Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Could Use Your Help! Peppers Foods Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:50:00 GMT <p><br />Attn: Pepper&#39;s Community!<br />Due to the demand of home delivery orders we are currently receiving, we are in desperate need for help shopping orders! If you find yourself with some spare time in the morning, and want to be hired part-time or simply just want to keep busy and give back - please feel free to email us @<br />&nbsp;</p> Updated Hours/Protocol Peppers Foods Wed, 18 Mar 2020 07:36:00 GMT <p>Good morning Pepper&#39;s community! We have some changes today -<br /><strong>We will be implementing a customer limit in store to comply with social distancing protocols</strong></p><p><strong>Please, for our safety and yours, leave your reusable bags at home.</strong></p><p><strong>Our hours until further notice will be 8 am to 6 pm, however, if you are a senior or vulnerable, please, feel free to come in between 7 am and 8 am.</strong></p><p>Thank you so much for your understanding!</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 17, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Mar 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Top o&#39; the mornin&#39; to ya! Happy St. Patrick&#39;s Day, everyone! It&#39;s a beautiful day here in sunny Victoria, BC, but the weather can change in an instant and if it happens to start to sprinkle a wee bit you just might catch a glimpse of a rainbow. And where there&#39;s a rainbow, there&#39;s a pot of gold at the end of it. Just don&#39;t forget to recognize all the beautiful colours while&nbsp;searching for yours!</p><p>Ok so before we continue we&#39;d like to let talk for just a minute about how COVID-19 is affecting the store. Firstly, we are doing everything that we can to reduce the transmission of this disease by regularly wiping down common surfaces such as cash register keypads, debit machines and&nbsp;conveyer belts. We have provided our customers with sanitizing wipes for ages and they are located throughout the store. Any staff that exhibit any flu-like syptoms know to stay home and self-isolate. And we are following all regulations set out by Canada&#39;s Public Health Services.</p><p>In these challenging times, it&#39;s important to remember that we are all in this together. Our staff and our customers are equally as anxious about this disease and the potential consequences of it. We are trying our hardest to ensure that our supply chain stays intact so that we can continue to stock the items that you want and need. However, because we are busier than usual, there will inevitably be times when we have out-of-stocks. And also be aware that store hours can change and closures may occur as this outbreak continues. Let&#39;s all try to work together and see this thing through. Because despite the uncertainties all around us, there&#39;s one thing that is for certain: that we will get through this. Now go wash your hands!</p><p>Just because&nbsp;there&#39;s a global pandemic occuring doesn&#39;t mean we can&#39;t remain sensible about things. And that leads us right to our first new item of the newsletter! <em><strong>Huer Sensible Sweets</strong></em> are made with natural ingredients, free of GMOs, peanuts and gluten and with some containing fruit juice! Pepper&#39;s has<em><strong> Wine Gums, Allsorts</strong></em> and <em><strong>Jelly Babies</strong></em>! Self-isolate with these sweet treats and power through whatever your fave Netflix shows are!</p><p>A few month back we told you about some really delicious sweets, premium confectionary&nbsp;in fact, from Yorkshire and now we have more. <em><strong>Cartright &amp; Butler Fudge</strong></em> is available in <em><strong>Chocolate, Butter</strong></em> and <em><strong>Salted Caramel</strong></em> flavours! The original Butter Fudge is made from an age-old Scottish recipe and is so smooth, so creamy and so rich you&#39;ll think you&#39;ve died&nbsp;and gone to heaven!&nbsp;The others are just as divine but with added flavours.</p><p>Does snacking on super-puffy vegan marshmallow dunked in rich Belgian dark chocolate sound like something you&#39;d enjoy? It does? Well then you&#39;re in luck because we now stock <em><strong>Mallow Puffs</strong></em>, the Belgian-made sweet that&#39;s full of amazing flavour but free of palm oil and gelatin! Available in <em><strong>Raspberry </strong></em>as well as <em><strong>Salted Caramel</strong></em>, these bulging beauties are everything you could ask for in a vegan treat and more. Much more!</p><p>We&#39;re on a roll with the sweets so let&#39;s keep it going with <em><strong>Leclerc Celebration Mint Truffle Butter Cookies</strong></em>. They just keep adding to this vast line of chocolate cookies and this one is a definite winner. Real dark chocolate (45% cocoa) with a magnificently minty centre layer&nbsp;sits atop a crumbly yet richly decadent butter cookie. These make the best acompaniment to your coffee or tea!</p><p>Are you or your kids tired of eating the same dry granola bars everyday as part of your lunch? With new <em><strong>Nature Valley Granola Cups</strong></em>, you get a super unique, and, more importantly, a super<em> fun</em> snack! Take a crunchy granola cup, add a creamy nut butter filling and voila: you&#39;ve got either <em><strong>Peanut Butter Chocolate</strong></em> or <em><strong>Almond Butter Granola Cups</strong></em>! The perfect snack for any time of&nbsp;day!</p><p>From sweet to spicy now, it&#39;s time to tell you about <em><strong>Earth Island Srircha Vegenaise</strong></em>! This is a gourmet&nbsp;dipping sauce and spread that combines the deliciousness of Vegenaise with the sweet and spicy blend of traditional sriracha chili peppers. Kick it up a notch (whatever it is) with this soy and gluten-free spread!</p><p>Locally produced <em><strong>Salt Spring Island Chili Oil</strong></em> from Salt Spring Gaia Foods is an authentic Japanese chili oil that takes a wok on the mild side and is wonderful drizzled on any of your asian culinary dishes as well as pizza, pasta or almost anything!</p><p>Actually, THIS is something that the chili oil would go great with! <em><strong>Aquastar Tempura Shrimp</strong></em> are sustainably&nbsp;sourced torpedo-style shrimp coated in an authentic Japanese-style extra crispy batter. Deep fry or oven bake from frozen for a delightful seafood snack or meal!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for new items but we&#39;d like to remind you that the prize for this month&#39;s draw is a <em><strong>Cheese Board and Cutlery Set</strong></em>! Just sign your name and phone number on the back of your receipt and deposit in the draw box at the front of the store for your chance to win!</p><p>When we sign off the newsletter telling you to take good care, we mean it. Please be careful, be safe, practice social distancing and self-isolation (if required) and wash your hands to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 10, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Today is a very special day. On this day in 1940 Carlos Ray Norris was born. You might know him by his more familiar professional name: Chuck Norris. Since 2005, Chuck Norris has been known as the world&#39;s strongest, toughest, most masculine and most sophisticated man in the world due to the creation of the satirical website <em>Chuck Norris Facts</em>. For example, when Chuck Norris falls in water, Chuck Norris doesn&#39;t get wet. Water gets Chuck Norris. Or, when Chuck Norris does a push up, he isn&#39;t lifting himself up, he&#39;s pushing the Earth down. It&#39;s hard to believe the star of <em>The Delta Force</em> is 80 years old today because Chuck Norris doesn&#39;t get old!</p><p>Today is also special because our new ad goes into effect and it just so happens that two items in it are also brand new to Pepper&#39;s! So let&#39;s just get rolling with the newsletter!</p><p>First up is an assortment of goodies from Nanaimo&#39;s <em><strong>Hungry Rooster</strong></em>, the Polish Canadian family business where the traditional culinary traditions of Eastern Europe have been passed down through four generations. <em><strong>Hungry Rooster Perogies</strong></em> are gluten-free and made&nbsp;with fresh, local ingredients from a secret family recipe! Pepper&#39;s has four hand-made varieties to choose from: <em><strong>Original, Cheddar Potato, Spinach Feta Potato Garlic </strong></em>and <em><strong>Vegan Spinach Feta Potato Garlic</strong></em>! And <em><strong>they&#39;re ad-priced this week for $4.96</strong></em>! But that&#39;s not all there is from Hungry Rooster! Their <em><strong>Kluski Slaskie&nbsp;Potato Dumplings</strong></em> are traditional dumplings to the Silesia region of Poland and Germany. And they&#39;re delicious! Or how about some soup? We have vegan <em><strong>Red Borscht (beet) Soup</strong></em>,&nbsp;as well as <em><strong>Kapusniak (sauerkraut) Soup</strong></em>. Both kinds are also hand-made using a family recipe! If you&#39;d like to read more about this terrific local business, head on over to<strong></strong></p><p>If you&#39;re into eating fine artisinal cheese then <em><strong>BoM&eacute; Cheese</strong></em> of Coombs, BC has exactly what you&#39;re looking for! We&#39;re pleased as punch to be able to offer their<em><strong> Four Seasons</strong></em> <em><strong>Cheeses</strong></em>, the descriptions of which are taken straight from the company webste: <em><strong>Four Seasons Spring</strong></em> <em>is an alpine cheese. Parsley, chives and dill have been added to compliment the classic mountain cheese profile with the herbaceous impression of spring, new beginnings, and fresh green pastures.</em> <em><strong>Four Seasons Summer -&nbsp;</strong>During the course of a Vancouver Island summer the cows have an enhanced pasture based diet that boosts natural levels of beta carotene. Four Seasons Summer has a straw-coloured body&nbsp;and a flavour&nbsp;focused purely on the natural aging process, free of&nbsp;herb and spice. <strong>Four Seasons Autumn </strong></em>-<em>This classic cheese encompasses the hallmarks of autumn on Vancouver Island with its deep natural colour. Each cheese is gently spiced with red pepper.</em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Four Seasons Winter </strong></em>-&nbsp;<em>Gather around the wood stove with friends and share this delectable, cozy alpine cheese. This cheese is made with sweet roasted garlic and a hint of rosemary</em>.<strong></strong></p><p>Don&#39;t worry, vegans, because we have a terrific new non-dairy simulated cheese product just for you! <em><strong>Sheese Vegan Spreadable Cheese Wensleydale Style with Cranberries</strong></em> is a 100% dairy-free, vegan cheese made with coconut oil and is also gluten and lactose-free! It has a wonderfully fruity flavour and is a great alternative to traditional cheddar.</p><p>Ands for those of you who have been wondering what hapened to Paradise Island Organic Parmesan the answer is this: it&#39;s been discontinued. Bummer. But hold on a second. Could it be that a suitable replacement has been discovered and delivered to our Dairy Department? The answer is YES! One such product indeed does exist and it compliments the already exemplary line of dairy products that we already stock. <em><strong>Riviera Bio-Organic Parmesan Cheese</strong></em> has a firm, crumbly texture and a fruity pungent aroma. This cheese, like all of their organic dairy products, is made with 100% organic Canadian milk. Plus, it&#39;s lactose free!</p><p>And as long as we&#39;re&nbsp;talking about Riviera stuff, we should mention that there are two new limited edition Petit Pot yogurts to delight your tastebuds! You&#39;ll remember from past newsletters that these yogurts come in cute little glass containers that you can re-use (we sell the plastic lids to seal them up). <em><strong>Riviera Versailes Lemon Ginger Bouquet</strong></em> is a 9% m.f. gourmet fruit on the bottom yogurt, or, if you prefer, there&#39;s <em><strong>Raspberry Mint Bouquet</strong></em> with the same richness of the other but both&nbsp;a tribute to one the lushest gardens in France!</p><p>We might as well continue with the dairy products. However&nbsp;these next ones are of the frozen (and local) variety. <em><strong>Island Farms</strong></em> has expanded its line of <em><strong>Premium Ice Cream</strong></em> with five, that&#39;s right, <em>five</em> new flavours:&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Brownie, Very Berry, Vanilla Black Cherry, Caramel Cookie Dough</strong></em> and <em><strong>Chocolate Hazelnut</strong></em> (not pictured)! The only way you&#39;re going to know what each of these is like is to buy them all! And this week we make that easily achievable because&nbsp;t<em><strong>hey&#39;re in our ad for just $5.46 each</strong></em>!