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EHL’s organic blends spice up Christmas

For an international twist on traditional Christmas recipes, EHL Ingredients is offering food manufacturers a range of festive organic ingredient blends and stuffing mixes.

Spice up stuffings with two organic mixes from EHL. The first is a Middle Eastern style organic sultana, lemon and spice stuffing – a mix of juicy sultanas, breadcrumbs, a burst of citrus lemon with aromatic fennel, coriander, ginger and black pepper. Or for a distinctive Mediterranean flavour, add the organic garlic, tomato and herb stuffing to Christmas dishes and dinners – a blend of organic breadcrumbs, garlic, tomato, spices fennel, cumin, black pepper, parsley and oregano.

With the demand from UK consumers for more exotic flavour combinations, food manufacturers can create unique festive dishes by using the blends as accompaniments to spice up traditional pork, lamb, chicken or turkey dishes or use in dry format for stuffing mixtures and balls.

Part of EHL’s organic range, the versatile stuffing mixes are an exciting addition to the seasonal range designed to add alternative flavours and textures to Christmas dinners, and tap into consumers’ love of world cuisine.

For a more traditional Christmas recipe, EHL also offers organic spiced cranberry stuffing which combines nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper with tangy cranberries to bring festive flavours to seasonal dishes.

In addition, the leading importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world also supplies mulled wine blends, dried fruit mixes and mixed seasonal spices. EHL’s mulled wine and cider blend includes a balanced combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. EHL’s premium ground mixed spice blend is the perfect product to use in a variety of Christmas-themed recipes while dried fruits and mixed peel are also key ingredients for baked goods such as Christmas puddings, stollen and fruit loaves as well as modern recipes, such as spiced orange and cranberry cake and mince pie cupcakes.

Available in bulk, the blends are ideal for food manufacturers and processors to add to prepared foods or package into smaller bags or boxes to be sold on supermarket shelves for consumers to use at home. EHL can supply these blends under short lead times if required, can collaborate with brands and food manufacturers developing new products and can also offer advice on new and existing formulations.

Christine Peers, sales director at EHL Ingredients, says: “Following customer demand for new and innovative additions to traditional Christmas recipes, as well as responding to market trends for quality, organic products, we are offering a range of both traditional and international blends this Christmas.

“We launched our first range of organic blends last year, and since then we’ve had an influx of requests for new international blends and stuffing mixes. British consumers are always looking for the next big food trend, especially around Christmas, and our new organic stuffing mixes are certain to be a popular choice.

“Christmas is always a key period for food manufacturers, and our quality spices are perfect for many types of bakery items, ready meals and Christmas-themed dishes and accompaniments. It’s important for food manufacturers to stay one step ahead and use interesting, quality products that consumers will love and buy time and again.

EHL Ingredients can offer allergen-free as well as conventional and organic blends on request, can match or enhance existing blends and can collaborate with manufacturers on bespoke formulations for new products.

All blends are formulated on-site in EHL’s new product development kitchen using high quality organic ingredients from trusted suppliers around the globe. It also offers bespoke organic herb and spice blends which can be sold as ready-made mixes or marinades. Its products are available to food manufacturers and meat processors, wholesalers and cash and carries, co-packers, multiple retailers, health food stores and large co-operatives.

To ensure that all EHL’s ingredients are 100 per cent organic, it carries out a rigorous auditing process for all of its suppliers. Additionally, at its headquarters in Stockport, Cheshire, it follows strict hygiene procedures to ensure that there is no cross-contamination, providing the very best in quality for its customers.

 

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EHL Ingredients Boosts Management Team With New Appointment

Stockport-based food ingredient supplier, EHL Ingredients, welcomes Natalie Daley into its growing team as Technical Manager.

Natalie Daley will be responsible for product specifications, overseeing quality and food safety procedures and ensuring all food standards policies are met. As Technical Manager, she will create, amend and adapt product specifications, both for existing ingredients and new herb and spice blends, as well as oversee all quality systems to ensure they meet regulatory standards. With a Bsc in Food and Nutrition from Manchester Metropolitan University, Natalie brings with her three years’ industry experience.

