Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Newsletter August 14, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Sunday was the annual Cadboro Bay Festival at Gyro Park,&nbsp;and despite the cooler temperatures, the day was&nbsp;massively successful! We had&nbsp;world class sand sculptors, live music, bouncy castles, hands-on activities, food vendors and face painting! Hundreds of people turned out for some great family fun times and it was amazing to see such lively community spirit! Thanks one and all to everyone who contributed to the event and for those who participated!</p><p>This week we have (mostly) breakfast items that are new to our shelves. Now I don&#39;t know about you but I don&#39;t have a lot of time in the morning to make breakfast. But I also need something more satisfying than a regular old bowl of cereal.&nbsp;<em><strong>Quaker Overnight Oats</strong></em>&nbsp;are just the ticket!&nbsp;&nbsp;Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Walnut, Raisin &amp; Honey</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>Toasted Coconut &amp; Almond</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours all you do is add milk the night before, put in the fridge and come morning time, you end up with a delicious, healthy and hearty breakfast! What could be easier than that? Steep. Sleep. Eat.</p><p>Or if you have the time in the morning, perhaps you&#39;d prefer good, old-fashioned pancakes? If so then maybe&nbsp;<em><strong>Anita&#39;s Organic Mill Pancake &amp; Waffle Mix</strong></em>&nbsp;fits the bill. In addition to the&nbsp;High-Fibre&nbsp;variety that we already carry, you can now choose from&nbsp;<em><strong>Multigrain</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Ancient Grain </strong></em>mixes! This company was founded over 20 years ago in Chilliwack, BC, and offers &quot;premium flours, cereals and mixes for a new generation of makers and bakers.&quot; Canadian certified organic, non-GMO, and of course, 100% free of pesticides and hebicides. Visit&nbsp;<strong></strong>&nbsp;for delicious variations including muffins!</p><p>You&#39;re going to need something to wash down that breakfast with so it might as well be<em><strong>&nbsp;Minute Maid Heart Wise Orange Juice</strong></em>! Heart wise? YES! You see, this delicious orange juice contains plant sterols which is a proven agent for lowering LDL Cholesterol. That&#39;s the so-called &quot;bad&#39; cholesterol that collects on the sides of your arteries like bacon fat down the kitchen sink drain. This is the ONLY juice clinically proven to help lower cholesterol. And it also contains vitamins B, B6 and B12.<strong> <em>Raise a glass and&nbsp;lower your cholesterol</em></strong><em>!</em></p><p>Ok let&#39;s switch gears for a minute and showcase a few new items from our Health &amp; Beauty department. We have a bunch of exciting new items from&nbsp;<em>Island Essentials</em>, a Vancouver Island&nbsp;company specializing in producing home cleaning and personal care products that are all natural,&nbsp; environmentally safe, not tested on animals and contain no harsh artificial chemicals.</p><p>First off is&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Essentials Castile Soap</strong></em>&nbsp;available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Natural, Lavender</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>forThave&#39;s Chai</strong></em>.</p><p>Castile Soap is made from vegetable oils and contains no animal fats whatsoever. You may not be familiar with it but you should definitely consider adding this to your arsenal of cleaning products because of its super versatility. You can clean your body AND your house with it!&nbsp;&nbsp;And you can do so effectively. In fact, there are far too many uses for this soap to list so here&#39;s a website that you can check out that will answer all of your castile questions:</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p>We also have a whole new line of&nbsp;Island <em><strong>Essentials Natural Bar Soaps</strong></em>&nbsp;that are sure to be a hit in the bath or shower. Make sure not to use on an empty stomach or you might be tempted to take a bite. They smell&nbsp;<em>that</em>&nbsp;good!&nbsp;</p><p>And if you&#39;re looking for a new type of body cream to try,&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Essentials Natural Hand &amp; Body Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;may very well be your next favourite! These luxuriously rich creams are highly absorbent and moisturize&nbsp;with&nbsp;their non-greasy formulae. Nurture through nature with these hand-crafted emollients!</p><p>Almost forgot to mention that this weekend from 11 am until 5 pm on both Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19th,<em><strong>&nbsp;Island Farms will be in-store offering free ice cream samples</strong></em>! It&#39;s summertime&nbsp;and the livin&#39; is easy! Get down here for some delicious frozen goodness!</p><p>As always, we look forward to seeing your smiling faces in the aisles! Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 7, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; You know, it&#39;s always so nice to get away from it all every now and then but it&#39;s also nice to get back to reality and back to work. So here we are again, Tuesday morning, with another newsletter and a list of new goodies to tell you about. And of course our new advertised specials&nbsp;kick&nbsp;in today as well. But first, here&#39;s hoping your&nbsp;Civic Holiday was as bright and sunny as the weather here on the island!&nbsp;</p><p>Let&#39;s see, where should we begin? How about by talking about cacao butter!&nbsp;<em><strong>Ecoideas Organic Cacao Butter</strong></em>&nbsp;is new to Pepper&#39;s and it&#39;s such a versatile item that you&#39;re going to want to make sure to put a bag in your basket.&nbsp;Why? Well, the&nbsp;Equadorian grown cacao pods that are used to make the butter are grown on farms where farmers and workers are paid a fair wage (certified Fair Trade). And with every purchase, funds are also contributed to support the farmers&#39; local communities. So there&#39;s that. Also, this is pure, unrefined butter. No chemicals are used to process it and it shows in the smooth texture, rich flavour and buttery aroma. &quot;But what is it used for&quot; you may be asking? It can be blended into smoothies, used in raw desserts or melted into hot cacao drinks. But it&#39;s also an excellent body moisturizer, lip balm and hair treatment! Certified gluten-free.</p><p>If you&#39;ve been consuming quinoa and brown rice and perhaps even farrow because of their&nbsp;health&nbsp;benefits but you&#39;re now so sick of all of them that you can&#39;t even stand it anymore then maybe it&#39;s time to get freekeh. It&#39;s actually pronounced <em>free-kah</em> but you might just freak out when you find out why this ancient grain is so beneficial. But just a heads up: this is wheat, so it is <em>NOT</em> gluten free.</p><p>Essentially this is a cereal food that is made from green durum wheat.&nbsp; As per Wikipedia:<em>&nbsp;the grain&nbsp;is roasted and rubbed to create its flavour. It is an ancient dish derived from&nbsp;Levantine&nbsp;and&nbsp;North African&nbsp;cuisines,[1][2]&nbsp;remaining popular in many countries of the eastern&nbsp;Mediterranean Basin&nbsp;where durum wheat originated.[3] The wheat is harvested while the grains are yellow and the seeds are still soft; it is then piled and sun-dried. The piles are carefully set on fire so only the straw and chaff burn. Under these conditions, the high moisture content of the seeds prevents them from burning. The roasted wheat is then threshed and sun-dried to achieve a uniform flavour, texture and colour. This threshing or rubbing process of the grains gives this food its name,&nbsp;farik&nbsp;or &ldquo;rubbed&rdquo;. Finally, the seeds are cracked into smaller pieces that resemble green&nbsp;bulgur.[1]</em></p><p>&nbsp;Another website,, has this to say about this &quot;new&quot; ancient superfood:&nbsp;<em>When it comes to nutritional benefits, there&#39;s no question that supergrain freekeh has the upper hand. It dominates quinoa (and a lot of other grains). Freekeh is low in fat and high in protein and fiber. Serving for serving, freekeh has more protein and twice as much fiber as quinoa. (A 42g serving of freekeh has six grams of fiber and six grams of protein, versus quinoa&rsquo;s three and five-and-a-half, respectively.) This means freekeh keeps you feeling full long after you&#39;ve eaten it, so it&#39;s a smart option for anyone focused on weight loss&nbsp;&nbsp;. Freekeh is also lower on the&nbsp;glycemic index&nbsp;(wholegrain freekeh GI = 43), making it a great choice for people managing diabetes or those just trying to keep their&nbsp;blood sugar steady. To top it off, this power-packed grain is high in iron, calcium, and zinc, and acts like a prebiotic, promoting the growth of good bacteria in your digestive system.&nbsp;</em></p><p>So there you have it. Now you have something else delicious to add to add to your shopping list. Pick up a tin of<em><strong>&nbsp;Ecoideas Whole Greenwheat Freekeh</strong></em>&nbsp;and give quinoa a rest.</p><p>At Pepper&#39;s we&#39;re always trying to give our customers the most options in terms of offering a varied selection of products. And now we have two new butters from Natrel gracing our shelves.&nbsp;<em><strong>Natrel Organic Salted Butter&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Natrel Lactose Free Salted Butter</strong></em>&nbsp;are here (finally). Eastern Canada was first to get these two but now us Westerners&nbsp;can enjoy them as well! Yippee!&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s one for the meat lovers.&nbsp;<em><strong>Cape Herb &amp; Spice Texan Steakhouse Rub</strong></em>&nbsp;offers a succulent sweet and spicy&nbsp;barbecue flavouring to not just steak but also&nbsp;poultry and seafood. Season a nicely oiled steak with this rub 30 minutes before you place it on the grill and keep the tin handy to add more flavour while you&#39;ve got the meat on the heat! And speaking of heat,&nbsp;<em><strong>Cape Herb &amp; Spice Ghost Chilli</strong></em>&nbsp;packs a mighty whallop. Designed for the die hard chilli enthusiast, this spice tops out at over 1 million scoville units. How hot is that? Remember that scene in<em>&nbsp;Raiders of the Lost Ark</em>&nbsp;when Belloq opens the Ark releasing the powers inside and Major Toht&#39;s face melts? Now you&#39;re in the ballpark. Use as a spice rub, marinade or table seasoning. You&#39;ve been warned!</p><p>If you do decide to go ahead and play with fire, you should know that we now have&nbsp;<em><strong>Thelma&#39;s Frozen Lemonade</strong></em>&nbsp;on tap in the slushie machine! Might want to keep that nearby...But even if you don&#39;t try out the ghost pepper powder, this is such a refreshing beverage to take with you down to&nbsp;the beach on these dog days!&nbsp;</p><p>My sister-in-law told my son the other day that cheese was her most loved food. She said that she would take it any day of the week, even over anything&nbsp;sweet. Well if you&#39;re like her then you need to try&nbsp;<em><strong>Air Cheese&nbsp;Cheddar&nbsp;</strong></em>or&nbsp;<em><strong>Gouda</strong></em>!<em><strong>&nbsp;Air Cheese Bites</strong></em> are made of premium natural cheese, dehydrated without any other ingredients, and puffed through a special process, resulting in a crunchy, airy, and protein-rich cheese snack. No refrigeration required! Perfect for munching on the go or when you&#39;re pounding through your favourite Netflix series!