&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, our Produce Department has <em><strong>Organic Garlic</strong></em> <em><strong>from Winderberry Edibles Farm</strong></em> of Windermere, BC! Choose from three varieties: <em><strong>Purple Stripe, Rocambole</strong></em> or <em><strong>Porcelain</strong></em>!&nbsp;</p><p>Let&#39;s hope that the stress of springing forward an hour this past weekend has started to wane by the time you&#39;ve read this. It wil for sure have subsided by this time next week. Until then take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 3, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Mar 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;March came in like a lamb this year (at least here in Victoria it did) and the sight and smell all things spring were on full display: pretty pink plum blossoms, hummingbirds flitting about from flower to flower, bright sunshine and loads of people out for walks or bike rides. Given the current state of affairs in the world, it was pretty much the perfect day to remember just how fortunate we are to live where we do. Unless of course you suffer from seasonal allergies. Then all those blossoms and flowers &nbsp;might make it feel like you&#39;ve been transported to a hell realm.&nbsp;But that was the first of March. Today is the third! And what&#39;s significant about March 3rd?&nbsp;Well, if you&#39;re Canadian, it&#39;s pretty cool to note that the very first organized game of hockey occured on this day in 1875! It took place at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal and it was executed by a group of McGill University students who had come up with the rules. The rest, as they say, is history!</p><p>This week we have a good amount of new products to tell you about so let&#39;s cut to the chase and jump in!</p><p>Two weeks ago we told you about the new and exciting <em><strong>Evive Smoothie Cubes</strong></em>, the fruit, veggie and plant-based protein cubes that you add to a bottle of your fave liquid and shake into a nutritious and delicious smoothie. They were such a hit that we added three more flavours: <em><strong>Yin</strong></em> (mango, carrot, apple&nbsp;juice, apricot, apple, oats, chai spices), <em><strong>Samourai</strong></em> (raspberry, strawberry, beet, chia seeds, date, orange, lemon, mint) and <em><strong>Pure </strong></em>(mango, spinach, avocado, matcha tea, ginger, date, orange, coconut cream, mint, lime,&nbsp;baobab,&nbsp;chlorella, moringa)! There&#39;s other stuff in there, too, but this gives you the basic idea of what each flavour is about. That&#39;s a total of six different kinds of goodness to choose from so make sure you try these convenient and very tasty frozen smoothie cubes today!</p><p>Drinkable yogurt is big with the kiddies but for those with a lactose intolerance, they&#39;re out of the question. You&#39;d think that by now there would be a lactose free version, right? Well, there is...finally! <em><strong>IOGO Nano Lactose Free Drinkable Yogur</strong></em>t comes in <em><strong>Strawberry Banana</strong></em> flavour and it also comes in a spill-proof bottle! Made from vitamin D fortified milk there&#39;s also 40% less sugar and zero gelatine.&nbsp;Jimmy and Jill&#39;s&nbsp;lunch and snacking options just got a little bigger thanks to these little beauties!</p><p>If the kids would rather just eat yogurt the old fashioned way, you know, with a spoon, then new <em><strong>Olympic&nbsp;Kids Organic Multipack Blueberry Stirred Yogurt</strong></em> should fit the bill nicely. It&#39;s made from wholesome milk from grassfed cows and is sweetened naturally with organic fruits. There&#39;s nothing in there that isn&#39;t 100% natural. Which will, naturally, make moms and dads feel good about giving it to their children.</p><p>Don&#39;t worry all you non-dairy consumers who might be reading this, you haven&#39;t been forgotten. With new <em><strong>Silk Almond Vanilla Yogurt Alternative </strong></em>you get a&nbsp;deliciously dairy-free dessert or snack&nbsp;in a single serve format that&#39;s made with almonds and a hint of vanilla. And it&#39;s completely soy-free as well!</p><p>And for those of you who used to drink <em><strong>Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bliss Original Unsweetened Fortified Hemp Beverage</strong></em>, you&#39;re in luck because Pepper&#39;s has it back again on the shelf! It&#39;s high (no pun intended) in Omegas 3 and 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, contains no added sugar, soy, gluten or nuts, is vegan and is also free of carrageenan. And, it&#39;s free of all major food allergens. We mentioned that it&#39;s fortified. In fact, it&#39;s as nutritious as cow&#39;s milk, but it has zero sugar! This bevvie is straight-up delish and, if you ask nicely on the dry-erase board, we might just bring in the Original or Vanilla flavours, too!</p><p>Here&#39;s a really great idea to eliminate waste by the really great local business, Singing Bowl Granola. Their <em><strong>Singing Bowl Granola Bites</strong></em> come in a reusable glass jar so there&#39;s nothing to throw away after and you can use it to put something else in later on! The product, itself, though, is made with clean, wholesome ingredients that makes for a perfect pre or post-workout snack or just a tasty and healthy snack anytime! They&#39;re grain-free and great for paleo or vegan diets!</p><p>Tired of the same old energy bars? Why not use nature&#39;s candy to fuel your next workout or to replenish your depleted glycogen levels afterwards? New <em><strong>Organic Honey Stinger Waffles</strong></em> takes simple, organic ingredients and pure honey and makes a delightful and enjoyable treat out of them! These certified gluten-free snacks come in <em><strong>Original </strong></em>and <em><strong>Salted Caramel</strong></em> flavours and are very similar to the popular Dutch treat, the <em>stroopwafel</em>. Dairy-free, nut-free and kosher.</p><p>A great way to get your next party started is with <em><strong>Stonewall Kitchen Guacamole Starter</strong></em>, the yummy secret ingredient to incredible guacamole that you combine with four ripe and creamy avocados! Containing tart tomatillos, green chilis, red and green jalapenos, garlic, cilantro, onion and other fine ingredients, this starter will create a zesty guacamole that will kickstart your next get together! You start it and your guests will finish it: guaranteed (not guaranteed)!</p><p>Thanks for tuning in again this week. Remember, if there&#39;s an item that you would like us to carry, you can request it by writing it on the white dry-erase board in Aisle 1. We can&#39;t guarantee its arrival but we&#39;ll &nbsp;always do our best to get it in for you. Have yourselves a great day and an even better week! Take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 25, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 25 Feb 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;On this date in 1964 Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOd &nbsp;Sonny Liston in the seventh round claiming his first world heavyweight championship title at 22 years of age and became the youngest fighter to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion. We usually mention this at the end of the newsletter but you should definitely check out our latest attached ad because we have some knockout deals for you this week!</p><p>Let&#39;s lead things off with something that comes from one of our very own cashiers, Maddy! <em><strong>Madeleine Bakes</strong></em> provides&nbsp;fresh <em><strong>Traditional Sourdough</strong></em> and <em><strong>Focaccia Bread</strong></em> made with simple yet delicious ingredients! That&#39;s about as local as it gets, ladies and gentlemen. Support local and support Maddy by giving her amazing bread a try!</p><p>More local bread is available from <em><strong>Portofino Bakery </strong></em>in the form of<em><strong> Baguettes</strong></em> available in three varieties: <em><strong>Sourdough, Deli Style Multigrain</strong></em> and <em><strong>Deli Style White</strong></em>. With a crisp crust and a light centre, these freshly baked breads go through a two day preparation process before they go into the oven. Look for these right beside the ATM machine.</p><p>With all these new choices of bread you&#39;re going to need something new to spread on it. We&#39;ve got that covered, though.<em><strong> Earth Balance&nbsp;Olive Oil Buttery Spread </strong></em>contains&nbsp;expeller-pressed virgin olive oil, spreads easily and contains loads of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids! It&#39;s&nbsp;vegan, lactose-free, non-dairy, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and best of all, tastes great! Spread the love.</p><p>Good news, everyone! <em><strong>Nuts To You Organic Peanut Butters </strong></em>(Smooth and Crunchy) now come in a larger <em><strong>750g jar</strong></em>! Both kinds contain nothing but organic peanuts. That&#39;s it. Nothing more. The whole fam damily can get in on this action for longer with this larger size! Or what about changing things up a bit by spreading <em><strong>Nuts To You Organic Smooth Hazelnut Butter</strong></em> on that new bread? It&#39;s made simply with organic, dry-roasted hazelnuts. But don&#39;t limit yourself to using this only as a spread. Nosirree this is a great ingredient for&nbsp;smoothies, baked goods, dips, desserts or dressings! Dang!</p><p>Bread and cheese is such a great pair, right? So simple yet so, so delicious, wouldn&#39;t you agree? So why not try the new<em><strong> Babybel Organic Cheese</strong></em> that we just added to our Dairy Department? Suitable for vegetarians and those with a lactose intolerance, these fun-to-eat mini cheeses are high in protein and calcium and are made with 100% organic milk!&nbsp;</p><p>Ok, we&#39;ve been talking an awful lot about bread and peanut butter and other things that are bound to make you thirsty. Well guess what? We have new beverages for you as well! The Norwegian pop-synth band A-ha wrote in their song Take On Me, &quot;I&#39;ll be gone, in a day or two.&quot;&nbsp;If this next beverage could talk that&#39;s exactly what you might expect it to say once you purchased&nbsp;new <em><strong>AHA Sparkling Water Beverage</strong></em>: it&#39;ll be gone in a day or two but probably sooner. Just like Frank &quot;The Tank&quot; Ricard said, &quot;It&#39;s so good! Once it hits your lips. It&#39;s so good!&quot; With flavours like <em><strong>Peach Honey, Lime Watermelon</strong></em> and <em><strong>Blueberry Pomegranate</strong></em>, these drinks don&#39;t stand a chance once you take that first sip. Available in 1L bottles and 12 packs of cans.</p><p>It&#39;s pretty safe to say that Coca Cola is fairly popular amongst soft drink consumers. And loads of people have tapped into the energy drink wave. Some might say that Coke in itself is a type of energy drink. Well, there&#39;s no doubt anymore with the launch of <em><strong>Coke Energy</strong></em>. It&#39;s the great taste of Coca Cola with three times the amount of caffeine of regular Coke! All you university students out there take notice: if you need a boost to stay up late cramming for that exam, this will get you there! Contains guarana and B-vitamins.</p><p>And for those of you with a sweet tooth, <em><strong>Christie Nutter Butter Cookies</strong></em> are fudge-covered, peanut butter sandwich cookies that deliver BIG on decadence and even bigger on peanut buttery flavour! It&#39;s kind of like the <em><strong>Christie Pirate Cookie</strong></em> except one that&#39;s dipped in a rich, chocolatey coating. Fantastic!</p><p>Unfortunately that&#39;s all there is for this week. You&#39;ll have to sit tight until next week to see what else we have for you. Until then, be safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 18, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;&quot;Happy Family Day!&quot; is what we would have said yesterday if this newsletter had been published then. Pepper&#39;s was open and the store was busy with loads of shoppers. That&#39;s not surprising, though, because the weather in Vic was absolutely divine! It was the perfect day to spend time outside with loved ones, especially since sunny days have been so few and far between this year! We&#39;re betting there were one or two BBQs fired up for dinner, too! But however you spent your day, we hope it was great! And because we have lots of new items to tell you about this week, let&#39;s not waste any time and get right at it!