are you vegan ready? take a look at our 3 new vegan products

We are proud to present our 3 NEW Love Fresh vegan products.  It couldn’t be a better time to launch a selection of innovative vegan products with veganuary upon us.  Plus, the vegan population is expected to rise by 327% by 2020 (Plant Based News) so there’s no sign of the vegan trend slowing down.  In fact, vegans and vegetarians look set to make up a quarter of the British population in 2025 (The Vegan Society).

Take a look at our exciting new vegan products:

Oriental Red Jackfruit 1kg - Shredded jackfruit in an aromatic tomato and red Thai sauce.

Bang Bang Falafel 1kg - Falafel and chickpeas in an aromatic sweet and spicy dressing with a hint of sesame and flecks of red pepper.

Asian Grain Salad 2kg - White rice with quinoa and green lentils in an aromatic dressing.

For inspiration on how to use them, take a look at our recipe ideas.

special recognition award winner for the subway "revitalise the core project"

At the recent Subway conference held at Celtic Manor, Max Grandison, Head of NPD for Oasis Foods and Calder Foods, was presented with the Special Recognition Award for an outstanding contribution to the Subway Revitalise the Core Project.  This award recognises those who exceed expectations and set the new standard of excellence moving forward.


There were 34 country markets represented at the Subway conference so this is a truly European achievement.  Huge congratulations to all of the team involved in winning this award.  It really was a team effort and it’s great to see that our effective product development and launches has been recognised in such a prestigious way.

oliver james chicken liver parfait wins first place at the quality food & drink awards
This award reflects our great tasting, high quality products that our customers can proudly use with confidence on their menus.
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creative foods Europe wins commercial partnership award

We are delighted to announce that on 2nd October, Creative Foods Europe won the Commercial Partnership Award at the Whitbread Supplier Conference.  

This shows that the hard work and effort the team has put in has been well recognised.  Whitbread appreciates our understanding of their business and that we are able to react quickly when needed, whether that’s commercial, supply chain, technical or product development driven.  In addition, our collaborative buying approach in this challenging environment on the lead up to Brexit has played a big part.


We were also pleased to be nominated for the Supplier Service Award and Force For Good Award.  A big well done to all of the team for this fantastic achievement.

Pictured: Dianne Waite NSF International Technical Operations Director for Whitbread, Gráinne Allen Head of F&B Development at Whitbread, Jo Elder Creative Foods Europe Senior National Account Manager for Whitbread, Ian Douglas Head of Procurement at Whitbread. 

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our battered chicken nuggets packaging has had a makeover!
Our high quality Harvest Farms Battered Chicken Nuggets have got themselves all dressed up.  Available now in printed packaging. 

If you'd like to give your nuggets a new look, then contact us today to find out more.

We are delighted to welcome David McMillan to the business as Site Director for Calder Foods.  David brings a wealth of experience with him, having worked in the food industry for 30 years.  David joins us from McVities in Glasgow where he was Site Director and prior to that he enjoyed a board role as Production Director for Refresco Gerber in Somerset.  In addition, he has worked for Roche Pharmaceuticals, Nestle, Allied Bakeries and Dairy Crest.  


David says; “Having joined the company last month, I am already enjoying working for this reputable business with great quality products and people.  As Site Director I will look to build on its history of success and help to grow the business within the food to go market, by continuing to manufacture high quality and innovative products and delivering a service we are proud of to our customers.”

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bronze award winner for the chicken, cheese, chorizo & Piperade pie
We are delighted to announce that Oliver James and Proper Pies won a bronze award at the 2019 BFFF Product Awards.  

It was awarded to our delicious Chicken, Cheese, Chorizo & Piperade Pie as part of the Foodservice Best New Bakery Product category.
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awarded "highly commended" for our new onion bhaji & sweet chilli filling at the sammies

In the New Product category, our new Onion Bhaji & Sweet Chilli Filling, aimed at the sandwich and food to go market, was awarded "Highly Commended" at the 2019 Sammies Awards.


Matthew Cox, our Senior Development Manager and Jenner Lee, our Senior NPD Technologist, were delighted to accept the certificate.

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crust almighty! Domino's and tabasco® brand team up to add a 'kick' to menu

Domino’s is teasing our taste buds with the introduction of a new, limited-edition TABASCO® & Cheese Stuffed Crust, certain to appeal to fans of the much-loved TABASCO® kick.  Packed with the perfect pairing of gooey, melted 100% mozzarella cheese and the unmistakeable TABASCO® flavour, the new stuffed crust, freshly baked in store, will bring the unique and delicious taste of the iconic 150-year-old recipe of TABASCO® sauce to every slice of Domino’s pizza.   