The latest addition to the team is part of EHL Ingredients’ on-going business growth plan, aiming for sales of £7 million by the end of 2016, and brings the staff total to 30 at the head office on Broadstone Industrial Estate in Reddish, Stockport. Natalie will report to joint Managing Director, Tasneem Backhouse, who is delighted to welcome her to the team.

Tasneem commented: “Natalie is joining us at an exciting time for the company. Her valuable technical expertise and knowledge of policies and standards will support the company as a whole to ensure we continue to deliver high quality products, as we plan to increase our supplier base, and extend our product portfolio and range of international herb and spice blends.

“As we enter our twentieth year of business, we have set our sights on achieving sales of £7 million – our highest target to date. We are confident about our progress as business and are proud of our achievements to date in this highly competitive market place.”

In addition to Natalie’s appointment, EHL is pleased to announce promotions within the company. Susan Baron will now be working as EHL’s Customer Service Manager, Sherill Simm has been promoted to Account Manager, and Andrew Pickering will now act as Technical Administrator.
Amanda Garnett has also been appointed as Purchasing Assistant.

The company supplies around 300 food ingredients and boasts a 200-strong organic range as well as over 70 custom blends. EHL Ingredients’ products are sold into the food manufacturing, wholesale, retail and catering sectors and used in end products, such as breads and bakery items, ready meals, healthy snacks and soups and sauces. They are also sold to speciality food shops, delis and organic retailers across the UK.
EHL Ingredients was awarded its fifth grade A BRC certification once again in December last year. This gives EHL’s customers the reassurance of the company’s quality and safety management processes and opens up new growth opportunities for the business.
To find out more about EHL Ingredients, visit www.ehl-ingredients.co.uk, email info@ehl-ingredients.co.uk or call 0161 480 7902.
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EHL Ingredients is an importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world. From herbs and spices, to beans and pulses and dried fruit, it supplies over 300 food ingredients to all areas of the food industry, and boasts a 200-strong organic range as well as over 70 custom blends. Now in its 20th year of trading, it employs 30 staff and its head office is based on Broadstone Industrial Estate, Stockport.

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Two new organic stuffing mixes from EHL Ingredients

To celebrate Organic September, EHL Ingredients is launching two new organic stuffing mixes, bringing alternative tastes and textures to traditional stuffing ingredient blends.

 

The first is a Middle Eastern style organic sultana, lemon and spice stuffing – a mix of juicy sultanas, breadcrumbs, a burst of citrus lemon with aromatic fennel, coriander, ginger and black pepper.

 

With a distinctive Mediterranean flavour, the second addition is an organic garlic, tomato and herb stuffing – a blend of organic breadcrumbs, garlic, tomato, spices fennel, cumin, black pepper, parsley and oregano.

 

Food manufacturers can include the blends in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ready meals and accompaniments to spice up pork, lamb, chicken or turkey dishes, as well as meat-free foods such as vegetarian mince, stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls and baked mushrooms.

 

Available in bulk, the blends are ideal for packers, retailers and food processors to package into smaller bags or boxes to be sold on supermarket shelves for consumers to use at home.

 

The leading importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world already offers eight organic ingredient blends and these new stuffing mixes bring authentic flavours and textures to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern style dishes, allowing food manufacturers to create tasty, organic international foods.

 

According to The Soil Association, UK sales of organic products increased by 4.9 per cent last year and shoppers spent an extra £1.73 million a week on organic products. The research also revealed that shoppers are becoming increasingly health conscious, causing the net worth of the UK organic market to rocket to almost £2 billion.[1]

 

As Organic September marks the UK’s biggest national campaign dedicated to growing the organic market, and boosting awareness of the benefits and availability of organic foods, food manufacturers and processors are urged to prepare for a rise in demand by stocking up now.