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about Family Day, let&#39;s start things of with something the kids will definitely love, especially the ones that drink milk. <em><strong>Sipahh Milk Flavouring Straws</strong></em> make drinking milk super duper fun (and tasty) by delivering bursts of flavour to your regular white cow&#39;s milk or your favourite, unflavoured non-dairy beverage! Wait, what?! Yes, these fully compostable straws are filled with flavour-coated tapioca beads that carry the yummy (assorted) flavours throught the straw and straight into your mouth! And there&#39;s less than a half-teaspoon of sugar per straw! There are no artificial flavours or colours, either, so little Jimmy or Jill gets a fun and delicious treat without too much sugar or other junk. NOTE: many adults of the young-at-heart variety&nbsp;have also been known to indulge in Sipahh.</p><p>And if we&#39;re talking about beverages, especialy ones that don&#39;t contain much sugar, let&#39;s continue with new <em><strong>Simply 50 Orange Juice Beverage</strong></em>. Listen up, Ron, because this concerns you! This is simply delicious with 50% less sugar and calories than regular orange juice and only 50 calories per 250ml serving. And wouldn&#39;t you know it, <em><strong>it just so happens to be in our flyer this week</strong></em> (with the other Simply Juices and Beverages) <em><strong>for the amazing price of $4.46</strong></em> (+ deposit)! So now&#39;s your chance to try it out!</p><p>The final drink-related item of the newsletter isn&#39;t a beverage in and of&nbsp;itself, but it <em>makes</em> one when you add it to water, your favourite non-dairy beverage or whatever your preference! <em><strong>Evive Smoothie Cubes</strong></em> are frozen cubes of fruit, plant-based protein and veggies that you pop into a bottle, wait a little while, and then shake to make a smoothie bursting with nutrition, flavour and goodness, all without the need to use a blender! Pepper&#39;s has &#39;em in <em><strong>Asana </strong></em>(blueberry, banana, cherry, acai berry, grape), <em><strong>Yogi </strong></em>( banana, pear, kale, spinach, parsley, lemon, hemp seeds, spirulina) and <em><strong>Touk-Touk</strong></em> (pineapple, mango, apricot, sea buckthorn berries, coconut, turmeric, orange, lemon). Please note, <em><strong>this is not an exhaustive ingredients list</strong></em>, but it gives you the gist of what&#39;s in each type. Support your healthy yet hectic lifestyle with these vegan, superfood-containing smoothie cubes! Oh, and we forgot to mention that this comes from a Canadian company based in Montreal!</p><p>Want a protein bar with all the stuff you want and no B.S.? It can be yours if you pick up <em><strong>Rx Protein Bars</strong></em>, the protein bar made of only a few simple ingredients (mostly dates and egg whites) that makes an amazing on-the-go breakfast option, a mid morning or afternoon snack or a great choice for fuelling up before your workout or replenishing your body after it. Pepper&#39;s has <em><strong>Peanut Butter</strong></em>, <em><strong>Peanut Butter Chocolate</strong></em>, <em><strong>Coconut Chocolate</strong></em> and <em><strong>Chocolate Sea Salt</strong></em>. Plus, these bars contain no animal or synthetic products, ingredients are ethically and responsibly sourced, and they&#39;re gluten-free!</p><p>If you haven&#39;t yet heard of <em><strong>Beyond Mea</strong></em>t then you&#39;ve likely been living off-planet for awhile because it&#39;s been taking over store shelves, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and pretty much everywhere as the number one choice for plant-based meat. That is, food that looks, cooks and tastes like meat but ain&#39;t meat! Pepper&#39;s has been carrying Beyond Meat products&nbsp;since the beginning and now we&#39;re pleased as punch to offer <em><strong>Beyond Meat Beyond Beef Plant-Based Ground</strong></em>! According to the website, it&#39;s &quot;<em>the world&#39;s first plant-based ground meat to deliver on the versatility, meaty texture and juiciness of ground beef</em>.&quot; There&#39;s a whopping 18 grams of protein per serving with zero soy or gluten. Plus, it&#39;s kosher. So if you&#39;re tired of the other meat-free grounds on the market, give this a go and Go Beyond!</p><p>Creme Brulee is a rich, custard-based dessert topped with a burnt sugar crust. But <em><strong>Vegan Pudding &amp; Co.</strong></em> of Vancouver, the &quot;<em>one and only vegan custard pudding store</em>&quot; decided that vegans should be able to enjoy this dessert, too! So they created their own&nbsp;organic, vegan<em><strong> Creme Brulee</strong></em> made largely&nbsp;of kabocha squash and coconut milk! Their slogan is <em>Rich like whole milk,&nbsp;Smooth like raw silk,&nbsp;Looks like golden yolk&nbsp;... but VEGAN</em>!&nbsp;We stock&nbsp;it in the Dairy Aisle in the non-dairy section.</p><p>Only one more newsletter remains for the month of February and then we&#39;re into March! Where does the time go? At least the days are starting to get just a little bit longer. Before we know it the clocks will be going ahead. In the meantime, go ahead and have a look at the great advertised specials that we&#39;ve put together for you this week! Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Foods Newsletter February 11, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 11 Feb 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Well, the 92nd Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday and this year was a refreshingly upbeat occasion. Whether you agreed with the winners or not, it was amazing to see history made with the first ever non-English speaking film taking home the Oscar for Best Picture (Parasite) by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho who also won for Best Director. The film also won Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay. Parasite was also the first South Korean film to be nominated for International Feature Film (formerly Foreign Language Film). This year was a great one for quality film-making and now&#39;s the perfect time of year to settle in and see what all the hype was about!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s is getting a lot of hype lately for our new, store-made <em><strong>Spicy Peruvian Sauce</strong></em>! It&#39;s made in our Deli Department with fresh serano and jalapeno peppers, cilantro, garlic, lime and other yummy ingredients. It&#39;s great in salads, sandwiches, pasta and, well, just about anything! Look for it in the cold foods case across from the first till.</p><p>Another spicy item that might interest you is <em><strong>Nando&#39;s Medium Peri-Peri Sauce 250ml</strong></em>. They made the bottle bigger because people were using so much of this on their chicken! But it also goes great on meat, fish or vegetables. By the&nbsp;way, peri-peri is cultivated commercially in&nbsp;Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe&nbsp;and Rwanda. It&#39;s a very unique blend of vinegar, onion, lemon, various chilis and spices that will packs some heat but also a tremedous amount of flavour!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for something to ease your burning mouth afterwards, <em><strong>Riviera Coconut Milk Plain Kefir&nbsp;</strong></em>is here to save the day! Packed with added probiotics and vitamins A, B12 and D, this vegan&nbsp;kefir contains no sugar and makes the ideal substitute for milk. Use it on cereal, in smoothies or just pour some in a glass and slam it back!&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Laughing Daughters</strong></em> of Salt Spring Island just keeps expanding their already stellar gluten-free product line. Now you can purchase their <em><strong>Honey Oat</strong></em>, <em><strong>Multigrain</strong></em> or <em><strong>Cinnamon Raisin Breads</strong></em>! Local just tastes better and Laughing Daughters proves it once again!</p><p>Valentine&#39;s Day is this Friday and it&#39;s pretty common for people to buy their sweetheart something sweet! If the love of your life likes baked goods (like, <em>really</em>, <em>REALLY</em> likes baked goods) then this giant <em><strong>Heart-Shaped Cookie from Lone Tree Bakery </strong></em>will get you back into the good books. Look at the size of this locally-made thing! Good lord! Maybe you&#39;ll even get a bite...</p><p>Or perhaps sopmething more succinct is your style. If that&#39;s the case then <em><strong>Cakes Etc. </strong></em>(yet another local bakery) has options for you in the form of <em><strong>Sweet Solitaires</strong></em>!&nbsp;You could go for some gluten-friendly&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Symphony Solitaires</strong></em>. Or perhaps some <em><strong>White Chocolate Raspberry Solitaires</strong></em> is more to your liking. Oh, oh, wait! This one is a no-brainer: <em><strong>Chocolate Volcano Solitaires</strong></em>! How about some of each? Your sweetheart will love you even more for it!</p><p>Which brings us to our next licorice. You either love it or you hate it. If you love it, read on. Because we now carry <em><strong>Tasty Treat Gourmet Oat Licorice</strong></em>! That&#39;s right, we said oat! This is so, so soft and unbelievably good licorice. And it&#39;s vegan! But beware: because they can&#39;t guarantee that this is totally wheat-free, they can&#39;t call it gluten-free.&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, we have new <em><strong>Edward &amp; Sons Organic&nbsp;Baked Brown Rice Snaps</strong></em> in&nbsp;<em><strong>Plain, Black Sesame and Vegetable</strong></em> varieties. These&nbsp;whole grain snacks are exceptionally crisp&nbsp;and are certified organic, certified gluten-free and certified kosher. We say they&#39;re certifiably delicious!</p><p>Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter and, as always, we wish you to take good care until next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Foods Newsletter February 4, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 04 Feb 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;If you read the news, you&#39;re probably now aware (if you weren&#39;t already, that is) what a <em>palindrome</em> is. It&#39;s a word or phrase that reads the same frontwards and backwards such as &quot;taco cat&quot; or &nbsp;&quot;never odd or even.&quot; So it was pretty cool when the calendar rolled over to Sunday and all date formats (UK, US, ISO) created a palindrome for 02-02-2020 which hadn&#39;t happened for 909 years! And it won&#39;t happen again for over a century when 03-03-3030 rolls around! Plus,&nbsp;it also landed on Groundhog Day and Superbowl Sunday.&nbsp;Pretty cool!</p><p>You know what else is cool? Reading about what new items Pepper&#39;s has gathered over the last week! If you agree then read on, we have lots!</p><p>This time of year, one might find themself pining for a warm Mexican vacation complete with truly authentic Mexican cuisine. However, if a holiday isn&#39;t&nbsp;in the cards then perhaps the next best thing would be to create your own authentic Mexican fare. With <em><strong>Tajin Clasico Seasoning</strong></em>, you get a bottle of simple, spicy goodness consisting of dried, ground red chilies, sea salt, and lime! Use it to liven up vegetables, fish, meats and even fruit! Or try it as a Bloody Mary or Caesar glass rimmer!&nbsp;</p><p>If Mexican seasoning just isn&#39;t your thing then how about something from the Orient? Japanese cooks have been using ground sesame and salt to season dishes for centuries. It&#39;s called <em><strong>gomashio </strong></em>or <em><strong>gomasio</strong></em> (goma&nbsp;means <em>sesame</em> and shio means <em>salt</em>). And you can use it too now that we carry it, but this one has an extra ingredient. <em><strong>Eden Organic Seaweed Gomasio</strong></em>&nbsp;is traditional gomasio with added dulse, nori and kombu sea vegetables! Use it on anything that you&#39;d season with salt for a more special flavour!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about ethnic foods, let&#39;s not forget to include new <em><strong>Patak&#39;s Three-Step Cooking &nbsp;Sauce Kits </strong></em>and we&nbsp;have them in <em><strong>Butter Chicken</strong></em> and<em><strong> Korma</strong></em>! In three simple steps (and only 20 minutes of your life) you&#39;ll have delicious and authentic Indian curry.&nbsp;Each pack contains <em><strong>whole spices</strong></em> for fragrance and aroma, Patak&rsquo;s <em><strong>spice paste</strong></em> for depth of flavour, and a<em><strong> base sauce</strong></em> to finish it off! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!</p><p>Our vegan, non-dairy products keep expanding and Sam has added two more amazing 100% vegan&nbsp;products from Violife! New <em><strong>Violife Smoked Flavoured Provolone Style Slices&nbsp;</strong></em>are free from soy, dairy, gluten, lactose, nuts and preservatives. Your sandwiches and subs will never be the same again! But there&#39;s also <em><strong>Violife Parmesan Style Wedge</strong></em>, the &quot;world&#39;s first vegan parmesan that can be grated just like real cheese!