Pepper's Foods http://www.peppers-foods.com We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Foods Newsletter January 21, 2020 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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>www.tofinokombucha.com</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 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-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> Pepper's Newsletter October 29, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-october-29-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 29 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Halloween is only two days away so if you still need to pick up your goodies for the ghosts and goblins that will soon be knocking on your door, head on down to the store. We have loads of sweets for you to hand out and they&#39;re not the ones that make the kids groan and make a mental note to egg your house next year, either! Want to be the neighbourhood hero of&nbsp;Halloween? The trick is in the treat!&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;ve got several new and exciting products to tell you about this week and the first one just so happens to be in our weekly ad!&nbsp;<em><strong>Armstrong Natural Cheese 600g</strong></em>&nbsp;is available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Old</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Extra Old</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Marble</strong></em>. The brand&nbsp;isn&#39;t new to the store, though, only the size of the package is. In fact, Armstrong is one of the best selling cheeses found in our Dairy Department. We&#39;ve written about this award-winning cheese in past newsletters but they&#39;ve been making this cheese in Armstrong, BC since 1902. And they still make it the same way today as they did back then. And you can have a huge hunk of it for the ridiculous price of just&nbsp;<em><strong>$7.96 each</strong></em>&nbsp;this week!</p><p>Another popular&nbsp;dairy item that we&#39;ve stocked for quite awhile is&nbsp;<em><strong>Savor Grass Fed Salted Butter</strong></em>. It&#39;s made from Eastern Ontario Holstein cow&#39;s milk&nbsp;and the company follows the standards and guidelines for grass-fed dairy from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Canadian Code of Practice for the care and handling of dairy cattle. This butter quickly caught on as a customer fave so we brought in&nbsp;<em><strong>Savor Grass Fed Unsalted Butter</strong></em>! Same great qualities but without the salt!</p><p>Making a healthy and nutritious meal for your entire family (and especially one that they actually like) can be a real challenge these days. Seems we&#39;re all busier than ever. Throw in a&nbsp;SD 63 school strike and you&#39;ve got yourself some serious stress. The last thing you need is to slave&nbsp;over a hot stove. Well, we&#39;re here to tell you about&nbsp;<em><strong>The Little Potato Company Easy Sides</strong></em>! Their Creamer potatoes are available fully cooked, pre-seasoned and crispy in under 7 minutes! Just heat and serve. We have them in&nbsp;<em><strong>Onion &amp; Garlic</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Sea Salt &amp; Black Pepper</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours! Give yourself a break and make dinner easy!</p><p>Tortilla chips have to be one of the most favourite-est kinds of salty snack there is. But sometimes having the same old thing can get a little boring. But not with new&nbsp;<em><strong>Que Pasa Korean BBQ Organic Tortilla Chips</strong></em>! Made with volcanic stone ground corn and a unique blend of spices such as garlic powder, cayenne pepper, ginger and&nbsp;black pepper to name just a few, these thin and crispy vegan tortilla chips will re-invigourate your tasebuds and are a more than worthy snack for&nbsp;the coming months of winter television binge-watching!</p><p>Do you know what the red, sweet and juicy covering of a pomegranate seed is called? It&#39;s called an aril and if you want to make juice, you have to squish a whole lot of &#39;em to get it. But the juice can be made into a reduction and sold as molasses. It&#39;s really more of a syrup but it&#39;s delicious and now you can buy it at Pepper&#39;s! New&nbsp;<em><strong>Jasmine Pomegranate Molasses</strong></em>&nbsp;is a sweet (but not too sweet) syrup that can be used for all sorts of things such as a great ingredient for any mocktail, as a glaze for meats or as an awesome alternative to balsamic vinegar for your home-made salad dressings! Use your imagination and have fun with it!</p><p>Another new sweet syrup that we now offer is&nbsp;<em><strong>Canadian Heritage Organic Very Dark Maple Syrup 1L</strong></em>. This certified organic, Grade A and pure maple syrup comes from the mineralized soil of the Appalaches region of Quebec, the perfect region for harvesting maple syrup. There are several grades of maple syrup which refer to the colour and flavour. The lighter the syrup, the milder the flavour and the earlier it has been harvested. This very dark syrup has a strong, rich and very pronounced taste and is well suited for cooking, baking and in sauces.</p><p>Having trouble falling or staying asleep but are wary of taking a medicinal sleep aid? Maybe you travel a lot but can&#39;t get into a good sleep rhythm. Then perhaps it&#39;s time to try&nbsp;<em><strong>Jamieson Melatonin&nbsp;5mg</strong></em>, a natural hormone replacement that could help regulate your sleep cycle and get you back on track. Simply place one of these chocolate mint flavoured, fast dissolving tablets under your tongue before bed to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep&nbsp;longer and hopefully improve your sleep quality. Please consult your physician before taking.</p><p>You want to see something&nbsp;<em>REALLY&nbsp;</em>scary? How about how low our prices are for the items in our attached Weekly Specials? From all of us at Pepper&#39;s, have a fun, spooky and safe Halloween!</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 22, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-october-22-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 22 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Well, the people have spoken and the election results are in. Hopefully you were one of those people who took advantage of your civil right to cast a ballot to help determine how our country is governed. You may not like the outcome of your vote but you&#39;ve gotta love the democratic process that we are priviledged to participate in!</p><p>This week we have lots of new items to discuss so let&#39;s jump in head first and go for it. Our first new items come with Powergreen technology. We don&#39;t know what that is but it sure sounds cool! New&nbsp;<em><strong>Method&nbsp;All-Purpose Wipes</strong></em>&nbsp;are municipally compostable wipes (not suitable for your backyard composting) with naturally&nbsp;derived, non-toxic and plant-based ingredients that make for a powerful and effective greener cleaner!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking natural and effective products, let&#39;s add local to the mix and introduce&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Essentials Natural Deodorants</strong></em>&nbsp;made in Cobble Hll, BC. These personal hygiene products contain jojoba oils and organic shea butter but not aluminum. Choose from&nbsp;<em><strong>Bergamot Bliss&nbsp;</strong></em>(Bergamot Palmarosa Lime),&nbsp;<em><strong>Jasmine&#39;s Kiss</strong></em>&nbsp;(Ylang Ylang Grapefruit Jasmine)&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Serene Dream</strong></em>&nbsp;(Lavender Orange Chamomile) and stay fresh, naturally!