Handcrafted Iced Drinks with Monin – What’s trending?

With Spring now officially here and Summer on the horizon (I know we can’t wait either!), Nutshell have been looking out to see what’s to come this Summer. How are we going to ‘Beat the Heat’ this year?

As a partner with Monin, we’ve taken a look at the Summer trends in Iced Drinks in 2018, and what’s looking ‘Cool’ for 2019 in the Iced Drinks sector.

The Nutshell team have been trying these products out for ourselves as we look to provide insights for all those iced drink lovers! Check out the video and Images of our recent tasting session where we explored the latest trending iced drinks for ourselves.

Handcrafted Iced Beverage Sales

Handcrafted Iced Beverage sales has increased by more than 9% last year and is expected to continue to increase in 2019, as it becomes a more frequent product for consumers rather than being a seasonal trend.

There are a number of varying consumer wants that are trending, starting with the handcrafted concept and experience.

Consumers like to see the craft of their drink, something that’s been bespoke and handmade for them rather than something that’s just premixed.  

Lemonades have seen an increase since 2017, with over 50% of venues now offering different Lemonade options. The flavour profile is also diversifying, the classic cloudy or pink lemonade still appealing, but flavours such as Elderflower, Rhubarb and Mint climbing up the ranks. This appeals to consumers as these aren’t seen as standard flavours, making the drink feel more unique to them.

There are a number of categories in the iced drinks sector, such as Frappes, Milkshakes, Smoothies, Lemonades, Iced Tea, Iced Coffee, Cold Brew and Nitro – The varieties are becoming endless!

Health & Wellbeing

Consumers tend to be a lot more health conscious and showing a demand for lower calorie and Healthier options. This is very popular with younger drinkers with 66% of 18-24 year olds surveyed saying that chilled coffee is a good alternative to sugary drinks.

This includes drinks such Iced Teas and Smoothies – of which 78% of coffee shops now offer a Smoothie option and on average have more than 3 different types available. Mango hitting the top spot, followed closely by Berries, Strawberry, Passion Fruit and Banana!

Indulgence

Ironically, even though there is a strong trend on Health & Wellbeing products, consumers still want the Indulgent option!  Unique and flavoursome drinks such as Frappes, Freak shakes and other indulgent iced drinks are still popular with consumers. Up to 70% of venue’s surveyed, offered this as part of their range.

Core flavours of Coffee, Chocolate and Caramel are strong however recent trends show that consumers are responding to other indulgent flavours which can be created! The likes of Popcorn, Pistachio, Mint Chocolate and Oreo! However, it remains to be said Core Flavours don’t always mean simplicity – Chocolate Frappes can come in the forms of ‘Triple Belgian Chocolate’ ‘Devil’s Chocolate Frappe’ ‘Strawberry White Chocolate’.

Iced Tea

Iced Tea is also seeing an increased demand, with Tea in general becoming more popular, being one of the top hits of the Health and Wellbeing trend. Floral & Fruity Notes have become a sensation, leading to new exciting flavours being introduced into the market – such as Watermelon, Pineapple and Hibiscus.

Since 2017 Iced Green Tea particularly has become more and more popular, competing with the traditional black tea’, popular flavour combinations being Peach, Lemon and Mint. Cold Brew Tea is also something that is emerging so watch this space!

Cold Brew Coffee & Nitro

Cold brew and Nitro is one of the newest entrants into the market, its least known but over the last year has brought such an appeal that it’s offered throughout the food and drink sector.

It seems Cold Brew is something that is here to stay, with over 50% of industry leaders expecting it to become a Coffee shop staple within the next three years, however it remains to be said that there is yet to be proof that Nitro will take off, only time will prove if this is here to stay, that said, is still trending in 2019.

Cold Brew Coffee taste profile isn’t as strong and vibrant as the traditional Hot Coffee beverage, due to the process by which it’s made gives a smoother drink, suiting those who would generally have a milky coffee such as a latte.

It’s all about looks!

Make sure your iced drinks are Instagramable - consumers will always post and share pictures of the latest wonderful creation they’ve just consumed at the local coffee shop, so make the most of the free advertising consumers can do for you!

Thirsty? All these drinks are simple and easy to make with the help of the distinct Monin products, prepare for summer now by planning what you are going to offer. Monin provide a number of recipes that makes these drinks easy to make and are great to help keep your drinks consistent.

Need any help with recipes/POS on Monin products? Contact us now!

Stock up for Easter & the May Bank Holidays!

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How egg-citing! Easter is nearly here!

Remember to order in time to receive delivery before Easter

Last order dates UK:
Personalised products: Tuesday 28th March, delivery by Thursday 18th April
Stock products: Tuesday 16th April, delivery by Thursday 18th April
Heinz products: Monday 8th April, delivery by Tuesday 16th April.

Last order dates outside UK:
Personalised products: Tuesday 21st March, delivery by Thursday 18th April
Stock products: Tuesday 9th April, delivery by Thursday 18th April
Heinz products: Monday 1st April, delivery by Tuesday 16th April.


Don't forget to stock up for the May Bank Holidays as well!