</p><p>And finally, we have<em><strong>&nbsp;Activia Probiotic Yogurt with Oats, Almonds and Fruit</strong></em>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em><strong>Plain</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla</strong></em>!&nbsp;Discover the new Activia source of fiber; a delicious snack of probiotic&nbsp;yogurt topped with a crunchy mix made of cereals, dried fruits and nuts. And with over 10 billion&nbsp;Bifidobacterium lactis per 100g, your gut will thank you for it!</p><p>Don&#39;t forget to have a look at the attached flyer to take advantage of some excellent pricing on loads of&nbsp;items from every department!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 24, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 24 Jul 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Fun Fact: On this day in&nbsp;1911&nbsp;American explorer&nbsp;Hiram Bingham&nbsp;discovered Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Seems like nowadays there&#39;s virtually no part of the Earth&#39;s landmass that hasn&#39;t been explored, thus, those kinds of&nbsp;discoveries are few and far between. Most of us have to settle for less exciting endeavours in our daily lives. However, everyday has the potential to be an adventure (if you decide you want it to be one). Let&#39;s start by discovering some new items at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>Ever had a Moscow Mule? If you don&#39;t know what that is, it&#39;s a delightful cocktail containing vodka, spicy ginger beer and lime juice. And this is the perfect weather for enjoying one (or several). The secret, however, is in using a quality ginger beer. And as luck would have it, we just so happen to have not one but&nbsp;TWO&nbsp;available in Aisle 5.<em><strong>&nbsp;Rugged Roots Brewhouse</strong></em>&nbsp;has created&nbsp;<em><strong>Wildfire Organic Spicy Ginger Beer&nbsp;and&nbsp;Zingiber Organic Ginger Beer</strong></em>. We&#39;ve been talking alot lately about probiotic containing foods and these two are no different. These are handcrafted, probiotic brews naturally fermented and carbonated right here in Victoria, BC. And they contain absolutely no preservatives, sulphites or additives. But you don&#39;t have to use them just as a mix; they can be enjoyed all on their own!&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p><em><strong>Kapow Now!</strong></em>&nbsp;is a Vancouver company that creates plant based superfoods for vibrant living. And we have some sweet and savoury options of theirs available now for you!&nbsp;<em><strong>Kapow Now! Chocolate Glop Hot Chocolate Mix and Spread</strong></em>&nbsp;can be spread on anything and everything! Mix it with water or milk or&nbsp;heck, eat it straight out of ther jar. It&#39;s made from mostly whole dates and contains&nbsp;no added sugar, is dairy free and vegan. And&nbsp;<em><strong>Kapow Now! Salted Caramel Glop Maple Date Spread</strong></em>&nbsp;can be spread, drizzled or mixed with liquid making it a versatile addition to your pantry! It&#39;s also another great vegan option.</p><p>As for the savoury,&nbsp;<em><strong>Kapow Now! Nocheez Chickpea Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;are wheat free, non-GMO and vegan crackers that taste kind of cheesey without the cheese. It says so right on the bag! But they are also high in protein, Omega 3, iron and fibre.&nbsp;<em><strong>Available in Original, Rosemary and Smoked Paprika.</strong></em></p><p>Red Robin for the seafood lover in you! Wait, sorry. Wrong restaurant chain. If you love the taste of&nbsp;<em><strong>Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews</strong></em> food then you&#39;ll be tickled pink to know that we now have two Yummm Certified sauces. <em><strong>Red Robin Whiskey River BBQ Sauce</strong></em> makes a great flavour addition to all of your BBQ options: burgers, steak, you name it, this goes with it. And even though there is now a western province wide campfire ban in effect, <em><strong>Red Robin Camp Fire Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp; still makes&nbsp;a&nbsp; great dipping sauce for jalapeno poppers, mozza sticks, fried, veggies...whatever. Go ahead, fire up the Yummm!!</p><p>Multi-award winning companies win awards for a reason: their products are good! And <em><strong>Stonewall Kitchen</strong></em> consistently puts out products that win awards year after year. Whether it&#39;s from the Scovie Awards, Specialty Food Association (SFA), SIAL or several others, this specialty foods&nbsp;company that was founded in 1991 just keep churning out winning products. And we already carry a whole lot of their stuff. You can find most all of them across from the ATM machine and the rest in Aisle 1 with the condiments. Now Pepper&#39;s is pleased to add three new items:&nbsp;<em><strong>Stonewall Kitchen Classic Pizza Sauce, Bacon Caesar Dressing and Ghost Pepper Aioli</strong></em>. If you would like to read more about their products and the awards that they&#39;ve won, head on over to&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>That&#39;s all for another week. We hope you enjoyed reading up on all things new to Pepper&#39;s Foods. We&#39;ll leave you with two other newsworthy items: due to rising costs,&nbsp;<em><strong>effective August 1, 2018 our delivery fee will increase from $2.50 to $5.00</strong></em>. Also, due to the long weekend in August there most likely will NOT be a newsletter sent out but there will be an email containing the advertised specials.</p><p>Have a great week!&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 17, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Isn&#39;t this just the best weather ever? Seriously, it&#39;s been nothing but sunshine and blue sky for days and it&#39;s hotter than a Georgia parking lot in August! But that&#39;s just fine with us because we know that Pepper&#39;s has everything that you need if you&#39;re headed down to Gyro beach for the day: sliced watermelon, icy cold beverages, cubed and blocked ice, suncreen, fresh salads,&nbsp;cold cuts, breads of every type,&nbsp;ice cream, frozen novelties, Slush Puppies...the list goes on and on.&nbsp;</p><p>When I was a kid I had the luxury of seeing my grandparents whenever I wanted. Their backyard bordered onto my backyard so it was simply a matter of climbing a few stairs over the fence and stepping into their yard. And two&nbsp;things that gram and gramps always had in the fridge during summer was gingerale and lemonade. Well, now you can enjoy both of those classic flavours combined in <em><strong>Canada Dry Summer Blend Lemonade Flavoured Gingerale</strong></em>. Cold can in hand, relax on the porch and take a moment to savour the flavours (and memories) of summer. And just like grandparents, it&#39;s only here for a limited time.</p><p>We&#39;ve been unable to source fresh lemongrass for quite some time but despair no more for we now carry <em><strong>Thomas Fresh Lemongrass</strong></em> in a convenient tray pack. Lemongrass is renowned for it&#39;s refreshing aroma and delicate flavour. Now you can add some fragrant flavour to your asian inspired dishes!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re on the topic of lemongrass, you should know that we now carry <em><strong>Rise Kombucha</strong></em> in <em><strong>Lemongrass</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Ginger</strong></em> flavours! This refreshing beverage from Montreal, Que. is made with mostly organic ingredients and the SCOBY is actually from Hawaii. What&#39;s that now? What&#39;s SCOBY? It&#39;s simply <strong>S</strong>ymbiotic<strong> C</strong>ulture <strong>O</strong>f <strong>B</strong>acteria and <strong>Y</strong>east. Othwerwise known as the mother, it&#39;s what turns sweet tea into fizzy kombucha!&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>Most everyone knows to eat wholesome foods in order to stay healthy. And foods high in probiotics can help maintain a healthy GI tract. <em><strong>Eat Wholesome Food Co</strong></em>. has all the bases covered with their <em><strong>Organic Sauerkraut</strong></em>. The natural fermentation process results in a kraut high in beneficial probiotics. And it&#39;s also a good source of vitamin C!&nbsp;</p><p>What do you know about canola oil? That it&#39;s one of the healthiest of all commonly used cooking oils? That it comes from the pressed canola seed? But&nbsp;betcha didn&#39;t know that canola is not rapeseed despite looking the same. See, in the 1960s, plant scientists used traditional plant breeding methods to get rid of rapeseed&#39;s undesirable qualities thereby creating canola! Why is this important right now? Because Pepper&#39;s is pleased to stock <em><strong>North Prairie Gold Extra Virgin Canola Oil</strong></em>, that&#39;s why. This is a non-GMO, cold-pressed oil made from Saskatchewan cultivated canola. It&#39;s minimally processed to create a premium oil for salads, sauteing and baking. And as luck would have it, the company will be conducting an in-store demo today (Tuesday, July 17th) between 11 am and 3 pm!&nbsp;You can sample this oil and ask any questions that you may have about it.</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>A perennial favourite pleasure for many of our customers is<em><strong>&nbsp;Walkers Scottish Biscuits</strong></em>. What&#39;s not to like? The company personally guarantees that the product is made using only the finest ingredients possible. So you can imagine just how good their new&nbsp;<em><strong>White Chocolate &amp; Raspberry Biscuits</strong></em>&nbsp;are!&nbsp;Belgian white chocolate meets delicious raspberries in these fine biscuits baked in Aberlour, Speyside, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.&nbsp;If it&#39;s somethin&#39; ye huvnae tried yit &#39;en that&#39;s somethin&#39; yoo&#39;ll hae tae remedy &#39;en . Aye lads and lassies!</p><p>Rover and Kitty deserve a smack sometimes, right? Oh, that didn&#39;t come out right. Let&#39;s try that again. Surely Rover and Kitty deserve something special every once in awhile. I mean, why should the humans get all the good stuff? <em><strong>Smack Pet Food</strong></em> for dogs and cats is raw dehydrated food for your favourite feline or canine friend. These foods are high in protein, contain no grains, are gluten-free and are 100% natural. No synthetics. And they&#39;re handmade in Winnipeg, Manitoba. So if you love your pet, consider giving them a big bag of<em><strong> </strong></em>Smack.<strong></strong></p><p>That&#39;s it for this week. As always, we look forward to seeing you in the aisles and for those unable to make the trip don&#39;t forget that we offer delivery Monday to Friday (except holidays) and same day delivery if your order is received by 1 pm. Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 10, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; If you missed Thursday&#39;s Local Island Showcase then you missed the absolute best event in the nine years that we&#39;ve held it. Hundreds of people turned out to meet and speak to many of the suppliers of incredible, local food items. We had a succulent, whole roast pig&nbsp;served pulled on a bun as well as grilled salmon sliders and dozens of vendors set up under the tent offering sweet and savoury food and drink. And of course the weather was absolutey perfect! Thank you to all of our vendors for your generosity in donating your time and your products, and thank you for everyone who came down and mingled. We&#39;re so pleased with the results and judging by the feedback that we&#39;ve received from many who attended, you are too! Can&#39;t wait until next year!