Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Newsletter July 16, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Woo hoo!!! The Pepper&#39;s Foods Newsletter subcription membership just surpassed 800 and we&#39;re hoping to add a bunch more names to that list on <em><strong>Thursday from 10am-2pm </strong></em>at our <em><strong>10th Annual Local Island&nbsp;Showcase</strong></em>! There will be a list for anyone who would like to be included in our weekly email blast. So if you like the newsletter and you think a friend might as well, tell them to attend the Showcase (with you)&nbsp;and sign up! And when you have a look at the attached weekly specials, you&#39;ll notice that most of the items listed are local because it just makes sense to build our ad around the local vendors from the Showcase!</p><p>Some of you may have noticed a few personnel changes around these parts. After 15 years of loyal service, our Front End Manager, Cathy Charleton, moved on to the next working chapter in her life. We will miss her presence in the store and wish her all the best as she takes on new challenges! Lucky for us, though, we managed to fill the big shoes left behind by Cathy by hiring Michelle Dawson as our new Front End Manager! Michelle comes to us with loads of experience and has already fit in as one of the family. Welcome Michelle!</p><p>More and more people are turning to the internet when it comes time to send a card. After all, you save a stamp, paper and the e-card is sent immediately. That&#39;s all well and good, but there&#39;s something to be said for taking the time to select and personalize a card and have the receiver physically receive it in the mail. And selecting a quality card is practically an art form. So if you&#39;re looking for&nbsp;<em><strong>greeting cards for any occasion</strong></em>, you&#39;ll be thrilled to be able to send one <em><strong>from</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Wrendale Designs</strong></em>. Artist Hannah Dale started her company in Lincolnshire, England, inspired by the wonderful creatures found there in the countryside. All of her cards feature one or several different animals and are printed on superb quality, low environmental impact board.&nbsp;</p><p>It seems like cycling and drinking coffee go hand in hand. How many times have you seen that group of spandex-clad road warriors at your local coffee shop either pre-caffeinating up before the long haul or&nbsp;rehashing those near misses after the ride? Exactly! This being Victoria, there&#39;s a whole lot of cyclists and coffee drinkers. So when we heard about&nbsp;<em><strong>Eleven Speed Coffee Roasters</strong></em>, we acted quickly to get their whole bean coffee in stock!&nbsp;Located in Saanich, BC, their coffee beans are small batch roasted with partial proceeds of every single sale&nbsp;going towards supporting youth cyclists! Nigel Tufnel would certainly approve!&nbsp;For more information on this and other coffees including brew guides, origin information and Eleven Speed coffee rides, visit<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p>&quot;When it comes to beats, well, I&#39;m a fiend,&nbsp;I like my sugar with coffee and cream.&quot; - Beastie Boys</p><p>If you&#39;re an iced coffee fiend and&nbsp;also like it&nbsp;the way the Beastie Boys do, then new&nbsp;<em><strong>Caffe Monster Energy Coffee</strong></em>&nbsp;is really going to get you amped! It&#39;s 100% aribica coffee with low fat milk, sugar, taurine, B vitamins and coffee fruit extract. And we have it in Vanilla and Mocha flavours, respectively. Drink this and you&#39;ll soon be&nbsp;intergalactic!</p><p>What better way to enjoy that iced coffee than with a reusable straw? We&#39;ve been offering our customers lots of alternatives to plastic straws and we&#39;ve got two more for you from Starfrit. Vibrant and fun, the<em><strong>&nbsp;Starfrit Large Diameter Silicone Straws</strong></em>&nbsp;come with a cleaning brush and both protect your teeth from the hard tip of a steel straw and protect your lips from temperature shock as well as a metallic aftertaste. Plus, thick smoothies and shakes don&#39;t stand a chance with the wider diameter.&nbsp;Or if you prefer, we have<em><strong>&nbsp;Starfrit Extra Long Reusable Straws with Silicone Tips</strong></em>! The same benefits of an all silicone straw but just in a different size and length!Also included is a cleaning brush.