Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Newsletter November 19, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:32:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;There are a lot of things required for a business to succeed but the most important thing &nbsp;is the customers. No customers; no business. It&#39;s that simple. And Pepper&#39;s is no different. Without you, we&#39;d just be some vacant building down by the beach. That&#39;s why we&#39;re celebrating you, our loyal customers, this <em><strong>Thursday, November 21</strong></em>, with our annual <em><strong>Customer Appreciation Day</strong></em>! We&#39;re going to have loads of terrific sales, sweet and savory food samples, give-aways, treats and lots of fun and it&#39;s all for YOU! Please join us as we say thanks to everyone who shops and supports us at&nbsp;YOUR independent&nbsp;grocery store!</p><p>As the holidays creep up, it&#39;s time to start thinking about nog. That&#39;s right, no holiday is complete without some form of nog and Pepper&#39;s has all kinds! In addition to the <em><strong>Island Farms Eggnog</strong></em> that has been on the shelf for some time, we now have back in stock both <em><strong>Avalon Conventional and Organic Eggnog</strong></em>! And for those of you who choose to go dairy free, we have <em><strong>So Delicious Coconut Holiday Nog</strong></em>, &nbsp;the equally delicious alternative to traditional eggnog!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re on the subject of dairy free, let&#39;s introduce a few more alternatives for you. <em><strong>Violife Original Vegan Creamy Cream Cheese </strong></em>tastes just like real cream cheese but this one&#39;s 100% vegan! Made with simple ingredients, the main one being coconut oil, it&#39;s soft, spreadable and scrumptious and could possibly be your new favourite dairy free cream cheese!</p><p>Here&#39;s dairy-free cheese in another form: <em><strong>Earth Island Shredded Parmesan Style</strong></em>! This authentic tasting alternative will sprinkle perfectly on your pizza or pastas, or even just on roasted vegetables! This is plant-based goodness at its finest!</p><p>However, if you&#39;re a meat eater then this next item may be of interest. <em><strong>McSweeney&#39;s Sweet and Spicy Jerky Sticks</strong></em> are dubbed the<em> Canadian cocktail garnish </em>so your next Bloody Caesar could go next level with these bad boys! Look how much fun those people are having on the package: that could be you! Plus they&#39;re gluten-free!&nbsp;</p><p>If you&#39;re like most people, you probably get freaked out and all panick-y when you&#39;re going to have people over and it&#39;s time to get the house clean. But with more and more people choosing to purchase eco-friendly cleaners, we thought we&#39;d get in one that&#39;s about as chemical-free as they come: <em><strong>Allen&#39;s Cleaning Vinegar</strong></em>! This vinegar is twice as strong as conventional vinegar and makes a highly effective, yet simple cleaner. One big jug will last you forever, too!</p><p>It&#39;s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! And that means, for many, the consumtion of lots and lots of sweets. And booze. Why not combine the two and try <em><strong>SugarSin Gummies</strong></em>? Available in <em><strong>Sparkling Rose</strong></em>, <em><strong>Dry Gin Fizz</strong></em>, <em><strong>Strawberry Daiquir</strong></em>i and <em><strong>Fizzy Bubbly</strong></em>, these UK-made, gluten-free chewy treats are infused with real sparkling wine and other libations and make for a gourmet offering for your next holiday party. They don&#39;t actually contain alcohol though, in case you were wondering.</p><p>Another wonderful British sweet is from <em><strong>Cartwright &amp; Butler. With Salted Caramel Fudge, Chocolate Fudge, Butter Fudge, Sherbet Pips </strong></em>and <em><strong>Soft Fruit Jellies</strong></em>&nbsp;to choose from, they make a great stocking stuffer or another perfect addition to the holiday party table!</p><p>And finally, if you want a great tasting confectionary from a little closer to home, why not try new Fraser Valley Gourmet Toffee? There&#39;s Milk Chocolate (not shown), Candy Cane, Dark Chocolate and Espresso Bean. Made with 100% pure butter, you&#39;re in for a treat that&#39;s rich, creamy, decadent and 100% delicious!</p><p>Well folks, that&#39;s all there is for this week. As always, the attached weekly flyer is there for your&nbsp;perusal. And as always, thank you for having a read! We look so forward to seeing you here this Thursday!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter November 12, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 Nov 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Here&#39;s hoping that you all enjoyed your long weekend and here&#39;s hoping you took even just a moment or two to reflect on why it was a long one. That being said, that&#39;s the last long weekend of 2019! Time flies when we&#39;re having fun, doesn&#39;t it!?</p><p>As always, there are new items on our shelves so let&#39;s jump right in and get down to business. The first is a sweet one courtesy of Dan-D&nbsp;Pak and it&#39;s all about the combination of ingredients. New <em><strong>Dan-D Pak Dark Chocolate Clusters</strong></em> are available in <em><strong>Nut &amp; Cranberry</strong></em> and <em><strong>Peanut Butter Crisp</strong></em>. Both are made with rich dark Belgian chocolate and both make for a sweet and nummy snack! Put them out on your holiday party table or bring a (resealable) bag or two home for movie night!&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Dan-D Pak Organic Quinoa</strong></em> is tri-coloured (white, black and red) which simply makes for a more visually appealing dish! This superfood is high in protein, (it has the highest protein of any other grain) fibre, iron and potassium. So it&#39;s no wonder why we sell so much of it. It&#39;s also gluten-free and low in fat. &nbsp;And it&#39;s delicious! If you&#39;re not eating quinoa then you are seriously missing the flavour train. Time to get on board!</p><p>Who says quinoa has to be eaten out of a bowl? <em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Organic Quinoa Burger Mix</strong></em> allows you to make an easy&nbsp;yet nutritious (see above) meal by simply adding water to the mix and stirring. Wait a few minutes and form the patties, adding them to a hot pan and a little oil. Instant vegan and gluten-free burgers!</p><p>Vikram Vij opened Vij&#39;s restaurant in Vancouver in 1994 and has since expanded into several locations with one, Vij&#39;s Sutra, located right here in Victoria since 2013! And because the restaurant food was so popular, Vij expanded into the frozen food aisle of many supermarkets (ours included). Now you can purchase <em><strong>Vij&#39;s Crazy Good Meatball</strong></em>s in Aisle 5 in <em><strong>Sweet Masala</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Butter Chicken Style</strong></em>! You&#39;ve never tasted meatballs like these before! These Italian beef meatballs are blended with exquisite Indian spices to create a sensational meatball that&#39;s, well, crazy good!</p><p>While we&#39;re on the subject of meat, and we mean really good, quality meat, let&#39;s talk a little about new <em><strong>Continental Garlic Sausage</strong></em> and<em><strong> Continental Pepperoni</strong></em>. What makes these two so special? Only the addition of two amazing, local brews from<em><strong> Phillips Brewing Company</strong></em>! <em><strong>Continental Garlic Sausage</strong></em> is <em><strong>infused with Phillips Blue Buck Pale Ale</strong></em> while <em><strong>Continental Pepperoni has Phillips Hop Circle IPA </strong></em>mixed in! That equates to two amazing, BC companies collaborating to bring you two amazing edibles! You can find both in our Deli Department!</p><p>You know what goes well with cured meats? Yeppers, cheese! And in addition to the new meats, our Deli Department also has three amazing new cheeses from <em><strong>Cypress Grove</strong></em>. These fresh goat milk cheese are cleverly named, too:<em><strong> Purple Haze</strong></em> is cheese <em><strong>with Lavender and Fennel Pollen</strong></em>. <em><strong>Psychedillic has Dill and Dill Pollen</strong></em> and <em><strong>Sgt. Pepper boasts Chilis, Curry and Harissa</strong></em>! You&#39;ll get truly original, unexpected and delighful flavours when you tuck into these little pucks of pure heaven! Just in time for your holiday entertaining, too!</p><p>Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers have been delighting kids for years and years because they&#39;re just so fun to eat. And they&#39;re also pretty tasty. But what if you could sneak a little more nutrition into these tiny treats without alerting the healthy radar of your kids? Now you can with <em><strong>Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish with Veggies &amp; Fruits</strong></em>! Containing all of these ingredients:&nbsp;SWEET<br />POTATO, PUMPKIN, SQUASH, CARROT, PARSNIP, BANANA, APPLE, CAULIFLOWER&nbsp;this is &quot;stealth health&quot; at&nbsp;its finest!</p><p>And finally we have something for all you coffee drinkers out there: <em><strong>Taikoo Voyages Coffee Sugar</strong></em>. This super large crystallized sugar is unrefined and, according to the company website&nbsp;this:&nbsp;<em>larger-grained sugar is specifically designed so that its dissolves slowly allowing the full flavor of the coffee to last longer. The sweetness that blends in gradually balances out the flavor and completes your coffee drinking experience.&nbsp;</em>You don&#39;t have to just use it in your coffee though. Decorate cakes or other baked goodies with it!</p><p>Don&#39;t forget to enter our&nbsp;draw on December 20th for the Toshiba 43&quot; Smart TV located at the front of the store!&nbsp;</p><p>Until next time have a great week and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter November 5, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 Nov 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning. You won&#39;t get another newsletter until after Remembrance Day so we&#39;d like to take a moment here to pay our respects to the soldiers past and present, the men and women who fought, who died, who suffered and sacrificed and who are responsible for providing us with the freedoms that we so often take for granted. Lest we forget. Poppies are available at the tills for those who wish to make a donation to help support our Veterans and their families.</p><p>Ok, let&#39;s talk about some exciting new changes that our full-service Meat Dept. is making! We&#39;ve added what we think are some pretty darn good items to our meat counter;&nbsp;things such as Breaded Pork Cutlets, Hand-Made Italian&nbsp;Meatballs, Cranberry-Stuffed Boneless Pork Chops, and&nbsp;a larger variety of Marinated Meats and Poultry, just to name a few. Certain items will be seasonal and don&#39;t expect to always see the same things all the time&nbsp;because we&#39;ll be rotating new items in and out. But please stop by, pick up a new item (or two) and let us know next time if you enjoyed it!</p><p>If you could pickle your own vegetables at home with one simple step, would you do it? Well, if you&#39;re the kind of person that is into pickling but sometimes feel that the process is laborious and time consuming then guess what? You&#39;ve just lucked out because Pepper&#39;s now offers <em><strong>Island Brine Co. Ltd Brines, t</strong></em>he pre-made pickling brine made right here in Victoria!&nbsp;Available in <em><strong>Savoury Garlic &amp; Dill</strong></em>, <em><strong>Classic Island Brine</strong></em> and<em><strong> Spicy Caesar Blend</strong></em>, one simply opens the jar, adds whatever vegetables that thay want to pickle and, well, that&#39;s it. There are no more steps. Wait, could it actually be that simple? The answer is YES! Put green beans, onions, cucumbers, cauliflower, celery or whatever you like in the jar and let them pickle! Too easy!</p><p>Have you ever eaten a quince fruit? Do you even know what it is? You&#39;ve probably heard of it but many of you have likely never held one in your had. That&#39;s because it&#39;s somewhat of an undercelebrated fruit, largely in part to it&#39;s lumpy shape (similar to a pear), tough and difficult-to-cut flesh,&nbsp;unpalatable taste (when eaten raw) and it only becomes ripe in October and November. But let&#39;s get back to that taste. Yes, you can eat a quince raw but you wouldn&#39;t want to. Very tart indeed. Cook the fruit, however, and it becomes a wonderfully fragrant and delectable delight! So when <em><strong>The Little Stand</strong></em> told us that they had local <em><strong>Quince Jelly</strong></em> available, our ears pricked up. Because we know that discerning customers will jump at the chance to get their hands on a jar of this seasonal sensation. So if you want to see how this fruit is transformed into a thing of beauty (in both sight and taste) then make sure to get a jar today!</p><p>It&#39;s time to bake and if you want to include some premium chocolate chips in your recipes but&nbsp;without adding sugar or artificial sweeteners, <em><strong>Krisda Semi-Sweet Chocolatey Chips</strong></em> is the way to do it! Sweetened with stevia, these also make a great addition to your home-made trail mix or as an ice cream topper. Plus, they&#39;re rich in fibre. Go figure!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for organic&nbsp;Greek yogurt then look no further than our own Dairy Dept.! <em><strong>Oikos Organic Greek 3.25%&nbsp;Yogurt</strong></em> is available in<em><strong> Plain</strong></em> and <em><strong>Vanilla</strong></em> and is incredibly thick, rich and creamy. It tastes as good as the Oikos yogurt you&#39;re already used to except it&#39;s organic! &#39;Nuff said.</p><p>Edible Coast of Surry, BC&nbsp;has been making their harlequinned figured boxes of Gone Crackers since 2001. That&#39;s a lot of crackers made between now and then. So they figured it was time to go from crackers to kooky. Now Pepper&#39;s has <em><strong>Edible Coast Gone Kooky Cookies</strong></em> in <em><strong>Coconut Oat</strong></em> and <em><strong>Cafe Dream</strong></em> varieties! Great all by themselves, the company also recommends crumbling them over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Oh and just in case the quality and flavour of this product wasn&#39;t enough to entice you to make a purchase, this excerpt taken from the Province of British Columbia website might:&nbsp;<em>Edible Coast is a significant supporter of a number of local community organizations, including the B.C. Children&rsquo;s Hospital Foundation, the B.C. Cancer Agency and CKNW Orphans&rsquo; Fund. The company is also a consistent supporter of the arts, helping to raise funds for the Arts Club Theatre, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Aquarium, by donating product and gifts for their respective fundraising events</em>.