 

Christine Peers, sales director at EHL Ingredients, says: “Our development team is constantly working on new blends and seasonings, especially within organic, so we’re delighted to launch these two new stuffing mixes to strengthen our offering.

 

“We launched our first range of organic blends last year, and since then we’ve had an influx of requests for new international blends and stuffing mixes. Shoppers are increasingly looking for integrity in their food purchases and with the organic market continuing to grow, as is demand for our organic blends and mixes, we plan to continue expanding our range to provide quality, organic ingredients and blends for food manufacturers to add to international dishes.

 

“This is not just great news for us, but offers a really positive outlook for the organic food market as a whole. We’re delighted with the response to our organic range from customers and we put our success in the organic arena down to several key factors – health benefits, an increase in consumer awareness, education on organic foods and healthier eating, and the consistent high quality of our products.

 

“With The Soil Association predicting more opportunities for future growth, and as the UK organic market hits £1.95 billion, we look forward to strengthening our position in this burgeoning marketplace and are aiming to see a further increase in sales of our organic ingredients during Organic September and the remainder of 2016.”

 

“It’s important for food manufacturers to stay one step ahead of market trends and create popular organic products that will perform well within this burgeoning market and that consumers will love.”

 

All blends are formulated on-site in EHL’s new product development kitchen using high quality organic ingredients from trusted suppliers around the globe. These two new additions take EHL’s organic blends range to ten in total. EHL also stocks around 200 organic ingredients, including herbs and spices, beans, lentils and peas, herbs, nuts and dried fruits, seeds and flakes, grains and rice, oils, vinegars, salts, sugars and syrups, as well as other ingredients such as flour, honey and fruit concentrates.

 

It also offers bespoke organic herb and spice blends which can be sold as ready-made mixes or marinades. Its products are available to food manufacturers and meat processors, wholesalers and cash and carries, co-packers, multiple retailers, health food stores and large co-operatives.

 

To ensure that all EHL’s ingredients are 100 per cent organic, it carries out a rigorous auditing process for all of its suppliers. Additionally, at its headquarters in Stockport, Cheshire, it follows strict hygiene procedures to ensure that there is no cross-contamination, providing the very best in quality for its customers.

 

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EHL launches organic spiced cranberry stuffing blend for Christmas

EHL Ingredients has launched a new organic spiced cranberry stuffing mix, bringing a seasonal twist to traditional Christmas fare and accompaniments. The spiced cranberry stuffing combines organic nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper with tangy cranberries to bring festive flavours to seasonal dishes. The blend is part of a new organic stuffing range which includes Onion and mixed herb, Garlic, tomato and herb, and Sultana, lemon and mixed spice. The organic mixes are an exciting addition to the seasonal range EHL has developed to add flavour and texture to Christmas dinners. The new organic stuffing mixes are the result of over six months’ research and development and following rigorous trials, tests and tastings they are now available to the food manufacturing industry. The versatile mixes can be added to meat main course dishes, such as prepared turkey or beef joints, or used in dry format to create stuffing mixtures and balls. In addition, EHL offers two conventional stuffing mixes – Sage, onion, apple and lemon stuffing and a Warm winter spice with apricot and herb stuffing mix, featuring a flavoursome mixture of allspice, ginger, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, apricot, thyme and parsley. The leading importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world also supplies mulled wine blends, dried fruit mixes and mixed seasonal spices. EHL’s mulled wine and cider blend includes a balanced combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. EHL’s premium ground mixed spice blend is the perfect product to use in a variety of Christmas-themed recipes while dried fruits and mixed peel are also key ingredients for baked goods such as Christmas puddings, stollen and fruit loaves as well as modern recipes, such as spiced orange and cranberry cake and mince pie cupcakes. Food manufacturers and processors looking to create quality Christmas dishes and accompaniments for supermarket shelves or foodservice outlets should start stocking up on these versatile new blends and popular ingredients from EHL. EHL can supply these new blends under short lead times if required, can collaborate with brands and food manufacturers developing new products and can also offer advice on new and existing formulations. Tasneem Backhouse, Sales and Marketing Director at EHL Ingredients, says: “Following customer demand for new and innovative additions to traditional Christmas recipes, as well as responding to market trends for quality, organic products, we have developed this new organic stuffing blend. British consumers are always looking for the next big food trend, especially around Christmas, and our new organic stuffing mixes are certain to be a popular choice. We expect the new spiced cranberry, in particular, to be a festive favourite. “It’s important for food manufacturers to stay one step ahead and use interesting, quality products that consumers will love and buy time and again. Christmas is always a key period for us and our quality spices are perfect for many types of bakery items, ready meals and Christmas-themed dishes and accompaniments.” EHL has carried out research and development over several months to offer organic ingredient blends, which ensure food manufacturers, processors and bakers are using only the highest quality ingredients in their end products. All blends are formulated on-site in EHL’s new product development kitchen using high quality ingredients from trusted suppliers around the globe. EHL Ingredients can offer allergen-free and organic blends on request, can match or enhance existing blends and can collaborate with manufacturers on bespoke formulations for new products. EHL’s new organic blends are available direct to food manufacturers and via wholesalers, distributors and cash and carries across the UK. Its products are available in various quantities, dependent on requirements. To discuss your requirements or to find out more about the new blends, email info@ehl-ingredients.co.uk or call 0161 480 7902.

