayre hamper range is set to offer a wide selection of goods, including the company’s Royal Banquet, which contains a selection of their finest wines and gourmet food. There is also variety of Scottish hampers, chocolate gift boxes and the traditional port and stilton selections, as well as cases of wine and champagne hampers.

Highland Fayre is also continuing to offer customers the bespoke hamper service, as well as the new range of hampers. The service offers clients the ability to specify the contents of their hamper, as well as the style of packaging and type of delivery service. A large selection of food is on offer and hampers can also be tailored to particular food and drink types.

Highland Fayre has also recently noticed an increase in business from abroad. A spokesperson for Highland Fayre commented on the increasing popularity of its hampers from British expats living overseas:

“Our hampers have always been popular with UK customers and now we’re seeing an increase in orders for our Christmas hampers from British expats currently residing in Australia, China, America and other countries. It can be difficult for those living aboard to arrange gifts for their friends and family back home, but the quick and easy nature of buying and sending a hamper through our website, is proving popular with many who reside abroad.”

The popularity of Highland Fayre hampers abroad can be attributed to the company’s ability to arrange delivery of their hampers throughout Europe, and its partner hamper companies in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

About Highland Fayre:
Highland Fayre Ltd is the premier Scottish hamper company for luxury corporate gift hampers. Highland Fayre was established in 1985 and has since developed a high quality reputation within the corporate gift market.

Highland Fayre extensive experience of supplying bespoke hampers and gifts allows their dedicated team to gauge instinctively which luxury items recipients most like to find in their hamper or gift box. Highland Fayre offers a selection of luxury gift hampers that includes wine gift boxes, themed hampers and luxury Christmas hampers for all ranges of budgets.

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