Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Newsletter July 14, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Last week we mentioned that we were about to start carrying the very amazing (and very local) <em><strong>Dumpling Drop</strong></em> products. And since then, we have indeed put three types of their delicious and wildly popular hand-made <em><strong>Dumplings</strong></em> in our frozen food section! Right now there&#39;s <em><strong>Pork Belly, Vegan</strong></em> and<em><strong> Shrimp &amp; Chive</strong></em>. And as a compliment to the dumplings, we also have their house-made spicy <em><strong>Chili Oil</strong></em>! Find out why everyone&#39;s buzzing about these delectable dumplings and add them to your next order! But wait, there&#39;s more! To celebrate the arrival of Dumpling Drop at Pepper&#39;s, they&#39;re holding a sweet giveaway through their Instagram account! Head on over to&nbsp;<strong></strong> to participate but you can read the content of their post below:</p><p><br />?GIVEAWAY? to celebrate our products being on the shelf at&nbsp;<strong>@peppersfoodsvictori</strong>a&nbsp;, we&rsquo;re giving one lucky winner a prize pack! You can win:<br /><br />&bull; A $25 gift card to&nbsp;<strong>@peppersfoodsvictoria&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />&bull; A Dumpling Drop tote bag<br /><br />&bull; A pair of our custom chopsticks<br /><br />&bull; 1 bag of our dumplings<br /><br />&bull; 1 jar of our housemade chili oil<br /><br />Want to win? Here is how to enter:<br /><br />1. Like this post<br /><br />2. Follow&nbsp;<strong>@peppersfoodsvictoria</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>@dumplingdrop&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />3. Tag a friend in the comments who would also want to win (1 comment = 1 entry, so tag away!)<br /><br />BONUS ENTRY: share this post on your story, and don&rsquo;t forget to tag us so we see it!<br /><br />Winner will be announced this Friday at 6pm, must be able to pick up prize at our downtown storefront. Good luck to all! ????</p><p>Recently we told you about several exciting and new (sounds a bit like the lyrics to The Love Boat theme) items from Adriana&#39;s. Well, there&#39;s&nbsp;more Mexican food made with love to list and it&#39;s not savoury! Think churro but crunchier. New<em><strong> Adriana&#39;s Crispitos </strong></em>are the perfect dessert to your taco Tuesday. Crispy, crunchy, sugary and cinnamon-y! Mmmm. Anything deep-fried and coated in sugar is A-OK in our books!</p><p>Is it a vinaigrette or is it a marinade? It&#39;s both! Yes, new <em><strong>Maison Orph&eacute;e Vinaigrette-Marinade</strong></em> is equally delicous on your salad as it is on your meat! Available at Pepper&#39;s in <em><strong>Italian, Maple &amp; Dijon </strong></em>(their most popular and versatile dressing) and <em><strong>Olive &amp; Balsamic</strong></em>, these Quebec-made vegan sauces are crafted with first cold-pressed oils, are naturally gluten-free and contain nothing artificial.</p><p>Have you been searching for the perfect snack or light meal that&#39;s low in saturated fatty acids, free of trans fats, rich in fibre, high in protein, low in cholesterol&nbsp;AND contains potassium and iron? You have??Well you&#39;re in luck because right now we have three kinds of new <em><strong>Clover Leaf Bistro Bowls</strong></em>! These are shelf-stable and&nbsp;convenient meals featuring tuna and either rice or pasta that are great for lunches, travel or just in case you need something nutritious real quick-like. There&#39;s <em><strong>Spanish Medley, Mediterranean Pasta </strong></em>or <em><strong>Mexican Rice</strong></em>. Super convenient, quick and tasty meld together in these&nbsp;2020 DUX GRAND PRIX Best &lsquo;Facilitating Product&rsquo; AWARD winners!</p><p>Get back in the &quot;rye life&quot; with new <em><strong>Ryvita</strong></em> (Ry=rye, vita=life) <em><strong>Snackbread</strong></em>, the light and crispy alternative to regular old bread or crackers. As their name suggests, these make excellent snacking fodder and we currently have <em><strong>Original, Pepper</strong></em> and <em><strong>Cheese</strong></em> flavours! But hang on because perhaps <em><strong>Ryvita Thins</strong></em> are a little more your style? Perfect for &quot;<em>dipping, dunking and devouring</em>&quot; these flatbreads&nbsp;are available here in<em><strong> Onion </strong></em>as well as <em><strong>Three Cheese</strong></em>!</p><p>Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. Those little lambs are missing out because oats are a hot item right now! Seems there&#39;s no limit to what they can make with &#39;em! If you read our newsletters you&#39;ll no doubt notice a steady stream on oat products listed. And today there&#39;s a couple more! First off is Yoats Oat Yogurt from Yoso, their latest innovation and Canada&#39;s first oat yogurt! We thought the company website description said it best so this is what they wrote:&nbsp;<em>Yoats is the latest innovation from Yoso. With Non-GMO Project Verified and certified gluten-free oats, live cultures, and no cane sugar or sweeteners, Yoso has crafted a delicious, creamy Oat Yogurt Alternative that will be available in three flavours, Unsweetened, Vanilla, and Blueberry. Each flavour is gluten-free, plant-based, peanut-free, preservative-free, unsweetened, vegan, and proudly made in Canada, and every 175g serving contains 1 billion cfu of probiotic cultures. </em>Nuff said.</p><p>Another kind of alternative to milk is <em><strong>Malk Oat Milk</strong></em>. We told you about Malk Almond Milk quite awhile ago but now they&#39;ve created an organic, gluten-free oat beverage that contains no gum and is made with only three simple ingredients! It&#39;s cold pressed and &quot;<em>the delicious alternative to artificial</em>!&quot;</p><p>Lakewood is a not-from-concentrate juice producer whose slogan is &quot;<em>Nourishing since 1935</em>.&quot; And we&#39;ve added <em><strong>Lakewood Organic Beet Juice</strong></em> which is technically a blend because they add only one other ingredient: organic lemon juice. This allows the juice to be bottled without the use of any preservatives. But did you know that the fresh-pressed juice from&nbsp;over 3 pounds of beets goes into every bottle? And it&#39;s also pasteurized in case you were wondering. And it&#39;s also high in the antioxidant vitamin C. Plus, &nbsp;studies have shown that consuming beet juice can increase exercise stamina while reducing oxygen output. Who knew? Now you do. Oh and it&#39;s best to consume within two weeks of opening for maximum freshness.</p><p>So there you have it, people. A whole whack of new items for your enjoyment. As usual, please don&#39;t forget to look at the attached weekly specials where you&#39;ll find some great deals on items from every department. And please make sure to continue to follow the health guidelines for COVID-19. Please follow the arrows in the aisle and practice social distancing while in the store, both towards your fellow shoppers and employees. So until next week stay safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 7, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 07 Jul 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;We usually like to start the newsletter off with a little historical tidbit or story and today is no different. But today&#39;s has to do with the best thing to happen since wrapped bread! Yes, wrapped bread. Because today in 1928 the first sliced bread was sold by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Missouri. It was cut with a machine created by American inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder (who also happened to have been born on today&#39;s date, 1880).</p><p>Remember last week when we told you about the Adriana&#39;s Salsas? We also mentioned that more good stuff was set to arrive from them. Well, guess what? We now have something to compliment those salsas: <em><strong>Adriana&#39;s Pica Chips</strong></em>! These are deliciously spiced artisinal corn chips&nbsp;with ingredients like paprika, chili powder, lemon pepper and&nbsp;&nbsp;cayenne. Or just eat them stright from the bag. Either way you&#39;re going to love these amazing local corn chips made with love!</p><p>If Mexican foods get you fired up then our Deli Department is pleased to announce the arrival of <em><strong>Queso Dourada Mexican Cheeses</strong></em>! Made by BC&#39;s largest producer of fresh cheese (The Scardillo Cheese Company of Burnaby, BC, which is family owned and operated since 1959), we have three authentic varieties: <em><strong>Queso Fresco</strong></em>, a soft unripened cheese&nbsp;(16% m.f.), <em><strong>Oaxaca</strong></em>, a partly-skimmed cheese&nbsp;(18% m.f.) and <em><strong>Cotija</strong></em>, a firm ripened cheese (24% m.f.). Do Mexican right with these cheeses that are sure to make your next Mexican dinner the best ever!</p><p>Our Deli also has a brand new bold flavour of Boursin Cheese which basically means it&#39;s going to be very tasty because, well, it&#39;s Boursin! New <b><i>Boursin Apple &amp; Maple</i></b>&nbsp;pairs two flavours perfectly in an irresistable soft cheese that also contains pear! Spread on canape, crusty baguette, crackers or your favourite vehicle for delivering this super yummy cheese into your mouth.</p><p>It&#39;s always exciting when we can debut a new item (or items) in our weekly advertised specials and that&#39;s exactly the case this week when we feature a new line of amazing, authentic and awesome pasta sauces! <em><strong>De Cecco I Sughi Pasta Sauces</strong></em> all contain ripe Italian tomatoes, fresh extra virgin olive oil&nbsp;&nbsp;and are made in Italy with only the freshest ingredients. <em><strong>Sugo alla Napoletana</strong></em> pairs fresh basil with Italian tomatoes. <em><strong>Sugo all&#39;Arabbiata</strong></em> combines chilli peppers and onions and <em><strong>Sugo alla Siciliana</strong></em> integrates both green ands black olives into the sauce. <em><strong>On sale this week for the great price of 2/$5.00</strong></em>!</p><p>Perhaps you like to make your own pasta sauce? Or maybe you like to add herbs to other dishes but you can never finish a whole pack of fresh basil, parsley or dill before you have to toss it?&nbsp;If you want seasonings that won&#39;t spoil then Litehouse <em><strong>Freeze Dried Herbs</strong></em> are exactly what you need. We have the whole line and conveniently the jars all state the equivalent of the fresh bunches contained inside! For example, a jar of <em><strong>Freeze Dried Garlic</strong></em> contains 45 cloves. A jar of<em><strong>&nbsp;Freeze Dried Red Onion</strong></em> contains the equivalent of two onions. And a jar of <em><strong>Freeze Dried Basil </strong></em>contains the equivalent of three bunches. Look for them inside in our Produce Department where they sell their salad dressings.</p><p>If you&#39;re all about eating non-dairy then listen up because you&#39;re not going to want to miss out on hearing about new <em><strong>So Delicious Oatmilk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert</strong></em>! Yes, finally they&#39;ve come out with a non-dairy ice cream made with silky smooth oatmilk! We have it in <em><strong>Oatmeal Cookie</strong></em> as well as the great flavour combo of <em><strong>Peanut Butter and Raspberry</strong></em>! It&#39;s also gluten-free so you have no excuse not&nbsp;to try what is sure to be the summer&#39;s most popular new frozen dessert!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about oats, let&#39;s take this oportunity to mantion that we now carry Leclerc Go Pure Fruit &amp; Oat Bars!&nbsp;These uber yummy Canadian-made apple and dated based snacks are made in a peanut-free facility&nbsp;with real fruit and contain no artificial flavours or colours. These nutrient dense snacks are a source of fibre, too!&nbsp;Choose from <em><strong>Banana &amp; Strawberry</strong></em> or <em><strong>Raspberry</strong></em>.