Yearly Archives: 2017

OUR WINES ARE FINE

It’s very much a case of ‘another day, another award’ and what better way to start the day than hearing of more success for our portfolio.

This time it’s a very recent addition to the Society of Vintners stock range.

As you can see above, the Hecht & Bannier Rose is a Provence Rose with a very attractive glass stopper and it has been awarded a SILVER MEDAL in the very prestigious DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS.

Decanter invite producers to submit their wines with technical details, price and retail availability.  Four bottles of each wine are logged, categorised and coded according to country and region.

The judges hail  from around the world, including Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, and many of them are the foremost experts in their field. Judging is organised into categories, initially based on region. For example, Champagne will be judged by a panel of Champagne experts.The judges taste wines individually. They know the region, style and price bracket, but they don’t know who produced the wine or the brand name. They then compare notes on the wine and reach a consensus on each wine’s medal.

As a silver medal winner, Hecht & Bannier has been identified as “a very accomplish wine with impressive complexity.”  Fruity, crisp and fresh, it is very well balanced, with a great acidity and a refined finish.  Tasty rose water and chalk notes can be detected alongside flavours of white cherry, peach, strawberry and  cantaloupe.

So that’s awards in the Sommelier Wine Awards, the International Wine Challenge, and now Decanter… all in one week!

Get in touch with your Territory Sales Manager if you are interested in purchasing Hecht & Bannier Rose or indeed any of our wines.

 

WINE SUCCESS CONTINUES

The rich vein of form that our wines hold in international competitions has continued this week, with the results of the 2017 Sommelier Wine Awards having been made public, as well as two more winners for us from the International Wine Challenge.

The Sommelier Wine Awards are the premier wine competition in the UK for the on-trade and as members of the Society of Vintners for Scotland, four of our exclusive wines were entered and did very well indeed. 

The results were:

Irene Morales Grand Reserve Chardonnay – GOLD MEDAL Toasty, nutty and buttery, with floral blossom hints on the nose,’ began Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall, who was impressed with this Gold Lister’s ‘full body, food-friendly richness and depth, with some ripe stone fruits and gentle citrus on a complex palate’. ‘Spicy, leafy notes, beautiful acidity and amazing complexity, with vegetal and red apple hints, and it’s good value, too,’ added The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira. Plateau’s Federico Forte saw this as a versatile match for either seared monkfish or chicken.

San Giorgio Pinot Grigio – BRONZE MEDAL

‘Fresh melon and apple, very juicy acidity, refreshing on the palate with a touch of spice and grassy character,’ said Corin Ireland of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, while team leader Andrea Briccarello found ‘slight richness with plenty of citrus and nicely balanced’.

Los Vinateros Crianza – COMMENDED

 Jules Feraud Brut NV – COMMENDED
Whilst we’re happy to tell you how excellent our wines are, it’s great to see them being recognised as such by independent experts.

Other wines available through our membership of the Society of Vintners also did well including:

Michel Leon Riesling – GOLD MEDAL
This was ‘fresh and mineral, with grapefruit character and citrus, dry and a little austere on the palate but shows minerality and lime, with a smoky finish’, said Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan, while team leader Laurent Richet MS also noted ‘lemon-lime fruit, Granny Smith apples, notes of pineapple and a mineral finish’. Ivan Ruiz of Wright Brothers thought it would match salt-baked sea bream perfectly.

Parlez-Vous Cabernet Franc Rose – GOLD MEDAL

Showed ‘nice cranberry and berry fruit on the nose’, according to Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, who found ‘plenty of punchy redcurrant and rhubarb character on the palate, all really well knitted together’, with team leader Jade Koch highlighting ‘warm ripe peach notes, tart acidity and an apple crunch on the finish, juicy with some elegance’. ‘Duck or rabbit stew would match well,’ concluded Buddha Bar’s Piotr Artur Tomaszewski.

Over at the International Wine Challenge there was success for:
Chablis L’Onciale – SILVER MEDAL
The judges described it as “Benchmark, classic Chablis, firm and steely lemon hints with intense minerality and a juicy long finish.”

Tinamou Pinot Noir was COMMENDED.

JOB VACANCY: ADMINISTRATOR

Job Vacancy: Administrator
Location: Blantyre
Competitive Salary
Closing Date: 22/5/17

Job Summary
We have an excellent opportunity for an Administrator to join our hardworking and friendly team in what is a rapidly growing company in Scotland’s blossoming food and drinks industry, working with some of the world’s largest brands.

This role is incredibly varied and you will enjoy being involved across all of the different business areas providing support to fellow staff members and the Management team.

