It's fast approaching and there's a host of ways to embrace the festive season whether it's on your menu or simply by decorating your shop...
Go large with Vegware’s 16oz Christmas jumper cups
If there’s one thing guaranteed to get customers feeling warm and fuzzy inside this Christmas its a hot beverage served in Vegware’s Christmas jumper cup.
And this year, they’ve gone bigger with the launch of a new 16oz navy version of their popular eco cups. It joins their classic green 8oz and red 12oz jumper cups for a perfect line up of festive cheer. Like all of Vegware’s products, they’re completely compostable, with a plastic-free lining and matching compostable lids available for on the go Christmas shoppers.
Vegware 0330 223 0400 www.vegware.com
Go sweet with your sides thanks to Aviko
Enabling friers to keep their menus fresh and unique and to stay ahead of the competition is Aviko’s new Sweet Potato Diced.
Making an ideal side, the sweet potato cubes benefit from a unique steaming process which retain the natural goodness and taste of the sweet potatoes, as well as a rice flour coating for added crunch.
Aviko’s Sweet Potato Diced are gluten free and can be cooked to order quickly from frozen. They’re available in 5 x 2.27kg cases, with a shelf life of 18 months, and can be prepared in the fryer or oven.
Aviko 0800 633 5611www.aviko.co.uk
Pidy’s pastry range gets the festivities flowing
Suited equally for both savoury and sweet as well as hot and cold fillings is the festive range of pastry vol-au-vent cases from Pidy.
Available in a traditional Christmas tree design as well as a more unusual reindeer version, these ambient products are ready-to-fill and come in catering packs of 54 piece and make a great addition to a festive themed sharing platter on a seasonal starter, main or dessert menu.
Alternatively, for shops wanteing to offer mince pies with a glass of mulled wine or a warming coffee, Pidy offers Straight Sided 6cm Sweet Tellines which come complete with a homemade Sweet Shortcrust pastry star to top things off.
Pidy 01604 705666 www.pidyuk.com
Add some fizz to festive desserts
Tempt customers to add a dessert to their selection this Christmas with Bucks Fizz sorbet from New Forest Ice Cream.
Blending the vibrant citrus notes of orange with the light, refreshing taste of sparkling white wine base, this cocktail themed sorbet is said to emanate celebration from the first to the last scoop. Available in 2ltr catering tubs, the sorbet has a deep, rich colour and light texture. Made in the traditional New Forest way, it is produced in a nut free environment.
The new flavour sits perfectly with its two other festive inspired desserts - Mince Pie ice cream and Gin and Pink Grapefruit Sorbet.
New Forest Ice Cream 01590 647611 www.newforesticecream.com
Entertain some window shopping
Even if you’re not theming your menu this Christmas, why not add some sparkle to your shopfront with a range of window decals from Stickers4.
From snowflakes and Christmas trees to snowy forest borders and winter scenes complete with reindeers, the window graphics can be used on their own or combined with other designs to make an eye-catching display. The vinyl is re-usable year after year, just keep the backing sheet, reapply, roll up and store. Full colour double-sided print is now standard across the Christmas range, ensuring that colours remain strong and vibrant when viewed from both inside and outside, no matter what the internal lighting conditions are like. No more wishy washy colours so more high street impact!
Stickers4 01962 882345 www.stickers4.com
Bring a seasonal touch to your business with BD Signs
Whether you’re extending your opening hours, taking a break over the festive period or launching a seasonal special, BD Signs & Digital can assist in bringing this to the attention of your customers with its range of point of sale material.
It’s A1 Opening Hours Poster, priced at £10, will alert customers to any changes in operating times, while its A1 "Merry Christmas to All Our Customers" Poster at £13.50 (plus delivery and VAT) will add a festive touch to outlets while thanking customers for their business.
And as a Christmas present, it is offering all BDigital customers the opportunity to update their BDigital System to reflect the festive season, absolutely free.
Meanwhile, if you fancy kick-starting the new year with a new look, BD Signs & Digital can help rebrand your business, too.
BD Signs and Digital 0800 1953619 www.bdsignsnottingham.co.uk
A big freeze guaranteed
Providing an effective solution to the need for enhanced capacity in the run up to Christmas, Lec Commercial offers a range of commercial grade chest freezers with three different storage solutions.
Available in 295 litres, 400 litres and 490 litres capacities, they are fitted with a hardwearing stainless steel lid, providing additional preparation surface.
With an operating temperature between -18°c to -34°c, a fast freeze option and a temperature warning light to protect against stock wastage should the storage compartment exceed the set temperature, the Lec Commercial chest freezer range also feature fitted castors, an internal light and an external lock as standard.
Lec 0344 815 3737 www.lec-commercial.com