Just in time for spring, Frutarom Savory Solutions GmbH presents two additions to its Lucullus Sauce portfolio.
The company’s Hollandaise sauce provides the perfect accompaniment for asparagus, whereas its Gratin sauce capitalises on the current trend for authentic and traditional oven-baked dishes. These versatile, powder-based mixes have been prepared without the use of flavour-enhancing additives. Easy to use, they are the perfect choice for artisanal butchers, bakeries, and other outlets that offer hot lunches or on-the-go meals as well as convenience food manufacturers.
Widely recognised as one of the French haute cuisine “mother” sauces, Hollandaise is often served with asparagus, but as a versatile garnish, it also goes very well with a variety of other vegetables, fish and eggs Benedict. Making a good homemade Hollandaise sauce can be time-consuming and challenging, as working with egg yolks and an emulsion that separates easily makes it notoriously difficult to prepare. Frutarom offers its customers an easy-to-use solution that tastes just like it was made in a professional kitchen.
To prepare, mix the powder with cold water and bring to the boil. Then, reduce the heat and add butter. Offering a perfect combination of colour and texture, the sauce can be served as is or further refined with white wine, lemon or spices, or garnished with herbs to create a Béarnaise sauce.
The Gratin sauce is suitable for all dishes prepared “au gratin”, such as potato, vegetable or pasta bakes. Simply add the powder to cream, stir and allow it to stand for thirty minutes. After baking, the result is a perfectly prepared gratin dish with a comforting and delicious cheese taste.
Due to the popular demand for one of Britain’s most traditional sweets, Bonds Confectionery will increase its offering by developing Strawberry Bonbons in its own unique pack.
After a bumper year for the convenience store favourites, Bonds has seen great success in their £1 PMPs, which has led to the strawberry standalone line being price-marked at £1. The old school favourite comes in a case of 12, with not an artificial ingredient in sight. When they hit the shelves in September, nostalgia and wistful reminiscing will be in the air.
The news comes off the back of Bonds celebrating its 120th anniversary, and the announcement of increased turnover and profitability for the year end 31st December 2014. Turnover has increased by 12.2 per cent year on year to £15.58 million, with an increase of 75.4 per cent operating profit to £461,000 and EBITDA increase of 41.5 per cent to £706,000.
Philip Courtenay-Luck, Managing Director of Bonds Confectionery, comments: “Strawberry Bonbons are one of the country’s favourite traditional sweets, so rolling them out in their own brand new pack seems like a no-brainer! I’m sure that placing these sweets in corner shops will rediscover Britain’s love for these tasty treats. The price-marked offering through the Sweet Shop brand has further expansion planned throughout the coming months as it has proved extremely popular with retailers of all sizes; mainly down to not only the fantastic price point, but also the fact that they’re easy to merchandise.”
A Half & Half bread, combining wholegrain and white flours has been launched to the Out Of Home market by Kara, the foodservice brand of Fletchers Group of Bakeries.
The launch of the healthier half-white, half-brown bread provides the foodservice industry with its first major branded 50:50 bread which has the taste and texture of a white sliced loaf, but carries the nutritional benefits of whole wheat.
Kara’s Half & Half bread provides a great new concept for the foodservice industry and responds to a 20 per cent increase in retail market demand for 50:50 style bread by young adults - and 30 per cent growth in demand by young families over the last twelve months according to Tesco data by Dunnhumby.
Fletchers Group head of foodservice, Chris Haddy, says: “This is an innovative product for the foodservice sector and taps into an established trend towards healthier breads, which still carry a white bread flavour.
“Our Half & Half bread has been extensively researched prior to manufacture to deliver a product which matches consumer likes. This includes reduced bitterness, increased sweetness and the texture of a white bread, but it also contains no hydrogenated fats or preservatives.”
Kara brand products are frozen at the point of baking, which offers significant benefits to OOH caterers such as increased shelf-life and sealed in freshness – enabling the product to be defrosted and used immediately to regain the freshly baked quality.
Chris adds: “Kara’s Half & Half combines a delicious taste with important nutritional benefits and complements our existing bloomers & sliced bread range. It is ideal for families, health conscious individuals, adults, teenagers, children and those not willing to compromise on bread’s taste.
“This places the bread to perform well across the consumer board, but also makes it ideal for the educational market.”
Dunnhumby’s data from Tesco indicates that as well as increases in uptake of 50:50 breads by young adults and young families, there is a 24% rise in demand among older families, a 14% rise among older adults and an 11% rise among pensioners.
The new Half & Half bread is a thick-sliced 18 plus two sliced loaf configuration and contains all the natural nutritional benefits of whole wheat, manufactured from 50 percent wholegrain flour and 50 per cent white flour.
Half & Half is available in 110mm x 115mm slices and each loaf weighs 750 grams.
Foodservice is a fast growing sector for Fletchers Group of Bakeries, due to continued NPD and Kara’s focus on customer service.