</p><p>People who drink ginger beer are kinda fussy when it comes to their brand. That&#39;s why discerning ginger beer drinkers choose The Great Jamaican Spicy Ginger Beer because of its intensity and flavour. If you haven&#39;t mixed it with your favourite dark rum yet, you&#39;re missing out of the best Dark N&#39; Stormy cocktail around! But did you know that there&#39;s now <em><strong>The Great Jamaican Tonic Water</strong></em>? It&#39;s true and it&#39;s arrived in the nick of time for all of your summer cocktail parties. Here&#39;s what the company website has to say about this unique elixer:&nbsp;<em>Fever grass, well known in Jamaica for its complex and sophisticated flavour, is what gives <strong>The Great Jamaican Tonic Water </strong>its distinctive kick. Pirate Jake has done it again by fusing a British classic with a tangy Jamaican twist. <strong>The Great Jamaican Tonic Water </strong>combines classic and distinctive bitter flavours with bright citrus aromas and a hint of freshly cut grass, topped with a lasting dry finish. Refreshing, on its own, in a timeless gin and tonic, or in your very own mixes paired with your favorite spirits</em>. That&#39;s the way un-huh, un-huh we like it!</p><p>You&#39;ll have to wait a whole &#39;nother week to find out what else is new and exciting at Pepper&#39;s! Make sure you try some of these amazing new items discussed in today&#39;s newsletter and if you see one of our employees in the aisles, let them know what you think! And remember that you can ask for us to get in something that you don&#39;t see by writing it on the dry-erase board under the monitor in Aisle 1. Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 30, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;80 million. 80,000,000. That&#39;s a big number!&nbsp;It&#39;s hard to imagine that large a number of anything. Yet on this date in 1908 a meteoroid entered the Earth&#39;s atmosphere and burst about 5-10 kms above the remote Siberian forest knocking that many trees over in an what is known as the Tunguska Event. That&#39;s an awful lot of flattened timber!&nbsp;It was the&nbsp;most harmful known asteroid-related event on Earth in recent history. As a result, June 30th is known as Asteroid Day! Wikipedia states:&nbsp;<em>The United Nations has proclaimed it be observed globally on June 30 every year in its resolution. Asteroid Day aims to raise awareness about asteroids and what can be done to protect the Earth, its families, communities, and future generations from a catastrophic event.</em></p><p>And speaking of being flattened, today is also former boxing heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson&#39;s birthday. He turns 54.</p><p>There&#39;s a lot to cover this week so let&#39;s not waste any time and get right down to business. We love supporting&nbsp;local businesses so we want to put onto your radar that we will soon be offering hand-made dumplings from&nbsp;<em><strong>Dumpling Drop </strong></em>(as well as their chili oil)! We will be the only retailer to offer these incredible, authentic dumplings that are made in Victoria&#39;s Chinatown so as soon as we get &#39;em in, you&#39;ll hear about it pronto!</p><p>Our Meat Department has <em><strong>FRESH Sockeye Salmon</strong></em> from the clean, cold waters of Barcley Sound, BC (near Ucluelet)! Lots of you have been asking about getting fish not previously frozen and we&#39;re happy to announce that it&#39;s now available! And if you&#39;re looking for something quick and easy for the kids (or yourself)&nbsp;try <em><strong>Olymel Wieners</strong></em> on the BBQ tonight!</p><p>Adriana&#39;s has been creating authentic and amazing Mexican food in Victoria for over 15 years. Pepper&#39;s already has an extensive line of Adriana&#39;s including corn tortillas and several flavours of corn chips! And now you can purchase four delicious <em><strong>Adriana&#39;s Salsas</strong></em> from our Deli Department! Choose from <em><strong>Salsa de la Casa, Salsa Pesto Poblano, Salsa Verde </strong></em>or <em><strong>Salsa Rustica</strong></em>! All are made from fresh and flavourful ingredients and all are perfect for your next Mexican dinner night! Also, we&#39;ll be getting even more new items from Adriana&#39;s in the near future so stay tuned to hear about that, too!</p><p>When you think cornichon do you think gherkin? You&#39;re not wrong. A cornichon is just a type of gherkin. Wikipedia explains it in their definition of Pickled Cucumber:&nbsp;<em>The word&nbsp;gherkin&nbsp;comes from early modern Dutch, gurken or augurken for &quot;small pickled cucumber&quot;.&nbsp;Cornichons&nbsp;are tart French pickles made from&nbsp;gherkins&nbsp;pickled in vinegar and tarragon. They traditionally accompany p&acirc;t&eacute;s and cold cuts. Sweet&nbsp;gherkins, which contain sugar in the pickling brine, are also a popular variety</em>. Pepper&#39;s now stocks <em><strong>Maille L&#39;Original Cornichons</strong></em> which, according to the company, are <em>made according to the French recipe and traditions for that extra tart bite, these special little pickled gherkins are a perfectly balanced garnish for a meat terrine, pate or gruyere cheese.&nbsp;They are essential for nibbling when there is a plate of fennel salami or cured ham on the go. They also add flavour and are an essential component in classic dishes, ranging from steak tartar and sauce gribiche, to potato salad</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Lots of people sign off on letters, texts&nbsp;or emails to loved ones with a few x&#39;s and o&#39;s (XO). It&#39;s like sending virtual hugs and kisses. And when people bake, they&#39;re putting some love into the process because most people don&#39;t just bake something for themselves. What they bake is to be shared and enjoyed by family and friends. So if you love to bake, love to eat, love to eat gluten-free or love to bake for someone who loves to eat gluten-free then you are going to absolutely LOVE <em><strong>Xo Gluten-Free &amp; Rice-Free Gourmet Baking Mixes</strong></em>! With <em><strong>Banana Bread</strong></em>, <em><strong>Carrot Cake</strong></em>, <em><strong>Pound Cake</strong></em>, <em><strong>Fudge Brownie</strong></em> and <em><strong>Blondie</strong></em> to choose from, there&#39; are lots of delicious recipes to love!&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s cherry season (hooray!) and coincidentally we just so&nbsp;happened to get in <em><strong>Triple Jim&#39;s Pure Black Cherry Juice</strong></em>. This not from concentrate juice is made from fresh BC cherries. It&#39;s all natural. Nothing is added. So don&#39;t worry about chomping on a pit; pour a glass of cheerful cherry juice and chill!</p><p>Perhaps you&#39;d rather have a cup of coffee? We told you about the new Milano Coffee in the last newsletter. But if you prefer a dairy-free substitute instead of cream, try <em><strong>Silk The Vanilla One Oat Yeah for&nbsp;Coffee Creamer</strong></em>! Add it to your coffee just as you would cream, or froth it into creamy foam for your next specialty coffee beverage!</p><p>If you want to give your kids the illusion of eating a sugar cereal then check out new <em><strong>Nature&#39;s Path Envirokidz Turtle Splash Cereal</strong></em>! They&#39;ve made strawberry and chocolate flavoured, turtle-shaped cereal out of organic navy beans, fruit and veggies (amongst other stuff) so they get the taste of real strawberries with a relatively low sugar and relatively high protein content. Plus there&#39;s a free baby sea turtle adoption so they can help save the turtles!&nbsp;</p><p>And lastly this week we have<em><strong> Biovert Automatic Dishwasher Tabs</strong></em>. These tabs are biodegradable, phosphate-free, dye-free, fragrance-free and chlorine-free. But these 100% water soluable dishtabs are &nbsp;full of environmentally friendly dish cleaning power! Hey, we&#39;re saving turtles, we&#39;re saving the environment and if you look at the attached flyer, you&#39;re soon to be saving money!</p><p>Until next week, and as always, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 23 Peppers Foods Tue, 23 Jun 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Everybod&#39;s seen&nbsp;<em>Late Night with David Letterman</em>. That talk show ran from 1982 - 1993. It was then changed to <em>Late Show with David Letterman</em> in 1993 and ran until Letterman stopped hosting in 2015. But did you know that on this day in 1980, David Letterman&#39;s first show called <em>The David Letterman Show </em>debuted as a morning show on NBC? That&#39;s right, from June 23 - October 24, Letterman hosted a talk show that was initially 90 minutes but was shortened to 60 minutes soon&nbsp;after it first aired. Morning viewers weren&#39;t really into Dave&#39;s edgy humour but the network&nbsp;recognized that he was talented and so he eventually got his own late night show. Some of the show&#39;s&nbsp;recurring segments included the Top 10 List, Viewer Mail, Will It Float? and Stupid Pet Tricks/Stupid Human Tricks.</p><p>Let&#39;s start&nbsp;our newsletter off today the way we like our coffee: strong. And this brand of coffee is a strong seller!<em><strong> Milano Coffee</strong></em> has been a Vancouver staple since 1984 and this background summary, taken from their website, wil give you a little more history of this brand:</p><p><em>The legacy of Vancouver based Milano Coffee&rsquo;s artisan tradition dates back three generations of Italian coffee heritage blended with over thirty years of West Coast culture. In 1984 visionary founder and Master Roaster, Francesco Curatolo, brought 75 years of Italian roasting and blending expertise to Vancouver, Canada garnering a worldwide reputation for his exquisitely crafted Italian coffees.&nbsp;Following a 15 year mentorship to Francesco, today&rsquo;s Milano Coffee owner and Master Roaster, Brian Turko, has earned his place as a West Coast coffee pioneer, elevating the premium coffee concept to new heights. Combining a careful diligence for Italian tradition with a boundless appetite for innovation, Brian&rsquo;s novel blending concepts have created the &lsquo;Milano taste&rsquo; hailed by coffee connoisseurs throughout the world and awarded multiple times by the International Institute of Coffee Tasters</em>.</p><p>Currently Pepper&#39;s is offering three varieties:<em><strong> Bourbon</strong></em> (medium bodied), <em><strong>Black Beauty </strong></em>(Dark) and <em><strong>La Futura </strong></em>(the espresso master&#39;s reserve -&nbsp;medium bodied). This is coffee for people who are serious about their coffee. Seriously. Head on over to<strong></strong> to read all about this company whose slogan is W<em>est coast heart, Italian soul</em>.</p><p>Ok, so you&#39;re serious about your coffee. But why not have a little fun while you&#39;re sipping your cuppa and add a little sweetness to the deal? Christie&#39;s has once again added a new flavour to their long list of Oreo cookies with their limited edition<em><strong> Oreo Tiramisu</strong></em>. It&#39;s the classic Italian dessert taste of coffee, lady fingers and mascarpone combined in not one but two layers of creme and sandwiched between the classic oreo chocolate cookies!</p><p>Or if coffee&#39;s not your cup of tea then perhaps, despite it now being officially summer, you&#39;d like to bring the taste of Timmy&#39;s home with <em><strong>Tim Hortons Hot Chocolate</strong></em>.&nbsp;It&#39;s the same smooth and creamy taste that you get from the restaurant! But hey, the way this year is going, we&#39;ll probably have the coldest, wettest summer in recent history. Either way, you&#39;re going to want to have this handy for when you get that chocolate craving that will inevitably hit!</p><p>In the event that our summer is, in fact, not dismally chilly, then you are definitely going to want to have some of these amazing new <em><strong>Torani Syrups</strong></em> in the cupboard. They&#39;re not just for coffee anymore because these new fruity flavours are perfect for&nbsp;when you make your Soda Stream drinks! Make refreshing, icy granitas, add to milkshakes, jazz up your cocktails, lemonade or make amazing Italian sodas! Currently we have <em><strong>Strawberry </strong></em>and <em><strong>Raspberry </strong></em>in <em><strong>Regular</strong></em> or <em><strong>Sugar-free</strong></em> and we&#39;re working on getting some other exciting flavours so stay tuned! Available in Aisle 5 with the soda pops.