</p><p>Steel cut oats are the inner kernel of the whole oat (the inedible husk removed) which have been cut up, presumably with a steel blade. And they&#39;re a breakfast favourite of many. But they can take upwards of 30 minutes to fully cook. Not with<em><strong>&nbsp;Quaker Quick Steel Cut Oats</strong></em>! These little suckers cook ten times faster than regular steel cut oats which is beneficial for obvious reasons. No need to cook the night before if you&#39;re always pressed for time in the morning!</p><p>Canadians ate&nbsp;530,000 metric tonnes of cheese in 2018. That sounds like a lot. But compared to the EU (which&nbsp;consumed almost 94 million metric tonnes), it&#39;s small potatoes. The point is, people like to eat cheese. And clearly lots of it!&nbsp;So if you&#39;re one of those people, or you have family members who are, then make sure to pick up&nbsp;<em><strong>Black Diamond Marble Cheese Sticks</strong></em>. They&#39;re reasonbly priced and so easy to toss in a lunch kit or grab when you&#39;re walking out the door.</p><p>Say, you know what would pair nicely with that cheese? How about some beef jerky? But not just any jerky:&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Jerky Black Pepper Beef Jerky</strong></em>. This delicious and satisfying snack is made with 100% Canadian&nbsp;Beef, is wheat free and is made just down the road in Sidney, BC. And, this being earthquake country and all, it wouldn&#39;t hurt to have&nbsp;some in your kit.&nbsp;</p><p>Alrighty then ladies and gents, there&#39;s another weekly newsletter for you to mull over. This will be the last one for a couple of weeks (don&#39;t worry, you&#39;ll still receive the weekly specials in your inbox) because summer holidays have arrived and, well, it&#39;s time to chill out for a bit. Until next time, take good care and we&#39;ll see you Thursday under the big tent for our Local Island Showcase!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 9, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 09 Jul 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Today is the birthdate of actors Tom Hanks and Fred Savage. So let&#39;s have a little fun with these two. Do you know what<em>&nbsp;Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon</em>&nbsp;is? Ok, it&#39;s a game where any actor can be linked to Kevin Bacon based on the concept of&nbsp;<em>Six Degrees of Separation</em>&nbsp;whereby everyone can supposedly be&nbsp;linked socially to everyone else through six steps or less. Let&#39;s give it a try, linking both birthday boys in one shot!</p><ul> <li>Fred Savage to Robin Wright Penn (A Princess Bride)</li> <li>Robin Wright Penn to Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)</li> <li>Tom Hanks to Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13)</li></ul><p>It&#39;s kind of scary how this works every time. Try it around the dinner table tonight; it&#39;s great fun!</p><p>Alright, let&#39;s get into the newsletter with our weekly roundup of new products. But first, <em>we would like to remind our&nbsp;customers to thoroughly wash out and remove the plastic lids of the Avalon Dairy glass bottles prior to returning them to the store</em>. Avalon has notified us (not just our store but all of their accounts) that they will no longer accept them back dirty. So if you bring us dirty glass bottles, we will, unfortunately, be unable to refund your deposit. So please do your best to rinse out your milk bottles before you return them to the store. Thank you!</p><p>With more and more consumers wanting to reduce the amount of plastic bags being used, we&#39;ve had a custom<em><strong>&nbsp;Pepper&#39;s Foods Jute Shopping Bag</strong></em>&nbsp;made! This durable and stylish bag can be used over and over again for shopping, picnics, beach days or whatever occasion that&nbsp;calls for you to carry stuff. And at only $4.99, you&#39;ll want to get more than one!</p><p>And following in that line of eco-friendly thinking, we have two new products for your lunch kits that you and your family will really love<em><strong>.&nbsp;If You Care Paper Snack &amp; Sandwich Bags</strong></em>&nbsp;are FSC (Forest&nbsp; Stewardship Council) Certified. That means that the wood used to create the paper comes from forests that comply with rigorous environmental and social standards. Plus, they&#39;re Compostable Certified and unbleached Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) and uncoated with paraffin wax which is made from non-renewable petroleum resources. There&#39;s also&nbsp;<em><strong>If You Care Sub/Mini-Baguette Sandwich Bags</strong></em>&nbsp;which can be used for subs, hoagies, mini-baguettes and hero sandwiches. These bags feature all of the same eco-appealing traits of the snack bags and both products claim to keep bread soft up to six hours.