Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Newsletter June 2, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 02 Jun 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Hey, it might actually be afternoon when you receive your weekly newsletter. You see, it&#39;s written ahead of time and set to go out automatically early Tuesday morning. But it can take hours for this to happen, especially if there are numerous photographs and especially now that our readership has increased. So if you&#39;re one of the unlucky ones who gets their newsletter late you can relax&nbsp;because we&#39;re soon changing the software that is responsible for how our newsletter is sent out. This should result in everyone getting the newsletter in a more timely manner! Yay!</p><p>As if it&#39;s June already! Lots of GOOD stuff happens in June, though: summer officially kicks in, there&#39;s Father&#39;s Day and National Indigenous People Day. And this year it&nbsp;means school&#39;s back in here in BC. At least for now, anyway.&nbsp;So please remember that school zone speed limits are in effect once again.&nbsp;</p><p>Ok, there&#39;s a lot of ground to cover this week so let&#39;s hop to it. If you love seafood, fresh, wild, sustainably caught, Ocean Wise certified seafood, then you&#39;re going to LOVE Vancouver&#39;s own <em><strong>Simply West Coast Seafood Soups!</strong></em> Pepper&#39;s has four varieties to choose from:</p><ul> <li><em><strong>Seafood Chowder</strong></em></li> <li><em><strong>Spicy Thai Seafood Soup </strong></em>(gluten free)</li> <li><em><strong>Cioppino (classic Italian seafood stew, </strong></em>also gluten-free<em><strong>)</strong></em></li> <li><em><strong>Seafood Gumbo</strong></em></li></ul><p><em><strong>?</strong></em>Wholesome and hearty, these soups are loaded with tender vegetables and natural ingredients. They come in a recyclable glass jar and are ready to eat. Just heat and feast! But they require no refrigeration until opened.&nbsp;Choose Simply West Coast and make seafood. Simply!</p><p>Speaking of seafood, what&#39;s the classic condiment to compliment your fish and chips? That&#39;s right, tartar sauce. And we have <em><strong>Hellmann&#39;s Tartar Sauce</strong></em> with a tangy blend of creamy mayonnaise, relish,&nbsp;delicious spices and Canadian free-run eggs. Or if you&#39;re looking for a different flavoured condiment, try <em><strong>Heinz Garlic Aioli</strong></em>. Mayo and garlic creates&nbsp;aioli so the name is a bit redundant but no matter, it&#39;s the taste that&#39;s important. And this delivers a bold and flavourful one! Great on&nbsp;burgers or sandwiches, it also makes an amazing dip for fries&nbsp;and pizza!</p><p>Most of the tortilla chips from Que Pasa aren&#39;t flavoured. They&#39;re either salted or unsalted, red or blue, etc, etc. But we can agree that they are ALL super yummy. So when we found out about new <em><strong>Que Pasa Sweet &amp; Spicy Ranch Tortilla Chips</strong></em>, we had&nbsp;to have them in the store. And the flavours: you&#39;ve got your onion. You&#39;ve got your garlic. You&#39;ve got your jalapeno! There&#39;s ranch seasoning, vegan buttermilk flavour, chipotle goes on and on. Just like the eating that will take place once you open the bag! Gluten-free and vegan friendly.</p><p>Our <em><strong>Deli Department</strong></em> has really kicked things up a notch with the addition of<em><strong> four new summery salads</strong></em>! There&#39;s fresh <em><strong>Mexican Bean, Caesar Pasta Kale, Greek Pasta</strong></em> and <em><strong>Tabouli</strong></em>, all super tasty and ready to eat. Perfect for a quick and easy summer picnic lunch or dinner. Why cook and get all hot and bothered when you can just dish it out and relax? Available in our deli&#39;s cold case at the back of the store.</p><p>Snacking options just got a whole lot better with<em><strong> Sunrype Good Bites Classic Coconut</strong></em>! Gluten-free, vegan and containing no peanuts or tree nuts, it&#39;s the simple and natural ingredients of this delectable snack that make it a real winner! This Canadian company based out of Kelowna has been making snacks and beverages for families since 1946.</p><p>With this next product, instead of hearing &quot;Pass the Cheerios&quot; at the breakfast table you just might hear, &quot;Pass the Cheeri-whoa!&quot; That&#39;s because there&#39;s new <em><strong>Cheerios Coconut Flavoured Limited Edition Cereal</strong></em>. The company website spins this unusual flavour by stating:<em>&nbsp;Coconut Cheerios bring the sweet, exotic taste of a relaxing tropical getaway right to your breakfast bowl. Our latest Limited Edition flavor is inspired by the delicious nutty flavor of coconut. Enjoy these O&rsquo;s at breakfast or on-the-go!</em></p><p>Mmmm. We could all use the sweet, exotic taste of a relaxing tropical vacation right about now, given the current state of affairs in the world. Let us know if this flavour lives up to to the hype!</p><p>Home baking is still in overdrive so if you&#39;re in need of some more yeast, we&#39;ve got the very convenient <em><strong>Lallemand Instaferm 01 Yeast</strong></em> ready for you! otherwise known as Instaferm Red, this&nbsp;instant dry yeast is&nbsp;ideal for all types of yeast-leavened products containing 0-8% sugar (lean dough) and will give you consistent baking results!&nbsp;Suitable for halal, vegetarian and vegan diets.</p><p>And finally this week, for all you sweet treat lovers out there,<em><strong> Ritter Sport Chocolate&nbsp;</strong></em>has introduced their <em><strong>Colourful Variety Limited Edition Bars</strong></em>: <em><strong>Marhaba</strong></em> is yogurt&nbsp;honey hazelnut, <em><strong>Buenos Dias</strong></em> is white mango passionfruit and <em><strong>Hula Hula</strong></em> is coconut wafer (another new coconut flavour!). These won&#39;t last very long at all so make sure to try all of them because once they&#39;re gone, they&#39;re gone!</p><p>One last thing, we are currently offering a give-away on Instagram for free Level Ground coffee! Simply head on over to @peppersfoodsvictoria on your Instagram for all the details for a chance to win a whole mess of coffee!</p><p>Thanks so much for your continued support and please stay safe. Until next week, take good care of yourselves and each other.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p><em><strong>?</strong></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 26, 2020 Peppers Foods Mon, 25 May 2020 19:03:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;On August 12, 1908 Henry Ford built the first Model T car. And on today&#39;s date in 1927 the very last one, which also happened to be the 15 millionth, rolled off the assembly line. Henry Ford closed all of his factories for six months in order to re-tool for production of what was to become the Model A, the first car to brandish Ford&#39;s iconic blue oval logo. And despite the Great Depression, over 5 million were sold by 1931.</p><p>We have lots to tell you about this week so let&#39;s get right to it, shall we? If the welfare of the animals that produce your food is important to you then you&#39;ll be glad to know that we now carry <em><strong>Rabbit River Farms Free Range Certified Organic Extra Large Brown Eggs</strong></em> in our Dairy Department! The Richmond, BC eggs come from caged-free hens and this business is all about humane animal husbandry. That means happy hens = healthy eggs. The chickens are fed an all organic, all vegetarian diet and the farming practices are sustainable and environmentally friendly. So if you&#39;re looking for a great tasting egg from properly treated hens, head over to the dairy aisle and pick up a dozen!</p><p>We listen to what our customers ask for and frequently bring in items that have been requested. But occasionally&nbsp;a staff member will recommend something and that&#39;s exactly how our next item found a home here. Newman&#39;s Own Hot BBQ Sauce is wonderful on chicken, ribs, steak, heck, just about anything that lands on your grill. There are other flavours to this line so if there&#39;s one that you&#39;d like us to carry, let us know!</p><p>If that BBQ flavour profile just isn&#39;t your thing then you should know that <em><strong>Sawmill Prime Rib &amp; Steak House</strong></em>&#39;s incredible <em><strong>Sesame Steak Sauce</strong></em> is finally back on our shelf! Not just delicious on steak, this versatile sauce makes a great dip for vegetables, french fries and baked potatoes.&nbsp;</p><p>Or if you&#39;d rather just skip having to do anything at all except open your mouth and chew, our&nbsp;Deli Department has something else that has been MIA for awhile: <em><strong>St. Louis Ready-to-Eat BBQ Pork Back Ribs</strong></em>! Just heat and serve and you&#39;re good to go!</p><p>Perhaps all this talk of BBQ is making you thirsty? If so, consider<em><strong> Heineken 0.0 Alcohol-Free Beer</strong></em>&nbsp;as the perfect accompaniment to your next &#39;cue. This 0% alcohol beer is only 69 calories and is brewed the same and tastes the same as a classic Heineken. Be like the people in the commercials and drink one while driving your car. Take it to your next business meeting (whenever that is). It&#39;s all good &#39;cause there&#39;s no booze in it, just great Heineken-like lager taste!</p><p>As you know, we&#39;re at the beginning of BC&#39;s Restart Plan for COVID-19. Currently, all in-person gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged. But that doesn&#39;t mean that you can&#39;t pick up new <em><strong>Hormel Foods Gathering Honey Ham and Smoked Turkey Deli Tray</strong></em>! This convenient platter contains Sargento mild&nbsp;cheddar and marble cheese cubes, Hormel sliced ham and turkey as well as crispy, round snack crackers! Just pop off the lid, open the fresh packs and start snacking!&nbsp;</p><p>Local products get us all giddy and we love watching local companies thrive. That&#39;s exactly the case with Salt Spring Island&#39;s&nbsp;Laughing Daughters Gluten Free Foods Inc. In addition to the gluten-free products that they currently offer, you can now purchase <em><strong>Laughing Daughters Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour Mix</strong></em> so that you can make your own gluten-free goodies! Containing organic brown rice flour, tapioca flour, organic amaranth flour, organic sorghum flour, potato starch and potato flour, this mix is great for baking or cooking. Acording to them, &quot;<em>It&#39;s the gluten-free flour of your dreams</em>!&quot;</p><p>&quot;You rang, M&#39;lord?&quot; &quot;Indeed, fetch me something to eat, would you?&quot; Say, did you know that mangoes are the most widely consumed fruit on the planet? It&#39;s no surprise, really. They&#39;re sweet, juicy, tender and super yummy. And <em><strong>M&#39;Lord Sliced Mangoes</strong></em> are no different. Packed in water and mango pulp (with no added sugars) these delicious fruit pieces are excellent in shakes, smoothies, in baked goods, in salads or as a snack right out of the can! They&#39;re also excellent as a source of vitamin C.&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;ll already be into June this time next week! My how the time does fly. Be sure to browse the attached flyer containing the specials for the week. Keep doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as always, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 19, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 May 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Welcome to Phase-Two of the re-opening of British Columbia&#39;s economy. If you didn&#39;t already know, here&#39;s what that entails as taken from an internet news site:</p><ul> <li>Museums, art galleries and retail locations can open, as long as they can maintain physical distancing. May 19 also marks the restart of elective and scheduled surgeries.