NOW EXPIRED: FREE Peroni Nastro Azzurro Piccola six-pack with your next shop

UPDATE: Sorry, all the packs have now been claimed. Keep an eye out for the next giveaway…

We’ve got 500 packs of Peroni Nastro Azzurro Piccola to give away. Each pack features six 250ml bottles (just under half a pint each). Perfect for those Christmas parties coming up…

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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 EXPIRED: Celebrate St George: FREE bundle with your next order

UPDATE: Sorry, all the bundles are now gone. Keep an eye out for our next giveaway.

Happy St George’s Day! How many of you will be donning dragon costumes in honour of England’s patron saint? Unfortunately we’re short on dragon attire, but we do have 500 St George’s Day bundles to give away, each with three delicious English-made products.

Find out what’s in each bundle and how to claim yours below…

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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.

Image of Hannah with Tom Kerridge and Sir Stuart Rose

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.

So, who are the final five? What makes them so special? Here’s a little run down on our line up. Continue reading