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May - Last order dates UK:
Personalised products: Wednesday 10th April, delivery by Friday 3rd May
Heinz products: Thursday 18th April, delivery Tuesday by 30th April
Stock products: Wednesday 1st May, delivery Friday by 3rd May

Bank Holiday Monday 27th May - Last order dates UK:
Personalised products: Thursday 2nd May, delivery by Friday 24th May
Heinz products: Monday 13th May, delivery by Tuesday 21st May
Stock products: Wednesday 22nd May, delivery by Friday 24th May

Please contact us for details on last order dates regarding May Bank Holidays outside of the UK.


Nutshell closing & opening times for Easter & May

Nutshell will close for Easter at 5.00pm on Thursday 18th April and
re-open on Tuesday 23rd April at 8.00am.

Nutshell will also be closed on the May Bank Holidays, Monday 6th and Monday 27th May.

Why should you choose Fairtrade?

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Fairtrade is about helping farmers and workers in developing countries receive fair trade terms, so they can afford to live their lives sustainably. There are more than 1.66 million farmers and workers in Fairtrade Certified producer organisations, of which there are 1,411 organisations across 73 countries.

When you choose Fairtrade you help the farmers to have;

1.       Better Prices
Farmers in developing countries receive better prices for the raw materials and products they sell when you purchase Fairtrade products, making their work more sustainable as they receive the needed income to farm and live.

2.       Decent Working Conditions

Farmers and workers can work in safe and acceptable working conditions, with no slavery or child labour used.

3.       Local Sustainability

Makes the local economy better with farmers taking control of their own businesses and the profits staying in the local community. Workers on Fairtrade certified plantations invested 33% of their Fairtrade Premium in housing improvements in 2016.

4.       Equality

Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

As a result = Sustainable Quality Products

Fairtrade products are higher quality and have a great taste as they are often from smaller farms where farmers take pride in their work and pay closer attention to detail, making sure the product is the best they can produce. Also with a fair price they can invest more into their farm to develop their processes and products, small producer organisations spend 48% of their Fairtrade premium in services for farmers, like provision of agricultural tools or farmer training.

It’s all about Fair-trade! Remember Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 25th February to 10th March, kick-start your campaign now!

Visit our Fairtrade products page!

For More Information, please visit www.fairtrade.org.uk

Seasons Greetings!

2018 is drawing to a close! - the Nutshell Team enjoyed an End of Year Meal to celebrate & thank everyone for all the hard work this year! Of course, suited in their Christmas jumpers to help the worthy cause #savethechildren

We would like to wish all our partners – Customers and Suppliers, a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2019 and thank our customers for their business throughout 2018.

#teamhotchocolate

Tis the season to be jolly with hot chocolate - everyone likes a bit of silky hot cocoa and there’s nothing more warming on a winters day than an indulgent hot chocolate.

The phrase ‘selling like hot cakes’ has become ‘selling like hot chocolate’ here at Nutshell over the past few weeks. So, we thought we would join in the fun by creating a few hot chocolates for ourselves.

The Nutshell tasting team set to work, frothing milk and measuring out the hot chocolate powder, swirling it all into an exquisite hot chocolate drink. Trays of little hot chocolate tasters where passed around the office and as we all sipped the various hot chocolates, the smiles around the office grew as big as ever!

We tasted four different blends - two of the blends received the same number of votes as the ‘best hot chocolate’. So, our chief taster Jonathan will have to spend some more time dwelling over his tasting notes on these, or maybe even MORE sampling – lucky him!

We already sell some of the most luxurious and distinctive hot chocolates – our instant Poldermill Chocolates are always hitting the spot, however we don’t rest on our laurels - we always like trying something new! Watch this space…

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You may be wondering how do I create the perfect hot chocolate? To create a make-with-milk hot chocolate drink, follow these simple steps:

1.       Measure out the hot chocolate into your mug (this is usually around 3 heaped table spoons for one serving).

2.       Heat up the milk in a separate jug, to 85 degrees Celsius (this is usually around 200ml of milk for 3 table spoons of powder). Ideally use the steamer on your coffee machine to heat the milk as this also gives you a nice frothy milk topping.

3.       Pour 20ml of the hot milk into you mug and mix the hot chocolate powder into a thick paste.

4.       Add the rest of the milk to the paste and stir gently.

5.       Add toppings such as mini marshmallows, cream and chocolate flakes at your desire. If you are looking for a very seasonal hot chocolate, why not try adding some Gingerbread syrup?!

6.       Drink to your hearts content and repeat.

To create a using an instant hot chocolate, follow the same steps but using water instead of milk.

Happy hot chocolate drinking.

Macmillan Coffee Morning!

On Friday 28th September 2018 we helped to support Macmillan Cancer Support Charity by joining in with the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’! Here at Nutshell we put our baking hats on and created some marvellous cupcakes. Everyone joined in, decorating a cupcake in the quirkiest way possible - we had some fantastic results! We are pleased to say we raised a total of £107.50 for Macmillan, a very worthwhile cause.