</li> <li>Dentistry, physical therapy, massage therapy and in-person counselling can also resume under enhanced protocols, as can child care services.</li> <li>Restaurants, cafes, and pubs are also able to open starting Tuesday (today), however, many have opted to push their relaunch dates to give themselves more time to prepare. New WorkSafeBC protocols for restaurants include using large menu boards or disposable menus, installing decals on the floor to control the flow of patrons, and minimizing the use of shared kitchen equipment and appliances.</li> <li>In addition to these measures, restaurants must ensure physical distancing between tables, meaning many will be forced to cut their capacity to allow for more space.</li></ul><p>For now, Pepper&#39;s is still limiting the number of customers allowed into the store so that we can maintain safe physical distancing. We will also keep the directional arrows on the floor for the time being. So fingers crossed, people, that things go smoothly and the numbers of new cases of COVID-19 continues to diminish.</p><p>As for new items, we have lots this week so let&#39;s get down to business! The first one, predictably, is a hand sanitizer called <em><strong>Herbal Glo&nbsp;Ultra Clean Hand Sanitizer Spray.</strong></em>&nbsp;This 80% alcohol spray comes in a stealthy little 60 ml atomizer bottle making it perfect for your purse or pocket when you&#39;re out and about. With aloe vera, tea tree oil, witch hazel and vitamin E, it offers excellent protection against the virus while making your hands smell amazing and keeping them soft and supple.</p><p>Sometimes all this virus talk can get to you after awhile. Anxiety, stress and worrying can all contribute to various maladies including disrupting your sleep. So if you need a natural way to help drift off into la-la land, try <em><strong>Honibe Gummie Bees Melatonin</strong></em>. These Canadian-made gummies each contain 2mg of melatonin as well as honey&nbsp;and are gelatin free so they&#39;re safe for vegetarians. Take them to fall asleep faster, sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed!</p><p>Dirt, pesticides, wax and impurities are all potentially on the produce that you purchase from the grocery store. Using plant and mineral-based ingredients, <em><strong>Attitude Fruit &amp; Vegetable Wash</strong></em> is the perfect product to thoroughly clean your fresh produce when you get home from the store.&nbsp;Depending on what you&#39;re washing, you can either spray on, rub&nbsp;and rinse or dilute in a bowl of water and soak your stuff in it for a few minutes.&nbsp;And if you&#39;re into making your own baby food, you&#39;ll feel great knowing that little Suzie is eating the purest fresh baby food possible!</p><p>Not that we&#39;re suggesting that you <em>need</em> to use the aforementioned product on these but we now have <em><strong>Glanford Greenhouses</strong></em> fresh <em><strong>Tomatoes on the Vine</strong></em>, <em><strong>Roma</strong></em>&nbsp;and <em><strong>Cherry Tomatoes</strong></em> in our Produce Department once again! It&#39;s so amazing to be able to get such fresh and tasty tomatoes from right in the heart of Victoria! It doesn&#39;t get any more local than that! Oh,&nbsp;and with Luke moving on towards greener pastures, we&#39;re very happy to have one of our former Deli Managers slide in to fill his shoes! We&#39;re confident that Cameron will excel as our new Produce Manager. Here&#39;s to new opportunities, Cam!</p><p>Axl Rose said it best when he wrote, &quot;<em>take it slow and things will be just fine</em>.&quot; Of course, this is a line from Guns N&#39; Roses&#39; song&nbsp;<u>Patience</u>. And that leads us to our next item, <em><strong>Patience Whole Dried Wild Organic Blueberries</strong></em>. These slowly grown and slowly dried (hence the name), Canadian&nbsp;berries are sweetened with apple juice making them tender and delicious. Add to yogurt, granola or oatmeal or just eat &#39;em right out of the bag as a healthy and nutritious snack!</p><p>Baking at home has exploded over the last two months and if you&#39;re seeking an excellent gluten-free flour then <em><strong>Cup4Cup Wholesome Flour Blend </strong></em>is going to fit the bill nicely. As per the company website:&nbsp;<em>Cup4Cup&rsquo;s&nbsp;Wholesome Flour is the only non-GMO verified, nutrient-rich, dairy-free, gluten-free, 1:1 substitution for whole wheat flour that is a source of fiber and omega fatty acids. </em>It&#39;s certifed gluten-free, certified kosher, is packed with Omega-3&nbsp;fatty acid and thanks to the ground golden glax seeds and rice bran, has a hefty amount of fibre, too!</p><p>Now that the sun is shining and the warm weather appears to have arrived for good (knock wood) the standard summer staple thirst quencher, otherwise known as lemonade, is going to be the go-to beverage of choice for the young and old. And every year we get excited when we learn that <em><strong>Happy Planet Fresh Organic Lemonade 1.5L</strong></em> is available for us to offer our customers! Well guess what, folks? That time is NOW! It&#39;s back and it&#39;s just as good as ever!! It&#39;s one of life&#39;s simple pleasures, isn&#39;t it? Just water, organic cane sugar and organic lemon juice is all that&#39;s required to create an overall feeling of wellbeing and satisfaction. One swig of this timeless classic will have you feeling that life is good again (P.S. it&#39;s always good).</p><p>Well ladies and gentlemen, that&#39;s another newsletter for you. Hope you enjoyed it. Scroll down a bit further to see our&nbsp;attached advertised specials. And we&#39;re sorry if we sound like a broken record but we just want you to stay safe so please continue to follow the instructions of our trusted health professionals and do everything that you can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Until next week, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 12, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 May 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Sunday was all about celebrating mothers because moms have to wear a lot of hats and do a lot of things: love, cherish, teach, support, protect. Moms can also be extremely influential women. Say, do you want to know a very influential woman who was born today in 1907? Katharine Hepburn! She portrayed strong, confident, modern and independent women in many of her films and was well ahead of the curve in doing so. She died June 29, 2003.</p><p>If you ever played baseball, you&#39;ll know that feeling of stepping up to the plate wanting nothing more than to hit one out of the park. It&#39;s always disappointing when, instead, you either strike out, fly out or ground out. That&#39;s kind of what this week&#39;s newsletter feels like: it&#39;s a bit of a letdown. There&#39;s not a lot to write about.&nbsp;But hey, you can&#39;t hit a home run every time up, right? So let&#39;s tell you about what&#39;s new to the store for this week.</p><p>As you may expect, we have some pandemic-fighting products for you! The first is locally made by<em><strong> Lily Kennedy Custom Gowns</strong></em>. She makes wedding dresses but, like so many other business owners during this time, has adapted to the needs of others. She&#39;s offering her<em><strong> hand-made protective facemasks</strong></em>. Made of a canvas exterior and a cotton liner, these awesome masks even have a little pocket in case you want to add a filter!&nbsp;</p><p>And surprise, we&nbsp;have more hand sanitizer for you! This one comes to us via <em><strong>Minhas Distillery</strong></em>, another distillery that&#39;s changed gears and started battling COVID-19! All three of its North American locations (two in Calgary and one in Wisconsin) have started producing their very high alcohol content <em><strong>hand sanitizer</strong></em>. With 80% denatured alcohol, that pesky coronavirus doesn&#39;t stand a chance!&nbsp;</p><p>Pets need some TLC too so why not treat your kitty to one of three new <em><strong>Whiskas Temptations Cat Treats</strong></em>? But these aren&#39;t just regular cat treats. No, these have a specific purpose for maintaining your cat&#39;s health!&nbsp;<em><strong>Temptations Indoor</strong></em> somehow helps manage littler box odour and helps maintain healthy body condition. <em><strong>Temptations Hairball Control</strong></em> contains natural fibers to help minimize the formation of hairballs. And <em><strong>Temptations Dentabites Oral Care</strong></em> helps remove plaque and tartar build up and freshens your feline&#39;s breath! All three are chicken flavoured.</p><p>Hey, here&#39;s a treat for the human members of your family. I don&#39;t know about you but these days of self-isolation have made many just a tad salty. So why not go with that by trying new <em><strong>Clif Bar Energy Bar Sweet &amp; Salty</strong></em>&nbsp;in <em><strong>Chocolate Chunk with Sea Salt</strong></em> or&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt</strong></em>? These bars, that contain just a dash of&nbsp;salt, were inspired by the cookies available at their employee-run cafe!&nbsp;</p><p>The Very Good Butchers are a Victoria-based business specializing in offering plant-based meats handcrafted with real, whole-food ingredients. And Pepper&#39;s has been carrying their goods since their early days. Now they&#39;ve added <em><strong>The Very Good Butchers Taco Stuff&#39;er </strong></em>their wholesome and tasty meat alternative for making tacos! It&#39;s street style &quot;meat&quot; with all the spices and flavours of Mexico but beware:<strong> this product contains wheat and gluten and may contain soy and sesame.</strong></p><p>We&#39;re keeping it short and sweet this week. Hopefully there will be more new stuff for you to try next week. In the meantime, remember to maintain social distancing and keep up the good fight against the corona virus. 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 May 5, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 May 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Happy Cinco de Mayo! And happy return-to-shopping in-store at Pepper&#39;s Foods! That&#39;s right, you can come back in, now that we&#39;ve re-organized and made a few changes (chiefly, reducing the number of staff during shopping hours). We have to say, it&#39;s been awfully strange around here these past few weeks so it will be great to see many of you back in the aisles!</p><p>We need to apologize for publishing in Sunday&#39;s information newsletter that we wouldn&#39;t be offering deliveries on the weekends. As&nbsp;happens so&nbsp;often these days, things change. We made a mistake and, in fact, <strong>we <em>WILL</em> be offering deliveries on the weekend</strong>! So if you were bummed out thinking it couldn&#39;t happen anymore, order away for Saturday and Sunday deliveries!</p><p>Sooke Brewing Company make a vast array of ales, pilsners, stouts and other libations, most of which are on the strong side when it comes to alcohol content. But a lot of breweries have traded in their signature brews for their own version of hand sanitizer, and SBC is no different. Pepper&#39;s now carries <em><strong>Sooke Brewing Company Hand Sanitizer</strong></em> made with a World Health Organization formulation of 70% ethanol, glycerol and hydrogen peroxide. All those nasty germs and viruses don&#39;t stand a chance with this stuff! &nbsp;Available in a 237ml bottle for $12 and a 946ml bottle for $30.