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The "Pimped Up Pantry" creations - The 5 GRATE innovations

Hey Foodie Friends!

Hope it's been a great week so far. Spring is definitely in the air and Innovation is sizzling in our kitchens, in particular our pantries. So this week, we're diving into the world of "Pimped Up Pantry" creations. Has your pantry been turning into a passport to flavour paradise! Do you, like me, need a pantry extension???

Embracing global flavours and ingredients, consumers are embarking on culinary adventures that span the globe, all from the comfort of their own homes. Driven by the cost of eating out, and the desire to be adventurous and fulfil cravings, pantries are becoming treasure troves of discovery, offering an economical way to satisfy adventurous appetites.

There is so much new product development going on in this space. Here is just a few of my personal favourites, and examples that I hope you can all learn from and that might spark growth in your food business.

As always, enjoy the read,

Annie x


Tom founded Yep Kitchen after living in China for 10 years. He is passionate about sharing his experiences of authentic Chinese flavours through a range of super easy to use condiments. He imports the dried chillies and peppercorns from Chengdu and produce the products in the UK. What I love about these products is their versatility. My favourite is the Hunan Salt chilli, made with Chilli, Sea salt, Rice wine, Ginger, Garlic, Cane sugar. They have very cleverly teamed up with Plastered 8 to produce the artwork that represents their vision. Inspired by the playful style found on firecracker boxes in China during the mid 20th century.


This pandan flavoured spread, called Hainanese Kaya with Honey is a delicious spread for toast. Partly sweet, partly salty and super moreish. It's part of a beautiful offering of gifts developed and made by the very innovative Toast Box in Singapore. Established in October 2005, Toast Box is a Singaporean contemporary coffee chain rooted in the recreation of Nanyang coffee and toast culture popular during the 1960s & 70. Worth checking out if planning a trip to Singapore.


As South Asian recipes gain popularity among food enthusiasts beyond the subcontinent, ‘ghee’ is turning into a pantry staple in many kitchens around the world. Ghee is a healthy fat with a high smoke point. With its buttery, nutty flavour, ghee provides a great alternative to coconut oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil and butter when frying, roasting and even baking. And here's an example of a fantastic Irish one - Booley Ghee is a clarified butter oil made from 100% Irish creamery butter. Booley Foods is an Irish food company based in Ferbane, Co. Offaly. They are on a mission to modernise Irish pantry staples, starting with a range of grass-fed clarified butter oils (ghee), speciality flavoured butters and buttercreams.


Belazu is one of the leading brands in unlocking world flavours. The most recent edition to the range is their butter beans. A variety called Judion, they are one of Spain's most loved beans due to their size and flavour. A versatile bean used in Traditional Spanish Cuisine. You can blitz into a dip or use as a centre piece in broths and stews or simply add to a salad. They are gently cooked to preserve their shape and extra thin skin, resulting in a delicately soft bean with a buttery & creamy flavour.


There is lots of NPD going on in crackers, but these stand out for many reasons. Deliciously Ella Sweet Potato Crunchy Cracker Thins with rosemary, paprika & mixed herbs are perfect for loading up with toppings, scooping up hummus or simply nibbling on their own. Crispy, crunchy and super satisfying, these are a go to savoury snack. You can serve them as a pre-dinner snack. They tick the box on health too, baked, not fried, made with all natural ingredients, 100% plant-based, gluten and dairy free, vegan friendly and a natural source of fibre. A Delicious Way to Feel Better! 

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