</p><p>Here&#39;s a really unique item arriving just in time for the holidays: <em><strong>Stonewall Kitchen Gingerbread Butter</strong></em>! Taken from the company website:&nbsp;<em>Made with a unique combination of sweet and savory ingredients including three kinds of ginger, our Gingerbread Butter is a delicious, non-dairy pantry essential. Used as a secret ingredient in recipes or spread on muffins or pound cake, it&#39;s wonderfully light and smooth with a sweet spice taste that&rsquo;s perfect for the holidays and beyond</em>. Sounds good to us!</p><p>Coconut milk is a staple in Latin and Asian cuisine and it&#39;s also a&nbsp;very popular non-dairy beverage. And now you can purchase <em><strong>Wild Tusker Organic Coconut Milk Powder</strong></em> as the perfect clean, plant-based tropical alternative to dairy creamers! You can substitute it for wet coconut milk, too! It comes in a convenient, resealable bag which goes into the fridge once opened. Use only what you need and save the rest!</p><p>One more thing that we&#39;ve very excited to mention, just before we sign off...<strong>Pepper&#39;s is getting its own app, available for iOS and Android and it should be up and running by December</strong>! We&#39;ll keep you posted as to when it launches so stay tuned for that! It&#39;s going to be awesome!</p><p>That&#39;s all for another week. Until next time, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 29, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 29 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Halloween is only two days away so if you still need to pick up your goodies for the ghosts and goblins that will soon be knocking on your door, head on down to the store. We have loads of sweets for you to hand out and they&#39;re not the ones that make the kids groan and make a mental note to egg your house next year, either! Want to be the neighbourhood hero of&nbsp;Halloween? The trick is in the treat!&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;ve got several new and exciting products to tell you about this week and the first one just so happens to be in our weekly ad!&nbsp;<em><strong>Armstrong Natural Cheese 600g</strong></em>&nbsp;is available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Old</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Extra Old</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Marble</strong></em>. The brand&nbsp;isn&#39;t new to the store, though, only the size of the package is. In fact, Armstrong is one of the best selling cheeses found in our Dairy Department. We&#39;ve written about this award-winning cheese in past newsletters but they&#39;ve been making this cheese in Armstrong, BC since 1902. And they still make it the same way today as they did back then. And you can have a huge hunk of it for the ridiculous price of just&nbsp;<em><strong>$7.96 each</strong></em>&nbsp;this week!</p><p>Another popular&nbsp;dairy item that we&#39;ve stocked for quite awhile is&nbsp;<em><strong>Savor Grass Fed Salted Butter</strong></em>. It&#39;s made from Eastern Ontario Holstein cow&#39;s milk&nbsp;and the company follows the standards and guidelines for grass-fed dairy from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Canadian Code of Practice for the care and handling of dairy cattle. This butter quickly caught on as a customer fave so we brought in&nbsp;<em><strong>Savor Grass Fed Unsalted Butter</strong></em>! Same great qualities but without the salt!</p><p>Making a healthy and nutritious meal for your entire family (and especially one that they actually like) can be a real challenge these days. Seems we&#39;re all busier than ever. Throw in a&nbsp;SD 63 school strike and you&#39;ve got yourself some serious stress. The last thing you need is to slave&nbsp;over a hot stove. Well, we&#39;re here to tell you about&nbsp;<em><strong>The Little Potato Company Easy Sides</strong></em>! Their Creamer potatoes are available fully cooked, pre-seasoned and crispy in under 7 minutes! Just heat and serve. We have them in&nbsp;<em><strong>Onion &amp; Garlic</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Sea Salt &amp; Black Pepper</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours! Give yourself a break and make dinner easy!</p><p>Tortilla chips have to be one of the most favourite-est kinds of salty snack there is. But sometimes having the same old thing can get a little boring. But not with new&nbsp;<em><strong>Que Pasa Korean BBQ Organic Tortilla Chips</strong></em>! Made with volcanic stone ground corn and a unique blend of spices such as garlic powder, cayenne pepper, ginger and&nbsp;black pepper to name just a few, these thin and crispy vegan tortilla chips will re-invigourate your tasebuds and are a more than worthy snack for&nbsp;the coming months of winter television binge-watching!</p><p>Do you know what the red, sweet and juicy covering of a pomegranate seed is called? It&#39;s called an aril and if you want to make juice, you have to squish a whole lot of &#39;em to get it. But the juice can be made into a reduction and sold as molasses. It&#39;s really more of a syrup but it&#39;s delicious and now you can buy it at Pepper&#39;s! New&nbsp;<em><strong>Jasmine Pomegranate Molasses</strong></em>&nbsp;is a sweet (but not too sweet) syrup that can be used for all sorts of things such as a great ingredient for any mocktail, as a glaze for meats or as an awesome alternative to balsamic vinegar for your home-made salad dressings! Use your imagination and have fun with it!</p><p>Another new sweet syrup that we now offer is&nbsp;<em><strong>Canadian Heritage Organic Very Dark Maple Syrup 1L</strong></em>. This certified organic, Grade A and pure maple syrup comes from the mineralized soil of the Appalaches region of Quebec, the perfect region for harvesting maple syrup. There are several grades of maple syrup which refer to the colour and flavour. The lighter the syrup, the milder the flavour and the earlier it has been harvested. This very dark syrup has a strong, rich and very pronounced taste and is well suited for cooking, baking and in sauces.</p><p>Having trouble falling or staying asleep but are wary of taking a medicinal sleep aid? Maybe you travel a lot but can&#39;t get into a good sleep rhythm. Then perhaps it&#39;s time to try&nbsp;<em><strong>Jamieson Melatonin&nbsp;5mg</strong></em>, a natural hormone replacement that could help regulate your sleep cycle and get you back on track. Simply place one of these chocolate mint flavoured, fast dissolving tablets under your tongue before bed to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep&nbsp;longer and hopefully improve your sleep quality. Please consult your physician before taking.</p><p>You want to see something&nbsp;<em>REALLY&nbsp;</em>scary? How about how low our prices are for the items in our attached Weekly Specials? From all of us at Pepper&#39;s, have a fun, spooky and safe Halloween!</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 22, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 22 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Well, the people have spoken and the election results are in. Hopefully you were one of those people who took advantage of your civil right to cast a ballot to help determine how our country is governed. You may not like the outcome of your vote but you&#39;ve gotta love the democratic process that we are priviledged to participate in!</p><p>This week we have lots of new items to discuss so let&#39;s jump in head first and go for it. Our first new items come with Powergreen technology. We don&#39;t know what that is but it sure sounds cool! New&nbsp;<em><strong>Method&nbsp;All-Purpose Wipes</strong></em>&nbsp;are municipally compostable wipes (not suitable for your backyard composting) with naturally&nbsp;derived, non-toxic and plant-based ingredients that make for a powerful and effective greener cleaner!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking natural and effective products, let&#39;s add local to the mix and introduce&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Essentials Natural Deodorants</strong></em>&nbsp;made in Cobble Hll, BC. These personal hygiene products contain jojoba oils and organic shea butter but not aluminum. Choose from&nbsp;<em><strong>Bergamot Bliss&nbsp;</strong></em>(Bergamot Palmarosa Lime),&nbsp;<em><strong>Jasmine&#39;s Kiss</strong></em>&nbsp;(Ylang Ylang Grapefruit Jasmine)&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Serene Dream</strong></em>&nbsp;(Lavender Orange Chamomile) and stay fresh, naturally!</p><p>One of the most popular names in cleaning&nbsp;is undoubtedly Sunlight. After all, the brand was launched in 1883 in the UK and is still going strong.&nbsp;So if you&#39;re one of the many who have trusted the&nbsp;cleaning power of this detergent and like the pleasant, fresh scent then&nbsp;perhaps&nbsp;new&nbsp;<em><strong>Sunlight Lime Mint</strong></em>&nbsp;will stop you from delegating and make you want to do the dishes! As you sniff the fresh scent, your imagination will whisk you away to a warm and sunny place where, instead of washing that&nbsp;glass, you&#39;ll be sipping a refreshing cocktail from one!</p><p>As the winter weather sets in, you&#39;ll want to relax with a hot cup of&nbsp;<em><strong>Mighty Leaf Organic Turmeric Ginger Tea. </strong></em>This whole leaf tea combines the warming spices of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon with&nbsp;sweet and spicy turmeric. You get 12 artisan hand-stitched pouches&nbsp;of&nbsp;delicious, organic and caffeine-free tea per box.</p><p>As usual, when we heard about another great, new BC product, we quickly ordered it and found a home for it on the shelf!&nbsp;<em><strong>Maple Hill Farms Free Range Large Brown Eggs</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Maple Hill Farms Organically Grown Large Brown Eggs</strong></em>&nbsp;come from hens fed a balanced diet of grains containing no animal by-products. This family owned and operated business is located in the small farming community of Mt. Lehman in the central Fraser Valley and they&#39;ve been in the poultry business for over 40 years!&nbsp;</p><p>Eggs are an essential ingredient for an omelette. As is cheese. And we have just the one that you&#39;ve been waiting for, especially if you don&#39;t eat a lot of aged cheese:&nbsp;<em><strong>Balderson Extra Old White Cheddar</strong></em>&nbsp;280g. With the holidays just around the corner, cheese trays&nbsp;are also essential for entertaining and your guests will love having this 14-18 month aged cheddar to try. It has a full, pleasant cheddar flavour but with a sharpness incurred from the aging process. It&#39;s also ideal for rich, creamy sauces, as well as for shredding and baking. And it pairs well with crisp white wines, most young red wines and beers/lagers.</p><p>As long as you&#39;re picking up the cheese, you might as well pair it with a new and fantastic cracker:&nbsp;<em><strong>Mary&#39;s Gone Crackers Real Thin Organic Crackers</strong></em>. These gluten-free crackers contain no wheat and are made with deliciously real ingredients in an allergy friendly bakery. That means veryone can enoy these authentically delicious crisps! Pepper&#39;s has &#39;em in&nbsp;<em><strong>Sea Salt</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Garlic Rosemary</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours!</p><p>Umami is one of the five basic tastes: savory (a synonym for umami), sweetness, saltiness, bitterness and sourness. Umami taste comes from glutamates which is a compound found packed into anchovies. This is why the anchovy is such a prized ingredient in many kitchens (although, sadly, an underutilized one). Anchovies provide a flavour boost to loads of dishes, not just pizza and salads. So if you&#39;re one if the &quot;in-the-know&quot; cooks looking for that little extra&nbsp;<em>oomph</em>&nbsp;for your culinary creations, pick&nbsp;<em><strong>Unico Fillets of Anchovies in Olive Oil</strong></em>. You&#39;ll find them in our Meat Department near the seafood!</p><p>Those are the new items for this week.&nbsp;We hope you enjoyed reading about them! Oh, and we would also like to welcome Graeme back to the store! He was missed in his brief abscence but we&#39;re just so pleased to have him back on our team!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 15, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and for many that means a week of turkey leftovers awaits! Here&#39;s hoping that you and your loved ones created many fond memories during your celebration.&nbsp;As we so often like to do, here&#39;s a little bit of history surrounding Canadian Thanksgiving&nbsp;for you according to The Canadian Encyclopedia:&nbsp;<em>Sir Martin Frobisher&nbsp;and his crew are credited as the first Europeans to celebrate a Thanksgiving ceremony in North America, in 1578. They were followed by the inhabitants of&nbsp;New France&nbsp;under&nbsp;Samuel de Champlain in 1606. The celebration featuring the uniquely North American turkey, squash and pumpkin was introduced to&nbsp;Nova Scotia&nbsp;in the 1750s and became common across Canada by the 1870s. In 1957, Thanksgiving was proclaimed an annual event to occur on the second Monday of October.&nbsp;</em></p><p>If you are one of the many who just can&#39;t stomach the thought of eating a turkey (or any animal for that matter) then listen up because these next three new products are geared towards you!&nbsp;<em><strong>Big Mountain Foods Veggie Grounds Cauli Crumble</strong></em>&nbsp;is an excellent substitute for ground beef that combines cauliflower with other vegetables to create a high protein, vegan and gluten-free meat substitute! NOTE: this product must be cooked!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has also added two amazing new meatless products by&nbsp;<em><strong>The Original Field Roast Company</strong></em>!&nbsp;<em><strong>Vegan Frankfurters</strong></em>&nbsp;come ready to eat and are so versatile in how they can be prepared: grill on the BBQ, saute in a pan, steam in the oven&nbsp;or nuke &#39;em in the microwave! Or perhaps a burger is what you&#39;re craving? In that case, choose their&nbsp;<em><strong>Vegan Hand-formed Fieldburger</strong></em>! With barley, fresh carrots and celery as the primary ingredients, you&#39;ll be amazed at just how close to real meat burgers these patties feel and taste! You can also crumble to make awesome veggie chili!</p><p>As we&#39;re all well aware, it&#39;s baking season and that requires one key ingredient: margarine. Now slow down a minute, we know what you&#39;re going to say: there&#39;s no substiture for butter when it comes to baking!&nbsp;That may be truth for a lot of you, but many will swear that margarine is the bomb. The good news? Pepper&#39;s sells both! But for those who choose margarine, we&#39;ve got new&nbsp;<em><strong>Becel Margarine Sticks</strong></em>&nbsp;in both&nbsp;<em><strong>Salted&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Unsalted</strong></em>. Make&nbsp;cooking or baking easier with convenient, pre-measured half cup sticks that require&nbsp;no softening (and contain&nbsp;no hydrogenated oils). With 50% less saturated fat than butter, you can replace it 1:1.