</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about sanitized hands, let&#39;s take this opportunity to mention a couple of new hand soaps available now. <em><strong>Mrs. Meyer&#39;s Clean Day Hand Soaps </strong></em>are made with olive oil and aloe vera. They&#39;re aromatherapeutic containing garden-inspired aromas as well as other thoughtfully chosen ingredients and will leave your hands feeling soft and squeaky clean! Available in <em><strong>Bluebell </strong></em>and <em><strong>Honeysuckle</strong></em> scents.</p><p>When Ecos makes their health and beauty products, they&nbsp;use&nbsp;hypoallergenic and earth friendly ingredients. They utilize plant-powered surfactants and softeners to make their<em><strong>&nbsp;Ecos Hand Soaps</strong></em>. Pepper&#39;s has a<em><strong> Lemongrass </strong></em>scented soap as well as one in<em><strong> Lavender</strong></em>. Plus, you won&#39;t find any dyes, parabens, phosphates or phthalates in these effective and uplifting-scented hand soaps.</p><p>&nbsp;Cauliflower is chock-a-block full of antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese, and has phytonutrients, vitamin K, and omega-3. It&#39;s a powerhouse of nutrition. That&#39;s why Caulipower chose their name.&nbsp;So if you love soft tacos, quesadillas, enchilladas and wraps but can&#39;t have the gluten found in traditional tortillas&nbsp;then <em><strong>Caulipower&nbsp;&iexcl;Viva Cauliflower Tortilla!</strong></em> is just exactly what you want! Vegan and a good source of fibre, these delicious new tortillas will last for up to four weeks in the fridge if you purchase them frozen (which you will since they&#39;re kept in the freezer aisle).</p><p>We&#39;ve been carrying <em><strong>Yoggu Dairy-Free Coconut Yogurt </strong></em>(made in Vancouver) for some time now. This popular fermented probiotic yogurt is made without dairy: just organic coconut cream, agar and vegan probiotic cultures. So do you want the good news or the bad news first. Ok, the bad news is that they no longer have the Strawberry flavour. But the good news is that there&#39;s a new Mango flavour! So make sure to pick up a jar and give this a try!</p><p>We always attach our weekly specials to this newsletter. So when you scan through it this week, you&#39;ll notice something new:<em><strong> Hellmann&#39;s Salad Dressings</strong></em>!<em><strong> Lemon Za&#39;atar </strong></em>and <em><strong>Sesame Thai </strong></em>can also serve as marinades while<em><strong> Classic Caesar </strong></em>and<em><strong> Classic Ranch </strong></em>make the perfect dressing for&nbsp;any salad! Now that BBQ season has arrived, your&nbsp;main courses and salads will have&nbsp;all of your family members&#39; mouths watering.&nbsp;Get them<em><strong> this week for $4.76 each</strong></em>!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for this week. Remember that Mother&#39;s Day is coming up this Sunday. Don&#39;t forget to show that special lady how much you love and cherish her, especially if you are unable to see or hug&nbsp;her in person due to physical distancing. To all the mother&#39;s out there, Happy Mother&#39;s Day from Pepper&#39;s Foods. Take good care.</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 28, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 28 Apr 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Today in 1789 master&#39;s mate to Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian, led a mutiny on the HMS Bounty about 1300 miles west of Tahiti. Apparently ol&#39; Fletch and some of the crew were a little too enthralled with the good life that they were leaving behind (not to mention Bill&#39;s allegedly harsh treatment of them)&nbsp;so they set the captain and those loyal to him adrift in the m iddle of the ocean in a small boat and went back to Tahiti. Most of the mutineers, though, including Fletcher Christian, were either murdered by their fellow crewmates or died prematurely from one thing or another. William Bligh and all of the crew who were cast away survived the 3618 nautical mile journey that they endured before reaching Timor! Seems the grass wasn&#39;t as green as Fletcher and his followers had thought.</p><p>Thank goodness there was no mutiny when we decided to close the store to shoppers a few weeks ago. But since then a few things have happened: the panic shopping seems to have abated. In general, the frenzy is over for the time being and the vibe is a little more relaxed. The other thing is that we&#39;ve had some time to rethink our strategy in terms of how to offer our customers and our staff the safest way to shop in-store. With that in mind,<em><strong>&nbsp;we have decided to re-open to the public starting Monday, May 4th</strong></em>. We&#39;re going to modify the hours&nbsp;that our staff will be working. You can imagine that having customers, plus employees stocking the shelves, as well as other employees shopping for deliveries and pick-ups would result in too much congestion in our small store to offer effective social distancing. When we have all of the details, you can expect another newsletter (as well as notices on our social media pages) explaining our store hours and any pertinent facts that you&#39;ll want to know. So stay tuned for the next chapter in our evolving COVID-19 story...</p><p>Every year when the weather starts to warm up we haul the <em><strong>Nestle Frozen Novelty Freezer</strong></em> out of storage and fill it up with a variety of treats that everyone will enjoy. This year is no different and we currently have it outside at the front entrance. So for all of you Concierge Shoppers, ask a staff member what we have available and add one or two to your grocery bag! But you can have a look for yourself once we re-open to the public nect week!</p><p>Our lactose free line continues to expand with the addition of <em><strong>Dairyland Lactose Free 10% Half &amp; Half Cream</strong></em> in a 946ml carton!&nbsp;The best part is that it has the same rich, fresh taste of&nbsp;regular cream so if there&#39;s a member of your family that&#39;s lactose intolerant, you only need to purchase one carton (as opposed to getting lactose free as well as&nbsp;regular).</p><p>Ther&#39;e only one thing you&#39;ll need to add to the next new item to get something much tastier and that&#39;s simply water.&nbsp;That&#39;s because<em><strong> Betty Crocker</strong></em> makes it super easy to whip up a batch of super tasty and fluffy<em><strong>&nbsp;Bisquick Buttermilk Biscuits</strong></em>. Just add water to the mix and in 15 minutes you&#39;ll be enjoying mouth watering biscuits perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner!</p><p>Sweet and spicy go together like Ross and Rachel, Leia and Han&nbsp;or possibly even Justin Long and Drew Barrymore. That&#39;s what you get when you take the deliciousness of sweet potatoes and the smoky, yet spicy flavour of chipotle seasoning and combine them as <em><strong>Alexia Chipotle Spicy Sweet Potato Fries</strong></em>. These crispy fries would get Emeril&#39;s kiss of approval and don&#39;t worry if you forgot the ketchup because these already have enough flavour all on their own.</p><p>Perhaps a nice bowl of soup would pair nicely with those fries? How about <strong>Soup<em>etc</em></strong>!&nbsp;<em><strong>Wild About Salmon&nbsp;Creamy Chowder</strong></em>? Made in East Vancouver, these gluten-free soups are all-natural and free of preservatives. Or take your pick from the other flavours of this award-winning line that we have in stock if chowder&#39;s not your thing, that is. And remember: eat well and be nice to people!</p><p>If you&#39;ve been quarantined for the last few weeks then you might be looking for a fresh way to invigorate and energize your body and your mind. Showering with&nbsp;<em><strong>St. Ives Citrus &amp; Cherry Blossom Energizing Body Wash</strong></em> is one great way to do it! Made with 100% natural extracts, this dermatologist tested formula contains no parabens or&nbsp;animal-derived ingredients, is cruelty-free and comes in a bottle made of 100% recycled plastic.&nbsp;</p><p>Please continue to practice social distancing, washing your hands and being kind to the people you come across during your day. We are all starting to feel the strain of this pandemic and even a small act of kindness can have a huge impact on someone and go a long way towards brightening someone&#39;s day. We hope this newsletter brightened yours a little. So until next week stay safe and take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 21, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 21 Apr 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On today&#39;s date in 1918 during World War I German aerial fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen &quot;<em>The Red Baron</em>&quot; was shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France. He was credited with 80 confirmed kills with the German Air Force before&nbsp;Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown finally brought him down.</p><p>Before we get into the newsletter today, we&#39;d just like to say thanks for the overwhelmingly positive feedback we&#39;ve received from you as we move into our second week of Concierge Shopping! We&#39;re proud to say that we are able to offer a 24 hour (or less) turnaround time for both home delivery or pick-up, 7 days a week! Go to<strong>&nbsp;</strong>. There you click the link to be directed to our website and at the top of the page you can choose <strong>Delivery</strong> or<strong> Pickup</strong>. That&#39;s all there is to it. Or use our Concierge Shopping where you come on down, make a list and let us shop it for you in minutes!</p><p>Ok, despite the pandemic we&#39;re still able to procure new items so let&#39;s get busy with that right now! Back in the day Mrs. Garrett of <u>The Facts of Life</u> used to teach the girls, &quot;<em>A good cook cleans as she goes</em>.&quot; That still rings true today although it applies to the boys as well. <em><strong>Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray</strong></em> is the faster, easier way to clean dishes as you cook. Simply spray the dirty dishes in your sink and then wipe and rinse when it comes time to clean up! Available in<em><strong> Citrus Scent</strong></em> or <em><strong>Fresh Scent</strong></em>, it will change the way you wash dishes!</p><p>Is your fresh produce clean enough for your liking? If not, you can remove unwanted pesticides, dirt, animal manure or other contaminants with <em><strong>Nature Clean Fruit &amp; Veggie Spray Wash</strong></em> (for hard fruits and vegetables) and <em><strong>Nature Clean Fruit &amp; Veggie Soak Concentrate</strong></em> for soft items like grapes, berries and broccoli. Its 98% naturally derived ingredients come from plants and minerals. Rinse with cool fresh water.</p><p>If you&#39;ve been following the advice of our trusted health professionals then your hands should have been washed 49 times since you got up this morning. Ok, maybe not <em>that</em> many times. But we should all be washing our hands frequently. And as a result of all this cleansing, some products such as Method, are unavailable right now. So we&#39;re getting in items that we think you&#39;ll like instead. One such line is <em><strong>Attitude Natural Hand Soaps</strong></em>. We have two different lines: <em><strong>Attitude Super Leaves&nbsp;</strong></em>which, according to the company website, states: <em>Thanks to the genius of science, it is now possible to extract the active ingredients from a variety of leaves so you can enjoy their many benefits every day. Rich in minerals, vitamins and growth factors, and with strong regenerative powers, leaves have the remarkable ability to give you glowing skin</em>. There&#39;s also <em><strong>Attitude Sensitive Skin Care Natural hand Soap</strong></em> which is enriched with soothing oatmeal. Both types are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested, are EWG verified and contain worry free ingredients!