You will be proficient in MS Office, and have the ability to prioritise and organise your own work load.  The successful candidate will be experienced in administration.

Job description
The overall principle of this position is to assist in achieving increased sales in line with our strategies.

You will be inducted to all aspects of the business before you start to work in the field.
 
Role Description

Duties include:

  • Sales administration support
  • Updating pricing
  • Maintaining our web-based supplier portal
  • Maintaining procure wizard, investigating queries to resolution
  • Various reporting on stock, summary reports
  • Assisting in other areas of the finance department, including purchase ledger, cash office and sales ledger admin.  We are looking for a great “all -rounder”.

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Accurate and have an eye for detail, work to deadlines
  • Ability to manage own workload
  • Be polite, smart & willing to work as part of a team
  • Be flexible in their approach to work and assist other departments if required
  • Meticulous attention to detail & accuracy when entering pricing
  • Deliver high standard of customer service to internal & external customers
  • Knowledge in the food & drinks industry, and  having worked with the ‘Lady Lodge’ system would be an advantage

Dunns embraces its values and behaviours (Passion, Respect, Innovation, Openness, Reliability and Integrity) and candidates will be attracted by our business culture.

We are a growing company with a hard working culture & opportunities to progress your career & personal skills.

For the right candidate, this is a great opportunity to take on a challenging & varied role, and to develop your career.

If you can deliver the high standards we expect and are looking to join a well-established team, we would love to hear from you.

Benefits

  • 28 days holiday per annum
  • Staff discount of all non-alcohol items
  • Auto enrolment pension   

Company information
One of the most historic family businesses in Scotland, Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd are an award-winning delivered wholesaler that are continuing to grow throughout the country with a remarkable portfolio of foodservice products from around the world covering chilled, ambient and frozen, as well as drinks of all descriptions – including craft beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.   We even have soft drinks brands of our own which are listed in every independent cash and carry, delivered wholesaler and 2 multiples in Scotland!

In 2017, we’ve been recognised as having Scotland’s Best Delivered Operation in Foodservice – following on from winning the title of Scotland’s Food Wholesaler of the Year two years running!

Applications
NO AGENCIES PLEASE

Please apply via the job advert on S1 Jobs at http://bit.ly/2pnAc6C  by the closing date.  Please do not call.

Recipe Inspiration: Chorizo and Judion Beans with Rich Pumpkin Sauce

Lots of you have already taken advantage of our distribution partnership with Brindisa, the key UK importer of Spanish foods.

Since 1988, Brindisa have been sourcing only the best quality Spanish foods: cheeses, charcuterie, oils, vinegars, nuts, fruit, vegetables, pulses, fish, spices, honeys and other edible treats. 
As suppliers to world renowned emporiums including Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Masons, it is clear to see the quality that they, and now we, can boast.

Already we are stocking several of the most popular lines including chorizos and manchego cheese but with hundreds more of their specialist Spanish products available, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

If you’re looking for inspiration as to how you might use the range then why not try out this delicious dish from the Brindisa experts…

Chorizo and Judion Beans with Rich Pumpkin Sauce
Serves 4 as a hearty one plate meal

Ingredients
2 Alejandro Barbecoa chorizo hoops
60ml Nuñez de Prado olive oil
(plus a little more for frying the chorizos)

150g pumpkin flesh, cut into 1-2cm chunks
1 medium onion, chopped
2 dried Choricero Riojan peppers, stems and seeds removed and torn into small pieces
1 dried Guindilla Riojan pepper, stems and seeds removed and and torn into small pieces (or use 2 guindillas for a more definite bit of heat)
2 good sized garlic cloves, sliced
600ml vegetable stock
10ml Valdespino sherry vinegar
1 fresh bay leaf, bruised

Salt
2 jars El Navarrico judion beans, rinsed and drained
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced to garnish
Sprigs of mint leaves to garnish

Method
Heat a little olive oil in a casserole dish and gently fry the whole chorizos until just cooked but still juicy – browning well on both sides. Remove the chorizos from the dish, pour off most of the chorizo fat and put the chorizos to one side.

Turn up the heat to medium, add the olive oil to the casserole dish and sauté the pumpkin, onion, peppers and garlic until the onion starts to soften.

Add the stock, sherry vinegar and bay leaf. Reduce the heat, cover the casserole and simmer until the pumpkin is soft (approx. 20 minutes).

Remove the bay leaf and puree the pumpkin mixture in a liquidiser or food processor before returning the pureed pumpkin mixture into the casserole dish and placing over a medium-low heat. Season if necessary.

Cut the chorizos into 1 cm slices and add to the casserole, then carefully stir in the beans. Heat to serving temperature.