</p><p>This wouldn&#39;t be a proper newsletter if we didn&#39;t share with you some&nbsp; of the new items that have found their way to the shelves. And this week is no different. Let&#39;s start of with a brand new item that was one of the delicious offerings at the Local Island Showcase. <em><strong>Stubborn Chef Kimchi</strong></em>&nbsp;is a traditional Korean kimchi made with napa cabbage and it proved to be very popular among those who tried it on Thursday. Kimchi is a spicy fermented vegetable mixture that is a staple of Korean cuisine. It is of ancient origin and it&#39;s also an excellent choice for those who want to eat healthy because of its probiotic properties which help the body to absorb nutrients like vitamins and minerals. As a result, your intestinal and overall health benefits! Look for it in our Produce Department.</p><p>Remember when eating a smidgen of fat was akin to committing the most heinous of diet crimes? Heaven forbit that a gram of fat make its way&nbsp;into your gullet. Well, times have changed. Seems that everyone now is opting for foods with higher (healthy) fat contents. One of the reasons for this is the appearance of the ketogenic diet where carbohydrates are drastically reduced to induce ketosis (a metabolic state whereby the body burns ketones instead of glycose from carbohydrates). There are supposed to be some very beneficial effects to the body as a result. It&#39;s a topic the scope of which is far too broad for this newsletter and there&#39;s plenty of information online if you want to do more research on the subject. But if you&#39;re into it, we have something new for you!&nbsp;<em><strong>Suzie&#39;s Good Fats Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;are high in the good fats and protein that you&#39;re looking for and are low in sugar and salt and gluten-free, soy-free and are made with non-GMO ingredients. So go ahead, fat is back. Sugar is out.</p><p>Field Roast is a Seattle-based&nbsp;company that produces some of the best vegetarian meatless products on the market. Their success is attributed to their founder, Chef David Lee, who combined the European Charcuterie tradition with the Asian Mien Ching tradition of crafting vegetarian meats from grains way back in 1996. We&#39;re carried many of these items in the Produce Department for ages but now we&#39;re pleased to have added&nbsp;<em><strong>Field Roast Katsu Cutlets</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Field Roast Mini Corn Dogs</strong></em>&nbsp;to the frozen food aisle! Finally, vegetarian mains and appetizers that everyone, even meat-eaters, will enjoy!</p><p>You may or may not be one of the gazillions who need their Timmie&#39;s everyday. But if you are then you can duplicate your double&nbsp;double from the comfort of your own kitchen every single morning by adding&nbsp;<em><strong>Coffeemate Double Double-Mate</strong></em>&nbsp;to your java. Or if you prefer something else, try&nbsp;<em><strong>Coffeemate Hazelnut</strong></em>. Both are now available in our Dairy Department and both are also lactose free!&nbsp;However, due to a shortage of shelf space, you may not see the International Delights coffee creamer. Don&#39;t worry: we still have it. Just ask and we&#39;ll be happy to get it from the back for you!</p><p>We&#39;ve written about the benefits of drinking kefir numerous times in the past. So if you enjoy it but you want to try something just a bit different, we now offer<em><strong>&nbsp;Liberte Limited Edition Cafe Latte Kefir</strong></em>&nbsp;in a convenient<em><strong>&nbsp;4x200 ml</strong></em>&nbsp;pack! All the goodness of kefir with a delicious latte flavour! But just as the name suggests, it&#39;s a fleeting flavour so if you want to try it, you&#39;ll have to act fast!</p><p>Don&#39;t forget to peruse the attached weekly flyer where you&#39;ll find amazing prices on items from every department! Until next week, take care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 3, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Jul 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Canada turned 151 years old on Sunday and we hope that you celebrated&nbsp;to the best of your abilities and remembered that we are a nation rivalled around the globe and that we are fortunate to live in such a vast, beautiful and peaceful country.&nbsp;And our American friends will celebrate their nation&#39;s separation from Britain tomorrow by binge watching Independence Day or Born on the Fourth of July or Yankee Doodle Dandy.&nbsp;Another possibility is Red Dawn (the Patrick Swayze version). Maybe Clear and Present Danger or Bull Durham...there&#39;s just so many choices!&nbsp;</p><p>Ok, as many of you are aware, the 9th Annual Local Island Showcase is quickly approaching in a few days. You will kick yourself if you don&#39;t make it out to this epic event!&nbsp;Here&#39;s a list of our confirmed vendors:</p><ul> <li>Berryman Farms</li> <li>B &amp; C Foods</li> <li>Stubborn Chef Mini Hot Pot&nbsp;</li> <li>Snowdon House Gourmet &amp; Gifts Victoria BC&nbsp;</li> <li>Singing Bowl Granola&nbsp;</li> <li>Heart &amp; Bone Provisions&nbsp;</li> <li>McClintock&#39;s Farm&nbsp;</li> <li>49 Below Ice Cream</li> <li>Caesar Squeezers</li> <li>Daksha&#39;s Gourmet Spices</li> <li>Victoria Soda Works</li> <li>Mixers and Elixirs</li> <li>Gentle Earth Products Ltd.</li> <li>Level Ground Trading</li> <li>Kettle and Hive</li> <li>Unity Jun</li> <li>Salt of Life</li> <li>Cascadia Gluten-Free Foods</li> <li>Natural Pastures Cheese Company</li> <li>Eurosa Farms</li> <li>Laughing Daughters Gluten Free Foods Inc.</li> <li>Rootside Cocktail Mixers</li> <li>Caddy Bay Liquor</li> <li>Portofino European Wholesale Bakery</li> <li>Fatso</li> <li>Saltspring Kitchen co.</li> <li>Phillips Soda Works</li> <li>Sproutalicious Smart Cookies</li> <li>Babe&#39;s Honey Farm</li> <li>Fudge In A Round</li> <li>The Cultured Nut</li> <li>Holy Homous</li> <li>Fatbutt</li> <li>Ruby&#39;s Pakoras</li> <li>Mayflower Bakery</li> <li>From The Earth Curry Powder</li> <li>Holy Grail Chocolate Sauce</li> <li>Rebecca&#39;s Best Hot Sauce</li></ul><p>We look forward to seeing you join us there!</p><p>As for new items, there are a few to tell you about this week starting with two new beverages from Natur-a.&nbsp;<em><strong>Natur-a Fortified Almond Beverage</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Natur-a Fortified Almond &amp; Coconut Beverage</strong></em>.&nbsp;Both are unsweetened,&nbsp;low calorie, lactose free, soy free, carrageenan free, and non-GMO. And the almond beverage is gluten-free as well! Look for these under the television monitor in Aisle 1!</p><p>A new product from Italy is&nbsp;<em><strong>Suzie&#39;s Organic Saltines Crackers</strong></em>. Available in both&nbsp;<em><strong>Rosemary &amp; Sesame&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Salt and Extra Virgin Olive Oil</strong></em>, they come in a package of 8 portion packs! You don&#39;t have to worry about them going stale before you finish eating them. But once you try them, they won&#39;t last long in the cupboard anyway. Jill from Vancouver says, &quot;Best soda cracker I&#39;ve ever tried!&quot; See?</p><p>Another delicious import, and arriving just in time for summer, is&nbsp;<em><strong>Villaolivo&#39;s Organic Gazpacho</strong></em>.&nbsp;This staple of Spanish and Portugese cuisine is hugely popular during the hot summer months for being a cool and refreshing food. And <em><strong>we offer it in two convenient sizes</strong></em>: a grab and go&nbsp;<em><strong>250 ml</strong></em>&nbsp;size which is perfect for your lunch cooler bag or we have a larger<em><strong>&nbsp;1 litre</strong></em>&nbsp;size for taking home or to a picnic! It&#39;s also a great low calorie and gluten-free option!</p><p>Our Dairy Department sells a lot of&nbsp;Faith Farms Cheese. And for good reason. Not only is it excellent cheese (it&#39;s made by Armstrong Cheese of Armstrong BC who, by the way, are two-time World Cheddar Champions), it&#39;s priced right, too. So we figured that instead of just offering three varieties, we&#39;d add another two. And that&#39;s just what we did!&nbsp;<em><strong>Faith Farms Pizza Mozzerella</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Faith Farms Havarti&nbsp;</strong></em>are now available and waiting to be enjoyed by you and your family!</p><p>As always, your latest advertised specials for July 3-9 are attached for your convenience.&nbsp;</p><p>See you at the Local Island Showcase on Thursday!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 26, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Fun fact: On this day in 1807 lightning hit a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg killing 300 people. Not cool. Talk about bad luck! But it&#39;s YOUR lucky day and you&#39;ll be blown away when you see our attached advertised specials for this week!&nbsp;&nbsp;We have some incredible prices in every department and because it&#39;s Tuesday, the savings start right NOW!</p><p>As always, there are many&nbsp;new goodies to tell you about so without further adeau, let&#39;s get to it!</p><p>There&#39;s nothing more frustrating than having a dietary restriction and not being able to eat what you&#39;d like to. That was the case with a kid named Luke who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at seven years of age. So he decided to do something about it by creating a line of delicious snack crackers!<em><strong>&nbsp;Luke&#39;s Multigrain &amp; Seed Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;are USDA certifed organic, certifed gluten-free, certified vegan and nut free! They&#39;re so good, you won&#39;t need dip (or anything else) to eat with them!&nbsp;</p><p>Another great gluten-free product new to the shelf is&nbsp;<em><strong>Purest Flaxseed Flour</strong></em>. This product from Perth, Ontario has a delicious, nutty taste and is a highly nutritious digestive aid high in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, it&#39;s made in a facility dedicated to the production of gluten free and all natural products. No gluten, wheat, nuts, corn, dairy or sulphites are in this flour. And it&#39;s kosher/pareve!</p><p>A wildly popular line of jams, jellies and spreads with Pepper&#39;s customers is by Bonne Maman. Now, we&#39;ve introduced the newest member of that family:&nbsp;<em><strong>Bonne Maman Lemon Curd</strong></em>! As per the company website:&nbsp;<em>The Bonne Maman Lemon Curd is joyfully sweet with a bright, clean lemon flavor. Its lovely yellow colour and rich, velvety texture is sure to please consumers. By the spoonful or as an ingredient, the versatile Bonne Maman Lemon Curd enhances any recipe, whether used as a spread, a topping or for baking. Bonne Maman Lemon Curd is also gluten free.</em></p><p>Hey, if you&#39;re into lemons, make sure to swing by the dairy aisle to pick up a bottle of&nbsp;<em><strong>Tropicana Lemonade</strong></em>! Available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Regular</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Tangerine</strong></em>, these refreshing&nbsp;bevvies are sure to be a hit with thirsty kids (and grown-ups) on these hot summer days! And don&#39;t forget to check out&nbsp;<em><strong>Tropicana Pineapple Mango with Lime</strong></em>&nbsp;while you&#39;re at it. Delicious and refreshing as is or pour into molds and make your own frozen treats!</p><p>For those of you searching for a more wholesome yet less prominent beverage, you should definitely try&nbsp;<em><strong>Unity Jun Probiotic Honey Elixir</strong></em>. If you&#39;re unfamiliar with Jun then we should start by telling you what it is that you&#39;re missing. According to Wikipedia, Jun&nbsp;<em>&quot; an effervescent fermented health tonic roughly similar to&nbsp;kombucha&nbsp;but feeding on&nbsp;green tea&nbsp;and raw honey rather than&nbsp;black tea&nbsp;and concentrated sugar.