Lets Talk… Summer Range 2018 30/5/18
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It's officially June, which means sun, strawberries and summer ranges. Here at Simply Lunch we are launching our summer range on Tuesday 5th June so to prepare, we spoke to our New Product Development (NPD) Technologist about the reasons behind the new range as well as a London Chef to comment on some of the new products.
5th June sees 10 new products being available to Simply Lunch customers for the summer months. Hopefully this blog can help you understand more which products could work for you this season.
The new range aims to be well-balanced and includes familiar flavours with a few twists for some added surprises. There’s sweet and spicy flavours in the Pakora Sandwich and Florida Chicken Ciabatta as well as 6 products containing no mayonnaise for some healthier and lighter summer options. Our NPD Technologist Aleksandra says that, “everyone will find something for them in the new range”.
Vegan Delights- Sweet & Spicy Pakora Sandwich and Asian Slaw Salad
Veganism is becoming an ever more popular way of life (or at least a trend!) as cultural awareness of the diet increases. If you’re looking for a new vegan sandwich, we have our new Sweet & Spicy Pakora Sandwich as a great vegan option this summer. Unsure what pakora is? It’s an Indian-style blended mix of vegetables. So, if you don’t have a spicy lunch option yet then this is probably the one for you!
Aleksandra’s favourite summer lunch option is our Asian Slaw Salad because it’s under 400 kcal, is rich and has lots of great ingredients. The salad includes new nigella seeds to “boost the salad’s colour and visual appeal as well as to add crunch” -Aleksandra. The dressing also includes a “special crunch” to add more texture into the salad.
Our Asian Slaw Salad includes ginger which is an antioxidant itself and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It also includes edamame beans which are high in protein, provide all the essential amino-acids we need and are rich in antioxidants as well as fibre.
The Classics- Ham Hock & Egg Salad and BBQ Chicken Salad
We’ve included 2 classic flavours of salads for those customers who prefer simpler, less adventurous lunches. The Ham Hock & Egg Salad also includes a delicious honey mustard dressing and Caesar mayo and both dressings are in small pots, so you can choose how much you’d like on your salad.
We decided to test these two classic salads out on Dan, a London Chef, to see what he thought of the products. Here’s what he had to say:
“The Ham Hock & Egg Salad is seasoned and cooked well, and the proportion of ham works well with the rest of the salad. It’s a hearty size and I’d expect the ham to also taste good if heated up for lunch.”
“The BBQ Chicken Salad is nice and fresh, a good size and the BBQ sauce tastes how you’d expect it to.”
-Dan, Chef, London
So thumbs up from the Chef for our new classic salads!
Unusual Flavours- Sourdough Lemon & Herb Chicken Croque and Banana Ketchup & Cheese Toastie
We’ve already had great feedback from customers trialling our new Lemon & Herb Chicken Croque, so this is one lunch to definitely look out for. The cheese is reduced in this lunch option so provides for a lighter lunch than you may expect, and the bread is sourdough so offers an alternative option for a croque.
Our most unusual summer product is our new Banana Ketchup & Cheese Toastie, aimed at children. It may sound a little weird, but it is just that the ketchup is made from bananas so think of this product more as a combination of cheese & ketchup- like on chips! Aleksandra in fact thought up this lunch idea before joining our Simply Lunch family and when trialled, she’s received great feedback from customers with a few of them even coming back for more! This product is all about, “following trends, being brave and trying something that is new, simple and different” -Aleksandra.
Boost of Nutrition- Sweet Potato Fajita Hot Wrap and Brie, Bacon & Chilli Jam Farmers Sandwich
Our Sweet Potato Fajita Hot Wrap is a colourful product which is also nutritional. The wrap contains beans which is a probiotic food and therefore contains good bacteria for your gut and is great for your wellbeing.
Our Brie, Bacon & Chilli Jam Farmers Sandwich may be a bit “naughty but nice”. Yes, bacon and brie are included but perhaps this could be balanced with the other ingredients. The sandwich includes farmers bread which has a different blend of grains, providing a healthier bread option for your lunch and a darker colour. It also includes spinach which is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including iron.
Best Sellers- Hot Roasted Salmon Wrap and Florida Chicken Ciabatta
We asked Aleksandra what she thought could potentially be the best sellers this summer. Her first best seller would be the Hot Roasted Salmon Wrap because this lunch is “classic and fresh” and includes a tasty Caesar mayonnaise. The salmon is smoked at a hot temperature which produces beautiful flaky salmon, as opposed to the normal type of smoked salmon we are more used to seeing in supermarkets which is cooked at a cold temperature.
Aleksandra’s second top lunch option is the Florida Chicken Ciabatta. “The British love chicken products and this great lunch is fruity and summery. We’ve been influenced a lot by fruit in this new range and the ciabatta displays this impact well.”
We hope there is something out there for all lunch eaters and hopefully you now have more of an idea about what each new lunch option entails. So, don’t forget to try these new summer products out from Tuesday 5th June and have a great summer!
-Sophie Simpson, Account Manager, Simply Lunch
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