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Eight new organic blends from EHL Ingredients

 

EHL Ingredients, a leading importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world, has launched eight new organic blends in time for Organic September – five seasonings and three stuffing mixes. The new herb and spice blends, inspired by flavours from the Americas, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Britain, are the first in a series of in-demand, organic additions to EHL’s popular range of seasonings and marinades.

 

The blends include Barbecue, Mediterranean style, Pepper, lemon and herb, Caribbean style, and spicy Mexican, which can be rubbed onto meat, sprinkled over vegetables, or added to burger mixes, coatings and breadcrumbs.

 

EHL has also created three new organic stuffing blends: Onion and mixed herb, Garlic, tomato and herb, and Sultana, lemon and mixed spice. The stuffing mixes add flavour and texture to traditional roast dinners and Mediterranean style dishes.

 

The blends are ideal for food manufacturers and meat processors to add to Mediterranean, Caribbean, American and Mexican style dishes, including soups, stews, tagines, chilli and curry dishes, BBQ foods and British roast dinners, as well as for vegetarian and vegan starters and main meals, or as additions to meat dishes.

 

Food manufacturers and processors looking to create quality organic dishes, which are also allergen-free, for supermarket shelves or foodservice outlets should start stocking up on these versatile new blends in time for Organic September.

 

According to The Soil Association, UK sales of organic products increased by four per cent last year and shoppers spent an extra £1.4 million a week on organic products, year on year. The research also revealed that retailers have indicated that shoppers are becoming more and more health conscious, and organic products offer answers to questions about food quality and provenance[1].

 

Tasneem Backhouse, sales director at EHL Ingredients, says: “Our conventional ingredient blends are performing well since their launch last year and, following customer demand and several months of research and development, we are now able to offer a selection of these popular organic herb and spice blends and mixes.

 

“We’re aiming for our organic blends to provide inspiration for food manufacturers to create end products to meet market trends and consumer demand for quality, international organic dishes, especially in the run up to Organic September.

 

“We’re delighted with the continued growth of our organic ingredients and products and we put our success in the organic arena down to several key factors – health benefits, an increase in consumer awareness, education on organic foods and healthier eating, and the consistent high quality of our products.

 

“It’s important for food manufacturers to stay one step ahead and use popular, quality organic products that consumers will love and buy time and again.

 

“With Organic September boosting awareness of the benefits and availability of organic foods, and with The Soil Association predicting more opportunities for future growth, we look forward to strengthening our position in this burgeoning marketplace and we would expect to see a further five per cent increase in sales of our organic ingredients during the remainder of 2015.”