&quot; With a truly authentic aroma and flavour of real parmesan cheese, your Italian meals just improved BIG time!</p><p>Now here&#39;s something you don&#39;t see everyday: vegan fish. It&#39;s out there but it&#39;s not super common. Well, &nbsp;our Deli Department has added <em><strong>Save da Sea Foods Vegan Smoked Salmon</strong></em>! Derived primarily from carrots, this delicious alternative to traditional lox was conceived by&nbsp;Aki Kaltenbach who started the company while managing Japanese restaurants in Whistler. Slap it on a bagel or make some killer sushi! This is next level vegan eating!</p><p>Our remaining new items all have one thing in common. Well, two things, actually: they&#39;re all some form of yogurt and they&#39;re all from the same company. Oh, and they all taste wonderful but that&#39;s a given so it doesn&#39;t really count. Let&#39;s start with<em><strong> Liberte Mediterranee Plain Limited Edition Yogurt 500g</strong></em>. In the past, the limited edition has been some kind of fruit or seasonal flavour. This time, however, they&#39;ve thrown us a curveball by presenting us with an uber rich and creamy 10% milk fat plain offering! Actually, they&#39;ve been selling the 750g size for ages so maybe they figured that a smaller size might be more appealing to some.&nbsp;Plain is by far the number one selling flavour of yogurt so this just makes sense. So if you LOVE plain and you LOVE thick and decadent yogurt, get some before it&#39;s gone!</p><p>Next we have two new Greek multipack yogurts from Liberte. <em><strong>Orchard Peach 5% Greek Yogurt&nbsp;</strong></em><em><strong>4x100g </strong></em>is definitely going to turn some heads but we&#39;re most excited about <em><strong>Strawberry Lemon 5% Greek Yogurt 4x100g</strong></em>! That&#39;s a Greek yogurt flavour that almost nobody else is making! One thing&#39;s for sure...both of these new Greeks are shaping up to be big sellers!</p><p>And for our non-dairy consumers, we have another really exciting product new to Liberte&#39;s line-up of already stellar products: <em><strong>Non-Dairy Raspberry</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Yogurt</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>500g</strong></em> and <em><strong>Non-Dairy Vanilla</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Yogurt&nbsp;500g.&nbsp;</strong></em>This is plant-based (coconut), vegan, gluten and soy-free yogurt at its finest! They&#39;re so new that Google doesn&#39;t offer any info on them! Doesn&#39;t matter, though. All you need to know is that these are high-quality, vegan options that won&#39;t disappoint!</p><p>Well friends, there&#39;s another newsletter in the books. Can you believe that February has already rolled around? Spring will be here before we know it (knock wood)! So until next week, take good care of yourselves and we&#39;ll see you in the aisles!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Foods Newsletter, January 28, 2020 Peppers Foods Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:58:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Do you remember what you were doing on the morning of January 28, 1986? 40 million Americans watched as the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after it took flight, carrying what would have been the first teacher into space, Christa McAuliffe. It was a dark day for NASA and struck a huge blow to the US space program. Everyone could have used some serious levity during this time but one of the most popular television comedies of all time had been off ther air since February 28, 1983. And if you&#39;re not sure just which show we&#39;re talking about, today is also the birthday of its star, Alan Alda, born January 28, 1936.</p><p>Ok, let&#39;s get going with the new products! First up are three new types of pickles from Strub&#39;s! New <em><strong>Strub&#39;s Crispy Pickle Chips</strong></em>, <em><strong>Crispy Baby Dill Pickles</strong></em> and <em><strong>Dill Pickle Sandwich Stackers</strong></em>&nbsp;can all be found in our Produce Department just inside the front doors. Proudly Canadian, this Ontario company has been making tangy, crunchy and delicious dills out of Canadian cucumbers since 1929!</p><p>This is the time of year for eating soup. These dark, dreary and rainy days can become a little more tolerable when some tasty, hot and comforting soup gets served up. So naturally we were delighted to be able to stock <em><strong>Soupa Cafe Soups</strong></em> in our frozen food aisle! With two dine-in locations in Victoria, (View Street and Toyota on Douglas) they now offer nutritious and delicious soups in retail stores. Pepper&#39;s currently stocks <em><strong>Red Lentil Mulligatawny</strong></em> (Vegan), <em><strong>Coconut Yam</strong></em> (gluten friendly, vegan), <em><strong>Chicken Stew</strong></em> (gluten friendly) and <em><strong>Chili Con Carne</strong></em> (gluten friendly). They&#39;re all made with simple, natural ingredients for a truly unique and homemade taste!</p><p>Another local product that just hit the shelves is from<em><strong> Owen Farm </strong></em>in Saanichton! These farm fresh, <em><strong>large&nbsp;brown eggs </strong></em>will go swimmingly together with new <em><strong>Continental Black Forest Bacon</strong></em>! Here&#39;s&nbsp;a little blurb about this company, taken from their website:</p><p><em>Continental Sausage is an artisan deli meat producer in South Surrey, BC. We have been quietly making the finest quality European delicatessen products possible for over half a century. When you support Continental Sausage, you are supporting over 30 employees and their families in your community, as well as local Fraser Valley Farmers who provide us with most of our raw materials.&nbsp;Two German master sausage makers (Meisters) oversee our traditional recipes and processes so we can bring you a fresh, authentic, artisan made product of the highest quality. Always hand made and produced in small batches.&nbsp;Our business is supported by delicatessens, butcher shops and restaurants that bring consumers fine locally sourced products. Continental Sausage is exclusive to British Columbia and found nowhere else.&nbsp;</em></p><p>If you&#39;re looking for an exceptionally gourmet seasoning for your next great dinner (or breakfast) then try <em><strong>La Madia Regale Truffle Sea Sal</strong></em>t! It seems only fitting that since pigs are used to snuffle about for truffles, this salt should be used on your bacon! If you love the aroma and flavour of truffles then you&#39;ll simply have to pick up this fine Italian salt!</p><p>However, if you <em>really </em>want to spice things up <em><strong>Club House Tasty Spices</strong></em>&nbsp;are sure to pack a mighty flavour whollop onto your meals! Available in <em><strong>Fiery, Zesty, Hearty, Jazzy </strong></em>and <em><strong>Savoury</strong></em>, each spice blend has its own unique characterisitics for whatever you&#39;re cooking! Right now they live on the shelf just inside the front doors, on the left. But hopefully soon, they&#39;ll live in your kitchen cupboard!</p><p>Up until now we&#39;ve talked about all savoury items. Well, it&#39;s time for dessert! And we&#39;re going to start with <em><strong>Waterbridge Cookie Barrel Fingers</strong></em>. They&#39;re &quot;enrobed&quot; in milk chocolate and they make the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon tea or coffee. Perfect for your next social or book club gathering, these delicate cookie biscuits will be a hit with everyone! But no one will eat just one, that&#39;s for sure!</p><p>And new to our Deli Department is<em><strong> English Bay Mini Cookies!</strong></em> Just like the chocolate coated finger cookie biscuits, you&#39;ll soon find that you&#39;ve eaten six or seven because they taste so darn good. And then you might as well just have one or two more. And since everybody else will do the same thing you might just as well pick up two containers while you&#39;re at it. Get &#39;em in <em><strong>Chocolate Chip</strong></em>, <em><strong>Oatmeal Raisin</strong></em> and <em><strong>Toffee Mint</strong></em>! Yum!</p><p>Be sure to check out our Chinese New Year inspired advertised specials. It&#39;s also geared towards that big NFL football game that can&#39;t be named because it is a registered trademark of the NFL (since 1969). But let&#39;s just throw caution to the wind and say it straight up: If you&#39;re watching the Super Bowl on Super Sunday, then Pepper&#39;s has everything you&#39;re going to need for that Super Bowl party you&#39;re hosting! From chicken wings to chips, soft drinks&nbsp;to firm tofu (What?! Tofu eaters like football, too!) we have it all. So get serious about the Super Bowl and get everything at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>See you soon!</p> Pepper's Foods Newsletter January 21, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;So you thought we had it bad here in Victoria for a few days last week with all that snow, huh? How about the record-setting dump that the island on the other side of the country received? Unreal! They called in the troops to help out and, as of this writing, the St. John&#39;s International Airport was still closed! Most schools, businesses and shops are all shut down, in fact.&nbsp;It&#39;s a good thing that it didn&#39;t happen here, though, because you can only scrape so much snow and ice off your windshield with a credit card...</p><p>In the event of a storm, it&#39;s vital to make sure you have provisions on-hand, especially ones that enhance your libation. That&#39;s where Esquimalt&#39;s <em><strong>Rootside Provisions</strong></em> comes in! In addition to the already extensive line of mixes of theirs that Pepper&#39;s already carries, we&#39;ve added new <em><strong>Rootside Provisions Rosehip Lemonade Mix</strong></em>!&nbsp;Made with organic lemons, Bulgarian rosehips, and hibiscus flowers, this makes a great cocktail sour! And check out that label! There&#39;s a lot going on there, that&#39;s for sure!</p><p>Most of the items listed here today are local and another one that&#39;s new is <em><strong>Laughing Daughters Island Crisps</strong></em>! These hand-made&nbsp;gourmet crackers are another delicious addition to their all gluten-free line of sweet and savoury items that we stock. And they&#39;re made on Salt Spring Island.</p><p>Victoria&#39;s <em><strong>Parachute Ice Cream</strong></em> opened shop at 2626 Bridge Street not too long ago and is likely one of Victoria&#39;s best kept secrets for traditional and vegan ice cream! So when they decided to expand into grocery retail, we jumped (Get it? Parachute?) at the opportunity to sell it! We have <strong style="font-style: italic;">Brown Sugar Vanilla, Brown Butter Brownie, Dark Chocolate Peppermint,&nbsp;London Fog</strong>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Truffle </strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Lemon Cream</strong></em>, made with fresh squeezed and zested lemons that will have you yearning for warm summer days. And as far as vegan options, there&#39;s <em><strong>Vegan Dark Chocolate</strong></em> which really requires no further description except that it&#39;s insanely rich and decadent. And there&#39;s also one of the shop&#39;s most popular ice creams: <em><strong>Vegan Coconut Mango</strong></em>, a creamy and refreshingly fruity frozen flavour! By&nbsp;the way, the glass jars that contain these frozen treats DO NOT have a deposit which means that you can either re-use or recycle them but please don&#39;t return them to the store. Thank you.</p><p>Duck eggs are becoming so popular with our customers that we&#39;ve added another local supplier&#39;s eggs to our Dairy Department! <em><strong>Maple Bay Farm</strong></em> is located just east of Duncan where they&#39;ve been established since 1948. Free range, GMO, corn and soy free, <em><strong>Maple Bay Duck Eggs</strong></em> are available by the dozen and if you haven&#39;t yet discovered the taste of these eggs from our webbed-footed friends, now&#39;s the time to check it out!</p><p>Many of you know that the easiest way to get that homemade tasting pasta sauce is to simply purchase Classico. Now, you can get that same homemade taste with <em><strong>Classico Organic Pasta Sauces!</strong></em> Made with ripe, organic tomatoes,&nbsp;Italian herbs and spices and other savoury ingredients these pasta sauces taste amazing! Available in<em><strong> Marinara, Tomato Garlic </strong></em>and <em><strong>Sweet Tomato Basil</strong></em>.&nbsp;Buon appetito!