&quot;&nbsp;</em>This unique drink is made right here in Victoria and the&nbsp;company calls it &quot;Kombucha&#39;s wild cousin&quot; and even those who don&#39;t necessarily like Kombucha have been turned onto this funky fizz! Look for it in the cold beverage cooler up front.</p><p><em><strong>Kashi Joi Energy Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Kashi Joi Nut Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;are brand new to the store and are sure to be hit for those seeking calorie-dense snacking. Energy bars are made with almond butter combined with&nbsp; other ingredients such as dark chocolate, peanuts, oats, cashews, cocoa, sea salt and more! All are gluten-free and made in Canada!&nbsp;Plus, <em><strong>they&#39;re in our ad this week at 2/$3.00</strong></em>! Put a little joi in your life with&nbsp;<em><strong>Kashi Joi</strong></em>!</p><p>Not all mayonnaise is created equal. That&#39;s certainly the case with new&nbsp;<em><strong>Heinz&nbsp;[Seriously] Good Mayonnaise</strong></em>. Made with 100% Canadian free run eggs, this mayo is deliciously&nbsp;rich and creamy. It&#39;s the Heinz ketchup of mayonnaise!</p><p>And this week, we&#39;ve saved the best for last. We FINALLY were able to aquire the highly anticipated&nbsp;<em><strong>Halo Top Frozen Dairy Dessert</strong></em>&nbsp;much to the&nbsp;relief (and delight) of many of our customers! This is great for everyone who loves ice cream but not necessarily the calories associated with it.&nbsp;For those on calorie reduced diets, ice cream is one of those indulgences that have to be passed on. But not anymore! This delicious dessert is made with skim milk and sweetened with stevia but it doesn&#39;t have that funny aftertaste often associated with products containing that sweetener.&nbsp;<em><strong>Halo Top Frozen Dairy Dessert</strong></em>&nbsp;has less than a third of the calories and sugar per serving&nbsp;of Haagen Dazs ice cream of the same flavour. And it comes in a plethora of flavours. You&#39;re going to want to try them all!</p><p>We want to wish everyone a fun, safe and happy Canada Day this July 1st!&nbsp;</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 19, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We do sincerely hope that all you dads out there enjoyed your picture perfect day on Sunday. It was quite possibly the nicest day of the year so far! And we&#39;re hoping to receive that same kind of weather on&nbsp;<em><strong>Thursday, July 5</strong></em>&nbsp;when we host our&nbsp;<em><strong>9th Annual Local Island Showcase</strong></em>&nbsp;from <em><strong>10am-2pm</strong></em>. It&#39;s a day devoted to showcasing the people that bring you the fantastic, local products that you&#39;ve come to love. Come out and say hello, put a name and face to the products and have a chat. Sample many of the unique and delicious goodies that we are so very fortunate to be able to purchase day in and day out. And take advantage of lowered prices on the vendors&#39; products when you come inside and shop! Plus, there are prizes and give-aways (and one of them is BIG)! Don&#39;t miss out; join us and make the day an even bigger success than last year!</p><p>One of life&#39;s simple pleasures is cooling off with a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. And a staple beverage of the summer is iced tea. So now that the mercury is rising, you&#39;re going to want to make sure to have a bottle of&nbsp;<em><strong>Gold Peak Lemon Iced Tea</strong></em>&nbsp;standing by in the fridge. Remember those commercials where the person takes their ice cold glass and draws it across their sweaty forehead before chugging whatever it was that they were drinking? That could be you! Look for it in the Dairy Aisle.</p><p>Also new to Pepper&#39;s are these convenient grab and go sized&nbsp;<em><strong>Triple Jim&#39;s Premium Apple Cider&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Apple Cherry Cider Blend</strong></em>! For over 35 years, Triple Jim&#39;s has been providing ciders and juices from fruits grown either in the Fraser Valley or the Okanagan. If you&#39;re looking for all natural refreshment (not from concentrate) made from&nbsp;fresh BC fruit then why not give these a try?</p><p>Another new beverage to Pepper&#39;s is<em><strong>&nbsp;Avalon Dairy Conventional Chocolate Milk&nbsp;</strong></em>in a more affordable 500 ml glass bottle. Here&#39;s why this is a great choice as per the company website:</p><p><em>Real. Belgian. Cocoa. Say that slow enough and the Avalon Chocolate Milk Genie just might make an appearance!&nbsp;Avalon&rsquo;s Chocolate Milk is the real deal, and it&rsquo;s packed with the excellent nutrients of calcium and vitamin D so you can go ahead and do it, especially if people are looking. There is nothing like pouring Avalon Chocolate Milk straight out of the glass bottle and drinking it ice-cold!&nbsp;(perhaps milk wasn&#39;t that&nbsp;bad of a choice for&nbsp;Ron Burgundy after all)&nbsp;Maybe you know a few tired hearts who need mending? Heat up some chocolate milk for their mug. Shake up the lunch bag routine when you add Avalon Chocolate Milk to your regular muffin or cake recipe!&nbsp;</em></p><p>We&#39;ve had several requests for real, authentic provolone cheese and as a result, we brought in&nbsp;Italissima Provolone Piccante Cheese. In case you&#39;re not too familiar with this Italian staple, here&#39;s a few tidbits of information to expand your culinary knowledge:</p><ul> <li>Provolone is known as&nbsp;<em>pasta filata</em>, an Italian term meaning &quot;spun paste&quot; which is essentially a pulled or stretched curd cheese which is then shaped and molded into balls and then left to age for between 6-12 months, typically</li> <li>&nbsp;is a semi-firm cheese</li> <li>&nbsp;is&nbsp;derived&nbsp;from the Neapolitan words &quot;prova&quot; and &quot;provola&quot; which mean &quot;globe shaped&quot;</li> <li><em>good&nbsp;</em>provolone is called&nbsp;provolone piccante, and it&#39;s actually quite closely related to mozzarella</li> <li>was the traditional cheese of Southern Italy&nbsp;</li> <li>authentic Italian Provolone is a grating cheese, full-bodied and buttery with a slight snap. Aged Italian Provolones are much more flavourful than standard issue sandwich provolone.&nbsp;</li> <li>succulent, sharp, buttery flavour would be the star of an antipasto plate.</li> <li>serve with Italian olives and thin slices of Prosciutto di Parma. Provolone as they eat it in Italy! Grate it over pizzas and pastas.&nbsp;</li> <li>melts best when shredded first. For a scrumptious treat, try it with some red grapes, pears, figs, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives or hearty breads drizzled with olive oil</li></ul><p>And for all you sweet treat lovers out there, we now have&nbsp;<em><strong>YumEarth Organic Licorice</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Sour Beans</strong></em>, respectively. These delicious organic candies are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy and nut free and contain naturally sourced colours and flavours! The kiddies will love &#39;em (and so will you)!</p><p>Your weekly advertised specials are attached so don&#39;t forget to have a look and make sure to take advantage of the savings. Remember, our ad runs from Tuesday to the following Monday.</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 12, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; It&#39;s that time once again where we let you in on new and exciting products and events that might be coming up soon at&nbsp;Pepper&#39;s! And this week is no different; there&#39;s a bunch of new items just waiting for you to try out. Of course, the attached weekly ad is another reason for this newsletter and, as always, we have a diverse selection of great deals!&nbsp;So without further adeau, let&#39;s get&nbsp;to it...</p><p><em><strong>Olympic Krema Passionfruit Yogurt&nbsp;</strong></em>is a&nbsp;<em>limited edition flavour</em>&nbsp;that will likely disappear sometime in August so now is the time to try this deliciously rich and luxurious tropical sensation! At 9% milk fat, it&#39;s more of a thick, dessert yogurt and indulging&nbsp;could cause extreme euphoria!&nbsp;And because it&#39;s made in Delta, BC, you&#39;re supporting the local economy. Another reason to feel euphoric!&nbsp;What&#39;s not to like about that?</p><p>Europeans have been enjoying<em><strong>&nbsp;Perrier Strawberry Sparkling Natural Mineral&nbsp;Water</strong></em>&nbsp;for several years. Well it&#39;s finally made its way over to our neck of the woods and just in time, too, because summer is right around the corner!&nbsp;It has just a hint of ripe stawberry flavour to either quench your thirst or cleanse your palette.&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking of strawberries, our&nbsp;<em><strong>Thursday Only Daily Deal is 1lb California Strawberries</strong></em>&nbsp;for the low, low price of only<em><strong> $1.96</strong></em>! Don&#39;t miss out on this incredible deal available all day Thursday, June 14th!</p><p>Our produce department also has several new items starting with&nbsp;<em><strong>fresh garlic scapes</strong></em>&nbsp;from Guites Farm on the Saanich Peninsula. They are the flower bud of the garlic plant and are a delicious, edible part of the plant. They taste just like garlic but milder&nbsp;and can be used like it as well. But you can also steam, saute or grill them or chop up and use in a salad, toss&nbsp;into a stir-fry or even pickle. Nutritious and versatile, this springtime culinary treat won&#39;t be around for long!</p><p><em><strong>Mann&#39;s Snacking Favorites Veggie Trays</strong></em>&nbsp;are a convenient and time-saving way to eat your veggies!<em><strong>&nbsp;Conventional veggies come with delicious traditional hummous and organic veggies are served with an organic ranch dip</strong></em>! If you&#39;re headed to the beach or setting out on a camping or road trip, these are ther perfect (and best of all, healthy) snacks for your family!</p><p>Califia (Cali-fee-yah) non-dairy beverages are really gaining traction among consumers, even those that drink milk! And due to popular demand, we&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>Califia XX Espresso Cold Brew</strong></em>.&nbsp;As per the company website:<em>&nbsp;Not a fan of those strong espresso shots from the coffee house? Get a refreshingly cool alternative with Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew Coffee. This delicious beverage delivers a double dose of caffeine (90 mg per serving, to be exact), so you&rsquo;re ready to go at a moment&rsquo;s notice. Speaking of ready, you can forget about waiting for that espresso machine to pump out your much-needed caffeine kick. Instead, this delightfully delicious cold brew will be ready and waiting for you to pour straight from the fridge.This carefully crafted cold brew is made with our signature Almond milk to add just the right hint of sweetness to your daily grind. Grab life by the bottle and sip your way into another amazing day.</em></p><p>And you know what else? You can pour into molds, stick in the freezer&nbsp;and create a wonderfully refreshing frozen treat! Look for it near the store entrance with the other smoothies found in the produce case.</p><p>Come to think of it, you may want to save the Califia for after you try the newest (and possibly most dangerous) addition to our salty snack aisle!<em><strong>&nbsp;Paqui&nbsp;</strong></em>(rhymes with hockey)&nbsp;<em><strong>Haunted Ghost Pepper Tortilla Chips</strong></em>&nbsp;will literally burn the tongue right out of your mouth. Ok, that&#39;s an exaggeration. We would never get away with selling anything&nbsp;THAT&nbsp;dangerous. But they&#39;re hot. Really, really freakin&#39; hot! And they&#39;re certified gluten-free!