It’s not all about the crust. Domino’s is adding the new, dangerously-spicy, so-good, Mango Habanero Chicken Wings as the sixth chicken dish on the menu.


Accompanying Chicken Wings, Chicken Strippers, FRANK’S RedHot Wings, Spicy BBQ Wings and the ever-popular Chicken Kickers, the new wings come coated with a fiery habanero chilli and mango glaze to provide a tantalising aroma of flavours for those who like their food hot, hot, hot.


Both these new flavourful, spicy delights bring more heat to the menu than ever before.  So much so, a new 3+ Chilli Rating has been added to warn Domino’s fans about the extra kick they bring.


technical manager casey Higgins wins prestigious osi Europe qa communication award
On Friday 5th April 2019, Sharon Birkett presented Casey Higgins, Oliver James and Proper Pies Technical Manager, with the newly introduced OSI Europe QA Communication Award.  

Sharon Birkett, Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs at OSI International Holding GmbH, explains;


“OSI Quality Group created this new award for the best communicator at the annual OSI Europe QA Meeting.  Each Technical Manager presented an opportunity or best practice from their site.  Their peers voted on their presentation skills, clarity and conciseness.  Clear, concise communication and commanding attention are critical skills for a Technical Manager when they are involved in a crisis or communicating up the organisational structure. 


We are proud of Casey Higgins, the first winner of the prestigious Communication Award.  Casey can now display her trophy, drive the competitive spirit and show her skills to the site teams.  Congratulations Casey, a job well done!" 

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NEW MARINATED TANDOORI CHICKEN launched under our love fresh range
Our NEW Love Fresh Marinated Tandoori Chicken (code 9442) is now available to order. Its succulent sliced chicken breast coated in a tasty tandoori marinade makes it delicious and versatile. 

Click here for some fantastic recipe ideas including a Tandoori Chicken Pizza, Onion Bhaji Chicken Tandoori Turnover, Chicken Tandoori Toastie, Chicken Tandoori Biriyani, Chicken Tandoori Club Naanwich, Chicken Tandoori Nachos and Tandoori Chicken Shawarma. 
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Proper pies win chefs' choice award for its delicious chicken & woodland mushroom pie
On 5th March 2019, at the iconic Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, Proper Pies won gold for its Chicken & Woodland Mushroom Pie in the Savoury Pies and Flans category. 

The Chefs' Choice Awards are a highlight in the foodservice calendar, hosted by The Grocer. The awards are designed to showcase the creative and innovative work of the foodservice industry. Winning this award reinforces just how delicious our Proper Pies are! 
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We have launched 3 trendy and delicious new fillings which will offer excitement on menus:

1) Barbeque Pulled Jackfruit Filling (vegan) - pulled jackfruit in a smokey barbeque sauce

2) Tofu Tinga Filling (vegan) - shredded tofu with kidney beans and chickpeas in a spicy tinga sauce

3) Korean Barbeque Pulled Beef Filling - slow cooked pulled beef in a Korean style barbeque sauce

Click here to explore our delicious range of fillings. 
NEW Award Winning Vegan Mayonnaise Launched
We have launched a NEW award winning Vegan Mayonnaise under our Oasis brand. Click here to find our more about this on-trend new vegan product and be inspired by a delicious Jackfruit Flatbread recipe idea. 
Whitbread Award
Edward Baker, Trading Director, at Creative Foods Europe says; "We are delighted to have been awarded Whitbread's 2018 Food & Beverage Supplier for Service Award. We have been working with Whitbread for several years and for the last 5 years have been their category lead and strategic partner. The team have worked hard to deliver a service we are proud of in a very challenging environment. We look forward to continuing to build on our established and effective working relationship with Whitbread as we move into 2019."
Proper Pies scoop more awards at the 2018 British Pie Awards!!
Mushroom, Spinach & Truffle Oil Pie and Steak & Stilton Fondue Pie with Beef Dripping Gravy both win Gold awards while Chicken, Ham & Cheddar Pie, Chicken, Pancetta & Chardonnay Pie and Steak & Mushroom Duxelle Pie all win silver awards.
Mitchells & Butler Innovation Award
Oliver James Foods were extremely proud to be announced as the “Excellence In Innovation” winners at 2018 Mitchells & Butlers awards ceremony.