</p><p>One of the most popular names in cleaning&nbsp;is undoubtedly Sunlight. After all, the brand was launched in 1883 in the UK and is still going strong.&nbsp;So if you&#39;re one of the many who have trusted the&nbsp;cleaning power of this detergent and like the pleasant, fresh scent then&nbsp;perhaps&nbsp;new&nbsp;<em><strong>Sunlight Lime Mint</strong></em>&nbsp;will stop you from delegating and make you want to do the dishes! As you sniff the fresh scent, your imagination will whisk you away to a warm and sunny place where, instead of washing that&nbsp;glass, you&#39;ll be sipping a refreshing cocktail from one!</p><p>As the winter weather sets in, you&#39;ll want to relax with a hot cup of&nbsp;<em><strong>Mighty Leaf Organic Turmeric Ginger Tea. </strong></em>This whole leaf tea combines the warming spices of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon with&nbsp;sweet and spicy turmeric. You get 12 artisan hand-stitched pouches&nbsp;of&nbsp;delicious, organic and caffeine-free tea per box.</p><p>As usual, when we heard about another great, new BC product, we quickly ordered it and found a home for it on the shelf!&nbsp;<em><strong>Maple Hill Farms Free Range Large Brown Eggs</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Maple Hill Farms Organically Grown Large Brown Eggs</strong></em>&nbsp;come from hens fed a balanced diet of grains containing no animal by-products. This family owned and operated business is located in the small farming community of Mt. Lehman in the central Fraser Valley and they&#39;ve been in the poultry business for over 40 years!&nbsp;</p><p>Eggs are an essential ingredient for an omelette. As is cheese. And we have just the one that you&#39;ve been waiting for, especially if you don&#39;t eat a lot of aged cheese:&nbsp;<em><strong>Balderson Extra Old White Cheddar</strong></em>&nbsp;280g. With the holidays just around the corner, cheese trays&nbsp;are also essential for entertaining and your guests will love having this 14-18 month aged cheddar to try. It has a full, pleasant cheddar flavour but with a sharpness incurred from the aging process. It&#39;s also ideal for rich, creamy sauces, as well as for shredding and baking. And it pairs well with crisp white wines, most young red wines and beers/lagers.</p><p>As long as you&#39;re picking up the cheese, you might as well pair it with a new and fantastic cracker:&nbsp;<em><strong>Mary&#39;s Gone Crackers Real Thin Organic Crackers</strong></em>. These gluten-free crackers contain no wheat and are made with deliciously real ingredients in an allergy friendly bakery. That means veryone can enoy these authentically delicious crisps! Pepper&#39;s has &#39;em in&nbsp;<em><strong>Sea Salt</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Garlic Rosemary</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours!</p><p>Umami is one of the five basic tastes: savory (a synonym for umami), sweetness, saltiness, bitterness and sourness. Umami taste comes from glutamates which is a compound found packed into anchovies. This is why the anchovy is such a prized ingredient in many kitchens (although, sadly, an underutilized one). Anchovies provide a flavour boost to loads of dishes, not just pizza and salads. So if you&#39;re one if the &quot;in-the-know&quot; cooks looking for that little extra&nbsp;<em>oomph</em>&nbsp;for your culinary creations, pick&nbsp;<em><strong>Unico Fillets of Anchovies in Olive Oil</strong></em>. You&#39;ll find them in our Meat Department near the seafood!</p><p>Those are the new items for this week.&nbsp;We hope you enjoyed reading about them! Oh, and we would also like to welcome Graeme back to the store! He was missed in his brief abscence but we&#39;re just so pleased to have him back on our team!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 15, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-october-15-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and for many that means a week of turkey leftovers awaits! Here&#39;s hoping that you and your loved ones created many fond memories during your celebration.&nbsp;As we so often like to do, here&#39;s a little bit of history surrounding Canadian Thanksgiving&nbsp;for you according to The Canadian Encyclopedia:&nbsp;<em>Sir Martin Frobisher&nbsp;and his crew are credited as the first Europeans to celebrate a Thanksgiving ceremony in North America, in 1578. They were followed by the inhabitants of&nbsp;New France&nbsp;under&nbsp;Samuel de Champlain in 1606. The celebration featuring the uniquely North American turkey, squash and pumpkin was introduced to&nbsp;Nova Scotia&nbsp;in the 1750s and became common across Canada by the 1870s. In 1957, Thanksgiving was proclaimed an annual event to occur on the second Monday of October.&nbsp;</em></p><p>If you are one of the many who just can&#39;t stomach the thought of eating a turkey (or any animal for that matter) then listen up because these next three new products are geared towards you!&nbsp;<em><strong>Big Mountain Foods Veggie Grounds Cauli Crumble</strong></em>&nbsp;is an excellent substitute for ground beef that combines cauliflower with other vegetables to create a high protein, vegan and gluten-free meat substitute! NOTE: this product must be cooked!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has also added two amazing new meatless products by&nbsp;<em><strong>The Original Field Roast Company</strong></em>!&nbsp;<em><strong>Vegan Frankfurters</strong></em>&nbsp;come ready to eat and are so versatile in how they can be prepared: grill on the BBQ, saute in a pan, steam in the oven&nbsp;or nuke &#39;em in the microwave! Or perhaps a burger is what you&#39;re craving? In that case, choose their&nbsp;<em><strong>Vegan Hand-formed Fieldburger</strong></em>! With barley, fresh carrots and celery as the primary ingredients, you&#39;ll be amazed at just how close to real meat burgers these patties feel and taste! You can also crumble to make awesome veggie chili!</p><p>As we&#39;re all well aware, it&#39;s baking season and that requires one key ingredient: margarine. Now slow down a minute, we know what you&#39;re going to say: there&#39;s no substiture for butter when it comes to baking!&nbsp;That may be truth for a lot of you, but many will swear that margarine is the bomb. The good news? Pepper&#39;s sells both! But for those who choose margarine, we&#39;ve got new&nbsp;<em><strong>Becel Margarine Sticks</strong></em>&nbsp;in both&nbsp;<em><strong>Salted&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Unsalted</strong></em>. Make&nbsp;cooking or baking easier with convenient, pre-measured half cup sticks that require&nbsp;no softening (and contain&nbsp;no hydrogenated oils). With 50% less saturated fat than butter, you can replace it 1:1.</p><p>Maybe you don&#39;t want to bake with your margarine? No problem, you can spread it on top of the delicious and fluffy pancakes that you just made using&nbsp;<em><strong>Cloud 9 Gluten-Free Pancake &amp; Waffle Mix</strong></em>! Nut-free, soy-free, dairy-free and kosher, this certified gluten-free mix will definitely impress your picky breakfast-eaters during the holidays.