Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Newsletter May 21, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 21 May 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; For those of you returning to work this morning after enjoying a long weekend, we can sympathize. It&#39;s always tough slogging the first day back.&nbsp;The good news is that you get to enjoy another one of our newsletters and hopefully it takes the sting out of heading&nbsp;into the ol&#39; salt mine again. Our first order of business involves informing you about a cause near and dear to our hearts: Project Peanut Butter.</p><p><em><strong>Project Peanut Butter has begun</strong></em>! Did you know summer is one of the leanest times of year for food bank donations? We have joined with <em><strong>Island Nut Roastery</strong></em> &amp; <em><strong>Merry Maids&nbsp;</strong></em>to help keep the shelves of the Mustard Seed full this summer!&nbsp;From now until June 18th, for every jar of peanut butter donated,<br />Pepper&rsquo;s Foods, Island Nut Roastery &amp; Merry Maids will each donate a jar of Island Nut Roastery Peanut Butter to the Mustard Seed. One jar donated = four!!</p><p>You can bring in any&nbsp;kind of peanut butter to the store from anywhere&nbsp;or purchase any jar from us and leave it with a cashier. It&#39;s a small gesture that can make a BIG difference to those who are less fortunate!</p><p>First up on our list of new items is&nbsp;<em><strong>Hellmann&#39;s Vegan Dressing &amp; Sandwich Spread</strong></em>. Carefully crafted with non-GMO sourced ingredients, this certified vegan dressing contains no eggs, trans fats, gluten, cholesterol, artificial colours or&nbsp;flavours. The Hellmann&#39;s Canada website shows that it has a 4.4 star rating out of a possible five from over 200 reviews, many of which state that there&#39;s finally a vegan mayo that tastes like the real deal! You&#39;re just going to have to try it for yourself to find out!</p><p>You know what&#39;s more fun than eating vegan mayonnaise? That&#39;s right...drinking vegan Caesars! Now you can enjoy that vegan sandwich&nbsp;with&nbsp;<em><strong>Walter Craft Vegan Caesar Mix</strong></em>. The bottle states:&nbsp;<em>this 100% plant-based mix is seasoned with horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, select spices and dulse hand-harvested from the Bay of Fundy</em>. Dulse is an edible seaweed which&nbsp;<em>&quot;imparts a taste of the sea</em>.&quot; So if you suffer from a shellfish allergy, now you&#39;ve got the go-ahead to enjoy a Caesar (or two) with this premium, Canadian mix! But don&#39;t forget, we also have the&nbsp;<em><strong>Walter Classic&nbsp;Caesar</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Walter Spicy Caesar</strong></em>&nbsp;mixes for those who prefer or can tolerate the clam juice.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for another thing to eat that&#39;ll impart a taste of the sea on your tongue then look no further than<strong><em>&nbsp;Kim Nori Seasoned Seaweed Snacks</em></strong>. Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Sea Salt</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sweet n Spicy</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Korean BBQ</strong></em>, this edible seaweed (Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed) is of the highest quality and makes for a delicious (and highly nutritious) snack!</p><p>Beyond Meat is taking&nbsp;consumers by storm! And we&#39;ve been stocking&nbsp;<em><strong>Beyond Meat Sausages</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Beyond Meat Burgers&nbsp;</strong></em>(4 packs) since they became available for retail. And now, we have <em><strong>Beyond Meat Burgers 2.0</strong></em>! If you want to purchase these meatless burgers in a two-pack, now you can! Get in on the action and try&nbsp;&quot;<em>The world&#39;s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like beef without gluten, soy or GMOs</em>.&quot;</p><p>If you&#39;re still using one of those wire bristled BBQ grate cleaners, you could literally be putting your health at risk. More and more people are reporting that they&#39;ve ingested a fine wire bristle that&nbsp;broke off and stuck to their food. Obviously this is going to bum out you and everyone else attending your BBQ if it happens. Plus, after all those wire bristles have fallen off, you have to throw away a substantial hunk of plastic. So why not use a solid, hardwood grill scraper such as the<em><strong> Original Barbeque Grill Scraper</strong></em>&nbsp;to do the job? It&#39;s a safer and friendlier way to clean your BBQ grill. Simply heat up the grill, use the beveled edge to clean the top&nbsp;of the grill, and turn it sideways to get in between grates. Over time, grooves will form to your grill&rsquo;s grate.&nbsp;Plus it doubles as a miniature oar, windshield scraper and corporal punishment device (just kidding!).</p><p>If you&#39;re throwing a huge sushi dinner&nbsp;party or any other kind of&nbsp;asian inspired cooking dinner party sometime soon, you&#39;re going to need some appropriate eating utensils. How about a bag of 24 pairs of<em><strong>&nbsp;Bamboo Chopsticks</strong></em>? There&#39;s not much more to say about this item except that you&#39;ll find it in Aisle 4.</p><p>Canadian entrpreneurs Chris Emery and Larry Finnson pitched Chris&#39; grandmother&#39;s recipe to the Dragons on CBC&#39;s Dragon&#39;s Den. They got a deal and created&nbsp;&nbsp;a multi-million dollar business which they sold in 2006. In 2012, they returned with<em><strong>&nbsp;OMG&#39;s</strong></em>, their new gourmet confection of delicious chocolatey graham clusters mixed with almonds, toffee bits or pretzels. Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla&nbsp;</strong></em>and<em><strong>&nbsp;Peanut Butter Pretzel</strong></em>, these sweet snacks have a taste that will leave you saying OMG!</p><p>Finally, we have succulent and oh so tasty&nbsp;tomatoes from Victoria&#39;s own&nbsp;<em><strong>Glanford Greenhouses</strong></em>!&nbsp;<em><strong>Roma</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>cherry</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>tomatoes-on-the-vine</strong></em>&nbsp;varieties&nbsp;grace our Produce Dept. shelves and are as local as it gets! Make sure to pick up some of these amazing fruits next time you shop at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>That&#39;s all she wrote, people!&nbsp;As always, thanks for taking a look and we look forward to seeing you in the aisles!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 14, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 May 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; The majority of the world recognizes Mother&#39;s Day as the second Sunday of May but many countries do not. If you celebrated your mother, your grandmother, wife, aunt, daughter or the significant matriarchal women of your life this past weekend, we sincerely hope that you enjoyed the day honouring these special people!&nbsp;</p><p>This week&#39;s newsletter contains an abundance of health and beauty and other items but before we get to that, we&#39;d like to remind you of the upcoming Victoria Day Long Weekend store hours. It&#39;s business as usual on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so the only real change is on&nbsp;<em><strong>Monday, May 20th</strong></em> when<em><strong> we will be open from 7 am until 7:30 pm</strong></em>.</p><p>Just in time for the sunny weather we have new&nbsp;<em><strong>Maui Vera Organic After-Sun Moisturizer</strong></em>. With soothing organic aloe vera, peppermint and noni, you&#39;ll feel the healing touch of Hawaii with this special Hawaiian formula! It&nbsp;feels and smells fantastic on your skin but doesn&#39;t contain parabens, EDTA, artificial colours or synthetic fragrances.&nbsp;</p><p>Another excellent option for healing and repairing dry or damaged skin is by using&nbsp;Realaloe Aloe Spray. It hydrates and rejuvenates skin, absorbs quckly and promotes elasticity! And it&#39;s unscented, containing pure, certified organic aloe vera juice.</p><p>If the winter took its toll on your facial skin or you&#39;ve been burning the candle at both ends and it shows, then&nbsp;<em><strong>Burt&#39;s Bees</strong></em>&nbsp;has a&nbsp;<em><strong>Hydrating Sheet Mask</strong></em>&nbsp;with clary sage and a&nbsp;<em><strong>Rejuvenating Eye Mask&nbsp;</strong></em>with rosehip seed extract &amp; jojoba oil to help reverse your Frankenstein-like appearance and make you feel good again! All you do is place on your face or under your eyes, wait five minutes and then remove. Massage any excess formula into your skin and voila, you&#39;re all done! No rinsing required!</p><p>Whether you&#39;re stressed, work overtime, consume too much caffeine or use your devices too much there&#39;s a decent chance that you&nbsp;aren&#39;t getting the sleep that you require every night. In fact, a StatsCan study found that insomnia increased by 42% from 2007-2015 among Canadian adults. And we&#39;ve lost an average of one hour of sleep since 2005. This might explain why we are selling out of<em><strong>&nbsp;U-Dream Herbal Mixture</strong></em>. This is an all-natural sleep aid which can help with the quality and duration of your sleep.<strong>&nbsp;As with any supplement, make sure to read the cautions and warnings on the back of the package, or talk to your doctor, to make sure this product, and any of the others listed in this newsletter, is right for you.</strong></p><p>There&#39;s nothing worse than getting a summer cold or flu, right? So if you feel either coming on, make sure to use&nbsp;<em><strong>Cold-Q Natural Oral Spray</strong></em>&nbsp;to help your immune system fight of cold and flu viral attacks! Brought to you by United Biopharmaceuticals Inc. of Richmond, BC, this is a 100% natural remedy free of pesticides and heavy metals (I would certainly hope so!). If you&#39;d like to read more about this product, please visit their website&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p><em><strong>Spatone Liquid Iron</strong></em>&nbsp;is another 100% natural iron supplement new to Pepper&#39;s. As per the box,&nbsp;iron is an essential mineral for carrying oxygen around your body and maintaining good health. It helps to reduce tiredness and fatique caused by iron deficiency anemia. The liquid formula is naturally occuring in water so it is readily and gently absorbed by your body&nbsp;and should cause fewer of the side effects associated with typical iron supplements. And each box contains 28 one-a-day sachets.</p><p>Alright, now let&#39;s get to the stuff you can eat!&nbsp;<em><strong>La Dee Da Gourmet Sauces</strong></em>&nbsp;are made in Ontario and are going to be your new fave&nbsp;sauces if&nbsp;eating vegan and gluten-free is a requirement. Even if they&#39;re not, you&#39;re still going to want to try these super versative sauces! First, there&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Savoury Mushroom Basil Sauce</strong></em>, which, as the website states:&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>This vegan sauce is our &quot;open and pour sauce&quot;. It can be used over pasta, chicken, pork, fish, vegan/vegetarian dishes, enjoyed over rice or quinoa or as your new favourite gluten free gravy! Dairy-free so you can add it to a crock pot without any issue! Experience how flavourful a &ldquo;cream&rdquo; sauce made from veggies can be.</em></p><p>Next, the&nbsp;<em><strong>Twelve Veggie Tomato&nbsp;Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;<em>is one of the only sauces on the market that you can eat both hot or cold! Amazingly versatile, it can be used as a salsa, bruschetta topping, pizza sauce, pasta sauce, enjoyed over rice or quinoa, soup base, chili base and pairs well with any meat or fish. No acidity as it is produced with water versus sugar typically found in other sauces.</em></p><p>And finally, for those of you with nightshade veggie sensitivities, there&#39;s<em><strong>&nbsp;Butternut Squash Beet Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;<em>a brilliantly delectable tomato-less alternative. For those who can&rsquo;t digest nightshades such as tomatoes, eggplant and peppers (to name a few), itoffers a delicious solution (and of course can also be enjoyed on almost any diet). Fantastic over pasta, as a pizza sauce or simply for dipping! Try our &lsquo;No-Mato&rsquo; Sauce and taste what you&rsquo;ve been missing.</em></p><p>&quot;Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?&quot; This is classically quoted &quot;go to&quot;&nbsp;Monty Python and the Holy Grail material. And we&#39;re suggesting that you try new&nbsp;<em><strong>Go Co Bites</strong></em>, gently toasted coconut pressed into bite sized&nbsp;pieces which will soon become your new &quot;go to&quot; snack! Available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Simply Coconut</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut with Salted Caramel&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut with Cocoa</strong></em>&nbsp;they&#39;re gluten free, high in fibre and full of delicious coconut flavour!</p><p>Another new product, sweetened with coconut sugar, is<em><strong>&nbsp;Nature&#39;s Path Organic Grain Free Granola&nbsp;</strong></em>in&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla Poppy Seed</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Caramel Pecan&nbsp;flavours</strong></em>, respectively. These paleo friendly granolas are made with seeds and nuts and are a great source of Omega-3 polyunsaturates!</p><p>And for all you sweet-toothed folk out there, we have two new types of candy!<em><strong>&nbsp;Waterbridge Red and Black Berries Winegums&nbsp;</strong></em>taste of delicious raspberry and blackcurrant, not your typical winegum flavours! And&nbsp;<em><strong>Waterbridge Fizzy Pop</strong></em>&nbsp;combines ginger beer, pink lemonade, classic cola and cherryade flavours for&nbsp; a super tangy, gelatine free treat!</p><p>Whew, that was a jam-packed newsletter! Hope you enjoyed reading about everything new to Pepper&#39;s Foods for another week. Until next time, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 7, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 07 May 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Here we are again, Tuesday morning, and that can mean only one thing: another newsletter chock full of info regarding new items and current events about all things Pepper&#39;s Foods! You may have celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Sunday which, according to Wikipedia,&nbsp;<em>is&nbsp;an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army&#39;s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.&nbsp;More popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico,&nbsp;the date has become associated with the celebration of&nbsp;Mexican-American culture.&nbsp;</em>It&#39;s a significant event because the Mexican army was outnumbered two to one and less well&nbsp;equipped than their French adversaries but alas, a year later, they were defeated at Puebla anyway when the French returned in greater numbers.