The awards aim to recognise outstanding performance, and excellence across the Mitchells and Butlers’ supplier network. The Excellence in Innovation category is awarded to the supplier that has demonstrated real innovation, creativity and flare when developing products for M&B, and represents our continued commitment to working closely with our customers.
WATCH: How we make Proper Pies
Take a look at our video to discover what goes into our award winning Proper Pies.
Creative Foods attends Taste Exhibition in London
Here's a glimpse of our development team on their way to the Taste Exhibition in London on their continual search for inspiration, new ideas, trends and flavours.

Taste of London occurs twice each year and is the definitive showcase of the capital’s best restaurants, top chefs and leading food and drink brands.
150th Anniversary for the TABASCO Brand
Established in 1868, the TABASCO Brand will be celebrating its' 150th Anniversary this year. Watch this space for our festive updates throughout 2018
Award winners again!
we are delighted to have picked up BFFF awards for 3 delicious pies. All dishes are bespoke creations, where we have worked in close partnership with customers to develop innovative, delicious menu creations to offer to their diners. Our award-winning products are:

Silver - " 'Best New Main Course / Meal Centre product’ awarded to our Chicken, Leek & Crème Fraiche Pie with a Ham Ciabatta Crumb. This delicious pie is on Mitchell & Butlers Premium Country Pubs menu.

Bronze - " 'Best New Multi Portion Product’ awarded to our Minced Beef & Onion Pie which appears on menus of two Mitchells & Butlers Sizzling Pubs & Oaktree Pubs.

Bronze - " 'Best New Meat Free / Vegetarian Product’ awarded to our Cheshire Cheese & Bramley Apple Tart which appears on Whitbread’s Table Table menu.
BFAWU support food workers improve English skills at Oasis Foods
Read more about how we are working together with BFAWU (Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union) to upskill our workforce.

As a result of the training, staff confidence has increased, along with a big improvement in the quality and traceability of our paperwork. Take a look at the full case study here
The Hot Chef TABASCO® brand challenge is back!
‘Slow-cook’ is a big trend on out of home menus and offers endless possibilities for chefs to pack dishes full of flavour. That’s why we are asking catering students to come up with an innovative and exciting slow-cooked dish, accompanied by two side dishes, using TABASCO® brand pepper sauces. Flavour, taste and ease of service are the key criteria. The winning dish will be considered to go onto a Whitbread menu. 
McIlhenny Company, the makers of TABASCO® Sauce, endeavour to support chefs at the start of their careers like those taking part in the Hot Chef competition. Senior Vice President and 5th generation McIlhenny family member, Harold Osborn said, ‘My family is proud to support and celebrate individuals making culinary their career.  These young chefs are innovating and starting the trends that drive the broader food industry as well as shaping the way consumers eat and think about food.’
TABASCO® Brand Specials at Ed’s Easy Diner
The menu is supported by a social media competition; with a chance to win a bucketful of personalised TABASCO® Mini Bottles every week throughout the promotional period on Facebook and Twitter.  

All four flavours of TABASCO® are available to use in store to add a kick of TABASCO® brand pepper sauce to your meal at Ed’s. The flavours include;
Green - " Mild & zingy, made with Jalapeňo pepper
Chipotle - " Slightly spicy and deliciously smoky
Red - " The Original, spicy as you know it!
Habanero - " Super Spicy for a hot & fruity kick

The brand specials include some of the Ed’s favourites, with a twist. Such as ‘No smoke without Fire - 'Smoky Joe’s Burger’ with TABASCO® brand BBQ sauce and a Super Spicy Chilli Dog, their famous hot dog with a kick of TABASCO® Habanero sauce. 
Helen to run the Cheltenham Half Marathon!
Having never run before, Helen decided to enter the half marathon on September 23rd to fundraise for EPIC: a charity supporting Children and Young People with Epilepsy in Gloucestershire.

Helen’s son Jimi was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 3. He suffers from a rare type of epilepsy called Landau Kleffner Syndrome.  His cognitive development stalled and some of his skills regressed when the epilepsy started. With help of steroid treatment, he is now slowly re-gaining skills. Their family life has changed massively since Jimi was diagnosed.  It is heart-breaking to see Jimi have regular seizures and tough having to cope with a serious, long-term condition.  
Children with epilepsy are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than their peers. EPIC funds mental health care supporting children in Gloucestershire with epilepsy. In addition to this, EPIC also organises social events for children and young people with epilepsy and funds diagnostic equipment.

You can support Helen by visiting her Just Giving page