</p><p>These days, many consumers are trying hard to modify their diets. And sugar is often the first ingredient &nbsp;to go. But that sweet-tooth makes it very difficult to give up. However, there&#39;s one fruit that can offer a great substitute for the sweet stuff: dates. Yes, dates are high in natural sugars. But unlike white sugar which contains no nutritional value, just empty calories, dates contain loads of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. But dates are also extremely versatile. In addition to the fruit making a simple&nbsp;and nutritious snack, they can be made into spreads and&nbsp;syrups. And that leads us to our next new products by Nawa.&nbsp;<em><strong>Nawa Pure Date Syrup</strong></em>&nbsp;can be used in place of maple syrup (see previous product), as a coffee sweetener or as a topping for Greek yogurt! And&nbsp;<em><strong>Nawa Date Spread</strong></em>&nbsp;makes a wonderful topping for toast or&nbsp;bagels, a great sweetener for smoothies or an awesome sugar substitute for moist baked goods such as banana bread or brownies. Of course, if you&#39;re simply interested in just dates then&nbsp;<em><strong>Nawa Medjool Dates</strong></em>&nbsp;are also available!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re on the subject of diet modification, we have an incredible, new (and 100% Canadian)&nbsp;product that may get you off the potato chips:&nbsp;<em><strong>ThreeWorks Apple Chips</strong></em>! These are chips that crunch and look like potato chips but are made from apples! Featured on the hit CBC television show Dragon&#39;s Den, these healthy snacks, available in&nbsp;<em><strong>So Origina</strong></em>l,&nbsp;<em><strong>Pinch-O-Cinnamon</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Hot For Caramel</strong></em>&nbsp;are vegan, fat-free, gluten-free and have no added sugars. And Pepper&#39;s has them&nbsp;<em><strong>in our ad this week for the super price of just $3.46 each</strong></em>! Plus, your purchase helps support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada!</p><p>Moving on from one&nbsp;apple product to another, if there&#39;s an area of your home that you&#39;d rather have smelling pleasant, rather than like the horrid, awful and disgusting place it is&nbsp;now, then new<em><strong>&nbsp;Febreze Small Spaces&nbsp;Fresh-Pressed Apple Deodorizer&nbsp;</strong></em>should help out. This limited edition apple-cinnamon smelling deodorizer is perfect for closets, your teenager&#39;s room (may require more than one unit), lockers, bathrooms and any other foul-smelling space that needs some serious odour-killing attention!</p><p>Have you had your Mo lately? What&#39;s that now? You&#39;ve never even heard of Mo before? Of course, we&#39;re talking about mochi! According to Wikipedia, it is:&nbsp;a small, round confection consisting of a soft, pounded sticky rice dumpling (mochi) formed around an ice cream filling.&nbsp;The ice cream flavors the confection while the mochi adds sweetness and texture.&nbsp;In other words, it&#39;s a Japanese frozen treat that tastes great and is so fun to eat! New <em><strong>My/Mo Mochi Cashew Cream Frozen Dessert</strong></em>&nbsp;is a premium, non-dairy, vegan frozen dessert wrapped in a sweet, soft dough! Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Salted Caramel</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberry</strong></em>, this unique treat has a chewy, smooth and elastic texture. You&#39;ve never had so much fun not eating ice cream!</p><p>Our flyer this week is chock full o&#39; great specials so please make sure to have a look, print off,&nbsp;get out your felt marker&nbsp;and circle the deals that you want to save BIG on. Just be prepared to use a lot of ink!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 8, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-october-8-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 08 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;On today&#39;s date in 1871 the Great Chicago Fire started and lasted for three days until it finally burned itself out. It left roughly 1 in 3 residents homeless, burned over 2000 acres of the city and killed about 300 people. What started out as a&nbsp;small barn fire eventually turned into a massive inferno!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about things that are &quot;great&quot; and &quot;hot&quot;...do you want to hear about a&nbsp;new contest that Pepper&#39;s is putting on? Right now you can<em><strong>&nbsp;enter to&nbsp;win a Toshiba 43&quot; Fire TV</strong></em>&nbsp;(is there a trend happening here?) by simply signing your receipt (along with your phone number) and&nbsp;depositing it&nbsp;in the draw box at the front doors. One lucky shopper will be taking this beauty of a prize home just in time for Christmas!&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Bubby Rose&#39;s Bakery &amp; Cafe</strong></em>&nbsp;started in Victoria in 2002 and has become a mainstay for locals and visitors alike. Among other things, they offer incredibly delicious sweet and savoury baked goods. And now you can purchase some of their&nbsp;<em><strong>pies and muffins</strong></em>&nbsp;at Pepper&#39;s! Varieties may vary from week to week but if you love this bakery or you just love great baked treats, make sure to take home something from Bubby Rose&#39;s!</p><p>Located in the same area at the front of the store, the Deli Department&#39;s cold case (Bill Curtis, are you listening?) across from the first till, you&#39;ll find the perfect snack. More specifically, you&#39;ll find&nbsp;<em><strong>The Keith Kitchen Perfect Bar</strong></em>&nbsp;available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut Peanut Butter</strong></em>&nbsp;and just plain&nbsp;<em><strong>Peanut Butter</strong></em>. They&#39;re the original refrigerated nutrition bar (but can be kept at room temperature for up to a week) chock full of whole food protein, organic superfoods (more than 20!)&nbsp;and organic honey. Ranging&nbsp;in protein content from 15g-17g per bar, these awesome tasting snacks are low on the glycemic index so&nbsp;you won&#39;t get a blood sugar spike! You&#39;ll simply get a delicious and satisfying snack that will keep you going for hours!</p><p>&quot;Libre&quot; means &quot;free&quot; in both French and Spanish. Therefore, it makes sense that Libre Naturals, a BC, family owned company, would be free from the top 10 food allergens and gluten. And if you prefer getting your protein from plant-based sources, get ready to be happy. Because new<em><strong>&nbsp;Libre Naturals Plant-based Protein Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;are here and available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla Cinnamon</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Cacao</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours! 100% vegan, these unique snacks meet all school and university requirements, contains 10g of protein and are full of whole grains, seeds and healthy fats. Perhaps the Perfect Bar has met its match!</p><p>Another new product, arriving just in time for baking season, is<em><strong>&nbsp;Cuisine Camino Baking Chocolate</strong></em>. This fair trade, semi-sweet and organic chocolate contains 56% cacao and is also free of priority allergens so you only have to worry whether you made enough brownies, not about whether little Sally can safely gobble them up!