</p><p>Maybe you don&#39;t want to bake with your margarine? No problem, you can spread it on top of the delicious and fluffy pancakes that you just made using&nbsp;<em><strong>Cloud 9 Gluten-Free Pancake &amp; Waffle Mix</strong></em>! Nut-free, soy-free, dairy-free and kosher, this certified gluten-free mix will definitely impress your picky breakfast-eaters during the holidays.</p><p>These days, many consumers are trying hard to modify their diets. And sugar is often the first ingredient &nbsp;to go. But that sweet-tooth makes it very difficult to give up. However, there&#39;s one fruit that can offer a great substitute for the sweet stuff: dates. Yes, dates are high in natural sugars. But unlike white sugar which contains no nutritional value, just empty calories, dates contain loads of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. But dates are also extremely versatile. In addition to the fruit making a simple&nbsp;and nutritious snack, they can be made into spreads and&nbsp;syrups. And that leads us to our next new products by Nawa.&nbsp;<em><strong>Nawa Pure Date Syrup</strong></em>&nbsp;can be used in place of maple syrup (see previous product), as a coffee sweetener or as a topping for Greek yogurt! And&nbsp;<em><strong>Nawa Date Spread</strong></em>&nbsp;makes a wonderful topping for toast or&nbsp;bagels, a great sweetener for smoothies or an awesome sugar substitute for moist baked goods such as banana bread or brownies. Of course, if you&#39;re simply interested in just dates then&nbsp;<em><strong>Nawa Medjool Dates</strong></em>&nbsp;are also available!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re on the subject of diet modification, we have an incredible, new (and 100% Canadian)&nbsp;product that may get you off the potato chips:&nbsp;<em><strong>ThreeWorks Apple Chips</strong></em>! These are chips that crunch and look like potato chips but are made from apples! Featured on the hit CBC television show Dragon&#39;s Den, these healthy snacks, available in&nbsp;<em><strong>So Origina</strong></em>l,&nbsp;<em><strong>Pinch-O-Cinnamon</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Hot For Caramel</strong></em>&nbsp;are vegan, fat-free, gluten-free and have no added sugars. And Pepper&#39;s has them&nbsp;<em><strong>in our ad this week for the super price of just $3.46 each</strong></em>! Plus, your purchase helps support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada!</p><p>Moving on from one&nbsp;apple product to another, if there&#39;s an area of your home that you&#39;d rather have smelling pleasant, rather than like the horrid, awful and disgusting place it is&nbsp;now, then new<em><strong>&nbsp;Febreze Small Spaces&nbsp;Fresh-Pressed Apple Deodorizer&nbsp;</strong></em>should help out. This limited edition apple-cinnamon smelling deodorizer is perfect for closets, your teenager&#39;s room (may require more than one unit), lockers, bathrooms and any other foul-smelling space that needs some serious odour-killing attention!</p><p>Have you had your Mo lately? What&#39;s that now? You&#39;ve never even heard of Mo before? Of course, we&#39;re talking about mochi! According to Wikipedia, it is:&nbsp;a small, round confection consisting of a soft, pounded sticky rice dumpling (mochi) formed around an ice cream filling.&nbsp;The ice cream flavors the confection while the mochi adds sweetness and texture.&nbsp;In other words, it&#39;s a Japanese frozen treat that tastes great and is so fun to eat! New <em><strong>My/Mo Mochi Cashew Cream Frozen Dessert</strong></em>&nbsp;is a premium, non-dairy, vegan frozen dessert wrapped in a sweet, soft dough! Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Salted Caramel</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberry</strong></em>, this unique treat has a chewy, smooth and elastic texture. You&#39;ve never had so much fun not eating ice cream!</p><p>Our flyer this week is chock full o&#39; great specials so please make sure to have a look, print off,&nbsp;get out your felt marker&nbsp;and circle the deals that you want to save BIG on. Just be prepared to use a lot of ink!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 8, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 08 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;On today&#39;s date in 1871 the Great Chicago Fire started and lasted for three days until it finally burned itself out. It left roughly 1 in 3 residents homeless, burned over 2000 acres of the city and killed about 300 people. What started out as a&nbsp;small barn fire eventually turned into a massive inferno!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about things that are &quot;great&quot; and &quot;hot&quot; you want to hear about a&nbsp;new contest that Pepper&#39;s is putting on? Right now you can<em><strong>&nbsp;enter to&nbsp;win a Toshiba 43&quot; Fire TV</strong></em>&nbsp;(is there a trend happening here?) by simply signing your receipt (along with your phone number) and&nbsp;depositing it&nbsp;in the draw box at the front doors. One lucky shopper will be taking this beauty of a prize home just in time for Christmas!&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Bubby Rose&#39;s Bakery &amp; Cafe</strong></em>&nbsp;started in Victoria in 2002 and has become a mainstay for locals and visitors alike. Among other things, they offer incredibly delicious sweet and savoury baked goods. And now you can purchase some of their&nbsp;<em><strong>pies and muffins</strong></em>&nbsp;at Pepper&#39;s! Varieties may vary from week to week but if you love this bakery or you just love great baked treats, make sure to take home something from Bubby Rose&#39;s!</p><p>Located in the same area at the front of the store, the Deli Department&#39;s cold case (Bill Curtis, are you listening?) across from the first till, you&#39;ll find the perfect snack. More specifically, you&#39;ll find&nbsp;<em><strong>The Keith Kitchen Perfect Bar</strong></em>&nbsp;available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut Peanut Butter</strong></em>&nbsp;and just plain&nbsp;<em><strong>Peanut Butter</strong></em>. They&#39;re the original refrigerated nutrition bar (but can be kept at room temperature for up to a week) chock full of whole food protein, organic superfoods (more than 20!)&nbsp;and organic honey. Ranging&nbsp;in protein content from 15g-17g per bar, these awesome tasting snacks are low on the glycemic index so&nbsp;you won&#39;t get a blood sugar spike! You&#39;ll simply get a delicious and satisfying snack that will keep you going for hours!</p><p>&quot;Libre&quot; means &quot;free&quot; in both French and Spanish. Therefore, it makes sense that Libre Naturals, a BC, family owned company, would be free from the top 10 food allergens and gluten. And if you prefer getting your protein from plant-based sources, get ready to be happy. Because new<em><strong>&nbsp;Libre Naturals Plant-based Protein Bars</strong></em>&nbsp;are here and available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla Cinnamon</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Cacao</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours! 100% vegan, these unique snacks meet all school and university requirements, contains 10g of protein and are full of whole grains, seeds and healthy fats. Perhaps the Perfect Bar has met its match!</p><p>Another new product, arriving just in time for baking season, is<em><strong>&nbsp;Cuisine Camino Baking Chocolate</strong></em>. This fair trade, semi-sweet and organic chocolate contains 56% cacao and is also free of priority allergens so you only have to worry whether you made enough brownies, not about whether little Sally can safely gobble them up!</p><p>It just wouldn&#39;t be autumn if we didn&#39;t offer something that contained pumpkin spice. So for a limited time only, you can purchase&nbsp;<em><strong>Olympic Krema Pumpkin Spice Yogurt</strong></em>&nbsp;from our Dairy Department! At 9% milk fat, you can easily satisfy your craving for the flavours of pumpkin and spice and get it in a&nbsp;thick and rich yogurt!&nbsp;</p><p>The wildly popular Liberte brand of dairy provides Pepper&#39;s with a vast array of yogurts, organic butter, creme&nbsp;fraiche, etc, etc. So when we heard that we could also add<em><strong>&nbsp;Liberte 2% Cottage Cheese</strong></em>&nbsp;to the mix, we did! High in protein and low in fat, it&#39;s the creamy and delicious flavour that will keep you coming back for more!</p><p>October is just the right time for new&nbsp;<em><strong>Angie&#39;s Boom Chicka Pop Candy Corn Flavoured Kettle Corn</strong></em>&nbsp;to hit the shelves! You&#39;ll impress everyone at this year&#39;s Halloween party by serving this sweet and uniquely flavoured treat! It&#39;s made with non-GMO popcorn and it makes the perfect gluten-free snack!</p><p>And finally, if fruit flies are a problem in your home due to the kitchen scrap compost pail sitting on the counter,<em><strong>&nbsp;Bin Breeze All-Natural Green Bin Powder</strong></em>&nbsp;is here to save the day! This Victoria-made product eliminates both fruit flies and odours and it also soaks up wet waste! Make your bin a breeze with Bin Breeze!</p><p>Don&#39;t forget that it&#39;s not too late to order a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving. Simply stop by the Meat Department or call the store (250) 477-6513 to place your order! Until next time have a great week and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter October 1, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 01 Oct 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Happy October, people. Here&#39;s a little history lesson for you to start things off.&nbsp;Octo&nbsp;means&nbsp;eight&nbsp;(in Latin, by the way) yet October is the tenth month. What&#39;s up with that? Well, our current Gregorian calendar wasn&#39;t always the calendar used. Prior to that there was the Julian calendar. But even before that there was the Roman calendar and in that calendar, October was the eighth month. January and February didn&#39;t exist then. But when they were added in 45 BC, it pushed October down to the tenth month.&nbsp;Fascinating!</p><p>Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you&#39;re like practically everybody, you&#39;re going to want to serve up a&nbsp;toothsome turkey. Mmmmm turkey. And Pepper&#39;s is just the place to purchase that fresh bird from!</p><p>We have three choices for you:</p><ul> <li>Kildonan Farm (North Saanich) Free Range&nbsp;</li> <li>Victoria Acres (Comox) Free Range</li> <li>J.D. Farms (Abbotsford) Free Run</li></ul><p>Just mosey on over to our full service meat counter and we&#39;ll take your turkey order pronto! Please note that though we strive to fulfill your orders as requested, we cannot guarantee that you will get the exact size bird that you desire. And there is always the risk that our suppliers will run out so it&#39;s best not to wait. But we will always do our very best to get you what you need!</p><p>Turkeys aren&#39;t always what&#39;s for dinner on Thanksgiving. How about a nummy rack of lamb?&nbsp;Or perhaps a pleasurable prime rib roast? Of course, a flavourful ham is always well received. Whatever it is you&#39;re hankering for, we&#39;ve got it for you&nbsp;here at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>Coffee is, for millions, the first thing on the agenda in the morning. So we might as well make it the first thing that we reveal in today&#39;s new product list.&nbsp;<em><strong>Tim Hortons Premium Instant Coffee</strong></em>&nbsp;will get you buzzing immediately upon rising. Add one to two teaspoons to a mug of hot water and presto, you&#39;re enjoying Tims at home!</p><p>Fresh, local, organic. When we hear those&nbsp;words, our ears perk up! So when we heard about new&nbsp;<em><strong>The Art of Slow Food</strong></em>&nbsp;fresh, gluten-free breads, we wasted no time in getting it in-store! This Victoria business uses old-world traditions in baking their&nbsp;<em><strong>gluten-free sourdough</strong></em>, <em><strong>available in&nbsp;Toasted Sesame,&nbsp;Rosemary Poppyseed&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Kalamata Olive</strong></em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Taken from their website, <strong></strong>:&nbsp;<em>Using natural wild levain and a base of psyllium husk, flax and water, the dough is fermented for 12-18 hours to allow phytic acid breakdown and real flavour development. The bread is then baked in traditional dutch ovens to create rustic loaves with appealing crust. We do not use common gluten-free ingredients such as xantham gum, agar agar, potato starch, rice flour or other high-starch ingredients. The bread is made with only 7 simple, organic ingredients, in order of predominance: Spring water, psyllium husk, ground flax, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, natural levain (wild yeast) and sea salt. As a result of slow fermentation, the carbohydrates and starches in the bread are broken down, creating a light, soft digestible bread. The psyllium husk and ground flax act as a digestive aid and provide a soft, chewy texture without gluten or added starches.</em></p><p>Here&#39;s a product that we carried in the past but is now back by popular demand!&nbsp;<em><strong>Gay Lea Lactose Free Sour Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;has returned, and just in time for Thanksgiving! Now our lactose free customers can again enjoy this silky smooth and delicious sour cream as a topping, in dips and sauces, as an ingredient for baking, in salad dressings and however else they want to use it!</p><p>For those of you who enjoy a good cup o&#39; nog,&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Farms Eggnog</strong></em>&nbsp;is on the shelf and will be from now until the end of the year. It&#39;s not new, but we wanted you to know that you can have it for your Thanksgiving festivities.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for something sweet that you don&#39;t drink, than look no furthan than these three new bagged confections hanging up in Aisle 5.&nbsp;There&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Reese&#39;s Pieces</strong></em>&nbsp;(who is Reece, anyway?),&nbsp;<em><strong>Snickers Bites</strong></em>&nbsp;and, for a sweet and salty treat,&nbsp;<em><strong>Smarties Snax&nbsp;</strong></em>which blends honey almond clusters, roasted almonds and pretzels with Smarties! Your next movie night could be amazing when you pull out these snacks!</p><p>We&#39;ve said it before and we&#39;ll say it again: why should just our human customers get all the good stuff? Now Fido can get in on that action with new&nbsp;<em><strong>Tri-V Dog Food&nbsp;</strong></em>available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Beef and Chicken</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Beef and Vegetable</strong></em>&nbsp;or straight up<em><strong>&nbsp;Beef</strong></em>. It&#39;s too bad that dogs can only see one of the snappy colours of these cans (yellow). But they won&#39;t care because it&#39;s the taste of this dog food from Chilliwack, BC that&#39;ll make them roll around like they do when they come across a dead animal carcass on the beach. There&#39;s no artificial ingredients or preservatives, it&#39;s made from real meat, it&#39;s good for dogs in all life stages and it&#39;s been manufactured in Canada since 1972.