Do you have super powders?
June 26, 2015 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

The big news in health foods right now is nutrient-dense superfood powders, if the way they’re flying out of our warehouse is any indication. Here we’re giving you the lowdown on some of our most popular superfood powders, why they are so beneficial and how to incorporate them into your diet.

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Supplier profile
July 16, 2015 – 11:34 am | No Comment

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This issues supplier in the spotlight is Scarlett and Mustard? We spoke to the founder Sandy..

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How was Scarlett and Mustard started, and how have things developed?
Three years ago my son, then aged 11, decided to set up a stall outside our house selling our special family dressing – an unusual oil free recipe of my great grandmother’s which has been passed down the generations. Two hours later he came back inside saying “I’ve sold out and made £76!”. And so we started selling it at farmers’ markets and local shops, with great success.
Since then, we have grown very quickly and are now in some of the most prestigious food halls in the UK – Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols – and in over 750 independent farm shops and delis throughout the UK.
What difficulties have you faced along the way (if any?!)
Making all our products without the need for artificial additives, flavours and colourings, but still maintaining a good shelf life has required perseverance and determination, but we have done it.
Getting our stockists to have our products out on taste is a great way of introducing the range to the consumer, but it is a challenge to persuade them that this works!
Can you let us know a bit about the team behind Scarlett and Mustard, and who does what?
Julian (Col. Mustard) is in charge of sales, with Adam and Annie working alongside him. Sandy (Miss Scarlett) heads up production, branding, marketing and New Product Development.
How do you come up with new recipes?
They are usually via our home kitchen – Julian and I are both huge foodies and love to cook and experiment at home. If we come up with something really special, then we’ll look at bringing it into the range. Sometimes we are asked by our customers to develop a product – our Caesar dressing came about like that.
How do you source your supplies, and decide who to work with?
We try and use local suppliers for our ingredients and packaging where we can. This means we are geographically close, but also helps our local economy and keeps our food miles down. If we can’t source locally, then we try to use British where possible – e.g. all our eggs are British free-range eggs.
Have you got anything exciting planned for the future?
Lots! We are hoping to expand our specialist oil range with a couple of products alongside our pumpkin seed oil, which are super healthy and delicious. We are also developing a sugar free dressing, and plans for some more additions to the ‘Colonel’s Bit On the Side’ range of savoury condiments to sit alongside the ‘Billy’s Chilli Jam’.
What advice can you give to anyone starting out making their own products to sell?
The customer is king! Make sure you listen to customer feedback on the flavour and use of your product – at the end of the day, how something tastes is the only thing that matters as it is what keeps people coming back for more.
Test your products at low-outlay places – e.g. farmers markets and small local food festivals.
Finally, you will need a lot of energy and resilience to overcome many and diverse challenges!

See Scarlett & Mustard full product range here..

Do you have super powders?
June 26, 2015 – 1:42 pm | No Comment
Do you have super powders?

The big news in health foods right now is nutrient-dense superfood powders, if the way they’re flying out of our warehouse is any indication. Here we’re giving you the lowdown on some of our most popular superfood powders, why they are so beneficial and how to incorporate them into your diet.

Product Recall – Suma Peanut Butter Crunchy – No Salt 700G
June 3, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment
Product Recall – Suma Peanut Butter Crunchy – No Salt 700G

During December 2014 Suma received a complaint about a foreign body in one of our jars of peanut butter.
We take every complaint about the quality of Suma products extremely seriously, and as such, our Quality …

A healthy alternative for cooking & baking
May 15, 2015 – 9:44 am | 2 Comments
A healthy alternative for cooking & baking

With all the benefits of coconut but none of the strong flavours, our new odourless coconut oil is a versatile addition to your cooking repertoire. Coconut oil benefits from a low melting point and high smoke point, so it can be used to replace butter in your baking but is also ideal for stir fries and roasting.

Product spotlight: coconut sugar
May 14, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment
Product spotlight: coconut sugar

Coconut sugar is a wonderful alternative to white or brown sugar in baking. It is much less refined, has a low glycemic index and contains essential vitamins and minerals unlike normal sugar. It’s easy to use and makes your baking taste wonderful.

Inspiring products lined up for Barcelona’s Free From Food Expo
May 6, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment
Inspiring products lined up for Barcelona’s Free From Food Expo

Here at Suma we have a wide range of free-from foods to offer, and we’re thrilled to be exhibiting them at this year’s Free-From Foods Expo in Barcelona.

Product spotlight: tamari
April 21, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment
Product spotlight: tamari

Tamari is a traditional Japanese sauce which lends itself to many styles of cooking. It is naturally gluten-free, unlike soy sauce and can also be used as a salt substitute. Learn more about how to use Tamari in this post.

Organic velvet 1kg
April 17, 2015 – 10:01 am | No Comment
Organic velvet 1kg

We are delighted to announce yet another new arrival to the Suma coffee family

Chetna’s chai latte cake
April 8, 2015 – 2:48 pm | No Comment
Chetna’s chai latte cake

Try this fabulous chai latte cake recipe developed by the Great British Bake Off contestant Chetna, using the wonderful Drink Me Spiced Chai Latte Powder
Clicking on the ingredients in the list will take you to …

Spring Summer brochure 2015
March 26, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment
Spring Summer brochure 2015

This Spring Suma are offering lots of great new products, these are included in our new Spring Summer brochure, so here’s a taster from us, Suma, the workers cooperative where things are altogether better.

Suma bloggers network – March/April recipe round-up
March 19, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment
Suma bloggers network – March/April recipe round-up

The March / April recipe round up from Suma’s network of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free bloggers containing 10 delicious and healthy recipes.