</p><p>So there you go. If you didn&#39;t know why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated, you do now! And if you celebrated, here&#39;s hoping you had a great time because in Victoria it was&nbsp;<em>muy hermoso</em>!</p><p>This week&#39;s newsletter is brimming with products that you&#39;re definitely going to want to know about so let&#39;s just go for it and get &#39;er done!</p><p>If you&#39;ve been into the store anytime after April 28th, you&#39;ll no doubt have noticed a new addition to our front end to better serve our many loyal customers: another&nbsp;express till! We knew how frustrating it could be when we were hopping busy and our cashiers were feversihly trying to get everyone through as quickly as possible. So with this extra till, we&#39;re hoping to alleviate the congestion at the front of the store and reduce the time you sometimes have to wait in line!</p><p>Two weeks ago we told you that our frozen novelty freezer would be showing up soon and guess what...? It has! And just in time for the gorgeous, warm weather we have in our forcast! So if you have plans to head down to Gyro Park, make sure to come in and grab one or two yummy treats from the freezer and go!</p><p>Speaking of yummy treats, we have numerous chocolate ones to tell you about. Starting things off are some from the<em><strong>&nbsp;Ritter Sport Cacao Selection</strong></em>&nbsp;series with cocoa mass from three different regions. There&#39;s<em><strong>&nbsp;Dark Milk Chocolate</strong></em>&nbsp;offering a smooth chocolate knoshing experience with a 55% cocoa mass from Ghana. Next there&#39;s the&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate</strong></em>, a fine chocolate tasting bar with a 61% cocoa mass from Nicaragua and finally, there&#39;s the<em><strong> Intense Dark Chocolate&nbsp;</strong></em>with a cocoa mass of 74% from Peru.This is Quality. Chocolate. Squared.</p><p>If buying local and saving wildlife is more your thing, you&#39;re going to want to try two new flavours of chocolate from&nbsp;<em><strong>Denman Island Chocolate</strong></em>! New&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate Grizzly Bar</strong></em>&nbsp;is deliciously rich, fairly traded and organic 63% cocoa mass dark chocolate and <em><strong>each bar sold helps end trophy hunting in the territories of Coastal First Nations</strong></em>! And as if that wasn&#39;t cool enough, you can purchase an<em><strong>&nbsp;Orca Coconut Dark Chocolate Bar</strong></em>! As taken from the Georgia Strait Alliance website:<em>&nbsp;This fundraiser bar will benefit Georgia Strait Alliance&rsquo;s Orcas Can&rsquo;t Wait campaign to protect the&nbsp;endangered Southern Resident orca&nbsp;population. Denman Island Chocolate will donate $5 for every case of 24 bars sold. The Orca Coconut bars will be on offer permanently because this iconic orca population will need help for many years to come.</em>&nbsp;#orcascantwait&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>And continuing with organic,&nbsp;fairly traded chocolate is<em><strong>&nbsp;Prana Organic Inca Trail Chocolate Bark</strong></em>&nbsp;containing cranberries, nuts and seeds. Dark chocolate of 62% cocoa mass combined with wholesome and healthy ingredients makes for a perfect snack anytime!</p><p><em><strong>Eugene&#39;s Greek Food</strong></em>&nbsp;has been serving up delicious, well, Greek food to Victorians since 1979 and Pepper&#39;s is proud to announce that for the month of May, every container sold of&nbsp;<em><strong>Eugene&#39;s Homous</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Tzatziki</strong></em>&nbsp;will result in Eugene&#39;s donating 25 cents to the B.C. Cancer Foundation Vancouver Island! By supporting local you help small business and you help search for a cure!</p><p>Another local company with something new is&nbsp;<em><strong>Terra Breads</strong></em>&nbsp;(Vancouver, BC)&nbsp;with&nbsp;<em><strong>Pure Crunch Granola</strong></em>. Made in small batches and free of preservatives, this granola contains honey roasted oat and clusters and toasted sesame and sunflower seeds to create a pure and simple granola!</p><p>The people at Christie&nbsp;continue to churn out&nbsp;limited edition Oreos at a frenetic pace, don&#39;t they? Here&#39;s another one that may cause a bit more eyebrow raising than some of the others offered recently:&nbsp;<em><strong>Game of Thrones Oreo Cookies</strong></em>. It&#39;s the classic Oreo sandwich cookie except that there are four different logos related to the hit HBO show:<em><strong>&nbsp;White Walkers</strong></em>,<em><strong>&nbsp;House Lannister</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>House Targaryen</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>House Stark</strong></em>. People are nuts for all things Game of Thrones so if that&#39;s you, get on down here and get yourself a bag or two before the next episode airs!</p><p><em><strong>Waterbridge Cookie Barrel Assorted Cream Biscuits</strong></em>&nbsp;might not sound as cool as the cookies we just mentioned but they are every bit as delicious! Perfect for dunking and dipping, these&nbsp;<em><strong>Custard Cream&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Bourbon Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;biscuits will terminate your cookie craving with extreme prejudice.</p><p>Nothing goes better with cookies than a glass of fresh milk. So if you&#39;re looking for something to take with you on the go then new<em><strong>&nbsp;Natrel Fine Filtered Lactose Free 2% Milk&nbsp;</strong></em>(and soon to be on the shelf&nbsp;<em><strong>Natrel Fine Filtered Lactose Free Chocolate Milk</strong></em>)&nbsp;in a convenient 310 ml bottle will suit your needs perfectly. This milk is an excellent source of protein and it&#39;s just as enjoyable for those who aren&#39;t lactose intolerant!&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Kiju Organic Lemonade</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Kiju Organic Mango Orange Juice</strong></em>&nbsp;in a 1 litre tetra carton! These, in addition to the&nbsp;<em><strong>Kiju Organic Pomegranate Cherry Juice</strong></em>&nbsp;that we already stocked, are 100% certified organic fruit juices from concentrate. And just so you know, it&#39;s pronounced&nbsp;<em>kee-joo</em>.</p><p>Don&#39;t forget to sign the back of your receipt and stuff it in the box for your chance to win the authentic Toronto Maple Leafs jersey hanging up at the front of the store! This highly coveted garment will go to one lucky winner but you can enter as many receipts as you like!</p><p>Ok gang, thanks for taking the time to read up on what&#39;s new and exciting at your local neighbourhood grocery store. Please have a look at the attached flyer and take good care until next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 30, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 30 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; BIG changes are happening here at Pepper&#39;s and the first thing you&#39;ll notice is that we&#39;ve added an extra cashier till! We know how frustrating it can be when we&#39;re very busy and you only have a few items but you have to wait while someone else makes a ginormous purchase. So when we get busy, this additional till will be used as an express lane to help remedy this inconvenience. And, just so you know, Apple Pay is already available so that&#39;ll make contactless payment an even quicker and easier option for those who wish you pay this way!</p><p>You may have already noticed an official NHL Toronto Maple Leafs jersey hanging in all its glory at the front of the store. For every one of you who dispise this team (and there are many), there are five who live and breathe blue and white (including this writer)! Believe me, we&#39;ve all gotten pretty used to saying &quot;Oh well, there&#39;s always next year.&quot; So if you are one of the latter, you&#39;re going to want to try and win it. But don&#39;t forget, you still have time to enter for a chance to win&nbsp;a jersey from another Toronto team, the Blue Jays! Simply sign the back of your receipt and include your phone number and deposit it in the drawbox at the front of the store!</p><p>This week we have some more exciting, new items to reveal so let&#39;s get down to business!</p><p>If you&#39;re in the market for some dairy free, egg free, gluten free snacks then <em><strong>Energy Bombs</strong></em> (of Kelowna, BC) are really going to rev your engine! Available in <em><strong>Date Almond</strong></em>, <strong>Apricot Pecan</strong> and <em><strong>Cranberry Chocolate</strong></em>, these raw, all natural and hand crafted are, &quot;<em>An exceptional combination of dried fruit, nuts and oats that form a powerful bite</em>.&quot; Each pack contains two nutrient dense &quot;bombs&quot; for easy and convenient snacking on-the-go! Make sure you try these; they&#39;re da bomb!</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>Another new awesome snack is customer requested <em><strong>Good Health Apple Chips</strong></em> made with 100% red apples! Cooked to a golden crisp and sprinkled with yummy cinnamon, they make a perfect snack for anytime and for anyone! Enjoy being good!</p><p>Quite awile ago we brought in <em><strong>Table Talk Pies</strong></em>, those mini pies that sell like hotcakes and come in Apple, Cherry, Pumpkin and Blueberry. Now there&#39;s even more deliciousness to choose from because we&#39;ve added<em><strong> Lemon</strong></em> and <em><strong>Chocolate Eclair</strong></em>! If you&#39;re in the mood for pie but the idea of buying an entire regular sized one is a problem (because you know you&#39;ll eat the entire thing!) then one or two of these little guys is the solution!</p><p>While we&#39;re talking about baked goods, we should let you know that our Deli Dept has replaced a common baking ingredient, the Callebaut Chocolate Blocks (the random weight chunks of chocolate) for the more convenient <em><strong>Callebaut Milk Chocolate Callets</strong></em> (and soon to be added <em><strong>Dark Chocolate Callets</strong></em>).&nbsp;These milk chocolate chips are perfect for&nbsp;chocolate fountains, cakes, desserts, baking, decoration, chocolate fondues, making chocolates, enrobing and mould making. Look for them above the bulk baked goods section.</p><p>A few weeks ago we mentioned how Coca Cola had added some new flavours. This time, we&#39;ve added another variety of Coke whose flavour is the same but with one change to the second main ingredient.<em><strong> Made in Mexico Coca Cola</strong></em> is made with cane sugar (as opposed to the domestic version which uses sucrose or high fructose corn syrup). It&#39;s a somewhat less refined sugar than white sugar. So if that makes a difference to you then give this new old Coke a try! Deliciosos y refrescante! Hecho en Mexico.</p><p>It seems that whats old somehow always becomes new again. That&#39;s the case with Coke&#39;s largest competitor, Pepsi Cola and their re-released&nbsp;retro favourite <em><strong>Crystal Pepsi </strong></em>originally introduced in Canada and the US in 1992! Same old Pepsi minus the caramel colouring! So throw on some Nirvana, fire up the Sega Genesis and chill out with this limited edition clear cola!</p><p>Consumers who prefer to eat grain and gluten free foods will be thrilled to know that Pepper&#39;s now carries&nbsp;<em><strong>The Real Coconut Coconut Flour Tortillas</strong></em>. Birthed on the beaches of Tulum, Mexico these tortillas are made with organic ingredients and are safe for vegans and those on a paleo diet! And each tortilla is only about 40 calories!</p><p>From Mexico we&#39;ll move to Maui, specificall<em><strong>&nbsp;Maui Moisture Shampoo</strong></em> and Conditioner. Available with Bamboo Fibre and Coconut Milk respectively, the number one ingredient in each is 100% aloe juice! There&#39;s no mineral oils, silicone, parabens, synthetic dyes or anything else that you don&#39;t want in there. Just great smelling, eco-friendly hair care products! Take a vacation in the shower with these amazing shampoos and conditioners!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for this week. Next week&#39;s newsletter will come at the beginning of a new month! Where does the time go? Until then, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 23, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Another Easter Weekend has come and gone and the weather for it this year was amazing, perfect, in fact, for spending time outdoors looking for hidden eggs that the Easter Bunny left behind!&nbsp;Hopefully, your basket on Easter Sunday was as&nbsp;equally&nbsp;amazing, filled to the brim with loads of chocolate goodies!&nbsp;</p><p>The arrival of warmer weather means that our frozen novelty freezer will soon be back on the floor. We&#39;re hoping to have it here by the end of the month and filled with all of the glorious frozen treats that you can imagine. So keep your eyes peeled for it!</p><p>Speaking of glorious treats,&nbsp;<em><strong>Rock Coast</strong></em>&nbsp;has added to their already stellar lineup (they&nbsp;offer amazingly good chocolate toffee bark that you can purchase here at Pepper&#39;s) by adding three new&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate Melts</strong></em>:&nbsp;<em><strong>Peanut Butter</strong></em>,<em><strong>&nbsp;Mint</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Orange</strong></em>!&nbsp;Made with 54% ethically and sustainably sourced dark chocolate, these all natural, vegan chocolates contain simple ingredients&nbsp;free of artificial flavours and colours. And the best part is that they&#39;re made in Saanichton!</p><p>BBQ season is pretty much in full swing (at least in Victoria it is) so make sure to pick up a jar of&nbsp;<em><strong>Hengstenberg Original German Mustard Bavarian Style</strong></em>. It&#39;s made from coarsely ground yellow and brown mustard seeds and is seasoned with caramel and spices to give this mustard an exceptional sweet and delicious taste. And&nbsp;<em><strong>in our ad this week we have Schneider&#39;s Natural Beef Burgers in a 4 pack for just $9.96</strong></em>! A match made in BBQ heaven!</p><p>Sauternes are sweet white wines which can really enhance dishes with&nbsp;fish, shrimp, clams&nbsp; and&nbsp;lobster as well as many kinds of desserts such as poached pears or sweet sauces.<em><strong>&nbsp;Tosca Sauterne Cooking Wine</strong></em>&nbsp;is, as the description states on the bottle, &quot;<em>A medium weight, white wine that enhances chicken and fish dishes, light sauces, stocks and white sauces</em>.&quot;&nbsp; Cooking wines typically have a high&nbsp;salt content so adjust your recipes accordingly.</p><p>Vermicelli is, according to the dictionary,&nbsp;pasta made in long, slender threads. And we have a new one for you to try.&nbsp;<em><strong>X.O.Brown Rice Vermicelli</strong></em>&nbsp;is so easy to make. Just soak in hot water for 3-4 minutes and you&#39;re good&nbsp;to fry it up or add it to soups. Or you can add to meat, seafood, meat balls, fish balls or curry. And like all rice types, it&#39;s gluten free!