</p><p>Unfortunately that&#39;s all there is until next week. Thanks for reading and, more importantly, thanks for shopping with us! Remember, we deliver, so if you are unable to come to us to shop, let us come to you!</p><p>Take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 24, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 24 Sep 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Summer is officially over (boo) as yesterday&nbsp;marked the fall equinox.&nbsp;All you vertical egg-balancers were probably very busy while the rest of us were&nbsp;putting away our sandals, pulling out the sweaters (and umbrellas) and preparing ourselves for shorter and chillier days. But&nbsp;if you&#39;re like so many people, that means your favourite season has arrived! The leaves are changing, the smell of fireplace smoke is in the air, Thanksgiving and Halloween are just around the corner and warm and hearty foods are once again on the dinner menu! So embrace the change and let&#39;s get right into today&#39;s newsletter!</p><p>If we&#39;re talking chilly then we should start by telling you about&nbsp;<em><strong>Nora&#39;s Plant-Based Ice Cream</strong></em>, the brand spanking new non-dairy frozen dessert from Vancouver! In four delicious flavours (<em><strong>Mint Chip</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberries &amp; Creme</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla Bea</strong></em>n&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Peanut Butter &amp; Chocolate</strong></em>) this rich and creamy dessert is made with cashew and coconut milk, organic cane sugar and just a few other simple ingredients. It&#39;s like nothing you&#39;ve ever tasted and it&#39;s 100% certified vegan! Yum!</p><p>A little while ago we told you about new greek&nbsp;yogurt from Liberte that had less sugar but a little more milk fat for more flavour that came in a 4x100g multipack. Now you can purchase&nbsp;<em><strong>Liberte Greek Coconut 3%</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Liberte Greek Vanilla 3%&nbsp;</strong></em>in a larger&nbsp;<em><strong>750g</strong></em>&nbsp;container! Because seriously, if you&#39;re going to eat this sensational yogurt with 35% less sugar, you&#39;re going to want to eat lots of it!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has been selling the extremely popular Danish Castello Brie and Camembert cheeses for ages. And we&#39;re pleased to be able to offer another flavour for our customers:&nbsp;<em><strong>Castello Garlic &amp; Pepper Brie</strong></em>! Much bolder than their original brie, it has&nbsp;a slightly tangy and aromatic taste&nbsp;and a smooth but firm consistency. Make your next dinner or cocktail party that much better with this superb soft cheese!</p><p>Everyone knows that macaroni and cheese is comfort food at its finest. And this is the season for mac and cheese. So make sure to pick up&nbsp;<em><strong>Italpasta Original Macaroni &amp; Cheese</strong></em>&nbsp;from the 100% Canadian owned and operated company. And it&#39;s made with 100% Canadian wheat! Inspired by Italy, made in Canada.</p><p>Three weeks ago in the newsletter, we told you about two amazing,&nbsp;new BBQ sauces from As You Like It of Union Bay, BC. Since then, we&#39;ve added another excellent condiment of theirs:&nbsp;<em><strong>As You Like It Chiang Mai Sweet Chili Garlic Sauce</strong></em>! They claim that it&#39;s &quot;the best sweet chili garlic sauce on the continent.&quot; Those are mighty strong words, don&#39;t you think? But it might just be the truth, based on just how good their BBQ sauces are!&nbsp;Use this sauce as an accompaniment to rice or noodle dishes, pour over vegetables, or brush on fish or chicken while cooking. There&#39;s no limit as to how you can use this sauce in your kitchen!</p><p>Packing a nutritious and wholesome lunch for the kiddos can be a challenging task. Getting them to eat their fruits and (mostly) veggies while you&#39;re present at the dinner table is hard enough, let alone while they&#39;re at school. But with&nbsp;<em><strong>Wild Made Organic Fruit Rolls</strong></em>&nbsp;and their&nbsp;<em><strong>Veggie Go&#39;s Fruit and Veggie Strips</strong></em>, you&#39;re pretty much guaranteed to get something healthy down their throats! Each fruit roll has half a serving of fruit and each veggie strip has one serving of fruit and veggies! They don&#39;t add any sugar or junk to these snacks; it&#39;s just pure fruit and vegetable purees. Plus, they&#39;re vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO! Of course, these also just make great snacks for anytime, not just at lunch.</p><p>&quot;Hooray, it&#39;s laundry day!&quot; (said no one ever). But you just might if you buy<em><strong>&nbsp;Sapadilla Laundry Detergent Grapefruit + Bergamot 946ml</strong></em>. The Sapadilla Soap Company originated in Vancouver and produces eco cleaners and soaps using plant-based ingredients and 100% pure essential oil blends. You get up to 38 loads out of that little bottle because it&#39;s concentrated. Actually it&#39;s SUPER concentrated, so you don&#39;t need to use a lot. But you&#39;ll get a whole lot of effective result and the smell is so good, you&#39;ll start looking for things around the house to wash. That clean t-shirt you wore for 20 minutes after your shower? Toss it in the hamper. You get the idea.</p><p>And finally, we have the tree-free<em><strong>&nbsp;Silk &#39;n Soft Bamboo Bathroom Tissue 4 Roll</strong></em>. We&#39;ve talked about this Victoria company numerous times in the past for their napkins, facial tissue and larger bathroom tissue packages (all of which can be purchased at Pepper&#39;s). Because does it really make sense to cut down trees to make this stuff? Nope. And recycled tissue is typically fairly harsh (aka not soft). Bamboo offers the perfect solution for tree-free AND high quality products. And although we&#39;ve stressed this in past letters, the bamboo that pandas eat is&nbsp;not&nbsp;the bamboo used in the making of these products!</p><p>We love sending you this newsletter every week. Really, we do! And hopefully you enjoy receiving it. So if you think someone else might enjoy it, too, send them over to our website&nbsp;;and get them to click on our Newsletter feature (in green lettering at the top of the page) to sign up and start receiving one every Tuesday!</p><p>Thanks so much for reading and take good care until next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 17, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Many of you might remember these lines from the theme song to&nbsp;the hilarious sitcom Three&#39;s Company:</p><p><em>Come and knock on our door, We&#39;ve been waiting for you</em></p><p><em>Come and dance on our floor, take a step that is new</em></p><p><em>We&#39;re a loveable space that needs your face.</em></p><p>And while these lyrics could pertain to our store and our customers, we&#39;re mentioning them&nbsp;because actor John Ritter, best known as the klutzy Jack Tripper,&nbsp;would have been 71 years old today.&nbsp;</p><p>Let&#39;s kick things off today with a bunch of new items from&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo Quinoa</strong></em>. This Canadian company&nbsp;is known primarily for it&#39;s quinoa (duh). But more specifially, they&#39;re known for practicing fair trade with the farmers of Bolivia, where their quinoa is sourced. But now they&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>White Canadian Quinoa</strong></em>&nbsp;to their growing list of quality products. This ancient grain has been specially adapted to grow in the Canadian Praries! It&#39;s grown, cleaned and prepared 100% in Canada.</p><p>You know what else is in Bolivia...the Andes Mountains. And high up on them (approximately 3000 metres above sea level)&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo Quinoa&#39;s Andean Pink Salt&nbsp;</strong></em>is harvested.&nbsp;It&#39;s pink because of the natural trace elements found in this salt, deposited there from ancient seas. This course granulated salt is perfect for cooking or refill your grinder and use it at the table.</p><p>But in addition to quinoa and salt, GoGo Quinoa makes pasta! And we&#39;ve added&nbsp;two new kinds to Aisle 2:&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Organic Chickpea Fusilli</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>GoGo Quinoa Organic Cauliflower Fusilli</strong></em>! Each variety is blended with brown rice and, you guessed it, quinoa! But both are exceptionally nutritious, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher and verified non-GMO!</p><p><em><strong>Rubschlager</strong></em>&nbsp;has been baking rye breads since 1913 and their signature product is deli-style cocktail bread. But now you can purchase 1 lb loaves of full-size sliced bread! Pepper&#39;s has&nbsp;<em><strong>Sesame Multigrain</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Bavarian Rye</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Marble Rye</strong></em>! These items have already been great sellers since we brought them in and we think you&#39;ll be ecstatic with their delicious taste!</p><p>For those of you thinking right now what an amazing sandwich you could make with that bread, we have more good stuff that you might want to use in doing so.&nbsp;<em><strong>Koops&#39; Organic Dijon Mustard&nbsp;</strong></em>will add that bold and spicy flavour that every good sandwich requires. And because they&#39;ve been making mustard for over 120 years, we reckon they know how to make it right!&nbsp;</p><p>Though mozzarella might not be your first choice as a sandwich ingredient,&nbsp;<em><strong>Earth Island Mozzarella Style Slices</strong></em>&nbsp;are ideal for your next one! Dairy-free, lactose-free and vegan, you&#39;ll be surprised just how close this comes to the real thing!</p><p>It&#39;s almost autumn and than means we&#39;ll soon be inundated with everything pumpkin spice! So if you&#39;re one of those people who just can&#39;t get enough of that flavour combo, you&#39;re going to love new<em><strong>&nbsp;Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake</strong></em>. It&#39;s soy-free, dairy-free and gluten-free but it&#39;s FULL of rich and creamy delicious flavour and texture! However, it&#39;s only around for a limited time so get in on getting this flavour bomb while you can!</p><p>While we&#39;re talking about pumpkin (and dessert for that matter), we&#39;re reminded to mention another new item, just in time for the Thanksgiving season. New&nbsp;<em><strong>Farmer&#39;s Market Organic Pumpkin</strong></em>&nbsp;is now available in a handy BPA-free tetra container. Now you can simply squeeze your pumpkin pie filling straight into the shell<em>&nbsp;for a superb pumpkin pie</em>!</p><p>From Farmer&#39;s Market we move to Farmer Bens, the local company that provides superb eggs to our customers! We&#39;ve always stocked their white eggs in a 6 pack carton, but now we carry&nbsp;<em><strong>Farmer Bens Large Brown Eggs&nbsp;in the half dozen</strong></em>! Just in time for baking season, too!</p><p>That&#39;ll do it for this week. We hope you enjoyed reading up on all the new goodies that we have for you! Enjoy your last official week of summer and we hope to see you in the aisles!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 10, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 10 Sep 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Well, it&#39;s been a full week since the kids started school. Hopefully things are settling down and they&#39;re settling in to their new routines. There&nbsp;have been numerous stories in the news lately about drivers passing school buses and endangering the lives of the children who ride them as they exit. So please remember, as per our provincial regualtions that, &quot;<em><strong> must stop when you approach a school bus displaying flashing red lights from the front or the rear, no matter what lane you are in. Drivers are also advised that they must not start moving again until the bus driver signals it is safe by turning off the lights and pulling in the stop sign</strong></em>.&quot;</p><p>Ok, now that that&#39;s out of the way, let&#39;s move on to discussing some of the new items that we have for you this week!</p><p>A lot of customers ask us which yogurts have probiotics. We have numerous kinds to offer but the newest, and the original, is&nbsp;Astro Biobest Plain Yogurt 750g. This is an excellent breakfast (or anytime) choice for those looking for a healthy and nutritious yogurt. Why?</p><ul> <li>Contains over 1 billion active probiotic cultures Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07, per 125 g serving, that contribute to healthy digestive tract flora</li> <li>Contains 7 essential vitamins and minerals</li> <li>Low in fat</li> <li>90% lactose reduced (compared to regular plain yogurt)</li> <li>No gelatin</li> <li>Kosher</li></ul><p>Orange juice is another staple at the brekfast table, but what if you only want a small bottle for when you&#39;re on-the-go? Answer:&nbsp;<em><strong>Tropicana Orange Juice 355ml</strong></em>&nbsp;available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Some Pulp</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>No&nbsp;Pulp</strong></em>.&nbsp;Consumers have consistently chosen this brand as the one that they like the best, so we thought we&#39;d give our customers that choice too! Look for it in the cold beverage case up front by the tills.&nbsp;</p><p>Our Full-Service Deli Dept. has added several new items to their case. The first is&nbsp;<em><strong>Whiskey Thyme Maple Ham</strong></em>! Made in Surrey, BC&nbsp;<em><strong>by Continental Sausage</strong></em>, this new signature ham has the brilliance of&nbsp;Campbell River&#39;s&nbsp;Shelter Point Whiskey&nbsp;( combined&nbsp;with sweet Canadian maple syrup! There&#39;s no gluten or lactose in this mouth watering, ready-to-eat ham, either. Your entire family will want to pack sandwiches made with this succulent ham for lunch everyday!&nbsp;Continental Sausage has been making quality deli meats since 1960 so trust us, this one&#39;s a winner!</p><p>And up front in the deli&#39;s cold case you&#39;ll find two new salads from&nbsp;<em><strong>Reser&#39;s Fine Foods</strong></em>. We have&nbsp;<em><strong>Reser&#39;s Potato &amp; Egg Salad</strong></em>&nbsp;that&#39;s creamy, sweet and zesty. Russet potatos are combined with peppers, celery, eggs and pickle relish! Or there&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Reser&#39;s Elbow Macaroni Salad</strong></em>, a creamy macaroni salad with a slightly sweet and tangy flavour and&nbsp;crunchy red peppers and celery. Conveniently pre-packaged, you won&#39;t need to wait in line. Just put it in your cart and go!