Getting smart with food

September 29, 2017

That classic British conversation topic is back: “Aren’t those nights starting to draw in?” Don’t worry though, we had a show that made Sue Nelson and Guy Routledge excited about that cosy winter feeling.  

The first of our winter warmers arrived in the form of some fantastic soup, a soup that you will have heard of. John Stapleton was part of the team that founded the New Covent Garden Soup Company and he turned it into the household name that it is today. He’s now turning his hand to baby food too. Listen back to piece the jigsaw together.

From one product to keep you warm, we had another to keep you sane. The Speciality and Fine Food Fair was full to the brim of fantastic chocolate producers and we spoke to Adam’s Raw Chocolates who made us grin.

Laziness is another core element of the winter vibe. Steven May is part of the team at Smarter Applications – you may have heard about their labour-saving wifi kettle and wifi coffee machine already, but they are getting even more techy with a fridge selfie camera… You’d better find out more.


Holla at the plastic plonkers

September 22, 2017

After two weeks of superb specials from the Speciality Show, FoodTalk returned to its trusted and tested format in our comfy studio. Sue Nelson and Guy Routledge had been getting withdrawal symptoms, so it was good to be back.

To get us back into the swing of things, we had a topic which certainly got the debate flowing. Staggeringly, by 2050, the weight of plastic in the oceans will outweigh that of fish. Sian Sutherland is determined to turn the tide – she founded the ‘A Plastic Planet’ movement. Their goal? They want supermarkets to offer a plastic-free aisle.

From one sustainability project to another, we attended Disco Soup last week and what an event it was. Steve Griffiths and James Sloan went over to Mercato Metropolitano to find what the craic was; saving wasted vegs, feeding mouths, listening to Ministry of Sound tunes – lovely stuff.

We had enough to shout about for an hour but we simply had to holla at Adam Beveridge. He’s created a fantastic Snapchat-story style app called Hollabox which is whittling down the best places to eat, drink, chill and generally just enjoy existence in London.



September 20, 2017

There are always a few butterflies when you try something new for the first time. A Rhubarb & Basil soda certainly falls into that category.

We didn’t need to worry when we tried Kitsch’s products – we also enjoyed the cucumber & fennel offering. The drinks were amazingly refreshing and Craig Johnston has every reason to feel proud.

Don’t let these pass you by! Get your hands on these tasty offering by listening to the podcast and visiting the website.




Ninas Popcorn

September 20, 2017

We were a bit worried when we saw Ninas – we thought they might be similar to a lot of brands at the Speciality Show, but just one bite proved us wrong.

Chirag Karia came to our pod armed with his naturally nutricious superfood popcorn. It’s all plant-based and they’ve been experimenting with some fantastic flavours – have you ever had a popcorn that left a sizzling taste on the tongue?

If you’re intrigued (you should be), you need to find out more by heading to their website and listening back to the podcast.



Kold Group

September 20, 2017

When you are exhibiting at a trade show for three days, it’s handy to have a tasty alcoholic exhibitor in close proximity.

Luckily, we had exactly that with Kold Group at the Speciality Show. They own two premium alcoholic drink brands; Kold Cocktails and Kalosa Natural Spritz. Both are all-natural drinks that are crafted using only the finest ingredients – they taste pretty damn fine too.

Hear all about the journey that Tori Sotiropoulos has undertaken by listening to the podcast and visiting the website.


Nut Blend

September 20, 2017

If you’re nuts about staying healthy, we found a company at the Speciality Show that may well be of interest to you.

We met Gabriella Block who’s the woman behind Nut Blend. They have created some deluxe nut butters that look and taste amazing. It’s not just peanuts either; they are creating them with almonds, cashews, macadamia, maca and pecans. More nuts than you could shake a pack of nuts at.

They’re free-from all nasties too. You should really check these guys out by listening to the podcast and heading over to the website.




September 20, 2017

Life in the working world can be tough. You stay focused at the office and then you crash out on the sofa when you should be relaxing.

Mina Price had exactly the same trouble – so she decided to fight fatigue with a product that is wowing the food world. It packs a punch – it’s Naturshot. It is a great range of 100% juice blends that are low in calories and boast unique flavours.

Find out how to boost your levels up by listening to the podcast and whizzing over to the website.


Nix & Kix

September 20, 2017

Speciality & Fine Food Fair is full of grown-up goodies, which is always a good thing. 

We sampled cordials, oysters and chocolate that ticked all the boxes, but amongst all of the choices of soft drinks, we found a really good one in Nix & Kix. The brand, who have got themselves into Waitrose and Selfridges, let us taste some wonderful cans of Peach Vanilla, Mango Ginger and Cucumber Mint.

Find out more about these adult soft drinks by visiting their website and listening to the podcast.


Adams Raw Chocolates

September 20, 2017

Cold-pressed…we’ve heard of cold-pressed juices but our chat with Adam was our first experience of cold-pressed chocolates. 

More and more people are giving the raw diet a serious chance – it’s supposed to be extremely good for you. Like with every diet though, you need a treat and that’s exactly why Mark Claydon is so excited by the company who were making a splash at the Speciality Show.

Cold-pressed chocolate could be the future. Jump on to the bandwagon by visiting the website and checking out more online.



Neats Snacks

September 20, 2017

We love the Speciality Show, we always find some cracking stuff and Andy Renton’s Neat’s Snacks were just that.

Basically, they’re rice crackers – but they have a big twist. The humdrum flavours were nowhere to be seen, as Neat’s Snacks boasted some flavours to make your nose run. How many times have you had Wasabi, Hot Thai chilli or Smokey Barbeque on a rice cracker?

Broaden your rice cracker horizons by heading over to their website here and listening to the podcast here.