</p><p>It just wouldn&#39;t be autumn if we didn&#39;t offer something that contained pumpkin spice. So for a limited time only, you can purchase&nbsp;<em><strong>Olympic Krema Pumpkin Spice Yogurt</strong></em>&nbsp;from our Dairy Department! At 9% milk fat, you can easily satisfy your craving for the flavours of pumpkin and spice and get it in a&nbsp;thick and rich yogurt!&nbsp;</p><p>The wildly popular Liberte brand of dairy provides Pepper&#39;s with a vast array of yogurts, organic butter, creme&nbsp;fraiche, etc, etc. So when we heard that we could also add<em><strong>&nbsp;Liberte 2% Cottage Cheese</strong></em>&nbsp;to the mix, we did! High in protein and low in fat, it&#39;s the creamy and delicious flavour that will keep you coming back for more!</p><p>October is just the right time for new&nbsp;<em><strong>Angie&#39;s Boom Chicka Pop Candy Corn Flavoured Kettle Corn</strong></em>&nbsp;to hit the shelves! You&#39;ll impress everyone at this year&#39;s Halloween party by serving this sweet and uniquely flavoured treat! It&#39;s made with non-GMO popcorn and it makes the perfect gluten-free snack!</p><p>And finally, if fruit flies are a problem in your home due to the kitchen scrap compost pail sitting on the counter,<em><strong>&nbsp;Bin Breeze All-Natural Green Bin Powder</strong></em>&nbsp;is here to save the day! This Victoria-made product eliminates both fruit flies and odours and it also soaks up wet waste! Make your bin a breeze with Bin Breeze!</p><p>Don&#39;t forget that it&#39;s not too late to order a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving. Simply stop by the Meat Department or call the store (250) 477-6513 to place your order! Until next time have a great week and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 1, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-october-1-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 01 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Happy October, people. Here&#39;s a little history lesson for you to start things off.&nbsp;Octo&nbsp;means&nbsp;eight&nbsp;(in Latin, by the way) yet October is the tenth month. What&#39;s up with that? Well, our current Gregorian calendar wasn&#39;t always the calendar used. Prior to that there was the Julian calendar. But even before that there was the Roman calendar and in that calendar, October was the eighth month. January and February didn&#39;t exist then. But when they were added in 45 BC, it pushed October down to the tenth month.&nbsp;Fascinating!</p><p>Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you&#39;re like practically everybody, you&#39;re going to want to serve up a&nbsp;toothsome turkey. Mmmmm turkey. And Pepper&#39;s is just the place to purchase that fresh bird from!</p><p>We have three choices for you:</p><ul> <li>Kildonan Farm (North Saanich) Free Range&nbsp;</li> <li>Victoria Acres (Comox) Free Range</li> <li>J.D. Farms (Abbotsford) Free Run</li></ul><p>Just mosey on over to our full service meat counter and we&#39;ll take your turkey order pronto! Please note that though we strive to fulfill your orders as requested, we cannot guarantee that you will get the exact size bird that you desire. And there is always the risk that our suppliers will run out so it&#39;s best not to wait. But we will always do our very best to get you what you need!</p><p>Turkeys aren&#39;t always what&#39;s for dinner on Thanksgiving. How about a nummy rack of lamb?&nbsp;Or perhaps a pleasurable prime rib roast? Of course, a flavourful ham is always well received. Whatever it is you&#39;re hankering for, we&#39;ve got it for you&nbsp;here at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>Coffee is, for millions, the first thing on the agenda in the morning. So we might as well make it the first thing that we reveal in today&#39;s new product list.&nbsp;<em><strong>Tim Hortons Premium Instant Coffee</strong></em>&nbsp;will get you buzzing immediately upon rising. Add one to two teaspoons to a mug of hot water and presto, you&#39;re enjoying Tims at home!</p><p>Fresh, local, organic. When we hear those&nbsp;words, our ears perk up! So when we heard about new&nbsp;<em><strong>The Art of Slow Food</strong></em>&nbsp;fresh, gluten-free breads, we wasted no time in getting it in-store! This Victoria business uses old-world traditions in baking their&nbsp;<em><strong>gluten-free sourdough</strong></em>, <em><strong>available in&nbsp;Toasted Sesame,&nbsp;Rosemary Poppyseed&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Kalamata Olive</strong></em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Taken from their website, <strong>theartofslowfood.com</strong>:&nbsp;<em>Using natural wild levain and a base of psyllium husk, flax and water, the dough is fermented for 12-18 hours to allow phytic acid breakdown and real flavour development. The bread is then baked in traditional dutch ovens to create rustic loaves with appealing crust. We do not use common gluten-free ingredients such as xantham gum, agar agar, potato starch, rice flour or other high-starch ingredients. The bread is made with only 7 simple, organic ingredients, in order of predominance: Spring water, psyllium husk, ground flax, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, natural levain (wild yeast) and sea salt. As a result of slow fermentation, the carbohydrates and starches in the bread are broken down, creating a light, soft digestible bread. The psyllium husk and ground flax act as a digestive aid and provide a soft, chewy texture without gluten or added starches.</em></p><p>Here&#39;s a product that we carried in the past but is now back by popular demand!&nbsp;<em><strong>Gay Lea Lactose Free Sour Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;has returned, and just in time for Thanksgiving! Now our lactose free customers can again enjoy this silky smooth and delicious sour cream as a topping, in dips and sauces, as an ingredient for baking, in salad dressings and however else they want to use it!</p><p>For those of you who enjoy a good cup o&#39; nog,&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Farms Eggnog</strong></em>&nbsp;is on the shelf and will be from now until the end of the year. It&#39;s not new, but we wanted you to know that you can have it for your Thanksgiving festivities.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for something sweet that you don&#39;t drink, than look no furthan than these three new bagged confections hanging up in Aisle 5.&nbsp;There&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Reese&#39;s Pieces</strong></em>&nbsp;(who is Reece, anyway?),&nbsp;<em><strong>Snickers Bites</strong></em>&nbsp;and, for a sweet and salty treat,&nbsp;<em><strong>Smarties Snax&nbsp;</strong></em>which blends honey almond clusters, roasted almonds and pretzels with Smarties! Your next movie night could be amazing when you pull out these snacks!</p><p>We&#39;ve said it before and we&#39;ll say it again: why should just our human customers get all the good stuff? Now Fido can get in on that action with new&nbsp;<em><strong>Tri-V Dog Food&nbsp;</strong></em>available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Beef and Chicken</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Beef and Vegetable</strong></em>&nbsp;or straight up<em><strong>&nbsp;Beef</strong></em>. It&#39;s too bad that dogs can only see one of the snappy colours of these cans (yellow). But they won&#39;t care because it&#39;s the taste of this dog food from Chilliwack, BC that&#39;ll make them roll around like they do when they come across a dead animal carcass on the beach. There&#39;s no artificial ingredients or preservatives, it&#39;s made from real meat, it&#39;s good for dogs in all life stages and it&#39;s been manufactured in Canada since 1972.