Serve garnished with the diced tomatoes and mint leaves.

Job Vacancy: Sales

Job Vacancy: Territory Sales Manager
Location: Scotland
Competitive Salary
Closing Date: 30/6/17

Job Summary
This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing company in Scotland’s blossoming food and drinks industry and work with some of the world’s largest brands.

Sales are essential to our business and we are on the lookout for a results-driven individual with passion, pride and a genuine desire for learning and development. 

The role will be challenging but rewarding and will develop your skills alongside our business

Job description

Project Description
The overall principle of this position is to assist in achieving increased sales in line with our strategies.

You will be inducted to all aspects of the business before you start to work in the field.

Placement Objectives
The ultimate aim of this position is to assist in increasing our sales but on a wider level it will assist in our strategy of raising consumer awareness about who we are and what we can do for operators in our industry.  

The position will help us conquer target sectors as well as equipping us with the knowledge to move in to others.

Role Description

Main Tasks:

  • Territory performance – developing and sustaining existing business and bringing on new.
  • Maintaining product mix to achieve company margin
  • Maintaining and develop existing customers
  • Opening new accounts
  • Territory objectives
  • Call rate
  • Credit control

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Self-motivation and time management
  • Great selling and relationship building skills
  • Enthusiastic and committed approach with a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Responsible and ethical behaviour towards all stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills across all levels of the business
  • An enjoyment of dealing directly with people
  • Full, clean UK driving license
  • Competent user of all common IT applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Project management capability
  • Established personal management skills

Desirable Skills

  • Demonstrable interest in our industry
  • Proactive sales experience

Benefits

  • 28 days holiday per annum
  • Staff discount of all non-alcohol items
  • Auto enrolment pension   

Company information
One of the most historic family businesses in Scotland, Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd are an award-winning delivered wholesaler that are continuing to grow throughout the country with a remarkable portfolio of foodservice products from around the world covering chilled, ambient and frozen, as well as drinks of all descriptions – including craft beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.   We even have soft drinks brands of our own which are listed in every independent cash and carry, delivered wholesaler and 2 multiples in Scotland!

In 2017, we’ve been recognised as having Scotland’s Best Delivered Operation in Foodservice – following on from winning the title of Scotland’s Food Wholesaler of the Year two years running!

Applications
NO AGENCIES PLEASE
To apply, send a copy of your CV and covering letter to sales@dunnsfoodanddrinks.co.uk by the closing date.  Please do not call.

Job Vacancy: Buyer

Job Vacancy: Buyer
Location: Blantyre
Competitive Salary
Closing Date: 30/6/17

Job Summary
This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing company in Scotland’s blossoming food and drinks industry.

In 2016, we recognised a need to review our procurement practices so that we could streamline our processes. We did so and now, as we continue to grow, we want to enhance our efficiency further.

Job description
Our marketplace is very competitive and it is important to stand out from the crowd. We have identified that within our buying department, there is need for innovation in particular categories and there is now a requirement to review processes in those categories and to interact with new and innovative suppliers.

Our immediate focus will consider improvements in the Food sector.

Objective
This position is aimed at helping to improve the connections between the developing markets and our buying patterns, by having a better understanding of our systems and processes as well as the needs of our customers.

Role Description
Main Tasks:
Daily stock checks and stock orders with the controllers
• Attend supplier meetings with the buyers and present minutes from the meeting
• Work alongside marketing colleagues on sector specific promotions
• Conduct relevant market research using a variety of resources, including product literature and digital media
• Participate in trade accompaniments with Sales Team

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills
• Enthusiastic and committed attitude
• Excellent numeracy skills
• Competent user of all common IT applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Outstanding communication skills across all levels of the business
• Project management capability
• Established personal management skills

Desirable Skills
• Appreciation for what is required to be a success in the Food and Drinks sector

Company benefits
• 28 days holiday per annum
• Staff discount of all non-alcohol items
• Auto enrolment pension

Company information
One of the most historic family businesses in Scotland, Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd are an award-winning delivered wholesaler that are continuing to grow throughout the country with a remarkable portfolio of foodservice products from around the world covering chilled, ambient and frozen, as well as drinks of all descriptions – including craft beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. We even have soft drinks brands of our own which are listed in every independent cash and carry, delivered wholesaler and 2 multiples in Scotland!

In 2017, we’ve been recognised as having Scotland’s Best Delivered Operation in Foodservice – following on from winning the title of Scotland’s Food Wholesaler of the Year two years running!

Applications
NO AGENCIES PLEASE

To apply, please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to sales@dunnsfoodanddrinks.co.uk by the closing date.  Please do not call.