</p><p>So far we&#39;ve talked about products to clean your dishes, your food and your hands. So logically it follows that we&#39;d have one to offer that you can use for your clothes. A few weeks ago we talked about the grotesque amount of plastic that has been generated since the 1950s. If you&#39;re trying to minimize the amount of plastic that your purchase, you&#39;ve probably realised that there are limited options when it comes to laundry detergent. Most of the liquid options means you get to take it home in a thick plastic bottle. Here&#39;s a genuine game-changer in laundry detergent: <em><strong>Tru&nbsp;Earth Eco Strips</strong></em>! As per the company website: <em>Tru Earth Eco-Strips are the smartest way to clean laundry, period. Each laundry strip packs ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly cleaning power into a tiny, pre-measured strip of liquidless laundry detergent that you just toss in the wash. Its low-sudsing formula works in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency (HE).</em></p><p><em>The smart formulation effectively seeks out and dislodges dirt molecules and stains, keeping them in suspension until they are rinsed away. It makes your laundry washing chore easier, healthier, more economical, and much kinder to our planet.</em>&nbsp;<em>Clean, green, and simple!&nbsp;</em></p><p>Tru Earth Certifications</p><ul> <li>Paraben-free</li> <li>Phosphate-free</li> <li>Free of added dyes</li> <li>Free of chlorine bleach</li> <li>Free of 1,4-dioxane, as certified by independent laboratory tests</li> <li>Readily biodegradable in accordance with OECD 310D</li> <li>Hypoallergenic, certified by independent dermatologists</li> <li>Vegan: no animal-based ingredients or testing on animals by us or our ingredient suppliers</li> <li>Dissolves completely</li></ul><p>Let&#39;s switch gears and start talking about new items that you can eat! Breakfast food seems like a great place to start. <em><strong>Qrunch Organics Quinoa Breakfast Toastables</strong></em> are a great alternative to pancakes, waffles or french toast. Made with millet and quinoa, and lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar, these yummy breakfast edibles go wicked awesome with maple syrup, jam, honey, nut butters or cream cheese.They&#39;re (are you ready?) gluten-free, wheat-free, animal-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, egg-free, MSG-free and corn-free (whew!).</p><p>For those of you who prefer a good old fashioned bowl of cereal in the morning, <em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Cocoa</strong></em> is very high in fibre (so you can also clean your insides out!). They&#39;ve ditched the frosting for real cocoa baked-in every biscuit.</p><p>Now that people are stuck inside, home-baking seems to have made a bit of a resurgence. Actually, it&#39;s made a giant resurgence. So if you&#39;re looking for some ingredients for your next bake-off, look no further than <em><strong>Trophy Thompson Raisins</strong></em>, <em><strong>Trophy Golden Raisins</strong></em> or <em><strong>Trophy Pitted Dates</strong></em>. There&#39;s not much more to say about these three. But if you want &#39;em, we&#39;ve got &#39;em.</p><p>Finally, there&#39;s <em><strong>Simply West Coast Frozen Wild Shrimp</strong></em>. These little guys are imported from the United States and they&#39;re cooked, peeled and ready-to-eat!</p><p>Well folks, that&#39;s it for another week. You can see that we have another smaller ad and we&#39;ll keep going that way for the forseeable future until things return to some state of normality. Thanks for having a read and for making Pepper&#39;s your preferred grocery store! Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 14, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 Apr 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Before the coronavirus surfaced, we had a fairly slow and steady increase&nbsp;in the number of new subscribers to the newsletter. But the number has since exploded and we have hundreds of new people getting this email now. So for those of you who are new to the Tuesday newsletter: welcome aboard! This is where we take the opportunity to tell you about new products, events, contests and the general goings-on at Pepper&#39;s Foods. And we try to do it with a bit of humour and with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two along the way.&nbsp;So without furthur adieu, let&#39;s get it on!</p><p>Hopefully your Easter was spent close to home with a few of your favourite people, gorging on chocolate bunnies and on the ever-shrinking Cadbury Creme Eggs. Seriously, pretty soon they&#39;re going to be the size of M&amp;Ms!&nbsp;It was, however,&nbsp;a beautiful weekend here in Victoria and we hope that you had a great holiday wherever you spent it.&nbsp;</p><p>Yesterday marked the beginning of a new chapter here at Pepper&#39;s as we went to an all delivery/pick-up shopping model. Customers can also come to the store with a detailed list and let us shop it for them right then and there. We&#39;re calling it <strong>Concierge Shopping</strong>. And we&#39;re doing this to keep everyone safe. So stay home and relax and let us take care of the shopping.</p><p>Now onto the new items. First up is<em><strong> GoGo Quinoa Organic Lasagna Noodles</strong></em>. These oven-ready noodles are made with rice and quinoa, are high in protein, are dairy-free, egg-free, are kosher&nbsp;and are certified gluten-free. On the website they say&nbsp;&quot;<em>all you need is sauce for the perfect dinner recipe</em>.&quot; We&#39;re pretty sure you need more than just noodles and sauce to make a decent lasagna.&nbsp;Typically there&#39;s some ricotta in there, some ground meat, maybe some diced tomatoes. Of course you can substitute all of that with vegan options. Perhaps you&#39;ll want to top it off with <em><strong>Emborg Vegan Plant-based Mozzarella or Cheddar</strong></em>, available in <em><strong>Slices or Shredded</strong></em>. These dairy-free cheeses melt just like real cheese and are free of soy, palm-oil and gluten!</p><p>Sherry is a fortified wine (fortified with brandy) that is a popular cooking ingredient. However, it doesn&#39;t last long at all once it&#39;s been opened. That&#39;s where cooking sherry&nbsp;comes in. Salt has been added to preserve it and make it last longer. It doesn&#39;t require refrigeration. So if you love to cook with sherry then <em><strong>Chateau Thierry Cooking Wine Sherry</strong></em> is now available at Pepper&#39;s! Add a sweet and nutty flavour to your meat, seafood and poultry dishes!</p><p>A little while ago, we started carrying <em><strong>Salt Spring Gaia Foods Spicy Japanese Chili Oil </strong></em>and it sold like crazy! Now we&#39;ve added<em><strong> Salt Spring Chimichurri</strong></em> and <em><strong>Salt Spring Apple </strong></em>(grown on Salt Spring Island) <em><strong>Chimichurri</strong></em>! The label description states, &quot;<em>Chimichurri is a traditional condiment and an essential part of Argentinian cuisine. Fresh flavours come togethwer in this versatile sauce that goes well with almost anything. Use as a marinade, or drizzle on your favourite dish and be transported to South America</em>!&quot; Handmade in small batches on Salt Spring Island.</p><p>Chips and dip go together like robins and springtime. But what if the dip&#39;s<em> in</em> the chip? That&#39;s the case with<em><strong> El Sabroso Guacachips</strong></em>!&nbsp; These are corn tortilla chips flavoured with delicious guacamole! That&#39;s not to say that you still can&#39;t dip &#39;em in your favourite salsa or guacamole. But they&#39;re also just fine straight out of the bag.</p><p>If you love the taste of cheese then <em><strong>Cheez-It Crunch Baked Snack Crackers</strong></em> are exactly what you need for these boring days and long nights spent in quarantine watching tv. Available in three flavours: <em><strong>Zesty Cheddar Ranch, Aged White Cheddar</strong></em> and <em><strong>Hot &amp; Spicy</strong></em>, there&#39;s real cheese baked right into each yummy cracker! Michelle says, &quot;<em>So crispy and cheesy good</em>!&quot; Layton exclaims, &quot;<em>Five out of five stars</em>!&quot; And Rinaldo&nbsp;claims, &quot;<em>Without question, the finest cheese-flavoured cracker I&#39;ve had the good fortune of tasting. Simply wonderful</em>!&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Boursin is an herbed French cream cheese of the Gournay&nbsp;variety. And people LOVE it!&nbsp; So if you&#39;re one of them then you&#39;ll want to check out new <em><strong>Boursin Portions Garlic and Fine Herbs</strong></em>! It comes in a package of six snack-sized portions which is great for solo snacking! Bring out the regular Boursin for your party guests (whenever parties are allowed again) but keep the Boursin Portions just for you!</p><p>And finally this week we have a new line of salamis from <em><strong>Mastro</strong></em> which has been making fine Italian deli meats for over 40 years. Choose from<em><strong> Regular Genoa</strong></em>, <em><strong>Hot Genoa</strong></em>, <em><strong>Spicy Calabrese</strong></em>, <em><strong>Sopressata</strong></em> and <em><strong>Salami with Prosciutto</strong></em>. These dry-cured salamis are slow-aged to achieve a traditional old country flavour and will make a great charcuterie platter!&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you so much for having a look and for sticking by us during these challenging times. We are committed to bringing you exceptional service even as we wade through this new normal. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make changes that we believe are in everyone&#39;s best interests. Until next week, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> New Procedures! Peppers Foods Mon, 13 Apr 2020 08:21:00 GMT <p>As the health and safety of our staff, customers and community is our foremost concern,</p><p>Beginning April 13th</p><p>we will be transitioning to</p><p>STAFF ONLY</p><p>inside the store.</p><p>The Pepper&rsquo;s Staff will be</p><p>working hard to shop your orders for you.</p><p>We will have the following 3 options available to ensure our customers continue to receive the quality and service they have come to rely on.</p><p>1 &ndash; Online Delivery Service Mon &ndash; Fri*</p><p>2 &ndash; Online Pick Up Service Mon &ndash; Fri*</p><p>3 - Concierge Personal Shopping only</p><p>Mon - Sun 7am &ndash; 6 pm</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>*Subject to change due to staffing levels</p><p>How does Concierge</p><p>Shopping work?</p><p>Our staff will shop for you!</p><p>1 - Come visit us outside the store</p><p>2- Give us your detailed list</p><p>3- We quickly and safely do the work for you!</p><p>Help us continue keeping our community safe.</p> Update Peppers Foods Mon, 13 Apr 2020 07:31:00 GMT <p>Today&#39;s the day! Let us do all the work for you!</p><p>Looking for that special cut from the Butcher? Give us a call, he&#39;s on duty.</p><p>Worried we won&#39;t have that special, local product you love? We still have it.</p><p>Singing Bowl Granola? We&#39;ve got it</p><p>Portofino Bakery&nbsp;breads, cookies &amp; cakes? We&#39;ve got them</p><p>WildFire Organic Bakery and Cafe? we are stocked up</p><p>Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt? on the shelf</p><p>Nezza Naturals Inc Sanitizer? We have it<br />.<br />Local eggs? on the shelf</p><p>Local supporting local, communities keeping each other safe!</p><p>Visit the menu section of our page for our products and an order sheet</p><p></p> Pepper's Newsletter April 7, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Did you know that 43 years from this past Sunday, Earth will make first contact with the Vulcan species?