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30
Jul
2020

We are a proud Goldilocks company

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 30th Jul 2020 04:32

There are lots of ways to describe your business, but for me Breckland Orchard is a Goldilocks company ….not too big, not too small….we are just the perfect size. We are small enough to be hands on, accountable. Small enough to know all our customers, to know the business inside out. Large enough to get […]

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17
Jul
2020

Sock Business School

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 17th Jul 2020 07:28

All this coverage of Leicester in the news at the moment is bringing memories flooding back of my first job out of University – which was in Leicester and where I spent four lovely years. All those outlying areas of Leicester that they are mentioning on the news like Groby, Glenfield and Blaby I know […]

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09
Jun
2020

Why I'm proud we're a family owned business...

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 09th Jun 2020 01:49

I used to work for the multi-national Mars before I started Breckland Orchard in 2009. That background gave me an excellent business education, and taught me so much….I’m really grateful for the amazing learning opportunities I had. I worked on amazing brands [Mars, Galaxy, Snickers, Dolmio, Whiskas etc] and managed large teams. The friendships endure……I […]

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05
Jun
2020

Spreading some help for Cambridge Food Bank

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 05th Jun 2020 09:33

During these strange times (does anyone else hate the term unprecedented?)…I prefer to think of them as bewildering, as its just such unchartered ground for everyone. It’s akin to going on an adventure that you didn’t really want to go on. It’s hard to know what to do as a food business…..but I really wanted […]

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13
May
2020

5 ways to cut down on alcohol during Lockdown

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 13th May 2020 02:23

When everyday feels the same many people are finding it too tempting to crack open the wine at the end of the day to give some sense of normality . Indeed research shows that sales of alcohol have rocketed and 20% of Britains say that they are drinking more as a result of lockdown. So […]

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04
May
2020

Why we might all be craving a bit of familiarity

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 04th May 2020 07:05

When you can’t control the external environment you most certainly can take control of things within the immediate sphere of control. In terms of food choices, then many of us are going back to basics and cooking from scratch. Bread baking has come back into vogue…and well if you can even get your hands on […]

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29
Apr
2020

Meet our new C-E-O

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 29th Apr 2020 08:05

Oh my aren’t these strange and weird times? We supply exclusively in to the hospitality and deli sectors, and lots of our customers are not able to trade. We know lots of our customers are hurting…..and their closure is also impacting my small business in the short term at least. Since we started in 2009, […]

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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
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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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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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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