&nbsp;So grab a bag (and we recommend a Slush Puppie to boot) and terrify your taste buds!</p><p>One of the very first gluten-free products that we carried from waaaay back when was&nbsp;<em><strong>Natural Nectar Cracklebred&nbsp;</strong></em>and it was very popular indeed. But then, mysteriously, it was unavailable! But it&#39;s back again (yay)! The website states:&nbsp;<em>Our Cracklebred is a unique, gourmet cracker that is&nbsp;perfect to top with cheeses, spreads, or fine salads. A delicate treat that is fat free, low calorie and&nbsp;irresistibly delicious. Cracklebred&rsquo;s light and crispy texture is ideal for entertaining or as an&nbsp;accompaniment to any meal.</em></p><p>And finally, another popular product that we once carried but it disappeared for a long while is&nbsp;<em><strong>Cote D&#39;Azur Fleur de Sel</strong></em>. Well, this gourmet sea salt is back on the shelf!&nbsp;Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Original</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Herbes de Provence</strong></em>, this is hand harvested salt, damp in colour and texture which actually reflects the purity of the salt. Use it on everything from delicate salads to hearty meat dishes. Herbes de Provence consists of the same exquisite salt with added basil, fennel, lavender, savoury and thyme.</p><p>Phew, that was a doosey of a newsletter! Hopefully there are a few items that piqued your interest. We try hard to bring you the edibles that you want, and we think we do a pretty good job fitting them somewhere&nbsp;into our (your) little store.&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Don&#39;t forget that this Sunday is Father&#39;s Day</strong></em>! Make sure to show and tell your dad, stepdad, grandpa, husband or any of the men in your life who have made a difference how much you appreciate and&nbsp;care for them. And for all you dad&#39;s out there reading this: To the world you are a dad. But to your family you are the world.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 5, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 Jun 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; According to Wikipedia, on this date in 1956, Elvis Presley debuted the single&nbsp; &quot;Hound Dog&quot; on the Milton Berle Show scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements. And you might be shocked as well when you take a look at the attached advertised specials for the week! Scott&#39;s put together some amazing deals for you so grab your pen and notepad and get ready to make your shopping list!</p><p>Not only that but we have loads of great new items to tell you about today so let&#39;s jump right in!</p><p>Water, water know the quote from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Except today there&#39;s bottled water&nbsp;everywhere&nbsp;and so much selection that it&#39;s kind of ridiculous. But new to Pepper&#39;s is&nbsp;<em><strong>Icefield Water</strong></em>, available in 500ml and 2L sizes.&nbsp;<em><strong>Icefield Water</strong></em>&nbsp;is springwater bottled at Rosewall Creek, BC. It has a low hardness, tastes exceptionally clean and because it&#39;s right from the island, you&#39;ll feel good knowing that you&#39;re buying locally!</p><p>And speaking of water, we now offer<em><strong>&nbsp;al wadi Orange Blossom Water</strong></em>. What does one use orange blossom water for, anyway? Apparently, there are many, many uses for it! (who knew?)&nbsp;But instead of listing them all in this newletter, we&#39;ll provide a link for you to read up on this extremely versatile product! Just copy and paste into your browser bar.</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>Now that summer is just around the corner, you&#39;re going to want to make sure to apply copious amounts of sunscreen when you head outside. But many people are very cautious when it comes to the ingredients found in many brands of sunscreen.&nbsp;That&#39;s where&nbsp;<em><strong>ThinkSport Sunscreen</strong></em>&nbsp;comes in. With a content of&nbsp;20% zinc oxide as the active ingredient providing broad spectrum sun protection, it doesn&#39;t contain PABA, parabens, BPA, phthalates, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Dioxane or any other toxic chemicals. It applies and absorbs extremely well without an oily feel. We have a type for everyone: babies, kids and athletes as a cream and also in stick form!</p><p>Think you&#39;re one smart cookie? You are if you choose to buy&nbsp;<em><strong>Sproutalicious Smart Cookie!</strong></em> These cookies are made in Vancouver from organic sprouted ancient spelt grain (we talked about the benefits of sprouted grains a few weeks ago). Aside from being vegan (and, delicious!) these cookies contain no high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, cholesterol, trans fats, eggs, dairy or animal products or anything artificial. Just clean, plant based nutrition! Aside from&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Chip</strong></em>, we also carry&nbsp;<em><strong>Oatmeal Raisin</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Breakfast</strong></em>&nbsp;cookies!&nbsp;And don&#39;t forget to try new&nbsp;<em><strong>Sproutalicious Smart Coconut Caramel Popcorn</strong></em>!&nbsp;</p><p>Baguette is loved by so many as a go-to staple for&nbsp;lunches, picnics and with dinner. Now you can enjoy the same rustic baguette flavour but in the form of<em><strong>&nbsp;Sabine&#39;s Collections Baguette Crisps</strong></em>. As taken from the website:<em> &quot;These double-baked, healthy treats work as a snack or paired with cheese, salsa, bruschetta, pat&eacute;, hummus, dips, you name it. Great with salads, soups or charcuterie trays - the opportunities for this crunchy, healthy and satisfying baguette snack are endless.&quot;</em></p><p>And if you&#39;re putting together a charcuterie tray you may want to include<em><strong>&nbsp;Preservation &amp; Co.&nbsp;Hickory Brussels Sprouts</strong></em>!&nbsp; Anyone who has ever tried bacon and roasted brussels sprouts and loved them will want to try these! Though there is no meat in this recipe, these are zesty, hickory smoked and PICKLED brussels sprouts that you can also&nbsp;toss into a stir fry or even use as a delicious garnish with a Bloody Mary!</p><p>We hope you enjoyed this week&#39;s edition of the Pepper&#39;s Newsletter! We would also like to put on your radar the<em><strong>&nbsp;Local Island Showcase</strong></em>&nbsp;which is our annual celebration of the vendors who provide our store with incredibly yummy&nbsp;artisanal food and beverage products from the island and lower mainland. You get to meet the people who create and bring to you some amazing products (and try them out!). Every year gets better and better and this year we are holding it on&nbsp;T<em><strong>hursday, July 5th</strong></em>.&nbsp;We&#39;ll tell you more about it as the date draws nearer so stay tuned!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 29, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 29 May 2018 09:12:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; A few weeks ago we mentioned that we were in the process of obtaining a slushie machine and guess what...? It finally arrived last week! For those of you who don&#39;t already know about it, the <em><strong>Slush Puppie </strong></em>machine is located to the right just inside the front doors beside the cold beverage cooler. Right now we have<em><strong> blue raspberry</strong></em> and <em><strong>cherry</strong></em> flavours but we plan to alternate different flavours throughout the summer! And<em><strong> for only a twoonie</strong></em> (tax included)&nbsp;it&#39;s the best deal in town!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s is always trying hard to offer a wide variety of products for our customers and now we have several new gluten free items for you to try! <em><strong>The Gluten Free Chef </strong></em>of Langley, BC,operates out of a new 7000 square foot facility and we have <em><strong>Burger &amp; Sandwich Buns, Pizza Crusts and Flatbread</strong></em> for our gluten intolerant customers!&nbsp;</p><p>And for dessert, why not try new<em><strong>&nbsp;Wise Bites Treats</strong></em>? In <em><strong>Fudgy Mint Crinkle Cookie</strong></em> and <em><strong>Snowy Lemon</strong></em> flavours these delicious goodies are free of the top 11 allergens including eggs, dairy, nuts and wheat/gluten. But there&#39;s still a ton of goodness baked in! Look for the individually wrapped<em><strong> Wise Bites Super Cookie</strong></em>, too, for a super nutritious and energy packed snack on-the-go!</p><p>If you&#39;re particular about the kind of hair products&nbsp;that you put on your head then you&#39;re in luck because now we carry <em><strong>Island Essentials Shampoos and Conditioners</strong></em>! This local company has been providing numerous kinds of bar and liquid soaps as well as lotions, creams and essential oils for years and has become a very popular choice for local consumers? Why? Because they know that they&#39;re not going to find any parabens, synthetic fragrances, SLS, formadahyde or any other potentially harmful ingredients in the bottle. So make sure to treat yourself and your hair with these natural haircare products. We have conditioners to go along with the pictured shampoos.</p><p>And finally, it&#39;s that time of year and we have lovely, sweet and delicious first-of-the-season <em><strong>Gobind Farms Strawberries</strong></em>&nbsp;grown on the Saanich Peninsula! Summer&#39;s come early so&nbsp;don&#39;t wait to get your hands on these beauties!</p><p>As always, our new weekly flyer is attached to this email. Make sure to have a look and see what great savings we&#39;re offering! And <em><strong>this Thursday only, San Pellegrino Natural Mineral Water 750ml is on sale for just 2/$3.00</strong></em> (plus deposit)! Pick some up to have on hand for the weekend!</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 15, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 15 May 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning and good news, everyone! As of this writing the number of subscribers to our weekly newsletter had reached 600! We are&nbsp;thrilled to have so many of you checking in with us every week to see what&#39;s new and exciting at Pepper&#39;s and we&#39;re hoping that you enjoy the content that you receive each Tuesday morning. We certainly enjoy bringing it to you!</p><p>Let&#39;s start off by reminding you that this coming weekend is the Victoria Day Long Weekend. We&#39;re still open though except that <em><strong>our hours have changed but&nbsp;only for the holiday Monday</strong></em>. We are open from 7 am (as usual) but we will be closing early at 7:30 pm instead of 9pm. Other than that, Friday through Sunday is business as usual. Let&#39;s hope the weather cooperates because we have everything that you&#39;ll need to have a fun-filled long weekend!&nbsp;</p><p>I<em><strong>n our ad we have sunscreen of all varieties and sizes at 25% off&nbsp;the regular price! California Corn on the Cob&nbsp;is just $0.66 each! Our deli has Pepper&#39;s Own Creamy Coleslaw for just $1.26/100g! And in the meat department we have Extra Lean Ground Beef for only $4.96/lb</strong></em>!&nbsp;All these and many, many more great deals are available this week in the attached flyer so please make sure to have a look. And a reminder that&nbsp;every Thursday we have a spectacular one day only buy.&nbsp;<em><strong>This Thursday, May 17 we have Fresh Halibut Fillets (boneless/skinless) for just $3.69/100g</strong></em>!&nbsp;You won&#39;t want to miss this price, especially just before the weekend rolls around.