</p><p>Bruschetta is a simple yet satisfying Mediterranean appy and you can make it right now with a loaf of French bread and a jar of new<em><strong> Sardo Premium Select Bruschetta Mix</strong></em>. <em><strong>Sweet Pepper Mi</strong></em>x offers three kinds of bell peppers, zucchini and celery as well as capers and spices. Great on pizza, too! <em><strong>Olive Mix</strong></em> is green, black and kalamata olives and <em><strong>Mushroom Mix</strong></em> may contain&nbsp;button, oyster, shiitake, porcini or straw mushrooms. Sardo has only two things in mind when they make these bruschetta spreads: quality ingredients and exceptional taste!</p><p>Potato chips are the go-to salty snack of choice for so many folks. So if you&#39;ve grown tired of the same old flavours then you&#39;ll want to try new <em><strong>Kettle Brand Parmesan Garlic Chips </strong></em>and<em><strong> Kettle Brand Ranch Chips</strong></em>! These bold tasting chips will shock your tastebuds and take your next movie night to another level!</p><p>Plant-based food has exploded in popularity in the last little while and Pepper&#39;s has tried to offer our customers items in this category that satisfy. That&#39;s why it was an easy choice when we found out about a great local company called<em><strong> The Cultured Nut</strong></em> based right here in Victoria, BC! They make amazingly delicious nut-based, pure vegan cheeses in a whole whack of flavours, too.&nbsp;However, there was a short time that we weren&#39;t able to offer it. But rejoice for it hath returned to our shelves with a new look but with the same great taste! You can find it in the end cap of Aisle 1 where we keep the tofu!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking plant-based foods, dried fruit makes a tasty snack any time of day. With <em><strong>H+H </strong></em>(Healthy and Happy) <em><strong>Thai Premium Mix </strong></em>you get dried mango, young coconut, pineapple and strawberries that, combined,&nbsp;make up one heckuva (H+H+H?) sweet treat! Offset the savoury of those new Kettle Brand chips with the sweetness of these tropical fruits.</p><p>That&#39;s it for new items this week. In case you didn&#39;t know, we&#39;re now open even later until 8 p.m. so you have more time to buy the things you need. And we promise that our new online store will be opening very, very soon! We&#39;ll keep you posted so stay tuned...</p><p>Until next week everybody, stay safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 16, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 16 Jun 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;We&#39;re very excited to tell you about our brand spankin&#39; new online ordering system which is almost but not quite ready to go live. So if you&#39;re one of our many customers that prefers delivery or pick-up over instore shopping, listen up. You&#39;ll be able to add practically any item to your cart &nbsp;that we carry and see current prices, as well as list&nbsp;substitutions if we happen to be out of stock on something in particular. This new system is really going to increase the accuracy of your order as well as make ordering simpler and quicker! So stay tuned; we&#39;ll let you know the moment it&#39;s ready for you to use!</p><p>Lately we&#39;ve been getting a lot of new product in so let&#39;s get busy and get into it! We&#39;ll start with our new gluten-free baked items and leading things off is <em><strong>Aidan&#39;s Pitas</strong></em>! We have new <em><strong>Soft Pitas</strong></em> (6 packs) that come in delicious<em><strong> Wild Blueberry</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Cranberry </strong></em>flavour and there&#39;s also&nbsp;<em><strong>Pocket Pitas </strong></em>(4 pack) available in <em><strong>Original</strong></em> as well as a brown option of <em><strong>Red Lentil &amp; Blue Corn</strong></em> (which also contains twice the fibre as the Original). All are made with 100% natural ingredients and are also egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free and soy-free! Plus, they&#39;re made in Ontario.</p><p><em><strong>Pikanik Bakery </strong></em>of Surrey, BC specializes in gluten-free, top allergen-free and plant-based goods. But you don&#39;t have to go and line up to sample some of their wares because we now carry two of them right here in our frozen food aisle! For an incredible pizza just thaw <em><strong>Pikanik Bakery Gluten Frickin&#39;&nbsp;Free Pizza Dough</strong></em>, roll out into a 10&quot;-12&quot; pizza, add sauce and your favourite toppings and you&#39;re good to go! Bake for 15 minutes and presto, instant new favourite meal! Or you can heat from frozen their <em><strong>Pikanik Gluten Frickin&#39; Free Focaccia</strong></em>. Stick it in the oven for 18 minutes, cool for 10 and eat it in seconds!</p><p>For those of you who don&#39;t shy away from gluten, you might be interested in<em><strong> Pretzilla Soft Pretzel Mini Buns</strong></em>! These little guys make the perfect sliders, mini-sandwiches or you can have the perfect soft pretzel dinner rolls by sprinkling on some salt from the included packet! Made in a certified peanut and tree nut-free facility, these are also kosher and vegan!</p><p>Triscuit Crackers have been around for over 100 years and these 100% whole wheat crackers now come in a huge assortment of flavours including the brand new<em><strong> Triscuit Tzatziki</strong></em>! It&#39;s the true taste of fresh yogurt, cucumber and dill combined&nbsp;in a crunchy whole grain cracker that can be topped with cheese or your favourite ingredient, or eaten straight out of the box!</p><p>Just in time for your summer culinary creations comes <em><strong>Sunflower Kitchen Babaghanouj</strong></em> and fresh<em><strong> Basil Pesto</strong></em> and <em><strong>Kale &amp; Oregano&nbsp;Pesto</strong></em> available from our Deli Department! The babaghanouj is a middle eastern roasted eggplant dip with a rich and smoky flavour. The pestos are made with raw fresh herbs and sunflower seeds. But everything is dairy-free, nut-free and vegan!</p><p>Also in our Deli Department comes <em><strong>Oakrun Farm Bakery Belgian Waffles</strong></em>.&nbsp;Traditionally waffles in Belgium are consumed as a dessert and served with powdered sugar, whipped cream, butter, ice cream, chocolate sauce, fruits etc. Sounds good, right? Well, guess what? It IS good and once you toast these waffles to the perfect crispy and golden brown the possibilities for dressing them up become endless! Available in a multipack or in singles!</p><p>We&#39;ve talked an awful lot about things that you can&#39;t drink so it&#39;s time to introduce you to <em><strong>Rise Brewing Co. Organic Oat Milk</strong></em> (this might pair nicely with those waffles...). Made from only four simple ingredients, it&#39;s creamy, slightly sweet and refreshingly smooth! This is dairy-free drinkin&#39; at its finest!</p><p>And speaking of dairy-free, why not try <em><strong>Melt Organic Buttery Sticks</strong></em> on your next ear of fresh corn on the cob? It&#39;s made with organic coconut oil but&nbsp;it&#39;s&nbsp;free from gluten, soy and nuts and is high in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). It&#39;s butter made from plants that can be substituted straight up so you can replace the old with the new and not have to worry about revisions to your recipes!&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, you may remember some time ago us telling you about Sheese, a non-dairy, gluten-free and vegan simulated cheese product in the Wensleydale Style with Cranberries. Well, we&#39;ve added <em><strong>Sheese Vegan Blue Style</strong></em> simulated cheese product that makes for&nbsp;the perfect substitution for regular blue cheese. You won&#39;t believe this isn&#39;t real blue cheese and neither will your party guests!&nbsp;</p><p>Please see the attached weekly specials. Also, don&#39;t forget that Father&#39;s Day is this Sunday, June 21! Steve Martin said, &quot;A father carries pictures where his money used to be.&quot; So make sure to remind that special male role model in your life how much he means to you, whether he&#39;s your father or not. And maybe buy him a hotdog.</p><p>Until next week, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 9, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 09 Jun 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Today Marty McFly, Edward Scissorhands and Queen Amidala all share a birthday! Of course we&#39;re talking about BC&#39;s own Michael J. Fox, Hollywood bad boy Johnny Depp and the lovely academy award winning actress&nbsp;Natalie Portman, respectively. Interestingly, none of them have ever appeared in a movie together although Depp and Portman did appear in Sir Paul McCartney&#39;s video for his song <u>My Valentine</u>.&nbsp;</p><p>First up on the agenda is telling you about new items in our Deli Department! We&#39;re super excited to now offer another amazing Victoria company&#39;s wares: <em><strong>Justo&#39;s Hummus</strong></em>! Available in five exciting flavours these 100% vegan, gluten-free, hand-crafted hummuses (what is the plural for hummus, anyway?) come in&nbsp;eco-friendly glass jars which you can reuse or recycle. Choose from <em><strong>Smoky Chipotle, Masala Curry, Lemon Cumin, Vegan Ranch </strong></em>or <em><strong>Best-O Pesto</strong></em>.&nbsp;</p><p>As if that wasn&#39;t enough, our Deli also expanded their line of super fresh and tasty products from another successful Victoria business!&nbsp;New <em><strong>Fresh Coast Salad Dressings</strong></em> are dairy and gluten-free and come in <em><strong>Almond Caesar, Sweet Chili Lime, Pesto Balsamic </strong></em>and <em><strong>Miso Lime</strong></em> flavours! They&#39;re made with only the freshest ingredients and also come in an eco-friendly reusable glass jar. Both of these new product lines can be found in the cold deli case near the entrance and right across from the first till.</p><p>Ranchero sauce is a spicy type of Mexican tomato-based salsa made with onions,&nbsp;peppers and other good stuff. So when a customer asked for it, we brought in <em><strong>La Costena Ranchera Sauce</strong></em>, a spicy and smoky sauce made with tomatillo, jalapeno, peppers, onions and spices. Try it on&nbsp;huevos rancheros, carnitas, chicken,&nbsp;beef, fish and soups. Or how about on enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, in any type of pork dishes, burritos or as a substitute on any dish that calls for barbecue sauce? Great flavour and not too hot!</p><p>Classico makes delicious conventional and organic pasta sauces as well as&nbsp;pestos&nbsp;but now they have something new for all you pizza lovers out there! <em><strong>Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce</strong></em> will make any home-made pizza taste like you ordered out! Made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil, it contains no gluten and no preservatives.&nbsp;Also try it as a dipping sauce for garlic bread, mozza sticks, or on pizza or meatball subs!</p><p>A few weeks ago we introduced you to Patience Fruit &amp; Co. Organic&nbsp;Dried Blueberries. Well, we just so happened to add a couple of new varieties by bringing in <em><strong>Patience Fruit &amp; Co. Organic 3 Fruit Blend</strong></em>, a yummy combination of sweetened dried cranberries, wild blueberries and tart cherries as well as <em><strong>Patience Fruit &amp; Co. Organic Cranberries</strong></em> (sliced!) which is simply dried cranberries all by themselves. These make great snacks or ingredients to your baking or as toppings for yogurt, ice cream or for whatever you want to add them to!</p><p>Alas, the fight against the coronavirus continues so for those of you looking for something to disinfect your hard surfaces at work or at home such as countertops, sinks, handles, switches, phones or dooknobs (just to name a few) then <em><strong>BT Surface Disinfectant &amp; Deodorizing Spray</strong></em> is going to fit the bill quite nicely. It&#39;s an effective bacteria killer, made in Canada, and it can also be used in the air as a space spray.</p><p>A lot of people swear that charcoal is great as a natural tooth whitening ingredient and breath freshener&nbsp;in toothpaste. We&#39;ve now given you two choices when it comes to mainstream brands of toothpaste containing charcoal: <em><strong>Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Charcoal with Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Colgate Essentials with Charcoal Toothpaste</strong></em>. Both contain flouride and are safe for enamel which means you can use everyday. They&#39;re mint flavoured so you don&#39;t have to worry about your toothpaste tasting and smelling like that roasted marshmallow that caught fire when you were camping that one time and you couldn&#39;t blow it out but decided to eat it anyway and immediately regretted that decision.