Yorkshire Crisp Company is now offering 50g drums of its crisps in four flavours including chardonnay wine vinegar, and tomato, basil and mozzarella. Also new are Titbits Gourmet Bites – lightly baked, bite-size cheese and oat biscuits that are perfect for sharing over a glass of wine.
K’s Wors sausages are available in chilli, chilli and garlic, chakalaka and countrystyle flavours. The boerewors is a substantial sausage made from seasoned cuts of prime beef, lamb and pork.
The new Chef Signature range from Nestlé Professional includes Au Goût Rôti (a roast-flavour seasoning liquid), a red and port wine reduction, and a black garlic paste.
Newcomers from Town & Country Fine Foods include the Black Forest long bar, with layers of sponge, whipped cream and chocolate mousse, topped with dark chocolate and a sugar decoration. Also new is its La Rose Noire festive collection of luxury assorted Christmas cookies in eight festive flavours: honey, bruenzli (cocoa cinnamon), leckerli (a Swedish spice cookie), mailanderli (butter lemon), cinnamon star, snow almond, speculoos and graham cookie.
There’s a special range of gluten-free treats for 2018 from LillyPuds. Its post-turkey delights include Fairtrade plum pudding with damson gin, a vegan Christmas pudding and two sticky toffee puddings.
Creed’s Christmas range features premium meat from its in-house butchery, as well as easy but profitable recipes and ideas for finishing dishes. There are also new vegan and vegetarian alternatives, including chocolate orange pudding, fudge cake and buffet foods.
Speciality Breads says frozen breads are the perfect solution for chefs at Christmas as they can be stored easily, need to be defrosted only an hour before they are required, and are great for cutting down on wastage. New in its range is a mini ciabatta roll and a rustic cranberry roll.
Valrhona has added two cuvées to its range: Sakanti Bali 68%, which is tangy and fruity, and Kilti Haiti 66%, which is fresh and balanced with a subtle acidity and toasted nut flavour.
Bunzl Catering Supplies has a range of crackers, tableware, accessories and cups essential for the 2018 Christmas and New Year party season. Among the striking designs are cosy red and green bobble hats, festive skating penguins and polar bears.
Flower & White has brought out a limited-edition collection of chocolate meringues, including truffles and chocolate-covered meringue drops. The meringues are handcrafted in Britain using free-range eggs, natural flavours and colours, and Callebaut chocolate.
Central Foods is advising chefs to stock up on pre-prepared frozen items during the party season. Among its products are vegan and gluten-free foods, such as its Menuserve cauliflower and lentil dhal bundt with spiced mango chutney, and Menuserve cajun-spiced sweet potato roulade with vegan cream cheese, red pepper and black bean salsa. Those with a sweeter tooth should try the Menuserve New York-style baked cheesecake and the Menuserve baked chocolate and cherry cheesecake.
There are 27 vegan products in Bidfood’s 2018 Christmas range, including plant-based buffet nibbles and mains. But the real stars are the desserts, such as Premium Selection Belgian chocolate and raspberry torte, honeybuns mincemeat crumble, and lemon swirl cheesecake.
Meanwhile the company’s chilled Farmstead range features single-serve joints, such as its prosciutto-wrapped turkey roulades with a cranberry and apple stuffing, as well as turkey cushions with pomegranate and orange stuffing.
Thomas Fudge’s has announced a range of new flatbreads. Cheddar and shallot flavour is the perfect accompaniment to creamy dips, while chickpea and sesame or tomato and red chilli could be paired with salsas and guacamole.
Rhug Estate’s free-range organic turkeys and geese enjoy almost seven months on the farm near Corwen, north Wales. There they venture out from their lodges onto clover-rich organic pasture, feed on organic oats, and enjoy a stress-free life listening to classical music.