Country Range Cornish Pasty Receives Mark Of Quality

The award wins are coming in from all angles and this time it’s for the delicious Country Range Cornish Pasty which been announced as winner of the 2017 People’s Choice Q Award.

The Country Range Q trophy haul is growing.

The Q, (Quality) Awards run each year and are designed to recognise the best quality products in food and drink in retail and wholesale.  You may have seen the Q Award logo on retail packaging as they are a respected set of awards and demonstrate where a panel of industry experts have recognised exceptional quality.

Our Country Range Cornish Pasty was a winner in the 2016 Café Quality awards and was selected to be put forward for the People’s Choice Award.

This is another round of testing, undertaken at Camden BRI, by between 50 – 60 consumers with the objective of the study ‘to identify the products recognised as having the highest levels of innovation and product excellence by consumers’.  They follow a really thorough process to critically evaluate the award entries.

Products were assessed on:

Stage 1 – Overall appearance; aroma; flavour; texture / mouthfeel

Stage 2 – measure on a scale of 0 – 100 with 0 = ‘Not at all close to expectations of ideal’ and 100 = ‘Fully meets expectations of ideal’

Stage 3 – free comments about likes and dislikes

Based on all the criteria which were assessed across all the products within a category a Winner, Highly Commended and a Commended product were identified for each of the 5 categories, (Food Awards; Good choice Awards; Drink Awards; Café Awards; Wholesale Awards).

Our Country Range Cornish Pasty was the winning product in the Wholesale Category.

Comments from the consumer judges included:
‘Looked beautiful and home made, chunky, full of different ingredients, good spice too’
‘Good quality, golden brown flaky pastry, rich filling with lots of succulent meat and onions, very flavoursome and filling’
‘Excellent product … would definitely purchase’
‘…Really impressed’
‘Looks and tastes delicious’

The product packaging will now be updated to incorporate the Q Award winning logos, look out for more news on the win in the May issue of Stir It Up magazine and in trade press!

The win re-enforces the assurance of continued high quality across the Country Range brand. 

Wine Awards Flowing Fast At Dunns

As the members for Scotland of the exclusive Society of Vinters  (SoV) buying group, we are very particular about the quality of our wines.  Although we are still early inImage result for parlez vous sauvignon blanc 2017, the year has already seen recognition for our wine options coming in thick and fast.

The latest award sees Parlez – Vous Sauvignon Blanc pick up a Bronze Medal at The Drinks Business 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Masters.     It’s a delicious, zingy Sauvignon sourced from the Loire Valley but has a style more New World, with tropical fruits, than is normal from the region.   It has white flowers and tropical fruits on the nose and these are reflected on the clean palate before a citrus burst to finish.

We’ve not brought in Parlez – Vous previously so it’s a new option but is available through our SoV membership – get in touch with your Territory Manager today to discuss your requirements.

The award for Parlez – Vous follows hot on the heels of a terrific win for Bon Courage Unwooded Chardonnay.  At the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde® competition, it was recognised as amongst the best in the world, picking up a gold medal!

Previously, there were several successes for our exclusive SoV wines at the International Wine Challenge  (IWC).   Now in it’s 34th year, the IWC is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. Every wine is assessed blind and judged for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage.   Each is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges

The successful wines were:
Tranche 1

Irene Morales Carmenere / Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve 2013 – Bronze Medal
Elegant with whispered notes of blueberry, black pepper and some blackcurrant leaf. The palate is well structured with peppery tannins. A serious wine that would work well with steak and other red meat based dishes.

Neptune Point Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Commended
This latest vintage is pure, flavourful and intense with aromas and flavours of passion fruit and grass. This is well structured with integrated acidity and a nice rounded palate. Perfect with
white fish, salads or goats cheese.

Bon Courage Dry Gewurztraminer 2015 – Commended
Pure and focused with aromas and flavours of lychee, roses, cream and violets with fresh citrus acidity. Extremely varietal with a nicely rounded palate. Enjoy with spicy fare especially Chinese and Thai food.

 Tranche 2
Kleindal Chenin Blanc 2016 – Bronze Medal

Subtle notes of fruit salad and white stone fruit with a textured, well-rounded palate. There is fresh, balancing acidity and papaya and mango on the finish. Try with quiches, salads or chicken and pineapple stir fry.


Kleindal Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Commended

Medium depth of colour and body with exuberant notes of plums, red cherries and damsons. This is round and silky with soft tannins and fresh, balancing acidity. Perfect when paired with BBQ chicken wings or hog roast.