</p><p>If you love seafood then you&#39;ll love new <em><strong>Aquastar Smart SeaFood&nbsp;Crunchy Breaded Scallops</strong></em>! These responsibly sourced, sweet and delicate scallops are surrounded in a crunchy, golden panko breading that&#39;ll make the perfect appie or main course! Pepper&#39;s also carries <em><strong>Aquastar Salt &amp; Pepper Calamari</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Aquastar Shrimp &amp; Scallops</strong></em>. Look for all three in our frozen food aisle!</p><p>Donuts and milk make a great flavour combo, right? If you&#39;ve ever dreamed of filling a big bowl with Tim Horton&#39;s Timbits and pouring delicious and creamy milk over it but thought better of it bcause your family would think you were nutters, well, rejoice! For behold, now you can do it (sort of) with new <em><strong>Post Tim Horton&#39;s Timbits Cereal</strong></em>! Available in <em><strong>Birthday Cake </strong></em>and <em><strong>Glazed Chocolate</strong></em>, you&#39;ll actually feel like you&#39;re eating breakfast inside your favourite neighbourhood Timmies if you close your eyes and concentrate<em> really</em> hard. Note: cereal pieces do NOT actually have tiny little legs protruding from them.</p><p>Thanks so much for taking the time to read our newsletter. We hope you enjoyed it and we hope you&#39;ll find something to your liking in our attached advertised specials. Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter January 14, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 Jan 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;On this day in 1973&nbsp;Elvis Presley&#39;s concert&nbsp;<em>Aloha from Hawaii</em>&nbsp;is broadcast live via&nbsp;satellite, and sets the record as the&nbsp;most watched broadcast&nbsp;by an individual entertainer in television history. They didn&#39;t call him The King for nothing! On another note, it also happens to be television and film star, Jason Bateman&#39;s birthday.</p><p>Let&#39;s cut straight to the chase and dig into what&#39;s new this week at the store!</p><p>If you&#39;re one of the lucky ones who got a waffle maker for Christmas&nbsp;then you&#39;re going to love knowing that we now carry <em><strong>Canola Harvest All-Purpose Cooking Spray</strong></em>! This cholesterol and transfat-free spray makes your griddles, pans, BBQs and oven cooking surfaces non-stick making your baking and grilling go smoothly. Plus, this is a proud&nbsp;Canadian company whose roots date all the way back to 1857!</p><p>We&#39;ve had ridiculous amounts of precipitation so far this year. Being cold and wet can be a real downer for a lot of people although there sure are a lot of people in Australia who would give anything to have the kind of weather we&#39;ve had lately. Well, we&#39;re here living on the wet coast and there&#39;s nothing that we can do about the weather. We do, however, have some comforting items that will surely warm your spirits and soothe your body. New <em><strong>Tim Horton&#39;s Herbal Teas</strong></em> are available at Pepper&#39;s in <em><strong>Honey Lemon</strong></em> and <em><strong>Apple Cinnamon</strong></em> flavours! They&#39;re caffeine-free and blended to make delicious and fragrant herbal teas at home!</p><p>Another new brand of tea to be found in Aisle 3 is <em><strong>Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate</strong></em> available in quantities of 75 bags or in loose-leaf one pound bags. This South American tea, unlike the aforementioned teas, contains caffeine. However, it&#39;s also high in antioxidants and contains many beneficial plant nutrients. So if you&#39;re already a fan or you&#39;re looking to try something new, check it out!</p><p>John&#39;s Place is a local and iconic restaurant that&#39;s been operating for more than 30 years! Probably more than a few of you have eaten there at one&nbsp;point or another. Well if you&#39;re a coffee person, rather than tea, why not give <em><strong>John&#39;s Place Premium Whole Bean Organic Coffee</strong></em> a shot? It&#39;s a medium roast that&#39;s sure to brew into a smooth and delectable cuppa Joe!</p><p>Orange Crush is a popular orange flavoured soda that&#39;s been around forever and is a big favourite with kids everywhere. So it was no surprise when flavours like grape, strawberry and pineapple were added to the line. Now you can get the great taste of these sodas in<em><strong> Maynard&#39;s Sour Patch Kids Crush Candy</strong></em>! Sour Patch Kids are also incredibly popular. In fact, it&#39;s become a pop-culture phenonemon! Seriously, there&#39;s a whole line of apparel,&nbsp;merchandise, beauty and accessories for this candy! So when Maynard&#39;s combined the taste of Crush sodas with their own unique <em>sour then sweet</em> confection,&nbsp;they created what&#39;s sure to be another BIG hit!</p><p>Unfortunately that&#39;s all there is until next week. Please scan the attached flyer for some great items on sale until closing next Monday. Until then, take good care and stay safe and sound.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter January 7, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 07 Jan 2020 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Welcome to the first newsletter of a new year, heck, a new decade for that matter! We are so excited for this opportunity to continue bringing&nbsp;you the kind of quality and service that you expect to experience when you shop with us and, of course, to keep offering you a fun and informative newsletter every week.&nbsp;Last year was great and this year looks even better!</p><p>The holidays are over (phew!), school&#39;s back in session&nbsp;and we&#39;re already a week into the New Year. We typically don&#39;t get a whole lot of new items into the store over the holidays but a few trickled in and we&#39;ll talk about those in a moment. But first, we&#39;d really like to welcome back our longest serving employee; &nbsp;a&nbsp;man who wears that Trilby hat like a champ. Who cuts with&nbsp;a knife (and it feels so right). The gravy on the mashed potatoes, the dog&#39;s bollocks and one of our meat department&#39;s fearless leaders (airquotes around the word leaders)...Mr. John Eldridge. And blimey, we&#39;re right bloody chuffed to have him back!</p><p>Now, speaking of meat, let&#39;s get to the meat of the matter, so to speak, of this&nbsp;newsletter: the new items!</p><p>Do you love garlic? Do you prefer to buy products made in British Columbia? Do you enjoy food that tastes incredible? If you answered yes then be sure to pick up new <em><strong>Fresh Is Best Garlic Spinach Dip</strong></em> from our Deli Department&#39;s cold case near the front of the store. It&#39;s made fresh (of course) using all-natural ingredients, is low in sodium, and makes a great dip for chips and veggies, as well as being an awesome salad dressing!&nbsp;</p><p>First we started selling the uber popular Field Roast meatless products in the tofu section. Then we added Field Roast Chao Creamery Dairy-Free Cheese products in the dairy department. Well now, we&#39;ve added new <em><strong>Field Roast Mac N&#39; Chao</strong></em> to the freezer section! As taken from their website:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Chao down on this creamy mac!&nbsp;It was only a matter of time before we became inspired to craft a rich, flavorful sauce using our Creamy Original Chao Slices. A homestyle classic and perfect combination of creaminess, texture and umami. Simply made, simply satisfying. A cream, classic favorite! Tender pasta covered in a succulent and rich sauce made from Creamy Original Chao Slices.</em></p><p>If vegan eating ain&#39;t your thing then check out <em><strong>Louis Pasture Pork Cracklings</strong></em>! First they brought us their delicious, ethically-raised pork crisps and now this! You might balk at the idea of eating fried pig skin but if you&#39;re eating for the paleo diet, these gluten-free snacks contain zero carbs, moderately high fat and a lot of protein. So it&#39;s kind of a&nbsp;junk food that&#39;s actually&nbsp;not too bad for you!&nbsp;So trust us, these Island-made snacks are ridiculously good!</p><p>Coconut cream is the thicker and richer version of coconut milk. And now you can purchase <em><strong>Blue Monkey Organic Coconut Cream</strong></em> in Aisle 2 where the cooking sauces and curries are located. It&#39;s&nbsp;certified kosher, Halal certified and USDA organic certified, contains&nbsp;no preservatives or additives, is&nbsp;100% vegan and non-GMO. It&#39;s also an excellent source of electrolytes and&nbsp;potassium!&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;re added even more to the non-dairy shelf in our Dairy Department with <em><strong>Earth Island Dairy-Free Yogurt</strong></em>. With probiotic cultures, this soy free, vegan, non-dairy yogurt is rich, creamy and delicious with a velvety texture!&nbsp;</p><p>And while you&#39;re at it, why not pick up some <em><strong>Elmhurst Barista Milks</strong></em>? Available<em><strong> in Almond&nbsp;and Oat varieties</strong></em>, these non-dairy milks steam and froth up beautifully to make your coffee beverage perfect. Because let&#39;s face it, Cujo is frothier than a lot of those other non-dairy milks on the market. You can find them under the monitor at the far end of Aisle 1. And don&#39;t forget, we also sell&nbsp;Elmhurst Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer!</p><p>Well gang, that&#39;s number one in the books for newsletters in 2020. We hope you all had an amazing holiday season and always look forward to seeing your smiling faces in the aisle! Take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter December 17, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Dec 2019 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Did you know that the very first bottle of Tabasco sauce ever produced was in 1868? But the bottle shape that we all recognize wasn&#39;t introduced until 1927. The way that Tabasco is produced is actually quite fascinating. For example, the little peppers are all hand-picked on Avery Island, Louisiana, sent to Latin America where they further ripen, are ground into a mash and&nbsp;then sent back to Avery Island to ferment for three years in white oak barrels. These sealed barrels are topped off with a thick layer of salt which, ironically, is also produced on Avery Island since it is actually a salt dome.&nbsp;Only after those three years have expired are the barrels opened,&nbsp;the fermented mash mixed with vinegar and other ingredients and then bottled for export all over the world. &nbsp;By the way, one single barrel of pepper mash makes over 10,000 of the smal bottles of Tabasco sauce!&nbsp;Why are we telling you this? Because we have a brand new kind of Tabasco! <em><strong>McIlhenny Co. Tabasco Sweet and Spicy Sauce</strong></em> is &quot;<em>made for dipping, our mildest sauce is also one of the most versatile. A blend of Asian spices and Southern Louisiana peppers, SWEET &amp; Spicy is perfect for salad dressings, glazing meats, and dipping fried shrimp or chicken</em>.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>With the holidays fast approaching, we&#39;d like to let you know our modified store hours:</p><ul> <li>Tuesday, December 24th - 7am-4:30pm</li> <li>Christmas Day - CLOSED</li> <li>Boxing Day - CLOSED</li> <li>December 27th-30th - 7am-6pm</li> <li>Tuesday, December 31st (NYE) - 7am-6pm</li> <li>New Year&#39;s Day - CLOSED</li></ul><p>The Fishery Seafood market was founded in 1992 on Salt Spring Island&nbsp;and now operates out of Duncan, BC, as The Fishery Seafoods, Ltd. The company bills itself as &quot;<em>purveyors of elite gourmet seafood</em>&quot; and their canned seafood is only wild, never farmed. Pepper&#39;s offers a large selection of The Fishery seafood products but the latest to hit our shelves is <em><strong>The Fishery Wild Pacific Smoked Mussels</strong></em>!&nbsp;A rich delicacy made from fresh Pacific Salt Spring Island&nbsp;mussels,&nbsp;they&nbsp;have a firm flesh and a mild smoked flavour. Just in time for your holiday entertaining!</p><p>Another great item for your holiday snack table is <em><strong>Balderson Heritage Premium Aged 5 Year Cheddar</strong></em>! As per the website:</p><ul> <li>Age:&nbsp;60 months.</li> <li>Taste:&nbsp;Fully matured sharpness and flavour with a dry but rich, crumbly texture. Will exhibit salt granules and crystals. Sharp aroma.</li> <li>Usage:&nbsp;Entertaining, cheese plates, adult snacking. Ideal with full bodied red wines, port, sherry and dark beer. Best served at close to room temperature.