We also created and produced ‘Limited Edition’ Macmillan Sugar sachets here at Nutshell, offering these to our customers to help contribute to their coffee mornings with free sugar! They looked great! We committed ourselves to donate £5 for every photo sent back to us of our customers coffee morning. Thank you to everyone’s support in this,

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National Burger Day! What is the most popular sauce?

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It's National Burger Day, so thinking about all things that go with burgers...

What is the most popular sauce?!

Some would say sauce is a very important necessity with all foods, but with so many available that spoil us for choice, which sauce should you choose? There are a large number of new sauces that have come to the market over the recent years (including the Heinz Smokey Baconnaise we have just been trying here at Nutshell) but it seems the good old sauces are always still top of the pops.

Let’s take a look at the most popular sauces at Nutshell over the past year…

1.       Heinz Tomato Ketchup
No surprise here as Tomato Ketchup has always been one of the most popular sauces in the world! But it shows the old faithful still goes on. In the past year Nutshell sold nearly 3 times as much as all the other sauces put together!

2.       HP Brown Sauce
Another iconic sauce that’s still very popular and often served as an option alongside Tomato Ketchup, although it doesn’t quite drum up the same volume! That said it is the 2nd most popular, mainly due to its uniqueness.

3.       Heinz Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise - a sauce you can have with anything! Hence it’s up there as people like the creaminess and don’t just use it in sandwiches and salads as it commonly would have been.

4.       Heinz BBQ Sauce
A truly legendary sauce, one of the tastes of summer, reminder of the fun times around the BBQ. Long live summer. Often used as a marinade for meat, to give it a great flavour.

5.       Heinz Tartare Sauce
A surprise? Maybe not the sauce you expected to see near the top of the list, but a ‘must have’ with your seafood dish.

What does the future hold? Everyone likes to try new sauces and new flavours are always welcomed, will Tomato Ketchup get knocked off its perch….?

The team here at Nutshell are often found doing trials on new sauces to continually improve our product range. We’re like bees around a honey pot when a new sauce comes in! Any reason to roll in the bacon butties (or whatever suits)!

Looking for a bit of punch in your sauce? Check out the Heinz Firecracker sauce – a smokey, tomato based sauce with a chipotle spicy kick. It goes perfectly with pizzas, meats or anything you want to spice up!

Beat The Heat! Iced Coffees & Cocktails

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Create the ultimate refreshing drink using Monin Syrups, Frappe Mixes, Purees and Smoothie Mixes.

Beat The Heat with a Beer Mule! A refreshing drink for summer, made up of Monin Ginger Syrup, Vodka and Beer.

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A visual helpful guide on Iced Coffees and Teas. Including; Iced Mocha, Iced Flavoured Latte, Vanilla Frappe, Coffee Frappe, Flavoured Frappe, Flavoured Iced Tea.

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Video: How to create an Iced Mocha

Visit from John Glen, MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire

The Team at Nutshell were delighted to welcome Mr John Glen, MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire, on Friday 22nd June 2018, to show how much our trade is interwoven with Europe and to discuss the potential impact Brexit could have on the business and local economy.

As Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister, John was very interested to understand the commercial and economic implications of Brexit first hand and reassured us that the Chancellor was fully aware of the need of continuing free movement of goods with Europe. It was excellent to be able to give him a tour of our new offices and factory, and meet all our staff.

It was such a beautiful day, that before he dashed off to meet with Prince Charles in Salisbury City Centre, we even took the opportunity to capture a company photo! What a great team!

Following his visit to Nutshell, Mr John Glen said he’d “Spent an informative time this morning at Nutshell Portions on Churchfields Industrial Estate in Salisbury. It’s a fantastic local business exporting single portion food and beverage products across the European Union. Managing Partner Jonathan Moffat showed me round the offices and factory floor where I got to meet all the staff. We then had a useful meeting where he set out his views on Brexit and stressed to me the importance of maintaining frictionless trade with our partners in the European Union. I assured him that the government is doing all it can to ensure that we have a deal that respects the referendum result but continues to deliver a future trading relationship that is as seamless as possible.”

UK Coffee Week

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UK Coffee Week is a nationwide celebration of coffee that unites the industry and raises funds for the communities that grow our coffee. UK Coffee Week supports Project Waterfall, an initiative dedicated to bringing clean water facilities to coffee growing communities. 
Cafe Bronte proudly supports UK Coffee Week

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*Offer is applicable to all orders delivered & Invoiced by 30th April. Please Claim using offer code UKCW2018 to ensure you get this 10% discount on your order!

View our Coffee & Beverages page to view our range of coffee....stock up for UK Coffee Week!

29th September - World’s biggest Coffee Morning!

Nutshell created a ‘Limited Edition’ Macmillan branded sugar sachets which we offered FOC to all our customers, to use at their Macmillan Coffee Mornings! By sending us just an image of their coffee morning – we committed to donate £5 on their behalf to Macmillan.

We also ran a ‘Nutshell Bake-Off’ for our staff – we committed to donate £5 for every cake entry, and we then judged the cakes by Taste & Appearance! It was a good excuse to eat cake all day!

Thank you to all our customers and staff, so far we have raised £122.30 for Macmillan.

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