</p><p>Unfortunately that&#39;s all there is until next week. Thanks for reading and, more importantly, thanks for shopping with us! Remember, we deliver, so if you are unable to come to us to shop, let us come to you!</p><p>Take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 24, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-september-24-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 24 Sep 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Summer is officially over (boo) as yesterday&nbsp;marked the fall equinox.&nbsp;All you vertical egg-balancers were probably very busy while the rest of us were&nbsp;putting away our sandals, pulling out the sweaters (and umbrellas) and preparing ourselves for shorter and chillier days. But&nbsp;if you&#39;re like so many people, that means your favourite season has arrived! The leaves are changing, the smell of fireplace smoke is in the air, Thanksgiving and Halloween are just around the corner and warm and hearty foods are once again on the dinner menu! So embrace the change and let&#39;s get right into today&#39;s newsletter!</p><p>If we&#39;re talking chilly then we should start by telling you about&nbsp;<em><strong>Nora&#39;s Plant-Based Ice Cream</strong></em>, the brand spanking new non-dairy frozen dessert from Vancouver! In four delicious flavours (<em><strong>Mint Chip</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberries &amp; Creme</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla Bea</strong></em>n&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Peanut Butter &amp; Chocolate</strong></em>) this rich and creamy dessert is made with cashew and coconut milk, organic cane sugar and just a few other simple ingredients. It&#39;s like nothing you&#39;ve ever tasted and it&#39;s 100% certified vegan! Yum!</p><p>A little while ago we told you about new greek&nbsp;yogurt from Liberte that had less sugar but a little more milk fat for more flavour that came in a 4x100g multipack. Now you can purchase&nbsp;<em><strong>Liberte Greek Coconut 3%</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Liberte Greek Vanilla 3%&nbsp;</strong></em>in a larger&nbsp;<em><strong>750g</strong></em>&nbsp;container! Because seriously, if you&#39;re going to eat this sensational yogurt with 35% less sugar, you&#39;re going to want to eat lots of it!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has been selling the extremely popular Danish Castello Brie and Camembert cheeses for ages. And we&#39;re pleased to be able to offer another flavour for our customers:&nbsp;<em><strong>Castello Garlic &amp; Pepper Brie</strong></em>! Much bolder than their original brie, it has&nbsp;a slightly tangy and aromatic taste&nbsp;and a smooth but firm consistency. Make your next dinner or cocktail party that much better with this superb soft cheese!</p><p>Everyone knows that macaroni and cheese is comfort food at its finest. And this is the season for mac and cheese. So make sure to pick up&nbsp;<em><strong>Italpasta Original Macaroni &amp; Cheese</strong></em>&nbsp;from the 100% Canadian owned and operated company. And it&#39;s made with 100% Canadian wheat! Inspired by Italy, made in Canada.</p><p>Three weeks ago in the newsletter, we told you about two amazing,&nbsp;new BBQ sauces from As You Like It of Union Bay, BC. Since then, we&#39;ve added another excellent condiment of theirs:&nbsp;<em><strong>As You Like It Chiang Mai Sweet Chili Garlic Sauce</strong></em>! They claim that it&#39;s &quot;the best sweet chili garlic sauce on the continent.&quot; Those are mighty strong words, don&#39;t you think? But it might just be the truth, based on just how good their BBQ sauces are!&nbsp;Use this sauce as an accompaniment to rice or noodle dishes, pour over vegetables, or brush on fish or chicken while cooking. There&#39;s no limit as to how you can use this sauce in your kitchen!</p><p>Packing a nutritious and wholesome lunch for the kiddos can be a challenging task. Getting them to eat their fruits and (mostly) veggies while you&#39;re present at the dinner table is hard enough, let alone while they&#39;re at school. But with&nbsp;<em><strong>Wild Made Organic Fruit Rolls</strong></em>&nbsp;and their&nbsp;<em><strong>Veggie Go&#39;s Fruit and Veggie Strips</strong></em>, you&#39;re pretty much guaranteed to get something healthy down their throats! Each fruit roll has half a serving of fruit and each veggie strip has one serving of fruit and veggies! They don&#39;t add any sugar or junk to these snacks; it&#39;s just pure fruit and vegetable purees. Plus, they&#39;re vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO! Of course, these also just make great snacks for anytime, not just at lunch.</p><p>&quot;Hooray, it&#39;s laundry day!&quot; (said no one ever). But you just might if you buy<em><strong>&nbsp;Sapadilla Laundry Detergent Grapefruit + Bergamot 946ml</strong></em>. The Sapadilla Soap Company originated in Vancouver and produces eco cleaners and soaps using plant-based ingredients and 100% pure essential oil blends. You get up to 38 loads out of that little bottle because it&#39;s concentrated. Actually it&#39;s SUPER concentrated, so you don&#39;t need to use a lot. But you&#39;ll get a whole lot of effective result and the smell is so good, you&#39;ll start looking for things around the house to wash. That clean t-shirt you wore for 20 minutes after your shower? Toss it in the hamper. You get the idea.</p><p>And finally, we have the tree-free<em><strong>&nbsp;Silk &#39;n Soft Bamboo Bathroom Tissue 4 Roll</strong></em>. We&#39;ve talked about this Victoria company numerous times in the past for their napkins, facial tissue and larger bathroom tissue packages (all of which can be purchased at Pepper&#39;s). Because does it really make sense to cut down trees to make this stuff? Nope. And recycled tissue is typically fairly harsh (aka not soft). Bamboo offers the perfect solution for tree-free AND high quality products. And although we&#39;ve stressed this in past letters, the bamboo that pandas eat is&nbsp;not&nbsp;the bamboo used in the making of these products!</p><p>We love sending you this newsletter every week. Really, we do! And hopefully you enjoy receiving it. So if you think someone else might enjoy it, too, send them over to our website&nbsp;www.peppers-foods.com&nbsp;and get them to click on our Newsletter feature (in green lettering at the top of the page) to sign up and start receiving one every Tuesday!</p><p>Thanks so much for reading and take good care until next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 17, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-september-17-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Many of you might remember these lines from the theme song to&nbsp;the hilarious sitcom Three&#39;s Company:</p><p><em>Come and knock on our door, We&#39;ve been waiting for you</em></p><p><em>Come and dance on our floor, take a step that is new</em></p><p><em>We&#39;re a loveable space that needs your face.</em></p><p>And while these lyrics could pertain to our store and our customers, we&#39;re mentioning them&nbsp;because actor John Ritter, best known as the klutzy Jack Tripper,&nbsp;would have been 71 years old today.