</p><p>If you&#39;re a fan of the new eggs that we stock from&nbsp;<em><strong>Millstone Farm &amp; Organics Inc</strong></em>.&nbsp;of North Saanich, then you&#39;re really going to love their lovely environmentally friendly wool and cotton items. First off we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags</strong></em>&nbsp;available singly (10&quot;x12&quot;) or in a variety pack consisting of 4 bags (8&quot;x10&quot;, 10&quot;x12&quot;, 12&quot;x15&quot; and 14&quot;x18&quot;).These lightweight, drawstring bags are a responsible alternative to plastic bags. Simply place produce into the bag and then into your fridge once you get home. And when they need a freshening up, wash in cold water and hang to dry.</p><p>We all know that&nbsp;our clothes dryers use&nbsp;an enormous amount of energy. But what if you could use a product to reduce the time it takes to dry your clothes by 50%? Would you use it? We think that you will! With new<em><strong>&nbsp;Millstone Farm &amp; Organic Inc. Natural Wool Dryer Balls</strong></em>, the all-natural product proven to reduce drying time by an average of 50%! Taken from the product tag:</p><p><em>At Millstone Farm&nbsp;our flock of babydoll sheep have a forever home and every year they provide us with luxurious organic wool that we use to make these dryer balls. Each ball is made by hand with a precise technique and blend of babydoll, merino and dorset wool, to assure their quality and lasting durability.</em></p><p>Just pop all five balls into the dryer with your wet clothes! The balls absorb the moisture and separate wet laundry allowing the air to circulate better. Great for drying and fluffing blankets, quilts, duvets and cloth diapers. And they&#39;ll last for years. Want to add an aroma to your articles? Add a few drops of essential oil and you&#39;re good to go. No more dryer sheets, softeners, rubber or plastic dryer balls required!</p><p>Summertime means fresh fruits and vegetables. And the more local the better, right? Now you can get locally grown organic sprouts from&nbsp;<em><strong>Salt Spring Sprouts and Mushrooms</strong></em>! Who are they and what do they grow? This is an excerpt from<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em>Salt Spring Sprouts is a small-scale food producing operation based on a 6.5 acre farm on&nbsp;Salt Spring Island. We grow a range of the freshest sprouts and mushrooms from certified organic, Canadian-grown, non-genetically modified seed and organic mushroom spawn to service the needs of gourmet restaurants, farmers markets, and grocery outlets in Victoria, Salt Spring, and the Cowichan Valley.&nbsp;Our sprouts are harvested and delivered within 24 hours making them extremely fresh, nutritionally vibrant, and giving them the longest shelf life possible. We grow all our sprouts aeroponically which reduces their ecological footprint by excluding the need for importing precious mined soils. This also produces the most succulent and flavourful sprouts available.</em></p><p>Choose from&nbsp;<em><strong>Pea Shoots, Sunflower Sprouts, Crunchy Bean Mix, Mung Bean, Sandwich Blend&nbsp;</strong></em>and more!</p><p>Cooking with sesame oil adds intense flavour and aroma to many dishes. If you cook with it, you&#39;ll love<em><strong>&nbsp;Everland Organic Toasted Sesame Oil</strong></em>. It&#39;s a premium, 100% pure, expeller pressed and unrefined oil that should be used at low temperatures. And if you&#39;re going to use the aforementioned sprouts in a salad, consider topping it off with&nbsp;<em><strong>Garlic Expressions Classic Vinagrette Salad Dressing and Marinade</strong></em>. Inside the bottle are whole cloves of garlic, apple cider vinegar, canola oil and various spices. excellent for meats, vegetables and pasta!</p><p>Or, if you like, there&#39;s the much larger bottle of<em><strong>&nbsp;Little Creek Original Dressing</strong></em>! We&#39;ve upsized to a 750ml bottle (don&#39;t worry, we still have the 295ml bottle) for those of you who love this (and many of you do!)&nbsp;certified organic, vegan and Canadian made (Kelowna, BC) dressing which can also be used as marinade or sauce.</p><p>And if we&#39;re talking about sauce, we must mention that Brennan Huff&#39;s&nbsp;favourite one, fancy sauce, is now available at Pepper&#39;s!&nbsp;&nbsp;Except it&#39;s called&nbsp;Heinz Mayochup. The Dutch love, love, love eating their french fries with mayo. Here in North America, ketchup&#39;s the go-to. But now you can get the two most popular french fry sauces combined. And it&#39;s so good, you&#39;ll probably try to keep everyone else from eating it, just like Brennan!