</p><p>Wouldn&#39;t it be great if we had dozens of new items to tell you about every week? It would, wouldn&#39;t it? But unfortunately sometimes there are only a few new ones to share with you. That&#39;s the case this week but we&#39;re very excited about them nonetheless, not just because they are from nearby Esquimalt or because they&#39;re genuinely great tasting. It&#39;s also because they arrived right before the long weekend!&nbsp;<em><strong>Rootside Provisions Ltd</strong></em>&nbsp;&nbsp;have created several&nbsp;<em><strong>Cocktail Mixers</strong></em>&nbsp;of exceptional quality to ensure that your &#39;licious&nbsp;libation is to your liking. Available in a convenient trio box pack or in 375ml bottles, only the finest ingredients are used in their&nbsp;<em><strong>Cardamom and Citrus Tonic</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Classic Dry Tonic</strong></em>, and&nbsp;<em><strong>Ginger Beer Mix</strong></em>. Just add soda water. And&nbsp;for those who prefer something non-alcoholic there&#39;s<em><strong>&nbsp;Academy&nbsp;Ginger Tea Mix</strong></em>. It&#39;s caffeine free and gluten free and one bottle makes 13 cups.&nbsp;Just add hot water!</p><p>As they say on their website&nbsp;<strong></strong>, &quot;<em>Great drinks are made when mixers matter. If you&#39;ve taken the time to find exceptional spirits, don&#39;t waste them on second-rate mixers. Drink the good stuff</em>.&quot;</p><p>We&#39;re keeping it short and sweet this week. Have a safe and very enjoyable long weekend and as always, we look forward to seeing your smiling faces in the aisles and at the places that we deliver to.</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 8, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 08 May 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Here&#39;s a fun fact: On this day, May 8, 1978, the first ascent of Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen was performed by&nbsp;Reinhold Messner&nbsp;and&nbsp;Peter Habeler. A remarkable achievement!&nbsp;But you might need to sit down and put on an oxygen mask when you take a look at our attached weekly ad. It&#39;s also pretty remarkable!&nbsp;And as usual, we have numerous new items to tell you about this week so here we go!</p><p>Our first new item originated in the Coast Mountains, specifically in Whitler, BC and is already becoming a popular snack with our shoppers!<em><strong>&nbsp;Eve&#39;s Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;are seedy, crunchy, healthy and&nbsp;tasty! High in&nbsp;protein, fibre, and&nbsp;omega 3s, they&#39;re&nbsp;a&nbsp;great choice for a&nbsp;nutrient&nbsp;dense snack.&nbsp;And with only 1 net carb and 0 grams of sugar per serving, you&nbsp;really can&#39;t go wrong.</p><p>What pairs well with crackers? Cheese, of course! But probably not this kind of cheese because we&#39;re talking about a crunchy snack!&nbsp;<em><strong>Chedz&nbsp;</strong></em>is a premium cheese snack that&#39;s made of simple ingredients and oven baked. Put them in a salad or soup or just eat them right out of the bag!<em><strong>&nbsp;Chedz</strong></em>&nbsp;can also be used for cooking for a delicious, low carb alternative to bread crumbs in recipes. Smile...say&nbsp;<em><strong>Chedz</strong></em>!</p><p>A few weeks ago we introduced you to<em><strong>&nbsp;Meat Bar</strong></em>&nbsp;which, no word of a lie, has been a smash hit! We&#39;re practically sold out of them. So we&#39;re hoping for the same result with&nbsp;<em><strong>Orchard Bar</strong></em>. These are naturally delicious fruit, nut and seed bars that are rich in antioxidants but free of gluten, dairy, preservatives, artificial flavours and colours. And of course, meat. There&#39;s absolutely no meat in these bars despite being a&nbsp;good source of protein! Made in Cashmere, Washington.</p><p>In 1905, Francois Leclerc baked his first batch of cookies in the backroom of his home in Quebec City. He must have done something right because&nbsp;over 110 years later they&#39;re still making great cookies there (in Quebec, not his backroom).&nbsp;<em><strong>Leclerc Tradition 1905 Cookies</strong></em>&nbsp;continue to put smiles on family&#39;s faces with comforting and delicious flavours such as Ginger Snap, Molasses, Chocolate Chip, French Creme&nbsp;and Maple Leaf just to name a few.&nbsp;Are you sitting down? Because&nbsp;<em><strong>this week they&#39;re ad-priced at $1.96 each</strong></em>!&nbsp;And that&#39;s a Pepper&#39;s tradition: putting unbeatable prices in our ads week after week.</p><p>Sparkling water is really gaining traction with consumers as people make healthier choices and decide that conventional carbonated beverages, aka, soda pop, have too much sugar, caffeine, colours and other stuff for their liking. So <em><strong>just in time for the warm weather, we now carry&nbsp;Bubly Sparkling Water</strong></em>! The colourful cans contain sparkling water with no calories, no sweeteners and come in a wide variety of flavours including strawberry, cherry and lemon! And it&#39;s endorsed by&nbsp;Doogie Howser himself,&nbsp;Neil Patrick Harris, so you know it&#39;s good!</p><p>And finally, we want to let you know about the latest giveaway at the store. Up for grabs is an <em><strong>Igloo Maxcold Latitude Cooler</strong></em> (it can hold up to 92 cans!) as well as a <em><strong>Pelican Solo Kayak</strong></em>! All you have to do is sign the back of your receipt as well as provide your phone number (so that we can call you if you win!) and deposit it in the ballot box at the front of the store. The winner will be announced June 26th.</p><p>Don&#39;t forget to tell your mother&#39;s that you love them as this coming Sunday, May 13th is Mother&#39;s Day!</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 1, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 01 May 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Happy Tuesday and Happy May!&nbsp;Can you believe that it&#39;s May 1st already? Where does the time go? It&#39;s a good thing, though,&nbsp;because we&#39;re feeling a bit inspired. As American naturalist and writer Edwin Way Teale wrote, &quot;The world&#39;s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.&quot;</p><p>One thing that&#39;s once again possible when you come to Pepper&#39;s is being able to purchase from our frozen novelty freezer! Yes, it&#39;s up and running and filled to the brim with loads of frozen treats to help cool you off on your way to the beach!&nbsp;But in addition to that, we&#39;ll soon have a&nbsp;<em><strong>Jones Soda</strong></em>&nbsp;slush maker&nbsp;in the store! Wondering where its location will be? Just look for the mob of youths (yoots if you&#39;re from Jersey).</p><p>While we&#39;re on the topic of frozen treats, we have a great, new product from Vancouver called&nbsp;<em><strong>Tubify Organic Craft Freezies</strong></em>. As per the company website:&nbsp;<em>Tubify, is a one-of-a-kind freezie. Made with 100% fruit ingredients and a base of coconut milk, Tubify is gluten-free, vegan, all-organic, and naturally sourced. A product liked by adults and kids, of any background and any diet. Tubify has gotten rave reviews and looks to expand beyond Vancouver to the rest of Canada. Our freezies feature ethically-sourced, all-organic and minimally-processed real food. Using ingredients from nature means each small batch will be just a little bit unique!</em></p><p>It&#39;s important to stay hydrated, moreso as the weather heats up and especially when you&#39;re excercising. As you sweat, your body loses vital electrolytes which need to be replaced. But the problem with traditional&nbsp;sports beverages is that they typically contain a whole lot of sugar. That&#39;s why we&#39;re happy to now offer&nbsp;<em><strong>Nuun Active Effervescent Tablets</strong></em>&nbsp;as a means to create a light and refreshing sports beverage full of the electrolytes you need and almost none of the sugar that you don&#39;t! Just drop a tablet in 500-650 ml of water and as it dissolves it delivers potassium, magnesium, sodium as well as Vitamin C to your water. Plop, plop, fizz, fizz: oh, the perfect perfect sports drink it is!</p><p>For those of you opting for all of the sugar and none of the electrolytes, then you&#39;ll be tickled pink to know that we have <em><strong>A&amp;W Root Beer</strong></em> in a convenient four bottle pack! Get that &quot;frosty mug taste&quot; straight out of the bottle whenever you like!</p><p>Flavoured coffee creamers are fairly popular because they add a little pizzazz to your otherwise mundane cup of joe. And you save a step because it&#39;s already sweetened. But why stick to the usual stand-bys of hazelnut and&nbsp;French vanilla especially when you now have the option adding&nbsp;<em><strong>International Delight Cinnabon Flavoured Coffee Creamer</strong></em>&nbsp;to your coffee! That&#39;s right! It&#39;s the famous taste of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls swirled with the flavour of cream cheese frosting. But before you scoff at the notion of combining these flavours with your coffee just know that there are A LOT of very positive reviews for this product online!&nbsp; Whodathunk it?</p><p>We&#39;ve talked a lot today about numerous kinds of new beverages available at the store and here&#39;s one more for you.<em><strong>&nbsp;Organic Meadow Organic White and Chocolate Milks </strong></em>are here and they&#39;re just waiting to be tossed into your family&#39;s school/work lunch kits. This is delicious and nutritious milk that requires no refridgeration until opened and lasts for up to 6 months! The ultra high temperature (UHT) pasteurization process, as well as its special tetra packaging, allows it to keep for so long without the use of any preservatives whatsoever! Now you can enjoy milk anytime, anywhere!</p><p>And finally, Luke, our Produce Manager,&nbsp;would love for you to know that he has locally grown, ripe and<em><strong>&nbsp;juicy&nbsp;cherry tomatoes available from Glanford Greenhouses&nbsp;</strong></em>as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>tender, organic asparagus and sweet, organic strawberries (limited quantities) from Longview Farms</strong></em>.&nbsp;Make sure you get some before we sell out!</p><p>That&#39;s all for this week. Be sure to have a look at our great flyer and as far as you visiting our store&nbsp;remember what the great Irish actor Charles Macklin once said, &quot;You are as welcome as the flowers in May.&quot;</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 24, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; That time of the week where we tell you about everything new at Pepper&#39;s has rolled around once again! And this week there&#39;s no shortage of stuff to talk about so without further adieu, let&#39;s get right to it!</p><p>At Pepper&#39;s we&#39;re all about buying locally. So when we found out about&nbsp;<em><strong>Skippy&#39;s Small Batch Crafted Kettle Corn</strong></em>, we didn&#39;t hesitate to bring another quality item into the store!&nbsp;No, it&#39;s not the brainchild of&nbsp;Irwin &quot;Skippy&quot; Handelman&nbsp;of&nbsp;the television series Family Ties. It is, however, 100% hand made from scratch and farm grown&nbsp;in Kamloops, BC.&nbsp;Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Original Blue Ribbon Crunch</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Peanut Crunch</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Sea Salt Crunch</strong></em>&nbsp;these gourmet, sweet snacks are made with non-GMO, grade-A popcorn and are, of course, gluten-free! And because the bag is clear, you see exactly what you&#39;re getting. So set the PVR, get comfortable and tuck into a bag of this deliciously crafted corn!