December 15, 2017
Now well into the Christmas period – but with still a few weeks remaining – we take a look at which products, from our selection of 3,000 All Year-Round (AYR) lines, have proven very popular during the build-up to and throughout the Christmas period (October- Mid-December). Proving the most popular (and no surprise) are Border Biscuits Dark Chocolate Gingers, a product which consumers seem to love whatever the weather or occasion. Coming in at 2nd are their Lemon Drizzle Melts, followed closely by their Variety Share Packs and the Old-Fashioned Ginger Crunch. Taking the top 4 spots out of the top 10 best sellers, Border Biscuits still hold their position as perhaps the favourite brand in the sweet biscuit category, with their variety of everyday packs and gifting treats proving very popular for Christmas gifts.
Farmhouse Biscuits Oat Flips prove very popular also, ranking 5th, with their Mild Gingers being the next favourite from the Farmhouse brand. Anna’s Ginger Thins, ranking 33rd and Botham Shah Ginger Biscuits, ranking 48th, confirm the demand for ginger flavoured biscuits during the festive season. Another brand with plenty of products in the top 20 are Tiptree, again by no surprise, with their Old Times Marmalade and Strawberry Conserve standing at the 6th and 7th most popular products. Tiptree’s variety of Orange Marmalade’s, Ginger Conserve, Lemon Curd and Redcurrant Jelly have also proved strong sellers during the winter period, as consumers favour festive flavours such as orange and ginger. It is clear that demand for AYR Tiptree products remains strong during the festive periods, with most of their preserves, sauces and gifts featuring in the top 100.
Mrs Darlington’s Legendary Lemon Curd, perhaps the best-selling product from the Darlington’s range throughout the whole year, stands strong as the 8th best-selling AYR lines during the Christmas period. The winter flavours of Mint Sauce and Cranberry Sauce are the next Mrs Darlington’s lines to appear, ranking 101st and 105th out of the 3,000 products we stock AYR. With three lines in the top 20 (10th, 13th 20th), Coolmore cakes have proven to be the best-selling AYR cake brand throughout the winter period this year. Their Lemon Cake, Carrot Cake and Double Chocolate Fudge Cake are the flavours which have been in high demand from buyers for all types of set-up – Garden-Centre’s, Deli’s, Convenience Stores and the like. The Lancashire Eccles Cakes (4-pack) have been a consistent top seller throughout the year – and continue to sell well during the festive period, ranking as the 9th best-selling product. The Eccles Cake twin pack ranks as 371st proving that consumers have favoured the 4-pack version! Pencader Welsh Cakes continue their strong sales during the winter period, ranking as the 38th best seller. The Marmite Rice Cakes (27th), Lorenz Salted Pomsticks (27th) and Snyder’s Honey, Mustard & Onion Pretzel’s (30th) head up the snacks, crisps and nuts category, proving lines which consumers want during the winter period as well as in the summer months. The Rendles brand have a strong presence amongst the top sellers, with 6 flavours of their flapjacks ranking in the top 100 (of 3,000), headed by the Mixed Topped Flapjacks at 32nd. The Rendles Cakes also prove very popular winter lines, with the Blueberry & Apple, Chocolate Chip and Farmhouse Fruit proving the most popular recipes.
The Snak Shed brand, exclusive to Springvale Foods, also demonstrates strong sales during the build up to Christmas – with their Chilli Rice Crackers proving the best seller from the range, their Chocolate Peanutsfollow closely behind. Their flapjack range are in high demand too, with the Bakewell and Chocolate Topped Flapjacks being the most popular favours. AYR goods that prove popular for consumers looking to do some festive baking are West Country Meringues, Wessex Mill Flours and Elders Pastry Cases, all ranking in the top 60. Four AYR lines which we would be shocked not to find in the top-sellers during the festive period are the Opies Pickled Walnuts in Malt Vinegar, Sharp & Nickless Brandy Snaps, Crawfords Cheese Savouries and International Favourites Peeled Roasted Chestnuts which all rank in the top 70! The craft alcohol range, which has expanded drastically in the last few months, also fills plenty of the top seller spots, with the Tiptree Gins performing best, followed by Thunder Vodka and English Drinks Cucumber Gin. Hayman’s and Sovereign Spirits also have lines within the top 100. All of these items are available to order now – order before 12noon for the option of next-day delivery. Place your order online at www.dev1.springvalefoods.co.uk, or call us on 01473 284111.
Information taken from a report ranking All Year-Round products in order of cases sold since 1st October to 14thDecember 2017. Ranked from 1 – 3,000.
December 13, 2017
Last orders to be received by: Midday Wednesday 20th December
Last delivery day: Thursday 21STDecember
Last office day: Friday 22ND December
CLOSED FOR THE BREAK
Office re-opens: Tuesday 2ND January
First deliveries go out: Wednesday 3RD January (If ordered by 12noon on Tuesday 2nd January)
The above applies for phone, fax and online orders.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We look forward to working with you in 2018!
August 2, 2017
Congratulations to The Pantry Farm Shop for winning the Springvale Foods Hamper Competition. Entrants were required to send in a photo which they believe represents their store the best! Read about our winner below...
We all know the feeling of stumbling across a farm shop, hidden in remote lanes of the country side. Come rain or shine, these country-side food emporiums never fail to deliver. But… not so many of us know the feeling of popping to the farm shop on your local high street!