&nbsp;Well, assuming that what happens in Star Trek is accurate, it will. So we&#39;ve got that to look forward to! Also, American gangster Joe &quot;Crazy Joe&quot; Gallo of New York City was born on April 7, 1929 and also died April 7, 1972 by gunshot wounds. This being the same man who was famously quoted,&quot;I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly believe my answer might tend to incriminate me.&quot; The song &quot;Joey&quot; written by Bob Dylan was also dedicated to him.</p><p>There&#39;s lots to talk about this week so let&#39;s get busy. First off, in order to keep our shoppers and our staff safe from the coronovirus, Pepper&#39;s will be implementing some changes very shortly. Once we have all the details sorted out, we&#39;ll be posting on our website and sending out an email to all of our subscribers, as well as posting on our social media pages. So stay tuned for some news...</p><p>Secondly, we are selling <em><strong>Girl Guide Cookies</strong></em> on their behalf because they can&#39;t social distance and also sell cookies door to door. The entire cost of the box of cookies goes directly back to them so know that we are in no way profiting from this. Support the Girl Guides and buy a box or two.</p><p>And thirdly, you&#39;ll notice that we have attached our ad to this email for the&nbsp;first time in several weeks! Although it is smaller than normal, there are still some great deals for you to take advantage of!</p><p>As far as new products, there&#39;s no shortage of those. And the first one that we&#39;re showcasing today is <em><strong>Microban 24</strong></em>. As per the Procter and Gamble news release: <em>Microban 24 is a new brand of antibacterial home sanitizing products that keeps surfaces protected against bacteria for 24 hours when used as directed. Not only does Microban 24 kill 99.9% of bacteria on contact, but it also keeps working throughout the day. Microban 24 provides a protective shield that keeps killing bacteria for a full 24 hours, even when the surface is touched or contacted multiple times</em>. That means that surfaces can be touched again without having to re-sanitize! And that&#39;s good news in these contagious times. Pepper&#39;s has two <em><strong>Bathroom Spray</strong></em>&nbsp;scents as well as a <em><strong>Multipurpose Spray</strong></em>.</p><p>As far as hand sanitizers go, it can be pretty hard to come by these days. But we&#39;ve added another one for your consideration.<em><strong> All-Clean Natural Lemon Mint Hand Sanitizer</strong></em> is made by a Canadian company with 62% isopropyl alcohol, as well as other natual ingredients, for a refreshing and effective hand sanitizer.</p><p>Though not a disinfectant, <em><strong>Allen&#39;s Cleaning Vinegar</strong></em> is twice as strong as regular white vinegar and is excellent for all cleaning applications,&nbsp;is totally non-toxic, environmentally friendly and economical! Though we&#39;ve sold it in the 2.5L jug for quite some time, only recently have we stocked this item in a convenient spray trigger bottle.</p><p><em><strong>Island Essentials</strong></em> of Mill Bay, BC, continues to expand their line of health and beauty as well as aromatherapy products. New <em><strong>Island Essentials Natural Aromatherapy Room Mists</strong></em> come&nbsp;in three scents that are nice, natural&nbsp;and nifty for the nostril nerves!&nbsp;&nbsp;And because they&#39;re made from plant-derived, nature-identical ingredients, with no synthetic fragrances or petroleum, you won&#39;t spray it and run! Re-use the bottle to reduce your environmental footprint.</p><p>Speaking of reducing your footprint, did you know that less than 10% of plastic gets recycled in Canada? You might also want to know that 8.3 billion metric tons&nbsp;(9.1 billion US tons) of plastic has been produced since it was introduced in the 1950s. That&#39;s a staggering number. So if you don&#39;t like the idea of purchasing shampoo that comes in a plastic bottle (as almost all of them do) then consider switching to one that doesn&#39;t.<strong> Island Essentials Natural Shampoo Bars</strong> come in<em><strong> Gentleman&#39;s Blend </strong></em>(Ginger Cedar Sandalwood)&nbsp;and <em><strong>Cardamom Cream</strong></em> (Cardamom Chamomile Vanilla)&nbsp;scents. They lather just like liquid shampoos&nbsp;and can be used on the body although they are specifically formulated for&nbsp;the hair, scalp and beard using all-natural ingredients.</p><p>Parents want nothing but the best for their babies. That&#39;s why we now carry<em><strong> Simply Kids 100% Organic Baby Food Purees</strong></em> in numerous great flavours! There are no fillers, no artificial flavours or colours, no added sugar or salt and no BPA in the packaging. Your 6+ month old will be giddy with delight slurping back these delicious and nutritious purees!</p><p>You&#39;ll be giddy snacking on new <em><strong>Nestle KitKat Ice Cream</strong></em> available in <em><strong>Matcha Green Tea, Salted Caramel Burst </strong></em>and <em><strong>Espresso Explosion</strong></em>! Hey, if you&#39;re staying in (like you should be) you&#39;ve got loads of time on your hands, right? What else is there to do but eat junk and watch Netflix? Exactly. You&#39;re welcome.</p><p>Alright, that&#39;s all there is for this week. From all of us here at Pepper&#39;s we wish you and yours a very Happy Easter! Try and get creative this year hiding the eggs from the Easter Bunny: place under a stack of sanitizing wipes, take advantage of that huge pile of beverage containers accumulating in the broom closet, hollow out that loaf of bread that you baked for something to do, insert in one of the hundreds of toilet paper rolls in the garage. The possibilities are endless!</p><p>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><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 31, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! It&#39;s been a couple of weeks but we&#39;re back and ready to rock and roll this morning! This pandemic has really&nbsp;thrown a wrench into the gears here in a lot of ways but we also had a technical issue with our website that prevented us from logging in. But the problem has been remedied and seems like all is well in our blogging world. Also, we&#39;d just like to say that we are so very appreciative of the many kind words of encouragement and support that we have&nbsp;received from our customers in the past weeks. It means everything to feel appreciated and it&#39;s what keeps us going through these challenging times. Thanks for sticking with us. And keep supporting your friends and neighbours. Let&#39;s continue to help one another for the duration of this crisis and long afterwards.</p><p>On this day in Paris (obviously) in 1889 the Eiffel Tower was officially opened.&nbsp;At the top (300 metres)&nbsp;you were further from the ground than you could be on any other man-made structure. It would remain the tallest for 41 years.&nbsp;Talk about social distancing!</p><p>Ok, we know you&#39;re eager to hear about what&#39;s new and exciting on our shelves so let&#39;s now waste another minute. If we&#39;re doing a little history lesson this morning, as we so often do on Tuesdays, let&#39;s share another tidbit of information. Red Rose Tea was&nbsp;established by Theodore Harding Estabrooks in 1894 in Saint John, New Brunswick. It&#39;s been a staple for generations (mom, I&#39;m talking to you) but only now has it gone organic! <em><strong>Red Rose Organic Orange Pekoe Tea</strong></em> is the same smooth and satisfying black tea that you love and the bag is made of 100% renewable plant material. And 100% of Red Rose&nbsp;tea comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified&nbsp;tea gardens. Get with the now and get with organic!</p><p>For those of you who prefer to brew tea of the loose leaf variety, we have <em><strong>If You Care Tea Filters</strong></em>. These are unbleached and totally chlorine free (TCF) single-cup tea filters that will not affect the taste of your tea one iota but certainly will affect the environment (in a good way)!</p><p>Remember how two weeks ago we were telling you about how Leclerc just kept pumping out the varieties of their Celebration Cookies? Well wouldn&#39;t you know it, there&#39;s yet another one available for you! New <em><strong>Leclerc Celebration Graham Cookies S&#39;mores Style Truffle</strong></em> are exploding with all of the milk chocolate and marshmallow flavour that you can handle! Plus, they&#39;re probably pretty good paired with that cup of tea we were just talking about. So head on over to Aisle 1 (or add it to your delivery request grocery list) and look for the long row of orange boxes that make up this part of the cookie section!</p><p>Cookies and cream seems to be a fairly popular flavour combination for a lot of products: protein bars, chocolate bars, Pop Tarts...the list goes on. But when most people think of cookies and cream, they think ice cream. That&#39;s why all you lactose intolerant folks should rejoice, for finally you can purchase <em><strong>Natrel Lactose Free Cookies &amp; Cream Ice Cream</strong></em>! But just remember, you don&#39;t have to be lactose intolerant to enjoy this premium ice cream. You&#39;ll never know the difference!</p><p>Looking for a healthy snack full of nutrition that tastes great? Of course you are. How about one that&#39;s made from locally sourced fresh fruit made just east of Vancouver, BC? Check all the boxes? Great, because we now carry <em><strong>Take Your Pick Freeze Dried Fruit Snacks</strong></em> available in <em><strong>Cherries &amp; Berries</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Nature&#39;s Fruity 4</strong></em>. They remove 98% of the&nbsp;water creating a crunchy, tasty snack&nbsp;that your kids (and yourself) will love! But all of the nutrition stays put! In addition to just being a really yummy and fun snack, these also make for an excellent disaster kit item! But there&#39;s also something else...<em><strong>Take Your Pick Freeze Dried Granola Berry Passion Fruit Medley</strong></em>! It&#39;s whole grain oat clusters, toasted wheat flakes and crisp rice&nbsp;blended with cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries and nuts for a snack of unparalleled balanced nutrition and flavour!</p><p>If variety is the spice of life then maybe it&#39;s time to set aside the regular old table salt and reach for something with a little more zing. How about <em><strong>Cape Herb &amp; Spice Sriracha Salt</strong></em>?&nbsp;This unique blend of garden herbs, spices and hand harvested sea salt is ideal as a table seasoning in place of regular salt. Why not change things up with this unique and savoury spice? Pick up your grinder for tonight&#39;s dinner now!</p><p>We didn&#39;t want to just jump right in with virus stuff today because, quite frankly, it&#39;s kind of overwhelming at times. But we must tell you that we have finally acquired a locally made hand sanitizer! <em><strong>Nezza Naturals</strong></em> has paired with <em><strong>Victoria Distillers</strong></em> to create an effective <em><strong>Natural Hand Sanitizing Spray</strong></em> made with 70% alcohol, distilled water, vegetable glycerin and sweet orange essential oils! It&#39;s available right now in a 60ml pump bottle and we&#39;ll have a 180ml bottle later this week!</p><p>That&#39;s all for this week, gang. Let&#39;s hope March goes out like a lamb and that April brings some good news. And remember what&nbsp;Sgt. Phil Esterhaus of <em>Hill Street Blues</em> used to say to his officers before dismissing them: Let&#39;s be careful out there. Until next week, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Could Use Your Help! Peppers Foods Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:50:00 GMT <p><br />Attn: Pepper&#39;s Community!