</p><p>How are we going to finish off the newsletter this week? How about by showing you new <em><strong>Finish Powerball All In 1 Max Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Tabs</strong></em>? Available in a 55 or 105 count this is what&nbsp;the company website says about it:&nbsp;<em>Finish All In 1 tackles whatever you throw at it. Our Powerball supercharges the tablet to remove even baked-on food, giving you a powerful clean the 1st time, everytime. Finish All In 1, which contains new Glass Protection ingredients, offers powerful clean and shine for your glasses while also helping to prevent corrosion - leaving them clean and shiny! Use it even on your toughest messes like greasy dishes &amp; cloudy glasses for fast action cleaning. Finish All In 1 tablets are safe for septic systems. The tablets are easy-to-use, wrapper free &amp; pre-measured to enhance your dishwashing experience</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Or you could try <em><strong>Finish Powerball Quantum</strong></em> which is essentially the exact same product but it&#39;s a powder, gel&nbsp;and liquid combination combined into one tab to do everything that you could possibly want your dishwashing detergent to do. Now if they could only get it to load and unload the machine...</p><p>Alrighty ladies and gents, that&#39;s another newsletter in the books. Please check out the attached flyer for all sorts of great deals in every department. We, of course, thank you for your continued patronage and support and we always wish for your continued good health and good fortune.</p><p>Until next week, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 2, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 02 Jun 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Hey, it might actually be afternoon when you receive your weekly newsletter. You see, it&#39;s written ahead of time and set to go out automatically early Tuesday morning. But it can take hours for this to happen, especially if there are numerous photographs and especially now that our readership has increased. So if you&#39;re one of the unlucky ones who gets their newsletter late you can relax&nbsp;because we&#39;re soon changing the software that is responsible for how our newsletter is sent out. This should result in everyone getting the newsletter in a more timely manner! Yay!</p><p>As if it&#39;s June already! Lots of GOOD stuff happens in June, though: summer officially kicks in, there&#39;s Father&#39;s Day and National Indigenous People Day. And this year it&nbsp;means school&#39;s back in here in BC. At least for now, anyway.&nbsp;So please remember that school zone speed limits are in effect once again.&nbsp;</p><p>Ok, there&#39;s a lot of ground to cover this week so let&#39;s hop to it. If you love seafood, fresh, wild, sustainably caught, Ocean Wise certified seafood, then you&#39;re going to LOVE Vancouver&#39;s own <em><strong>Simply West Coast Seafood Soups!</strong></em> Pepper&#39;s has four varieties to choose from:</p><ul> <li><em><strong>Seafood Chowder</strong></em></li> <li><em><strong>Spicy Thai Seafood Soup </strong></em>(gluten free)</li> <li><em><strong>Cioppino (classic Italian seafood stew, </strong></em>also gluten-free<em><strong>)</strong></em></li> <li><em><strong>Seafood Gumbo</strong></em></li></ul><p><em><strong>?</strong></em>Wholesome and hearty, these soups are loaded with tender vegetables and natural ingredients. They come in a recyclable glass jar and are ready to eat. Just heat and feast! But they require no refrigeration until opened.&nbsp;Choose Simply West Coast and make seafood. Simply!</p><p>Speaking of seafood, what&#39;s the classic condiment to compliment your fish and chips? That&#39;s right, tartar sauce. And we have <em><strong>Hellmann&#39;s Tartar Sauce</strong></em> with a tangy blend of creamy mayonnaise, relish,&nbsp;delicious spices and Canadian free-run eggs. Or if you&#39;re looking for a different flavoured condiment, try <em><strong>Heinz Garlic Aioli</strong></em>. Mayo and garlic creates&nbsp;aioli so the name is a bit redundant but no matter, it&#39;s the taste that&#39;s important. And this delivers a bold and flavourful one! Great on&nbsp;burgers or sandwiches, it also makes an amazing dip for fries&nbsp;and pizza!</p><p>Most of the tortilla chips from Que Pasa aren&#39;t flavoured. They&#39;re either salted or unsalted, red or blue, etc, etc. But we can agree that they are ALL super yummy. So when we found out about new <em><strong>Que Pasa Sweet &amp; Spicy Ranch Tortilla Chips</strong></em>, we had&nbsp;to have them in the store. And the flavours: you&#39;ve got your onion. You&#39;ve got your garlic. You&#39;ve got your jalapeno! There&#39;s ranch seasoning, vegan buttermilk flavour, chipotle goes on and on. Just like the eating that will take place once you open the bag! Gluten-free and vegan friendly.</p><p>Our <em><strong>Deli Department</strong></em> has really kicked things up a notch with the addition of<em><strong> four new summery salads</strong></em>! There&#39;s fresh <em><strong>Mexican Bean, Caesar Pasta Kale, Greek Pasta</strong></em> and <em><strong>Tabouli</strong></em>, all super tasty and ready to eat. Perfect for a quick and easy summer picnic lunch or dinner. Why cook and get all hot and bothered when you can just dish it out and relax? Available in our deli&#39;s cold case at the back of the store.</p><p>Snacking options just got a whole lot better with<em><strong> Sunrype Good Bites Classic Coconut</strong></em>! Gluten-free, vegan and containing no peanuts or tree nuts, it&#39;s the simple and natural ingredients of this delectable snack that make it a real winner! This Canadian company based out of Kelowna has been making snacks and beverages for families since 1946.</p><p>With this next product, instead of hearing &quot;Pass the Cheerios&quot; at the breakfast table you just might hear, &quot;Pass the Cheeri-whoa!&quot; That&#39;s because there&#39;s new <em><strong>Cheerios Coconut Flavoured Limited Edition Cereal</strong></em>. The company website spins this unusual flavour by stating:<em>&nbsp;Coconut Cheerios bring the sweet, exotic taste of a relaxing tropical getaway right to your breakfast bowl. Our latest Limited Edition flavor is inspired by the delicious nutty flavor of coconut. Enjoy these O&rsquo;s at breakfast or on-the-go!</em></p><p>Mmmm. We could all use the sweet, exotic taste of a relaxing tropical vacation right about now, given the current state of affairs in the world. Let us know if this flavour lives up to to the hype!</p><p>Home baking is still in overdrive so if you&#39;re in need of some more yeast, we&#39;ve got the very convenient <em><strong>Lallemand Instaferm 01 Yeast</strong></em> ready for you! otherwise known as Instaferm Red, this&nbsp;instant dry yeast is&nbsp;ideal for all types of yeast-leavened products containing 0-8% sugar (lean dough) and will give you consistent baking results!&nbsp;Suitable for halal, vegetarian and vegan diets.</p><p>And finally this week, for all you sweet treat lovers out there,<em><strong> Ritter Sport Chocolate&nbsp;</strong></em>has introduced their <em><strong>Colourful Variety Limited Edition Bars</strong></em>: <em><strong>Marhaba</strong></em> is yogurt&nbsp;honey hazelnut, <em><strong>Buenos Dias</strong></em> is white mango passionfruit and <em><strong>Hula Hula</strong></em> is coconut wafer (another new coconut flavour!). These won&#39;t last very long at all so make sure to try all of them because once they&#39;re gone, they&#39;re gone!</p><p>One last thing, we are currently offering a give-away on Instagram for free Level Ground coffee! Simply head on over to @peppersfoodsvictoria on your Instagram for all the details for a chance to win a whole mess of coffee!</p><p>Thanks so much for your continued support and please stay safe. Until next week, take good care of yourselves and each other.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p><em><strong>?</strong></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 26, 2020 Peppers Foods Mon, 25 May 2020 19:03:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;On August 12, 1908 Henry Ford built the first Model T car. And on today&#39;s date in 1927 the very last one, which also happened to be the 15 millionth, rolled off the assembly line. Henry Ford closed all of his factories for six months in order to re-tool for production of what was to become the Model A, the first car to brandish Ford&#39;s iconic blue oval logo. And despite the Great Depression, over 5 million were sold by 1931.</p><p>We have lots to tell you about this week so let&#39;s get right to it, shall we? If the welfare of the animals that produce your food is important to you then you&#39;ll be glad to know that we now carry <em><strong>Rabbit River Farms Free Range Certified Organic Extra Large Brown Eggs</strong></em> in our Dairy Department! The Richmond, BC eggs come from caged-free hens and this business is all about humane animal husbandry. That means happy hens = healthy eggs. The chickens are fed an all organic, all vegetarian diet and the farming practices are sustainable and environmentally friendly. So if you&#39;re looking for a great tasting egg from properly treated hens, head over to the dairy aisle and pick up a dozen!</p><p>We listen to what our customers ask for and frequently bring in items that have been requested. But occasionally&nbsp;a staff member will recommend something and that&#39;s exactly how our next item found a home here. Newman&#39;s Own Hot BBQ Sauce is wonderful on chicken, ribs, steak, heck, just about anything that lands on your grill. There are other flavours to this line so if there&#39;s one that you&#39;d like us to carry, let us know!</p><p>If that BBQ flavour profile just isn&#39;t your thing then you should know that <em><strong>Sawmill Prime Rib &amp; Steak House</strong></em>&#39;s incredible <em><strong>Sesame Steak Sauce</strong></em> is finally back on our shelf! Not just delicious on steak, this versatile sauce makes a great dip for vegetables, french fries and baked potatoes.&nbsp;</p><p>Or if you&#39;d rather just skip having to do anything at all except open your mouth and chew, our&nbsp;Deli Department has something else that has been MIA for awhile: <em><strong>St. Louis Ready-to-Eat BBQ Pork Back Ribs</strong></em>! Just heat and serve and you&#39;re good to go!</p><p>Perhaps all this talk of BBQ is making you thirsty? If so, consider<em><strong> Heineken 0.0 Alcohol-Free Beer</strong></em>&nbsp;as the perfect accompaniment to your next &#39;cue. This 0% alcohol beer is only 69 calories and is brewed the same and tastes the same as a classic Heineken. Be like the people in the commercials and drink one while driving your car. Take it to your next business meeting (whenever that is). It&#39;s all good &#39;cause there&#39;s no booze in it, just great Heineken-like lager taste!</p><p>As you know, we&#39;re at the beginning of BC&#39;s Restart Plan for COVID-19. Currently, all in-person gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged. But that doesn&#39;t mean that you can&#39;t pick up new <em><strong>Hormel Foods Gathering Honey Ham and Smoked Turkey Deli Tray</strong></em>! This convenient platter contains Sargento mild&nbsp;cheddar and marble cheese cubes, Hormel sliced ham and turkey as well as crispy, round snack crackers! Just pop off the lid, open the fresh packs and start snacking!&nbsp;</p><p>Local products get us all giddy and we love watching local companies thrive. That&#39;s exactly the case with Salt Spring Island&#39;s&nbsp;Laughing Daughters Gluten Free Foods Inc. In addition to the gluten-free products that they currently offer, you can now purchase <em><strong>Laughing Daughters Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour Mix</strong></em> so that you can make your own gluten-free goodies! Containing organic brown rice flour, tapioca flour, organic amaranth flour, organic sorghum flour, potato starch and potato flour, this mix is great for baking or cooking. Acording to them, &quot;<em>It&#39;s the gluten-free flour of your dreams</em>!