</p><p>Maybe the kidlets don&#39;t like rice vermicelli. You&#39;re in luck because we&#39;ve added new&nbsp;<em><strong>Annie&#39;s Homegrown Organic All Stars</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Annie&#39;s Homegrown Organic Bernie O&#39;s</strong></em>, pasta in tomato and cheese sauce,&nbsp;to Aisle 2. Wait, who&#39;s Bernie? Oh he&#39;s just the rabbit that you see on the label, Annie&#39;s pet Dutch rabbit, the &quot;Rabbit of Approval&quot;. He &quot;represents all the simplicity, care and goodness&quot; in all of their products.&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s remarkable what can be made from plants these days. Seriously, they can pretty much mimic any kind of meat or dairy product now. You&#39;ve got veggie burgers, milks, yogurt, bacon, you name it. Sometimes, though, they just don&#39;t taste quite right. But new&nbsp;<em><strong>Noble Jerky Vegan Jerky</strong></em>&nbsp;isn&#39;t one of those products. It&#39;s&nbsp;like meat jerky but it&#39;s&nbsp;made from soy protein marinated and seasoned to taste like the real thing! And we have it in&nbsp;<em><strong>Sweet BBQ</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Teriyaki</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours! This comes from&nbsp;another great BC company, Urbani Foods Inc. of Port Moody BC! #benoble</p><p>If you&#39;re going to chow down on some dried soy protein then you&#39;re probably going to want a tasty beverage on hand (no disrespect intended to Noble Jerky. It&#39;s just that good jerky deserves a good bevvie.). New&nbsp;<em><strong>Barq&#39;s Spiced Cherry Soda</strong></em>&nbsp;is made with cane sugar but isn&#39;t too sweet and it has the perfect amount of tart cherry flavour that will get your tastebuds&#39; attention.</p><p>Every cat deserves and requires&nbsp;100% complete and balanced nutrition whether they&#39;re a wee little kitten or a big, grownup cat. That&#39;s what your pet will get with<em><strong>&nbsp;Purina Friskies Cat Concoctions</strong></em>&nbsp;available at Pepper&#39;s in<em><strong>&nbsp;Scrumptious Salmon&nbsp;&amp; Chicken Liver Dinner</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>With Chicken in Creamy Crabby Sauce</strong></em>. Mmmmmm yummy. These are, &quot;<em>curious combinations chosen by cats</em>.&quot; Cats from all over the world emailed the people at Purina urging them to create the kinds of wet food that they&nbsp;really&nbsp;want! And apparently they listened! Online customer reviews seem to indicate that cats everywhere appear to LOVE it!</p><p>And just in case you happen to get that cat food on your fingers when opening a can, you&#39;ll want&nbsp;<em><strong>Dr. Bronner&#39;s Pure Castille Bar Soap</strong></em>&nbsp;to wash it off! Available in<em><strong> Peppermint </strong></em>and <em><strong>Lavender</strong></em>. This soap is 100% biodegradable, certified fair trade and made with organic oils! And, interestingly enough it&nbsp;showed up right before Earth Day. These words appear on the soap label:<em>&nbsp;In all we do, let us be generous, fair &amp; loving to all Spaceship Earth and all its inhabitants. For we&#39;re all-one or none! All-One!</em></p><p>Please take a minute to scan our attached advertised specials which start today and run until closing on Monday, April 29. And stay tuned to learn about an exciting promotional draw from Arla Foods where one lucky winner will win a NHL jersey!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 16, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Fifty seven years ago, American marine biologist Rachel Carson (1907-1964) wrote a book that would be the catalyst for change by starting&nbsp;the modern environmental movement. The text of that book,&nbsp;<em>Silent Spring</em>, in which Carson correctly argued about the compromising of the natural world by synthetic&nbsp;chemicals such as DDT, was first published in three parts in&nbsp;<em>The New Yorker.</em> President Kennedy read it in its entirety and it led to his presidential commission on the environment and the eventual banning of the use of DDT. Why are we mentioning this today? Because Monday, April 22 is Earth Day and we think it&#39;s important to remember that we all have a responsibility to be stewards of this Earth and care for it accordingly.</p><p>This week we have a bunch of exciting new products to inform you of so let&#39;s jump right in! But before we do, we&#39;ll remind you of our modified hours for Easter Weekend:</p><ul> <li>Good Friday April 19th&nbsp;7am-7:30pm</li> <li>Saturday, April 20th&nbsp;7am-7:30pm</li> <li>Easter Sunday April 21st&nbsp;7am-6pm</li> <li>Easter Monday April 22nd&nbsp;7am-7:30pm</li></ul><p>Bakers (and cooks) rejoice! Now Pepper&#39;s carries two new, high-quality&nbsp;fruit extracts that will add amazing flavour and aroma to whatever you use it in. <em><strong>Bitarome Extract of Strawberry </strong></em>and <em><strong>Bitarome Extract of Raspberry </strong></em>are created using the whole fruit but a little goes a long way. One teaspoon is the equivalent flavour of 1 kg of berries! Add it to boost the flavour in jams and spreads, mousse or cream fillings, intensfy the flavours of sorbets or ice cream or cake frostings!</p><p>Compari is an intensely delicious aperitif made by infusing herbs and fruit in alcohol and water. Pepper&#39;s is excited to now offer&nbsp;<em><strong>Stappi Red Bitter</strong></em>, a non-alcoholic, Italian aperitif made much the same way, minus the alcohol. And just in time for patio season! Use in mixed cocktails such as the Negroni, Americano and Old Pal or enjoy mixed with soda, tonic or straight up&nbsp;on the rocks with a twist!</p><p>So far, we&#39;ve listed only products that are red. And this next one continues that trend.&nbsp;<em><strong>Mutti Cherry Tomatoes</strong></em>&nbsp;are whole, Italian cherry tomatoes in tomato&nbsp;juice that are sweet and intense in flavour. This company has been processing Italian tomatoes for over a century so they must be doing something right!</p><p>Salsa or guacamole? If you&nbsp;had&nbsp;to choose just one, which would it be? Talk about an unfair question! Both condiments are so good! What if we told you that we carry a product comprised of both?!&nbsp;<em><strong>San Miguel Guacamole Salsa&nbsp;</strong></em>combines the flavour of green tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, fresh acocado and onions with other good stuff to create a sauce worthy of only the most authentic Mexican dishes.&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s just so happens to have a new product worthy of the aforementioned salsa:&nbsp;<em><strong>El Comal Artisan Corn Tortilla Chips</strong></em>&nbsp;are made of simple ingredients the authentic Mexican way in Burnaby, BC.With the perfect amount of salt and just a trace of lime, these are going to become your go-to tortilla chip. Trust us. Plus you have to admit that&#39;s a pretty rad image on the bag!</p><p>If you&#39;re going to have chips and salsa then you&#39;d better have a tasty beverage on hand. Coca Cola&#39;s&nbsp;new&nbsp;<em><strong>Fresca Sparkling Soda Water Beverage</strong></em>&nbsp;is available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Peach Citrus</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Grapefruit Citrus</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours, respectively. Zero sugar, zero calories, zero colours but with loads of zingy natural flavour and effervescence, this uber refreshing drink is exactly what you&#39;ll want to sip on right about now.&nbsp;Or, if you prefer, there&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Schweppes Zero Sugar&nbsp;Grapefruit Sparkling Soda</strong></em>. This soda contains artificial sweeteners so it&#39;s more like a diet soft drink as opposed to&nbsp;a&nbsp;sparkling water.&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s something you don&#39;t see everyday: granola bars with vegetables! New<em><strong>&nbsp;Made Good Granola Bars&nbsp;</strong></em>come in three flavours:&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Chip</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Banana&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Mixed Berry</strong></em>&nbsp;and are school safe, made in a dedicated facility to ensure that they&#39;re&nbsp;free from peanuts and tree nuts. They&#39;re organic, gluten-free and contain nutrients found in one serving of vegetables (vegetable extracts of spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets and shiitake mushrooms)! We won&#39;t tell if you don&#39;t! And they&#39;re from a good Canadian company, Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. of Vaughan, ON.</p><p>And finally, though not new, we are pleased to announce that the extremely popular<em><strong>&nbsp;Mill Bay Duck Eggs</strong></em>&nbsp;are back on the shelf! These beauties are from birds fed a non-GMO diet and are free-range and pasture raised. You won&#39;t find fowl anywhere given as much TLC as by the owners of this company. And in case you didn&#39;t already know, you can also purchase their ducks from our full-service meat counter!</p><p>That&#39;s all for another week, folks!&nbsp;From all of us here at Pepper&#39;s Foods have a safe and happy Easter!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 9, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 09 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; If you&#39;re into golf then no doubt you&#39;re gearing up for another entertaining week (and weekend) of professional golf as The&nbsp;Masters kicks off on Thursday marking 85 years since this major championship&#39;s inception. The total purse for this year is a paltry $11,000,000.&nbsp;Here are a few interesting facts about The Masters, one of the most prestigious pro golf tournaments in the world:</p><ul> <li>The club was conceived by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, course was designed by Bobby Jones and Alistair MacKenzie (MacKenzie dying prior to the grass even&nbsp;being planted) and formally opened in January, 1933, in Augusta, Georgia.</li> <li>Horton Smith won the very first tournament in 1934</li> <li>The very first green jacket was awarded to the 1949 tournament winner, Sam Snead</li> <li>Tiger Woods was the youngest player to win the tournament in 1997 when he was 21 years, 3 months and 14 days</li> <li>Jack Nicklaus has won The Masters&nbsp;six times, more than any other player and, ironically, is the oldest player to ever have won it when he did so in 1986 at the age of 46 years, 2 months and 23 days</li></ul><p>Ok, now let&#39;s tell you about what&#39;s new at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>Passover begins this year on the evening of Friday, April 19th and ends the evening of Saturday, April 27th. And we have loads of kosher food items available in the store!<em><strong>&nbsp;Yehuda Matzos&nbsp;</strong></em>have been around for over 90 years and their unique baking process results in a deeper, well-baked appearance.&nbsp;&nbsp;Additionally, we have a large line of<em><strong>&nbsp;Manischewitz Passover Matzos&nbsp;</strong></em>from their Passover Collection such as&nbsp;<em><strong>Original Matzos</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Gluten Free Matzo Style Squares</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Egg Matzos</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Matzos</strong></em>. We also have&nbsp;<em><strong>Manischewitz Matzo Meal</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Matzo Ball Mix</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Gefilte Fish</strong></em>!</p><p>If you love root vegetables, vinegar and spicy then this is your dream food! <em><strong>Foodfest Red Beet Horseradish</strong></em> combines fresh beets with zingy horseradish and white vinegar to create a delicious accompaniment to whatever people eat horseradish with. Available in our Produce Dept.</p><p>And speaking of produce,&nbsp;<em><strong>Longview Farms Fresh Strawberries</strong></em>&nbsp;have just arrived. Their first of the season berries are sweet, luscious and delicious and will definitely get you feeling like summer is just around the corner!</p><p>Nobody makes ice cream quite like Haagen-Dazs does. We told you about a bunch of new ice cream flavours recently available in 500ml containers. But sometimes it&#39;s nice to eat ice cream one-handed. Spoon-free if you will. In that case, you&#39;re going to want to try new<em><strong>&nbsp;Haagen-Dazs Non-Dairy Coconut Caramel Dark Chocolate Bars</strong></em>. This is gourmet, non-dairy ice cream like no other. Or how about<em><strong>&nbsp;Haagen-Dazs Extraaz Cookies and Cream Bars</strong></em>? Take their iconic vanilla ice cream and chunks of chocolatey cookies, blend them together and voila! Instant gratification!</p><p>One of the new flavours of Nestle ice cream&nbsp;that we mentioned last week was Rolo. And just as with the Haagen-Dazs, <em><strong>Nestle Rolo Drumstick</strong></em> makes a great frozen treat for on-the-go! It&#39;s a classic caramel meets chocolate meets your mouth love story and it always has a happy ending!</p><p>Coca Cola keeps cranking out new&nbsp;flavour combinations and its added two new fruity ones that we&#39;re pretty excited about.&nbsp;<em><strong>New Coca Cola BC Raspberry</strong></em>&nbsp;is, as it says on the carton, crafted with cane sugar and natural flavours, those flavours apparently derived from fresh raspberries of the heartland of British Columbia. And the other flavour, more closely related to the birthplace of Coke is&nbsp;<em><strong>Coca Cola Georgia Peach&nbsp;</strong></em>(since The Masters is played in Georgia, this might be appropriate sipping material if you plan to watch!).&nbsp;</p><p>There&#39;s something about sipping a cold soda pop out of an old school glass bottle. And what better way to sip said soda than with these sweet&nbsp;<em><strong>Stainless Steel Straws</strong></em>? Eco-friendly and reuseable, they come with a cleaning brush (just like the bamboo ones from a past newsletter) and a holder. Plus, they&#39;re dishwasher safe!</p><p>Tim Hortons wants you to be able to drink their products from the comfort of your own home. And so do we! That&#39;s why we brought in two new iced coffee beverages for you to try! The classic flavour of the oh so Canadian double-double can be found in a bottle of&nbsp;<em><strong>Tim Hortons Iced Coffee Double Double</strong></em>. Does it taste the same cold? You tell us! Also available is the addictive flavour of the&nbsp;<em><strong>Tim Hortons Original Iced Capp</strong></em>.</p><p>For your convenience, our latest advertised specials are attached. From all of us here at Pepper&#39;s take care, thanks for reading&nbsp;and have a great week!</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 2, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 02 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We like to start the&nbsp;newsletter off with an interesting factoid or some informative tidbit because, well, it&#39;s kinda fun! And this week is no different. So here are a few Canadian historical facts related to today&#39;s date:</p><ul> <li>April 2, 1868&nbsp;- Victoria chosen as capital of the united colony of British Columbia, under Governor Frederick Seymour.