EHL Ingredients fires up two new Mexican blends

EHL Ingredients, a leading importer, supplier and blender of quality ingredients, has added two new Mexican spice blends to its portfolio, tapping into the burgeoning market for the Central American cuisine.

The first is Fiery Mexican marinade, a powerful, spicy mix of Mexican ancho chillies, cumin, oregano and garlic creating plenty of heat while retaining savoury flavours to perfectly complement meats and vegetables used in Mexican dishes and accompaniments. The marinade takes just 10 minutes to prepare and gives chicken wings and pork belly strips a simple and strong flavour for consumers looking for a hot and spicy dish.

The second blend is a Sweet Chipotle and Lime burger seasoning. The medium heat is balanced with spice, tangy lime and subtle sweetness to pack a powerful Mexican punch in to traditional burger recipes.

The company noticed the increasing popularity of Mexican, Central American and Tex-Mex foods with the cuisine knocking Chinese food off the top spot as the UK’s favourite. Additionally, Mexican food on-the-go is also experiencing a surge in popularity, particularly among quick service, casual dining and takeaway burrito outlets offering fast, affordable and filling foods.

Christine Peers, sales director at EHL Ingredients comments: “Mexican food continues to be popular in the UK within the restaurant and casual dining sectors, in takeaway, in retail ready meals and kits as well as in at-home cooking. Sales of our existing Mexican blends are increasing as well as single spices and chillies of various strengths so we wanted to offer food manufacturers an extra hot blend as well as burger seasoning to tap into consumer trends and demand.

“The Mexican food market is highly competitive within both the retail and foodservice sectors. We understand that manufacturers have to work hard to create successful products and innovate to maintain customer interest. We work with many leading companies to provide our natural herbs, spices and seasonings and can even work with product development teams to develop custom blends or organic varieties of any of our Mexican seasonings, depending on heat strength and taste requirements. We pride ourselves on offering unique spice blends and seasonings and our established Mexican varieties have proven popular and successful year on year.

“Our herbs, spices, marinades and seasonings are all sourced from reliable and approved Mexican suppliers, bringing authentic flavours to dishes and meals for foodservice outlets and supermarket shelves.

As British consumers’ hunger for spicy Mexican foods continues, food manufacturers and processors need to ensure their offering is as authentic, tasty and satisfying as possible, to ensure repeat purchase and customer loyalty. Provenance is key for EHL and it sources its ingredients from quality Mexican suppliers with full traceability.

EHL supplies Mexican chillies – red and green jalapeño, habanero and ancho – as well as blends of Fajita seasoning, burrito/taco seasoning, albondigas meatball seasoning, Cajun seasoning, Blackened Cajun seasoning, which have all shown a 20% increase in sales, compared with this time last year. The seasonings and marinades are sold to food manufacturers and processors, repackers, wholesalers, cash and carries, catering suppliers, foodservice operators, as well as multiple and independent retailers across the UK.

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

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EHL goes for gold with Brazilian BBQ blends

EHL Ingredients has launched a new spicy Brazilian ingredient blend to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympics, as well as two new BBQ seasonings and an alternative stuffing mix for summer dining occasions and group gatherings.

Bringing traditional South American flavours to British consumers, the Brazilian style churrasco seasoning contains a blend of red bell peppers, black pepper, tomato, onion, garlic and bay leaf, and works particularly well in grilled chicken dishes.

In addition, EHL has launched a new BBQ seasoning – a blend of smoked paprika, tomato, celery and mustard; as well as a Memphis BBQ dry marinade – a sweet blend with a slightly tangy soya sauce note, for a taste of the deep south, enhanced with chilli herbs and allspice. Manufacturers can use this to spice up meat recipes, including chicken wings, beef burgers, and steaks.

For an alternative side dish at British BBQs this summer, EHL has also developed a smoked paprika, tomato and parsley stuffing mix.

Traditional Brazilian foods incorporating beans, cashews, peanuts and chillies, as well as meat marinades, sauces and seasonings for churrascos are expected to fly off the shelves this summer. Simplicity is key to a lot of Brazilian dishes, as is the use of intense flavours and spices.

Christine Peers, sales director at EHL Ingredients, says: “With the Olympics taking place in Rio in August, we anticipate that ingredients and dishes from Brazil will experience a boost in popularity in the UK, influencing the flavour combinations and products available to consumers. Our new Brazilian blend is set to be a popular choice for food manufacturers creating Brazilian themed dishes for supermarket shelves and foodservice outlets.

“There has been a rise in Brazilian restaurants in many cities in the UK, with consumers eager to experience new and exotic flavours. Manufacturers can tap into the worldwide sporting celebration by experimenting with authentic Brazilian ingredients and blends.”

Commenting on the BBQ seasoning, Christine continues, “Consumers are gearing up for the summer season, and soon the nation will be dusting off the barbecue and enjoying the warmer weather – with the Olympics set to be a driver for South American-style ingredients and recipes. Our new Brazilian and BBQ blends and seasonings will enhance the traditional classics, such as grilled meat and vegetable dishes, as well as adding authentic world flavours to the mix.

“Authenticity and provenance are high importance for EHL, and we always go the extra mile to ensure that our ingredients are sourced from quality suppliers with full traceability to the country of origin, assuring manufacturers that the product they are getting is 100 per cent authentic.”

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, consumers are more discerning than ever before. Food manufacturers can invest in a quality selection of seasonings, marinades, and blends from EHL to ensure successful end products.

As well as the new Brazilian and BBQ blends, EHL has recently launched four new Asian blends, and 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.

EHL’s products are available to food manufacturers and meat processors, as well as to wholesalers and cash and carries, co-packers, multiple retailers, health food stores and large co-operatives and to caterers and chefs.

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

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