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iTQi in search of quality British Food producers - 15/01/13
 I am in search of quality British food and Beverage producers currently or hoping to  exporting or expand into the export markets, and offer entry into the iTQi ( International Taste and Quality Institute of Brussels ).

The iTQi is an international award and assessment scheme where food and Beverage  products are sampled and judged in a blind tasting by 65 international Michelin star chefs, and 60 International sommeliers, in one of the most rigorous and professional assessments known, and of which is carried out under strict exam conditions and where even the judges are themselves judged.

The iTQi is an independent Institute based in Brussels. Its goal is to identify products of the highest quality and help their producers be recognized and grow on an international platform. The Institute has evaluated thousands of consumer food and drink products from over 80 countries over the years.

What makes this particular evaluation process special and unique is the unparalleled density in quality of its jury. In no other circumstances is it possible to get direct feedback and product assessment from such a large number of Michelin starred chefs or national and world Sommelier champions.

The jury members work under strict procedural rules in a bid to guarantee total impartiality. They do not see packaging or get any information on the provenance of the product (company or region) to avoid any bias.   The objective is to make the level of the “tasting experience” the only deciding factor, avoid stereotypical judgment and put all producers, regardless of their financial capabilities, on a level playing field.

Products with a sufficiently high score receive an award, the Superior Taste Award. This can be used for promotion in the same way as others. But besides this “classical” benefit, the Institute also opens doors for expansion on a global scale. 

As a proud member of the judging panel and representative of the British judges, I am aiming to introduce the awards scheme to that of British food and Beverage producers and industry , as every year I am seeing global food companies taking advantage of this award and seeing many of these food producers increasing European and global export sales as a result.
Needless to say in a very competitive global market and under the challenging economic situation, I feel that we need all the help we can possibly get , and the iTQi is an ideal way of reaching out into the global export market with a valuable and recognised international award, not only by exposing the brand but also highlighting it`s approved quality to global buyers and consumers alike.

Should this be of interest and you would like further details, please do not hesitate to call or drop me a line. 
UK + 44 (0 ) 1386 830299

Kind regards Alan Coxon  International Taste & Quality Institute - iTQi
Birmingham to Bombay now showing on Indian TV - 04/01/13
From Birmingham to Bombay is now being screened every day on Indian TV History Channel at 2.00 pm  
UK transmission dates to be announced soon.
This website has attracted over 372,116 visitors - 03/12/12
Delighted that my website has now attracted 372,116 visitors as up to December 2012.
Many thanks to all that have taken time to visit. 
Pollen Street Social - 14/11/12
I am delighted and pleased to congratulate Pollen Street Social for their success at the National restaurant of the year awards.

Pollen Street came in 2nd after The Ledbury in the top 100 Best restaurants of Britain.
I am delighted to be supplying Pollen Street Social, Chef /Patron Jason Atherton and Paul Hood with my Ale-Gar.

I hope that they continue to use my products and that they go from strength to strength.
Well done.
Website info - 29/10/12
I am pleased to announce that my website has attracted 32,000 visitors during the month of October 2012.
Many thanks for your interest and I hope the new plans, information and product launches and announcements during the course of the next few weeks and months and throughout 2013 will see an even greater number of visitors.
I will always ensure that news is released on my site well before twitter or other mediums so please watch this space !.
From Birmingham to Bombay TV series - 25/10/12
From Birmingham to Bombay, a TV series that looks at 5 of the worlds most popular curries and aims to find out if and how they differ from those in the  UK and that of India.
I also look into the history of our favorite dishes and the origination of the likes of Madras, Rogan Josh, Tandoori, Korma and Vindaloo. 
Screened on Food network as from February 2013 and on networks around the world !
Macadamia nut oil now available from my online store - 24/10/12
The New Cold pressed Virgin Macadamia nut oil is now available from my on line store.
Available in my 300 ml designer bottles capped with wax , simply call or drop us a line.
All major credit cards accepted.  
Launching New Cold Pressed Virgin Macadamia nut oil - 12/10/12
Delighted to announce that I have launched the much awaited and acclaimed Cold Pressed Virgin Macadamia nut oil !
Please fnd some information below.