&nbsp;</li> <li>April 2, 1957&nbsp;- 22-year-old Elvis Presley plays two concerts before 23,000 people at Maple Leaf Gardens; his second concert, before 15,000 fans, was the largest audience he had faced to date; warmup acts included an Irish tenor, a tap dancer and a comedian who imitated a woman taking off a girdle.</li> <li>April 2, 1975&nbsp;- High rigger Paul Mitchell secures the final piece of antenna, topping off the CN Tower at 555.35 metres in height, becoming the world&#39;s tallest free-standing structure (until 2010); the giant communications mast cost $44 million, uses 145,000 tonnes of concrete and steel.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Now on with the rest of the newsletter...</p><p>If you&#39;re a fan of quiche but avoid it because you&#39;d rather not eat the pastry crust then&nbsp;<em><strong>Burnbrae Farms Egg Bakes Crustless Quiche</strong></em>&nbsp;could be just the thing! Pepper&#39;s carries two varieties:&nbsp;<em><strong>Cheddar, Mushroom &amp; Baco</strong></em>n&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>4 Cheese &amp; Ham</strong></em>. 90 seconds in the microwave and bam, you&#39;ve got yourself some ready to eat quiche. Plus, they&#39;re high in protein and low in calories. Real eggs. Real easy.</p><p>Chicken has less cholesterol and less saturated fat than beef. And that means it&#39;s better for your cardiovascular system. So if you&#39;re going to eat meat&nbsp;why not try something new for a change?&nbsp;<em><strong>Rossdown Farms</strong></em>&nbsp;(Abbotsford, BC) has new&nbsp;<em><strong>Chicken Pepperoni Sticks</strong></em>&nbsp;in<em><strong>&nbsp;Classic</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>Spicy</strong></em>&nbsp;varieties. Like all Rossdown poultry, these are free of antibiotics, but you also won&#39;t find any gluten or MSG either. Fully cooked and made with natural ingredients, just open the package and enjoy!</p><p>There&#39;s also&nbsp;<em><strong>Rossdown Farms Smoked Chicken Sausage</strong></em>&nbsp;available&nbsp;in<em><strong>&nbsp;Classic</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Spicy&nbsp;</strong></em>varieties both of which are also ready to eat!</p><p>Cheese would make a nice companion food to the aforementioned Rossdown Farms products, don&#39;t you think? And many of you have been asking about a popular cheddar that suddenly and inexplicably became unavailable for awhile:<em><strong>&nbsp;Balderson 2 Yr Aged Cheddar&nbsp;750g</strong></em>. Guess what? It&#39;s back! And not only that, but we have also added<em><strong>&nbsp;Balderson 4 Yr Aged Cheddar 500g</strong></em>&nbsp;for those of you who really like a nip to your cheddar!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has carried Silk Organic Fortified Soy Beverage refrigerated in our dairy section forever. But now we are pleased to have just&nbsp;added&nbsp;<em><strong>Silk Organic Fortified Soy Beverage Original&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Unsweetened</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>in a shelf-stable, 946 ml tetra carton</strong></em>! It&#39;s the same great, organic soymilk, but now you can keep a few in the pantry and one in the fridge to save space! Also great for camping or storing in your earthquake kit. Just make sure to consume within 7-10 days after opening.</p><p>Ever notice that non-dairy milks are kind of like wine?&nbsp;You can make wine out of pretty much anything, right? Same goes for non-dairy beverages: soy, almond, pea, hemp, rice...the list goes on. So somebody figured out that you can make milk from oats. And guess what? It&#39;s become super popular for it&#39;s creamier texture and nutritional benefits. So we decided to bring in<em><strong>&nbsp;Earth&#39;s Own Unsweetened Vanilla Oat Milk</strong></em>, in addition to the Unsweetened Original Oat Milk that we keep selling out of. Growing oats uses 7x less water than it does to grow almond milk or cow&#39;s milk and it&#39;s grown by Canadian farmers!&nbsp;</p><p>Hot chocolate (in the movies they always say hot cocoa, instead? Why is that?) is one of life&#39;s simple pleasures. Sometimes people put mini marshmallows on top for an extra special treat. Others top it off with whipped cream. So good! But what if we told you there&#39;s a hybrid product that will take your hot chocolate (or pie, cake, berries, waffles, milkshake...) to the next level?&nbsp;<em><strong>Gay Lea Toasted Marshmallow Real Whipped Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;is just that: delicious, rich, real whipped cream with the flavour of toasted marshmallow! Make sure to buy two cans: one for desserts and one for emptying directly into your mouth.</p><p>Now that we&#39;re talking about sweet things, have you ever had a frollini? It&#39;s a delicious Italian shortbread cookie (that is often dipped in tea, coffee and, yes, hot chocolate!) and it&#39;s now available at Pepper&#39;s.&nbsp;<em><strong>Schar Gluten-Free Frollini</strong></em>&nbsp;is made with real honey and is adorned with a sunrise emblem. They&#39;re certified gluten-free, lactose-free and are baked with a taste that will whisk you away to the Italian coutryside.</p><p>And if you&#39;re on a gluten-free diet, but not on an actual calorie-reduced diet, then&nbsp;<em><strong>Schar Gluten-Free Chocolix</strong></em>&nbsp;is sure to elicit a Pavlovian response when you see these chocolate and caramel cookie bars. It&#39;s basically like eating a Twix bar but sans gluten!</p><p>And as long as we&#39;re talking about delicious, chocolatey cookies, we&#39;d better mention two more additions to the&nbsp;<em><strong>Leclerc European Collection</strong></em>&nbsp;lineup. Introducing&nbsp;<em><strong>Celebration Chocolate Truffle Cookies</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Celebration Hazelnut Delight Cookies</strong></em>. Perfect for after dinner dessert,&nbsp;afternoon tea or just about anytime, these premium cookies will impress everybody!</p><p>That&#39;s everything new at Pepper&#39;s for another week. As usual, the latest ad is attached for your convenience. And for new subscribers and shoppers, our ad always runs from Tuesday until we close the following Monday.</p><p>All the best,</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 26, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 26 Mar 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On this day in 1874, Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, going on to become widely regarded by many as the greatest American poet of the 20th Century. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry four times, only one of four to achieve this accomplishment and the&nbsp;<em>only&nbsp;</em>poet ever to do so. In honour of his remarkable and enduring body of work, and because spring has finally arrived, here are a few lines from his 1923 poem Nothing Gold Can Stay:</p><p><em>Nature&rsquo;s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold.</em></p><p><em>Her early leaf&rsquo;s a flower; But only so an hour.</em></p><p><em>Then leaf subsides to leaf, So Eden sank to grief,</em></p><p><em>So dawn goes down to day, Nothing gold can stay.</em></p><p>This week we have a lot to tell you about so without further adieu, let&#39;s get to it!</p><p>If you refuse to purchase conventional spray air fresheners because they contain loads of chemicals that you&#39;d rather not expose yourself and your personal space to then you need&nbsp;<em><strong>Purple Frog&nbsp;&nbsp;Aromatherapy Travel Sprays</strong></em>&nbsp;available&nbsp;in three scents:<em><strong>&nbsp;Recharge</strong></em>&nbsp;(Peppermint &amp;&nbsp;Eucalyptus),&nbsp;<em><strong>Relax&nbsp;</strong></em>(Lavender &amp; Chamomile) and<em><strong>&nbsp;Refresh&nbsp;</strong></em>(Lemongrass &amp; Tea Tree). These natural air care products are made with plant-based essential oils and contain absolutely zero chemical additives, fragrances or odour masking additives. And because they come in a stealthy 15ml tube, you can have on-the-go freshness wherever and whenever you like!&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>Everybody likes ice cream. Ok, that might be a stretch. There are probably a lot of people that don&#39;t like ice cream. If that&#39;s you, skip ahead to the milk. For those of you who do happen to like ice cream, you&#39;ll be very pleased to know that we have expanded our&nbsp;<em><strong>Nestle Ice Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours to include&nbsp;<em><strong>Oreo Cookie</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Chips Ahoy Cookie</strong></em>,<em><strong>&nbsp;Caramilk</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Turtles</strong></em>! Your birthday cake will be green with envy for its companion ice cream having upstaged it!</p><p>But for those of you who insist on nothing but the best, you&#39;re going to want to try our new lineup of&nbsp;<em><strong>Haagen-Dazs Extraaz Premium Ice Creams</strong></em>. As if Haagen-Dazs could get any better, right? Well it has, and you&#39;re going to want to taste it for yourself. With flavours like<em><strong>&nbsp;Banana Peanut Butter Cup</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Cookies &amp; Cream</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Rocky Road</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberry Cheesecake</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Cookie Dough Dynamo&nbsp;</strong></em>there&#39;s no shortage of extraordinarily rich and decadent ice cream to choose from. So go ahead and take some home. Feel free to slam back the whole tub.</p><p>As long as we&#39;re riding this dairy train, let&#39;s tell you about a brand new size of glass bottled milk from<em><strong>&nbsp;Avalon Organic Dairy</strong></em>. Now you can purchase&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Homogenized Milk</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic 2% Milk</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Conventional Chocolate Milk in a 1.89L glass bottle</strong></em>. Because let&#39;s face it, one measly litre of milk just won&#39;t cut it.</p><p>And what goes great with milk? That&#39;s right, breakfast cereal!&nbsp;So why not pick up a box of new&nbsp;<em><strong>Post Honey Bunches of Oats Apples &amp; Cinnamon Bunches</strong></em>&nbsp;when you buy that big bottle of milk? Talk about a great one-two punch, especially now that it&#39;s got a new improved taste!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has been&nbsp;supporting local business <em><strong>Stubborn Chef </strong></em>since its inception by selling&nbsp;<em><strong>Stubborn Chef Ginger Dressing&nbsp;</strong></em>and it&nbsp;has been one heck of a huge seller&nbsp;because it&#39;s just so delicious. So when they told us that they were offering new<em><strong>&nbsp;Stubborn Chef Spicy Mayo</strong></em>, we didn&#39;t hesitate to find space on the shelf. If you want to spice up your sushi but not burn your tastebuds, then this is exactly what you need!</p><p>Though not new,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sawmill Sesame Steak Sauce&nbsp;</strong></em>is back after being unavailable for quite some time. This sauce is one that was created by a restaurant but found its way onto grocery store shelves and has been a solid seller (at least at Pepper&#39;s) ever since.</p><p>If you love rice crackers, chances are you&#39;ve tried&nbsp;<em><strong>Laiki Red Rice</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Black Rice Crackers</strong></em>,&nbsp;both kinds having been available at the store since they were released ages ago.&nbsp;But now they&#39;ve added two new exciting flavours:<em><strong>&nbsp;Red Rice with Cracked Black Pepper&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Black Rice with Cheddar </strong></em>Flavour. And as luck would have it,&nbsp;<em><strong>all four varieties are in our ad this week for $2.86 each</strong></em>! Made with 100% whole grain rice, sustainably sourced oils and sea salt, these crackers are certified vegan, gluten-free and super addictive!</p><p>Bigger isn&#39;t always better so if your preference is to snack on something smaller,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sesmark&nbsp;Mini Rice Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;are defintely going to pique your interest! We&#39;ve got&nbsp;<em><strong>Lightly Salted</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Black Bean Salsa</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chili Lime </strong></em>flavours&nbsp;and with one serving of 40 crackers consisting of only 130 calories, you get a nice sized snack to fill you up without a giant calorie hit!</p><p>Just a reminder that Easter is right around the corner. So if you&#39;re looking for chocolate treats, baskets, egg dying kits and lots of other easter goodies, we&#39;ve got you covered. Come in and take a look at what we have to help you put together a stellar cache that even the Easter Bunny would be jealous of!</p><p>Another not so new line of products that we&#39;ve been out of for awhile is&nbsp;<em><strong>Smart Sweets Candy!</strong></em>&nbsp;Well thank your lucky stars&nbsp; &#39;cause they&#39;re back! Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Fruit Gummy Bears</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sour Gummy Bears</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sour Blast Buddies</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Berry Sweet Fish</strong></em>, they make highly colourful additions to those Easter baskets you may have in mind but they&#39;re low in sugar with only 3 grams per bag (85% less sugar than the leading gummy bear candy)! No artificial flavours, colours and no sugar alcohols are contained in these chewy and yummy treats. This is healthy candy you can feel good about. Kick sugar. Keep candy.</p><p>And just like that, another newsletter has come to an end. As always, thanks for taking the time to read it. And until next time, take good care and have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 19, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 Mar 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Sunday, as you know, was St. Patrick&#39;s Day and that warrants a few fun facts about the&nbsp;day celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland:</p><ul> <li>St. Patrick was not Irish. He was from Wales.</li> <li>St. Patrick was born &ldquo;Maewyn Succat&rdquo; but changed his name to &ldquo;Patricius&rdquo; after becoming a priest.</li> <li>St. Patrick didn&rsquo;t wear green. His colour was &ldquo;Saint Patrick&rsquo;s blue.&rdquo; The colour green became associated with St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.</li></ul><p>So if you raised a glass of Guinness (by the way, the global daily total consumption of this stout doubles on St. Patrick&#39;s Day!), said the Irish blessing (the weather was beautiful so hopefully the sun shone warm upon your face), cranked up The Cranberries&nbsp;and ate a big hunk of corned beef&nbsp;on Sunday, we hope you had a great day!</p><p>&quot;Get to the good stuff!&quot; you may be yelling at the screen and by that&nbsp;you mean, &quot;Tell us about the new products!