<br />Due to the demand of home delivery orders we are currently receiving, we are in desperate need for help shopping orders! If you find yourself with some spare time in the morning, and want to be hired part-time or simply just want to keep busy and give back - please feel free to email us @<br />&nbsp;</p> Updated Hours/Protocol Peppers Foods Wed, 18 Mar 2020 07:36:00 GMT <p>Good morning Pepper&#39;s community! We have some changes today -<br /><strong>We will be implementing a customer limit in store to comply with social distancing protocols</strong></p><p><strong>Please, for our safety and yours, leave your reusable bags at home.</strong></p><p><strong>Our hours until further notice will be 8 am to 6 pm, however, if you are a senior or vulnerable, please, feel free to come in between 7 am and 8 am.</strong></p><p>Thank you so much for your understanding!</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 17, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Mar 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Top o&#39; the mornin&#39; to ya! Happy St. Patrick&#39;s Day, everyone! It&#39;s a beautiful day here in sunny Victoria, BC, but the weather can change in an instant and if it happens to start to sprinkle a wee bit you just might catch a glimpse of a rainbow. And where there&#39;s a rainbow, there&#39;s a pot of gold at the end of it. Just don&#39;t forget to recognize all the beautiful colours while&nbsp;searching for yours!</p><p>Ok so before we continue we&#39;d like to let talk for just a minute about how COVID-19 is affecting the store. Firstly, we are doing everything that we can to reduce the transmission of this disease by regularly wiping down common surfaces such as cash register keypads, debit machines and&nbsp;conveyer belts. We have provided our customers with sanitizing wipes for ages and they are located throughout the store. Any staff that exhibit any flu-like syptoms know to stay home and self-isolate. And we are following all regulations set out by Canada&#39;s Public Health Services.</p><p>In these challenging times, it&#39;s important to remember that we are all in this together. Our staff and our customers are equally as anxious about this disease and the potential consequences of it. We are trying our hardest to ensure that our supply chain stays intact so that we can continue to stock the items that you want and need. However, because we are busier than usual, there will inevitably be times when we have out-of-stocks. And also be aware that store hours can change and closures may occur as this outbreak continues. Let&#39;s all try to work together and see this thing through. Because despite the uncertainties all around us, there&#39;s one thing that is for certain: that we will get through this. Now go wash your hands!</p><p>Just because&nbsp;there&#39;s a global pandemic occuring doesn&#39;t mean we can&#39;t remain sensible about things. And that leads us right to our first new item of the newsletter! <em><strong>Huer Sensible Sweets</strong></em> are made with natural ingredients, free of GMOs, peanuts and gluten and with some containing fruit juice! Pepper&#39;s has<em><strong> Wine Gums, Allsorts</strong></em> and <em><strong>Jelly Babies</strong></em>! Self-isolate with these sweet treats and power through whatever your fave Netflix shows are!</p><p>A few month back we told you about some really delicious sweets, premium confectionary&nbsp;in fact, from Yorkshire and now we have more. <em><strong>Cartright &amp; Butler Fudge</strong></em> is available in <em><strong>Chocolate, Butter</strong></em> and <em><strong>Salted Caramel</strong></em> flavours! The original Butter Fudge is made from an age-old Scottish recipe and is so smooth, so creamy and so rich you&#39;ll think you&#39;ve died&nbsp;and gone to heaven!&nbsp;The others are just as divine but with added flavours.</p><p>Does snacking on super-puffy vegan marshmallow dunked in rich Belgian dark chocolate sound like something you&#39;d enjoy? It does? Well then you&#39;re in luck because we now stock <em><strong>Mallow Puffs</strong></em>, the Belgian-made sweet that&#39;s full of amazing flavour but free of palm oil and gelatin! Available in <em><strong>Raspberry </strong></em>as well as <em><strong>Salted Caramel</strong></em>, these bulging beauties are everything you could ask for in a vegan treat and more. Much more!</p><p>We&#39;re on a roll with the sweets so let&#39;s keep it going with <em><strong>Leclerc Celebration Mint Truffle Butter Cookies</strong></em>. They just keep adding to this vast line of chocolate cookies and this one is a definite winner. Real dark chocolate (45% cocoa) with a magnificently minty centre layer&nbsp;sits atop a crumbly yet richly decadent butter cookie. These make the best acompaniment to your coffee or tea!</p><p>Are you or your kids tired of eating the same dry granola bars everyday as part of your lunch? With new <em><strong>Nature Valley Granola Cups</strong></em>, you get a super unique, and, more importantly, a super<em> fun</em> snack! Take a crunchy granola cup, add a creamy nut butter filling and voila: you&#39;ve got either <em><strong>Peanut Butter Chocolate</strong></em> or <em><strong>Almond Butter Granola Cups</strong></em>! The perfect snack for any time of&nbsp;day!</p><p>From sweet to spicy now, it&#39;s time to tell you about <em><strong>Earth Island Srircha Vegenaise</strong></em>! This is a gourmet&nbsp;dipping sauce and spread that combines the deliciousness of Vegenaise with the sweet and spicy blend of traditional sriracha chili peppers. Kick it up a notch (whatever it is) with this soy and gluten-free spread!</p><p>Locally produced <em><strong>Salt Spring Island Chili Oil</strong></em> from Salt Spring Gaia Foods is an authentic Japanese chili oil that takes a wok on the mild side and is wonderful drizzled on any of your asian culinary dishes as well as pizza, pasta or almost anything!</p><p>Actually, THIS is something that the chili oil would go great with! <em><strong>Aquastar Tempura Shrimp</strong></em> are sustainably&nbsp;sourced torpedo-style shrimp coated in an authentic Japanese-style extra crispy batter. Deep fry or oven bake from frozen for a delightful seafood snack or meal!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for new items but we&#39;d like to remind you that the prize for this month&#39;s draw is a <em><strong>Cheese Board and Cutlery Set</strong></em>! Just sign your name and phone number on the back of your receipt and deposit in the draw box at the front of the store for your chance to win!</p><p>When we sign off the newsletter telling you to take good care, we mean it. Please be careful, be safe, practice social distancing and self-isolation (if required) and wash your hands to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 10, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Today is a very special day. On this day in 1940 Carlos Ray Norris was born. You might know him by his more familiar professional name: Chuck Norris. Since 2005, Chuck Norris has been known as the world&#39;s strongest, toughest, most masculine and most sophisticated man in the world due to the creation of the satirical website <em>Chuck Norris Facts</em>. For example, when Chuck Norris falls in water, Chuck Norris doesn&#39;t get wet. Water gets Chuck Norris. Or, when Chuck Norris does a push up, he isn&#39;t lifting himself up, he&#39;s pushing the Earth down. It&#39;s hard to believe the star of <em>The Delta Force</em> is 80 years old today because Chuck Norris doesn&#39;t get old!</p><p>Today is also special because our new ad goes into effect and it just so happens that two items in it are also brand new to Pepper&#39;s! So let&#39;s just get rolling with the newsletter!</p><p>First up is an assortment of goodies from Nanaimo&#39;s <em><strong>Hungry Rooster</strong></em>, the Polish Canadian family business where the traditional culinary traditions of Eastern Europe have been passed down through four generations. <em><strong>Hungry Rooster Perogies</strong></em> are gluten-free and made&nbsp;with fresh, local ingredients from a secret family recipe! Pepper&#39;s has four hand-made varieties to choose from: <em><strong>Original, Cheddar Potato, Spinach Feta Potato Garlic </strong></em>and <em><strong>Vegan Spinach Feta Potato Garlic</strong></em>! And <em><strong>they&#39;re ad-priced this week for $4.96</strong></em>! But that&#39;s not all there is from Hungry Rooster! Their <em><strong>Kluski Slaskie&nbsp;Potato Dumplings</strong></em> are traditional dumplings to the Silesia region of Poland and Germany. And they&#39;re delicious! Or how about some soup? We have vegan <em><strong>Red Borscht (beet) Soup</strong></em>,&nbsp;as well as <em><strong>Kapusniak (sauerkraut) Soup</strong></em>. Both kinds are also hand-made using a family recipe! If you&#39;d like to read more about this terrific local business, head on over to<strong></strong></p><p>If you&#39;re into eating fine artisinal cheese then <em><strong>BoM&eacute; Cheese</strong></em> of Coombs, BC has exactly what you&#39;re looking for! We&#39;re pleased as punch to be able to offer their<em><strong> Four Seasons</strong></em> <em><strong>Cheeses</strong></em>, the descriptions of which are taken straight from the company webste: <em><strong>Four Seasons Spring</strong></em> <em>is an alpine cheese. Parsley, chives and dill have been added to compliment the classic mountain cheese profile with the herbaceous impression of spring, new beginnings, and fresh green pastures.</em> <em><strong>Four Seasons Summer -&nbsp;</strong>During the course of a Vancouver Island summer the cows have an enhanced pasture based diet that boosts natural levels of beta carotene. Four Seasons Summer has a straw-coloured body&nbsp;and a flavour&nbsp;focused purely on the natural aging process, free of&nbsp;herb and spice. <strong>Four Seasons Autumn </strong></em>-<em>This classic cheese encompasses the hallmarks of autumn on Vancouver Island with its deep natural colour. Each cheese is gently spiced with red pepper.</em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Four Seasons Winter </strong></em>-&nbsp;<em>Gather around the wood stove with friends and share this delectable, cozy alpine cheese. This cheese is made with sweet roasted garlic and a hint of rosemary</em>.<strong></strong></p><p>Don&#39;t worry, vegans, because we have a terrific new non-dairy simulated cheese product just for you! <em><strong>Sheese Vegan Spreadable Cheese Wensleydale Style with Cranberries</strong></em> is a 100% dairy-free, vegan cheese made with coconut oil and is also gluten and lactose-free! It has a wonderfully fruity flavour and is a great alternative to traditional cheddar.</p><p>Ands for those of you who have been wondering what hapened to Paradise Island Organic Parmesan the answer is this: it&#39;s been discontinued. Bummer. But hold on a second. Could it be that a suitable replacement has been discovered and delivered to our Dairy Department? The answer is YES! One such product indeed does exist and it compliments the already exemplary line of dairy products that we already stock. <em><strong>Riviera Bio-Organic Parmesan Cheese</strong></em> has a firm, crumbly texture and a fruity pungent aroma. This cheese, like all of their organic dairy products, is made with 100% organic Canadian milk. Plus, it&#39;s lactose free!