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  • A New Era For The Brussel Sprout

    Once the most maligned vegetable on the Christmas spread, this hardy winter brassica has undergone something of a make-over…. The humble sprout has never really been met with the warmest reception. Whether through bad press, poor preparation or simply being misunderstood, this cornerstone of the Christmas dinner is something that’s long been endured, rather than … read more…

  • November’s Seasonal Spotlight is out now!

    Download here: November 2019 Seasonal Spotlight In this months spotlight, we also take a look at our top seasonal picks brussel sprouts, figs and Tendril pea shoots. We also catch up with one of our dairy suppliers Tims Dairy. As we head into November it’s time to start planning ahead to Christmas and the New … read more…

  • Kitchen Hacks: Save Time, Money and Labour…

    Cooking with fresh ingredients has always been labour intensive, as anyone who has ever run a professional kitchen can attest. From peeling, slicing and dicing, to deboning, trimming and marinating, it’s a world where flavour can come at a cost. So as foodservice continues to be an industry where costs are increasing and margins remain … read more…

  • Onions: The kitchen workhorse…

    As a reliable workhorse of the kitchen, the humble onion can sometimes be overlooked. While it features in countless meals from all corners of the globe, this hardy ingredient never truly gets its time to bask in the spotlight. However, what the onion lacks in top bill headlining, it more than makes up for with … read more…

  • Exotic mushrooms

    Characterised by their depth, earthiness and savouriness, mushrooms are synonymous with autumn. At this time of year the bounty unfolds as we see everything from porcini and chanterelles, through to enoki and oyster mushrooms come through Fresh Direct. However, beyond the mainstay of your standard British field mushroom, we offer a wealth of options for … read more…

  • October’s Seasonal Spotlight is out now!

    Download here: October 2019 Seasonal Spotlight In this months spotlight, we also take a look at our top seasonal picks exotic mushrooms, tomatoes and onions. We also catch up with grower Jason Thurlow who supplies onions into our supplier QV Foods. The UK summer growing season also comes to a close this month meaning we’ll … read more…

  • Planning for Christmas Menus

    In this game, it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas. With corporate bookings and work-dos filling in from the end of November, this festive period can be one of the most lucrative times in the food service calendar. While it might be a long slog of turkeys, sprouts and Christmas puddings, it’s also … read more…

  • Back to our roots…

    It’s one of the most reliable food groups in the seasonal calendar, ready to bolster a great multitude of dishes and a leader when it comes to filling, nutritious veg-forward meals. We have a strong dependency on root veg here in Britain. However, whether it’s the veg within a hearty pie, or the cornerstone of … read more…

  • September’s Seasonal Spotlight is out now!

    Download here: September 2019 Seasonal Spotlight In this month’s Spotlight, our Head of Procurement Liz Wood talks about how volatile and inconsistent weather across the world is impacting the supply of fresh produce.  We also take a look at our top seasonal picks carrots, pumpkins, butternut squash and melons. Following a challenging 2018/19 season for … read more…

  • Pumpkins Season is just around the corner…

    The pumpkin gets plenty of attention for its Halloween exploits, but this familiar orange orb is actually one of the finest squashes to grace the kitchen. The pumpkin has been grown on our shores for centuries and it’s only until recently that we have started growing them mainly for decoration purposes. But as we move … read more…

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