&quot; Okay, take it easy! We&#39;ll get to that in a second. But first, we need to mention the Easter Colouring Contest that we hold every year. Starting on March 21st, kids can ask for a picture to colour based on their age group for a chance to win one of the awesome giant stuffies displayed along the top of the&nbsp;deli cooler just inside the front doors. We&#39;ll post every amazing entry around the store and our judges will pick the best per age category!</p><p>Alright, here we go...</p><p>30 years ago, two brothers (Peter and Chris Neal) started a company making croutons (of all things) in their mother&#39;s kitchen. That company (based out of Richmond Hill, Ontario)&nbsp;was named Neal Brothers (of all things) and they&#39;ve gone on to create a great and vast array&nbsp;of amazing and tasty organic products. Pepper&#39;s has added two new<em><strong>&nbsp;Neal Brothers Organic Pasta Sauces</strong></em>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em><strong>Roasted Garlic</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Basil Tomato Bliss&nbsp;</strong></em>flavours. Their motto:&nbsp;<em>Extraordinary taste. Simple ingredients. So good together</em>. &#39;Nuff said.</p><p>*We should mention that<em><strong>&nbsp;we have Neal Brothers Organic Salsas in our flyer this week for $4.96 each!&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p>Did you know that&nbsp;<em><strong>Vancouver Island Salt Company</strong></em>&nbsp;is Canada&#39;s first sea salt harvestry? It&#39;s true. And because this island just so happens to be surrounded with clean, cold Pacific ocean seawater, there is no shortage of all-natural salt to be hand&nbsp;harvested. Pepper&#39;s has been carrying a broad line of this company&#39;s sea salt (available in numerous infusions) since the beginning and now, we have two new ones on the shelves.<em><strong>&nbsp;Vancouver Island Salt Company Old School Coffee Salt</strong></em>&nbsp;is sea salt infused with 49th Parallel&#39;s Old School espresso beans, creating a flavourful and aromatic&nbsp; salt ideal for steaks, chops, wild game and root vegetables. Or you can use as a topping for ice cream, brownies, cookies or anything chocolate!</p><p><em><strong>Vancouver Island Salt Company Barrel Smoked Whiskey Salt</strong></em>&nbsp;is smoked using aged, single malt whiskey barrels from their neighbours at Shelter Point Distillery imparting a deep smokey flavour with vanilla notes. Use on grilled meats, vegetables, tofu dishes or as a cocktail rimmer.</p><p>Sometimes it&#39;s nice to lean entirely on the description of a product as it&#39;s described from the company website. That&#39;s the case here for<em><strong>&nbsp;Arla Cream Cheese with Herbs and Spices</strong></em>&nbsp;which is the latest addition to the other two that Pepper&#39;s already carries (Organic and Light):&nbsp;<em>Take delight in the piquant tones of naturally tasty Arla Cream Cheese with Herbs and Spices. Richly flavored with a reduced fat content of 15.5%, and complete with notes of warm peppercorns, spicy paprika and a slightly sour tang, this delicious Arla Natural Cream Cheese &ndash;&nbsp;made from only four natural ingredients and no artificial additives&nbsp;&ndash; is the perfect go-to partner for dips, or even as spread for buns,&nbsp;sandwiches and wraps!</em></p><p>Another great new product from Arla (to compliment the Regular and Light that we already stock) is&nbsp;<em><strong>Apetina Feta Cheese Cubes Red Bell Peppers &amp; Chili</strong></em>. Sweet red bell peppers and spicy chilis combine with this fresh, slightly salty feta cheese to create something that will liven up any greek salad or dish where regular feta is required. And there&#39;s a built-in strainer in the container!</p><p><em><strong>Little Northern Bakehouse</strong></em>&nbsp;makes delicious gluten-free, vegan&nbsp;bread using only the finest non-GMO ingredients. It&#39;s one of the most popular bread product lines in Peppers which is why we&#39;ve broaded your selection to include&nbsp;two more kinds:<em><strong>&nbsp;Little Northern Bakehouse Sprouted 7 Grain Bread&nbsp;</strong></em>and<em><strong>&nbsp;Little Northern Bakehouse Sprouted Honey Oat Bread</strong></em>. Made with a special blend of healthy sprouted grains, this allergy-friendly bread is soft and delicious!</p><p>Naan is a leavened flatbread whose name originated in Persia (yet another tidbit of trivia). And we&#39;ve added another variety to our already extensive lineup.&nbsp;New <em><strong>Indian Life Organic Whole Wheat Naan</strong></em>&nbsp;is 100% oranic, vegan and nutritious. You can eat it with soups, curries, as a pizza crust, for gyros or pan fry and eat with salsa (which we already mentioned is on sale this week!) or&nbsp;applesauce. Also delicious with coconut oil, butter or margarine. However you decide to eat it, you&#39;re getting the goodness of whole wheat!</p><p>Chia is an Aztec &quot;super seed&quot; that&#39;s high in protein and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. That&#39;s good news for those who like chia and making wraps because<em><strong>&nbsp;Indian Life Organic Chia Wrap</strong></em>&nbsp;is here! Each wrap has five grams of fibre, is low in sugar (one gram) and tastes great!</p><p>This entire newsletter has, so far, consisted of everything savoury so we&#39;ve saved&nbsp;the last for all you sweet-tooths out there. In recent weeks and months we&#39;ve told you about all the new varieties that Christie&#39;s Oreo cookies are coming in: Mickey Mouse, Double Stuff, The Most Stuf, Fudge Covered, you name it...Variety definitely is the spice of life but this is getting a bit ridiculous. So it makes perfect sense that yet another variety would be unveiled:&nbsp;<em><strong>Christie&#39;s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Oreo</strong></em>. Admittedly, this one does look pretty darn good. It&#39;s a peanut butter and&nbsp;chocolately flavour creme sandwich cookie like no other.&nbsp;&nbsp;Binge watching your favourite shows on Netflix just got that much more appealing!</p><p>As Dennis Miller would famously say to end his Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live,&nbsp;&quot;That&#39;s the news and I&#39;m outta here!&quot;</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 12, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 Mar 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On this date in 1894, Coca Cola was sold in bottles from a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The two main ingredients of the soft drink were cocaine and caffeine with the cocaine being derived from the leaves of the COCA plant and the caffeine coming from the COLA nut. In 1904, the extract used&nbsp;from coca leaves no longer contained cocaine.&nbsp;</p><p><em>It&#39;s good to have a pulse</em>. Well, duh. If you&#39;ve got a heart you&#39;d better have a pulse. Actually, that&#39;s the slogan for&nbsp;Penticton&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Pulse Kitchens</strong></em>, the producers of specialty vegan and gluten free foods. And their incredibly delicious vegan cheeses will get your heart racing when you taste them. Because now, at Pepper&#39;s, we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Pulse Kitchen Almond Gruyere</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sharp Cashew Cheddar</strong></em>, and&nbsp;<em><strong>Cashew Kind of Blue</strong></em>&nbsp;cheeses! Each flavour contains chickpea (a pulse) miso but doesn&#39;t contain dairy, soy or gluten and all are vegan! For more information on this BC company and their products, please head on over to&nbsp;<em><strong></strong></em></p><p>Lily of the Desert is the largest grower, producer and distributor of aloe vera products.They&#39;ve been producing aloe vera products for almost 50 years, and now Pepper&#39;s has&nbsp;two kinds of <em><strong>Lily of the Valley Aloe Vera Juice</strong></em>:<em><strong>&nbsp;Inner Fillet&nbsp;</strong></em>and<em><strong>&nbsp;Whole Leaf</strong></em>. Whole leaf products contain the entire leaf while&nbsp; the inner fillet products contain only the inner gel-like portion of the leaf. Drinking juice made from this succulent plant has purported benefits ranging from decreasing one&#39;s overall body pH to relieving constipation to clearing up the skin. You&#39;ll have to do your research to see if it&#39;s something that&#39;ll beneifit your health. But now you know where to get it!</p><p>If you&#39;re tired of munching the same old chips (corn, potato, tortilla) then&nbsp;<em><strong>Beanitos</strong></em>&nbsp;may be just what you&#39;ve been looking for! Made with white (navy) or pinto beans, these chips come in numerous flavours such as<em><strong>&nbsp;Simply Pinto,&nbsp;White Bean Nacho Cheese&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>White Bean Restaurant Style</strong></em>. They&#39;re high in protein, very high in fibre and full-on with flavour! So if you&#39;re missing some spice in your life, change things up a bit and try&nbsp;Beanitos!</p><p>For those of you who are just fine to stick to your tried and true tortilla chips, <em><strong>Que Pasa Ancient Grains Tortilla Chips</strong></em> should be added to your shopping list immejit-ly! In addition to volcanic stone ground corn flour, there&#39;s also buckwheat flour, chia seeds, amaranth seeds and quinoa and other tasty ingredients. This is a certified gluten-free, whole grain&nbsp;product&nbsp;made in Canada with imported ingredients and you can find it in aisle 5 with the other Que Pasa products.</p><p>From Que Pasa we have Quesava. Huh? The company name Quesava is derived from&nbsp;cassava, a starchy, tuberous root from the tropics. And that tuber can be made into a type of flour that is grain-free, gluten-free and nut free. And of all the gluten-free flours, it most closely resembles wheat flour. Now that you know a little more about it, we&#39;d like to tell you about<em><strong>&nbsp;Quesava Cheese Poppers</strong></em>&nbsp;in two exciting flavours:&nbsp;<em><strong>3 Pepper Fiesta</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Garlic and 3 Cheese</strong></em>! Both kinds contain sardo, asiago&nbsp;and cheddar cheese and, of course, the vitamin and mineral rich cassava flour. This is a modern twist on an ancient recipe that has sustained generations of tribes in Brazil and Peru for eons. Try it out on your tribe!</p><p>Christie&#39;s has once again taken the humble Oreo cookie and made it even better by covering it in fudge creating, well,&nbsp;<em><strong>Fudge Covered Oreo Cookies</strong></em>! There&#39;s not much more to say about it so if you love Oreo cookies and fudge then you&#39;re in for a treat!</p><p>If you use a coffee maker or espresso machine then you know they eventually get bunged up with sediment and water deposits. So if your machine needs a little TLC, try new <em><strong>Ecozone Coffee Machine Descaler</strong></em>. It cuts through limescale and coffee residue, is odourless, colourless and taste free and it works on any machine! Each bottle lasts for five uses, too! The active ingredients are derived from citrus fruit and coconut so there&#39;s no need to worry about releasing harmful chemicals into the environment or worse, into&nbsp;your body!</p><p>Alright ladies and gents, that&#39;s another newsletter in the books! Make sure to have a look at the attached weekly specials and...beware the Ides of March!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 5, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 Mar 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; After a brutal February it was so nice to see March come in like a lamb again (last year was the same)!&nbsp;And now that it&#39;s arrived, let&#39;s remind you that Sunday is the start of Daylight Savings Time.&nbsp;DO NOT forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you hit the hay on Saturday night!</p><p>Alright, now that you&#39;ve been forwarned, it&#39;s time for everyone&#39;s favourite part of the newsletter: new products! Let&#39;s jump right in starting with<em><strong>&nbsp;IOGO Fruitbottom Yogurt 12x100g Multipacks</strong></em>! Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Mango-Pineapple/Orange-Mandarin</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberry-Rhubarb/Strawberry-Raspberry&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Blueberry/Blueberry-Blackberry</strong></em>&nbsp;this exquisite yogurt is made with plain, whole milk&nbsp;yogurt layered over real fruit creating a creamy and fruity yogurt with&nbsp;probiotics and 35% less sugar!</p><p>Another new product that can be found in our non-dairy section is&nbsp;<em><strong>Emborg Vegan Mozzarella Slices</strong></em>. Toronto Vegan Chef Doug McNish, who, by the way,&nbsp;was awarded&nbsp;the Now Magazine Readers Choice Award in his home town of Toronto Ontario, as Best Chef in the City in November 2017, has this to say about Emborg Vegan Cheese, &quot;<em>When I first tried Emborg Vegan Cheese I was blown away by not only the taste, but the texture and mouth feel. Not only does Emborg have the best taste of all Vegan cheeses on the market, but it melts like no other vegan cheese I have ever had. I am excited for what the team at Emborg has done and for the world to taste it</em>.&quot; And look for<em><strong>&nbsp;Emborg Vegan Cheddar Slices</strong></em>&nbsp;on our shelves when it becomes available later this month!</p><p><em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s Special K Protein Honey Almond Ancient Grains Cereal</strong></em>&nbsp;is crunchy flakes made with whole grain wheat, white and black rice and whole grain burgundy sorghum. You get a high protein, high fibre cereal and an opportunity to &quot;Own Every Bite&quot;&nbsp;whenever you eat it!</p><p><br />The next items aren&#39;t new but they are very popular so when we were unable to acquire them for some time, we thought it worth mentioning that they were back on the shelf!<em><strong>&nbsp;Umi&#39;s Kitchen Simmer Sauces</strong></em>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut Curry</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Butter Chicken&nbsp;</strong></em>are made in Canada (Vancouver)&nbsp;from domestic and imported ingredients and are necessary items for your kitchen pantry. And each jar offers four servings which means you can use one to cook a meal&nbsp;for your whole family!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has&nbsp;long stocked an extensive line of La Tortilla Factory soft tortillas. And we&#39;ve added one more!<em><strong>&nbsp;La Tortilla Factory Street Taco Size White Corn &amp; Wheat Tortillas</strong></em>&nbsp;are like the slider burger&nbsp;buns of tacos! At only 10 cms across, you can make micro tacos in the comfort of your own home. Street meat and fresh ingredients required! And by the way, there are no GMO ingredients, hydrogenated or interesterified (is that like when you can&#39;t look away from a horror movie?) oils, artifical flavours or mono or diglycerides in these tiny tortillas.</p><p>Everyone loves to sip a refreshing beverage through a fun, colourful straw. And that little, innocuous act is becoming a big problem. It&#39;s estimated that 500 million straws are used just&nbsp;in the United States every single day. Imagine what that number is world wide.