</li></ul><p>People drink a lot of wine. In fact, in 2018, 246 million hectolitres of wine was consumered globally. One hectolitre equals 100 litres. Between 50 and 60 million hectolitres (7-8 <em>billion </em>bottles)&nbsp;of that wine is produced in France. So yeah, it&#39;s kind of popular. All that wine means that lots of grapes are used. And one of the by-products of wine making is grapeseeds. No, we can&#39;t sell you any wine. But we can sell you something made with a by-product of all that winemaking: grapeseed oil. It&#39;s one of the healthier oils on the market, too.&nbsp;<em><strong>La Tourangelle</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Grapeseed Spray Oil</strong></em>&nbsp;has a light flavour and a high level of polyunsaturated fat and it can also be heated up to 450&deg;F, so it won&#39;t smoke nearly as easily as some other oils. And because it comes in an atomizer-spray can, you can better utilize the quantity of oil for your cooking!</p><p>Last week there was MALK. This week we have Mylk. What&#39;s next, Moolk? Seriously, we have an incredible new, organic&nbsp;almond milk called <em><strong>NutMeg Mylks</strong></em> and it&#39;s currently available at Pepper&#39;s in <strong><em>Original</em> </strong>(called The Signature) and <em><strong>Lavender Honey </strong></em>(called The Provence). Hailing from Vancouver, these beverages are hand-crafted, organic, plant-based and are not only super tasty but super nutritious. But because they&#39;re so fresh, the shelf life is relatively short, approximately 10 days. So in order to ensure that you get the longest date possible, we encourage our shopers to call our Dairy Manager, Sam, and place your orderr with him. That way, you&#39;ll get the freshest mylk possible!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for something a little more festive then <em><strong>Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog</strong></em> might just do the trick. It&nbsp;has the creamy taste of traditional egg nog, but with no artificial flavours, 55% fewer calories, and 80% less fat than the leading egg nog brand. It&#39;s only around for the holidays so make sure you get it before it&#39;s gone. Available in our Produce Department.</p><p>We&#39;re always trying our best to expand the choices of our vegan shoppers. That&#39;s why we&#39;ve added new <em><strong>Big Mountain Foods Original Veggie Patty</strong></em> and <em><strong>Big Mountain Foods Mighty Mushroom Bites</strong></em>! Both are free of common allergens, gluten, soy and dairy and both are selling well! That&#39;s because they&#39;re made with a fresh medley of vegetables, herbs and spices. These products are also from Vancouver and are located in the tofu section!</p><p>You always hear about vegan mozza or vegan cheddar but what if you want to make a vegan greek salad? You need feta for that. Well, guess what? We have it! New <em><strong>Violife Vegan Fe</strong></em>ta is 100% vegan and plant-based made primarily with coconut oil. But a one ounce serving contains only 90 calories so you can really heap it on whatever you&#39;re using it on!</p><p>And bringing up the rear of this week&#39;s newsletter is <em><strong>Caboo Bamboo Bath Tissue 12 Roll</strong></em>. We already carry several of these tree-free, panda friendly products but now you can purchase a better value, larger pack of toilet tissue! It&#39;s a sustainable alternative to trees that&#39;s 100% biodegradable!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for this week and that&#39;s all there is for this year! You&#39;ll have to wait until 2020 to get the next newsletter so until then enjoy yourselves, stay safe, celebrate responsibly and have a Happy New Year! From all of us at Pepper&#39;s Foods we wish you and you family the happiest of holidays!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter December 10, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 10 Dec 2019 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;You know, this time of year congestion abounds. There&#39;s more shoppers out and about so there&#39;s more congestion on the roads, more congestion in the parking lots and more congestion in retail stores. And of course, with this being cold and flu season, there&#39;s more congestion in our noses! That&#39;s why we added an additional till to our front end a little while back: to alleviate some of the congestion when we get really busy. But there&#39;s always a trade-off: we have a little less room. And because of this, <strong>we kindly request that our guests to take only hand&nbsp;baskets through the 3rd and 4th tills</strong>. Shopping carts prevent other shoppers from accessing the new till. That doesn&#39;t mean that they&#39;re express till only, though.&nbsp;You can take as many items through as you like. But just don&#39;t take your shopping cart through, please. With this in mind, we&#39;re sure that the lines will all move quicker as the busy Christmas shopping times draw near. Thank you!</p><p>We all know how busy Christmas can get. There&#39;s so much to think about and so much to do. But please take a moment to consider that there are a huge amount of underpriviledged&nbsp;people: children, families, that can&#39;t afford&nbsp;gifts or even food for a nice meal during the holidays. As we do every year at this time, <strong>Pepper&#39;s is sponsoring two families in need </strong>and we&#39;re asking you to donate an unwrapped gift, food or money to help bring some Christmas cheer to people who could use some.</p><p>Okey-dokey, let&#39;s talk about what&#39;s new and exciting on our shelves this week! Crackers start selling like hotcakes right about now and Christie Triscuits have been opoular with a lot of folks for a lot of years. But why not change things up a bit this year? Try new <em><strong>Triscuits</strong></em> woven<em><strong> with Quinoa Seeds, Basil &amp; Garlic</strong></em>! What a great flavour combo just waiting for your mouth to discover it!</p><p>Another delightful treat that&#39;s been around for a long time hails from Scotland and features a picture of a happy boy on the package: <em><strong>Tunnock&#39;s Real Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer Biscuits</strong></em>. Inside you&#39;ll find&nbsp;bars consisting of five layers of&nbsp;wafer, separated by four layers of&nbsp;caramel. Translation: nine layers of sheer joy. And here&#39;s a fun fact: factory tours have become so popular that the firm keeps a two-year-long waiting list to manage demand!</p><p>The popularity for this nexr brand of&nbsp;chocolate bars is huge! Ritter&nbsp;Sport Bars originated in Germany in 1912 but luckily they&#39;re available much closer to home! And we have three new varieties here just for the holidays: <em><strong>Ritter Sport Winter Edition Chocolate Bars</strong></em> come in <em><strong>Caramelized Almonds, Dark Mint Crisp</strong></em> and <em><strong>Spiced Biscuit</strong></em> flavours! These would make great stocking stuffers, too, so make sure to get some before they&#39;re gone!</p><p>Mincemeat is in uber high demand right now as bakers use the spicy preserve for tarts, pies, cakes, bars and other glorious holiday sweets. So we made sure to have lots of <em><strong>Crosse &amp; Blackwell Mincemeat </strong></em>available over the Christmas holidays. &nbsp;It&#39;s the only one you&#39;ll need for all your mincemeat treats!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>You don&#39;t know jack about...fruit. Jackfruit, that is. Or maybe you do. Maybe you know that canned jackfruit has a meaty texture and has become very popular with vegans and other non-carnivores. Because as it cooks, the fruit shreds into a consistency not unlike pulled pork with a mild flavour allowing for it to be the perfect ingredient to showcase your flavourings or sauces. So by customer request, we ordered <em><strong>Native Forest Organic Young Jackfruit </strong></em>for those who want to use it as a meat substitute for any number of meat-free recipes!</p><p>What do you get when you cross the words MILK with ALMONDS?&nbsp;MALMONDS? MILMONDS? ALMILK? How about MALK?? <em><strong>MALK Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk</strong></em> is made with only three simple ingredients: organic sprouted almonds, Himalayan salt and filtered water. That&#39;s it. Look for it in our newly expanded non-dairy section!</p><p>Speaking of beverages, water is the universal thirst quencher. We all need it. We all occasionally crave it. But we don&#39;t always <em>enjoy</em> it. Now you can enjoy every sip with new <em><strong>SweetLeaf Water Drops</strong></em>, the spectacularly colourful and tasty water enhancing drops that turn regular, boring ol&#39; water into liquid bursting with fabulous fresh fruit flavouring! <em><strong>Peach Mango, Lemon Lime, Raspberry Lemonade</strong></em> and <em><strong>Mixed Berry</strong></em> drops can be added to either still or sparkling water. And because it&#39;s sweetened only with stevia, you can enjoy it without the calories or drawbacks of sugar! Oh and because you&#39;ll all be exercising like crazy in a couple of weeks, you might want to pick some up for after the gym!</p><p>Next week will likely be the last newsletter of 2019. And don&#39;t forget to make sure to enter the draw for the 43&quot; Toshiba Smart TV. The draw doesn&#39;t happen until December 20th so there&#39;s still lots of time to enter! Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter December 3, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Dec 2019 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Sunday&#39;s <strong>Caroling In The Village</strong> was another HUGE success this year with loads of people turning out in the chilly night air to socialize, eat and drink delicious things and listen to the &nbsp;amazing <strong>Mount Doug High School Jazz Band and Choir</strong>! Rumour has it that old St. Nick even made a brief appearance to the delight of children and adults alike! For those of you who attended, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you again next year!</p><p>Today&#39;s newsletter is dedicated to a very special lady reading from all the way out in Ontario. So R.L. Happy Birthday! Enjoy celebrating the day you arrived to make the world a much better place! Coincidentally, today is also Ozzy Osbourne&#39;s birthday so you might as well just go off the rails on your birthday Crazy Train!</p><p>Alright folks, let&#39;s get to the stuff you all want to read about: new items at Pepper&#39;s Foods. We have a hefty amount to talk about so let&#39;s get cracking!</p><p>Victoria is known for many things: tea at The Empress, peacocks roaming Beacon Hill Park, horse-drawn carriages, being the last major North American coastal community to pump raw sewage into the ocean...</p><p>But it&#39;s also the place along Canada&#39;s West Coast to open the first plant-based butchery! <em><strong>The Very Good Butchers</strong></em> love butchering not meat, but beans! And we&#39;re thrilled to now offer our customers several delicious plant-based products such as <em><strong>The Very British Banger</strong></em>, <em><strong>The Very Good Burger</strong></em> and <em><strong>Smokin&#39; Burger</strong></em>! With an impressive shelf life (up to 4 weeks in the fridge), you don&#39;t have to worry about not being able to consume them before they spoil! And because they&#39;re made with premium organic herbs and spices, you&#39;re going to absolutely love these soon-to-be meatless staples. Look for them in our tofu section at the end of Aisle 1.</p><p>For all you coffee drinkers who also dislike/can&#39;t tolerate dairy, we have a great new item: Elmhurst Original Unsweetened Hemp Creamer! That&#39;s right, it&#39;s coffee creamer made out of hemp (and only three other ingredients). We keep it in our non-dairy section in the Dairy Department but this item is totally shelf-stable. It really only needs to be chilled once opened. But that&#39;s not important right now. What <em>is</em> important is how much you&#39;re going to love this creamer! It&#39;s vegan, kosher, carrageenan, gluten, sugar and gluten-free and it&#39;s high in Omega-3 fatty acids.&nbsp;</p><p>If we told you that there&#39;s&nbsp;a fermented probiotic yogurt <em>without</em> dairy that also tastes great, would you believe us? Well, you&#39;d better believe it because it&#39;s hanging out right near the hemp coffee creamer! New <em><strong>Yoggu </strong></em>is a 100% vegan, plant-based yogurt alternative made with organic coconut cream, agar and bacterial cultures. It contains only 1 gram of sugar per serving and we gave both <em><strong>Original</strong></em> and <em><strong>Vanilla</strong></em> for you to love!</p><p>Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan products just keep on coming! Next is new <em><strong>Shockingly Healthy</strong></em>, the decadent and delicious desserts made with chick peas and dates to form the ultimate sweet yet healthy treat created by a nutritionist in Ontario!