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has been carrying&nbsp;<em><strong>Moonshine Mama&#39;s Turmeric Elixer&#39;s</strong></em>&nbsp;since they became available and they&#39;ve become a steady seller in our cold beverage case! And for good reason: they&#39;re located on Salt Spring Island (local products are appealing) and their products are loaded with powerfully healthy (and powerfully tasty) ingredients! Now we&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>Moonshine Mama&#39;s All Natural Energy Drinks</strong></em>&nbsp;(caffeine free) available in&nbsp;<em><strong>BlueMajik&nbsp;Turmeric</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sour Cherry Turmeric</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Lemon Turmeric</strong></em>, respectively. No longer do you need to purchase the Elixer and dilute it to make a delicious and refreshing turmeric drink! These are ready to chug right out of the bottle!</p><p>We haven&#39;t had a prize give-away for awhile but right now, by submitting your receipt with your name and number in the box at the front of the store, <em><strong>there&#39;s&nbsp;a chance to win one of two giant stuffies</strong></em> for the kids! A plush&nbsp;<em><strong>unicorn&nbsp;or&nbsp;llama&nbsp;</strong></em>awaits being taken home to some lucky child! Or maybe you&#39;ll want it for yourself (no judging here).&nbsp;The draw date is September 30th so don&#39;t forget to enter on your way out!</p><p>That&#39;ll do it for this week, folks. Thanks, as always, for taking the time to read the newsletter and don&#39;t forget to scan the attached flyer for some amazing specials! And don&#39;t forget, if there&#39;s a product that you would like to see on our shelves, head to Aisle 1 and write it on the dry erase board under the TV monitor. We&#39;ll alwats try our best to get it for you!</p><p>Take good care,</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter September 3, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Sep 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Today is an extra special day for all you parents because your offspring have returned to the classroom once again. Congratulations! You made it through nine gruelling weeks and now the teachers get them for the next 10 months! But seriously,&nbsp;here&#39;s hoping your Labour Day long weekend spent with the kiddies was&nbsp;enjoyable for everyone. The weather here was glorious making for the perfect atmosphere to end summer vacation!</p><p>This week we have some really great and exciting products to tell you about so without further delay, let&#39;s get to it!</p><p>Hailing from Vancouver, BC,<em><strong>&nbsp;Sparkmouth Drinks Co. Ltd.</strong></em> offers four refreshingly delicious&nbsp;sparkling waters:&nbsp;<em><strong>Lemon, Lime, Strawberry&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Grapefruit</strong></em>! Pictured&nbsp;is the multipack which contains all four flavours (three of each), but you can also purchase each flavour in its own case of eight, if you prefer. With zero sugar, calories or sodium, each can contains only carbonated water and natural flavour. In other words, they&#39;re all spark! Find your spark and pick up a case today!</p><p>Equally as delicious is&nbsp;<em><strong>Arizona Original Iced Tea with Lemon Flavour&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey</strong></em>&nbsp;available in a<em><strong> 960ml</strong></em> tetra carton. The original iced tea is a premium blend of black tea using filtered water, cane sugar and natural lemon flavour. And the other uses a premium blend of brewed green tea with cane sugar, honey and ginseng extract. The company claims both are excellent served hot as well. We&#39;ll leave that up to you to try but as long as the weather remains sunny and warm, we&#39;re betting most will love these drinks served ice cold!</p><p>When was the last time Las Vegas<em>&nbsp;didn&#39;t&nbsp;</em>rip you off? Never? Well, now you can win BIG time with new&nbsp;<em><strong>RW&nbsp;Garcia Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;in<em><strong>&nbsp;Sweet Potato</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sweet Beetroot</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Kale</strong></em>&nbsp;varieties, respectively. Produced in Las Vegas, Nevada, these three seed crackers all contain flaxseed, black sesame and chia and offer a blend of nutritious ingredients that make for crunchy and delicious snacks. Great with any dip or topping, they&#39;re also gluten-free!&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;ve said it before and we&#39;ll say it again: nothing goes better with crackers than cheese. So if you want to top those crackers off with something extraordinary then&nbsp;Stonetown Artisan Cheese&nbsp;is exactly what you need. Produced in lovely St. Marys, Ontario, (which is also known as The Stone Town due to the abundance of limestone in the area), each cheese is cleverly named for something related to the town and surrounding area.&nbsp;</p><ul> <li><strong>Grand Trunk</strong>&nbsp;- Gruyere Style Cheese</li> <li><strong>Amazing Grey</strong>&nbsp;- Gruyere Style Goat Cheese</li> <li><strong>Homecoming</strong>&nbsp;- Tilsit Style Cheese</li> <li><strong>Wildwood&nbsp;</strong>- Appenzeller Style Cheese</li></ul><p>Taken from their website:&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p><em>Stonetown Artisan Cheese is an on-farm cheese plant located in St. Marys, Ontario. Our cheese is hand crafted alpine style cheese, low in sodium and made with fresh whole cow&rsquo;s milk from our family farm. In order to obtain a great taste, the milk is unpasteurized and has no additives. This ensures that the cheese is pure and natural. The cheese making process is very similar to how cheese has been made for centuries in the mountain dairies in the Swiss Alps.</em></p><p>Fun fact: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is also located in St. Marys!</p><p>&quot;<em>All the world&#39;s a stage and all the men and women merely players</em>.&quot;&nbsp; That&#39;s the famous line from Shakespeare&#39;s As You Like It. And that leads us to our next fantastic new items:<em><strong>&nbsp;As You Like It BBQ Sauces</strong></em>! We don&#39;t know if there&#39;s any connection to Stratford, Ontario, but it is just minutes away from St. Marys (and is also the hometown&nbsp;of this writer). But we do know that both these sauces are&nbsp;out-of-this-world good! And both are gluten-free. Made in Union Bay, BC, the&nbsp;<em><strong>Signature Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;is a southern-style sauce, sweet and tangy with medium heat, subtle sweetness and invigorating tanginess. The<em><strong>&nbsp;Chipotle Sauce&nbsp;</strong></em>is also medium heat, mildly sweet with a slightly smoky flavour. For more on these incredible sauces head over to&nbsp;<strong></strong>.</p><p>There was awhile there when we were unable to get&nbsp;<em><strong>Briannas Homestyle Dressings</strong></em>&nbsp;on our shelf. That&#39;s a shame because our customers love these small batch, gourmet dressings. But despair no longer because all flavours&nbsp;are back in stock including the new&nbsp;<em><strong>Briannas Chipotle Ranch Dressing</strong></em>! This is a mild dressing made with smoked jalapeno peppers that you can use to dress your salad in good taste!&nbsp;</p><p>Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and eat something that you normally wouldn&#39;t. You know, live a little, right? We have the perfect item for those looking for a rich, thick, sweet and uber delicious treat:&nbsp;<em><strong>Oikos Extra Creamy Yogurt&nbsp;</strong></em>available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Lemon with Zest&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Blueberry</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours!&nbsp;The great thing is that they both come in a smaller 275g container (unlike the other 9% yogurts) so you don&#39;t have to feel bad that you bought a huge container!&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, we have added the big&nbsp;<em><strong>Terra Breads Original Granola</strong></em>&nbsp;in the&nbsp;<em><strong>1kg</strong></em>&nbsp;bag! Now you get more granola (and more value) per bag when you purchase this small batch granola from Vancouver! Honey roasted oat and seed cluster? Check. Whole almonds and cashews? Check. Toasted coconut, cranberries and raisins? Check, check and check! It&#39;s all in here blended to wholesome perfection.</p><p>Don&#39;t forget that next Sunday, September 8 is Grandparent&#39;s Day. Show them why they&#39;re so special. Call and/or visit your grandparents!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 27, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 27 Aug 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Another Tuesday has rolled around and that can mean only one thing: you&#39;ve survived Monday. That&#39;s a good thing. But the weekend is still far away (sigh). That&#39;s a bad thing. It&#39;s not all bad though because this weekend happens to be a long one! Plus, you get to read another newsletter so there&#39;s that...</p><p>Before we proceed to the new products, there are a couple of things to update you about. Firstly, Wildfire Bakery had a delay getting their new ovens which is why they still don&#39;t have any bread on our store shelves. And the latest we&#39;ve heard is that it won&#39;t arrive&nbsp;until after Labour Day. Secondly, Natrel Lactose Free Milk is currently not available either. We&#39;re not sure what the problem is or what the ETA is but rest assured, the moment it becomes available again, it&#39;ll be back on the shelf.</p><p>Ok, now that you know what we&nbsp;<em>don&#39;t</em>&nbsp;have, let&#39;s tell you what new items that we&nbsp;<em>do&nbsp;</em>have starting with&nbsp;<em><strong>Millstone Farm &amp; Organics Inc.</strong></em>&nbsp;of North Saanich. We started carrying their re-usable cotton mesh produce bags and&nbsp;woolen dryer balls in July and now we&#39;re super excited to offer new&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Laundry Soap</strong></em>! It&#39;s a biodegradable and fragrance free, organic plant based castille soap made from a blend of organic coconut, olive &amp; jojoba oils, organic aloe vera, purified water androsemary &amp; palmarosa oils. And it&#39;s free from any dyes, phosphates, sulphates, chemical preservatives foaming boosters detergents and optical brighteners.It&#39;s also certified cruelty free, vegan and safe for all skin types! This is also great for the environment because there&#39;s no plastic waste generated! All you do is pay a deposit on your first bottle which you can return for a refund. Or if you choose to re-purchase the soap, you won&#39;t need to pay the deposit again (unless you don&#39;t bring back the empty bottle).&nbsp;And while you&#39;re at it, we have very snappy, very durable, <em><strong>100% organic cotton bags</strong></em> that you can use for shopping or anything that you like. Check it out!</p><p>If you&#39;re in the market for a way of washing tiny bodies, then<em><strong>&nbsp;Attitude Little Leaves Blueberry Bubble Wash</strong></em>&nbsp;is going to get the job done! This product description, taken from the website, pretty much sums it up:&nbsp;<em>Turn bath time into a blast of foamy bubbles. Enhanced with hypoallergenic and EWG VERIFIED&trade; ingredients like blueberry leaf extract to cleanse, nourish and protect their delicate skin, our Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) bubble wash acts as a cleansing body wash and a bubble bath. You&rsquo;ll want to let them soak in the suds as long as they want!</em>&nbsp;If you&#39;re wondering what EWG stands for, it&#39;s Environmental Working Group. And what do they do? According to Wikipedia:<em>&nbsp;The&nbsp;Environmental Working Group&nbsp;(EWG) is an American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability.</em></p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about natural things, you&#39;ll be happy to know that we now carry new&nbsp;<em><strong>Danone 100% Natural Source Yogurt</strong></em>! Smooth and delicious, there&#39;s no added sugar whatsoever. That means that the sugar present is only naturally occuring. And the fruit is real fruit puree added for flavour. But wait, there&#39;s more! The Canadian whole milk used to make this yummy stuff is 100% traceable. And finally, Danone Canada is a founding member of the&nbsp;Breakfast Club of Canada&nbsp;serving more than 220,000 nutritious breakfasts daily in 1,600 schools throughout Canada,since 1994.<strong>&nbsp;;</strong>Shop smarter and help make a difference.</p><p>Another smart choice is<em><strong>&nbsp;Smart Sweets Peach Rings</strong></em>. If you just have to indulge that sweet tooth of yours, this is the way to do it. The entire bag contains only 3 g of sugar, is high in fibre&nbsp;and it&#39;s another of the many plant based products taking over! No sugar alcohols, artificial flavours or colours here no sirree! And they&#39;re gluten-free, peanut-free and nut free. Kick sugar. Keep candy.</p><p>A more traditional sweet snack made with real butter and fresh cream is<em><strong>&nbsp;Werther&#39;s Original Caramel Popcorn</strong></em>. It&#39;s the classic combination of popcorn and Werther&#39;s&nbsp;original caramel. What more is there to say? You know exactly how this is going to taste!</p><p>Let&#39;s switch gears from sweet to salty. Canada&#39;s first sea salt harvestry was established in 2009 right here on Vancouver Island by the<em><strong>&nbsp;Vancouver Island Salt Company</strong></em>. We&#39;ve talked about them and their products before. But now we have hand harvested, all natural<em><strong>&nbsp;Sea Salt Flakes</strong></em>. With a crystal size of 3-10mm, we have it in original,<em><strong>&nbsp;Flake Sea Salt&nbsp;</strong></em>and also<em><strong>&nbsp;Maple Smoked Sea Salt Flakes</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Kelp Sea Salt Flakes</strong></em>. Why use regular salt when you can add so much more to your grilled meats, veggies, salads and desserts?</p><p>There&#39;s another newsletter in the bag.&nbsp;Thanks for having a look and have a great Labour Day long weekend!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 20, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On this day in 1910, the largest forest fire that the United States has ever had (though not the deadliest) started and burned for two days charring a 3 million acre area (4700 square miles/12,100 square km) of the western USA. That&#39;s roughly the size of the state of Connecticut. It was actually the combination of between 1000-3000 wildfires burning throughout the states of&nbsp;Idaho, Montana, and Washington due to hurricane force winds. Today it&#39;s known as the Great Fire of 1910, The Big Blow-up, The Big Burn or The Devil&#39;s Broom Fire. And as long as we&#39;re talking fire, we&#39;ve got some hot deals in our ad this week so make sure you scroll down to the bottom and have a look when you&#39;re done reading the newsletter! Now on to the new items!