&nbsp;However, it&#39;s now becoming much more common to be served a drink at a bar or restaurant without a straw. But let&#39;s face it, straws are indeed fun and sometimes necessary. That&#39;s why we&#39;re now stocking&nbsp;<em><strong>The Future Is Bamboo Re-usable Drinking Straws</strong></em>! Each box contains six bamboo straws plus a convenient cleaning brush! Vegan and biodegradable, you can use and re-use these bamboo straws, clean and air dry! Drink. Clean. Repeat.</p><p>What do you do when it&#39;s time to replace that plastic handles toothbrush. nine times out of ten you toss it into the bathroom wastebasket and carry on with your life. Well, all that plastic ends up in the landfill and that spells more trouble for the planet. So in addition to straws, we also have&nbsp;<em><strong>The Future is Bamboo Toothbrushes</strong></em>! Whoa, that&#39;s pretty cool, right? Indeed it is. Because bamboo is naturally antimicrobial, you don&#39;t need to worry about yucky germs growing on it! And this bamboo is also panda&nbsp;friendly, grown by responsible farmers. It&#39;s a no-brainer when it comes time to choose your next toothbrush. Enjoy a clean mouth; enjoy a clean earth!</p><p>As we do every Thursday, Pepper&#39;s offers one deeply discounted item. And this week, it&#39;s <em><strong>Tre Stelle 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese 125g on for a ridiculous price of $2.79</strong></em> each! Put it on your list and we&#39;ll see you on Thursday!</p><p>Remember last week when we mentioned that we have an authentic Toronto Blue Jays embroidered jersey up for grabs? It showed up here at the store the very next day and is hanging up to the left of the store entrance. Don&#39;t forget to enter the draw to win this great prize by signing your receipt with your name and contact information. Spring training has already begun!</p><p>Thanks so much for taking the time to read our newsletter!&nbsp;And for those who have taken the time to find a staff member or email us saying that you enjoy reading it, we&#39;d like to say thanks again! Very kind of you, indeed.</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 26, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 26 Feb 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; You know who you don&#39;t hear about much about, if at all, anymore?&nbsp;Tony Randall. And that&#39;s a shame because he was such a talented stage and screen actor with a career spanning sixty years! Why do we mention him today? Because he was born this day,&nbsp;February 26th, 1920. Happy birthday, Felix Unger!</p><p>Alright, now onto the stuff you really want to know about: new products. This week we&#39;re going to start things off with something your best friend would probably love,&nbsp;<em><strong>Tri-Natural Lean Cuts Dog Food</strong></em>! This isn&#39;t exactly new to the store, but we wanted to tell&nbsp;you more about it because it&#39;s made in Chilliwack, BC with all-natural ingredients and has been since 1972. We think that&#39;s siginificant to know in a day and age where buying locally is so important to consumers.&nbsp;It&#39;s real meat protein, without any fillers such as cereals, grains, starches, salt or rendered meats. That means it&#39;s suitable for dogs on limited ingredient diets and for dogs at any stage of life. Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Salmon</strong></em>, <em><strong>Beef</strong></em>, <em><strong>Beef &amp; Chicken</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Lamb &amp; Rice.</strong></em></p><p>&quot;Dispatch the cock!&quot; That&#39;s something that a cook might have cried in 18th century Ireland when it was dinner time and chicken was on the menu. Today, you might hear&nbsp;the term &quot;spatchcock&quot; used instead. The&nbsp;dictionary defines spatchcock as:&nbsp;<em>a chicken or game bird split opened and grilled</em>. This involves removing the&nbsp;backbone and flattening the bird for cooking. The other, more common term, is&nbsp;<em><strong>butterfly chicken</strong></em>. &quot;Wait, why would one want their chicken prepared for cooking this way?&quot; you might be asking yourself. For one, no trussing (twine) is required. And since the chicken lays flat, all of the skin is exposed to the heat resulting in a glorious brown and crispy exterior. Plus, when you roast a whole bird the traditional way, the breast meat cooks faster than the dark meat. Spatchcocking allows for even cooking times AND allows it to happen much quicker! So&nbsp;<em><strong>visit our&nbsp;full-service Meat Counter and get yourself a spatchcock chicken</strong></em>!&nbsp;Of course, the method of&nbsp;cooking is up to you.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for a way to boost the flavour in your favourite recipes then ready to use<em><strong>&nbsp;Kitchen Basics Stocks</strong></em>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em><strong>Original Turkey</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>No Salt Added Vegetable</strong></em>&nbsp;are available now! Both are gluten-free, fat-free, MSG-free and&nbsp;cholesterol-free. One of the basic ingredients in any prepared cook&#39;s kitchen is stock so make sure you have some of this appropriately named stock for when you need it!</p><p>We&#39;ve mentioned in past newsletters how nutritional yeast has become a huge favourite among vegans and non-vegans alike for its delicious cheesy flavour and high vitamin B content. Now&nbsp;<em><strong>Jenny Marie&#39;s Cracker Company&nbsp;</strong></em>(handmade in Victoria, BC) has broadened their already stellar lineup to include&nbsp;<em><strong>Cheesy Yeshi&nbsp;</strong></em>flavour! However, like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end&nbsp;and since this is a limited edition flavour you&#39;d&nbsp;better try it while you can!</p><p>Another quality, handmade product from the Garden City is&nbsp;<em><strong>Singing Bowl Granola No Grain Granola</strong></em>. Just like Jenny Marie&#39;s, they&#39;ve added this new product to their already amazing selection of granolas except this one is grain free. It&#39;s a combination of a large variety of mostly organic&nbsp;ground and flaked seeds and nuts mixed with coconut oil and shredded coconut and it&#39;s perfect for those on a paleo,vegan or gluten-free diet!</p><p>You know what pairs nicely with some granola? Yogurt. And Olympic Dairy has really upped their game by introducing new&nbsp;<em><strong>Olympic Organic Grass-Fed Yogurt</strong></em>&nbsp;in three amazing flavours:&nbsp;<em><strong>Smoked Applewood Vanilla, Citrus Cardamom&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Fig Honey</strong></em>! It&#39;s rich, 6.5% milk fat, fruit on the&nbsp;bottom yogurt made from 100% BC milk and certified organic by the Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association. One thing&#39;s for sure; you&#39;ve never tried any other yogurts that tastes as unique as these do!</p><p>And finally, something new from our full-service Deli Department.&nbsp;<em><strong>Dumet Chalkidiki Greek Olives</strong></em>&nbsp;are large olives stuffed with&nbsp;<em><strong>Spicy Jalapeno Peppers</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Whole Almonds</strong></em>, respectively. And&nbsp;<em><strong>Dumet A La Grecque Moroccan Olives</strong></em>&nbsp;are &quot;<em>meaty table olives, dry-cured in the traditional fashion giving them an intense flavour</em>.&quot; All of these olives require no refrigeration (until opened) and so you can find them at the very end of aisle 2, closest to the meat counter near the polenta. TIP: rinse under cold water for 30 seconds and reduce the saltiness by 20%!</p><p>Can you believe that by the time you receive the next newsletter it will already be March?! That&#39;s a good thing because I think most of us will be very happy for the arrival of spring. As always, you&#39;re reminded to look at the attached advertised specials for February 26-March 4. Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming&nbsp;customer giveaway! It&#39;ll be for an authentic <em><strong>Toronto Blue Jays</strong></em> jersey. We&#39;re talking real, as in, the same one the pros wear. You don&#39;t want to miss your chance to win!</p><p>Until next week take care and stay safe!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 19, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Yesterday was Family Day and what a beauty of a day it was!&nbsp;&nbsp;The sun tried its best to shine, the snow was melting, the birds were chirping and hopefully people put down their phones and picked up their kids&nbsp;and spent&nbsp;time with the people they love. As a family owned and operated business, we know that nothing is more important than family. We like to think of our staff as one big, happy one! So with whomever and however you spent your day, we hope it was special!</p><p>In 1839 Robert McVitie opened a bakery in Edinburgh. Fifty-three years later, the original McVitie&#39;s Digestive Biscuit was created. They&#39;re still making them to this day and we sell an awful lot of them here at Pepper&#39;s because they&#39;re so darn good. And a few weeks ago in the newsletter we mentioned how everything&#39;s better with chocolate. So it only makes sense that we brought in<em><strong>&nbsp;McVitie&#39;s Milk Chocolate Digestive Thins</strong></em>! Take delicately crispy golden baked wheat cookie thins and dip them in real milk chocolate and voila...! Your next newest favourite cookie! We ordered the dark chocolate ones, too, but they&#39;re not in stock yet. So keep your eyes peeled!</p><p>Don&#39;t worry, all you gluten free folk who are turning green with jealousy. We have something for you as well.<em><strong>&nbsp;Schar Gluten Free Chocolate Honeygrams</strong></em>&nbsp;are graham style cookies coated in dark chocolate and offered in three convenient portion packs! These are certified gluten-free and are also wheat-free and non-GMO. Plus, Schar supports celiac disease research and organizations that help people with special dietary needs! Why not pick up a bag of marshmallows and create the most&nbsp;&nbsp;amazing s&#39;mores EVER?!</p><p>While we&#39;re on the topic of chocolate, let&#39;s take this opportunity to mention that we have new&nbsp;<em><strong>Nestle Rolo Hot Chocolate</strong></em>! It&#39;s the delicious Rolo flavour combination of chocolate and caramel that you can drink as hot&nbsp;or&nbsp;you can mix it into a glass of milk and make awesome chocolate milk!&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Camu Camu</strong></em>. Sounds like something Mork from Ork&nbsp;would say to&nbsp;greet&nbsp;earthlings. But no,&nbsp;<em><strong>Camu Camu</strong></em>&nbsp;is a seedless berry pulp powder from the Amazon Rainforest that has the highest vitamin C content of any fruit in the world!&nbsp;In fact, 1 teaspoon has 270% of the RDI of vitamin C.&nbsp;Impressive! This is an antioxidant powerhouse of a fruit and you can mix it with water for a refreshing drink (either hot or cold), sprinkle on ice cream, stir into yogurt or smoothies, juice, tea or oatmeal! Imported from Victoria&#39;s&nbsp;Healinka Organics, when you purchase their products, you empower indiginous communities and help preserve the great rainforest!<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Has this ever happened to you:&nbsp;you&#39;re running around trying to get dinner ready and the only thing that you have to serve as a side dish is rice? And not the instant kind? That&#39;ll easily set you back thirty or forty minutes and there&#39;s no way you can keep your family waiting that long, right? Well now you can prepare&nbsp;<em><strong>Floating Leaf Pure Wild Rice in Minutes</strong></em>&nbsp;(10 minutes, to be exact)! That&#39;s right, the goodness of pure wild rice prepared in a fraction of the time it would normally take! But how is this possible? According to the product box their, &quot;<em>proprietary process achieves convenience without compromising the unique taste, texture, aroma and nutrition attributes of pure wild rice</em>.&quot; That still doesn&#39;t explain it but all you need to know is that you can make nutritious and tasty rice real quick-like! You can check out this Winnipeg&nbsp;company&#39;s website at&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>Another question: have you ever eaten Chicago Mix popcorn? It&#39;s a unique combination of caramel and cheddar cheese flavoured popcorn. Your first reaction to hearing this may be to scrunch up your nose. And rightfully so; it kinda sorta sounds like it wouldn&#39;t taste very good. But wrong you would be to make that assumption! Very wrong, in fact. Because this is one of those snacks that will make you say,&nbsp;&quot;I can&#39;t believe I never tried this before now!&quot; the moment you take your first handful. Pepper&#39;s has long carried&nbsp;<em><strong>G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popcorn</strong></em>&nbsp;but only recently have we stocked a convenient 42g snack-sized bag! Now you don&#39;t have to purchase a huge bag if you don&#39;t want to, but if you buy the snack bag to try it out, you&#39;ll want to purchase a huge bag! It&#39;s&nbsp;<em>THAT</em>&nbsp;good!</p><p>There you have it, folks. Another newsletter is in the books. Don&#39;t forget to check out our weekly specials which start today and run until closing next Monday. See you next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 12, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; It&#39;s been one heck of a week for weather here in Victoria, hasn&#39;t it? Crazy high winds, wicked low temperatures, snowstorms, power name it. Hopefully you&#39;ve managed to make it through safe and sound. Compared to many other parts of the country we&#39;ve had a relatively easy go of it but still, it&#39;s been challenging. But don&#39;t forget that Pepper&#39;s has firewood, kindling, firelogs,&nbsp;firestarters, candles,&nbsp;matches, lighters, batteries, charcoal, fondu fuel, lamp oil, safe-T-salt&nbsp;and other accoutrements to get you through when a storm whips up and the power goes out!</p><p>As always, there are a few new items to let you know about so we may as well&nbsp;start with&nbsp;<em><strong>Kimberley&#39;s Bakeshoppe Brownie Collection</strong></em>, a glorious combination of chocolate brownies topped with decadent chocolate or peanut butter flavoured granache. Your afternoon coffee date with a friend, book club meeting or after school/dinner dessert will not soon be forgotten if you serve these deluxe, gourmet brownies! Giddee yup!</p><p>While we&#39;re on the topic of ridiculously sweet and rich treats, how could we not include new<em><strong>&nbsp;Christie Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf</strong></em>? This is the standard Oreo cookie on&nbsp;steroids! If you just cannot get enough of that sweet&nbsp;Oreo filling then this cookie was made for you! It&#39;s the Most. Creme. Ever!