Mulled beer recipe: Hiver comes (a-)wassailing

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.

Going wassailing (wishing good health) during Yuletide isn’t as common as it was in medieval England, but we still enjoy the hot punch that was drunk as part of the ceremony.

There are several versions of the recipe out there: Hiver’s take on the traditional kind uses their Hiver Honey Beer in this sweet, lightly-spiced recipe.

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NOW CLOSED: WIN 1 of 10 Manfood gift boxes

Still in a pickle for Father’s Day gifts? We’re giving you the chance to win 1 of 10 Manfood gift boxes, each featuring four of the delicious gourmet pickles that earned them the title of Britain’s Next Top Supplier 2015. Learn more about them and find out how to enter below.

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Top tips from Grocery Accelerator

We’ve had a fantastic reaction to this year’s Britain’s Next Top Supplier competition so thank you for all your interest so far.

To make things even easier for small brands and independent suppliers to make the most of this opportunity we’re hosting a Twitter chat on Wednesday (25th February) at 2pm with Grocery Accelerator, the investment, coaching and mentoring programme. Follow the hashtag #BNTS15, and don’t forget to include it in your tweets to join the chat.

To get things started we asked the team at Grocery Accelerator for their top tips for ambitious food and drink businesses in the grocery market looking for rapid growth.

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Britain’s Next Top Supplier is BACK!

After last year’s fantastic success, Britain’s Next Top Supplier is back.

16 suppliers have been successfully listed at as a result of the competition, including products from four of the five all-female finalists and we’re looking for the same standard of suppliers this year – sound like you or someone you know?

Then hurry – entries close on Sunday, 15th March

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Guest post: Great British Butcher

Britain’s Next Top Supplier entrant, The Great British Butcher, made it to the final fifty with their tasty meat rubs in vintage-style tins. And now they’re available at Ocado. I caught up with the guys to find out more about what makes their rubs so special.

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Q Congrats on getting listed at Ocado after making our Britain’s Next Top Supplier Top Fifty! How did you find the competition?

It was passed on by a friend in the retail industry – it seemed too perfect for a British family business with roots in the butchery trade not to enter. The competition was great – despite having a flourishing food scene in the UK it’s rare to see the large retailers actively supporting and celebrating British brands, and we jumped at the chance to take part. Everyone we’ve met at Ocado has been genuinely passionate about offering customers something truly unique and we’re proud as punch to get our GBB brand listed.​

Q Tell our customers about your product in five words.

A Quality flavours for quality meat.

Q What’s your favourite Great British Butcher flavour and what do you do with it?

It’s got to be the Bloody Mary Rub. We found that the heady flavours of the infamous cocktail work wonders as a punchy spice mix rubbed into a beef ribeye or flash-fried with some thick cut smoky bacon for the ultimate hangover-busting bacon sandwich.

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Q Why should Great British Butcher make it into our customer’s trolleys this week?

A Our family’s been crafting seasonings and sauces for the British butcher for nearly 40 years. We want to help bring the cooking world and butchery a little closer with quality, all-natural flavours that pack a real punch and help home cooks experiment with a whole new world of meat.

Give us an interesting fact about the Great British Butcher range.

A Our rubs and crumbs are used in Windsor Farm shop on meat from animals reared on the Royal Estate. We like to think the Queen has great taste in flavours!

Well, you can’t argue with Liz. Grab a tin this week whilst they’re on offer – you can save 1/3 on the range if you order by 19th August.

Interested in following the chaps at Great British Butcher? Find them below:




Naomi, PR and Marketing Executive

And Britain’s Next Top Supplier is…

We have a winner! I’m very pleased to announce that Hannah Rhodes of Hiver Beers has been crowned queen bee of the competition.

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Hiver is a delicious craft beer brewed with urban and rural honey. With a background in microbreweries, Hannah knows a thing or two about creating a tasty tipple. With Hiver, she chose to tone down the hops and used an organic specialty malt to make the honey flavours shine. The beer itself is long matured and unpasteurised. Continue reading

Britain’s Next #TopSupplier: The shortlist

I’m blogging with some very exciting news this morning from Ocado HQ.

We’ve received 400 applications for Britain’s Next #TopSupplier and last Thursday we invited the cream of the crop to meet our Senior Buying Team here in Hatfield. We hosted almost fifty small businesses, giving each one the opportunity to pitch their product to our experts and be in with the chance to win a 6 month exclusive listing at Ocado and a £10,000 marketing support package.

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Two of the entries at the office

After some intense debate and a run through a rigorous scoring system, our Senior Buying Team have whittled down the list to just five small businesses, who will now get the chance to pitch their product to retail legend Sir Stuart Rose, Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kerridge, Director of Marketing and Grocery Retail Lawrence Hene, and Rose Price, our Head of Buying.

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Britain’s Next Top Supplier entrant: Tom from Annings Cider

Today’s our speed dating event for our Britain’s Next Top Supplier Competition! I’ve been chatting with one of our shortlisted hopefuls, Tom from Annings Cider, to find out why he thinks his product should be in your shopping. Read on…

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Guest post: Tom Kerridge on Britain’s Next Top Supplier

You’ve only got to Sunday until the deadline for applications to Ocado’s Britain’s Next Top Supplier competition! Tom Kerridge, Michelin-starred chef and one of our judges, told us what he’ll be looking for in the winner and gave some words of wisdom to prepare entrants for the pitch.

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Britain’s Next Top Supplier entrant: Hannah from Jensen Gin

We’ve been catching up with hopeful entrants in our Britain’s Next Top Supplier competition – our search for the next big thing in the world of small producers. The winner will be stocked at, so give us your feedback in the comments!

Here’s what Hannah had to say…

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