&nbsp;</p><p>Let&#39;s kick things off today with a bunch of new items from&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo Quinoa</strong></em>. This Canadian company&nbsp;is known primarily for it&#39;s quinoa (duh). But more specifially, they&#39;re known for practicing fair trade with the farmers of Bolivia, where their quinoa is sourced. But now they&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>White Canadian Quinoa</strong></em>&nbsp;to their growing list of quality products. This ancient grain has been specially adapted to grow in the Canadian Praries! It&#39;s grown, cleaned and prepared 100% in Canada.</p><p>You know what else is in Bolivia...the Andes Mountains. And high up on them (approximately 3000 metres above sea level)&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo Quinoa&#39;s Andean Pink Salt&nbsp;</strong></em>is harvested.&nbsp;It&#39;s pink because of the natural trace elements found in this salt, deposited there from ancient seas. This course granulated salt is perfect for cooking or refill your grinder and use it at the table.</p><p>But in addition to quinoa and salt, GoGo Quinoa makes pasta! And we&#39;ve added&nbsp;two new kinds to Aisle 2:&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Organic Chickpea Fusilli</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Organic Cauliflower Fusilli</strong></em>! Each variety is blended with brown rice and, you guessed it, quinoa! But both are exceptionally nutritious, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher and verified non-GMO!</p><p><em><strong>Rubschlager</strong></em>&nbsp;has been baking rye breads since 1913 and their signature product is deli-style cocktail bread. But now you can purchase 1 lb loaves of full-size sliced bread! Pepper&#39;s has&nbsp;<em><strong>Sesame Multigrain</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Bavarian Rye</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Marble Rye</strong></em>! These items have already been great sellers since we brought them in and we think you&#39;ll be ecstatic with their delicious taste!</p><p>For those of you thinking right now what an amazing sandwich you could make with that bread, we have more good stuff that you might want to use in doing so.&nbsp;<em><strong>Koops&#39; Organic Dijon Mustard&nbsp;</strong></em>will add that bold and spicy flavour that every good sandwich requires. And because they&#39;ve been making mustard for over 120 years, we reckon they know how to make it right!&nbsp;</p><p>Though mozzarella might not be your first choice as a sandwich ingredient,&nbsp;<em><strong>Earth Island Mozzarella Style Slices</strong></em>&nbsp;are ideal for your next one! Dairy-free, lactose-free and vegan, you&#39;ll be surprised just how close this comes to the real thing!</p><p>It&#39;s almost autumn and than means we&#39;ll soon be inundated with everything pumpkin spice! So if you&#39;re one of those people who just can&#39;t get enough of that flavour combo, you&#39;re going to love new<em><strong>&nbsp;Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake</strong></em>. It&#39;s soy-free, dairy-free and gluten-free but it&#39;s FULL of rich and creamy delicious flavour and texture! However, it&#39;s only around for a limited time so get in on getting this flavour bomb while you can!</p><p>While we&#39;re talking about pumpkin (and dessert for that matter), we&#39;re reminded to mention another new item, just in time for the Thanksgiving season. New&nbsp;<em><strong>Farmer&#39;s Market Organic Pumpkin</strong></em>&nbsp;is now available in a handy BPA-free tetra container. Now you can simply squeeze your pumpkin pie filling straight into the shell<em>&nbsp;for a superb pumpkin pie</em>!</p><p>From Farmer&#39;s Market we move to Farmer Bens, the local company that provides superb eggs to our customers! We&#39;ve always stocked their white eggs in a 6 pack carton, but now we carry&nbsp;<em><strong>Farmer Bens Large Brown Eggs&nbsp;in the half dozen</strong></em>! Just in time for baking season, too!</p><p>That&#39;ll do it for this week. We hope you enjoyed reading up on all the new goodies that we have for you! Enjoy your last official week of summer and we hope to see you in the aisles!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 10, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-september-10-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 10 Sep 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Well, it&#39;s been a full week since the kids started school. Hopefully things are settling down and they&#39;re settling in to their new routines. There&nbsp;have been numerous stories in the news lately about drivers passing school buses and endangering the lives of the children who ride them as they exit. So please remember, as per our provincial regualtions that, &quot;<em><strong>..one must stop when you approach a school bus displaying flashing red lights from the front or the rear, no matter what lane you are in. Drivers are also advised that they must not start moving again until the bus driver signals it is safe by turning off the lights and pulling in the stop sign</strong></em>.&quot;</p><p>Ok, now that that&#39;s out of the way, let&#39;s move on to discussing some of the new items that we have for you this week!</p><p>A lot of customers ask us which yogurts have probiotics. We have numerous kinds to offer but the newest, and the original, is&nbsp;Astro Biobest Plain Yogurt 750g. This is an excellent breakfast (or anytime) choice for those looking for a healthy and nutritious yogurt. Why?</p><ul> <li>Contains over 1 billion active probiotic cultures Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07, per 125 g serving, that contribute to healthy digestive tract flora</li> <li>Contains 7 essential vitamins and minerals</li> <li>Low in fat</li> <li>90% lactose reduced (compared to regular plain yogurt)</li> <li>No gelatin</li> <li>Kosher</li></ul><p>Orange juice is another staple at the brekfast table, but what if you only want a small bottle for when you&#39;re on-the-go? Answer:&nbsp;<em><strong>Tropicana Orange Juice 355ml</strong></em>&nbsp;available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Some Pulp</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>No&nbsp;Pulp</strong></em>.&nbsp;Consumers have consistently chosen this brand as the one that they like the best, so we thought we&#39;d give our customers that choice too! Look for it in the cold beverage case up front by the tills.&nbsp;</p><p>Our Full-Service Deli Dept. has added several new items to their case. The first is&nbsp;<em><strong>Whiskey Thyme Maple Ham</strong></em>! Made in Surrey, BC&nbsp;<em><strong>by Continental Sausage</strong></em>, this new signature ham has the brilliance of&nbsp;Campbell River&#39;s&nbsp;Shelter Point Whiskey&nbsp;(www.shelterpoint.ca) combined&nbsp;with sweet Canadian maple syrup! There&#39;s no gluten or lactose in this mouth watering, ready-to-eat ham, either. Your entire family will want to pack sandwiches made with this succulent ham for lunch everyday!&nbsp;Continental Sausage has been making quality deli meats since 1960 so trust us, this one&#39;s a winner!