The Pantry Farm Shop emerged on Sudbury High Street, in Suffolk, when Jonathan and Ashleigh ventured to fulfil their dream of bringing the artisan food experience of a farm shop to the high-street.
Jonathan, who previously worked in the city, and his wife Ashleigh, formerly a teacher, made the decision to move to Sudbury with their two children and start their new venture to do something a bit different, and revive the more traditional way of buying food and drink, something lost in our weekly shop to the big supermarkets.
Being a family venture, since opening in November 2016, Jonathan and Ashleigh have ran The Pantry themselves, with the help of their two children on Saturdays! At the beginning of August, the team expanded. With Judith joining, Jonathan and Ashleigh are very excited to share the responsibilities and excitement of running the Pantry with the new member of the team.
The Pantry prides itself on championing local produce and sharing the very best that East Anglia has to offer. Inside the Pantry you will find 85% of stock is sourced from East Anglia, with well-known brands such as Tiptree making their mark. The Pantry also supports a range of unheard champions such as Taste Collectiv… a range of sauces made in Suffolk that are flying off the shelf!
The Farm Shop's black board maps the distances some of the local produce travels to reach The Pantry!
Behind the till area, a map shows the distances some of the local produce travels to reach The Pantry. To name a few- the meat is sourced from Totham Bangers, a family run butcher based 25 miles in the heart of the Essex countryside. Eggs are sourced 29 miles away, from Havensfield Eggs, based at the top of Suffolk. The jams travel 16 miles from Tiptree… and their salt makes the 22-mile journey from Maldon…. Yes, you guessed the brand- Maldon Sea Salt!
Ashleigh noted that some of their best sellers from Springvale Foods are the Tiptree’s ‘Salted Caramel Spread’ and the Stokes sauces- particularly the ‘Sticky Pickle’, which they sold a whole case of the same morning that the Springvale delivery arrived! It seems no-one can resist the Border Biscuits either- the ‘Lemon Drizzle Melts’ are very popular in the summer! Lots of customers are also favouring the Belvoir Pressé range to invent their own fruity gin and tonics… don’t mind if we do!
The Pantry recently celebrated success in being named a finalist in the East Anglian Daily Times Top 3 ‘Best Independent Retailer’. An award which requires being nominated by their own customers, proves as evidence of the strength of the community that has formed within The Pantry in such a short space of time!
We look forward to watching The Pantry continue to flourish, and are proud to be providing them with the unique brands which set their farm shop apart from the rest!
Inside The Pantry Farm Shop, Sudbury, Suffolk
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Thank you to all those that supported Springvale Foods at the Farm Shop & Deli Show 2017. It was very productive and great to see some old and new faces over the course of the show.
I think you will agree, our stand looked amazing. A great way to showcase our products and taste test our delicious product samples. Thanks again to everyone who supporeted us. We hope to see you again next time...
April 21, 2017
Come and see us on stand F41 at the Farm Shop & Deli Show from 24-26 April NEC Birmingham.
We will have plenty of delightul products on display and the opportunity to sample some of our fabulous ranges.
October 13, 2016
Bursting with new and exciting products, our 2017 Easter catalogue is now available to view online or download.
June 6, 2016
We are giving you the chance to win a holiday!
Place your Christmas order with us before the 30th June 2016 and we will enter you into our prize draw to win £300 worth of Love2Shop Holiday Vouchers!*
*Terms & Conditions
Entry into the draw is dependant on placing a Christmas order before 5pm on 30th June 2016. There is only 1 prize to win and it is in the form of a £300 ‘love2shop’ holiday gift card. No cash alternative will be offered. Competition opens on 6th June 2016 and the closing date is 30th June 2016. The winner will be drawn and announced by Friday 8th July 2016. By entering, participants agree to abide by the ‘love2shop’ holiday gift card terms and conditions.
For more information on booking and terms & conditions of’love2shop’ holiday gift cards click here.
June 1, 2016
It's the season of Eton Mess and Pavlova's and Cotswold Meringues have a great range to cater for these popular summer puddings!
Cotswold Meringues are a family business dedicated to the quality of their products. The business was formed by Jan and Lisa's mother. They are delighted to now be at the helm and continue producing the wonderful products she was dedicated to producing for more than three decades. She gave Jan and Lisa a wonderful beginning and by never changing the original recipe, Cotswold Meringues has a long standing reputation for quality and service.
From nests to bases and flavoured bites, you can view their full range here.
May 12, 2016
The days are longer and weather is slowly warming up, so we'd like to give you the chance to enjoy it in style with a portable Weber BBQ - perfect to take to the beach or a picnic in the park!
Every order placed to the value of £300 or more during the month of May, will be entered into a prize draw. At the end of the month, we will pick an order number at random. The buyer will be contacted between 1st - 3rd June 2016.
Terms & Conditions;
Entry into the draw is dependant on placing an order in May 2016 with a min value of £300, and multiples there of. There will only be 1 winner and there is only 1 prize to win which is a Weber Baby Q1200 Gas BBQ with stand(worth £309.99). No cash alternative will be offered. Competition opens on 3rd May 2016 and closes on 32st May 2016. The winner will be drawn at random and announced between the 1st and 3rd June 2016. Weber is not connected to this competition. Winners must be 18 or over. The prize will only be sent to a UK address. There must be someone available to sign for the prize when it is delivered.