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A busy week in the life of PPR!

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Friday – Positive PR’s 10th birthday! Joanne got a new car to celebrate!  And we all enjoyed a BIG CAKE!!!!!!!!

Saturday – up to London for Speciality & Fine Food Fair – found all our clients surrounded by emptied boxes and new products!

Sunday – Deli of the Year Award 2010 – presented in Union Markets in London over lunch with lots of food friends, judges and national journalists, the AWARD  went to drum roll………Lawsons Deli of Aldeburgh in Suffolk – well done to Claire, Richard and the gang (they were very happy and VERY noisy!)

Monday – Great Taste Awards at Fortnum & Mason – Olives Et Al won Best Speciality Importer – more champagne!  

Tuesday – back to Dorset for Taste of Dorset Awards – Congrats to Sue Fudge of Fudges Bakery for winning Harmsworth Award for her contribution to food in Dorset – yay for Sue!

Wednesday – at desk, then meeting with The Green Shed steering group to see how the shed is coming along!

Thursday – New client meeting – he rides a miniature bike that fits in a car boot ……………..could be interesting! Lol!

Phew…………..and that was the week that was!

September 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Project Dwink

This week Nickie has been working on a very secret project (don’t worry all will be revealed on the blog soon!) with Tom and Ben, the guys from www.dwink.com.

On Wednesday, Nickie and the boys were eating stinging nettles, playing with ferrets, barbequing chicken with beer (Badger of course!)  and as the evening drew in there was even a spot of Badger watching.

On Thursday, they were fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting and they finished off with some Morris dancing! I’m not sure if Nickie quite knew what she was letting herself in for, but it certainly wasn’t a dull week!

Back to more main stream PR matters, Kavey who writes the blog ‘Kavey Eats’ recently visited Denhay Farm for a tour with George and Amanda Streatfeild  – to see what she thought of their farm and Denhay’s award winning cheese and bacon – click here.

James.

August 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Potty for The Potting Shed

Congratulations this week go to the team at Olives Et Al’s Potting Shed deli cafe. The Potting Shed was voted the Best Garden Centre Food Hall, in an area stretching from Dover to Dorchester. The deli is based in Poundbury Gardens, which is a member of The Gardens Group, meaning it was a double win for two of our clients.

Roger Crookes, Garden Centre Association judge said “It was a great example of how small businesses can get things exactly right.” We say – it’s a bloomin lovely place to go for a bowl of perfect olives, one of Dan’s amazing deli platters, or a good natter! Well done guys.

On the subject of delis, Nickie has been working on the launch of Thyme & Tides owned by Iain and Sally Hemming, who ran the successful West Street Deli in Wilton, Salisbury. There is a fish counter which focuses on fresh, ethical and sustainable fish, sourced by fishmonger Ashley Major, together with a deli counter chosen to reflect local produce and world foods, sourced with equal passion and expertise.  As well as some great local and regional coverage, the Telegraph also covered the launch. Here is a snippet on telegraph.co.uk

The ‘all about you’ website recently produced its top 10 organic food countdown – it was less Top of the Pops and more Top of the Crops! Coming in, new at number 10 is Godminster Vintage, Organic Cucumber Vodka and straight in at number 3, its Rod and Ben’s Organic, Seasonal Soups – In the words of Smashy and Nicey, we think they’re both poptastic!

James.

August 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Tasting great

The results of the Great Taste Awards have been announced and we’d like to congratulate Dorset Cereals, Fudges, Olives Et Al and Blackacre Farm Eggs on winning awards; yes that’s right Blackacre won a Gold 1* for its eggs – they’re that good! Blackacre is in fact the first ever egg producer to win a Great Taste Award. Now who said ‘eggs is eggs’!

