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January is the perfect time to try new products and refresh your shelves for the new year. That’s why we created Taste Direct – your chance to try out fine food and drink brands that you may not have heard of for free.
But independent retailers don’t have much time left to get their free samples in 2023. On the 31st January, entries will close – don’t miss out! Claiming your free samples is simple – all you need to do is fill in the form here.
From vegan treats to sparkling tea, this year’s array of delicious samples include:
Kingsdown Drinks – Free mixed sample case
Back in 2016, Kingsdown set out on a mission – quite simply to produce the highest quality and most beautifully packaged soft drinks available to British consumers. The result after two years of sourcing the very best ingredients, countless recipe trials and tastings, along with painstaking work on bottle and label designs, was a range of handcrafted Kingsdown Sparkling Pressés. There are currently seven flavours in the range, with a brand-new flavour due to launch in 2023!
Mr Trotters – Free discovery sample box
Mr Trotter set out in 2011 to revolutionise the flavour and crunchability of pork scratchings. His revolutionary triple cooking process was designed to bring great taste and freshness to the humble scratching. Mr Trotter’s Pork Crunch, made from back rind, is a lighter option in the style of a moreish prawn cracker, whilst his Sausalamis offer a stylish and tasty alternative to other single-serve meat snacks. Three Gifting options are also available, from his new 200g drum, to his eight crackling pack, and his special beer and crackling gift pack.
Cocoa Canopy – Two free retail packs
Cocoa Canopy’s drinking chocolate range has been carefully created using only a handful of ingredients – they’re the only UK drinking chocolate brand to craft unique fine chocolate beads, for a superior, more intense flavour in every cup. Crafted for enjoying hot or iced as an alternative to coffee, there are five varieties in the range: Rich Dark, Smooth Milk, Salted Caramel, Milk & Dark and single origin 70% Ecuador Dark – Rich Dark and Ecuador Dark are also vegan-friendly.
Anthon Berg – Free mixed sample box
Danish confectioner Anthon Berg is renowned as the world’s leading liquor-filled chocolate brand since 1924 and is known for their unique bottle-shaped chocolate and endorsed by some of the most internationally recognised spirit brands such as Cointreau, Drambuie, Remy Martin and more. Anthon Berg provide a fantastic assortment of premium gifting and sharing packs to suit all occasions, including their original chocolate liqueurs to the vibrant and on-trend chocolate cocktails, stirred and shaken by chocolatiers, chocolate-coated marzipan with fruit and liqueur, and their iconic luxury and indulgent marzipan bars.
Sweet Freedom – Free tasting sample pack
Just launched by multi-award-winning brand Sweet Freedom, Choc Pot Caramel chocolate spread is creamy, caramelly and utterly heavenly on toast, crumpets, stirred into porridge, generously slathered on pancakes or just by the spoonful! Along with all their other choc products, it’s made with Fairtrade cocoa, all natural ingredients, no palm oil, no GMOs and sweetened only with fruit. With 20 products in the range, from chocolate syrups and spreads to drizzling syrups and natural sweeteners, there is something for every taste.
Wild Island – Free sample bottle
Wild Island is an Isle of Wight-based small-batch producer of award-winning oils, dressings, and fruit vinegars. Their story is about simplicity; they believe that the best food is clean, pure, and natural. Being very highly attuned to the provenance and subtleties of ingredients is the cornerstone of a great dish and Wild Island admires chefs and home cooks alike who venerate these building blocks. This inspiration helps the team keep a keen focus on the role and interplay of ingredients.
Deliciously Different – Free sample pack
Deliciously Different Foods is a producer of free-from and IBS-friendly condiments, sauces, mayos and salad dressings through their Deliciously Different brand. They have created an extensive range of everyday store cupboard essentials, all of which are vegan-approved, gluten-free certified, exclude all 14 allergens, FODMAP friendly certified and contain no artificial preservatives, flavouring or colouring.
Cakehead – Free sample box
The team at Cakehead handcrafts and hand finishes award-winning cakes and bakes in their cakery based in Oakham, Rutland. They use only the best and sustainably sourced ingredients in their cakes, from Belgian chocolate to luxurious caramel made with their own secret recipe. Cakehead like to support local suppliers too so all of their ingredients are farm fresh where possible. They package and present them beautifully and then deliver them on time, and even have a wide range of vegan and gluten-free options so none of your customers have to miss out.
REAL Drinks Co – Free mixed tasting box
Naturally Fermented English Sparkling Tea, the REAL alcohol-free alternative to Champagne and sparkling wine. The REAL Drinks Co. exists so that everyone can live life, unconstrained, with or without alcohol. Fermenting the world’s finest loose-leaf teas, they deliver captivating, alcohol-free Sparklings with all of the flavour and complexity of a fine sparkling wine. Give your customers the alternative that they’ve been looking for with Royal Flush and Dry Dragon Sparkling Teas. 100% natural, low in sugar and without any added flavourings.
Forest Feast – Free mixed box
Forest Feast’s new Vegan NUTM!LK Chocolate snacks range brings together decades of fruit, nut and snacking know-how to create a new chocolate that is 100% plant-based with 30% less sugar. No cows involved, instead, they use smooth and creamy almonds and cocoa beans for all to enjoy. The range is palm oil-free with no nasties and no gluten, all in recyclable packaging. The line-up includes share packs and impulse packs of NUTM!LK Chocolate Roasted Corn, NUTM!LK Chocolate Peanuts, NUTM!LK Chocolate Raisins & NUTM!LK Chocolate Mix.
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