</p><p><em><strong>Skippy&#39;s Kettlekorn&nbsp;Ltd</strong></em>. makes&nbsp;small batch crafted popcorn right here in BC (Kamloops, to be exact). We have four new varieties of this delicious popcorn, offered in a clear bag so you can see exactly what you&#39;re getting:<em><strong>&nbsp;Buttered, Sweet and Salty, Cheddar Cheese&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Carame</strong></em>l. Your next movie night will be epic with Skippy&#39;s!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for another week. Hopefully there&#39;s one or two items here that pique your interest and whet your whistle. And remember to be careful if you do karate in the garage!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter July 2, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 02 Jul 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Here we are already into July, the long weekend fading away in the rear view mirror. Hopefully yours was full of fun and exciting times. The weather certainly co-operated, at least here in Victoria, with loads of sunshine and high temperatures. And because July has arrived, we need to remind you about our annual<em><strong>&nbsp;Local Island Showcase</strong></em>&nbsp;which happens to be our tenth! We&#39;re gathering many of the people who create the local products that you love, putting them under a giant tent outside the store and letting you come by to say hello. You&#39;ll get to sample lots of different food and drink, ask questions and purchase their items at a discount. So mark your calendars for&nbsp;<em><strong>Thursday, July 18th between 10AM and 2PM</strong></em>! Let&#39;s make this the best turnout yet!</p><p>Eugene&#39;s Greek Food held their <em><strong>Helpful Hummus Campaign</strong></em> during the month of May whereby $0.25 from the sale of every container of hummus or tzatziki was&nbsp;donated to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. A total of $4240.00 was raised for this great cause! Well done, Eugene&#39;s!</p><p>Our Deli Dept. is very pleased to now offer&nbsp;a large line-up of Spanish cured meats, sausages and appetizers from&nbsp;<em><strong>Espu&ntilde;a Tapas Essentials</strong></em>! With authentic Spanish tapas including&nbsp;<em><strong>Bacon-Wrapped Dates</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Spanish Choricitos</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Fine Herbs Spanish</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Paprika Pinchitos</strong></em>&nbsp;(skewers) your next dinner party can shine! There&#39;s also&nbsp;<em><strong>Regular&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Hot Chorizo Rings</strong></em>,<em><strong>&nbsp;Olot Salami</strong></em>, <em><strong>Spanish Serrano Ham</strong></em>&nbsp;and more! Hang up a Picasso or a Dali, add a little Flamenco music and, of course, wine and/or sangria&nbsp;and you&#39;ll feel like you&#39;re in Barcelona. Ol&eacute;!</p><p>How would you like to wrap your sandwich in a tomato? You read that right, because&nbsp;with<em><strong>&nbsp;NewGem Foods Gem Wraps</strong></em>&nbsp;you can do exactly that! These game-changing wraps are a healthy and delicious alternative to bread and tortillas because they are 100% plant based and made from gently dehydrated fruits and vegetables and other natural ingredients! Choose from&nbsp;<em><strong>Tomato</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Carrot</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Apple Kale</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Mango Chipotle</strong></em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Benefits include:</p><ul> <li>100% Plant-Based ingredients</li> <li>Fits all food tribes (Gluten-free, Vegan, Paleo, Keto, Kosher, Diabetic)</li> <li>Clean label.&nbsp;7-10 ingredients.</li> <li>No added sugar. No starch. No wheat flour.</li> <li>Only natural flavours and colours. No preservatives. Nothing artificial.</li> <li>Low-carb (2-3 grams), low calorie (10-15) per serving and fat-free</li> <li>Conveniently portable</li> <li>No refrigeration needed</li> <li>Non-GMO project verified</li> <li>Shelf-stable for 1 year</li> <li>Low sodium</li></ul><p>A few weeks ago we brought in<em><strong>&nbsp;Riviera Coconut Milk Vegan Delight Raspberry Blackcurrant 500g</strong></em>&nbsp;by customer request, immediately sold out and then couldn&#39;t get it back in stock (of course). Well, we&#39;re happy to announce that we were able to get it back on the shelf, as well as<em><strong> two new flavours</strong></em>:&nbsp;<em><strong>Mango Passionfruit&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut Pineapple</strong></em>! And just like the Riviera Petit Pot yogurts in the little glass bottles, we also brought in the <em><strong>Coconut Delight&nbsp;Raspberry Blackcurrant </strong></em>and <em><strong>Mango&nbsp;Passionfruit 4x120g</strong></em> packages!