Development team makes a delicious discovery

Our development team are not people who rest on their laurels and so, upon having a pre-Christmas quiet week with few samples, they set about their favourite pass-time… experimenting! Head of Business Development James Morris said;

“It’s not often that we get an opportunity to experiment for ourselves, we can usually be found creating recipes that are crafted to meet with customer briefs, which is hugely rewarding, but we do love it when we get the opportunity to try out things that we’ve been thinking of for a while. We especially like to look after our loyal customers and try to think of interesting new menu ideas that they’ll be able to adopt without needing to invest anything in equipment, training or publicity”

One of their previous ideas was to find a way for chip shops to capitalise on the nations love for Pigs in Blankets. Finding a way of cooking them in a frying range was a challenge to overcome but their pre-cooked pigs performed perfectly when battered. Anna Birks, product co-ordinator added:

“They were an instant success in house, we had a queue at the development kitchen door and everyone who tried them loved them. So we rolled them out to some of the trade shows we went to and again, they were a hit with everyone who tasted them. That’s why we decided to get some posters made up and sent out to our wholesalers for their shops to have, we want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to capitalise on trends and to have those seasonal extras to upsell at the till”

The team was getting into the Christmas spirit and hearing that many chip shops up and down the country had adopted their last idea for their menus with great success; they sat and thought about other festive treats to add to their repertoire.
Alongside turkey and pigs in blankets, no Christmas dinner is complete without stuffing and Blakemans Gastro pork and herb stuffing is the crème de la crème to begin with. But, once again, they were designed to oven cook and were not at all suitable for the frying ranges of the chip shops so out came the batter once more.
The stuffing balls were incredible; the hint of lemon that runs through them took them to another level and they performed incredibly well in the frying range too. Look out for point of sale posters for both options next Christmas as they’re bound to be a side that your customers will ask for all year round!

Why not take a look at their seasonal products page to see if there’s something there that’s a perfect fit for your business.