&quot;</p><p>&quot;You rang, M&#39;lord?&quot; &quot;Indeed, fetch me something to eat, would you?&quot; Say, did you know that mangoes are the most widely consumed fruit on the planet? It&#39;s no surprise, really. They&#39;re sweet, juicy, tender and super yummy. And <em><strong>M&#39;Lord Sliced Mangoes</strong></em> are no different. Packed in water and mango pulp (with no added sugars) these delicious fruit pieces are excellent in shakes, smoothies, in baked goods, in salads or as a snack right out of the can! They&#39;re also excellent as a source of vitamin C.&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;ll already be into June this time next week! My how the time does fly. Be sure to browse the attached flyer containing the specials for the week. Keep doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as always, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 19, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 May 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Welcome to Phase-Two of the re-opening of British Columbia&#39;s economy. If you didn&#39;t already know, here&#39;s what that entails as taken from an internet news site:</p><ul> <li>Museums, art galleries and retail locations can open, as long as they can maintain physical distancing. May 19 also marks the restart of elective and scheduled surgeries.</li> <li>Dentistry, physical therapy, massage therapy and in-person counselling can also resume under enhanced protocols, as can child care services.</li> <li>Restaurants, cafes, and pubs are also able to open starting Tuesday (today), however, many have opted to push their relaunch dates to give themselves more time to prepare. New WorkSafeBC protocols for restaurants include using large menu boards or disposable menus, installing decals on the floor to control the flow of patrons, and minimizing the use of shared kitchen equipment and appliances.</li> <li>In addition to these measures, restaurants must ensure physical distancing between tables, meaning many will be forced to cut their capacity to allow for more space.</li></ul><p>For now, Pepper&#39;s is still limiting the number of customers allowed into the store so that we can maintain safe physical distancing. We will also keep the directional arrows on the floor for the time being. So fingers crossed, people, that things go smoothly and the numbers of new cases of COVID-19 continues to diminish.</p><p>As for new items, we have lots this week so let&#39;s get down to business! The first one, predictably, is a hand sanitizer called <em><strong>Herbal Glo&nbsp;Ultra Clean Hand Sanitizer Spray.</strong></em>&nbsp;This 80% alcohol spray comes in a stealthy little 60 ml atomizer bottle making it perfect for your purse or pocket when you&#39;re out and about. With aloe vera, tea tree oil, witch hazel and vitamin E, it offers excellent protection against the virus while making your hands smell amazing and keeping them soft and supple.</p><p>Sometimes all this virus talk can get to you after awhile. Anxiety, stress and worrying can all contribute to various maladies including disrupting your sleep. So if you need a natural way to help drift off into la-la land, try <em><strong>Honibe Gummie Bees Melatonin</strong></em>. These Canadian-made gummies each contain 2mg of melatonin as well as honey&nbsp;and are gelatin free so they&#39;re safe for vegetarians. Take them to fall asleep faster, sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed!</p><p>Dirt, pesticides, wax and impurities are all potentially on the produce that you purchase from the grocery store. Using plant and mineral-based ingredients, <em><strong>Attitude Fruit &amp; Vegetable Wash</strong></em> is the perfect product to thoroughly clean your fresh produce when you get home from the store.&nbsp;Depending on what you&#39;re washing, you can either spray on, rub&nbsp;and rinse or dilute in a bowl of water and soak your stuff in it for a few minutes.&nbsp;And if you&#39;re into making your own baby food, you&#39;ll feel great knowing that little Suzie is eating the purest fresh baby food possible!</p><p>Not that we&#39;re suggesting that you <em>need</em> to use the aforementioned product on these but we now have <em><strong>Glanford Greenhouses</strong></em> fresh <em><strong>Tomatoes on the Vine</strong></em>, <em><strong>Roma</strong></em>&nbsp;and <em><strong>Cherry Tomatoes</strong></em> in our Produce Department once again! It&#39;s so amazing to be able to get such fresh and tasty tomatoes from right in the heart of Victoria! It doesn&#39;t get any more local than that! Oh,&nbsp;and with Luke moving on towards greener pastures, we&#39;re very happy to have one of our former Deli Managers slide in to fill his shoes! We&#39;re confident that Cameron will excel as our new Produce Manager. Here&#39;s to new opportunities, Cam!</p><p>Axl Rose said it best when he wrote, &quot;<em>take it slow and things will be just fine</em>.&quot; Of course, this is a line from Guns N&#39; Roses&#39; song&nbsp;<u>Patience</u>. And that leads us to our next item, <em><strong>Patience Whole Dried Wild Organic Blueberries</strong></em>. These slowly grown and slowly dried (hence the name), Canadian&nbsp;berries are sweetened with apple juice making them tender and delicious. Add to yogurt, granola or oatmeal or just eat &#39;em right out of the bag as a healthy and nutritious snack!</p><p>Baking at home has exploded over the last two months and if you&#39;re seeking an excellent gluten-free flour then <em><strong>Cup4Cup Wholesome Flour Blend </strong></em>is going to fit the bill nicely. As per the company website:&nbsp;<em>Cup4Cup&rsquo;s&nbsp;Wholesome Flour is the only non-GMO verified, nutrient-rich, dairy-free, gluten-free, 1:1 substitution for whole wheat flour that is a source of fiber and omega fatty acids. </em>It&#39;s certifed gluten-free, certified kosher, is packed with Omega-3&nbsp;fatty acid and thanks to the ground golden glax seeds and rice bran, has a hefty amount of fibre, too!</p><p>Now that the sun is shining and the warm weather appears to have arrived for good (knock wood) the standard summer staple thirst quencher, otherwise known as lemonade, is going to be the go-to beverage of choice for the young and old. And every year we get excited when we learn that <em><strong>Happy Planet Fresh Organic Lemonade 1.5L</strong></em> is available for us to offer our customers! Well guess what, folks? That time is NOW! It&#39;s back and it&#39;s just as good as ever!! It&#39;s one of life&#39;s simple pleasures, isn&#39;t it? Just water, organic cane sugar and organic lemon juice is all that&#39;s required to create an overall feeling of wellbeing and satisfaction. One swig of this timeless classic will have you feeling that life is good again (P.S. it&#39;s always good).</p><p>Well ladies and gentlemen, that&#39;s another newsletter for you. Hope you enjoyed it. Scroll down a bit further to see our&nbsp;attached advertised specials. And we&#39;re sorry if we sound like a broken record but we just want you to stay safe so please continue to follow the instructions of our trusted health professionals and do everything that you can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Until next week, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 12, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 May 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &nbsp;Sunday was all about celebrating mothers because moms have to wear a lot of hats and do a lot of things: love, cherish, teach, support, protect. Moms can also be extremely influential women. Say, do you want to know a very influential woman who was born today in 1907? Katharine Hepburn! She portrayed strong, confident, modern and independent women in many of her films and was well ahead of the curve in doing so. She died June 29, 2003.</p><p>If you ever played baseball, you&#39;ll know that feeling of stepping up to the plate wanting nothing more than to hit one out of the park. It&#39;s always disappointing when, instead, you either strike out, fly out or ground out. That&#39;s kind of what this week&#39;s newsletter feels like: it&#39;s a bit of a letdown. There&#39;s not a lot to write about.&nbsp;But hey, you can&#39;t hit a home run every time up, right? So let&#39;s tell you about what&#39;s new to the store for this week.</p><p>As you may expect, we have some pandemic-fighting products for you! The first is locally made by<em><strong> Lily Kennedy Custom Gowns</strong></em>. She makes wedding dresses but, like so many other business owners during this time, has adapted to the needs of others. She&#39;s offering her<em><strong> hand-made protective facemasks</strong></em>. Made of a canvas exterior and a cotton liner, these awesome masks even have a little pocket in case you want to add a filter!&nbsp;</p><p>And surprise, we&nbsp;have more hand sanitizer for you! This one comes to us via <em><strong>Minhas Distillery</strong></em>, another distillery that&#39;s changed gears and started battling COVID-19! All three of its North American locations (two in Calgary and one in Wisconsin) have started producing their very high alcohol content <em><strong>hand sanitizer</strong></em>. With 80% denatured alcohol, that pesky coronavirus doesn&#39;t stand a chance!&nbsp;</p><p>Pets need some TLC too so why not treat your kitty to one of three new <em><strong>Whiskas Temptations Cat Treats</strong></em>? But these aren&#39;t just regular cat treats. No, these have a specific purpose for maintaining your cat&#39;s health!&nbsp;<em><strong>Temptations Indoor</strong></em> somehow helps manage littler box odour and helps maintain healthy body condition. <em><strong>Temptations Hairball Control</strong></em> contains natural fibers to help minimize the formation of hairballs. And <em><strong>Temptations Dentabites Oral Care</strong></em> helps remove plaque and tartar build up and freshens your feline&#39;s breath! All three are chicken flavoured.</p><p>Hey, here&#39;s a treat for the human members of your family. I don&#39;t know about you but these days of self-isolation have made many just a tad salty. So why not go with that by trying new <em><strong>Clif Bar Energy Bar Sweet &amp; Salty</strong></em>&nbsp;in <em><strong>Chocolate Chunk with Sea Salt</strong></em> or&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt</strong></em>? These bars, that contain just a dash of&nbsp;salt, were inspired by the cookies available at their employee-run cafe!&nbsp;</p><p>The Very Good Butchers are a Victoria-based business specializing in offering plant-based meats handcrafted with real, whole-food ingredients. And Pepper&#39;s has been carrying their goods since their early days. Now they&#39;ve added <em><strong>The Very Good Butchers Taco Stuff&#39;er </strong></em>their wholesome and tasty meat alternative for making tacos! It&#39;s street style &quot;meat&quot; with all the spices and flavours of Mexico but beware:<strong> this product contains wheat and gluten and may contain soy and sesame.</strong></p><p>We&#39;re keeping it short and sweet this week. Hopefully there will be more new stuff for you to try next week. In the meantime, remember to maintain social distancing and keep up the good fight against the corona virus. Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 5, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 May 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Happy Cinco de Mayo! And happy return-to-shopping in-store at Pepper&#39;s Foods! That&#39;s right, you can come back in, now that we&#39;ve re-organized and made a few changes (chiefly, reducing the number of staff during shopping hours). We have to say, it&#39;s been awfully strange around here these past few weeks so it will be great to see many of you back in the aisles!</p><p>We need to apologize for publishing in Sunday&#39;s information newsletter that we wouldn&#39;t be offering deliveries on the weekends. As&nbsp;happens so&nbsp;often these days, things change. We made a mistake and, in fact, <strong>we <em>WILL</em> be offering deliveries on the weekend</strong>! So if you were bummed out thinking it couldn&#39;t happen anymore, order away for Saturday and Sunday deliveries!