</p><p>And as long as we&#39;re&nbsp;talking about Riviera stuff, we should mention that there are two new limited edition Petit Pot yogurts to delight your tastebuds! You&#39;ll remember from past newsletters that these yogurts come in cute little glass containers that you can re-use (we sell the plastic lids to seal them up). <em><strong>Riviera Versailes Lemon Ginger Bouquet</strong></em> is a 9% m.f. gourmet fruit on the bottom yogurt, or, if you prefer, there&#39;s <em><strong>Raspberry Mint Bouquet</strong></em> with the same richness of the other but both&nbsp;a tribute to one the lushest gardens in France!</p><p>We might as well continue with the dairy products. However&nbsp;these next ones are of the frozen (and local) variety. <em><strong>Island Farms</strong></em> has expanded its line of <em><strong>Premium Ice Cream</strong></em> with five, that&#39;s right, <em>five</em> new flavours:&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Brownie, Very Berry, Vanilla Black Cherry, Caramel Cookie Dough</strong></em> and <em><strong>Chocolate Hazelnut</strong></em> (not pictured)! The only way you&#39;re going to know what each of these is like is to buy them all! And this week we make that easily achievable because&nbsp;t<em><strong>hey&#39;re in our ad for just $5.46 each</strong></em>!&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, our Produce Department has <em><strong>Organic Garlic</strong></em> <em><strong>from Winderberry Edibles Farm</strong></em> of Windermere, BC! Choose from three varieties: <em><strong>Purple Stripe, Rocambole</strong></em> or <em><strong>Porcelain</strong></em>!&nbsp;</p><p>Let&#39;s hope that the stress of springing forward an hour this past weekend has started to wane by the time you&#39;ve read this. It wil for sure have subsided by this time next week. Until then take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 3, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Mar 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;March came in like a lamb this year (at least here in Victoria it did) and the sight and smell all things spring were on full display: pretty pink plum blossoms, hummingbirds flitting about from flower to flower, bright sunshine and loads of people out for walks or bike rides. Given the current state of affairs in the world, it was pretty much the perfect day to remember just how fortunate we are to live where we do. Unless of course you suffer from seasonal allergies. Then all those blossoms and flowers &nbsp;might make it feel like you&#39;ve been transported to a hell realm.&nbsp;But that was the first of March. Today is the third! And what&#39;s significant about March 3rd?&nbsp;Well, if you&#39;re Canadian, it&#39;s pretty cool to note that the very first organized game of hockey occured on this day in 1875! It took place at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal and it was executed by a group of McGill University students who had come up with the rules. The rest, as they say, is history!</p><p>This week we have a good amount of new products to tell you about so let&#39;s cut to the chase and jump in!</p><p>Two weeks ago we told you about the new and exciting <em><strong>Evive Smoothie Cubes</strong></em>, the fruit, veggie and plant-based protein cubes that you add to a bottle of your fave liquid and shake into a nutritious and delicious smoothie. They were such a hit that we added three more flavours: <em><strong>Yin</strong></em> (mango, carrot, apple&nbsp;juice, apricot, apple, oats, chai spices), <em><strong>Samourai</strong></em> (raspberry, strawberry, beet, chia seeds, date, orange, lemon, mint) and <em><strong>Pure </strong></em>(mango, spinach, avocado, matcha tea, ginger, date, orange, coconut cream, mint, lime,&nbsp;baobab,&nbsp;chlorella, moringa)! There&#39;s other stuff in there, too, but this gives you the basic idea of what each flavour is about. That&#39;s a total of six different kinds of goodness to choose from so make sure you try these convenient and very tasty frozen smoothie cubes today!</p><p>Drinkable yogurt is big with the kiddies but for those with a lactose intolerance, they&#39;re out of the question. You&#39;d think that by now there would be a lactose free version, right? Well, there is...finally! <em><strong>IOGO Nano Lactose Free Drinkable Yogur</strong></em>t comes in <em><strong>Strawberry Banana</strong></em> flavour and it also comes in a spill-proof bottle! Made from vitamin D fortified milk there&#39;s also 40% less sugar and zero gelatine.&nbsp;Jimmy and Jill&#39;s&nbsp;lunch and snacking options just got a little bigger thanks to these little beauties!</p><p>If the kids would rather just eat yogurt the old fashioned way, you know, with a spoon, then new <em><strong>Olympic&nbsp;Kids Organic Multipack Blueberry Stirred Yogurt</strong></em> should fit the bill nicely. It&#39;s made from wholesome milk from grassfed cows and is sweetened naturally with organic fruits. There&#39;s nothing in there that isn&#39;t 100% natural. Which will, naturally, make moms and dads feel good about giving it to their children.</p><p>Don&#39;t worry all you non-dairy consumers who might be reading this, you haven&#39;t been forgotten. With new <em><strong>Silk Almond Vanilla Yogurt Alternative </strong></em>you get a&nbsp;deliciously dairy-free dessert or snack&nbsp;in a single serve format that&#39;s made with almonds and a hint of vanilla. And it&#39;s completely soy-free as well!</p><p>And for those of you who used to drink <em><strong>Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bliss Original Unsweetened Fortified Hemp Beverage</strong></em>, you&#39;re in luck because Pepper&#39;s has it back again on the shelf! It&#39;s high (no pun intended) in Omegas 3 and 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, contains no added sugar, soy, gluten or nuts, is vegan and is also free of carrageenan. And, it&#39;s free of all major food allergens. We mentioned that it&#39;s fortified. In fact, it&#39;s as nutritious as cow&#39;s milk, but it has zero sugar! This bevvie is straight-up delish and, if you ask nicely on the dry-erase board, we might just bring in the Original or Vanilla flavours, too!</p><p>Here&#39;s a really great idea to eliminate waste by the really great local business, Singing Bowl Granola. Their <em><strong>Singing Bowl Granola Bites</strong></em> come in a reusable glass jar so there&#39;s nothing to throw away after and you can use it to put something else in later on! The product, itself, though, is made with clean, wholesome ingredients that makes for a perfect pre or post-workout snack or just a tasty and healthy snack anytime! They&#39;re grain-free and great for paleo or vegan diets!</p><p>Tired of the same old energy bars? Why not use nature&#39;s candy to fuel your next workout or to replenish your depleted glycogen levels afterwards? New <em><strong>Organic Honey Stinger Waffles</strong></em> takes simple, organic ingredients and pure honey and makes a delightful and enjoyable treat out of them! These certified gluten-free snacks come in <em><strong>Original </strong></em>and <em><strong>Salted Caramel</strong></em> flavours and are very similar to the popular Dutch treat, the <em>stroopwafel</em>. Dairy-free, nut-free and kosher.</p><p>A great way to get your next party started is with <em><strong>Stonewall Kitchen Guacamole Starter</strong></em>, the yummy secret ingredient to incredible guacamole that you combine with four ripe and creamy avocados! Containing tart tomatillos, green chilis, red and green jalapenos, garlic, cilantro, onion and other fine ingredients, this starter will create a zesty guacamole that will kickstart your next get together! You start it and your guests will finish it: guaranteed (not guaranteed)!</p><p>Thanks for tuning in again this week. Remember, if there&#39;s an item that you would like us to carry, you can request it by writing it on the white dry-erase board in Aisle 1. We can&#39;t guarantee its arrival but we&#39;ll &nbsp;always do our best to get it in for you. Have yourselves a great day and an even better week! Take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 25, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 25 Feb 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;On this date in 1964 Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOd &nbsp;Sonny Liston in the seventh round claiming his first world heavyweight championship title at 22 years of age and became the youngest fighter to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion. We usually mention this at the end of the newsletter but you should definitely check out our latest attached ad because we have some knockout deals for you this week!</p><p>Let&#39;s lead things off with something that comes from one of our very own cashiers, Maddy! <em><strong>Madeleine Bakes</strong></em> provides&nbsp;fresh <em><strong>Traditional Sourdough</strong></em> and <em><strong>Focaccia Bread</strong></em> made with simple yet delicious ingredients! That&#39;s about as local as it gets, ladies and gentlemen. Support local and support Maddy by giving her amazing bread a try!</p><p>More local bread is available from <em><strong>Portofino Bakery </strong></em>in the form of<em><strong> Baguettes</strong></em> available in three varieties: <em><strong>Sourdough, Deli Style Multigrain</strong></em> and <em><strong>Deli Style White</strong></em>. With a crisp crust and a light centre, these freshly baked breads go through a two day preparation process before they go into the oven. Look for these right beside the ATM machine.</p><p>With all these new choices of bread you&#39;re going to need something new to spread on it. We&#39;ve got that covered, though.<em><strong> Earth Balance&nbsp;Olive Oil Buttery Spread </strong></em>contains&nbsp;expeller-pressed virgin olive oil, spreads easily and contains loads of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids! It&#39;s&nbsp;vegan, lactose-free, non-dairy, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and best of all, tastes great! Spread the love.</p><p>Good news, everyone! <em><strong>Nuts To You Organic Peanut Butters </strong></em>(Smooth and Crunchy) now come in a larger <em><strong>750g jar</strong></em>! Both kinds contain nothing but organic peanuts. That&#39;s it. Nothing more. The whole fam damily can get in on this action for longer with this larger size! Or what about changing things up a bit by spreading <em><strong>Nuts To You Organic Smooth Hazelnut Butter</strong></em> on that new bread? It&#39;s made simply with organic, dry-roasted hazelnuts. But don&#39;t limit yourself to using this only as a spread. Nosirree this is a great ingredient for&nbsp;smoothies, baked goods, dips, desserts or dressings! Dang!</p><p>Bread and cheese is such a great pair, right? So simple yet so, so delicious, wouldn&#39;t you agree? So why not try the new<em><strong> Babybel Organic Cheese</strong></em> that we just added to our Dairy Department? Suitable for vegetarians and those with a lactose intolerance, these fun-to-eat mini cheeses are high in protein and calcium and are made with 100% organic milk!&nbsp;</p><p>Ok, we&#39;ve been talking an awful lot about bread and peanut butter and other things that are bound to make you thirsty. Well guess what? We have new beverages for you as well! The Norwegian pop-synth band A-ha wrote in their song Take On Me, &quot;I&#39;ll be gone, in a day or two.&quot;&nbsp;If this next beverage could talk that&#39;s exactly what you might expect it to say once you purchased&nbsp;new <em><strong>AHA Sparkling Water Beverage</strong></em>: it&#39;ll be gone in a day or two but probably sooner. Just like Frank &quot;The Tank&quot; Ricard said, &quot;It&#39;s so good! Once it hits your lips. It&#39;s so good!&quot; With flavours like <em><strong>Peach Honey, Lime Watermelon</strong></em> and <em><strong>Blueberry Pomegranate</strong></em>, these drinks don&#39;t stand a chance once you take that first sip. Available in 1L bottles and 12 packs of cans.