17
May
2017

Some lovely feedback about our zero sugar Elderflower

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 17th May 2017 12:16

It’s always a highlight of the day to get customer feedback about any of our drinks.  With Social Media channels its just a lot quicker and more instant to do…..and we do still get a few letter [always a delicious treat to receive]. Here’s one that arrived yesterday via Facebook about our zero sugar Elderflower: […]

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21
Apr
2017

A little bit of calm after Easter...

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 21st Apr 2017 08:25

This week is a *brief* oasis of normalness……Easter is always crazy busy with regard to soft drinks, and then there’s actual Easter itself…..plus Easter school holidays. So it’s a glorious juggling act which somehow always seems to work out one way or another [phew].  I am lucky to have a fantastic team here at Breckland […]

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31
Mar
2017

Plum and Cherry...and how it came to be...

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 31st Mar 2017 01:33

My children absolutely adore this one….so its a bit of a favourite in the Martinsen household!  It joined the range back in Summer 2012. The inspiration came from a jam mixture that I quite often make….I wanted originally to make it with damsons, but well for one reason or another plums seemed the best and […]

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29
Mar
2017

Proud to be who we are....

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 29th Mar 2017 01:44

I’ve just had a sales call…..from someone who wanted me to advertise in some publication or other.  We get lots of cold calls here to the office – especially now we’re in ‘Trade Show’ season and our details are published on so many trade show directories…..that just seems to put us as fair game for […]

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28
Mar
2017

Should you serve with a straw or a glass?

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 28th Mar 2017 10:25

Straw or glass?  It’s a dilemma when serving soft drinks……and ultimately down to personal preference [much like bag-in or bag-out for herbal teas]. We would advocate paper straw every time…..and here’s why They add an ‘ah’ factor when serving A striped paper straw is gorgeously nostalgic and adds a bit of magic They look pretty […]

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17
Mar
2017

All set up at IFE 2017

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 17th Mar 2017 11:17

After a long time in the planning, IFE opens this sunday!  It’s a bi-annual show held at Excel, and is the largest food and drink show in the UK.  The show is HUGE….with over 1,300 exhibitors so as you can imagine its a squash and a squeeze getting everyone set up and ready to go. […]

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15
Mar
2017

Our first trade show of the year!

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 15th Mar 2017 01:37

This weekend is the start of IFE [International Food and Drink Event] at Excel. It’s the UK’s biggest food and drink exhibition and runs bi-annually.   In 2015 it attracted nearly 30,000 visitors over the 4 days, has over 1,300 exhibitors and runs across two halls in Excel….so is a bit of a giant of […]

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13
Mar
2017

A little appearance at BBC Cambridgeshire

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 13th Mar 2017 01:12

It was International Womens day on Wednesday 8th, and I was invited onto BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as a guest on their Breakfast Show.  Chris Mann was the host of the show, and I had a really lovely couple of hours between 7am and 9am talking about International Womens day as well as many other things […]

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08
Mar
2017

International Womens Day #BeBoldforChange

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 08th Mar 2017 13:00

Today is the 8th of March and its International Womens Day…..its a day to reflect on the role of women in society. For this Womens Day I wanted to write down some thoughts for my gorgeous 9 year old daughter – aka Little Miss Breckland. She’s a sparky character – funny, brave, kind, thoughtful and […]

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07
Mar
2017

Breckland Orchard is 8 years old!

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 07th Mar 2017 13:13

Oh my gosh where did the time go? It’s a full eight years since I exhibited at Feast East at Chilford Hall – back in spring 2009. I launched my Breckland Orchard soft drinks there to trade buyers from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. And the rest at they say is history. We’ve grown from a […]

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06
Mar
2017

More than chuffed to bits...Finalists again!

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 06th Mar 2017 11:10

Just when we thought we couldn’t be more happy about being in the final for East of England Family Business of the Year, we’ve only been nominated and in the final of another award!  Wow!  We’re finalists in the SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards for Innovation. We’re a family owned business, and we constantly strive to […]

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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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