</p><p>Now that BBQ season has kicked into high gear, it&#39;s nice to have options for your family or guests come dinner time. With&nbsp;<em><strong>Simply West Coast Wild Pacific Sockeye Salmon Burgers</strong></em>, a package of fresh buns and your favourite mayo spread, you&#39;ve got yourself a simple and satisdfying meal for those who prefer seafood over beef, pork or chicken. It&#39;s wild sockeye salmon from the Pacific Northwest blended with basil, green onions and capers to form a nutritious, gourmet patty perfect for the grill!</p><p>And if you&#39;re serving up some tasty fries with that burger, you might want to consider&nbsp;<em><strong>Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup Style Sauce</strong></em>. Made without agave syrup, honey or cane sugar, this paleo friendly ketchup is also very low in salt. But it&#39;s big on flavour. So if you&#39;re a fan of ketchup but not a fan of liquid&nbsp;invert sugar, cane sugar&nbsp;or loads of other kinds of sugar then this is exactly what you&#39;ve been searching for!</p><p>Lots of people prefer pasta that&#39;s not made from flour. Chickpea pasta is becoming a popular choice for consumers who have an intolerance to gluten or wheat flour. And that&#39;s why we expanded your choices to include<em><strong>&nbsp;Chickapea Spaghetti</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Chickapea Linguini</strong></em>&nbsp;to our line-up that already included rotini and penne. High in protein and fibre, this pasta is made only from organic chickpeas and lentils. Plus, it&#39;s gluten-free, vegan and kosher! What&#39;s not to like? Choose tasty. Choose Chickapea!</p><p>And rounding out our list of new products for this week, we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Spray Nine Heavy Duty Cleaner.</strong></em> This all-purpose cleaner really does do it all: removes grease, tar, oils, ink, dirt, mud, soot and ash and also<em><strong> kills viruses and bacteria</strong></em> (spray and wait 30-45 seconds) including:&nbsp;Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu), Influenza A2 Virus, Salmonella Choleraesuis, Escherichia coli (E.coli), Hepatitis B &amp; C Viruses, Norwalk Virus, Staphylococcus aureus &ndash; MRSA (HA &amp; CA) and more! All without the use of bleach or corrosive chemicals! Fun fact: in 1956, this was the very first cleaning solution offered in a spray bottle!</p><p>As always, we&#39;ll remind you to have a gander at the attached weekly specials. And, as always, we&#39;ll kindly thank you for taking the time to read up on what&#39;s new and exciting at the store. Until next time, take good care of yourselves!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 25, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 25 Jun 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We&#39;ve talked a lot lately about the&nbsp;<em><strong>Peanut Butter Project</strong></em>&nbsp;whereby your peanut butter donations to the Mustard Seed Food Bank would be matched by Pepper&#39;s, Island Nut Roastery and Merry Maids. The grand total of containers topped out at over 2700! That&#39;s an extroardinary amount of peanut butter, a record amount, in fact (this project was started in 2015)! And it&#39;s all thanks to your generosity. But with over 1000 families utilizing the food bank each and every month, sadly, that peanut butter will be gone in a matter of weeks.</p><p>Lately, local headlines have been made about<em><strong>&nbsp;Little Stand Jams</strong></em>, the Saanich-located roadside stand operated by owner Katherine Little.The stand, which offered homemade jams and salsas through an honour system,&nbsp;was&nbsp;shut down after a neighbour&nbsp;filed a bylaw complaint. That ticked a lot of people off. How would they be able to purchase their new favourite local jarred goods? Well it turns out that <em><strong>Pepper&#39;s&nbsp;has teamed up with Katherine and we will have all ten of her wonderful jams and her three types of fresh salsa on our shelves by the end of this week</strong></em>! We are so looking forward to working with Katherine and allowing the community to still enjoy her unique, handcrafted culinary delights!