 

All blends are formulated on-site in EHL’s new product development kitchen using high quality organic ingredients from trusted suppliers around the globe. These eight new additions take EHL’s blends range to 30 in total.

 

As well as the new organic blends, EHL stocks around 200 organic ingredients, including herbs and spices, beans, lentils and peas, herbs, nuts and dried fruits, seeds and flakes, grains and rice, oils, vinegars, salts, sugars and syrups, as well as other ingredients such as flour, honey and fruit concentrates.

 

It also offers bespoke organic herb and spice blends which can be sold as ready-made mixes or marinades. Its products are available to food manufacturers and meat processors, wholesalers and cash and carries, co-packers, multiple retailers, health food stores and large co-operatives.

 

To ensure that all EHL’s ingredients are 100 per cent organic, it carries out a rigorous auditing process for all of its suppliers. Additionally, at its headquarters in Stockport, Cheshire, it follows strict hygiene procedures to ensure that there is no cross-contamination, providing the very best in quality for its customers.

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Market Report – 16th April 2013

Exchange Rates

GBP v USD 1.51

GBP v Euro 1.17

USD v TL 1.80

Sultanas

We have seen prices increase over the last two weeks. There is much speculation relating to the recent frosts in the growing regions and the amount of damage that has been caused. A recent report carried out by agronomists indicates that the frost has damaged some of the vines and this could affect the yields of the new crop. Although it is very early and the vines could have a chance to recover, there is no doubt that this will have some impact later in the year. Reports suggest that 5% of the crop could be damages and that development could be hampered.

We have seen larger quantities traded on the bourse and prices have increase in anticipation of a shorter crop. Any exporter who has a short position will be keen to cover to risk avoiding further price increases. There is still a good quantity of fruit available so overall the market is not short, but sentiment is very bullish on the back of recent news. We can expect to see this trend to continue for a while, but if the development of the crop is good then the market is likely to remain where it is or even ease back a little. In reality it is far too early to make any assessment of the new crop and we will be better placed in 2 months’ time.

Prices have increased TL 150 ($ 80.00) per mt, but it looks like that it will not rise much further than this. Turkey has exported 155,000mt to date which is 9% higher than last year, with the UK being the largest importer at 41,693, which 3700mt up on the same period last year.

Raisins

The USA market has eased back over the last few weeks, but prices still remain relatively high at around $ 1.16 cent per lb FAS. ($ 2560 per mt), although this is way off the much higher prices we have seen over the past few months there is still very little buying interest at these levels. We expect that the US will have a reasonable carry-in and if this year’s crop proves to be a good one, they will be under pressure to reduce prices further.

The Chilean market is proving to be more difficult than expected with supplies shorter than anticipated. Initially we were seeing offers in the region of $ 2650.00 for Jumbo Flame variety but this rose sharply to $ 2850.00 after it became clear the crop was not as good as anticipated , buyers rushed in to cover fuelling the market further and we have seen prices as high as $ 3200.00 per mt. A number of packers have withdrawn until they can fully assess the availability of fruit in the market, it is likely that we will not see further offers until late May to Early June, once they have processes their existing stocks and can ascertain what grades they have to offer.

There is limited availability of Raisins form Turkey and remaining stocks are in the hands of mid merchants and packers who are now looking for large premiums. Turkey has been the most competitive of the main stream suppliers and has sold very good quantities this year. With rumours of the new crop being potentially affected by some frost damage, very early forecast are for a smaller crop this year. If this is the case, growers will not be keen to produce Raisins and as such availability could be very tight going forward. With other origins significantly more expensive than Turkey, we can only expect to see the prices increase further.

Currants

Whilst we believe that there has been a modest fall, in Global consumption of Currants, this season, it is difficult to support this, with exact values, in the absence of official statistics, previously published by the industry. We estimate that exports may have fallen by 5-10%, in total. This point of view is supported by the fact that there remains a small amount of unsold raw material, at origin, in spite of the record low 2012 crop, estimated at less than 20,000mt.