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for an easy&nbsp;way to start a fire of your own&nbsp;then&nbsp;If You Care Firelighters&nbsp;are going to get the job done! Great for lighting charcoal BBQs, fireplaces, woodstoves or campfires, you&#39;ll be able to light between 7-9 fires with one package. And because this product contains only two products: FSC (Forest Stewardship Council wood from responsible sources) and non-GMO vegetable oil, that makes it 100% natural and 100% carbon neutral emissions. No paraffins or kerosene is used and that&#39;s good because those are petroleum based and petroleum is a fossil fuel. And the world could use a little less burning of that. But please, use responsibly (see opening paragraph).</p><p><em><strong>Libert&eacute;</strong></em>&nbsp;has added three new<em><strong> greek yogurts</strong></em> to their extensive line of&nbsp;<em><strong>multipacks</strong></em>. Already offering some of their&nbsp;multipack yogurts&nbsp;in 0%, 2% and 5%, these new flavours of&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Mango</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Raspberry</strong></em>&nbsp;are <em><strong>3% milk fat with 35% less sugar than their regular greek yogurts.&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p>Not too long ago, we brought in some new Cookie Barrel cookies made by Waterbridge. They sell so well that decided to add another:<em><strong>&nbsp;Waterbridge Cookie Barrel Shortbread Rings</strong></em>. Perfect to pair with a hot cup of tea, these sweet shortbread swirls will please everyone at your next afternoon get together!</p><p><em><strong>Fudge-In-A-Round&nbsp;</strong></em>is the fun fudge that comes in super cool flavours and it&#39;s the one&nbsp;with the little spoon!&nbsp;It was gone from the shelves for awhile but new ownership is ensuring that we have a steady supply of rotating flavours&nbsp;from now on.&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking of super cool,<em><strong>&nbsp;Lays</strong></em>&nbsp;Canada has even more crazy flavours of potato chips for you to try!&nbsp;Now available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Pizza</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Cheesy Garlic Bread</strong></em>, these chips are loaded with intense simulated flavour! But you&#39;d better hurry up because these are only around for a limited time!</p><p>You may, however, prefer something a little less over the top than those Lays. How about something made with organic yellow,&nbsp;non-GMO corn instead with other ingredients such as millet, quinoa, chia and flax? New tortilla chips from&nbsp;<em><strong>Late July Snacks</strong></em>&nbsp;include&nbsp;<em><strong>SeaSalt Multigrain</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Jalapeno Lime</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Lime Tortilla</strong></em>, respectively. All three are vegan, kosher and made with no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.</p><p>If you aren&#39;t aware of the current plant-based food craze that is currently happening then you&#39;ve been living under a rock. It&#39;s huge right now. But not everyone wants the meatless products that look and brown like real meat. The good ol&#39; fashioned veggie burger lives on with&nbsp;<em><strong>Morning Star Farms Harvest Veggie Burgers</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Morning Star Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers</strong></em>! You can cook them in the grill, in a pan, baked in the oven or even in the microwave! And they&#39;re loaded with nutritious ingredients like carrots, onions, mushrooms, whole grain oats just to name a few. Plus, the package is resealable!</p><p>Another popular meatless option is bruschetta. This classic Italian antipasto consists of grilled bread topped with&nbsp;has numerous&nbsp;ingredients such as garlic, olive oil and salt. But there are lots of variations and one of them is<em><strong>&nbsp;Kitchen of Love (Cucina &amp; Amore) Bruschetta Sun-dried Tomatoes</strong></em>. Made with a delicious combination of sun-dried tomatoes, basil, cheese and nuts, you can spread it on grilled bread or use as a dip for vegetables.</p><p>Curry dishes are just so amazing, aren&#39;t they? If you agree, then you probably already know how good the&nbsp;<em><strong>Daksha&#39;s Gourmet Spices Curry Mixes</strong></em>&nbsp;are. What makes them even better is that they&#39;re made on the Saanich Peninsula. We have an extensive array of their curry mixes for all of your Indian inspired cooking but there are a few new ones, too!&nbsp;<em><strong>Aloo Gobi,&nbsp;Vindaloo,&nbsp;Spicy Fish&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Tandoori</strong></em>&nbsp;round out this amazing line of local curries!</p><p>But not everything from Daksha&#39;s is savoury! New&nbsp;<em><strong>Daksha&#39;s Chai Honey</strong></em>&nbsp;is all natural honey infused with Daksha&#39;s Gourmet Chai Spice! Use it as a spread or a sweetener for your favourite tea!</p><p>Did you know that micro-greens boast 10-40 times the nutrients than their fully grown brethren? It&#39;s a fact. And we mention this because we&#39;ve added&nbsp;<em><strong>Tim&#39;s Nutri-greens Pea Greens</strong></em>&nbsp;to our shelves. These nutrient-dense greens are grown locally in North Saanich and we&#39;ve been proud to carry Tim&#39;s&nbsp;quality, local greens for quite awhile. Instantly boost the healthiness of your salad, sandwich or anything else you can think of with these tiny shoots!&nbsp;</p><p>As always, thank you for taking the time to read up on what&#39;s new to Pepper&#39;s this week. And don&#39;t forget that there&#39;s not one but two chances to win a $100 gift card to the store every single month. All you have to do is sign the back of your receipt and put a contact number so that we can call you if your name is drawn! Just stuff it into the box at the front entrance to the store!</p><p>Until next time, take good care...</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 13, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 13 Aug 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Can you believe that we&#39;re already two weeks into August? It won&#39;t be long until the kiddies are sitting up straight in the classroom once again, hands folded, ready to learn and definitely not thinking about Fortnight. Tag, you&#39;re it teachers (almost)!</p><p>Everyone loves chocolate, right? Well, MOST people love chocolate. So you may have heard of a brand spanking new type called<em><strong>&nbsp;Ruby Chocolate</strong></em>, introduced by&nbsp;<em><strong>Barry Callebaut</strong></em>. No one knows where this mysterious and fascinating chocolate originated from or how it&#39;s produced. Ok, that&#39;s not true, although the production method&nbsp;is&nbsp;a trade secret. No colourants or flavourings are added to this chocolate despite&nbsp;Wikipedia stating that:&nbsp;<em>The chocolate&#39;s taste is described as &quot;sweet yet sour&quot;,&nbsp;with &quot;little to none&quot; of the cocoa flavour traditionally associated with other varieties of chocolate</em>.&nbsp;We get the feeling that white chocolate eaters are going to love this variety. But if you want to find out for yourself, our Deli Department is selling bulk&nbsp;<em><strong>Ruby Callets</strong></em>&nbsp;for baking or using however you like!</p><p>Normally people associate<em><strong>&nbsp;Leclerc Celebration Cookies</strong></em>&nbsp;with chocolate since the line of these addictive cookies has Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Raspberry Truffle, Caramel Truffle as well as other chocolate varieties. But now you can get<em><strong>&nbsp;Leclerc Celebration Maple Creme Cookies</strong></em>, a flavour favourite with young and old alike. And wouldn&#39;t you know it,<em><strong>&nbsp;the entire line of Celebration Cookies is in our ad this week for a seriously awesome price of $2.96 each</strong></em>!</p><p>Since we started carrying&nbsp;<em><strong>The Little Stand</strong></em>&nbsp;jams and other products, we&#39;ve sold hundreds and hundreds of jars. No joke. People are absolutely loving these products!&nbsp;And the varieties just keep expanding. Now we also offer&nbsp;<em><strong>Red Plum Jam</strong></em> and <em><strong>Golden Plum Jam</strong></em> as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberry/Kiwi Jam</strong></em> and just<em><strong> Kiwi Jam</strong></em>! If you haven&#39;t tried any of these local delights, make sure you discover for yourself what all the fuss is about!</p><p>They&#39;re baaaaaaack! That&#39;s right, everyone&#39;s fun favourite and seasonally sensational, the&nbsp;refreshingly&nbsp;recondite&nbsp;and curiously cute...<em><strong>&nbsp;CUCAMELON</strong></em>! They look like a tiny watermelon but they taste like a tangy cucumber!&nbsp;You can put them&nbsp;in a salad, use as a unique cocktail garnish, make pickles or just eat them raw! Get these little summer nuggets of pure goodness before they&#39;re gone!</p><p>Carnivores rejoice! For there is another new flavour of&nbsp;<em><strong>Louis Pasture Pork Crisps: Salt &amp; Vinegar</strong></em>! You don&#39;t often hear a product being touted as rich in gelatin but these pork crisps are! They&#39;re also hand made right here on Vancouver Island and are suitable for paleo and ketogenic diets!&nbsp;</p><p>If gelatin free is more your style then you&#39;ll be happy to know that our Dairy Dept. now stocks<em><strong>&nbsp;Astro Yogurt 650g</strong></em>! Available here&nbsp;in<em><strong> Lactose Free Plain</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Lactose Free Strawberry&nbsp;</strong></em>and<em><strong>&nbsp;Original 0% Plain</strong></em>, this naturally thick and creamy Balkan style yogurt has been produced by the company for over 30 years.&nbsp;</p><p>When was the last time you had a fling? That long, huh? Well, now you can enjoy<em><strong>&nbsp;Pinty&#39;s Buffalo Chicken Flings</strong></em>&nbsp;whenever you like! These fully cooked chunks of chicken breast are seasoned and breaded in a delicious gluten-free coating.Or, if you&#39;d rather not have a fling, you can also get gluten-free breaded<em><strong>&nbsp;Pinty&#39;s Chicken Strips</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Chicken Fillets</strong></em>!</p><p>All this talk of pork crisps and breaded chicken is making us thirsty! If it&#39;s making you thirsty as well then consider purchasing<em><strong>&nbsp;Buderim Ginger Beer</strong></em>! Available in two varieties:<em><strong>&nbsp;Reduced Sugar&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Ginger Beer &amp; Pear</strong></em>, this refreshingly zingy beverage is made with fair dinkum Australian ginger. It&#39;s a ripper, mate!</p><p>But sometimes you just need something to&nbsp;really&nbsp;quench your thirst. On those occasions, you&#39;re going to want top reach for an icy<em><strong>&nbsp;G Zero Gatorade</strong></em>! With 0 grams of sugar, 0 carbs&nbsp;and only 5-10 calories per bottle, you get all the flavour and satisfaction of original Gatorade minus the 34 grams of sugar, 36 grams of carbs and 150 calories.</p><p>We hope you enjoyed your time spent down at Gyro Beach for Sunday&#39;s Cadboro Bay Festival! Despite a few sprinkles of rain it was still a day of great fun and enjoyment for all! Thanks to those who participated and helped make for a great day!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter August 6, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 06 Aug 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; If you were getting anxious because you didn&#39;t receive a Pepper&#39;s Newsletter the last two weeks then you can relax: it&#39;s business as usual this Tuesday morning and we promise not to disappoint. We have a bunch of stuff to tell you about!</p><p>Let&#39;s start things off by mentioning that the&nbsp;<em><strong>Cadboro Bay Festival is this Sunday, August 11th from 11am to 3 pm&nbsp;</strong></em>right down the street from us at Gyro Park! We&#39;re very proud to be the presenting sponsor for this super-fun annual event! And this year will be very exciting because six world-class sand sculpting teams will be there creating amazing works of art that you&#39;ll get to vote on to determine whose is the best! Kids can enjoy the bouncy castles, hands-on activities, arts and crafts stations as well as information displays. And if you get hungry, there will be numerous concessions to satiate your cravings!&nbsp;Plus, there will also be three&nbsp;local bands performing on stage throughout the afternoon. Sound good? Great, then we&#39;ll see you there!</p><p>For more information, please visit:</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>And before we forget, please be aware that&nbsp;<em><strong>Wildfire Bakery will&nbsp;NOT&nbsp;be delivering to the store this week</strong></em>&nbsp;because they are replacing their brick ovens. So just sit tight because their superb bread will be back in-store very soon.</p><p>Alright let&#39;s get down to brass tacks, the meat and potatoes per se of the newsletter: new products. Everybody wants to know what the latest items that they can get their hands on are. So here we go...</p><p>Summer is BBQ season and lots of people love grilling up a steak. If you&#39;re one of those people then you&#39;re going to want to try the new&nbsp;<em><strong>Stubborn Chef Japanese Steak Sauce</strong></em>, the latest culinary concoction from this Victoria business. This rounds out the Stubborn Chef lineup which already consists of&nbsp;<em><strong>Ginger Dressing</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Spicy&nbsp;Mayo</strong></em>! With only eight ingredients, this all-natural sauce is the perfect accompaniment to your next juicy cut!</p><p>Or&nbsp;if you prefer something a little more traditional for the meats you&#39;re searing, then&nbsp;<em><strong>Simply Natural Organic BBQ Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Tangy</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Honey</strong></em>&nbsp;might be more your thing. Both contain no cholesterol, lactose or gluten and the Tangy is vegan. But because the other sauce contains honey, it isn&#39;t labelled as vegan. Regardless, both kinds offer a delicious, smokey flavour that won&#39;t disappoint!</p><p>As many of you are aware, since we started carrying<em><strong>&nbsp;The Little Stand&nbsp;</strong></em>products, the reception has been incredible. So owner/creator Katherine Little decided to&nbsp;add&nbsp;even more to her already stellar line of jams and salsas! Now you can purchase<em><strong>&nbsp;Mango Jalapeno Chutney</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Pear Salsa&nbsp;</strong></em>and<em><strong>&nbsp;Antipasto</strong></em>! Talk about fresh and tasty! These products are phenomenal!</p><p>If you&#39;ve spent any time in Spain then you&#39;ve probably tried or at least heard of Tiger Nut Horchata, the delicious thicker, sweeter version of almond milk. Sorry, what&#39;s that? What&#39;s a tiger nut? Excellent question! A tiger nut is actually a tuber and it&#39;s a popular raw snack in parts of the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. And in addition to using it to make a drink, it can also be made into an oil, rich in vitamin E. And because we like to give our customers lots of product choices, we thought we&#39;d offer<em><strong>&nbsp;Ecoideas Organic Tigernut Oil</strong></em>&nbsp;to those who want to try something new. Sourced from Spain, this oil is 100% pure, organic, cold-pressed and unrefined. It has a rich, nutty taste and a high smoke point of 460 degree F making it a very versatile oil indeed!