Five sun care facts for Sun Awareness Week (and beyond)

Are you ready for the sun? Our weather might not be playing ball, but we’re prepared all the same! In honour of Sun Awareness Week this week, here are some important facts and handy tips about staying safe in the sun…

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Five ice creams you should try this summer

As Ice Cream Buyer at Ocado, I might just have one of the best jobs going. I’ve tried a freezer-load of treats so you don’t have to (it’s OK, no need to thank me) – here’s my pick of the best.

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Beth at the Christmas in July press event

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FREE Freixenet cava stopper with your next shop

Ever heard about popping a silver spoon in the neck of your bubbly bottle to keep it sparkling? Well, apparently it’s utter codswallop! Luckily I have the answer…

That’s right – it’s time for another Ocado fan freebie. We’ve got 3,000 cava stoppers to give away from the generous folks at Freixenet.

Freixenet Cava Stopper

These ingenious little devices are designed to keep the fizz in properly. So, add one to your next shop, check out using the voucher code below, and sparkle all season.

To claim your free Freixenet cava stopper, simply follow these steps:

1. Place an order for at least £40.

2. Add one Freixenet cava stopper to your order and add the voucher code VOU5088713 as you check out (cannot be used with any other voucher).

3. We’ll deduct the cost of the product for the first 3,000 people to enter this code and check out for deliveries between 12/12/2013 and the last available delivery slot on Sunday 29/12/2013.

For full Terms and Conditions visit ocado.com.

Keep sparkling!

Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive

Gold Coin giveaway – important info

Hi everyone,

First off, a quick announcement: due to a technical hiccup the next Gold Coin giveaway will run from Wednesday 11th to Monday 16th December. Last week’s giveaway ended yesterday, so no more entries can be accepted.

East India Company gold guinea

Thank you to everyone who emailed in last week, and congratulations to our second winner: Annie Harris from Putney. The coin animation was hiding on the Strawberries Enrobed in White Chocolate. They’d be perfect for Wimbledon, but who could wait that long?

The next giveaway starts tomorrow, with the coin animation hidden on a different East India Company product. Good luck with your search.

Explore the East India Company range ▶

Read full Terms and Conditions ▶

Thanks,

Josh
Merchandising Executive

Bag a free bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe

Baileys luxeAh, Baileys. Christmas Day at my house just wouldn’t be the same without a little snifter of it after dinner. It’s as traditional for me as a giant Toblerone and the dog getting overly excited about discarded wrapping paper.

The folks at Baileys HQ often experiment with new twists for flavours and this year they have developed something really special: Chocolat Luxe. It’s the first ambient molten chocolate on the market – no other product contains real Belgian cocoa solids within an alcoholic liqueur. Each 50cl bottle contains over 30g of real chocolate, that’s a whopping 45% cocoa solids, making it a truly indulgent drinking experience for chocolate lovers. Additionally, the cream used to make Baileys Chocolat Luxe has come from over 1,500 independent Irish farmers – which adds a little something extra if you ask me.

Not sure if you’d like to give it a go this Christmas? Why not have a taste of the tipple on me? I’ve got 1,000 miniature bottles to give away this week – add one to your next shop to try before you buy.

To claim your free miniature bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe, simply follow the steps below:

1. Place an order for at least £40.

2. Add one 5cl bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe to your order and enter the voucher code VOU6793859 as you check out (cannot be used with any other voucher).

3. We’ll deduct the cost of the product for the first  people to enter this code and check out for deliveries between 05/12/2013 and the last available delivery slot on Sunday 15/12/2013.

For full Terms and Conditions visit ocado.com.

Bottoms up!

Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive

#OcadoThanks prize draw

Update! The winners are…

@JemmyChew

@Mrs_Amy_Shep

@Kylievjenkins

@Mattzitron

@Chickinthesticks

The 28th marks Thanksgiving, and we know how much you love our American products! Everything from American beers to store cupboard essentials are firm favourites in Ocado trolleys.

Top 5 American products at ocado.com

So, as we’re in the mood to say a big old #OcadoThanks to our fans, I’ve put together five goodie bags filled with treats from the Ocado American range.

To enter, check out our Thanksgiving event – you’ll find everything you need to whip up an all-American feast, right down to the turkey – then tweet us a link to the product you love most.

Just make sure you…

  • Follow us on Twitter: @Ocado 
  • Use the hashtag #OcadoThanks

We’ll announce the winner here on the blog and on Twitter on Thursday. Best of luck!

Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive

Terms and Conditions: #OcadoThanks
• This prize draw is open to Twitter account holders who have posted a Tweet in accordance with this prize draw and have an ocado.com account. Anyone directly connected with the planning or administration of this prize draw or who does not have an ocado.com account will not be eligible to win a prize.
• Prize Details: There are five prizes of one ocado.com delivery containing items from the ocado.com Thanksgiving range to the value of £50. The delivery will be made at a date and time agreed in advance.
• To qualify: entrants must follow the @Ocado Twitter account, tweet a link to a product featured in the Thanksgiving event at ocado.com and include the hashtag #OcadoThanks
• The closing date and time for entries into the prize draw is 23.59 on 27/11/2013. Entries placed after this date and time will not be included in the prize draw.
• The winner will be selected at random from all Tweets shared including a link to a product from the Thanksgiving event at ocado.com and the hashtag #OcadoThanks on Twitter on 28/11/2013.
• The winner will be contacted via DM within 5 days of the draw and will be given full details of how to redeem their prize. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 14 days, or cannot take up the prize, then Ocado reserves the right to select another winner.
• The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative available
• Ocado reserves the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value or to terminate, amend, extend or shorten the promotional period at any time and without notice.
• Your personal data will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to any third parties for their marketing purposes
• Ocado has organised this prize draw in good faith but cannot accept any liability relating to the prize draw or the prize offered.
• All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions. By entering this promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by them
• The promoter of this prize draw is Ocado Limited, AL10 9NE.

NOW EXPIRED Celebrate Thanksgiving with a FREE bottle of Beringer for your next shop

13/11/2013 16.09 UPDATE – THIS OFFER HAS NOW EXPIRED – THE REDEMPTION LIMIT OF 300 HAS BEEN REACHED. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This American tradition centres around families and friends eating a meal together to express gratitude for the blessings of the year (originally it was to give thanks for the harvest).  Anyway, I’m certainly in favour of any excuse to spend time with loved ones over dinner!

The Ocado Thanksgiving event is filled with offers on American treats to help you plan a Thanksgiving celebration, but our friends at Beringer have also kindly offered 300 bottles of their Classic Cabernet Sauvignon to give us all something else to be thankful for.

Beringer Classic Cabernet Sauvignon

Give thanks at Thanksgiving with this week’s freebie. To claim a free bottle of Beringer Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl with your next shop, follow the steps below:

1. Place an order for at least £80

2. Add one bottle of Beringer Classic Cabernet Sauvignon to your order and enter the voucher code VOU7655472 as you check out (cannot be used with any other voucher).

3. We’ll deduct the cost of the product for the first 300 people to enter this code and check out for deliveries between 14/11/2013 and the last available delivery slot on Wednesday 20/11/2013

For full Terms and Conditions visit ocado.com

Bottoms up! Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive

Pumpkin Carving Competition

This Halloween we want to see your creepiest carvings – let your imagination run riot!

Spooky pumpkins image

All you have to do is grab a pumpkin, carve a devilish design, then send your snaps to competitions@ocado.com adding ‘pumpkin carving’ as the subject line.

I’ve attached some templates you could use, and typed out my beginners’ tips, below.

Two Jack-o-lanterns

We’re looking for skill and creativity, and we’d love to see pics of the creative process too. We’ll be uploading them to Facebook, and our favourite wins a £50 Ocado voucher.

Entries must be in by 4th November, and we’ll contact the winner within five days.

Find pumpkins and carving kits in our Halloween Shop.

Download the Halloween Pumpkin Templates

Carving tips:

Think big – A larger pumpkin will be easier to carve, and give you enough room to correct the odd mistake. Also, make sure the pumpkin is as fresh as possible – it’s easier and lasts longer.

Fire in the hole! – Generally, the first step is to cut a lid in the top of the pumpkin, then hollow it out. If you’re illuminating the pumpkin with a candle, put the candle in a high sided glass and don’t leave it unattended when lit.

Simply the best – If this is your first pumpkin carving, don’t make it too complicated; practise with a simple, bold design. Tape one of our templates to the pumpkin then poke along the lines.

Think outside the box – It’s not just about carving. You can shave parts of the pumpkin to create a two-tone effect, screw in nuts and bolts, even add splashes of paint. It’s up to you.

Preservation society – rubbing Vaseline or vegetable oil into the flesh of the pumpkin will help it last as long as possible. It will also make it flammable, so be careful!

Happy Halloween!

James Markey, Marketing Executive

Terms & Conditions – Halloween Pumpkin Competition

• This competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over (except for anyone directly connected with the planning or administration of this competition).

• Prize Details: There is one prize of a £50 Ocado voucher.

• The closing date and time for entries into the Halloween Pumpkin Competition is 23.59 on 4th November. Entries sent after this date and time will not be included in the prize draw.

• The winner will be chosen based on the level of creativity and skill shown, as judged by our marketing team, in the week commencing 04/11/2013. Do not enter into correspondence with the judges and the judge’s decision is final.

• The winner of the prize will be contacted within 5 days of the draw and will be given full details of how to redeem their prize. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 14 days of the initial notification, or cannot take up the prize, then we reserve the right to select another winner.

• The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative available.

• We reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value or to terminate, amend, extend or shorten the promotional period at any time and without notice. 

• We have organised this competition in good faith but cannot accept any liability relating to the prize draw or the prize offered.

• Winners may be required to take part in marketing events.

• All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions. By entering this promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by them.

• The promoter of this competition is Ocado Limited. For details of the winner’s name and county please send a SAE to the Marketing Department, Ocado Limited, Titan Court, 3 Bishops Square, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9NE.