</p><p>Sooke Brewing Company make a vast array of ales, pilsners, stouts and other libations, most of which are on the strong side when it comes to alcohol content. But a lot of breweries have traded in their signature brews for their own version of hand sanitizer, and SBC is no different. Pepper&#39;s now carries <em><strong>Sooke Brewing Company Hand Sanitizer</strong></em> made with a World Health Organization formulation of 70% ethanol, glycerol and hydrogen peroxide. All those nasty germs and viruses don&#39;t stand a chance with this stuff! &nbsp;Available in a 237ml bottle for $12 and a 946ml bottle for $30.</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about sanitized hands, let&#39;s take this opportunity to mention a couple of new hand soaps available now. <em><strong>Mrs. Meyer&#39;s Clean Day Hand Soaps </strong></em>are made with olive oil and aloe vera. They&#39;re aromatherapeutic containing garden-inspired aromas as well as other thoughtfully chosen ingredients and will leave your hands feeling soft and squeaky clean! Available in <em><strong>Bluebell </strong></em>and <em><strong>Honeysuckle</strong></em> scents.</p><p>When Ecos makes their health and beauty products, they&nbsp;use&nbsp;hypoallergenic and earth friendly ingredients. They utilize plant-powered surfactants and softeners to make their<em><strong>&nbsp;Ecos Hand Soaps</strong></em>. Pepper&#39;s has a<em><strong> Lemongrass </strong></em>scented soap as well as one in<em><strong> Lavender</strong></em>. Plus, you won&#39;t find any dyes, parabens, phosphates or phthalates in these effective and uplifting-scented hand soaps.</p><p>&nbsp;Cauliflower is chock-a-block full of antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese, and has phytonutrients, vitamin K, and omega-3. It&#39;s a powerhouse of nutrition. That&#39;s why Caulipower chose their name.&nbsp;So if you love soft tacos, quesadillas, enchilladas and wraps but can&#39;t have the gluten found in traditional tortillas&nbsp;then <em><strong>Caulipower&nbsp;&iexcl;Viva Cauliflower Tortilla!</strong></em> is just exactly what you want! Vegan and a good source of fibre, these delicious new tortillas will last for up to four weeks in the fridge if you purchase them frozen (which you will since they&#39;re kept in the freezer aisle).</p><p>We&#39;ve been carrying <em><strong>Yoggu Dairy-Free Coconut Yogurt </strong></em>(made in Vancouver) for some time now. This popular fermented probiotic yogurt is made without dairy: just organic coconut cream, agar and vegan probiotic cultures. So do you want the good news or the bad news first. Ok, the bad news is that they no longer have the Strawberry flavour. But the good news is that there&#39;s a new Mango flavour! So make sure to pick up a jar and give this a try!</p><p>We always attach our weekly specials to this newsletter. So when you scan through it this week, you&#39;ll notice something new:<em><strong> Hellmann&#39;s Salad Dressings</strong></em>!<em><strong> Lemon Za&#39;atar </strong></em>and <em><strong>Sesame Thai </strong></em>can also serve as marinades while<em><strong> Classic Caesar </strong></em>and<em><strong> Classic Ranch </strong></em>make the perfect dressing for&nbsp;any salad! Now that BBQ season has arrived, your&nbsp;main courses and salads will have&nbsp;all of your family members&#39; mouths watering.&nbsp;Get them<em><strong> this week for $4.76 each</strong></em>!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for this week. Remember that Mother&#39;s Day is coming up this Sunday. Don&#39;t forget to show that special lady how much you love and cherish her, especially if you are unable to see or hug&nbsp;her in person due to physical distancing. To all the mother&#39;s out there, Happy Mother&#39;s Day from Pepper&#39;s Foods. Take good care.</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 28, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 28 Apr 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Today in 1789 master&#39;s mate to Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian, led a mutiny on the HMS Bounty about 1300 miles west of Tahiti. Apparently ol&#39; Fletch and some of the crew were a little too enthralled with the good life that they were leaving behind (not to mention Bill&#39;s allegedly harsh treatment of them)&nbsp;so they set the captain and those loyal to him adrift in the m iddle of the ocean in a small boat and went back to Tahiti. Most of the mutineers, though, including Fletcher Christian, were either murdered by their fellow crewmates or died prematurely from one thing or another. William Bligh and all of the crew who were cast away survived the 3618 nautical mile journey that they endured before reaching Timor! Seems the grass wasn&#39;t as green as Fletcher and his followers had thought.</p><p>Thank goodness there was no mutiny when we decided to close the store to shoppers a few weeks ago. But since then a few things have happened: the panic shopping seems to have abated. In general, the frenzy is over for the time being and the vibe is a little more relaxed. The other thing is that we&#39;ve had some time to rethink our strategy in terms of how to offer our customers and our staff the safest way to shop in-store. With that in mind,<em><strong>&nbsp;we have decided to re-open to the public starting Monday, May 4th</strong></em>. We&#39;re going to modify the hours&nbsp;that our staff will be working. You can imagine that having customers, plus employees stocking the shelves, as well as other employees shopping for deliveries and pick-ups would result in too much congestion in our small store to offer effective social distancing. When we have all of the details, you can expect another newsletter (as well as notices on our social media pages) explaining our store hours and any pertinent facts that you&#39;ll want to know. So stay tuned for the next chapter in our evolving COVID-19 story...</p><p>Every year when the weather starts to warm up we haul the <em><strong>Nestle Frozen Novelty Freezer</strong></em> out of storage and fill it up with a variety of treats that everyone will enjoy. This year is no different and we currently have it outside at the front entrance. So for all of you Concierge Shoppers, ask a staff member what we have available and add one or two to your grocery bag! But you can have a look for yourself once we re-open to the public nect week!</p><p>Our lactose free line continues to expand with the addition of <em><strong>Dairyland Lactose Free 10% Half &amp; Half Cream</strong></em> in a 946ml carton!&nbsp;The best part is that it has the same rich, fresh taste of&nbsp;regular cream so if there&#39;s a member of your family that&#39;s lactose intolerant, you only need to purchase one carton (as opposed to getting lactose free as well as&nbsp;regular).</p><p>Ther&#39;e only one thing you&#39;ll need to add to the next new item to get something much tastier and that&#39;s simply water.&nbsp;That&#39;s because<em><strong> Betty Crocker</strong></em> makes it super easy to whip up a batch of super tasty and fluffy<em><strong>&nbsp;Bisquick Buttermilk Biscuits</strong></em>. Just add water to the mix and in 15 minutes you&#39;ll be enjoying mouth watering biscuits perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner!</p><p>Sweet and spicy go together like Ross and Rachel, Leia and Han&nbsp;or possibly even Justin Long and Drew Barrymore. That&#39;s what you get when you take the deliciousness of sweet potatoes and the smoky, yet spicy flavour of chipotle seasoning and combine them as <em><strong>Alexia Chipotle Spicy Sweet Potato Fries</strong></em>. These crispy fries would get Emeril&#39;s kiss of approval and don&#39;t worry if you forgot the ketchup because these already have enough flavour all on their own.</p><p>Perhaps a nice bowl of soup would pair nicely with those fries? How about <strong>Soup<em>etc</em></strong>!&nbsp;<em><strong>Wild About Salmon&nbsp;Creamy Chowder</strong></em>? Made in East Vancouver, these gluten-free soups are all-natural and free of preservatives. Or take your pick from the other flavours of this award-winning line that we have in stock if chowder&#39;s not your thing, that is. And remember: eat well and be nice to people!</p><p>If you&#39;ve been quarantined for the last few weeks then you might be looking for a fresh way to invigorate and energize your body and your mind. Showering with&nbsp;<em><strong>St. Ives Citrus &amp; Cherry Blossom Energizing Body Wash</strong></em> is one great way to do it! Made with 100% natural extracts, this dermatologist tested formula contains no parabens or&nbsp;animal-derived ingredients, is cruelty-free and comes in a bottle made of 100% recycled plastic.&nbsp;</p><p>Please continue to practice social distancing, washing your hands and being kind to the people you come across during your day. We are all starting to feel the strain of this pandemic and even a small act of kindness can have a huge impact on someone and go a long way towards brightening someone&#39;s day. We hope this newsletter brightened yours a little. So until next week stay safe and take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 21, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 21 Apr 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On today&#39;s date in 1918 during World War I German aerial fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen &quot;<em>The Red Baron</em>&quot; was shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France. He was credited with 80 confirmed kills with the German Air Force before&nbsp;Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown finally brought him down.</p><p>Before we get into the newsletter today, we&#39;d just like to say thanks for the overwhelmingly positive feedback we&#39;ve received from you as we move into our second week of Concierge Shopping! We&#39;re proud to say that we are able to offer a 24 hour (or less) turnaround time for both home delivery or pick-up, 7 days a week! Go to<strong>&nbsp;</strong>. There you click the link to be directed to our website and at the top of the page you can choose <strong>Delivery</strong> or<strong> Pickup</strong>. That&#39;s all there is to it. Or use our Concierge Shopping where you come on down, make a list and let us shop it for you in minutes!</p><p>Ok, despite the pandemic we&#39;re still able to procure new items so let&#39;s get busy with that right now! Back in the day Mrs. Garrett of <u>The Facts of Life</u> used to teach the girls, &quot;<em>A good cook cleans as she goes</em>.&quot; That still rings true today although it applies to the boys as well. <em><strong>Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray</strong></em> is the faster, easier way to clean dishes as you cook. Simply spray the dirty dishes in your sink and then wipe and rinse when it comes time to clean up! Available in<em><strong> Citrus Scent</strong></em> or <em><strong>Fresh Scent</strong></em>, it will change the way you wash dishes!</p><p>Is your fresh produce clean enough for your liking? If not, you can remove unwanted pesticides, dirt, animal manure or other contaminants with <em><strong>Nature Clean Fruit &amp; Veggie Spray Wash</strong></em> (for hard fruits and vegetables) and <em><strong>Nature Clean Fruit &amp; Veggie Soak Concentrate</strong></em> for soft items like grapes, berries and broccoli. Its 98% naturally derived ingredients come from plants and minerals. Rinse with cool fresh water.</p><p>If you&#39;ve been following the advice of our trusted health professionals then your hands should have been washed 49 times since you got up this morning. Ok, maybe not <em>that</em> many times. But we should all be washing our hands frequently. And as a result of all this cleansing, some products such as Method, are unavailable right now. So we&#39;re getting in items that we think you&#39;ll like instead. One such line is <em><strong>Attitude Natural Hand Soaps</strong></em>. We have two different lines: <em><strong>Attitude Super Leaves&nbsp;</strong></em>which, according to the company website, states: <em>Thanks to the genius of science, it is now possible to extract the active ingredients from a variety of leaves so you can enjoy their many benefits every day. Rich in minerals, vitamins and growth factors, and with strong regenerative powers, leaves have the remarkable ability to give you glowing skin</em>. There&#39;s also <em><strong>Attitude Sensitive Skin Care Natural hand Soap</strong></em> which is enriched with soothing oatmeal. Both types are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested, are EWG verified and contain worry free ingredients!