We recently attended Food Matters Live, which is a great food industry event with a lot going on. It’s a huge exhibition with brands from all areas of the food industry – from foods on sale in the supermarket, to foodservice products, through to science and innovation in manufacturing.
We spoke to a lot of brands on the day and we’ll be featuring a few more next week too, but for now let’s look at some of the goodies we picked up on the day.
First, there were these baked pea snacks by Yushoi. They are really soft and fun to eat, especially great for those of us who have braces… You would never realise until you get them what a serious hassle it is to find snack food that won’t hurt your mouth! They are very tasty and come in a range of different flavours. We were very lucky in grabbing the last packet from the stall, which happened to be smoked salt and pepper, but any of the flavours would have been a joy to take home. The stallholder was great to chat with and we left with a really positive view of this brand.
The Three Hearts superbars are pretty tasty, and the interesting thing about them is that they come in flavours you have probably never heard of before. I’m still not fully clear on what the ingredients are but they are pretty tasty, so I’ll go with that!
The Navarino Icons snacks are bars of sesame seeds with honey, an apparently popular food choice in Greece. They’re quite interesting and definitely an alternative sweet bar for those who don’t want added sugar.
Talking of no added sugar, the Sweet Nature sweets here are also sugar-free. They use a sweetener alternative to recreate some great flavours in hard, sweet blocks. They are suitable for diabetics, which makes them a great find.
The Food Should Taste Good sweet potato tortilla chips did not last long at all in our house. They’re doubly good because on first bite they just taste like normal crisps; as you eat several, however, this lovely sweet potato flavour just build up and gets stronger. Fantastic for dipping – we used them with our Mexican bowl recipe in lieu of nachos.
Who doesn’t know Petits Filous? We picked up strawberry and raspberry flavour yoghurts at the show and I’ve been enjoying them as a breakfast snack ever since. (Also great for braces – I had them tightened just after the show and my diet is now yoghurt and soup for a week!)
Finally, we also got these Liberte Greek-style yoghurts. They’re next on my list for once the Petits Filous are all gone – which won’t be very long at all!
I say ‘finally’ – but there’s actually more to come! Stay tuned for a closer look at some featured brands next week with our next Food Matters Live post.