Macadamia Nut Oil Information. One of the healthiest oils in the world!   The following is relevant only to natural unrefined macadamia nut oil.  
  • Macadamia Oil has No Cholesterol
  • Perfect 1:1 ratio of Omega 3 fats
  • Perfect fatty acid profile
  • High in Omega 7, (Anti inflamitory)
  • High in Vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and flavonoids
  • High in anti-oxidants
  • High in amino acids e.g. glutamine, leucine, tyrosine, alanine
  • High in potassium
  • High in magnesium
  • High in calcium
  • High in selenium
  • High in vitamin E
  • High in Niacin
  • High in folic acid
  • Contains small amounts of manganese, copper, and zinc
  • Small quantities of pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and thiamine

  •      Quality of oil fats   

  • All studies and research conducted into macadamia oil have suggested that it has super health properties and it is a far superior oil than any other when looking at important properties like the quality of fats, burning temperature, and health benefits. To stay healthy and prevent the effects of aging, one must restrict omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, such as margarine, shortenings and salad oils made predominantly from corn oil and regular safflower and sunflower seed oil. Macadamia oil is a healthy alternative, as it contains monounsaturated fatty acid (the ‘good’ fat) and very little polyunsaturated fats. 

  • There is NO CHOLESTEROL in Macadamia oil and research suggest that the macadamia fats are the best at reducing the level of cholesterol in the blood stream.   

The table on the right indicates the most common edible oils ranked from worst to best by percentages of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids: Safflower regular 77%
Sunflower regular 69%
Corn Oil 61%
Soybean Oil 54%
Walnut Oil 51%
Sesame Seed Oil 41%
Peanut Oil 33%
Canola Oil 22%
Flaxseed Oil 16%
Olive Oil Extra Virgin 8%

    Smoke Point examples of unrefined oil  
Canola Oil - Unrefined 225°F 107°C
Safflower Oil - Unrefined 225°F 107°C
Sunflower Oil - Unrefined 225°F 107°C
Corn Oil - Unrefined 320°F 160°C
Peanut Oil - Unrefined 320°F 160°C
Olive Oil - Extra Virgin 320°F 160°C
Butter 350°F 177°C
Olive Oil - High Quality, Extra Virgin 405°F 206°C
Macadamia Oil 410°F 210°C
Avocado Oil 520°F 270°C

  Sources: American heart Association, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Robert Atkins, Australia Heart, Association, Fast Food Nation Schlosser, Food and Drug Administration (USA),US Department of Agriculture National Cholesterol Education program, Thin for Good – Pescatore.    

 All About Macadamia nuts ...................... Macadamia nuts come from macadamia nut trees that typically grow in tropical climates with volcanic soil such as Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, New Zealand and South Africa. Macadamia nut trees were planted extensively in Hawaii as a harvesting crop in the 1900s. Since then, and has become an internationally acclaimed delicacy.

Macadamia nuts have had a bad reputation for a long time, mostly because they are high in fat. However, between 78 to 86 percent of the fat is monounsaturated (the good for you, heart-healthy kind of fat). Monounsaturated fat helps lower cholesterol and decreases your risk of heart disease and stroke.

In addition, macadamia nuts are one of the only food sources that contain palmitoleic acid (a type of monounsaturated fatty acid that may speed up fat metabolism, thus reducing the body’s ability to store fat).

Because of its high content of monounsaturated fat, macadamia nut oil is fast becoming a favourite among top chefs around the world. Not only is it healthier than olive oil and canola oil, but many people also believe that it has a better taste. In addition, macadamia nut oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil, which means that it can be cooked at higher temperatures without breaking down and losing its flavour. Additional benefits of macadamia nuts comes from their flavanoids (the same compounds that give red wine its healthful claim to fame). Flavanoids are compounds naturally found in plants. They help repair damaged plant cells and protect the plant from environmental toxins. When we eat these plants, our bodies turn the flavanoids into antioxidants. Antioxidants search for and destroy free radicals (destructive particles in the body that cause heart disease and other conditions). As a result, the flavanoids help lower blood pressure and protect against some forms of cancer.

Perhaps the best reason to enjoy macadamia oil is that, in addition to helping  to reduce cholesterol, they themselves are 100 percent cholesterol free. And, as if you needed any more convincing, macadamia nuts are a source of vitamin A, iron, protein (two grams per serving), thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. They also contain small amounts of selenium (an antioxidant), calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
Cold Pressed Virgin Macadamia Nut oil - 25/09/12
1st October sees the launch of my new cold pressed extra virgin Macadamia nut oil, one of the healthiest oils on the planet.
The oil will be available in my own designer 300 ml bottle and is perfect for salads as well as for cooking.
Healthier than Olive oil with higher Vit E, Higher smoke point ( for hotter cooking) and no Cholesterol, to name but a few of its benefits.
More details will follow, but please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.
Snow crab the movie ! - 29/08/12
Snow crab the movie, my latest production, looking at the award winning snow crab, from harvest to plate ! a little history at the Fortress of Louisbourg and some fun !