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Thinking about our environment - small steps forward…

At Rod and Ben's we are always looking at ways to make better use of our resources. Reducing waste, as well as saving time and money is always a good idea. To this end, we've reviewed and made some changes for our trade partners.  PACKAGING CHANGES Cardboard boxes and cases are going! We have started using a Shelf Ready Format - ie you can put it straight on the shelf, so no unpacking required. This reduces the amount of packaging used and improves transport efficiency. And, although it's plastic, it's 100% recyclable! 2ltr Catering Bottles will be package in 3s (instead of 4s) from Mon 28 March. Our client feedback shows that customers wanted to order more flavours - not necessarily larger quantities - so this will...

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Comfort Food at Rod and Ben’s

‘Comfort food’ is trending right now. It’s that time of year when people are craving a bit of cosy, now the leaves  – and the rain – are falling. The nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping.  Comfort food to me is a bit of nostalgia, something sentimental perhaps that my mum made for me, or a small treat. For many it’s chocolate or ice cream, but I’m thinking shepherd’s pie, beans on toast, scrambled egg or a bowl of warming soup - and to lighten the carbs maybe a hot chocolate.  This Autumn and Winter will be no different. We are turning to our comfort foods and looking for something moreish which brings that feeling of warmth,...

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Plastic Free July

Looking into the pots... For starters let’s have some horribly shocking statistics: Today we create 300 million tonnes of plastic; which is roughly the weight of the entire human population. Only 9% was recycled*. The UK generate more plastic waste per person than any other country bar the US** We dump our waste on other countries who do not have robust recycling capability. *    Our World in Data  **  from the UNEP If you haven’t watched the shocking Greenpeace video of dumping rubbish at Downing Street you should - it’s heart-breaking and fascinating at the same time. As an organic company it would be strange if we didn’t care about the environment. As a keen scuba-diver it would be even...

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The ‘Weathering Heights’ and lows of organic farming… by Rod

Do you ever get the weather you want? It’s the road to disappointment - as a farmer - if you let the weather alter your psyche. But it does. The weather dramatically changes what happens on the farm and very quickly a flood can become a desert, freezing cold to stifling heat. If you had visited the farm three weeks ago, you might not have noticed me, dressed in full army camo gear, just like Arnie in a Schwarzenegger film. The army appears to be the only ones who make wet weather clothing strong enough for this environment. Howling winds, rain and cold - below ten degrees - battered the farm in the month of May, when really the weather...

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Our Story of Seasonality

If you look our logo you’ll see, right below Rod & Ben’s ‘Organic Seasonal Foods’, that’s because we love the seasons and the different joys they bring. At Rod & Ben’s we think about what’s happening seasonally and what you might want to eat in coming months. In our Devon kitchen we ponder, we test, and we pot up what’ll make you happy! Here we are finally rounding the corner to spring and – oh please hurry – summer so our soups will reflect lighter, fresher flavours to match the change in season. This year, as always, we’ll put away a few winter favourites to make way for the new. Coming off the stove, for a while, will be Roast...

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