&nbsp;Pepper&#39;s has <em><strong>Coconut Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars</strong></em>, <em><strong>Chocolate Chip Salted Peanut Butter Blondie Bars</strong></em> and <em><strong>Double Chocolate Brownie Bars</strong></em>, so tasty you&#39;ll be shocked they&#39;re not unhealthy!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for another way to get shocked, look no further than <em><strong>Mum&#39;s Okanagan Sauce Co. Hot Sauce</strong></em> available in <em><strong>Sorta Hot</strong></em> and <em><strong>Darn Hot</strong></em>! A hybrid of hot sauce and gourmet BBQ sauce the company website states:&nbsp;<em>it is made from 100% natural ingredients, is gluten free, contains no preservatives or MSG. Mums Sauce can be used in many ways, adding to it&#39;s unique versatility. Use it as a baste, marinade, dip, or in addition to other sauces. As the creator of your kitchen, you are only limited by your imagination. It really works great on anything and everything, from eggs, meats, sea food and veggies.&nbsp;</em>Plus, it&#39;s a 100% Canadian owned and operated family business (much like us!).</p><p>Smoothie lovers listen up. We have a new line of organic frozen fruit that will make your anytime smoothie a delightful thing of beauty! <em><strong>Earthbound Farm Organic Fruit</strong></em> in <em><strong>Berry Blend</strong></em>, <em><strong>Strawberry</strong></em> and <em><strong>Mango Chunks</strong></em> offer all the goodness of organic fruits with the convenience of a resealable package.&nbsp;</p><p>A lot of people love crepes. Ricky Bobby did but he didn&#39;t know it (&quot;The really thin pancakes? Oh my God I love those!&quot;). And a lot of people really love cheese. Now you can have the glorious taste sensation of <em><strong>Gavottes Mini Crepes</strong></em> with either <em><strong>The Laughing Cow Cheese</strong></em> or&nbsp;<em><strong>Boursin Garlic and Fine Herb Cheese</strong></em>. These little crispy crepes are stuffed with soft&nbsp;cheeses and are equally as fun to eat as they are delicious!</p><p>Rounding out today&#39;s new products comes from the oh-so&nbsp;popular <em><strong>The Little Stand</strong></em> from right here in Victoria. We&#39;ve had their regular antipasto since it became available, but now there&#39;s a new <em><strong>Vegan Antipasto</strong></em> available! More choices means happier customers. And we&#39;re all about offering more (local) choices!</p><p>So long for now good people of the internet. Thanks and take good care until next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter November 26, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 26 Nov 2019 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;The National Hockey League was formed on this day in Montreal, QC, 1917. Speaking of Montreal, Habs fans will be feeling the sting of a blown 4 goal lead (at home)&nbsp;to the N.Y. Rangers this past Saturday. But that&#39;s just the way it goes sometimes. You win some, you lose some. But Thursday&#39;s Customer Appreciation Day was a definite win-win for everyone! It was amazing to see so many familiar faces throughout the aisles! Thanks again for supporting local!</p><p>Can you believe that Christmas is less than a month away? That means our seasonal items are on full display and many of them are sweet! So let&#39;s get busy and start learning about what&#39;s new and exciting this week at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>Fondue is back in style (it&#39;s Fun-due!) and the great thing about it is that you can have it savoury or sweet. If the latter is what you seek, and you want to &quot;<em>the best chocolate in the world</em>&quot; then Montreal&#39;s <em><strong>Galerie Au Chocolat Fondue Chocolate</strong></em> is exactly what you&#39;re looking for! This is fine <em><strong>Belgian Milk and Dark Chocolate&nbsp;</strong></em>available in a ready to heat plastic container and it&#39;s going to make your next dinner,&nbsp;party or dinner party spectacular!</p><p><em><strong>Marzipan</strong></em> is an essential ingredient in making holiday treats and we have it back <em><strong>from The Dutch Bakery</strong></em> in either half pound or one pound bricks. Look for it in the cold deli case at the front of the store.</p><p>Another popular baking item that has been unavailable at Pepper&#39;s for awhile is <em><strong>Lyle&#39;s Golden Syrup</strong></em>. Also known as light treacle, it&#39;s created by refining sugar cane or sugar beet juice into sugar. Dark treacle is known as molasses. And if you stop and look at the image on the can, you&#39;ll notice that it&#39;s a rotting carcass of a lion (see the cloud of bees?) with the caption &quot;O<em>ut of the strong came forth sweetness</em>.&quot; It&#39;s not known exactly why this was chosen, but in 2006 the Guiness World Records declared it the oldest branding and packaging. Pretty cool!</p><p>Another UK based business that makes other sweet sauces is <em><strong>LillyPuds</strong></em>. <em><strong>Brandy Butter</strong></em> is the perfect blend of butter, sugar and brandy that makes the best accompaniment to traditional Christmas pudding! And <em><strong>Sticky Toffee Sauce</strong></em> is butter, sugar and cream flavoured with natural vanilla. Both are nut, gluten and additive free! And both are going to sweeten your holidays immensely!</p><p>Our Deli Dept. has some new sweets just waiting for you to try! <em><strong>French Macarons</strong></em> are colourful, yummy &nbsp;and perfect for your holiday entertaining or gift-giving. We have them in <em><strong>Candy Cane, Cranberry Icewine, Pink&nbsp;Grapefruit </strong></em>and<em><strong> Hazelnut Milk Chocolate</strong></em> flavours! Or we have<em><strong> Chuckanut Bay Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites</strong></em> in <em><strong>Espresso, Pumpkin</strong></em> and <em><strong>Peppermint</strong></em>! Made with real creamcheese, real butter and real ingredients these little beauties are hand decorated and real good!</p><p>Let&#39;s shift gears from sweet to savoury and talk about a brand spanking new snack from GoGo Quinoa! We&#39;ve got <em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Puffs Sriracha</strong></em> and <em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Puffs Pink Salt &amp; Vinegar</strong></em>! But these aren&#39;t your average run-of-the-mill snacks! On the contrary, these are snacks high in protein and fibre and are the first plant-based puffs in Canada! Now you can have a great tasting snack without the guilt! We have a feeling these are going to be a hit with, well, anyone who tries them!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re on the topic of protein, we&#39;d love to tell you about a great new protein bar from Rock Coast. You&#39;re already familiar with the exquisite <em><strong>Rock Coast Toffee Bark</strong></em> that is a popular go-to treat for our shoppers. But now you can buy <em><strong>Rock Coast Whey Protein Bars</strong></em> in <em><strong>Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate</strong></em> and <em><strong>Caramel Chocolate</strong></em>. Very high in protein (19g per bar) but with no sugar alcohols, no Isomalto-Oligosaccharides (a common sweetener in protein bars) and no gelatin or hydrolyzed collagen you get a high-quality, natural and delicious protein bar made right here in Victoria, BC!</p><p>We&#39;ve talked about the wildly popular drink kombucha in past newsletters but it appears that the demand for this beverage just keeps growing. With that in mind, we&#39;ve added new <em><strong>Tofino Kombucha</strong></em> in <em><strong>Apricot &amp; Rose</strong></em>, <em><strong>Jasmine &amp; Hibiscus</strong></em> and <em><strong>Ginger &amp; Lemon</strong></em>! If sipping on a premium organic fermented, flavourful and fragrant (and possibly new favourite) beverage is your thing then look for these in the cold drink cooler at the front of the store. And when you get home, crack a kombucha and go to <strong></strong> for more on this awesome, new company!</p><p>But fermentation isn&#39;t just for the drinkers! No, this process is alive and well in new <em><strong>Alive &amp; Rise Breads</strong></em>, available at Pepper&#39;s in <em><strong>Organic Ancient Grain</strong></em> and <em><strong>Organic Italian Style Sesame</strong></em>! Taken from their website:&nbsp;<em>Our bread is a revival of the fermentation process &mdash; rich nutritious qualities that preserve the germ and support digestive health, inspire lower sugar levels and create a delicious taste. Fermentation is a natural, metabolic process that converts sugar to acids and gases. In short, this means our bread is more alive, closer to freshness of the earth and simply better for you</em>. They use a 24 hour, slow craft natural fermentation to make their tasty breads. So when you finally taste it, slow down and savour not just the flavour, but the tiny moment of joy that you&#39;re experiencing!&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks for taking a few&nbsp;moments to read this newsletter. Hopefully it brought a tiny bit of joy to you. It sure brings us A LOT of koy bringing it to you! So take good care until next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter November 19, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:32:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;There are a lot of things required for a business to succeed but the most important thing &nbsp;is the customers. No customers; no business. It&#39;s that simple. And Pepper&#39;s is no different. Without you, we&#39;d just be some vacant building down by the beach. That&#39;s why we&#39;re celebrating you, our loyal customers, this <em><strong>Thursday, November 21</strong></em>, with our annual <em><strong>Customer Appreciation Day</strong></em>! We&#39;re going to have loads of terrific sales, sweet and savory food samples, give-aways, treats and lots of fun and it&#39;s all for YOU! Please join us as we say thanks to everyone who shops and supports us at&nbsp;YOUR independent&nbsp;grocery store!</p><p>As the holidays creep up, it&#39;s time to start thinking about nog. That&#39;s right, no holiday is complete without some form of nog and Pepper&#39;s has all kinds! In addition to the <em><strong>Island Farms Eggnog</strong></em> that has been on the shelf for some time, we now have back in stock both <em><strong>Avalon Conventional and Organic Eggnog</strong></em>! And for those of you who choose to go dairy free, we have <em><strong>So Delicious Coconut Holiday Nog</strong></em>, &nbsp;the equally delicious alternative to traditional eggnog!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re on the subject of dairy free, let&#39;s introduce a few more alternatives for you. <em><strong>Violife Original Vegan Creamy Cream Cheese </strong></em>tastes just like real cream cheese but this one&#39;s 100% vegan! Made with simple ingredients, the main one being coconut oil, it&#39;s soft, spreadable and scrumptious and could possibly be your new favourite dairy free cream cheese!</p><p>Here&#39;s dairy-free cheese in another form: <em><strong>Earth Island Shredded Parmesan Style</strong></em>! This authentic tasting alternative will sprinkle perfectly on your pizza or pastas, or even just on roasted vegetables! This is plant-based goodness at its finest!</p><p>However, if you&#39;re a meat eater then this next item may be of interest. <em><strong>McSweeney&#39;s Sweet and Spicy Jerky Sticks</strong></em> are dubbed the<em> Canadian cocktail garnish </em>so your next Bloody Caesar could go next level with these bad boys! Look how much fun those people are having on the package: that could be you! Plus they&#39;re gluten-free!&nbsp;</p><p>If you&#39;re like most people, you probably get freaked out and all panick-y when you&#39;re going to have people over and it&#39;s time to get the house clean. But with more and more people choosing to purchase eco-friendly cleaners, we thought we&#39;d get in one that&#39;s about as chemical-free as they come: <em><strong>Allen&#39;s Cleaning Vinegar</strong></em>! This vinegar is twice as strong as conventional vinegar and makes a highly effective, yet simple cleaner. One big jug will last you forever, too!</p><p>It&#39;s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! And that means, for many, the consumtion of lots and lots of sweets. And booze. Why not combine the two and try <em><strong>SugarSin Gummies</strong></em>? Available in <em><strong>Sparkling Rose</strong></em>, <em><strong>Dry Gin Fizz</strong></em>, <em><strong>Strawberry Daiquir</strong></em>i and <em><strong>Fizzy Bubbly</strong></em>, these UK-made, gluten-free chewy treats are infused with real sparkling wine and other libations and make for a gourmet offering for your next holiday party. They don&#39;t actually contain alcohol though, in case you were wondering.