</p><p>Another new type of oil by Ecoideas is<em><strong>&nbsp;Coco Natura Fermented Organic Coconut Oil</strong></em>. The other name for fermented is <strong>Wet Fermented Processing </strong>and, as taken from the CocoInformer website:</p><p><em>Wet-fermented processing is another common method of producing virgin coconut oil. In this method, the extracted coconut milk is allowed to undergo fermentation for about 18 to 36 hours. Special enzymes may be added to hasten fermentation. During this process, water, which is much denser than the oil, sinks to the bottom of the vessel, leaving the oil floating on top. This oil is then skimmed off and filtered so that the impurities can be removed. The oil can be further heated so that remaining coconut solids can be separated, leaving the final product truly purified.</em></p><p>This raw oil is completely unrefined, unbleached, non-hydrogenated and non-deodorized and has a mild flavour and silky texture. It&#39;s also high in Medium Chain&nbsp;Triglycerides&nbsp;(MCTs).</p><p>Speaking of coconuts, we&#39;ve got the perfect summer treat for you with<em><strong> Coconut Bliss Organic Cookie Sandwich Frozen Desserts</strong></em>! In<em><strong> Vanilla </strong></em>and<em><strong> Dark Chocolate</strong></em> flavours, respectively, these yummy frozen treats are 100% plant-based, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and&nbsp;made with sprouted flours!&nbsp;</p><p>If you like crackers but can&#39;t handle the gluten then you might like the taste and texture of&nbsp;<em><strong>Sanissimo Salmas Oven Baked Corn Crackers</strong></em>. These crackers are made with simple ingredients and we have them in&nbsp;<em><strong>Plain</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chia &amp; Flax</strong></em> varieties! With only a pinch of salt, zero sugar and certified non-GMO, these crackers are only 70 calories per 18 grams!&nbsp;</p><p>Eating stacked potato chips is fun. My uncle Pete used to make a moose call from the empty cannister (no word of a lie..and it worked!). Still, all game hunting uses aside for the cannister, lots of people like&nbsp;potato crisps because they taste a little different than conventional chips. Well, there&#39;s a new kid in town with&nbsp;<em><strong>The Good Crisp Company</strong></em>. Available here in&nbsp;<em><strong>Original&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Sour Cream &amp; Onion</strong></em>, these certified gluten-free potato&nbsp;crisps are a great tasting alternative to the usual potato crisps you&#39;d normally buy.</p><p>There&#39;s nothing usual, however, about the next brand of potato chips that we&#39;re showcasing.&nbsp;<em><strong>Miss Vickie&#39;s Signatures</strong></em>&nbsp;are potato chips taken to the next level! With flavours like<em><strong>&nbsp;Citrus &amp; Black Peppercorn</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Apple Cider Vinaigrette &amp; Shallots</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Hickory Smoked Salt</strong></em>, these chips are guaranteed to make nights in exceptional!</p><p>Okay good people, that should do you for another week. Have a look at the attached flyer as we have a heap of great specials for you. And don&#39;t forget to come to Gyro Park on Sunday. It&#39;s always a hugely popular afternoon!</p><p>Take good care,</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 16, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Woo hoo!!! The Pepper&#39;s Foods Newsletter subcription membership just surpassed 800 and we&#39;re hoping to add a bunch more names to that list on <em><strong>Thursday from 10am-2pm </strong></em>at our <em><strong>10th Annual Local Island&nbsp;Showcase</strong></em>! There will be a list for anyone who would like to be included in our weekly email blast. So if you like the newsletter and you think a friend might as well, tell them to attend the Showcase (with you)&nbsp;and sign up! And when you have a look at the attached weekly specials, you&#39;ll notice that most of the items listed are local because it just makes sense to build our ad around the local vendors from the Showcase!</p><p>Some of you may have noticed a few personnel changes around these parts. After 15 years of loyal service, our Front End Manager, Cathy Charleton, moved on to the next working chapter in her life. We will miss her presence in the store and wish her all the best as she takes on new challenges! Lucky for us, though, we managed to fill the big shoes left behind by Cathy by hiring Michelle Dawson as our new Front End Manager! Michelle comes to us with loads of experience and has already fit in as one of the family. Welcome Michelle!</p><p>More and more people are turning to the internet when it comes time to send a card. After all, you save a stamp, paper and the e-card is sent immediately. That&#39;s all well and good, but there&#39;s something to be said for taking the time to select and personalize a card and have the receiver physically receive it in the mail. And selecting a quality card is practically an art form. So if you&#39;re looking for&nbsp;<em><strong>greeting cards for any occasion</strong></em>, you&#39;ll be thrilled to be able to send one <em><strong>from</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Wrendale Designs</strong></em>. Artist Hannah Dale started her company in Lincolnshire, England, inspired by the wonderful creatures found there in the countryside. All of her cards feature one or several different animals and are printed on superb quality, low environmental impact board.&nbsp;</p><p>It seems like cycling and drinking coffee go hand in hand. How many times have you seen that group of spandex-clad road warriors at your local coffee shop either pre-caffeinating up before the long haul or&nbsp;rehashing those near misses after the ride? Exactly! This being Victoria, there&#39;s a whole lot of cyclists and coffee drinkers. So when we heard about&nbsp;<em><strong>Eleven Speed Coffee Roasters</strong></em>, we acted quickly to get their whole bean coffee in stock!&nbsp;Located in Saanich, BC, their coffee beans are small batch roasted with partial proceeds of every single sale&nbsp;going towards supporting youth cyclists! Nigel Tufnel would certainly approve!&nbsp;For more information on this and other coffees including brew guides, origin information and Eleven Speed coffee rides, visit<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p>&quot;When it comes to beats, well, I&#39;m a fiend,&nbsp;I like my sugar with coffee and cream.&quot; - Beastie Boys</p><p>If you&#39;re an iced coffee fiend and&nbsp;also like it&nbsp;the way the Beastie Boys do, then new&nbsp;<em><strong>Caffe Monster Energy Coffee</strong></em>&nbsp;is really going to get you amped! It&#39;s 100% aribica coffee with low fat milk, sugar, taurine, B vitamins and coffee fruit extract. And we have it in Vanilla and Mocha flavours, respectively. Drink this and you&#39;ll soon be&nbsp;intergalactic!</p><p>What better way to enjoy that iced coffee than with a reusable straw? We&#39;ve been offering our customers lots of alternatives to plastic straws and we&#39;ve got two more for you from Starfrit. Vibrant and fun, the<em><strong>&nbsp;Starfrit Large Diameter Silicone Straws</strong></em>&nbsp;come with a cleaning brush and both protect your teeth from the hard tip of a steel straw and protect your lips from temperature shock as well as a metallic aftertaste. Plus, thick smoothies and shakes don&#39;t stand a chance with the wider diameter.&nbsp;Or if you prefer, we have<em><strong>&nbsp;Starfrit Extra Long Reusable Straws with Silicone Tips</strong></em>! The same benefits of an all silicone straw but just in a different size and length!Also included is a cleaning brush.</p><p>Steel cut oats are the inner kernel of the whole oat (the inedible husk removed) which have been cut up, presumably with a steel blade. And they&#39;re a breakfast favourite of many. But they can take upwards of 30 minutes to fully cook. Not with<em><strong>&nbsp;Quaker Quick Steel Cut Oats</strong></em>! These little suckers cook ten times faster than regular steel cut oats which is beneficial for obvious reasons. No need to cook the night before if you&#39;re always pressed for time in the morning!</p><p>Canadians ate&nbsp;530,000 metric tonnes of cheese in 2018. That sounds like a lot. But compared to the EU (which&nbsp;consumed almost 94 million metric tonnes), it&#39;s small potatoes. The point is, people like to eat cheese. And clearly lots of it!&nbsp;So if you&#39;re one of those people, or you have family members who are, then make sure to pick up&nbsp;<em><strong>Black Diamond Marble Cheese Sticks</strong></em>. They&#39;re reasonbly priced and so easy to toss in a lunch kit or grab when you&#39;re walking out the door.</p><p>Say, you know what would pair nicely with that cheese? How about some beef jerky? But not just any jerky:&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Jerky Black Pepper Beef Jerky</strong></em>. This delicious and satisfying snack is made with 100% Canadian&nbsp;Beef, is wheat free and is made just down the road in Sidney, BC. And, this being earthquake country and all, it wouldn&#39;t hurt to have&nbsp;some in your kit.&nbsp;</p><p>Alrighty then ladies and gents, there&#39;s another weekly newsletter for you to mull over. This will be the last one for a couple of weeks (don&#39;t worry, you&#39;ll still receive the weekly specials in your inbox) because summer holidays have arrived and, well, it&#39;s time to chill out for a bit. Until next time, take good care and we&#39;ll see you Thursday under the big tent for our Local Island Showcase!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 9, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 09 Jul 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Today is the birthdate of actors Tom Hanks and Fred Savage. So let&#39;s have a little fun with these two. Do you know what<em>&nbsp;Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon</em>&nbsp;is? Ok, it&#39;s a game where any actor can be linked to Kevin Bacon based on the concept of&nbsp;<em>Six Degrees of Separation</em>&nbsp;whereby everyone can supposedly be&nbsp;linked socially to everyone else through six steps or less. Let&#39;s give it a try, linking both birthday boys in one shot!</p><ul> <li>Fred Savage to Robin Wright Penn (A Princess Bride)</li> <li>Robin Wright Penn to Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)</li> <li>Tom Hanks to Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13)</li></ul><p>It&#39;s kind of scary how this works every time. Try it around the dinner table tonight; it&#39;s great fun!</p><p>Alright, let&#39;s get into the newsletter with our weekly roundup of new products. But first, <em>we would like to remind our&nbsp;customers to thoroughly wash out and remove the plastic lids of the Avalon Dairy glass bottles prior to returning them to the store</em>. Avalon has notified us (not just our store but all of their accounts) that they will no longer accept them back dirty. So if you bring us dirty glass bottles, we will, unfortunately, be unable to refund your deposit. So please do your best to rinse out your milk bottles before you return them to the store. Thank you!</p><p>With more and more consumers wanting to reduce the amount of plastic bags being used, we&#39;ve had a custom<em><strong>&nbsp;Pepper&#39;s Foods Jute Shopping Bag</strong></em>&nbsp;made! This durable and stylish bag can be used over and over again for shopping, picnics, beach days or whatever occasion that&nbsp;calls for you to carry stuff. And at only $4.99, you&#39;ll want to get more than one!</p><p>And following in that line of eco-friendly thinking, we have two new products for your lunch kits that you and your family will really love<em><strong>.&nbsp;If You Care Paper Snack &amp; Sandwich Bags</strong></em>&nbsp;are FSC (Forest&nbsp; Stewardship Council) Certified. That means that the wood used to create the paper comes from forests that comply with rigorous environmental and social standards. Plus, they&#39;re Compostable Certified and unbleached Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) and uncoated with paraffin wax which is made from non-renewable petroleum resources. There&#39;s also&nbsp;<em><strong>If You Care Sub/Mini-Baguette Sandwich Bags</strong></em>&nbsp;which can be used for subs, hoagies, mini-baguettes and hero sandwiches. These bags feature all of the same eco-appealing traits of the snack bags and both products claim to keep bread soft up to six hours.</p><p>If you&#39;re a fan of the new eggs that we stock from&nbsp;<em><strong>Millstone Farm &amp; Organics Inc</strong></em>.&nbsp;of North Saanich, then you&#39;re really going to love their lovely environmentally friendly wool and cotton items. First off we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags</strong></em>&nbsp;available singly (10&quot;x12&quot;) or in a variety pack consisting of 4 bags (8&quot;x10&quot;, 10&quot;x12&quot;, 12&quot;x15&quot; and 14&quot;x18&quot;).These lightweight, drawstring bags are a responsible alternative to plastic bags. Simply place produce into the bag and then into your fridge once you get home. And when they need a freshening up, wash in cold water and hang to dry.</p><p>We all know that&nbsp;our clothes dryers use&nbsp;an enormous amount of energy. But what if you could use a product to reduce the time it takes to dry your clothes by 50%? Would you use it? We think that you will! With new<em><strong>&nbsp;Millstone Farm &amp; Organic Inc. Natural Wool Dryer Balls</strong></em>, the all-natural product proven to reduce drying time by an average of 50%! Taken from the product tag:</p><p><em>At Millstone Farm&nbsp;our flock of babydoll sheep have a forever home and every year they provide us with luxurious organic wool that we use to make these dryer balls. Each ball is made by hand with a precise technique and blend of babydoll, merino and dorset wool, to assure their quality and lasting durability.</em></p><p>Just pop all five balls into the dryer with your wet clothes! The balls absorb the moisture and separate wet laundry allowing the air to circulate better. Great for drying and fluffing blankets, quilts, duvets and cloth diapers. And they&#39;ll last for years. Want to add an aroma to your articles? Add a few drops of essential oil and you&#39;re good to go. No more dryer sheets, softeners, rubber or plastic dryer balls required!</p><p>Summertime means fresh fruits and vegetables. And the more local the better, right? Now you can get locally grown organic sprouts from&nbsp;<em><strong>Salt Spring Sprouts and Mushrooms</strong></em>! Who are they and what do they grow? This is an excerpt from<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em>Salt Spring Sprouts is a small-scale food producing operation based on a 6.5 acre farm on&nbsp;Salt Spring Island. We grow a range of the freshest sprouts and mushrooms from certified organic, Canadian-grown, non-genetically modified seed and organic mushroom spawn to service the needs of gourmet restaurants, farmers markets, and grocery outlets in Victoria, Salt Spring, and the Cowichan Valley.