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High-fruit still drink

A traditional still lemonade-and-orange drink called Orchard Fruits is the latest product to be launched by catering supplier Autobar.

Orchard Fruits is available in 500ml cartons with a screw cap and, Autobar claims, the drink has a high fruit content and contains no artificial colours or flavours, making it an ideal alternative to high-sugar fizzy drinks. It comes in cases of 10.

PRICE: About £3.33 for 10 x 500g


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Premium ice-cream

Wall’s has launched its Carte d’Or premium ice-cream and sorbets to the catering industry.

Twenty flavours of ice-cream and eight of fruit sorbet will be available, including vanilla with vanilla pods, and walnut with walnut pieces. They come in specially designed resealable tubs for caterers, a single 5-litre ice-cream tub and two 2.5-litre tubs for the sorbets, which allow for scooping and serving in cones, tubs, desserts and sundaes.

Carte d’Or merchandise is also available, including menu cards, umbrellas and dishes.

PRICE: 5-litre ice-cream tubs, £13.09; sorbets, 2 x 2.5-litre tubs, £13.09


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Thermo Kettle holds its heat

Russell Hobbs has introduced the Thermo Kettle to its Classic White range of small electrical appliances.

With a 2.2-litre capacity and an automatic “keep warm” function button for use throughout the day, the Thermo Kettle also has a hinged lid, released via a catch, which allows for easy filling to the recommended maximum level.

When in use, the red “heat” light indicates that the main heating element is operating. When the water is boiled, this switches off and is replaced by the yellow “warm” light.

The company suggests that the Thermo Kettle is ideal for businesses that want the convenience of having hot water safely and quickly dispensed.

PRICE: From about £49.99


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Golden Churn for caterers

St Ivel has made its Golden Churn dairy spread available to caterers.

Made with buttermilk, Golden Churn has no cholesterol, says St Ivel. Spreadable from the fridge, it can be used on bread, toast, scones, crumpets and tea cakes, as well as being useful for baking, shallow frying and freezing. The containers are reusable.

PRICES: 1kg, £2.76; 2kg, £5.27; 4kg, £10.90


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Space-saving fryers

Recently launched by Cougar Direct is a range of counter-top fryers which, says the company, have been designed to produce high outputs within space-saving dimensions.

Among the launches is the modular range of 300 series fryers, available in three widths – 30cm, 45cm and 60cm – each with a depth of 60cm.

The 30cm-wide fryers are available with power ratings of 3kW and 6kW. The 45cm-wide fryer is supplied with twin baskets.

The first of the two 60cm-wide fryers, the 3F61, allows food to be kept apart in separate tanks to help avoid tainting, and one tank can also be operated alone during quieter periods. Each tank has a power rating of 3kW and is capable of producing a total output of 14kg of chips per hour. As much as 28kg of chips per hour can be produced from the 6kW-rated twin tanks of the 60cm-wide 3F62.

PRICES: 3kW/30cm model, £308; 6kW/30cm model, £347; 45cm model, £405; 60cm 3F61, £537; 60cm 3F62, £654


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Peking Duck sauce in a jar

A sweet, rich, Peking-style sauce called Hoi-sin & Spring Onion is the latest launch from Oriental food manufacturer Sharwood’s.

The stir-fry variant has two widely recognised Chinese flavours which reflect the popular restaurant dish Peking Duck, and comes in cases of 12 jars each of 300g.

PRICE: 12 x 300g, £14.51 per case, £1.21 per unit


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Traditional Indian cheese

Capitalising on the growing popularity of vegetarian and Indian meals, Long Clawson Dairy has introduced a traditional Indian cheese, Paneer.

According to Long Clawson, Paneer is a fresh product that is completely natural, rich in protein and 100% vegetarian. It can be cubed, fried, crumbled and even frozen.

Paneer is supplied to the catering market in 1kg packs with an eight-week shelf-life.

PRICE: About £3.80 per kg

AVAILABLE FROM: Long Clawson Dairy

01664 822332

Even-heating burners

Falcon has enhanced its 900SX series grills by developing a system of high-grade burners with improved, robust plaques designed to deliver even heat across the whole of the cooking area. Operating on full, the three-burner G9522 now gives 45,000BTU per hour, giving a cooking temperature of 275¼C.

There are four models of 900SX grill: G9502 and G9532 single-burner models, G9512 twin-burner, which can accept gastronorm containers straight from the oven, and the G9522 triple-burner.

PRICES: From £825

AVAILABLE FROM: Falcon Catering Equipment

01324 554221

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