It’s been an exciting few weeks for Blackacre as in addition to its Great Taste Award, Blackacre eggs featured prominently on an episode of ITV’s ‘The 10 Mile menu’, with Phil ‘Tuffers’ Tufnell spotting the Blackacre promotion for Somerset County Cricket Club – his team saw that as a bit of an omen so they bought the eggs – they’d probably heard about the Great Taste Award as well! Click here to see it.

Nickie has been up in the big smoke, at the GBBF (Great British Beer Festival) not to be confused with the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) or BFF (Best Friends Forever)! Even though at the event there are apparently quite a few bearded BFGs and after sampling a few of the real ales available you can end up making lots of new BFFs! Nickie had a great time on the expedition with the guys from Badger beer and apart from a few sore heads they also came away with some great new ideas for Toby, Badger’s Head Brewer.

James.

August 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

Sail away ……………..

On Thursday Katie and Briony found their sea legs whilst spending the day in Portland with the British Sailing Team ‘Skandia Team GBR’. Skandia Team GBR was there to give feedback on some Dorset Cereals’ cereal bars and muesli recipes so that the guys from Dorset Cereals can create a very special muesli and cereal bar for the team, to keep them going whilst training for the Olympics in 2012.  

In the afternoon Katie got the chance to follow Gold medalists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in a boat to take pictures, and was then invited on board!! We were all very jealous here in the office – but Katie informs me that she is really aching today which is some consolation!

Before all this Briony and I had a wonderful tour of the House of Dorchester chocolate factory – I felt like Charlie, but given the amount of chocolate I put away, I was probably more like Augustus Gloop! The highlight was most definitely the guided tour of the New Product Development room. There weren’t any flowing rivers of chocolate but it was very exciting stuff!

Nickie was delighted with this blog from key beer blogger Mark Dredge – it appears he likes Badger almost as much as we do!

James.

July 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Over the air waves………

This week’s blog is less about writing and more about show and tell!

Chris Moyles (not known for his particularly healthy lifestyle!) has been on a bit of a health kick of late, much to the delight of his good friend Andi Peters (very well known to any children that grew up in the late 80’s!). Andi is a huge fan of Dorset Cereals and on the way to the studio he spotted Dorset Cereals’ new Chocolate Granola – click here to see what Chris thought  of it – 3hrs 3minutes into the show.

Talking of delicious breakfasts, we were chuffed to bits to see Olives Et Al’s Aussie Olives on ‘The Old Guys’ – and for breakfast too – better than toast and jam, well we think it is!  Click here to see…..

Nickie and I took a moment to step away from the wireless and goggle box to visit our new client Richard Hollingberry from Godminster Vintage at his beautiful Farm in Bruton. At the farm you can catch a glimpse of how farming used to be. Crop rotation is paramount and there is also a real commitment to organic methods, Nickie and I can’t wait to begin work.

James.

July 23, 2010 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

What a lovely pair!

To say a big thank you to Joanne and Katie for all the hard work they’ve been doing, the guys from Cornishware made them their very own Cornishware mugs. As you can see they were both delighted with their gifts – there is however a severe case of ‘mug envy’ now at PPR. Even my ‘Best son in the World’ mug is looking distinctly drab in comparison!

Last week Abbie received a very special delivery through the post (no not more shoes from ASOS!) it was a big box of fresh veggies picked from Bickham Farm in Devon, home to Rod & Ben’s organic veggie boxes and seasonal soups. Jam packed with carrots, pak choi, cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes on the vine, spring onions, onions, lettuce, marrows, spinach, peas…. all the veggies that go in to the soup pot to make Rod & Ben’s soups. Now all Abbie has to do is get chopping, peeling, and grating – I think I’ll stick to the amazing ready made soups Rod sent through!

Joanne has been hard at work promoting the Vineyards – Annual Charity Wine Fair, taking place on Wednesday 21st July 2010. Over the last five years the event has raised more than £12,000 for local and national charities. The Wine Fair takes place in the beautiful grounds of Sherborne Castle and is a great way to raise money for good causes.

James.

July 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

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