</p><p>Something with just a tad less sugar, but still enough to keep the kids happy is&nbsp;<em><strong>Barbara&#39;s Puffins Cinnamon Cereal</strong></em>. Hey, have you noticed that Kimberly, Christie and now Barbara are the makers of the first three new products? Huh. Anyway, inside the box you&#39;ll find deliciously crunchy pillows of corn and whole grain oats sprinkled with cinnamon that you can enjoy in a bowl with added milk or simply by themselves!</p><p>Way back in 1831, in the English city of Carlisle, Jonathan Dodgson Carr founded a small bakery and biscuit factory. It soon grew to become the largest baking business in Britain. Nowadays, you can find a large assortment of Carr&#39;s crackers on our shelves including the original Carr&#39;s Table Water Crackers. And now we&#39;re pleased to be able to offer new&nbsp;<em><strong>Carr&#39;s Whole Wheat Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;baked in a brick oven&nbsp;like all Carr&#39;s crackers. They&#39;re perfect for any occasion!</p><p>What goes better with crackers than cheese? New&nbsp;<em><strong>Babybel Multiflavoured Limited Edition Minis</strong></em>&nbsp; include the beloved&nbsp;<em><strong>Original&nbsp;</strong></em>as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>Swiss</strong></em> and<em><strong>&nbsp;Cheddar&nbsp;</strong></em>varieities. And here&#39;s something you may not know about Babybel cheese: it&#39;s&nbsp;lactose free and always has been! Lactose is removed during the draining and fermentation phases of production so if you&#39;ve shied away from this delicious cheese because you thought you or someone else couldn&#39;t tolerate it, give it a shot. But remember, this is a limited edition combo so it won&#39;t be around forever!</p><p>If you&#39;ve decided it&#39;s time to eliminate or at least lower the amount of caffeine you consume but for some reason can&#39;t think of a good reason to drink decaf&nbsp;then maybe it&#39;s time to think about&nbsp;<em><strong>Caf-Lib Organic Grain Beverage with Chicory</strong></em>. Mmmm. Sounds yummy! But seriously, there are other reasons to drink this coffee substiture other than just lowering caffeine intake. Chicory root contains a high amount of inulin which is a soluble,&nbsp;prebiotic fibre. It serves as food for the good bacteria in your gut and that can translate into improving your digestive system and making you more regular. And chicory can have a sedative effect on some which is the exact opposite effect of caffeine.&nbsp;But you should do some research on chicory before you start consuming it because it isn&#39;t for everyone.</p><p>Before we sign off we&#39;ll remind you that<em><strong>&nbsp;Monday, February 18 is Family Day</strong></em>! Because it&#39;s a holiday, <em><strong>our store hours will be slightly shortened to 7 AM-7:30 PM</strong></em>&nbsp;(instead of the usual 9 PM). Let&#39;s hope Mother Nature cooperates and gives us some sunshine and warmer conditions!</p><p>Until next week, stay safe, warm and take care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 5, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 Feb 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Zaoshang hao!&nbsp; Today marks the beginning of Chinese New Year and one of the customs associated with this is for a family to do a deep clean of the house in order to remove any residual bad luck and to de-clutter to allow for good fortune to enter. So as soon as you finish reading this, get out the broom, mop and sponge and get to it. Even if your luck doesn&#39;t change, at least you&#39;ll have a tidy place to return to after you&#39;ve come back from shopping at Pepper&#39;s! And this week, our ad is built around Chinese New Year which means that many&nbsp;of your Chinese culinary needs are on sale.&nbsp;</p><p>Oh and before we forget, we&#39;ve started printing out this newsletter and placing it by the entrance, right beside where we keep our flyer. So if you get to the store and you&#39;ve forgotten what it was that you read about in the newsletter, feel free to take a copy, refresh your memory and never worry again about what it was you were supposed to buy!</p><p>Kicking things off in the New Products category is&nbsp;<em><strong>Caboo 100% Bamboo and Sugarcane Paper Napkins</strong></em>! These 100% tree-free (and chlorine-free) paper napkins combine the strength of bamboo with the softness of sugarcane fibres. They&#39;re readily biodegradable and safe for all septic systems. And they utilize waste up-cycling, meaning that the sugarcane fibre is used once it&#39;s been harvested for making sugar. And just so you know, the bamboo used in the creation of these napkins is not a food souce for Pandas so the manufacture of this product in no way has an effect on their habitat!</p><p>Though not new, this is the perfect opportunity to tie-in one of the items featured in our ad specials this week:&nbsp;<em><strong>True Earth Dragon Towels are ad-priced for $4.96</strong></em>. On second thought, you might want to shop first before you clean your house like we mentioned in the opening paragraph because these&nbsp;paper-free yet&nbsp;re-usable&nbsp;towels will certainly help with any mess.&nbsp;And one roll can last up to 6 months! You can machine wash each towel up to 25 times and once it&#39;s worn out, just toss it in the compost! And just like the napkins, Panda habitat is not impacted by the harvest of the bamboo. Plus, True Earth Paper Corp. is located right here in Victoria, BC and is the same company that brings you&nbsp;Silk N&#39; Soft Bathroom and Facial Tissues.</p><p>Now let&#39;s move from True Earth to Yum Earth. Specifically,&nbsp;Y<em><strong>um Earth Organic Gummy Fruits</strong></em>. With Valentine&#39;s Day just around the corner, instead of the kids giving out&nbsp;the usual paper valentines, why not have them give a sweet treat to pass out instead? There are 10 mini snack packs in each bag&nbsp;that make instant valentines! And with flavours of&nbsp;&nbsp;Very Very Cherry,&nbsp;Perfectly Peach&nbsp;and&nbsp;Strawberry Smash, who wouldn&#39;t just love to receive these delightfully vegan sweets? There&#39;s no high fructose corn syrup, dyes, gluten, or allergens either so you can relax about whether the receiver can actually have them!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for a more &quot;grown up&quot; gift to give your sweetheart then Victoria&#39;s own&nbsp;<em><strong>Pure Lovin&#39; Chocolate Assorted Cremes&nbsp;</strong></em>are definitely going to get you some lovin&#39;! Six different creme&nbsp;varieties (well, five cremes and one caramel) are enveloped in organic, fair-trade dark chocolate and come in a loverly heart-shaped box. Or there&#39;s a&nbsp;<em><strong>Pure Lovin&#39; Chocolate Sweet Heart</strong></em>&nbsp;which is a heart-shaped chocolate filled with vanilla bean creme and comes&nbsp;with the Charles M. Schultz quotation printed on the bottom of the package:&nbsp;&quot;<em>All you need is love but a little chocolate now and then doesn&#39;t hurt</em>.&quot;</p><p>A little while ago we started carrying&nbsp;<em><strong>Yeshi Nutritional Yeast Dressing</strong></em>&nbsp;(of Mill Bay, BC) and it&#39;s quickly become a very popular choice for shoppers seeking a dairy, nut, gluten and egg-free dressing. And now there&#39;s a new&nbsp;<em><strong>Smokey Chipotle</strong></em>&nbsp;flavour!&nbsp;&nbsp;If it&#39;s half as good as the other three flavours that we stock, you&#39;re in for a treat!&nbsp;</p><p>Hellmann&#39;s has been making traditional&nbsp;mayonnaise since 1913 but only recently has it moved into making an organic version.<em><strong>&nbsp;Hellmann&#39;s Organic Mayonnaise&nbsp;</strong></em>is made with organic&nbsp;free run eggs, organic expeller pressed oil and no preservatives. It&#39;s great because now you don&#39;t have to spread a regular&nbsp;mayo on that organic&nbsp;free-range turkey, organic lettuce, organic tomato&nbsp;on&nbsp;organic whole grain bread sandwich that you just masterfully created in the kitchen.</p><p>And if you&#39;re looking to wash said sandwich down with something, perhaps regular old ordinary water just won&#39;t do. No, you need something like<em><strong>&nbsp;Infused Hemp Water</strong></em>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em><strong>Frosted Mint</strong></em>&nbsp;flavour. That&#39;s right, it&#39;s ozonated spring water with hempseed and pure peppermint oil added for a refreshing beverage containing healthy omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. But don&#39;t worry, there&#39;s no mood altering THC in the bottle. The only thing you&#39;ll alter by drinking this Canadian water is your thirst.</p><p>Remember, each Thursday we offer a one-day only super low-priced item that&#39;s on sale all day. And this week it&#39;s locally produced&nbsp;Stubborn Chef Ginger Dressing&nbsp;for the great price of $6.49! We sell a boat load of this condiment so it must be good! Try some with your dinner this Thursday!</p><p>As always, thank you for taking the time to read up on what&#39;s new at Pepper&#39;s. Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter January 29, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 29 Jan 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p><em>O my Luve&#39;s like a red, red rose that&rsquo;s newly sprung in june; O my Luve&#39;s like the melodie that&rsquo;s sweetly play&#39;d in tune</em>.&nbsp;- Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose, 1794</p><p>Friday was the 260th anniversary of the birth of Robbert (Rabbie) Burns so if you are one of the many who chose to celebrate the life and works&nbsp;of this influential&nbsp;Scottish poet/songwriter, here&#39;s hoping that your Robbie Burns Day/Night/Supper was most stoat an&#39; foo a guid cheer!</p><p>You may have heard of the<em><strong>&nbsp;Island Good</strong></em>&nbsp;movement which is quickly establishing itself in Victoria and in other island communities. If you haven&#39;t&nbsp;then you should know that it&#39;s a campaign to help shoppers identify locally sourced food products. And because Pepper&#39;s has always been about promoting and showcasing local items, we&#39;ve placed the<em><strong>&nbsp;Island Good&nbsp;</strong></em>logo all around the store to assist you in locating and identifying food items made and sourced here in Victoria, Vancouver Island and in the Gulf Islands. So keep your eyes peeled and shop with confidence knowing that you&#39;re supporting&nbsp;local vendors and farmers!</p><p>Last week we told you that&nbsp;<em><strong>Rumble Nutritional Shake</strong></em>&nbsp;was on the cusp of returning to the shelves and guess what...the very next day we received a shipment! So rejoice all you&nbsp;<em><strong>Rumble</strong></em>&nbsp;drinkers, because,&nbsp;once again, you have the supershake &quot;<em>made to feed your body and fuel your life</em>!&quot;</p><p>Another great, new drink that we&#39;ve brought in is&nbsp;<em><strong>Earth&#39;s Own SoFresh Cashew Unsweetened&nbsp;Original</strong></em>&nbsp;beverage. People are discovering that cashew milk is smoother and creamier than other nut milks and it has a less nutty flavour so it&#39;s more like cow&#39;s milk and it won&#39;t overpower whatever you might be pouring it on. It&#39;s also an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D and we could all use a little more vitamin D at this time of year. The tetra carton makes this beverage shelf stable for months until it&#39;s opened. Plus, you&#39;re supporting a Canadian company (Vancouver, BC) when you purchase this product!&nbsp;</p><p>A long time ago, Courtney&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Tree Island Yogurt</strong></em>&nbsp;started offering their incredibly delicious, fruity grass-fed yogurt in a convenient multipack. And then it vanished! Who knows why but it was only available for a very, very short time. Well despair no longer, for the&nbsp;<em><strong>Tree Island Fruit Yogurt&nbsp;</strong></em>is back with&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberry, Peach</strong></em> and <em><strong>Prairie Berry flavours in a convenient 4x150g pack</strong></em>! Fun Fact: Tree Island yogurt changed their packaging to reduce the amount of plastic used by 50%! That&#39;s the equivalent of 26000 lbs of plastic kept out of the recycling stream in the first year alone!</p><p>You may remember a few weeks back we mentioned that we were awaiting the arrival of a variation of one of our most popular products.<em><strong>&nbsp;Fatso Cocoa High Performance Peanut Butter</strong></em>&nbsp;is finally here and it&#39;s already selling quickly which is no surprise because (a)&nbsp;<em><strong>Fatso High Performance Peanut Butter&nbsp;</strong></em>was already an incredibly delicious product and (b) everyone knows that chocolate fixes everything!</p><p>It gets even better, though, because&nbsp;<em><strong>we are having an in-store demo this Sunday, February 3rd between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm</strong></em>. Come on down and try it for yourself and find out why this peanut butter reigns supreme!</p><p>There&#39;s a movement whereby consumers are gravitating more towards plant-based foods. This isn&#39;t necessarily a bad thing at all. The latest Canada&#39;s Food Guide will re-iterate that it&#39;s healthier to reduce your consumption of meat and dairy. Whether you choose to follow that is up to you. But it seems like there&#39;s always a new study with recommendations to eat more or less of something and then another not long after telling us to forget about that. For instance, remember when, if you weren&#39;t&nbsp;drinking eight glasses of water a day, you were at risk of dehydration? Or when eggs were considered unhealthy? Or when coffee was bad for you? Everything in moderation, I say. But for those&nbsp;who do love your meat-free diets, we have a delicious (and wonderful smelling) treat for you!&nbsp;<em><strong>Big Mountain Foods&nbsp;</strong></em>(Vancouver, BC)&nbsp;<em><strong>Superfood Breakfast Patties</strong></em>&nbsp;will definitely start your day off on the right foot! These 100% vegan bites are made with Canadian maple syrup, hemp seeds and yams and are dairy free, soy free and gluten free. You can panfry, bake in the oven or toaster oven or microwave for a quick and tasty breakfast.&nbsp;</p><p>Another proudly Canadian business is&nbsp;<em><strong>Sunrype</strong></em>&nbsp;which has been producing juices and fruit snacks in Kelowna, BC since 1946. And now they offer&nbsp;<em><strong>Good Bites&nbsp;</strong></em>in&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Macaroon&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Chip</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours! Simple, nutritious and delicious ingredients comprise these&nbsp;certified vegan snacks that are also free of nuts and gluten yet high in fibre, iron and magnesium. And&nbsp;<em><strong>they just so happen to be in our ad this week for the low, low price of $3.76 each</strong></em>!&nbsp;So if you&#39;re looking for a snacking option with goodness in every bite, look no further. Here it is!