This is the hashtag that you will see on many of my posts and blogs throughout 2016, as we are delighted to be part of NI Year of Food and Drink 2016.
A year that will celebrate all that is wonderful about the food and drink industry here in Northern Ireland. We have had our fair share of “bad” press over the years but 2016 will be our year of shine in the Food and Drink industry.
I am honoured to have many artisan producers amongst my friends – those people who have worked long hours to bring their dream of a food or drink business to fruition.
There will be many events throughout the year and I will keep you updated as those occur.
January was the month dedicated to Breakfasts and saw Squeeze Wheatgrass launch its three new flavoured wheatgrass shots. We have been producing our 30ml Ready to Drink Wheatgrass shots since 2011. The company has strived to bring Wheatgrass into the 21st Century by working with the Agri Food and Biosciences Institute to develop a method of keeping the Wheatgrass juice in its most natural state without deterioration in flavour or nutrition or the addition of preservatives or additives.
Whilst most people recognize the nutritional properties of Wheatgrass juice, its grassy taste is not to everyone’s liking. Assisted by InvestNI, through its Innovation Voucher Programme, Squeeze Wheatgrass have developed three flavoured Wheatgrass shots unique to this company. Each juice flavour has been carefully selected for the “extra” health benefits it will bring to the Wheatgrass juice. The new “flavoured” wheatgrass shots have a 6-week shelf life.
The three juices which has been added to the Wheatgrass juice are:-
Beetroot Juice – which has been gaining in popularity as a new super food due to recent studies claiming that beets and beetroot juice can improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure and increase blood flow.
Apple & Pear Juice – which contain a kind of sugar called fructose. The benefit of fructose, as compared to sucrose, is that it metabolizes slower and does not create a spike in blood sugar levels in the way that sucrose does.
Orange and Lemon Juice – citrus fruits can lower blood pressure and prevent disease-causing inflammation.
Squeeze Wheatgrass have already secured a listing for the new products with online food market place TheFoodMarket.com whose aim is to only have products available on their marketplace site that are made with high quality, natural ingredients, can prove where they come from and contain no rubbish. www.thefoodmarket.com
The new flavoured Wheatgrass shots are also available to buy online at the company’s own website www.squeezewheatgrass.co.uk and will be added to their existing listing with Yumbles.com, another indie food online store.