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1 5U03 Almond ground (US) cfr UK 2 NBZ0 Brazil nut medium exw EU 3 4Q13 Cashew nut (BR) fob EU Festival “waste” helps create 50,000 meals >> A project created to reduce the amount of edible food which is destroyed at festivals, has collected over 20 tonnes of food and distributed to those in need. EighthPlate, which is a partnership between FareShare South West, The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) and A Greener Festival, worked closely with traders and festival-goers at numerous festivals this year to ensure that perfectly edible food didn’t end up in landfill. EighthPlate collected over 20 tonnes of edible food waste from festivals including over 10,000 bread rolls, 900 eggs, 300 chickens, 1,500 carrots, 400 litres of milk and even 600 cabbages. The collections allowed the team to make over 3,000 meals for the most vulnerable people in society and distributed the equivalent of 47,620 meals in uncooked fresh fruit and vegetables. Mark Laurie, director at NCASS, said: “The amount of food wasted at festivals can be quite high so the ultimate aim is to manage stock as effectively as possible to minimise waste. Where inefficiencies occur we should be looking to help the people that need it most. These results show that the scheme is working and we hope that it can be rolled out across all festivals in the future. With the ever increasing costs of produce and fuel, sustainability is becoming a necessity for catering businesses rather than a luxury.” TASTE THE dierence GBP/MT 9000 8500 8000 7500 7000 6500 6000 5500 5000 4500 4000 3500 3000 NOT a sugars are the same Our range of refined sugars are renowned for the taste benefits they bring to all recipes. To demonstrate their versatility we have created 12 ultimate traditional Christmas recipes that demonstrate the versatility of each of our sugars. You can find them at www.billingtons.co.uk/our-recipes/ christmascollection Each of our sugars has its own unique flavour profile, choosing the right one will make your creations even more delicious. Natural Unrefined Cane Sugar at its best. 2015 goldeN ICING Our Golden Icing sugar is the perfect unrefined alternative to white icing sugar, giving your buttercream and frostings delicious natural caramel flavour and colour. goldeN caster A versatile everyday sugar that’s as delicious in sponge cakes as it is in crunchy biscuits. Use this in place of your normal caster sugar for a deeper taste. Dark Muscovado Excellent in rich dark chocolate cakes and indulgent squidgy brownies, it also adds richness and depth of fl avour to marinades. Molaes The richest and darkest of our soft brown sugars. Superb in fruit cakes and sticky toffee pudding as well as marinades and sticky BBQ sauces. demerara Try this crunchy, rich sugar in crumbles or caramelised on crème brûlée for a perfect finish. Demerara is also the perfect sugar for coffee drinkers light muscovado A great sugar to use in soft chewy cookies and fudge. Why not try swapping some of your caster sugar for Light Muscovado for a softer, chewier bake. golden granulated Replaces white sugar naturally, for everyday use in tea and coffee or with cereal or fruit. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K Billingtons sugar education 1.pdf 1 07/09/2015 15:29 FOOD & INDUSTRY Market Report Shelling out for nuts >> As Christmas approaches a number of key culinary fruits and edible nuts see interesting times ahead. Whilst California, a key producer of almonds, has seen some lower temperatures recently the fact remains that the Western US state has suffered prolonged droughts for some time now and this has affected the growing trees and put pressure on pricing for a number of years. Further pressure remains on almond prices in the form of high demand. Arguably one of the trendier ingredients in cooking and desserts at the moment, combined with a strong US dollar, the import price into the UK remains high. There may be some respite as the rainfall that the ‘El Nino’ weather pattern can bring may have a positive effect towards the end of the year. As can happen with commodities, there can be scaremongering in a bid to drive up prices, something that may have happened recently with Brazil nuts on the back of flooding earlier in 2015. A potentially higher crop could be enough to cover demand and bring price stability going forward. Finally, cashew nuts have seen increases of anything from 30%-40% over the past 18-24 months, however with various crops due in the coming months from Brazil, West Africa, India and Vietnam, it is expected that these countries will compete for demand and any reasonable crop levels should see a levelling out of prices going into 2016. NOV / DEC 2015 37


Stir it up magazine November December 2015
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