</p><p>We hope you enjoyed this week&#39;s newsletter. Thanks for having a look and thanks for choosing Pepper&#39;s Foods when you buy groceries. Don&#39;t forget to&nbsp;like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter January 22, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 22 Jan 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Did you catch the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse on Sunday night? It was the only total lunar eclipse of 2019. And if you believe in the &quot;lunar effect&quot; then you believe that human behaviour is affected by the lining up of the sun, moon and earth. Here at Pepper&#39;s, we&#39;ve put together a pretty great lineup of advertised specials for this week so have a gander at the attached flyer.</p><p>And now, onwards to the new stuff!</p><p>We&#39;re always looking for quality, local products to offer our customers so when the opportunity to add&nbsp;<em><strong>Morning Fresh Free Run Large Eggs</strong></em>&nbsp;presented itself, we didn&#39;t hesitate!&nbsp;These Vancouver Island eggs are super fresh and tasty and the price is right, too!&nbsp;</p><p>Loads of you have been wondering what the heck happened to&nbsp;<em><strong>Rumble</strong></em>, the (local!)&nbsp;nourishing &quot;supershake&quot; drink. There&#39;s been a switch to a more environmentally friendly package, as well as some changes to some of the ingredients. So it&#39;ll be&nbsp;better than ever when it finally hits the shelves again very, very soon!&nbsp;Here&#39;s a&nbsp;recent release from the company:<em>&nbsp;Rumble is coming!!??&nbsp;Production of the brand new Rumble supershakes has completed and our distribution partners will be picking it up in the coming weeks. If you don&rsquo;t find us in your favourite natural foods store in February, reach out to us or ask your local grocer to order it</em>.&nbsp;So keep an eye out in the coming weeks because as soon as it&#39;s available again, Pepper&#39;s will have it in stock!</p><p>&quot;Spread &#39;em!&quot;&nbsp; Fortunately, most of us will never hear those words spoken directly, unless of course you&#39;re asking someone what they&#39;re putting on their toast. If they&#39;re vegan, there&#39;s a good chance they&#39;ll tell you they&#39;re eating&nbsp;<em><strong>Spread &#39;Em Cultured Cashew Soft Cheeze</strong></em>. Our Deli Dept. has added three new flavours to their selection:&nbsp;<em><strong>Porcini &amp; Dill</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Nacho Cheeze</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>Spinach &amp; Artichoke</strong></em>. Dairy free, gluten free and vegan, these plant-based spreads are full of fresh flavour with a wonderfully creamy texture and they&#39;re made in Vancouver. So come on down to Pepper&#39;s and Spread &#39;Em!</p><p>Yet another local company is&nbsp;<em><strong>From the Earth</strong></em>, which operates right here in Victoria! They make artisan, locally handcrafted products in small batches such as&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Biryani Pilaf,</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Kheer Rice Pudding</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Curry Powder</strong></em>. There are no fillers, additives or gluten in any of these premium plant-based, vegan and gluten-free Indian products.&nbsp;</p><p>If you&#39;re interested in the preceding items then you&#39;re probably going to take an interest in this next one.&nbsp;<em><strong>Raincoast Trading Bold Curry BBQ &amp; Dipping Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;can be used to coat your fish, beef,&nbsp;pork or chicken if you&#39;re using as a BBQ sauce or use it to dip gourmet meats and veggies in! The product is blended and bottled&nbsp;right here on Vancouver Island and the company itself is out of Delta, BC. You may already be familiar with their excellent tinned seafood products that are caught wild in Canada&#39;s Pacific Northwest (and which we also sell!). Give their website a look to see what Raincoast Trading is all about.&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, or so goes the rhyme. What the heck is a peck, anyway? No matter, because if you&#39;re like Peter, you&#39;ve likely picked your own peck (or jar) of pickled peppers (or vegetables, olives or other specialty foods) from&nbsp;<em><strong>Mezzetta</strong></em>,&nbsp;especially if you shop here at Peppers&#39;s. And why wouldn&#39;t you? They offer amazingly flavourful, healthy, quality, fresh and convenient foods. So when we found out that their number one favourite item wasn&#39;t on our shelf&nbsp;(according to their website customers),&nbsp;we clearly had to take action!&nbsp;So&nbsp;<em><strong>Mezzetta Deli-Style Sweet Bell Pepper Relish</strong></em>&nbsp;found a home in our store. It spruces up everything from burgers, dogs, sauces and even creamy salad dressings! You&#39;re going to like this A LOT so be like Peter and pick some up, pronto!</p><p>Valentine&#39;s Day is approaching quickly and we&nbsp;all know that it&#39;s all about the sweets. And the colour pink. That&#39;s why&nbsp;<em><strong>Create A Treat Valentine&#39;s Frosted Sugar Cookies&nbsp;</strong></em>are the perfect treat for your sweetheart, children, secret admirer or anyone else who deserves a&nbsp;little something-something for being so special. Plus, they&#39;re just fun to eat! But you don&#39;t need to wait until Valentine&#39;s Day because we have them in stock right now! And you can also get them in chocolate.</p><p>As long as we&#39;re on the subject of sweets, you&#39;re going to love the new<em><strong>&nbsp;Werther&#39;s Original Soft Eclairs</strong></em>! They take their unmistakable caramel, make it soft and chewy&nbsp;and fill it with a delicious chocolaty filling. Or perhaps you&#39;d prefer the<em><strong>&nbsp;Dairy Milk Oreo Candy Bar</strong></em>. Just like the eclairs, it&#39;s a soft and chewy candy consisting of vanilla filling&nbsp;blended with pieces of Oreo cookie and surrounded by Dairy Milk chocolate! Think you can have a bite and put it away? As Donny Brasco was fond of saying, &quot;Fuggetaboutit.&quot;</p><p>That wraps up your weekly Pepper&#39;s Newsletter. Stay tuned for another next Tuesday and until then, have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter January 15, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Do you come from a land down under? Have you ever bought bread from a man in Brussels? Did he speak your language? Perhaps he gave you a<em><strong>&nbsp;Vegemite&nbsp;sandwich</strong></em>. You may have chundered afterwards, though,&nbsp;unless you&#39;re one of the ones (and there are&nbsp;many) who actually like the taste of&nbsp;<em><strong>Vegemite</strong></em>.&nbsp;If you&#39;re a fan of the yeast extract then you&#39;ll be ecstatic to know that it has returned to our shelves after a lengthy absence! That&#39;s right, the either revolting or delicious, salty and malty flavour can once again be had on your morning toast!&nbsp;</p><p>If you&#39;d rather spread something else on your toast then you may want to check out&nbsp;<em><strong>Adams Dark Roast Crunchy Peanut Butter</strong></em>. It&#39;s still the same 100%&nbsp;natural peanut butter that you love&nbsp;but with a bolder,&nbsp;richer flavour!&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s all fine and dandy as long as you or someone in your household doesn&#39;t have a peanut allergy. But if that&#39;s a concern, at least now there&#39;s another snacking option for you.<em><strong>&nbsp;Nature Valley Lunch Box Granola Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;are made in a peanut-free facility so you can rest easy when putting&nbsp;little Johnny&#39;s lunch together! And it can be difficult these days making a school lunch that your kids will actually enjoy. So give them something they like&nbsp;and&nbsp;is safe to eat!</p><p>There&#39;s something about the combination of apples and cinnamon that many people find irresistable, yet also comforting. The aroma of&nbsp;fresh baked apples sprinkled with cinnamon is unmistakeable and likely evokes fond memories of mothers or grandmothers busy in the kitchen. It could be a bit of a stretch to imply that&nbsp;<em><strong>Olympic Krema Apple Cinnamon Yogurt&nbsp;</strong></em>could be quite as satisfying but because it&#39;s the current Limited Edition flavour, you won&#39;t have very long to find out!!</p><p>Everybody loves pizza, right? Ok, not everybody but most people do. But ordering takeout can be pricey and somewhat&nbsp;unhealthy. Making your very own pizza seems a much better option especially when you can choose a crust that you can&#39;t get from the pizzeria. That&#39;s why we&#39;re excited to now offer<em><strong>&nbsp;Golden Home Ultra Thin Pizza Crusts</strong></em>! Available in fun-sized, re-sealable packages of five or full-sized packages of three, they&#39;re a great option for an easy&nbsp;dinner because of their quick cooking time. Plus, you can choose either<em><strong>&nbsp;Original</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Super Grains</strong></em>&nbsp;which consists of sprouted wheat, flax quinoa and chia seeds! And because BBQ season never really ends in Victoria, it&#39;s a cinch to fire up the grill and bake off a couple pies in just a few minutes! Easy peasy!</p><p>It&#39;s mid January so that means about 30% off you have already abandoned your New Years resolutions. If yours was to cut out the sugar but you&#39;ve decided that it ain&#39;t gonna happen (at least not this year) then listen up. We&#39;ve got some nummy goodies to tell you about.&nbsp;<em><strong>Real Earth Bounty</strong></em>&nbsp;of Surry BC makes delightful snacks of various <em><strong>dried fruits</strong></em>, with some, like&nbsp;<em><strong>Whole Blueberries</strong></em>&nbsp;packaged naked while there are others such as<em><strong>&nbsp;Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate Covered Cranberries</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as<em><strong>&nbsp;Greek Yogurt Coated Cherries</strong></em>! These are Canadian-grown&nbsp;fruits coated in premium ingredients which are kosher and offered in a convenient resealable package. But who are you kidding? You won&#39;t just eat a few and then put it back in the cupboard. These 3 ounce packages don&#39;t stand a chance! Once it&#39;s open, consider it gone. Happy New Year!</p><p>Just one more thing that might interest some of you...<em><strong>would you like to see one of two plays being offered at Uvic&#39;s Phoenix Theare for FREE</strong></em>? We have six pairs of tickets to see either&nbsp;<em>Trojan Women</em>&nbsp;(Feb. 14-23)&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em>7 Stories&nbsp;</em>(Mar. 14-23). All you have to do is LIKE and RETWEET our Twitter post (@PeppersFoods - scroll down until you see the playbills) for your chance to win! But you&#39;d better do it now because the winner will be announced tomorrow, January 16th!</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>Let&#39;s not forget to remind you to have a look at the attached weekly flyer. We have some super deals from every department so take a minute to see what&#39;s being offered.&nbsp;</p><p>Until next week...</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter January 8, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 08 Jan 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! On this day in 1935 the world welcomed Elvis Aaron Presley, &quot;The King&quot; himself,&nbsp;who would go on to become one of the greatest pop cultural icons of the 20th century. And twelve years later on the same day, another would-be musical and pop cultural icon was born David Robert Jones, aka, David Bowie. Two HUGE stars born on the same day? What is it with January 8th, anyway? If only Kenny Loggins had been born one day later (January 7, 1948).&nbsp;He did pretty well for himself, mind you, eventually sharing a royal title with Elvis as &quot;The King of the Movie Soundtrack.&quot;</p><p>Anywho, let&#39;s get out of the past and leap into the present by letting you know about our new products!</p><p>Kicking things off is&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Nut Roastery Chocolate Peanut Butter</strong></em>.&nbsp;This is a simple recipy of dry roasted peanuts, dark chocolate and a touch of chocolate that you can spread on toast, serve with ice cream or eat straight out of the jar! And&nbsp;<em><strong>Pepper&#39;s just so happens to have Portofino Sourdough Artisan Loaves on sale this week for $2.96&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;Bakestone Brothers Organic Bagels for $3.46</strong></em>!</p><p>And you know what goes great with peanut butter? Honey! Now Pepper&#39;s carries&nbsp;<em><strong>Elias Honey&nbsp;</strong></em>of Prince George, BC. This mostly alfalfa/clover made honey is 100% pure, white, unpasteurized, Canada No. 1 grade and it comes in an adorable bear-shaped bottle (the nose of the bear is heart-shaped, too because you&#39;ll love it!).&nbsp;</p><p>In past newsletters we&#39;ve mentioned the benefits of eating and using duck eggs. Which is why we&#39;re very happy to have in stock&nbsp;<em><strong>Abby Lane Farm Duck Eggs </strong></em>of&nbsp;Duncan, BC.! We&#39;ve stocked their very popular chicken eggs for quite some time so when they told us that they had duck eggs available, we quacked at the chance (insert groan here) to get them!&nbsp;Duck eggs are about 30% larger than chicken eggs, contain high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, have more albumen (which makes for fluffier cakes and pastries) and because of their thicker shell, they stay fresher longer! If you&#39;ve always wondered just what duck eggs are like, now&#39;s your chance to try out these bluish-green beauties! You won&#39;t be disappointed!</p><p>This is the perfect season to whip up a delicious Indian dish. And now you can do it with new<em><strong>&nbsp;KFI Premium Cooking Sauces</strong></em>&nbsp;of Brampton, ON. We currently stock bold<em><strong>&nbsp;Butter Chicken</strong></em>&nbsp;and creamy&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut Curry</strong></em>&nbsp;that lend themselves to just about any meats but you can just as easily substitute tofu or paneer for a delicious meatless meal! Warning: Killer Flavour Inside!</p><p>While we&#39;re on the topic of Indian foods, did you know that the origin of the plant of which green peppercorns are derived was India? And did you also know that green peppercorns are simply unripened black peppercorns? Oh, you did? Well then, smartypants, do you know what you use green peppercorns in brine for? Just asking because we now stock&nbsp;<em><strong>Italissima Green Peppercorns</strong></em>.&nbsp;You can use them in sauces, dressings, potato salad or however you like.</p><p>And back after a long hiatus is&nbsp;<em><strong>Bicks Sweet Mustard Pickles</strong></em>! The product description says:<em>&nbsp;a&nbsp;blend pickle chunks, cauliflower, and onions in a sweet mustard sauce for a delicious and zesty, homestyle flavour. Add it to all your favourite meals for that perfect sweet, tangy and crunchy kick!</em> excellent accompaniment to a simple ploughman&#39;s lunch or to liven up almost any meal!</p><p>Thanks for taking the time to read up on all things Pepper&#39;s. Stay tuned next week for another exciting edition. Until then, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p>