&nbsp;Our sprouts are harvested and delivered within 24 hours making them extremely fresh, nutritionally vibrant, and giving them the longest shelf life possible. We grow all our sprouts aeroponically which reduces their ecological footprint by excluding the need for importing precious mined soils. This also produces the most succulent and flavourful sprouts available.</em></p><p>Choose from&nbsp;<em><strong>Pea Shoots, Sunflower Sprouts, Crunchy Bean Mix, Mung Bean, Sandwich Blend&nbsp;</strong></em>and more!</p><p>Cooking with sesame oil adds intense flavour and aroma to many dishes. If you cook with it, you&#39;ll love<em><strong>&nbsp;Everland Organic Toasted Sesame Oil</strong></em>. It&#39;s a premium, 100% pure, expeller pressed and unrefined oil that should be used at low temperatures. And if you&#39;re going to use the aforementioned sprouts in a salad, consider topping it off with&nbsp;<em><strong>Garlic Expressions Classic Vinagrette Salad Dressing and Marinade</strong></em>. Inside the bottle are whole cloves of garlic, apple cider vinegar, canola oil and various spices. excellent for meats, vegetables and pasta!</p><p>Or, if you like, there&#39;s the much larger bottle of<em><strong>&nbsp;Little Creek Original Dressing</strong></em>! We&#39;ve upsized to a 750ml bottle (don&#39;t worry, we still have the 295ml bottle) for those of you who love this (and many of you do!)&nbsp;certified organic, vegan and Canadian made (Kelowna, BC) dressing which can also be used as marinade or sauce.</p><p>And if we&#39;re talking about sauce, we must mention that Brennan Huff&#39;s&nbsp;favourite one, fancy sauce, is now available at Pepper&#39;s!&nbsp;&nbsp;Except it&#39;s called&nbsp;Heinz Mayochup. The Dutch love, love, love eating their french fries with mayo. Here in North America, ketchup&#39;s the go-to. But now you can get the two most popular french fry sauces combined. And it&#39;s so good, you&#39;ll probably try to keep everyone else from eating it, just like Brennan!</p><p><em><strong>Skippy&#39;s Kettlekorn&nbsp;Ltd</strong></em>. makes&nbsp;small batch crafted popcorn right here in BC (Kamloops, to be exact). We have four new varieties of this delicious popcorn, offered in a clear bag so you can see exactly what you&#39;re getting:<em><strong>&nbsp;Buttered, Sweet and Salty, Cheddar Cheese&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Carame</strong></em>l. Your next movie night will be epic with Skippy&#39;s!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for another week. Hopefully there&#39;s one or two items here that pique your interest and whet your whistle. And remember to be careful if you do karate in the garage!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 2, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 02 Jul 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Here we are already into July, the long weekend fading away in the rear view mirror. Hopefully yours was full of fun and exciting times. The weather certainly co-operated, at least here in Victoria, with loads of sunshine and high temperatures. And because July has arrived, we need to remind you about our annual<em><strong>&nbsp;Local Island Showcase</strong></em>&nbsp;which happens to be our tenth! We&#39;re gathering many of the people who create the local products that you love, putting them under a giant tent outside the store and letting you come by to say hello. You&#39;ll get to sample lots of different food and drink, ask questions and purchase their items at a discount. So mark your calendars for&nbsp;<em><strong>Thursday, July 18th between 10AM and 2PM</strong></em>! Let&#39;s make this the best turnout yet!</p><p>Eugene&#39;s Greek Food held their <em><strong>Helpful Hummus Campaign</strong></em> during the month of May whereby $0.25 from the sale of every container of hummus or tzatziki was&nbsp;donated to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. A total of $4240.00 was raised for this great cause! Well done, Eugene&#39;s!</p><p>Our Deli Dept. is very pleased to now offer&nbsp;a large line-up of Spanish cured meats, sausages and appetizers from&nbsp;<em><strong>Espu&ntilde;a Tapas Essentials</strong></em>! With authentic Spanish tapas including&nbsp;<em><strong>Bacon-Wrapped Dates</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Spanish Choricitos</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Fine Herbs Spanish</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Paprika Pinchitos</strong></em>&nbsp;(skewers) your next dinner party can shine! There&#39;s also&nbsp;<em><strong>Regular&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Hot Chorizo Rings</strong></em>,<em><strong>&nbsp;Olot Salami</strong></em>, <em><strong>Spanish Serrano Ham</strong></em>&nbsp;and more! Hang up a Picasso or a Dali, add a little Flamenco music and, of course, wine and/or sangria&nbsp;and you&#39;ll feel like you&#39;re in Barcelona. Ol&eacute;!</p><p>How would you like to wrap your sandwich in a tomato? You read that right, because&nbsp;with<em><strong>&nbsp;NewGem Foods Gem Wraps</strong></em>&nbsp;you can do exactly that! These game-changing wraps are a healthy and delicious alternative to bread and tortillas because they are 100% plant based and made from gently dehydrated fruits and vegetables and other natural ingredients! Choose from&nbsp;<em><strong>Tomato</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Carrot</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Apple Kale</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Mango Chipotle</strong></em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Benefits include:</p><ul> <li>100% Plant-Based ingredients</li> <li>Fits all food tribes (Gluten-free, Vegan, Paleo, Keto, Kosher, Diabetic)</li> <li>Clean label.&nbsp;7-10 ingredients.</li> <li>No added sugar. No starch. No wheat flour.</li> <li>Only natural flavours and colours. No preservatives. Nothing artificial.</li> <li>Low-carb (2-3 grams), low calorie (10-15) per serving and fat-free</li> <li>Conveniently portable</li> <li>No refrigeration needed</li> <li>Non-GMO project verified</li> <li>Shelf-stable for 1 year</li> <li>Low sodium</li></ul><p>A few weeks ago we brought in<em><strong>&nbsp;Riviera Coconut Milk Vegan Delight Raspberry Blackcurrant 500g</strong></em>&nbsp;by customer request, immediately sold out and then couldn&#39;t get it back in stock (of course). Well, we&#39;re happy to announce that we were able to get it back on the shelf, as well as<em><strong> two new flavours</strong></em>:&nbsp;<em><strong>Mango Passionfruit&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut Pineapple</strong></em>! And just like the Riviera Petit Pot yogurts in the little glass bottles, we also brought in the <em><strong>Coconut Delight&nbsp;Raspberry Blackcurrant </strong></em>and <em><strong>Mango&nbsp;Passionfruit 4x120g</strong></em> packages!</p><p>Now that BBQ season has kicked into high gear, it&#39;s nice to have options for your family or guests come dinner time. With&nbsp;<em><strong>Simply West Coast Wild Pacific Sockeye Salmon Burgers</strong></em>, a package of fresh buns and your favourite mayo spread, you&#39;ve got yourself a simple and satisdfying meal for those who prefer seafood over beef, pork or chicken. It&#39;s wild sockeye salmon from the Pacific Northwest blended with basil, green onions and capers to form a nutritious, gourmet patty perfect for the grill!</p><p>And if you&#39;re serving up some tasty fries with that burger, you might want to consider&nbsp;<em><strong>Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup Style Sauce</strong></em>. Made without agave syrup, honey or cane sugar, this paleo friendly ketchup is also very low in salt. But it&#39;s big on flavour. So if you&#39;re a fan of ketchup but not a fan of liquid&nbsp;invert sugar, cane sugar&nbsp;or loads of other kinds of sugar then this is exactly what you&#39;ve been searching for!</p><p>Lots of people prefer pasta that&#39;s not made from flour. Chickpea pasta is becoming a popular choice for consumers who have an intolerance to gluten or wheat flour. And that&#39;s why we expanded your choices to include<em><strong>&nbsp;Chickapea Spaghetti</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Chickapea Linguini</strong></em>&nbsp;to our line-up that already included rotini and penne. High in protein and fibre, this pasta is made only from organic chickpeas and lentils. Plus, it&#39;s gluten-free, vegan and kosher! What&#39;s not to like? Choose tasty. Choose Chickapea!</p><p>And rounding out our list of new products for this week, we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Spray Nine Heavy Duty Cleaner.</strong></em> This all-purpose cleaner really does do it all: removes grease, tar, oils, ink, dirt, mud, soot and ash and also<em><strong> kills viruses and bacteria</strong></em> (spray and wait 30-45 seconds) including:&nbsp;Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu), Influenza A2 Virus, Salmonella Choleraesuis, Escherichia coli (E.coli), Hepatitis B &amp; C Viruses, Norwalk Virus, Staphylococcus aureus &ndash; MRSA (HA &amp; CA) and more! All without the use of bleach or corrosive chemicals! Fun fact: in 1956, this was the very first cleaning solution offered in a spray bottle!</p><p>As always, we&#39;ll remind you to have a gander at the attached weekly specials. And, as always, we&#39;ll kindly thank you for taking the time to read up on what&#39;s new and exciting at the store. Until next time, take good care of yourselves!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 25, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 25 Jun 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We&#39;ve talked a lot lately about the&nbsp;<em><strong>Peanut Butter Project</strong></em>&nbsp;whereby your peanut butter donations to the Mustard Seed Food Bank would be matched by Pepper&#39;s, Island Nut Roastery and Merry Maids. The grand total of containers topped out at over 2700! That&#39;s an extroardinary amount of peanut butter, a record amount, in fact (this project was started in 2015)! And it&#39;s all thanks to your generosity. But with over 1000 families utilizing the food bank each and every month, sadly, that peanut butter will be gone in a matter of weeks.</p><p>Lately, local headlines have been made about<em><strong>&nbsp;Little Stand Jams</strong></em>, the Saanich-located roadside stand operated by owner Katherine Little.The stand, which offered homemade jams and salsas through an honour system,&nbsp;was&nbsp;shut down after a neighbour&nbsp;filed a bylaw complaint. That ticked a lot of people off. How would they be able to purchase their new favourite local jarred goods? Well it turns out that <em><strong>Pepper&#39;s&nbsp;has teamed up with Katherine and we will have all ten of her wonderful jams and her three types of fresh salsa on our shelves by the end of this week</strong></em>! We are so looking forward to working with Katherine and allowing the community to still enjoy her unique, handcrafted culinary delights!</p><p>Another one of Victoria&#39;s own small businesses is&nbsp;<em><strong>49 Below Artisinal Ice Cream</strong></em>. Pepper&#39;s has stocked their rotating flavours for a long time and so when they let us know that soon they&#39;d be creating<em><strong> gourmet ice cream bars</strong></em>, we (a) freaked out a little bit and then (b) calmly asked how soon that could happen? As it turns out, it&#39;s happened!! You&#39;re going to love these hefty bars, made with local ingredients and lots of love!</p><p>Recently, one of our customers asked if we could get&nbsp;in a smaller container of cottage cheese?&nbsp;And,&nbsp;us being us, we said of course we could! So now you can purchase&nbsp;<em><strong>Dairyland 2% Cottage Cheese 250g</strong></em>,&nbsp;the perfect size for snacking or if it takes you awhile to go through a 500g container.&nbsp;</p><p>Yet another Victoria small business,<em><strong>&nbsp;Heartisan Foods</strong></em>, has their&nbsp;cane sugar-free, raw, organic, vegan and holistic<em><strong>&nbsp;Mocolate</strong></em>&nbsp;bar back on our shelf!&nbsp;This gluten-free, prebiotic bar is made with ingredients such as marshmallow root, licorice root, Fo-Ti root, carob, hemp seed and coconut nectar to promote health and wellness. Mocolate:&nbsp;<strong>M</strong>ay&nbsp;<strong>O</strong>ur&nbsp;<strong>C</strong>ommunities&nbsp;<strong>O</strong>ffer&nbsp;<strong>L</strong>imitless&nbsp;<strong>A</strong>bundance&nbsp;<strong>T</strong>o&nbsp;<strong>E</strong>veryone.</p><p>Heating foods can destroy certain enzymes and nutrients contained therein. And oxidation, the exposure to the air of food, is also not good. That&#39;s what&nbsp;doesn&#39;t&nbsp;happen when cold pressed juices are made. New&nbsp;<em><strong>Well Cold-Pressed Juices&nbsp;</strong></em>are created using a hydraulic press and are verified Cold-pressed. This Ontario company uses the HPP (High Pressure Processing) method instead of pasteurization to extend the shelf-life of their&nbsp;amazing tasting juices by reducing 99.999% of the microorganisms. Separation is totally normal. Just shake and chug!</p><p>Coffee artistry done right is a thing of beauty. When you get that perfect cappuccino or latte handed to you from the barista who just&nbsp;made it, you feel just about as warm and fuzzy as the foamed milk on top of it. But if foamed milk just ain&#39;t your thing, then new fortified&nbsp;<em><strong>Earth&#39;s Own Oat Barista Edition&nbsp;</strong></em>might be. It foams and steams just like milk does so your dairy free coffee beverage will look and feel (mouth feel, that is) exactly&nbsp;like the real deal. And because it has a neutral flavour profile, all that delicious coffee flavour won&#39;t be masked.&nbsp;</p><p>For those of you who enjoy&nbsp;a nice, refreshing carbonated beverage without sugar, colour or artificial anything, Zevia Soda sure hits the spot. And now they&#39;ve got two new mixers for your favourite libations!&nbsp;<em><strong>Zevia Tonic Water&nbsp;</strong></em>(tantalizing Tom Collins, anyone?) and&nbsp;<em><strong>Zevia Ginger Beer&nbsp;</strong></em>(meritorious Moscow Mule?) are&nbsp;&quot;<em>bold in flavour with zero sugar and no artificial sweeteners. A delicious compliment to any cocktail, mocktail or straight out of the can</em>!&quot;</p><p>That&#39;s all the newness we can offer for this week. Oh, and before we forget,<em><strong>&nbsp;Canada Day is coming up on Monday, July 1</strong></em>!&nbsp;Our<em><strong> hours for that day are 7AM-7:30PM</strong></em>. Time to break out the Canadian tuxedo and celebrate in style! Let&#39;s bring it back into fashion!&nbsp;And while we&#39;re all rocking the denim on denim look, we should pause between Molsons to&nbsp;thank Bing Crosby for this unique style. After all, it was his visit to Vancouver in 1951 that spawned its creation.&nbsp;</p><p>Happy Canada Day!!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p>