It is still predicted, that the 2013 crop, may bring an increased supply, as vines planted in recent years, become productive. By the end of April, the risk of frost will have passed giving more confidence, in the prospects for new crop development.

With the majority of remaining unsold fruit, now in the hands of The Unions, or private packers, it is unlikely that we will see a significant fall in price, even if it becomes clear, that a larger crop in September is likely. Carry over from the present crop, will be negligible (if anything at all) and should anything remain, sellers will not rush to reduce offer prices, until the new crop is safely dried and stored. Furthermore, we expect that there will be early demand, for new crop Currants, which is likely to support raw material prices, of levels similar to those presently in place, at least until the final quarter of 2013 and possibly beyond.

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EHL Ingredients Expands Reddish Facilities

Stockport food ingredient supplier seeks out new site in Reddish

EHL Ingredients, Broadstone Industrial Estate, Reddish, is looking to buy a new warehouse facility in the area. Following extensive growth in 2012, the company requires between 6,000 sq. ft. and 10,000 sq. ft. to house ingredient blending machines, as well as suitable storage space for packaging materials and dry food ingredients.

The company, which hit its £5m sales target at the end of last year, is planning further growth and expansion during 2013 and the new storage facility will help to achieve this.

It currently offers around 300 food ingredients and boasts a 200-strong organic range as well as over 50 custom blends. EHL Ingredients’ products are sold into the food manufacturing sector and used in end products, such as breads and bakery items, ready meals, healthy snacks and soups and sauces. They are also sold to speciality food shops, delis and organic retailers across the UK.

Sales Director, Tasneem Backhouse, says: “We are in the process of reviewing facilities on the Broadstone Industrial Estate but we are open to enquiries from warehouses around the Reddish / Stockport area.

“We will use the new site mainly for storage of packing and packaging materials and dry ingredients, such as dried fruits and nuts in larger quantities. We also plan to install a new industrial dry ingredient blender, and machinery for our packed down facility for own label clients.

EHL is also looking for new staff and is currently recruiting for several roles including a New Product Development Manager with more roles to be announced in the next few months.

The company was awarded a grade A BRC certification once again in December last year. This gives EHL’s customers the reassurance of the company’s quality and safety management processes and opens up new growth opportunities for the business.

To find out more about EHL Ingredients, visit www.ehl-ingredients.co.uk, email info@ehl-ingredients.co.uk or call 0161 480 7902.

EHL Ingredients is an importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world. From herbs and spices, to beans and pulses and dried fruit, it supplies over 300 food ingredients to all areas of the food industry, and boasts a 200-strong organic range as well as over 50 custom blends. Now in its 18th year of trading, it employs 22 staff and its head office is based on Broadstone Industrial Estate, Stockport.

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Market Report – Edible Nuts, Dried fruits & Seeds

March – April 2013

Almonds:

 

The latest shipment report for Feb 2013 (v Feb 2012) showed an overall increase of 6.8% for the month at 160m lbs.

 

It is also interesting to see YTD sales of almonds from California by region and country, in comparison with the same period last year.

Domestic US sales are up by 11%, and exports up by 5% (although down 2% on the year).

 

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Market report – March 2013

March 2013 Market Report

Sterling has reached six month lows due to negative sentiment on the UK economic growth forecasts and increases in government borrowing. The G20 meet this week which might give some direction, but currently risk is off and the US dollar and Euro seem to benefit. The US still relies on democrat and republican agreement over fiscal issues whereas the Eurozone appears to be on track according to Mario Draghi, including the Spanish economic plans.

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EHL Ingredients Goes Loco for Mexican Oregano

EHL Ingredients has launched a brand new, natural ingredient to the UK food sector – Mexican Oregano.

 

This premium Mexican variety features the dried leaves of the perennial herb Lippia graveolens and was launched in response to customer demand for an authentic Mexican Oregano herb.

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