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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05
Mar
2018

Breckland Orchard is 9!

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 05th Mar 2018 12:07

Oh my…. it seems hardly any time at all since I was just starting out in the world of craft soft drinks – starting my very own drink business in March 2009….and now fast forward 9 years and its 2018 and we are still going strong [whooo!] and celebrating our 9th anniversary. The statistics for […]

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26
Feb
2018

Everyday a school day.....

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 26th Feb 2018 07:46

Life running your own business is NEVER dull…..and everyday feels like a school day! And today is a classic case in point. I have a wonderful customer in North Scotland….they are in the most beautiful, unspoilt and breathtaking part of the UK.  That kind of brings its own challenges in terms of recycling and waste […]

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02
Feb
2018

East Anglia Family Business Day 2018

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 02nd Feb 2018 01:34

Wednesday was East Anglia Family Business Day 2018 – celebrating all that is great about family businesses in the area.  So lunchtime was spent networking at the English Whisky Company which is based in East Harling.  I’ve know Andrew Nelstrop who runs the business for many years…ever since I started Breckland Orchard. Our paths have […]

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01
Feb
2018

February here we come......

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 01st Feb 2018 09:11

I could hardly believe that it was February already!  I mean where the heck did January go?  It seems no time at all since it was the very start of the year…..new calendars, new financial year etc etc….and now we are a few weeks in and everything for 2018 is well underway! Our busy months […]

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24
Jan
2018

We're family owned not investor owned [and that's good!]

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 24th Jan 2018 02:52

We’re a family owned business……..and this blog from a while back explained why that’s a good place to be from my perspective.  It doesn’t mean we’re unambitious, it doesn’t mean we’re parochial and small….. but it does means that we take risks with our own money and borrowings, not other folks. But recently I’ve had someone  […]

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22
Jan
2018

Why we're huge fans of glass.....

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 22nd Jan 2018 17:29

Blue Planet on BBC certainly set off an out-pouring of debate around the use of plastics – and that can only be a good thing. It’s incredible how many restaurants are now planning to ban [or already have banned] the use of single use plastic straws.  Given that the alternatives are much more environmentally friendly, […]

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31
Dec
2017

Brink of the New Year!

by Claire Martinsen on Sun 31st Dec 2017 05:16

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!  I hope you all have something wonderful planned to see in 2018. I’m so looking forward to actually seeing in the 12 months ahead…it’s our financial year too so that makes things nice and neat.  We’ve been planning 2018 since about September…..that’s a throw back to my days in big […]

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