</p><p>It&#39;s time to Sproos up your gut! And your joints. And your skin and hair. By that, we mean you should try new&nbsp;<em><strong>Sproos Enhanced Collagen Beverage Crystals</strong></em>&nbsp;for total body maintenance. It&#39;s a &quot;synergistic combination of collagen and other active ingredients, designed to work meaningfully from within to enhance your&nbsp;<em><strong>Gut</strong></em>&nbsp;health. &nbsp;Add Sproos to water for a refreshing daily (sugar free) beverage and your gut will love you!&quot; Same goes for the&nbsp;<em><strong>Skin&nbsp;and Hair</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Joints</strong></em>&nbsp;formulations. We talked in-depth about collagen in a past newsletter so we&#39;re not going to repeat ourselves here but if you want to know what the company has to say about the science of collagen as a supplement, open a new tab and cut and paste this link into the browser bar:&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>Many of our customers have been asking if we could&nbsp;&nbsp;add&nbsp;more lactose free dairy products and we&#39;re happy to announce that we now carry&nbsp;<em><strong>Gay Lea Lactose Free Cottage Cheese</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>Gay Lea Lactose Free Sour Cream</strong></em>! No need to feel left out anymore! You have the green light to partake in the delicious dairy that you&#39;ve been dreaming of!&nbsp;Just don&#39;t overdo it to try to make up for lost time.</p><p>And for our customers that&nbsp;<em>can</em>&nbsp;tolerate lactose, we&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>Gay Lea Gold Label Premium Sour Cream</strong></em>. This 18% milk fat&nbsp;sour cream is ridiculously thick and decadent and was only available in Ontario for the longest time. Well no more, friends! The gold rush happened on this coast so it only makes sense to have this product available here!&nbsp;This is the good stuff so if you&#39;re making something special, go for the gold and lay it on thick!</p><p>Quinoa. It&#39;s not pronounced QUINN-OH-AH. It&#39;s KEEN-WAH.&nbsp;Don&#39;t ask us why but <em><strong>GoGo Quinoa</strong></em> seemed to make all kinds of quinoa related products except JUST quinoa.&nbsp;But now we&#39;ve been able to aquire&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo&nbsp;Quinoa Organic Royal Tri-Color Quinoa</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo White Quinoa</strong></em>. And you&#39;ll be keen to try either of them because, not only are they tasty but these two varieties are both certified gluten-free, kosher and non-GMO. Quinoa is referred to as the mother of all grains by ancient Incan societies and is highly nutritious, containing all 9 essential amino acids and is rich in iron and antioxidants. It&#39;s THE complete vegetable protein!</p><p>Hope you celebrated Earth Day in a meaningful way. Stay tuned for another edition of the Pepper&#39;s Newsletter next Tuesday but until then take care of yourselves. And don&#39;t forget to look at the attached weekly specials!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 17, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>The very first Earth Day was recognized on April 22, 1970 and another is quickly approaching. That&#39;s what our ad specials &quot;theme&quot; for this week is built around: local, organic and good for the planet (and yourselves!). Of course, every day should be&nbsp;Earth&nbsp;Day in terms of how we think about and treat this place that we all live together in. So this Sunday, take just a moment to&nbsp;stop and smell the roses and be thankful&nbsp;that we live in one of the nicest parts of the world!</p><p>Ok, we have loads to tell you about this week so let&#39;s get right to it. The better part of the new items listed here are protein-packed pabulum purposefully picked to provide pure pleasure (to your palate!). And the first one is the new&nbsp;<em><strong>Kashi GOLEAN Chocolate Crunch Cereal</strong></em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;the chocolatiest whole grain cereal to be added to the GOLEAN bunch. With its powerful nutrition (hello, plant-powered ingredients), Fair Trade chocolate and great-tasting puffed grains, it might just become your favorite cereal of the GOLEAN fam.&nbsp;And with 10 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber per serving, each crispy, crunchy spoonful will help you start your day the best way.&quot;</p><p>When you eat food are you able to taste the energy? Apparently you can if you eat new&nbsp;<em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s Vector Cashew Dark Chocolate Granola</strong></em>.&nbsp;It says so right on the back of the bag!&nbsp;There are&nbsp;10 grams of protein in every delicious serving filled with cashews, dark chocolate pieces, cashew butter and sunflower seeds. Enjoy with milk, yogurt or on its own&nbsp;at breakfast, after your workout or on the go!</p><p>And while you&#39;re at it, why not try another new and delicious Kellogg&#39;s Vector product?&nbsp;<em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s Vector Protein Bites</strong></em>&nbsp;are made with real nut butter, roasted almonds and peanuts and coffee extract. There are 11 grams of protein per 12 pieces. Fuel Up. Keep moving!</p><p><em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s Special K Protein Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;contain&nbsp;nine grams of protein and delicious visible ingredients like cashews and peanuts, toasted whole grain oats, caramel and crunchy pretzel. Made with no artificial flavours or colours.</p><p>Let&#39;s change things up a bit and talk about a totally unique product that you&#39;ve likely never heard of.&nbsp;<em><strong>Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps</strong></em>&nbsp;are chips made of sauerkraut containing 1.5 billion probiotic cultures per 47 g serving! Sauerkraut, being a fermented cabbage, is an excellent source of natural probiotics.&nbsp;Now you can satisfy your savoury snack craving AND get beneficial probiotics&nbsp;without having to consume kefir, yogurt, capsules or probiotic drinks! Win-win!</p><p>&quot;Me want&nbsp;<em><strong>Meatbar</strong></em>.&quot; This could have been the common dialogue of early humans if&nbsp;<em><strong>Meatbar</strong></em>&nbsp;had been around during their time. Heck, you might just start saying that once you try it. What&#39;s that? Oh, you want to know what exactly&nbsp;<em><strong>Meatbar</strong></em>&nbsp;is? It&#39;s not jerky that&#39;s for sure!<em><strong> Meatbar</strong></em> is grassfed beef and pork plus other yummy ingredients and offered to you as a convenient, high protein snack (12-13 grams per bar)! It contains both celery juice and lactic acid which makes it naturally shelf-stable (no refrigeration required until it&#39;s opened, and it&#39;s doubtful that somehow you won&#39;t finish it once you start!). And they&#39;re gluten-free.&nbsp;<em><strong>Meatbar</strong></em>&nbsp;is also waaaaay lower in sodium than jerky. So if you eat meat then you&#39;ll like<em><strong>&nbsp;Meatbar</strong></em>. And since it can stay fresh for up to a year it makes a great earthquake kit food!</p><p>What better to go along with&nbsp;<em><strong>Meatbar&nbsp;</strong></em>than cheestrings? But not just any old cheestrings. We now carry&nbsp;<em><strong>Black Diamond Lactose Free Marble Cheestrings</strong></em>! Finally, your lactose intolerant kids (and also you, of course!) can enjoy the deliciousness and fun of a convenient cheese snack as part of your lunch or anytime! They&#39;re marbelicious!</p><p>Finally, if you&#39;re looking for something to wash all of this down with, you need not look further than&nbsp;the front Produce cooler. That&#39;s where Happy Planet Smoothies reside at Pepper&#39;s and now, in addition to the other Happy Planet Smoothies offered,&nbsp;you can get your hands on&nbsp;<em><strong>Happy Planet Clean Protein Smoothies</strong></em>! We have&nbsp;<em><strong>Banana Cashew</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Fair Trade Chocolate and Coconut&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Creamy Vanilla&nbsp;</strong></em>all containing 10 grams of&nbsp;<strong>dairy-free&nbsp;</strong>plant protein per cup!&nbsp;Bye bye hunger pangs&hellip;&nbsp;smoothies so delicious it makes eating clean feel like a treat.</p><p>That&#39;s all for now. Don&#39;t forget to have a look at the attached specials!&nbsp;Until next time, have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 10, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Guess what? We have not one but TWO in-store demos this week and you&#39;re going to want to check them&nbsp;both&nbsp;out!&nbsp;Our first demo is Tuesday, April 10th from 11am-2pm&nbsp;with&nbsp;<em><strong>Heart &amp; Bone Provisions</strong></em>&nbsp;of Salt Spring Island where they&#39;ll be serving up some of their delicious and nutritious&nbsp;<em><strong>Chicken Bone Broth</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Beef Bone Broth</strong></em>.&nbsp;Bone broth is quickly gaining popularity not only because it makes&nbsp;a delicious, savoury drink but because of it&#39;s nutritional profile and comforting properties. You can find both of these new broths in our frozen food aisle.</p><p>The other demo that we&#39;re hosting this week is Saturday, April 14th from 11:30am-2:30 pm with&nbsp;<em><strong>Fatso Hybrid Peanut Butter</strong></em>. This insanely popular product isn&#39;t new to the store, but it <em><strong>is featured&nbsp;in our ad this week for the lowest price that we&#39;ve ever offered it for: $5.96 per 500g jar!</strong></em>&nbsp;That&#39;s an incredible price for an incredible (and local) product!</p><p>Our Full-Service Meat Counter is pleased to offer first of the season Fresh Pacific Halibut!&nbsp;The Latin name for Halibut is Hippoglossus, which means &quot;hippo of the sea.&quot; It has a dense, moist and flakey texture, a mild, sweet flavour and bright white flesh. And it is a terrifically healthy food!</p><p>If meatless is more your style then you&#39;ll be pleased to know that we have added&nbsp;<em><strong>Dr. Praeger&#39;s Purely Sensible Foods California Style Veggie Burgers</strong></em>&nbsp;to our frozen food section!&nbsp;Carrots, peas, broccoli and spinach join forces in their original and most popular gluten-free and vegan burger. It&#39;s sunlight on a bun and Golden Gate on a plate!</p><p>Leslie Stowe Raincoast Crisps have been a staple on our customers&#39; charcuterie boards for ages. So&nbsp;we&#39;re happy to let you know that we now carry&nbsp;<em><strong>Leslie Stowe Raincoast CHEESE Crisps</strong></em>&nbsp;in two delicious varieties:<em><strong>&nbsp;Parmesan Chive</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Aged Cheddar &amp; Harissa</strong></em>. It&#39;s the only crisp with cheese baked right in! Pair them with your favourite savoury dip and create something really special!</p><p>Nothing tops a fine coffee after a delicious meal. So why not pick up a package of<em><strong>&nbsp;Max Voets Kaffee Espresso</strong></em>&nbsp;to have on hand for just such an occasion? These 100% Aribica beans are lightly roasted, full-bodied and syrupy with earthy citus flavours. For use in all home espresso machines.</p><p>We hope you&#39;ve enjoyed another of our weekly newsletters! Stay tuned for another one next Tuesday morning and don&#39;t forget that if you&#39;re looking for a product that we don&#39;t carry presently, you can request it on the white board in Aisle 1 (right below the monitor)! Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 3, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We hope that everyone had a Happy Easter with friends and loved ones!