</p><p>So far we&#39;ve talked about products to clean your dishes, your food and your hands. So logically it follows that we&#39;d have one to offer that you can use for your clothes. A few weeks ago we talked about the grotesque amount of plastic that has been generated since the 1950s. If you&#39;re trying to minimize the amount of plastic that your purchase, you&#39;ve probably realised that there are limited options when it comes to laundry detergent. Most of the liquid options means you get to take it home in a thick plastic bottle. Here&#39;s a genuine game-changer in laundry detergent: <em><strong>Tru&nbsp;Earth Eco Strips</strong></em>! As per the company website: <em>Tru Earth Eco-Strips are the smartest way to clean laundry, period. Each laundry strip packs ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly cleaning power into a tiny, pre-measured strip of liquidless laundry detergent that you just toss in the wash. Its low-sudsing formula works in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency (HE).</em></p><p><em>The smart formulation effectively seeks out and dislodges dirt molecules and stains, keeping them in suspension until they are rinsed away. It makes your laundry washing chore easier, healthier, more economical, and much kinder to our planet.</em>&nbsp;<em>Clean, green, and simple!&nbsp;</em></p><p>Tru Earth Certifications</p><ul> <li>Paraben-free</li> <li>Phosphate-free</li> <li>Free of added dyes</li> <li>Free of chlorine bleach</li> <li>Free of 1,4-dioxane, as certified by independent laboratory tests</li> <li>Readily biodegradable in accordance with OECD 310D</li> <li>Hypoallergenic, certified by independent dermatologists</li> <li>Vegan: no animal-based ingredients or testing on animals by us or our ingredient suppliers</li> <li>Dissolves completely</li></ul><p>Let&#39;s switch gears and start talking about new items that you can eat! Breakfast food seems like a great place to start. <em><strong>Qrunch Organics Quinoa Breakfast Toastables</strong></em> are a great alternative to pancakes, waffles or french toast. Made with millet and quinoa, and lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar, these yummy breakfast edibles go wicked awesome with maple syrup, jam, honey, nut butters or cream cheese.They&#39;re (are you ready?) gluten-free, wheat-free, animal-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, egg-free, MSG-free and corn-free (whew!).</p><p>For those of you who prefer a good old fashioned bowl of cereal in the morning, <em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Cocoa</strong></em> is very high in fibre (so you can also clean your insides out!). They&#39;ve ditched the frosting for real cocoa baked-in every biscuit.</p><p>Now that people are stuck inside, home-baking seems to have made a bit of a resurgence. Actually, it&#39;s made a giant resurgence. So if you&#39;re looking for some ingredients for your next bake-off, look no further than <em><strong>Trophy Thompson Raisins</strong></em>, <em><strong>Trophy Golden Raisins</strong></em> or <em><strong>Trophy Pitted Dates</strong></em>. There&#39;s not much more to say about these three. But if you want &#39;em, we&#39;ve got &#39;em.</p><p>Finally, there&#39;s <em><strong>Simply West Coast Frozen Wild Shrimp</strong></em>. These little guys are imported from the United States and they&#39;re cooked, peeled and ready-to-eat!</p><p>Well folks, that&#39;s it for another week. You can see that we have another smaller ad and we&#39;ll keep going that way for the forseeable future until things return to some state of normality. Thanks for having a read and for making Pepper&#39;s your preferred grocery store! Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 14, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 Apr 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Before the coronavirus surfaced, we had a fairly slow and steady increase&nbsp;in the number of new subscribers to the newsletter. But the number has since exploded and we have hundreds of new people getting this email now. So for those of you who are new to the Tuesday newsletter: welcome aboard! This is where we take the opportunity to tell you about new products, events, contests and the general goings-on at Pepper&#39;s Foods. And we try to do it with a bit of humour and with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two along the way.&nbsp;So without furthur adieu, let&#39;s get it on!</p><p>Hopefully your Easter was spent close to home with a few of your favourite people, gorging on chocolate bunnies and on the ever-shrinking Cadbury Creme Eggs. Seriously, pretty soon they&#39;re going to be the size of M&amp;Ms!&nbsp;It was, however,&nbsp;a beautiful weekend here in Victoria and we hope that you had a great holiday wherever you spent it.&nbsp;</p><p>Yesterday marked the beginning of a new chapter here at Pepper&#39;s as we went to an all delivery/pick-up shopping model. Customers can also come to the store with a detailed list and let us shop it for them right then and there. We&#39;re calling it <strong>Concierge Shopping</strong>. And we&#39;re doing this to keep everyone safe. So stay home and relax and let us take care of the shopping.</p><p>Now onto the new items. First up is<em><strong> GoGo Quinoa Organic Lasagna Noodles</strong></em>. These oven-ready noodles are made with rice and quinoa, are high in protein, are dairy-free, egg-free, are kosher&nbsp;and are certified gluten-free. On the website they say&nbsp;&quot;<em>all you need is sauce for the perfect dinner recipe</em>.&quot; We&#39;re pretty sure you need more than just noodles and sauce to make a decent lasagna.&nbsp;Typically there&#39;s some ricotta in there, some ground meat, maybe some diced tomatoes. Of course you can substitute all of that with vegan options. Perhaps you&#39;ll want to top it off with <em><strong>Emborg Vegan Plant-based Mozzarella or Cheddar</strong></em>, available in <em><strong>Slices or Shredded</strong></em>. These dairy-free cheeses melt just like real cheese and are free of soy, palm-oil and gluten!</p><p>Sherry is a fortified wine (fortified with brandy) that is a popular cooking ingredient. However, it doesn&#39;t last long at all once it&#39;s been opened. That&#39;s where cooking sherry&nbsp;comes in. Salt has been added to preserve it and make it last longer. It doesn&#39;t require refrigeration. So if you love to cook with sherry then <em><strong>Chateau Thierry Cooking Wine Sherry</strong></em> is now available at Pepper&#39;s! Add a sweet and nutty flavour to your meat, seafood and poultry dishes!</p><p>A little while ago, we started carrying <em><strong>Salt Spring Gaia Foods Spicy Japanese Chili Oil </strong></em>and it sold like crazy! Now we&#39;ve added<em><strong> Salt Spring Chimichurri</strong></em> and <em><strong>Salt Spring Apple </strong></em>(grown on Salt Spring Island) <em><strong>Chimichurri</strong></em>! The label description states, &quot;<em>Chimichurri is a traditional condiment and an essential part of Argentinian cuisine. Fresh flavours come togethwer in this versatile sauce that goes well with almost anything. Use as a marinade, or drizzle on your favourite dish and be transported to South America</em>!&quot; Handmade in small batches on Salt Spring Island.</p><p>Chips and dip go together like robins and springtime. But what if the dip&#39;s<em> in</em> the chip? That&#39;s the case with<em><strong> El Sabroso Guacachips</strong></em>!&nbsp; These are corn tortilla chips flavoured with delicious guacamole! That&#39;s not to say that you still can&#39;t dip &#39;em in your favourite salsa or guacamole. But they&#39;re also just fine straight out of the bag.</p><p>If you love the taste of cheese then <em><strong>Cheez-It Crunch Baked Snack Crackers</strong></em> are exactly what you need for these boring days and long nights spent in quarantine watching tv. Available in three flavours: <em><strong>Zesty Cheddar Ranch, Aged White Cheddar</strong></em> and <em><strong>Hot &amp; Spicy</strong></em>, there&#39;s real cheese baked right into each yummy cracker! Michelle says, &quot;<em>So crispy and cheesy good</em>!&quot; Layton exclaims, &quot;<em>Five out of five stars</em>!&quot; And Rinaldo&nbsp;claims, &quot;<em>Without question, the finest cheese-flavoured cracker I&#39;ve had the good fortune of tasting. Simply wonderful</em>!&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Boursin is an herbed French cream cheese of the Gournay&nbsp;variety. And people LOVE it!&nbsp; So if you&#39;re one of them then you&#39;ll want to check out new <em><strong>Boursin Portions Garlic and Fine Herbs</strong></em>! It comes in a package of six snack-sized portions which is great for solo snacking! Bring out the regular Boursin for your party guests (whenever parties are allowed again) but keep the Boursin Portions just for you!</p><p>And finally this week we have a new line of salamis from <em><strong>Mastro</strong></em> which has been making fine Italian deli meats for over 40 years. Choose from<em><strong> Regular Genoa</strong></em>, <em><strong>Hot Genoa</strong></em>, <em><strong>Spicy Calabrese</strong></em>, <em><strong>Sopressata</strong></em> and <em><strong>Salami with Prosciutto</strong></em>. These dry-cured salamis are slow-aged to achieve a traditional old country flavour and will make a great charcuterie platter!&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you so much for having a look and for sticking by us during these challenging times. We are committed to bringing you exceptional service even as we wade through this new normal. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make changes that we believe are in everyone&#39;s best interests. Until next week, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> New Procedures! Peppers Foods Mon, 13 Apr 2020 08:21:00 GMT <p>As the health and safety of our staff, customers and community is our foremost concern,</p><p>Beginning April 13th</p><p>we will be transitioning to</p><p>STAFF ONLY</p><p>inside the store.</p><p>The Pepper&rsquo;s Staff will be</p><p>working hard to shop your orders for you.</p><p>We will have the following 3 options available to ensure our customers continue to receive the quality and service they have come to rely on.</p><p>1 &ndash; Online Delivery Service Mon &ndash; Fri*</p><p>2 &ndash; Online Pick Up Service Mon &ndash; Fri*</p><p>3 - Concierge Personal Shopping only</p><p>Mon - Sun 7am &ndash; 6 pm</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>*Subject to change due to staffing levels</p><p>How does Concierge</p><p>Shopping work?</p><p>Our staff will shop for you!</p><p>1 - Come visit us outside the store</p><p>2- Give us your detailed list</p><p>3- We quickly and safely do the work for you!</p><p>Help us continue keeping our community safe.</p> Update Peppers Foods Mon, 13 Apr 2020 07:31:00 GMT <p>Today&#39;s the day! Let us do all the work for you!</p><p>Looking for that special cut from the Butcher? Give us a call, he&#39;s on duty.</p><p>Worried we won&#39;t have that special, local product you love? We still have it.</p><p>Singing Bowl Granola? We&#39;ve got it</p><p>Portofino Bakery&nbsp;breads, cookies &amp; cakes? We&#39;ve got them</p><p>WildFire Organic Bakery and Cafe? we are stocked up</p><p>Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt? on the shelf</p><p>Nezza Naturals Inc Sanitizer? We have it<br />.<br />Local eggs? on the shelf</p><p>Local supporting local, communities keeping each other safe!</p><p>Visit the menu section of our page for our products and an order sheet</p><p></p> Pepper's Newsletter April 7, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Did you know that 43 years from this past Sunday, Earth will make first contact with the Vulcan species?&nbsp;Well, assuming that what happens in Star Trek is accurate, it will. So we&#39;ve got that to look forward to! Also, American gangster Joe &quot;Crazy Joe&quot; Gallo of New York City was born on April 7, 1929 and also died April 7, 1972 by gunshot wounds. This being the same man who was famously quoted,&quot;I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly believe my answer might tend to incriminate me.