</p><p>And up front in the deli&#39;s cold case you&#39;ll find two new salads from&nbsp;<em><strong>Reser&#39;s Fine Foods</strong></em>. We have&nbsp;<em><strong>Reser&#39;s Potato &amp; Egg Salad</strong></em>&nbsp;that&#39;s creamy, sweet and zesty. Russet potatos are combined with peppers, celery, eggs and pickle relish! Or there&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Reser&#39;s Elbow Macaroni Salad</strong></em>, a creamy macaroni salad with a slightly sweet and tangy flavour and&nbsp;crunchy red peppers and celery. Conveniently pre-packaged, you won&#39;t need to wait in line. Just put it in your cart and go!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has been carrying&nbsp;<em><strong>Moonshine Mama&#39;s Turmeric Elixer&#39;s</strong></em>&nbsp;since they became available and they&#39;ve become a steady seller in our cold beverage case! And for good reason: they&#39;re located on Salt Spring Island (local products are appealing) and their products are loaded with powerfully healthy (and powerfully tasty) ingredients! Now we&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>Moonshine Mama&#39;s All Natural Energy Drinks</strong></em>&nbsp;(caffeine free) available in&nbsp;<em><strong>BlueMajik&nbsp;Turmeric</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sour Cherry Turmeric</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Lemon Turmeric</strong></em>, respectively. No longer do you need to purchase the Elixer and dilute it to make a delicious and refreshing turmeric drink! These are ready to chug right out of the bottle!</p><p>We haven&#39;t had a prize give-away for awhile but right now, by submitting your receipt with your name and number in the box at the front of the store, <em><strong>there&#39;s&nbsp;a chance to win one of two giant stuffies</strong></em> for the kids! A plush&nbsp;<em><strong>unicorn&nbsp;or&nbsp;llama&nbsp;</strong></em>awaits being taken home to some lucky child! Or maybe you&#39;ll want it for yourself (no judging here).&nbsp;The draw date is September 30th so don&#39;t forget to enter on your way out!</p><p>That&#39;ll do it for this week, folks. Thanks, as always, for taking the time to read the newsletter and don&#39;t forget to scan the attached flyer for some amazing specials! And don&#39;t forget, if there&#39;s a product that you would like to see on our shelves, head to Aisle 1 and write it on the dry erase board under the TV monitor. We&#39;ll alwats try our best to get it for you!</p><p>Take good care,</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 3, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-september-3-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Sep 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Today is an extra special day for all you parents because your offspring have returned to the classroom once again. Congratulations! You made it through nine gruelling weeks and now the teachers get them for the next 10 months! But seriously,&nbsp;here&#39;s hoping your Labour Day long weekend spent with the kiddies was&nbsp;enjoyable for everyone. The weather here was glorious making for the perfect atmosphere to end summer vacation!</p><p>This week we have some really great and exciting products to tell you about so without further delay, let&#39;s get to it!</p><p>Hailing from Vancouver, BC,<em><strong>&nbsp;Sparkmouth Drinks Co. Ltd.</strong></em> offers four refreshingly delicious&nbsp;sparkling waters:&nbsp;<em><strong>Lemon, Lime, Strawberry&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Grapefruit</strong></em>! Pictured&nbsp;is the multipack which contains all four flavours (three of each), but you can also purchase each flavour in its own case of eight, if you prefer. With zero sugar, calories or sodium, each can contains only carbonated water and natural flavour. In other words, they&#39;re all spark! Find your spark and pick up a case today!</p><p>Equally as delicious is&nbsp;<em><strong>Arizona Original Iced Tea with Lemon Flavour&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey</strong></em>&nbsp;available in a<em><strong> 960ml</strong></em> tetra carton. The original iced tea is a premium blend of black tea using filtered water, cane sugar and natural lemon flavour. And the other uses a premium blend of brewed green tea with cane sugar, honey and ginseng extract. The company claims both are excellent served hot as well. We&#39;ll leave that up to you to try but as long as the weather remains sunny and warm, we&#39;re betting most will love these drinks served ice cold!</p><p>When was the last time Las Vegas<em>&nbsp;didn&#39;t&nbsp;</em>rip you off? Never? Well, now you can win BIG time with new&nbsp;<em><strong>RW&nbsp;Garcia Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;in<em><strong>&nbsp;Sweet Potato</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sweet Beetroot</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Kale</strong></em>&nbsp;varieties, respectively. Produced in Las Vegas, Nevada, these three seed crackers all contain flaxseed, black sesame and chia and offer a blend of nutritious ingredients that make for crunchy and delicious snacks. Great with any dip or topping, they&#39;re also gluten-free!&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;ve said it before and we&#39;ll say it again: nothing goes better with crackers than cheese. So if you want to top those crackers off with something extraordinary then&nbsp;Stonetown Artisan Cheese&nbsp;is exactly what you need. Produced in lovely St. Marys, Ontario, (which is also known as The Stone Town due to the abundance of limestone in the area), each cheese is cleverly named for something related to the town and surrounding area.&nbsp;</p><ul> <li><strong>Grand Trunk</strong>&nbsp;- Gruyere Style Cheese</li> <li><strong>Amazing Grey</strong>&nbsp;- Gruyere Style Goat Cheese</li> <li><strong>Homecoming</strong>&nbsp;- Tilsit Style Cheese</li> <li><strong>Wildwood&nbsp;</strong>- Appenzeller Style Cheese</li></ul><p>Taken from their website:&nbsp;<strong>www.stonetowncheese.com</strong></p><p><em>Stonetown Artisan Cheese is an on-farm cheese plant located in St. Marys, Ontario. Our cheese is hand crafted alpine style cheese, low in sodium and made with fresh whole cow&rsquo;s milk from our family farm. In order to obtain a great taste, the milk is unpasteurized and has no additives. This ensures that the cheese is pure and natural. The cheese making process is very similar to how cheese has been made for centuries in the mountain dairies in the Swiss Alps.</em></p><p>Fun fact: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is also located in St. Marys!</p><p>&quot;<em>All the world&#39;s a stage and all the men and women merely players</em>.&quot;&nbsp; That&#39;s the famous line from Shakespeare&#39;s As You Like It. And that leads us to our next fantastic new items:<em><strong>&nbsp;As You Like It BBQ Sauces</strong></em>! We don&#39;t know if there&#39;s any connection to Stratford, Ontario, but it is just minutes away from St. Marys (and is also the hometown&nbsp;of this writer). But we do know that both these sauces are&nbsp;out-of-this-world good! And both are gluten-free. Made in Union Bay, BC, the&nbsp;<em><strong>Signature Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;is a southern-style sauce, sweet and tangy with medium heat, subtle sweetness and invigorating tanginess. The<em><strong>&nbsp;Chipotle Sauce&nbsp;</strong></em>is also medium heat, mildly sweet with a slightly smoky flavour. For more on these incredible sauces head over to&nbsp;<strong>www.unionbaycatering.ca</strong>.