20
Jun
2019

Why we're sticking to our principles...…...

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 20th Jun 2019 01:54

I had an email last week from a training company…offering training in how to deal with supermarkets, category management techniques etc. It was a polite email and I replied just to say that we didn’t actually supply supermarkets, so as a business we didn’t have any need of the training and wishing them all the […]

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13
Jun
2019

This is weather only for....

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 13th Jun 2019 05:43

DUCKS! I’ve gotten so used to the past few weeks being sunny and lovely that I have completely forgotten how to dress for the cold and wet! I’ve not worn socks for weeks, and had gotten used to no coats and no jumpers and now this! This week has been quite unrelenting so far on […]

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05
Jun
2019

Currency Traders....please go away

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 05th Jun 2019 02:21

There seem to be certain ‘vogues’ in telesales/telecalling and at the moment it DEFINITELY all about currency trading. We do quite a few trade shows through the year, and I think the callers target a certain sector, and then find lists of exhibitors and start calling! And boy do we get a LOT of currency […]

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31
May
2019

Lessons in Resilience

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 31st May 2019 04:24

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to hear both Frank Gardner and Kelly Holmes speak on the subject of Resilience in relation to Leadership. I loved hearing Frank Gardner speak – he was witty and pithy, as you would perhaps expect a BBC journalist to be. He spoke about his career in Investment Banking […]

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31
Mar
2019

Now we are 10 [Yes...really!]

by Claire Martinsen on Sun 31st Mar 2019 17:39

This month is the start of our 10 year birthday celebrations! It was back in Spring 2009 that I started Breckland Orchard….starting out with four flavours and launching at Chilford Hall’s Feast East, which was run by Tastes of Anglia. Looking back everything seems so different, yet it hardly seems anytime at all since I […]

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26
Feb
2019

Why there's a spring in the step...

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 26th Feb 2019 10:58

It’s been the hottest February on record….and we’re definitely feeling a spring in our step as a result. As I write this there isn’t a cloud in the sky, the blossom is out, there are snowdrops and daffodils everywhere – and well its just starting to feel like spring is just around the corner! Last […]

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31
Jan
2019

And Whooosh January was over!

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 31st Jan 2019 17:16

One twelfth of the year gone already….its gone by in a flash for sure! Not really surprising…but January is a pretty quiet month with regard to soft drink sales. When its as cold as it is now [and snow is forecast for tomorrow] then most people are looking for a warming latte rather than soft […]

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30
Nov
2018

Ode to Strawberry and Rhubarb

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 30th Nov 2018 18:03

We’ve had another email today in praise of our wonderful Strawberry and Rhubarb…….Thank you JG for taking the time to write to us…literally it makes my heart skip a beat every time to know that folk enjoy my drinks so much. Strawberry and Rhubarb tastes completely unique – kind of fruity, but with a real […]

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16
Oct
2018

How Craft Cola came to be......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 16th Oct 2018 07:57

Craft Cola started life as a bit of personal obsession…..could I make a really amazing artisan cola that tasted fantastic, yet contained none of the nasty E numbers which most Cola’s contain?  A few of my friends said I was a bit mad…I mean there’s a big red brand out there, and a big blue […]

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11
Oct
2018

The Social Media conundrum

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 11th Oct 2018 06:34

I do love Social Media….as a small business I find it not just useful but invaluable.  Its probably the biggest leveller that a business can have – where competing against big global giants becomes fairer when you all have the same tools.  In some respects it can work in the favour of small businesses who […]

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11
Sep
2018

The crazy month that is September.......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 11th Sep 2018 07:07

September is known as  ‘crazy month’ at Breckland Orchard. The summer is just over….[and as usual we are praying for an Indian Summer for the next few weeks], the mini Martinsens are back to school [phew] and the manic month of trade shows and food festivals starts.  This year we are at: Abergavenny Food Festival […]

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16
Aug
2018

When one word is enough....

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 16th Aug 2018 02:28

I love getting feedback on our drinks…..it brightens my day and makes everything we do here at HQ worth it And this feedback put a special smile on my face…..when one word is enough.  Thanks Jane!   Best

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09
Aug
2018

Great Taste Awards 2018

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 09th Aug 2018 11:00

The Great Taste awards are the Oscars of the fine food world – where peers and food lovers give recognition to outstanding food and drink in the sector. More than 500 judges, including food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, producers, food writers and journalists, took part this year to review more than 12,600 products….and that is a […]

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25
Jul
2018

Zero Sugar Elderflower Posh Pop ......new fans!

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 25th Jul 2018 09:01

I had a wonderful email this week about our Zero Sugar Elderflower Posh Pop.  She had discovered it with her mum who is a diabetic…..her mum had never tasted an elderflower presse style drink as most of them contain sugar.  But she’d been able to drink our Zero Sugar one and had absolutely loved it! […]

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30
Jun
2018

Summer 2018......an no C02 panic here!

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 30th Jun 2018 14:27

Isn’t this sunshine amazing – everywhere is covered with a great big golden sun, the World cup is in full flow and there generally seems a cheer in the air!  Long may it continue! There’s been lots about the C02 shortage in the press – and I’ve been getting emails from customers asking what the […]

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05
Jun
2018

Running your own business isn't easy......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 05th Jun 2018 02:55

I often write how I love what I do – and genuinely I adore every single day [how lucky am I!].  AND I know that its lots of folks dream to run their own business…….but there’s often a misconception that it’s easy.  And its really far from easy….especially in the early days. Even I look […]

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31
May
2018

Perfect pairings for Pear & Elderflower Posh Pop

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 31st May 2018 15:30

I love this time of the year – when the Elderflower blossoms are brightening up the hedgerows and their lovely floral scent hovers in the air.  My Pear and Elderflower Posh Pop is a lovely twist on a classic Elderflower Presse.  I get lots of lovely comments about it….and now is  a perfect time to […]

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29
May
2018

Running a small business is a 24/7 hour role........

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 29th May 2018 05:37

We’re just the other side of a Bank Holiday weekend – and I’ve spent three days of down time with the family…..just enjoying the garden, spending time together, watching films, pottering etc.  We all just needed that. Over the weekend a few emails to Breckland Orchard came in – and so I just replied to […]

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30
Apr
2018

Setting up at Farm and Deli Show 2018

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 30th Apr 2018 05:41

Last week we were at Farm Shop and Deli show at the NEC.  It’s an annual show, but this year was running along side Food and Drink Expo so was even larger than usual!  My husband [aka Mr Breckland] was kind enough to come over to the NEC and help me set up…..The contents of […]

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16
Mar
2018

Founded in 2009 and not a century sooner .....

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 16th Mar 2018 11:05

Last week was the 9th Anniversary of Breckland Orchard starting.  I started thinking about starting out in late 2008 and the official launch was in March 2009 at Feast East, which was the regional food show for Tastes of Anglia.  I started Breckland Orchard inspired by the drinks that my granny Jessie made me when […]

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