&quot; The song &quot;Joey&quot; written by Bob Dylan was also dedicated to him.</p><p>There&#39;s lots to talk about this week so let&#39;s get busy. First off, in order to keep our shoppers and our staff safe from the coronovirus, Pepper&#39;s will be implementing some changes very shortly. Once we have all the details sorted out, we&#39;ll be posting on our website and sending out an email to all of our subscribers, as well as posting on our social media pages. So stay tuned for some news...</p><p>Secondly, we are selling <em><strong>Girl Guide Cookies</strong></em> on their behalf because they can&#39;t social distance and also sell cookies door to door. The entire cost of the box of cookies goes directly back to them so know that we are in no way profiting from this. Support the Girl Guides and buy a box or two.</p><p>And thirdly, you&#39;ll notice that we have attached our ad to this email for the&nbsp;first time in several weeks! Although it is smaller than normal, there are still some great deals for you to take advantage of!</p><p>As far as new products, there&#39;s no shortage of those. And the first one that we&#39;re showcasing today is <em><strong>Microban 24</strong></em>. As per the Procter and Gamble news release: <em>Microban 24 is a new brand of antibacterial home sanitizing products that keeps surfaces protected against bacteria for 24 hours when used as directed. Not only does Microban 24 kill 99.9% of bacteria on contact, but it also keeps working throughout the day. Microban 24 provides a protective shield that keeps killing bacteria for a full 24 hours, even when the surface is touched or contacted multiple times</em>. That means that surfaces can be touched again without having to re-sanitize! And that&#39;s good news in these contagious times. Pepper&#39;s has two <em><strong>Bathroom Spray</strong></em>&nbsp;scents as well as a <em><strong>Multipurpose Spray</strong></em>.</p><p>As far as hand sanitizers go, it can be pretty hard to come by these days. But we&#39;ve added another one for your consideration.<em><strong> All-Clean Natural Lemon Mint Hand Sanitizer</strong></em> is made by a Canadian company with 62% isopropyl alcohol, as well as other natual ingredients, for a refreshing and effective hand sanitizer.</p><p>Though not a disinfectant, <em><strong>Allen&#39;s Cleaning Vinegar</strong></em> is twice as strong as regular white vinegar and is excellent for all cleaning applications,&nbsp;is totally non-toxic, environmentally friendly and economical! Though we&#39;ve sold it in the 2.5L jug for quite some time, only recently have we stocked this item in a convenient spray trigger bottle.</p><p><em><strong>Island Essentials</strong></em> of Mill Bay, BC, continues to expand their line of health and beauty as well as aromatherapy products. New <em><strong>Island Essentials Natural Aromatherapy Room Mists</strong></em> come&nbsp;in three scents that are nice, natural&nbsp;and nifty for the nostril nerves!&nbsp;&nbsp;And because they&#39;re made from plant-derived, nature-identical ingredients, with no synthetic fragrances or petroleum, you won&#39;t spray it and run! Re-use the bottle to reduce your environmental footprint.</p><p>Speaking of reducing your footprint, did you know that less than 10% of plastic gets recycled in Canada? You might also want to know that 8.3 billion metric tons&nbsp;(9.1 billion US tons) of plastic has been produced since it was introduced in the 1950s. That&#39;s a staggering number. So if you don&#39;t like the idea of purchasing shampoo that comes in a plastic bottle (as almost all of them do) then consider switching to one that doesn&#39;t.<strong> Island Essentials Natural Shampoo Bars</strong> come in<em><strong> Gentleman&#39;s Blend </strong></em>(Ginger Cedar Sandalwood)&nbsp;and <em><strong>Cardamom Cream</strong></em> (Cardamom Chamomile Vanilla)&nbsp;scents. They lather just like liquid shampoos&nbsp;and can be used on the body although they are specifically formulated for&nbsp;the hair, scalp and beard using all-natural ingredients.</p><p>Parents want nothing but the best for their babies. That&#39;s why we now carry<em><strong> Simply Kids 100% Organic Baby Food Purees</strong></em> in numerous great flavours! There are no fillers, no artificial flavours or colours, no added sugar or salt and no BPA in the packaging. Your 6+ month old will be giddy with delight slurping back these delicious and nutritious purees!</p><p>You&#39;ll be giddy snacking on new <em><strong>Nestle KitKat Ice Cream</strong></em> available in <em><strong>Matcha Green Tea, Salted Caramel Burst </strong></em>and <em><strong>Espresso Explosion</strong></em>! Hey, if you&#39;re staying in (like you should be) you&#39;ve got loads of time on your hands, right? What else is there to do but eat junk and watch Netflix? Exactly. You&#39;re welcome.</p><p>Alright, that&#39;s all there is for this week. From all of us here at Pepper&#39;s we wish you and yours a very Happy Easter! Try and get creative this year hiding the eggs from the Easter Bunny: place under a stack of sanitizing wipes, take advantage of that huge pile of beverage containers accumulating in the broom closet, hollow out that loaf of bread that you baked for something to do, insert in one of the hundreds of toilet paper rolls in the garage. The possibilities are endless!</p><p>Until next week, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 31, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:30:00 GMT <p>Good morning! It&#39;s been a couple of weeks but we&#39;re back and ready to rock and roll this morning! This pandemic has really&nbsp;thrown a wrench into the gears here in a lot of ways but we also had a technical issue with our website that prevented us from logging in. But the problem has been remedied and seems like all is well in our blogging world. Also, we&#39;d just like to say that we are so very appreciative of the many kind words of encouragement and support that we have&nbsp;received from our customers in the past weeks. It means everything to feel appreciated and it&#39;s what keeps us going through these challenging times. Thanks for sticking with us. And keep supporting your friends and neighbours. Let&#39;s continue to help one another for the duration of this crisis and long afterwards.</p><p>On this day in Paris (obviously) in 1889 the Eiffel Tower was officially opened.&nbsp;At the top (300 metres)&nbsp;you were further from the ground than you could be on any other man-made structure. It would remain the tallest for 41 years.&nbsp;Talk about social distancing!</p><p>Ok, we know you&#39;re eager to hear about what&#39;s new and exciting on our shelves so let&#39;s now waste another minute. If we&#39;re doing a little history lesson this morning, as we so often do on Tuesdays, let&#39;s share another tidbit of information. Red Rose Tea was&nbsp;established by Theodore Harding Estabrooks in 1894 in Saint John, New Brunswick. It&#39;s been a staple for generations (mom, I&#39;m talking to you) but only now has it gone organic! <em><strong>Red Rose Organic Orange Pekoe Tea</strong></em> is the same smooth and satisfying black tea that you love and the bag is made of 100% renewable plant material. And 100% of Red Rose&nbsp;tea comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified&nbsp;tea gardens. Get with the now and get with organic!</p><p>For those of you who prefer to brew tea of the loose leaf variety, we have <em><strong>If You Care Tea Filters</strong></em>. These are unbleached and totally chlorine free (TCF) single-cup tea filters that will not affect the taste of your tea one iota but certainly will affect the environment (in a good way)!</p><p>Remember how two weeks ago we were telling you about how Leclerc just kept pumping out the varieties of their Celebration Cookies? Well wouldn&#39;t you know it, there&#39;s yet another one available for you! New <em><strong>Leclerc Celebration Graham Cookies S&#39;mores Style Truffle</strong></em> are exploding with all of the milk chocolate and marshmallow flavour that you can handle! Plus, they&#39;re probably pretty good paired with that cup of tea we were just talking about. So head on over to Aisle 1 (or add it to your delivery request grocery list) and look for the long row of orange boxes that make up this part of the cookie section!</p><p>Cookies and cream seems to be a fairly popular flavour combination for a lot of products: protein bars, chocolate bars, Pop Tarts...the list goes on. But when most people think of cookies and cream, they think ice cream. That&#39;s why all you lactose intolerant folks should rejoice, for finally you can purchase <em><strong>Natrel Lactose Free Cookies &amp; Cream Ice Cream</strong></em>! But just remember, you don&#39;t have to be lactose intolerant to enjoy this premium ice cream. You&#39;ll never know the difference!</p><p>Looking for a healthy snack full of nutrition that tastes great? Of course you are. How about one that&#39;s made from locally sourced fresh fruit made just east of Vancouver, BC? Check all the boxes? Great, because we now carry <em><strong>Take Your Pick Freeze Dried Fruit Snacks</strong></em> available in <em><strong>Cherries &amp; Berries</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Nature&#39;s Fruity 4</strong></em>. They remove 98% of the&nbsp;water creating a crunchy, tasty snack&nbsp;that your kids (and yourself) will love! But all of the nutrition stays put! In addition to just being a really yummy and fun snack, these also make for an excellent disaster kit item! But there&#39;s also something else...<em><strong>Take Your Pick Freeze Dried Granola Berry Passion Fruit Medley</strong></em>! It&#39;s whole grain oat clusters, toasted wheat flakes and crisp rice&nbsp;blended with cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries and nuts for a snack of unparalleled balanced nutrition and flavour!</p><p>If variety is the spice of life then maybe it&#39;s time to set aside the regular old table salt and reach for something with a little more zing. How about <em><strong>Cape Herb &amp; Spice Sriracha Salt</strong></em>?&nbsp;This unique blend of garden herbs, spices and hand harvested sea salt is ideal as a table seasoning in place of regular salt. Why not change things up with this unique and savoury spice? Pick up your grinder for tonight&#39;s dinner now!</p><p>We didn&#39;t want to just jump right in with virus stuff today because, quite frankly, it&#39;s kind of overwhelming at times. But we must tell you that we have finally acquired a locally made hand sanitizer! <em><strong>Nezza Naturals</strong></em> has paired with <em><strong>Victoria Distillers</strong></em> to create an effective <em><strong>Natural Hand Sanitizing Spray</strong></em> made with 70% alcohol, distilled water, vegetable glycerin and sweet orange essential oils! It&#39;s available right now in a 60ml pump bottle and we&#39;ll have a 180ml bottle later this week!</p><p>That&#39;s all for this week, gang. Let&#39;s hope March goes out like a lamb and that April brings some good news. And remember what&nbsp;Sgt. Phil Esterhaus of <em>Hill Street Blues</em> used to say to his officers before dismissing them: Let&#39;s be careful out there. Until next week, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Could Use Your Help! Peppers Foods Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:50:00 GMT <p><br />Attn: Pepper&#39;s Community!<br />Due to the demand of home delivery orders we are currently receiving, we are in desperate need for help shopping orders! If you find yourself with some spare time in the morning, and want to be hired part-time or simply just want to keep busy and give back - please feel free to email us @<br />&nbsp;</p> Updated Hours/Protocol Peppers Foods Wed, 18 Mar 2020 07:36:00 GMT <p>Good morning Pepper&#39;s community! We have some changes today -<br /><strong>We will be implementing a customer limit in store to comply with social distancing protocols</strong></p><p><strong>Please, for our safety and yours, leave your reusable bags at home.</strong></p><p><strong>Our hours until further notice will be 8 am to 6 pm, however, if you are a senior or vulnerable, please, feel free to come in between 7 am and 8 am.</strong></p><p>Thank you so much for your understanding!</p>