</p><p>There was awhile there when we were unable to get&nbsp;<em><strong>Briannas Homestyle Dressings</strong></em>&nbsp;on our shelf. That&#39;s a shame because our customers love these small batch, gourmet dressings. But despair no longer because all flavours&nbsp;are back in stock including the new&nbsp;<em><strong>Briannas Chipotle Ranch Dressing</strong></em>! This is a mild dressing made with smoked jalapeno peppers that you can use to dress your salad in good taste!&nbsp;</p><p>Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and eat something that you normally wouldn&#39;t. You know, live a little, right? We have the perfect item for those looking for a rich, thick, sweet and uber delicious treat:&nbsp;<em><strong>Oikos Extra Creamy Yogurt&nbsp;</strong></em>available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Lemon with Zest&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Blueberry</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours!&nbsp;The great thing is that they both come in a smaller 275g container (unlike the other 9% yogurts) so you don&#39;t have to feel bad that you bought a huge container!&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, we have added the big&nbsp;<em><strong>Terra Breads Original Granola</strong></em>&nbsp;in the&nbsp;<em><strong>1kg</strong></em>&nbsp;bag! Now you get more granola (and more value) per bag when you purchase this small batch granola from Vancouver! Honey roasted oat and seed cluster? Check. Whole almonds and cashews? Check. Toasted coconut, cranberries and raisins? Check, check and check! It&#39;s all in here blended to wholesome perfection.</p><p>Don&#39;t forget that next Sunday, September 8 is Grandparent&#39;s Day. Show them why they&#39;re so special. Call and/or visit your grandparents!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 27, 2019 https://www.peppers-foods.com/inside-peppers/peppers-newsletter-august-27-2019/ Peppers Foods Tue, 27 Aug 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Another Tuesday has rolled around and that can mean only one thing: you&#39;ve survived Monday. That&#39;s a good thing. But the weekend is still far away (sigh). That&#39;s a bad thing. It&#39;s not all bad though because this weekend happens to be a long one! Plus, you get to read another newsletter so there&#39;s that...</p><p>Before we proceed to the new products, there are a couple of things to update you about. Firstly, Wildfire Bakery had a delay getting their new ovens which is why they still don&#39;t have any bread on our store shelves. And the latest we&#39;ve heard is that it won&#39;t arrive&nbsp;until after Labour Day. Secondly, Natrel Lactose Free Milk is currently not available either. We&#39;re not sure what the problem is or what the ETA is but rest assured, the moment it becomes available again, it&#39;ll be back on the shelf.</p><p>Ok, now that you know what we&nbsp;<em>don&#39;t</em>&nbsp;have, let&#39;s tell you what new items that we&nbsp;<em>do&nbsp;</em>have starting with&nbsp;<em><strong>Millstone Farm &amp; Organics Inc.</strong></em>&nbsp;of North Saanich. We started carrying their re-usable cotton mesh produce bags and&nbsp;woolen dryer balls in July and now we&#39;re super excited to offer new&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Laundry Soap</strong></em>! It&#39;s a biodegradable and fragrance free, organic plant based castille soap made from a blend of organic coconut, olive &amp; jojoba oils, organic aloe vera, purified water androsemary &amp; palmarosa oils. And it&#39;s free from any dyes, phosphates, sulphates, chemical preservatives foaming boosters detergents and optical brighteners.It&#39;s also certified cruelty free, vegan and safe for all skin types! This is also great for the environment because there&#39;s no plastic waste generated! All you do is pay a deposit on your first bottle which you can return for a refund. Or if you choose to re-purchase the soap, you won&#39;t need to pay the deposit again (unless you don&#39;t bring back the empty bottle).&nbsp;And while you&#39;re at it, we have very snappy, very durable, <em><strong>100% organic cotton bags</strong></em> that you can use for shopping or anything that you like. Check it out!</p><p>If you&#39;re in the market for a way of washing tiny bodies, then<em><strong>&nbsp;Attitude Little Leaves Blueberry Bubble Wash</strong></em>&nbsp;is going to get the job done! This product description, taken from the website, pretty much sums it up:&nbsp;<em>Turn bath time into a blast of foamy bubbles. Enhanced with hypoallergenic and EWG VERIFIED&trade; ingredients like blueberry leaf extract to cleanse, nourish and protect their delicate skin, our Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) bubble wash acts as a cleansing body wash and a bubble bath. You&rsquo;ll want to let them soak in the suds as long as they want!</em>&nbsp;If you&#39;re wondering what EWG stands for, it&#39;s Environmental Working Group. And what do they do? According to Wikipedia:<em>&nbsp;The&nbsp;Environmental Working Group&nbsp;(EWG) is an American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability.</em></p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about natural things, you&#39;ll be happy to know that we now carry new&nbsp;<em><strong>Danone 100% Natural Source Yogurt</strong></em>! Smooth and delicious, there&#39;s no added sugar whatsoever. That means that the sugar present is only naturally occuring. And the fruit is real fruit puree added for flavour. But wait, there&#39;s more! The Canadian whole milk used to make this yummy stuff is 100% traceable. And finally, Danone Canada is a founding member of the&nbsp;Breakfast Club of Canada&nbsp;serving more than 220,000 nutritious breakfasts daily in 1,600 schools throughout Canada,since 1994.<strong>&nbsp;www.breakfastclubcanada.org&nbsp;</strong>Shop smarter and help make a difference.</p><p>Another smart choice is<em><strong>&nbsp;Smart Sweets Peach Rings</strong></em>. If you just have to indulge that sweet tooth of yours, this is the way to do it. The entire bag contains only 3 g of sugar, is high in fibre&nbsp;and it&#39;s another of the many plant based products taking over! No sugar alcohols, artificial flavours or colours here no sirree! And they&#39;re gluten-free, peanut-free and nut free. Kick sugar. Keep candy.</p><p>A more traditional sweet snack made with real butter and fresh cream is<em><strong>&nbsp;Werther&#39;s Original Caramel Popcorn</strong></em>. It&#39;s the classic combination of popcorn and Werther&#39;s&nbsp;original caramel. What more is there to say? You know exactly how this is going to taste!</p><p>Let&#39;s switch gears from sweet to salty. Canada&#39;s first sea salt harvestry was established in 2009 right here on Vancouver Island by the<em><strong>&nbsp;Vancouver Island Salt Company</strong></em>. We&#39;ve talked about them and their products before. But now we have hand harvested, all natural<em><strong>&nbsp;Sea Salt Flakes</strong></em>. With a crystal size of 3-10mm, we have it in original,<em><strong>&nbsp;Flake Sea Salt&nbsp;</strong></em>and also<em><strong>&nbsp;Maple Smoked Sea Salt Flakes</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Kelp Sea Salt Flakes</strong></em>. Why use regular salt when you can add so much more to your grilled meats, veggies, salads and desserts?</p><p>There&#39;s another newsletter in the bag.&nbsp;Thanks for having a look and have a great Labour Day long weekend!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>