</p><p>Another wonderful British sweet is from <em><strong>Cartwright &amp; Butler. With Salted Caramel Fudge, Chocolate Fudge, Butter Fudge, Sherbet Pips </strong></em>and <em><strong>Soft Fruit Jellies</strong></em>&nbsp;to choose from, they make a great stocking stuffer or another perfect addition to the holiday party table!</p><p>And finally, if you want a great tasting confectionary from a little closer to home, why not try new Fraser Valley Gourmet Toffee? There&#39;s Milk Chocolate (not shown), Candy Cane, Dark Chocolate and Espresso Bean. Made with 100% pure butter, you&#39;re in for a treat that&#39;s rich, creamy, decadent and 100% delicious!</p><p>Well folks, that&#39;s all there is for this week. As always, the attached weekly flyer is there for your&nbsp;perusal. And as always, thank you for having a read! We look so forward to seeing you here this Thursday!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter November 12, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 Nov 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Here&#39;s hoping that you all enjoyed your long weekend and here&#39;s hoping you took even just a moment or two to reflect on why it was a long one. That being said, that&#39;s the last long weekend of 2019! Time flies when we&#39;re having fun, doesn&#39;t it!?</p><p>As always, there are new items on our shelves so let&#39;s jump right in and get down to business. The first is a sweet one courtesy of Dan-D&nbsp;Pak and it&#39;s all about the combination of ingredients. New <em><strong>Dan-D Pak Dark Chocolate Clusters</strong></em> are available in <em><strong>Nut &amp; Cranberry</strong></em> and <em><strong>Peanut Butter Crisp</strong></em>. Both are made with rich dark Belgian chocolate and both make for a sweet and nummy snack! Put them out on your holiday party table or bring a (resealable) bag or two home for movie night!&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Dan-D Pak Organic Quinoa</strong></em> is tri-coloured (white, black and red) which simply makes for a more visually appealing dish! This superfood is high in protein, (it has the highest protein of any other grain) fibre, iron and potassium. So it&#39;s no wonder why we sell so much of it. It&#39;s also gluten-free and low in fat. &nbsp;And it&#39;s delicious! If you&#39;re not eating quinoa then you are seriously missing the flavour train. Time to get on board!</p><p>Who says quinoa has to be eaten out of a bowl? <em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Organic Quinoa Burger Mix</strong></em> allows you to make an easy&nbsp;yet nutritious (see above) meal by simply adding water to the mix and stirring. Wait a few minutes and form the patties, adding them to a hot pan and a little oil. Instant vegan and gluten-free burgers!</p><p>Vikram Vij opened Vij&#39;s restaurant in Vancouver in 1994 and has since expanded into several locations with one, Vij&#39;s Sutra, located right here in Victoria since 2013! And because the restaurant food was so popular, Vij expanded into the frozen food aisle of many supermarkets (ours included). Now you can purchase <em><strong>Vij&#39;s Crazy Good Meatball</strong></em>s in Aisle 5 in <em><strong>Sweet Masala</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Butter Chicken Style</strong></em>! You&#39;ve never tasted meatballs like these before! These Italian beef meatballs are blended with exquisite Indian spices to create a sensational meatball that&#39;s, well, crazy good!</p><p>While we&#39;re on the subject of meat, and we mean really good, quality meat, let&#39;s talk a little about new <em><strong>Continental Garlic Sausage</strong></em> and<em><strong> Continental Pepperoni</strong></em>. What makes these two so special? Only the addition of two amazing, local brews from<em><strong> Phillips Brewing Company</strong></em>! <em><strong>Continental Garlic Sausage</strong></em> is <em><strong>infused with Phillips Blue Buck Pale Ale</strong></em> while <em><strong>Continental Pepperoni has Phillips Hop Circle IPA </strong></em>mixed in! That equates to two amazing, BC companies collaborating to bring you two amazing edibles! You can find both in our Deli Department!</p><p>You know what goes well with cured meats? Yeppers, cheese! And in addition to the new meats, our Deli Department also has three amazing new cheeses from <em><strong>Cypress Grove</strong></em>. These fresh goat milk cheese are cleverly named, too:<em><strong> Purple Haze</strong></em> is cheese <em><strong>with Lavender and Fennel Pollen</strong></em>. <em><strong>Psychedillic has Dill and Dill Pollen</strong></em> and <em><strong>Sgt. Pepper boasts Chilis, Curry and Harissa</strong></em>! You&#39;ll get truly original, unexpected and delighful flavours when you tuck into these little pucks of pure heaven! Just in time for your holiday entertaining, too!</p><p>Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers have been delighting kids for years and years because they&#39;re just so fun to eat. And they&#39;re also pretty tasty. But what if you could sneak a little more nutrition into these tiny treats without alerting the healthy radar of your kids? Now you can with <em><strong>Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish with Veggies &amp; Fruits</strong></em>! Containing all of these ingredients:&nbsp;SWEET<br />POTATO, PUMPKIN, SQUASH, CARROT, PARSNIP, BANANA, APPLE, CAULIFLOWER&nbsp;this is &quot;stealth health&quot; at&nbsp;its finest!</p><p>And finally we have something for all you coffee drinkers out there: <em><strong>Taikoo Voyages Coffee Sugar</strong></em>. This super large crystallized sugar is unrefined and, according to the company website&nbsp;this:&nbsp;<em>larger-grained sugar is specifically designed so that its dissolves slowly allowing the full flavor of the coffee to last longer. The sweetness that blends in gradually balances out the flavor and completes your coffee drinking experience.&nbsp;</em>You don&#39;t have to just use it in your coffee though. Decorate cakes or other baked goodies with it!</p><p>Don&#39;t forget to enter our&nbsp;draw on December 20th for the Toshiba 43&quot; Smart TV located at the front of the store!&nbsp;</p><p>Until next time have a great week and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter November 5, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 Nov 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning. You won&#39;t get another newsletter until after Remembrance Day so we&#39;d like to take a moment here to pay our respects to the soldiers past and present, the men and women who fought, who died, who suffered and sacrificed and who are responsible for providing us with the freedoms that we so often take for granted. Lest we forget. Poppies are available at the tills for those who wish to make a donation to help support our Veterans and their families.</p><p>Ok, let&#39;s talk about some exciting new changes that our full-service Meat Dept. is making! We&#39;ve added what we think are some pretty darn good items to our meat counter;&nbsp;things such as Breaded Pork Cutlets, Hand-Made Italian&nbsp;Meatballs, Cranberry-Stuffed Boneless Pork Chops, and&nbsp;a larger variety of Marinated Meats and Poultry, just to name a few. Certain items will be seasonal and don&#39;t expect to always see the same things all the time&nbsp;because we&#39;ll be rotating new items in and out. But please stop by, pick up a new item (or two) and let us know next time if you enjoyed it!</p><p>If you could pickle your own vegetables at home with one simple step, would you do it? Well, if you&#39;re the kind of person that is into pickling but sometimes feel that the process is laborious and time consuming then guess what? You&#39;ve just lucked out because Pepper&#39;s now offers <em><strong>Island Brine Co. Ltd Brines, t</strong></em>he pre-made pickling brine made right here in Victoria!&nbsp;Available in <em><strong>Savoury Garlic &amp; Dill</strong></em>, <em><strong>Classic Island Brine</strong></em> and<em><strong> Spicy Caesar Blend</strong></em>, one simply opens the jar, adds whatever vegetables that thay want to pickle and, well, that&#39;s it. There are no more steps. Wait, could it actually be that simple? The answer is YES! Put green beans, onions, cucumbers, cauliflower, celery or whatever you like in the jar and let them pickle! Too easy!</p><p>Have you ever eaten a quince fruit? Do you even know what it is? You&#39;ve probably heard of it but many of you have likely never held one in your had. That&#39;s because it&#39;s somewhat of an undercelebrated fruit, largely in part to it&#39;s lumpy shape (similar to a pear), tough and difficult-to-cut flesh,&nbsp;unpalatable taste (when eaten raw) and it only becomes ripe in October and November. But let&#39;s get back to that taste. Yes, you can eat a quince raw but you wouldn&#39;t want to. Very tart indeed. Cook the fruit, however, and it becomes a wonderfully fragrant and delectable delight! So when <em><strong>The Little Stand</strong></em> told us that they had local <em><strong>Quince Jelly</strong></em> available, our ears pricked up. Because we know that discerning customers will jump at the chance to get their hands on a jar of this seasonal sensation. So if you want to see how this fruit is transformed into a thing of beauty (in both sight and taste) then make sure to get a jar today!</p><p>It&#39;s time to bake and if you want to include some premium chocolate chips in your recipes but&nbsp;without adding sugar or artificial sweeteners, <em><strong>Krisda Semi-Sweet Chocolatey Chips</strong></em> is the way to do it! Sweetened with stevia, these also make a great addition to your home-made trail mix or as an ice cream topper. Plus, they&#39;re rich in fibre. Go figure!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for organic&nbsp;Greek yogurt then look no further than our own Dairy Dept.! <em><strong>Oikos Organic Greek 3.25%&nbsp;Yogurt</strong></em> is available in<em><strong> Plain</strong></em> and <em><strong>Vanilla</strong></em> and is incredibly thick, rich and creamy. It tastes as good as the Oikos yogurt you&#39;re already used to except it&#39;s organic! &#39;Nuff said.</p><p>Edible Coast of Surry, BC&nbsp;has been making their harlequinned figured boxes of Gone Crackers since 2001. That&#39;s a lot of crackers made between now and then. So they figured it was time to go from crackers to kooky. Now Pepper&#39;s has <em><strong>Edible Coast Gone Kooky Cookies</strong></em> in <em><strong>Coconut Oat</strong></em> and <em><strong>Cafe Dream</strong></em> varieties! Great all by themselves, the company also recommends crumbling them over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Oh and just in case the quality and flavour of this product wasn&#39;t enough to entice you to make a purchase, this excerpt taken from the Province of British Columbia website might:&nbsp;<em>Edible Coast is a significant supporter of a number of local community organizations, including the B.C. Children&rsquo;s Hospital Foundation, the B.C. Cancer Agency and CKNW Orphans&rsquo; Fund. The company is also a consistent supporter of the arts, helping to raise funds for the Arts Club Theatre, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Aquarium, by donating product and gifts for their respective fundraising events</em>.</p><p>Here&#39;s a really unique item arriving just in time for the holidays: <em><strong>Stonewall Kitchen Gingerbread Butter</strong></em>! Taken from the company website:&nbsp;<em>Made with a unique combination of sweet and savory ingredients including three kinds of ginger, our Gingerbread Butter is a delicious, non-dairy pantry essential. Used as a secret ingredient in recipes or spread on muffins or pound cake, it&#39;s wonderfully light and smooth with a sweet spice taste that&rsquo;s perfect for the holidays and beyond</em>. Sounds good to us!</p><p>Coconut milk is a staple in Latin and Asian cuisine and it&#39;s also a&nbsp;very popular non-dairy beverage. And now you can purchase <em><strong>Wild Tusker Organic Coconut Milk Powder</strong></em> as the perfect clean, plant-based tropical alternative to dairy creamers! You can substitute it for wet coconut milk, too! It comes in a convenient, resealable bag which goes into the fridge once opened. Use only what you need and save the rest!</p><p>One more thing that we&#39;ve very excited to mention, just before we sign off...<strong>Pepper&#39;s is getting its own app, available for iOS and Android and it should be up and running by December</strong>! We&#39;ll keep you posted as to when it launches so stay tuned for that! It&#39;s going to be awesome!</p><p>That&#39;s all for another week. Until next time, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p>