NOW EXPIRED: Claim your FREE punnet of English strawberries on your next order

UPDATE: Sorry, our free strawberries have all been picked. Keep your eye out for the next giveaway.

Nothing evokes a sunny day in England like a sweet, juicy strawberry – so we’ve decided to spread the sunshine by giving away 500 FREE 250g punnets of Ravenhill English strawberries.

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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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Guest post: Natoora, “Let Them Eat Kale”

Image of Natoora purple kaleKale is one of the tastiest greens (or purples!) to arrive on British plates each autumn, and in the past few years it has become one of the most talked-about vegetables, often dividing opinion. It is extremely nutritious and full of health-boosting vitamins and minerals; it has a lovely sweet flavour; and it is very versatile in the kitchen, working wonderfully in a wide range of recipes, from smoothies to soups.

When and where

Our purple kale comes from two farms in Cornwall and Lancashire. Grown in the open air, slowly and without excessive watering, it develops tender leaves with no trace of sponginess, and a deep, complex flavour. In season from early autumn to mid-spring, kale grows better and more widely in cooler climates, as the cold temperature keeps its leaves more tender, and the stalks crunchier and sweeter. Continue reading

Pie and chutney – a very British lunch giveaway

*UPDATE 11th November 2014 19:30* This offer has now expired – 500 customers successfully redeemed the voucher, but if you missed out keep an eye on our blog as we’ll be running more soon.

Today we’re giving away the key ingredients to a properly British lunch: pie and chutney. First 500 customers to redeem the voucher only…

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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:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreatBritishButcher

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tgbbutcher

Blog: http://www.greatbritishbutcher.blogspot.co.uk/

Naomi, PR and Marketing Executive

OFFER EXPIRED: Chip butties on us! Free with your next shop.

UPDATE: 19/02/2014 18.15 – Hi guys, we’re sorry to hear that some of you have been experiencing problems with the voucher code. If you have been affected by this issue, please email ocado@ocado.com with the email subject line ‘Chip Butty Bundle’ and include your order number. A member of our Contact Centre will contact you to resolve this. The voucher has now expired so cannot be added to future orders.

It’s a guilty classic – and even Tom Kitchin agrees. We’re giving away Chip Butty Bundles with your next shop, for 1,000 lucky fans.

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Included in the Bundle you’ll find: Aunt Bessie’s Homestyle Chips, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, and Kingsmill Soft White. Continue reading

Britain’s Next Top Supplier profile: Marcus from Nutshot

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I’ve been kicking back with the lovely Marcus from Nutshot, finding out about his entry for our Britain’s Next Top Supplier competition. Read on to find out more…

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Britain’s Next Top Supplier 2014

Britain's Next Top Supplier judges Tom Kerridge and  Sir Stuart Rose At Ocado we believe in nurturing British suppliers, so we’ve made it our mission to source the UK’s very best small producers. We love discovering exciting new products for our customers to enjoy and over the years we’ve supported hundreds of new, up-and-coming brands like Yorkshire Provender, G’nosh, Muddy Boots, Higgidy and What on Earth.

Now, with the backing of retail legend Sir Stuart Rose and chef Tom Kerridge, we’ve launched ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’, a nationwide search to find the next big thing in food and drink.

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