&nbsp;The weather certainly made for a lovely long weekend. We&#39;d also like to apologize for there being no newsletter sent out last week; Jon was down and out for the week with a nasty flu-bug and wasn&#39;t able to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) but he&#39;s back in action again and feeling much better!</p><p>Our first new product to tell you about is produced right here in Victoria!<em><strong>&nbsp;From The Earth Organic Curry Powder&nbsp;</strong></em>is a nine ingredient (peanut, chickpeas, sesame seeds, rice, almonds, cumin, coriander, turmeric and paprika), plant-based curry powder that is roasted and ground to perfection! It&#39;s handcrafted in small batches to maintain freshness and quality. Check out their website at:&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>It&#39;s getting very close to BBQ season. In fact, many of you have probably fired up the grill once or twice already this spring. And if you&#39;re a fan of the esteemed hotdog, you&#39;re going to want to dress it up with&nbsp;<em><strong>Suzie&#39;s Organic Dijon</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Suzie&#39;s Organic&nbsp;Spicy Brown Mustard</strong></em>. It&#39;s the classic, essential mustard for your family&#39;s table. Go ahead, put some&nbsp;mustard on it. Your dog will love it!</p><p>A lot of people dislike using flouridated toothpastes for a variety of reasons. Usually, in addition to flouride, there are certain ingredients that many would rather not put into their mouths. If you happen to be one of those people then&nbsp;<em><strong>My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste</strong></em>&nbsp;might be something worth investigating. It cleans, polishes and whitens your teeth without flouride, sodium lauryl sulfate or glycerin. What it DOES contain is bentonite clay and activated charcoal! That&#39;s right, it&#39;s jet black! You actually whiten your teeth with a black paste! But&nbsp;if toothpaste just isn&#39;t your thing you can brighten your pearly whites with&nbsp;<em><strong>My Magic Mud Turmeric &amp; Cacao Tooth Polish</strong></em>. It also contains no flouride, SLS or glycerine and also uses bentonite clay. And apparently, both of these products are great for people with sensitive teeth!</p><p>If you&#39;re trying to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet then you know how difficult that can be. Sometimes it feels like there&#39;s nothing that you can actually eat anymore, and sweet treats are definitely out of the question. Except maybe they&#39;re not!&nbsp;<em><strong>Smart Sweets Gummy Bears</strong></em>&nbsp;(in fruity or seriously sour varieties) are naturally sweet candies that are low in sugar (only 2 grams per bag) and high in fibre (24 grams per bag). And they&#39;re Canadian made! Did we mention that they&#39;re gluten-free? What&#39;s not to like about chewin&#39; these bruins? Kick sugar, keep candy.</p><p>KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. That should be the&nbsp;slogan of&nbsp;<em><strong>Chickapea Pasta</strong></em>&nbsp;because their&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Chickpea Lentil Shells &amp; Cheese</strong></em> and <em><strong>Spirals &amp; Cheese</strong></em>&nbsp;contains only two ingredients (chickpeas and lentils). Both are high in protein and contain real organic cheese! And they&#39;re vegetarian and gluten-free!</p><p>That&#39;s all for this week! Thanks for having a look. Take good care and we look forward to seeing you in the aisles!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 20, 2018 Peppers Foods Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; By now you should be fully recovered from your St. Patrick&#39;s Day celebrations with tongues returning to their regular pinkish&nbsp;hue from having drunk&nbsp;all of that green beer.&nbsp;But let&#39;s toss in a few facts about St. Patrick&#39;s Day just for fun. Did you know that one of the longest-running and largest St. Patrick&#39;s Day parades in North America occurs each year in&nbsp;Montreal,&nbsp;whose&nbsp;city flag&nbsp;includes a&nbsp;shamrock&nbsp;in its lower-right quadrant?&nbsp;The yearly celebration has been organised by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1929. The parade has been held yearly without interruption since 1824. St. Patrick&#39;s Day itself, however, has been celebrated in Montreal since as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France.</p><p>Our competitors will be green with envy when they see what we have in our ad this week. We have&nbsp;<em><strong>Green Giant</strong></em>&nbsp;(do you see a theme here?)&nbsp;<em><strong>Valley Selections Vegetables 300-500g for the super price of $2.66 each</strong></em>!&nbsp;This is one of many low-priced items in our ad which, by the way,&nbsp;always runs from Tuesday until closing the following Monday.&nbsp;</p><p>Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables that you can put into your body.&nbsp;Per calorie, kale provides more nutrients than any other vegetable on the planet. It&rsquo;s packed with dozens of minerals, antioxidants and phyto-nutrients including vitamins A ,C and K making it a great choice for fighting inflammation and cardiovascular support. Its Sulphoraphane and endole-3-carbinol content propels it into the ultra-superfood category making kale a must have on your grocery list! That&#39;s why we brought in&nbsp;<em><strong>Solar Raw Ultimate Kale Chips</strong></em>! This&nbsp;organic, raw, gluten-free, vegan and&nbsp;delicious product is air dried (in a kitchen powered through solar energy, hence the name!) on a farm in Ontario.&nbsp;That&#39;s sustainable agriculture at its finest!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking to spice up Mexican night at your house then you&#39;ll be happy to know that we now offer two traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dishes in a convenient, shelf-stable pouch that can be heated in seconds in the microwave!<em><strong>&nbsp;Chata Shredded Pork&nbsp;Cochinita Pibil</strong></em> and<em><strong> Chilorio</strong></em>&nbsp;can be served&nbsp;in wheat or corn tortillas or in crunchy taco shells. It also makes an excellent earthquake kit item!</p><p>If you&#39;re thinking about making some tacos then why not add some&nbsp;<em><strong>Rolling Meadow&nbsp;Lite Sour Cream</strong></em>? This sour cream is made from the milk<em><strong> </strong></em>of <em><strong>grass&nbsp;fed ONLY</strong></em> cows of Southwestern Ontario. Farms have less than 100 cattle and are completely antibiotic and growth-hormone free! Happy cows make better tasting milk which is why this sour cream tastes amazing!</p><p>Horseradish lovers will be pleased to know that Victoria&#39;s own&nbsp;<em><strong>Hee Haw Horseradish</strong></em>&nbsp;has, as Emeril Lagasse&nbsp;likes to say, &quot;kicked it up a notch&quot; by introducing their&nbsp;<em><strong>Redonkeylously Hot Horseradish</strong></em>! This local company wowed the dragons on Dragon&#39;s Den and got a deal a couple of months ago and we&#39;re very happy to have their product on our shelves! Bam!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has a lot of products that are outstanding sellers. One of those is Tazo Chai Latte. And now we have expanded that product line to include&nbsp;<em><strong>Tazo Green Tea Matcha Latte</strong></em>&nbsp;(yet another green reference).&nbsp;A soothing blend of traditional green tea, matcha and natural fruit flavour awaits!</p><p>And finally this week, we are excited to offer an exceptionally tasty gluten-free pasta!<em><strong>&nbsp;Garofalo Corn, Rice and Quinoa Pasta</strong></em>&nbsp;has none of the gluten but all of the flavour often lacking in other gluten-free pastas! And it&#39;s high in fibre! Give it a try and see if they&#39;ve created a gluten-free pasta without compromising the flavour.</p><p>Until next week, take good care and have a great day!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 14, 2018 Peppers Foods Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; As promised, here&#39;s the second newsletter of the week, jam packed with loads new goodies for your consideration!</p><p>Let&#39;s kick things off with three savoury items that can be served at your next wine tasting or dinner party:</p><p>Polenta is a dish enjoyed by many but here&#39;s another delicious and unique version that your family or dinner guests will be thanking you for serving as an appetizer:&nbsp;<em><strong>Dendy &amp; Co. Polenta Crisps</strong></em>! These crisps are hand-made&nbsp;and make a delicious snack on their own and with all types of cheeses. They&#39;re also wheat-free, gluten-free, nut-free&nbsp;and are made using all natural ingredients.</p><p>Next we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Chez Christophe Flutes</strong></em>&nbsp;which are light, buttery puff-pastry that make a great aperitif option when hosting. This European styled Burnaby-made&nbsp;product won the gold medal for the 2017 Product of the Year from the BC Food Processor Association! Enjoy with a glass of wine or simply on their own.</p><p>Flatbreads are the perfect offering for canapes or other appetizers. And now Pepper&#39;s has&nbsp;<em><strong>Rustic Bakery Organic Sourdough Flatbreads</strong></em>&nbsp;in three delicious flavours: <em><strong>Rosemary and Olive Oil, Olive Oil and Sel Gris and Kalamata Olive</strong></em>.&nbsp;Light and flaky, these&nbsp;crackers provide a neutral palate as an accompaniment for your cheese or spread. Located right outside of the San Francisco Bay area, Rustic Bakery has a history of creating high-quality crackers designed to complement fine cheese. Each of their flatbreads are baked by hand with only organic grains and seeds, making them high in fibre&nbsp;and full of nutrients.</p><p>Let&#39;s switch now from savoury, crispy things to sweet, crispy things.&nbsp;<em><strong>McVities Club Orange Chocolate Biscuits&nbsp;</strong></em>are thick, milk chocolate&nbsp;with a smooth, tangy orange flavoured cream and crunchy biscuit. That&#39;s a winning combination.&nbsp;And while you&#39;re at it, pick up a round of&nbsp;<em><strong>McVities Rich Tea Biscuits</strong></em>. They&#39;re the perfect pairing for your favourite afternoon cup of tea.</p><p>If you&#39;ve never tried<em><strong>&nbsp;Tree Island Yogurt</strong></em>&nbsp;then you&#39;re missing out on a truly fantastical experience! We have supported this company right from the get-go and now they are offering several new fruit flavours which we just had to get on our shelves! Discover&nbsp;<em><strong>Okanagan Peach</strong></em>, <em><strong>Prairie Berry</strong></em> and <em><strong>Pacific Strawberry&nbsp;</strong></em>as well as a convenient&nbsp;<em><strong>Multipack</strong></em>&nbsp;(2 strawberry, 1 peach, 1 berry). It&#39;s grassfed cow&#39;s milk yogurt at its finest made here on the Island with real Canadian-grown fruit! More fruit, less sugar!</p><p>Speaking of islands,&nbsp;<em><strong>Kauai Coffee&nbsp;is 100% Hawaiian premium arabica coffee</strong></em>.&nbsp;Each year, only a very select portion of their harvest is set aside. It is from these premium coffee beans that their Roast Masters capture the easygoing character and subtle nuances that distinguish Kauai Coffee.</p><p>Just before we go, we want to remind you that we have a&nbsp;<em><strong>Thursday Only&nbsp;Special</strong></em>&nbsp;again and this week we are offering&nbsp;<em><strong>Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Original</strong></em>&nbsp;in a 250g brick for the fabulous price of&nbsp;$<em><strong>2.99</strong></em>!&nbsp;Wowsers, that&#39;s a good deal! But it&#39;s only for Thursday so make sure to take advantage and pick up a few!</p><p>Have a great rest of your week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p>