</p><p>It&#39;s pretty safe to say that Coca Cola is fairly popular amongst soft drink consumers. And loads of people have tapped into the energy drink wave. Some might say that Coke in itself is a type of energy drink. Well, there&#39;s no doubt anymore with the launch of <em><strong>Coke Energy</strong></em>. It&#39;s the great taste of Coca Cola with three times the amount of caffeine of regular Coke! All you university students out there take notice: if you need a boost to stay up late cramming for that exam, this will get you there! Contains guarana and B-vitamins.</p><p>And for those of you with a sweet tooth, <em><strong>Christie Nutter Butter Cookies</strong></em> are fudge-covered, peanut butter sandwich cookies that deliver BIG on decadence and even bigger on peanut buttery flavour! It&#39;s kind of like the <em><strong>Christie Pirate Cookie</strong></em> except one that&#39;s dipped in a rich, chocolatey coating. Fantastic!</p><p>Unfortunately that&#39;s all there is for this week. You&#39;ll have to sit tight until next week to see what else we have for you. Until then, be safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 18, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;&quot;Happy Family Day!&quot; is what we would have said yesterday if this newsletter had been published then. Pepper&#39;s was open and the store was busy with loads of shoppers. That&#39;s not surprising, though, because the weather in Vic was absolutely divine! It was the perfect day to spend time outside with loved ones, especially since sunny days have been so few and far between this year! We&#39;re betting there were one or two BBQs fired up for dinner, too! But however you spent your day, we hope it was great! And because we have lots of new items to tell you about this week, let&#39;s not waste any time and get right at it!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about Family Day, let&#39;s start things of with something the kids will definitely love, especially the ones that drink milk. <em><strong>Sipahh Milk Flavouring Straws</strong></em> make drinking milk super duper fun (and tasty) by delivering bursts of flavour to your regular white cow&#39;s milk or your favourite, unflavoured non-dairy beverage! Wait, what?! Yes, these fully compostable straws are filled with flavour-coated tapioca beads that carry the yummy (assorted) flavours throught the straw and straight into your mouth! And there&#39;s less than a half-teaspoon of sugar per straw! There are no artificial flavours or colours, either, so little Jimmy or Jill gets a fun and delicious treat without too much sugar or other junk. NOTE: many adults of the young-at-heart variety&nbsp;have also been known to indulge in Sipahh.</p><p>And if we&#39;re talking about beverages, especialy ones that don&#39;t contain much sugar, let&#39;s continue with new <em><strong>Simply 50 Orange Juice Beverage</strong></em>. Listen up, Ron, because this concerns you! This is simply delicious with 50% less sugar and calories than regular orange juice and only 50 calories per 250ml serving. And wouldn&#39;t you know it, <em><strong>it just so happens to be in our flyer this week</strong></em> (with the other Simply Juices and Beverages) <em><strong>for the amazing price of $4.46</strong></em> (+ deposit)! So now&#39;s your chance to try it out!</p><p>The final drink-related item of the newsletter isn&#39;t a beverage in and of&nbsp;itself, but it <em>makes</em> one when you add it to water, your favourite non-dairy beverage or whatever your preference! <em><strong>Evive Smoothie Cubes</strong></em> are frozen cubes of fruit, plant-based protein and veggies that you pop into a bottle, wait a little while, and then shake to make a smoothie bursting with nutrition, flavour and goodness, all without the need to use a blender! Pepper&#39;s has &#39;em in <em><strong>Asana </strong></em>(blueberry, banana, cherry, acai berry, grape), <em><strong>Yogi </strong></em>( banana, pear, kale, spinach, parsley, lemon, hemp seeds, spirulina) and <em><strong>Touk-Touk</strong></em> (pineapple, mango, apricot, sea buckthorn berries, coconut, turmeric, orange, lemon). Please note, <em><strong>this is not an exhaustive ingredients list</strong></em>, but it gives you the gist of what&#39;s in each type. Support your healthy yet hectic lifestyle with these vegan, superfood-containing smoothie cubes! Oh, and we forgot to mention that this comes from a Canadian company based in Montreal!</p><p>Want a protein bar with all the stuff you want and no B.S.? It can be yours if you pick up <em><strong>Rx Protein Bars</strong></em>, the protein bar made of only a few simple ingredients (mostly dates and egg whites) that makes an amazing on-the-go breakfast option, a mid morning or afternoon snack or a great choice for fuelling up before your workout or replenishing your body after it. Pepper&#39;s has <em><strong>Peanut Butter</strong></em>, <em><strong>Peanut Butter Chocolate</strong></em>, <em><strong>Coconut Chocolate</strong></em> and <em><strong>Chocolate Sea Salt</strong></em>. Plus, these bars contain no animal or synthetic products, ingredients are ethically and responsibly sourced, and they&#39;re gluten-free!</p><p>If you haven&#39;t yet heard of <em><strong>Beyond Mea</strong></em>t then you&#39;ve likely been living off-planet for awhile because it&#39;s been taking over store shelves, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and pretty much everywhere as the number one choice for plant-based meat. That is, food that looks, cooks and tastes like meat but ain&#39;t meat! Pepper&#39;s has been carrying Beyond Meat products&nbsp;since the beginning and now we&#39;re pleased as punch to offer <em><strong>Beyond Meat Beyond Beef Plant-Based Ground</strong></em>! According to the website, it&#39;s &quot;<em>the world&#39;s first plant-based ground meat to deliver on the versatility, meaty texture and juiciness of ground beef</em>.&quot; There&#39;s a whopping 18 grams of protein per serving with zero soy or gluten. Plus, it&#39;s kosher. So if you&#39;re tired of the other meat-free grounds on the market, give this a go and Go Beyond!</p><p>Creme Brulee is a rich, custard-based dessert topped with a burnt sugar crust. But <em><strong>Vegan Pudding &amp; Co.</strong></em> of Vancouver, the &quot;<em>one and only vegan custard pudding store</em>&quot; decided that vegans should be able to enjoy this dessert, too! So they created their own&nbsp;organic, vegan<em><strong> Creme Brulee</strong></em> made largely&nbsp;of kabocha squash and coconut milk! Their slogan is <em>Rich like whole milk,&nbsp;Smooth like raw silk,&nbsp;Looks like golden yolk&nbsp;... but VEGAN</em>!&nbsp;We stock&nbsp;it in the Dairy Aisle in the non-dairy section.</p><p>Only one more newsletter remains for the month of February and then we&#39;re into March! Where does the time go? At least the days are starting to get just a little bit longer. Before we know it the clocks will be going ahead. In the meantime, go ahead and have a look at the great advertised specials that we&#39;ve put together for you this week! Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Foods Newsletter February 11, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 11 Feb 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Well, the 92nd Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday and this year was a refreshingly upbeat occasion. Whether you agreed with the winners or not, it was amazing to see history made with the first ever non-English speaking film taking home the Oscar for Best Picture (Parasite) by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho who also won for Best Director. The film also won Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay. Parasite was also the first South Korean film to be nominated for International Feature Film (formerly Foreign Language Film). This year was a great one for quality film-making and now&#39;s the perfect time of year to settle in and see what all the hype was about!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s is getting a lot of hype lately for our new, store-made <em><strong>Spicy Peruvian Sauce</strong></em>! It&#39;s made in our Deli Department with fresh serano and jalapeno peppers, cilantro, garlic, lime and other yummy ingredients. It&#39;s great in salads, sandwiches, pasta and, well, just about anything! Look for it in the cold foods case across from the first till.</p><p>Another spicy item that might interest you is <em><strong>Nando&#39;s Medium Peri-Peri Sauce 250ml</strong></em>. They made the bottle bigger because people were using so much of this on their chicken! But it also goes great on meat, fish or vegetables. By the&nbsp;way, peri-peri is cultivated commercially in&nbsp;Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe&nbsp;and Rwanda. It&#39;s a very unique blend of vinegar, onion, lemon, various chilis and spices that will packs some heat but also a tremedous amount of flavour!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for something to ease your burning mouth afterwards, <em><strong>Riviera Coconut Milk Plain Kefir&nbsp;</strong></em>is here to save the day! Packed with added probiotics and vitamins A, B12 and D, this vegan&nbsp;kefir contains no sugar and makes the ideal substitute for milk. Use it on cereal, in smoothies or just pour some in a glass and slam it back!&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Laughing Daughters</strong></em> of Salt Spring Island just keeps expanding their already stellar gluten-free product line. Now you can purchase their <em><strong>Honey Oat</strong></em>, <em><strong>Multigrain</strong></em> or <em><strong>Cinnamon Raisin Breads</strong></em>! Local just tastes better and Laughing Daughters proves it once again!</p><p>Valentine&#39;s Day is this Friday and it&#39;s pretty common for people to buy their sweetheart something sweet! If the love of your life likes baked goods (like, <em>really</em>, <em>REALLY</em> likes baked goods) then this giant <em><strong>Heart-Shaped Cookie from Lone Tree Bakery </strong></em>will get you back into the good books. Look at the size of this locally-made thing! Good lord! Maybe you&#39;ll even get a bite...</p><p>Or perhaps sopmething more succinct is your style. If that&#39;s the case then <em><strong>Cakes Etc. </strong></em>(yet another local bakery) has options for you in the form of <em><strong>Sweet Solitaires</strong></em>!&nbsp;You could go for some gluten-friendly&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Symphony Solitaires</strong></em>. Or perhaps some <em><strong>White Chocolate Raspberry Solitaires</strong></em> is more to your liking. Oh, oh, wait! This one is a no-brainer: <em><strong>Chocolate Volcano Solitaires</strong></em>! How about some of each? Your sweetheart will love you even more for it!</p><p>Which brings us to our next licorice. You either love it or you hate it. If you love it, read on. Because we now carry <em><strong>Tasty Treat Gourmet Oat Licorice</strong></em>! That&#39;s right, we said oat! This is so, so soft and unbelievably good licorice. And it&#39;s vegan! But beware: because they can&#39;t guarantee that this is totally wheat-free, they can&#39;t call it gluten-free.&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, we have new <em><strong>Edward &amp; Sons Organic&nbsp;Baked Brown Rice Snaps</strong></em> in&nbsp;<em><strong>Plain, Black Sesame and Vegetable</strong></em> varieties. These&nbsp;whole grain snacks are exceptionally crisp&nbsp;and are certified organic, certified gluten-free and certified kosher. We say they&#39;re certifiably delicious!</p><p>Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter and, as always, we wish you to take good care until next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p>