It’s been a busy old year for the product development team, adding 27 new lines to the ever-expanding Country Range offering.
Country Range are proud to be innovators in the foodservice industry and the brand is widely regarded as the best in the business. This year, we’ve once again launched products that capture the imagination, link in with the latest trends and make life easier in the busy kitchen.
Here’s a round-up of the Class of 2017:
PULSES IN WATER
To meet the 2017 Salt guidelines, March saw the release of our range of Pulses in Water making them more suitable for schools, colleges and care homes.
Our Pulses in Water are proving very popular and in today’s health conscious market are becoming a staple alternative to meat for the health conscious caterer.
In April, we launched our revised range of RTU sauces which dramatically reduced the salt, fat and sugar content across the range as well as making them more tasty than ever with the addition of fresh herbs and spices and new recipes.
To show the versatility of the products we’ve been keen to create recipes outside of the ‘norm’ with recipes ideas such as the recent Moroccan Eggs and Bagel Pizzas which use our RTU sauces as base ingredients
April also saw the launch of THREE new dressings in the form of a Honey & Mustard, Ranch and the contemporary White Balsamic and Citrus dressing.
The range expanded on an already successful range of dressings and we were proud to announce in September that the Honey & Mustard dressing gained a 1 star Great Taste Award.
In May it was a rule of three again as we launched 3 new summer desserts with an amazing Strawberry & Prosecco Charlotte, Tutti Frutti Charlotte and a spin on the classic St Clements Pudding.
This new line of seasonal desserts also signals a first launch of fresh new products that will take place every year, so watch out next year to see what new product new innovation comes through for Summer 2018.
PERI PERI SAUCE
In May we also went continental! That was the month the saw the launch of our Portuguese inspired Peri Peri sauce which is the perfect blend of big flavour and punchy spices.
The Peri Peri sauce was so popular we put it forward for an ‘Added Ingredient’ Q-Award which rightly claimed by the amazing new sauce in October.
Don’t forget that our Peri Peri sauce is for more than just chicken wings and makes a great Peri Prawn Gumbo!
SEASONAL DAIRY ICE CREAMS
July saw us launch 2 new dairy ice cream flavours just in time for the busy summer trading period with our new Salted Caramel and a heavenly Honeycomb Dairy Ice Cream.
The new ice creams are another example of where we are creating limited edition flavours and will be followed up with others to suit market trends so watch this space for 2018!
LEMON BUTTERCREAM CAKE
In August, we released a brand new Lemon Buttercream Cake which combines sumptuous layers of fluffy sponge with lashings of lemon buttercream and lemon curd swirls.
The Lemon Buttercream Cake was a replacement for the Lemon Drizzle Cake to bring it more up-to-date on-trend. The new cake has quickly become a firm favourite in cafes and restaurants alike!
SLICED GREEN JALAPENO PEPPERS
Mexicana and Tex-Mex continued to be all the rage throughout 2017 and August saw the release of a new Tex-Mex solution in the form of our Sliced Green Jalapeno Peppers.
Available in 3kg tins, they pack not only great flavour but a decent spicy punch making them perfect for both Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes and of proven quality.
LUXURY CRACKER SELECTION
Christmas preparations began in earnest in September with the launch of our new Luxury Cracker Selection made with premium Canadian wheat.
The Luxury Selection combines Poppy Seed and Pepper Crackers, Stone Ground Crackers, Salt & Pepper Crackers, Sea Salt Crackers, Sweet Wheat Crackers and Rosemary Crackers in x resealable film sleeves that are perfect for all Christmas buffets.
MADRAS PLAIN POPPADOMS
October saw the launch of our brand new Madras Plain Poppadoms just in time for National Curry Week.
Made to a traditional recipe in the Madras region of India, our poppadoms have been secretly tested at curry houses to ensure their quality and provenance.
Our new Poppadoms are ‘ready to cook’ and can be deep fried in 3-4 seconds or cooked in a microwave in a few seconds more.
FROZEN PLAIN BAGELS
October was busy month for NPD as we also launched 2 new Frozen Plain bagels.
An 85g Sliced and a 115g Unsliced frozen plain bagel were launched in boxes of 50 and 48 respectively.
Both are 95% baked and can be finished in an oven in less than 4 minutes giving a perfect ‘freshly made’ bagel every time.
MINI PARTY PIES
Good things come in small packages was the motto for the November launch of our 2 new Mini Pie flavours.
Chicken, Bacon & Leek coupled with a Minced Beef & Ale Mini Pies both pack a real punch even though they are perfectly tiny little pies.
A great alternative to a traditional pork pie, our Mini Party Pies will be the talk of buffets across the UK this Christmas.
In November we launched 3 new desserts just in time for Christmas in the way of a contemporary Chocolate and Raspberry Snowflake, a spin on a traditional dessert with a St Clements Orange Bell and a retro Chocolate & Orange Bar Gateau.
The new premium desserts are aimed at restaurants, hotels and pubs and are a fantastic way for caterers to add new seasonal desserts for their Christmas menus.
LOOK OUT FOR
COUNTRY RANGE BROCCOLI & CAULIFLOWER CHEESE PASTY – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY
A premium pasty that will be a great addition to sit alongside our award winning Traditonal Cornish Pasty. Filled to the brim with tender pieces of Broccoli and Cauliflower in a tangy cheese cause, the new pasty will be a guaranteed winner when it launches in February.
COUNTRY RANGE I-CRUMB RANGE DELISTING
Please be aware that once remaining stocks of current Country Range i-crumb lines are exhausted they are to be be delisted. Please contact your Territory Manager if you would like information on the branded equivalent which mean that the following i-crumb varieties will be available: Whitefish Small Fry, Cod Bites, Salmon Fishcake, Salmon Bites. The i-crumb Salmon Small Fry and Whitefish Fishcake will no longer be available after stock is cleared.