22
Feb
2017

Our fabulous Dandelion and Burdock gets a mention on Radio 2!

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 22nd Feb 2017 04:09

Oh my gosh – such a surprise to get a little mention of my  Dandelion and Burdock Posh Pop on the Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 Programme last week.  He does a food and drink section called Foodie Thursday with Nigel Barden and it got a little shout out during that part! “The drink, the Dandelion […]

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31
Jan
2017

Whoop.....We're shortlisted for East & East Anglian Family Business of the Year 2017

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 31st Jan 2017 07:27

We’re doing little whoops of joy here at Breckland Orchard HQ, as we’ve heard we’ve been shortlisted for Family Business of the Year in the East/East Anglian region 2017.  The rest of the shortlist include some pretty formidable household names – like Aspalls and Adnams….who we know and love….so actually just to be in the […]

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18
Jan
2017

The stark realisation about my cheque book.....

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 18th Jan 2017 10:05

I had a ‘yeak’ kind of moment yesterday when I needed to write a cheque.  When I looked in the cheque book stub I realised that the last time I wrote one for Breckland Orchard was in May 2014…that’s very nearly 3 years ago. I haven’t written one [a] because of the charges levied for […]

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13
Dec
2016

Why small business owners feel less stressed......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 13th Dec 2016 01:04

I’m not a huge one for posting quotes [although I know its all the rage for social media at the moment], but I saw this quote and thought it summed up life as small business owner perfectly. Things don’t always go to plan, there’s often emergencies to sort out, and times where ‘all hands on […]

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05
Dec
2016

Small Business Saturday 2016

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 05th Dec 2016 10:04

Saturday was the 4th year of UK ‘Small Business Saturday’…..which is designed to raise the profile of small businesses across the UK.  It’s a little known fact that small businesses in the UK account for 60% of private sector jobs, and 50% of private sector turnover…….yet we seem to have little if any recognition in […]

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10
Nov
2016

Where to come and see us this Christmas Season!

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 10th Nov 2016 02:55

We are going to be out and about this Christmas period….so if you want to stock up on some festive drinks, to buy some gift packs or just come and say Hello then please come and find us at: 18th/19th November Ely Cathedral Gift and Food Fair 23rd November Green Pastures Farm Shop Christmas Event […]

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07
Nov
2016

SME Virtual Currency

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 07th Nov 2016 02:18

I’ve written before about the magic of SME’s and the way that there are always people you can go to for help and to point you in the right direction.  There is a sort of ‘virtual currency of help’ in the world of small business…..you take out at the start where others help you, and […]

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04
Nov
2016

Autumn days are here.......

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 04th Nov 2016 08:44

We always have crazy busy summers here at Breckland Orchard….soft drink sales peak when the weather is hot, so it generally means we are all hands to deck within our small team [small but mighty I always like to think!] September is heavy with trade shows and Food Festivals……its a favourite time of year as […]

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28
Oct
2016

Sial 2017

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 28th Oct 2016 03:22

Gulp….I had my first experience of the Sial Trade Show last week.  Its a bi-annual show held in Paris, that attracts over 150,000 visitors from over 200 countries.  Think any UK Trade Show, times it by 10 and that gives an idea of how big it was.  The show was spread over 10 halls and […]

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21
Sep
2016

Abergavenny Food Festival 2016

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 21st Sep 2016 01:44

September is definitely Food Festival season…..and they don’t get much inspirational, more lively and well…beautiful than the Abergavenny Food Festival.  I grew up in a tiny hamlet called Llangwm, which is between Usk and Chepstow in the Wye Valley…….so Abergavenny [or Aber as its known locally] was just up the road.  The  Festival has just […]

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03
Sep
2016

Getting ready for Speciality Fine Food 2016

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 03rd Sep 2016 03:50

I’m getting ready this morning to head down to Olympia and set up for the Speciality Fine Food Fair 2016.  It’s probably the biggest trade show for the speciality food sector in the UK, and attracts visitors from across the UK as well as abroad.  It takes place from Sunday to Tuesday and is a […]

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23
Aug
2016

Top Tips for selling at Food Festivals - Updated blog post.....

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 23rd Aug 2016 01:47

Food Festival time is nearly here …..September is always a busy month of Food Festivals through the country.  I thought it would be useful to update a blogpost from a while back….about sharing  lessons learned from doing food festivals and shows over the past few years!  NB –  they would be just as applicable to […]

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23
Aug
2016

My rather fine Cream Soda with Rhubarb

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 23rd Aug 2016 01:33

Cream Soda joined the Breckland Orchard line up in Spring 2012…..a celebratory year in terms of the Golden Jubilee and the London Olympics, so it seemed a great time to bring out a British classic soft drink. It’s been a firm favourite ever since. Cream Soda’s have a vanilla-y taste traditionally, and I only ever […]

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18
Aug
2016

The Annual Summer Juggle.....

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 18th Aug 2016 01:20

Summer is always crazy at Breckland Orchard……the joy of juggling family with our busiest time of the year.  I’m blessed to have lots of family who help, additional help at Breckland Orchard HQ, lovely children and a patient husband. I think all businesses have a natural flow to them during the year, and summer is […]

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15
Aug
2016

Whoop.....another clutch of Great Taste Awards 2016!

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 15th Aug 2016 01:28

I’ve been floating on cloudy-9 since hearing that my drinks were awarded 2 Great Taste stars by the Guild of Fine Food this year. Great Taste, is the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2016. Judged by over 500 […]

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10
Aug
2016

Breckland Orchard....growing along with the Mini Martinsens

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 10th Aug 2016 03:16

I stumbled across this photo the other day….I love it this as it brings back so many memories.  It was taken back in February 2009, when I was about 2 weeks from launching my as then *brand new* Breckland Orchard drinks at Feast East, which was a small trade show organised by Tastes of Anglia. […]

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03
Aug
2016

Posh Pop Lighter....our Zero Sugar range.....

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 03rd Aug 2016 01:08

Our Posh Pop Lighter range was launched last year, and has become a bit of  star in our range.  I took 3 of our Posh Pop flavours and replaced the sugar with sweeteners……apart from that they are exactly the same recipe. It means that they are ultra low calorie too….the Elderflower is completely calorie free […]

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26
Jul
2016

How Sloe Lemonade came to be........

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 26th Jul 2016 09:55

I first launched my Sloe Lemonade in the Spring of 2011.  I was very excited to blog here about the first batch made on the 5th April 2011.  Yeap….we are passionate enough to remember every single ‘first’ here at Breckland Orchard [!] The inspiration for it had come the previous Autumn.  I’d been invited by […]

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15
Jul
2016

Fabulous Royal Norfolk Show 2016

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 15th Jul 2016 06:48

The Royal Norfolk Show always feels like the start of summer ‘proper’ if that makes sense…..it’s always a highlight of the year here at Breckland Orchard.  Lovely surroundings, a vibrant show, a foodhall dominated by foodie friends, animals galore and generally everyone having a great time……what’s not to love? The show is usually blessed with […]

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21
Jun
2016

Where we're NOT stocked........

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 21st Jun 2016 03:43

You’ll find my drinks in cafes, delis, farm shops, restaurants and hotels…………they’re not available in supermarkets. We’ve been asked to supply many of the supermarket chains, but have always politely declined…..its just an active decision that we’ve taken to focus on outlets that share our love of fantastic food and drink. And I know that […]

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