The recognitions for all of these wines serve as a vindication of the work of our SoV resident “Mistress of Wine”, Sam Caporn who continually reviews our range in its entirety for quality and benchmarking.   Look our for Sam every week on Saturday Kitchen on BBC1 as they’ve followed in our footsteps and appointed her as their wine expert!

Delight as Scottish Team Win Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2017

As exclusive Country Range members for Scotland, Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd were delighted to see a Scottish team triumph at the Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2017!

After a gripping live theatre final at ScotHot 2017 on the 15th March, Iona Duncan, Agnieska Dudko and Katarazyna Hospodarewska from Ayrshire College were crowned Champions.

Competing against college teams from around the UK including Blackpool and the Fylde College, City College Norwich, City of Liverpool College, Glasgow Clyde College, Henley College Coventry, Hopwood Hall College and Loughborough College, the Ayrshire College star all-female trio wowed judges with their teamwork, cooking skills, creativity and plate perfect dishes.

In an extremely tight contest, where Henley College Coventry and City College Norwich took runner-up and third place respectively, teams had to create and plate a three-course, three-cover meal in just 90 minutes within the theme of “Healthy Gourmet Fine Dining”.

This included a vegetarian starter containing at least one super grain, a main course that could contain meat or fish but had to be centred around imaginative healthy cooking techniques, and a dessert that should contain fruit where possible and refrain from containing too much butter and cream.

The winning menu from Ayrshire College consisted of:

Mushroom Consommé with Chai Seed Dumpling, Broccoli, Pickled Mushrooms and Textures of Onion
Guinea Fowl, Crispy Black Pudding, Fennel, Carrot and Orange Puree and Potato Boulangere, Port Jus
Pistachio, Lime and Coconut Cake with Coconut Sorbet, Passion Fruit Jelly and Compressed Mango

In addition to taking home the prestigious and much coveted Country Range Student Chef Challenge title, the Ayrshire college team have also won the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Culinary Team in catering for over a thousand guests at the Craft Guild of Chefs Annual Awards 2017

Craft Guild of Chefs’ head judge Chris Basten congratulated the winners and commented on just how tough the challenge was:
“A massive congratulations to Ayrshire College who are definitely deserved winners this year. As we expected from the final there was a fantastic array of skills on shows, from sous vide cooking to more traditional and classic cooking methods. Cooking a three-course meal in 1 hour ½ is tough at the best of times but the team showed bags of innovation in their menus and definitely hit the brief with what they served. Each and every team can hold their heads up high at a fantastic job done, as the judging was to strict competition standard so a very well done Ayrshire College who are definitely three young chefs to watch closely in the future.”

Emma Holden, Country Range Student Chef Challenge, said:
“It’s been an incredible challenge with the bar being raised higher and higher each year. From today’s evidence the UK’s professional kitchens are in safe hands as the skills, flavours, combinations and creativity displayed were amazing. All the teams who competed received Gold or Silver Awards from ScotHot too which just shows the high standard on show by the student chefs. We thank all the teams who took part in this year’s challenge but a huge congratulations goes to the all-female team of Iona, Agnieska and Katarazyna who thoroughly deserve to be named winners of this year’s Country Range Student Chef Challenge.”

Agnieska Dudko, winning team member from Ayrshire College, said:
“It’s just absolutely amazing and we’re all still speechless. Even just to get to the final was a big achievement but to win it is out of this world and I’m just so happy. The whole challenge was incredibly rewarding, terrifying at times but we couldn’t have done it without our lecturer Annmarie who believed in us and pushed us to be the best we can. We practised hard, worked together, were clean and tidy and cared about everything we did and the hard work definitely paid off in the end. I can’t wait to go to London and cook with the Culinary team now!”

Annmarie Farr, Ayrshire College Lecturer, said:
“I’m the proudest lecturer around and delighted my team have won the crown. People have travelled from all around the UK so you realise how big and important the competition is to student chefs, the lecturers and colleges. I’ve entered and put students through similar competitions in the past but this is definitely by far the highlight because to get this stage and to have done so well is absolutely amazing for the girls. ”

Now in its 23rd year, the annual Country Range Student Chef Challenge, which is run in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs, has become the pinnacle for full-time hospitality and catering college students looking to showcase their culinary prowess and creativity, while developing “real life” catering skills and experience under intense pressure situations. Applications for the 2018 Country Range Student Chef Challenge open on the 30th April so for further information and to register your interest visit www.countryrangestudentchef.co.uk

The winning team from Ayrshire College with Emma Holden of Country Range

It was great to see the large crowd of chefs and ScotHot visitors that gathered to watch the Challenge 2017. All of the official photography is now live on the Challenge website at the link below, please do go and have a look!

2017 Challenge Final

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