</p><p>Another one of Victoria&#39;s own small businesses is&nbsp;<em><strong>49 Below Artisinal Ice Cream</strong></em>. Pepper&#39;s has stocked their rotating flavours for a long time and so when they let us know that soon they&#39;d be creating<em><strong> gourmet ice cream bars</strong></em>, we (a) freaked out a little bit and then (b) calmly asked how soon that could happen? As it turns out, it&#39;s happened!! You&#39;re going to love these hefty bars, made with local ingredients and lots of love!</p><p>Recently, one of our customers asked if we could get&nbsp;in a smaller container of cottage cheese?&nbsp;And,&nbsp;us being us, we said of course we could! So now you can purchase&nbsp;<em><strong>Dairyland 2% Cottage Cheese 250g</strong></em>,&nbsp;the perfect size for snacking or if it takes you awhile to go through a 500g container.&nbsp;</p><p>Yet another Victoria small business,<em><strong>&nbsp;Heartisan Foods</strong></em>, has their&nbsp;cane sugar-free, raw, organic, vegan and holistic<em><strong>&nbsp;Mocolate</strong></em>&nbsp;bar back on our shelf!&nbsp;This gluten-free, prebiotic bar is made with ingredients such as marshmallow root, licorice root, Fo-Ti root, carob, hemp seed and coconut nectar to promote health and wellness. Mocolate:&nbsp;<strong>M</strong>ay&nbsp;<strong>O</strong>ur&nbsp;<strong>C</strong>ommunities&nbsp;<strong>O</strong>ffer&nbsp;<strong>L</strong>imitless&nbsp;<strong>A</strong>bundance&nbsp;<strong>T</strong>o&nbsp;<strong>E</strong>veryone.</p><p>Heating foods can destroy certain enzymes and nutrients contained therein. And oxidation, the exposure to the air of food, is also not good. That&#39;s what&nbsp;doesn&#39;t&nbsp;happen when cold pressed juices are made. New&nbsp;<em><strong>Well Cold-Pressed Juices&nbsp;</strong></em>are created using a hydraulic press and are verified Cold-pressed. This Ontario company uses the HPP (High Pressure Processing) method instead of pasteurization to extend the shelf-life of their&nbsp;amazing tasting juices by reducing 99.999% of the microorganisms. Separation is totally normal. Just shake and chug!</p><p>Coffee artistry done right is a thing of beauty. When you get that perfect cappuccino or latte handed to you from the barista who just&nbsp;made it, you feel just about as warm and fuzzy as the foamed milk on top of it. But if foamed milk just ain&#39;t your thing, then new fortified&nbsp;<em><strong>Earth&#39;s Own Oat Barista Edition&nbsp;</strong></em>might be. It foams and steams just like milk does so your dairy free coffee beverage will look and feel (mouth feel, that is) exactly&nbsp;like the real deal. And because it has a neutral flavour profile, all that delicious coffee flavour won&#39;t be masked.&nbsp;</p><p>For those of you who enjoy&nbsp;a nice, refreshing carbonated beverage without sugar, colour or artificial anything, Zevia Soda sure hits the spot. And now they&#39;ve got two new mixers for your favourite libations!&nbsp;<em><strong>Zevia Tonic Water&nbsp;</strong></em>(tantalizing Tom Collins, anyone?) and&nbsp;<em><strong>Zevia Ginger Beer&nbsp;</strong></em>(meritorious Moscow Mule?) are&nbsp;&quot;<em>bold in flavour with zero sugar and no artificial sweeteners. A delicious compliment to any cocktail, mocktail or straight out of the can</em>!&quot;</p><p>That&#39;s all the newness we can offer for this week. Oh, and before we forget,<em><strong>&nbsp;Canada Day is coming up on Monday, July 1</strong></em>!&nbsp;Our<em><strong> hours for that day are 7AM-7:30PM</strong></em>. Time to break out the Canadian tuxedo and celebrate in style! Let&#39;s bring it back into fashion!&nbsp;And while we&#39;re all rocking the denim on denim look, we should pause between Molsons to&nbsp;thank Bing Crosby for this unique style. After all, it was his visit to Vancouver in 1951 that spawned its creation.&nbsp;</p><p>Happy Canada Day!!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 18, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On this day in 1942, Sir James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England. In case you didn&#39;t know already, this guy is kind of a big deal, musically speaking. Aside from being one of the most successful composers and performers of all time (his partnership writing songs with John Lennon is THE most successful&nbsp;ever) he is also one of the wealthiest musicians in the world with an estimated worth of $1.2 billion! He did say, &quot;That&#39;s what I want&quot;&nbsp;in the Beatles song Money. Well, he got it!&nbsp;Can&#39;t Buy Me Love, huh? Pretty sure you can buy anything with that kind of cash.</p><p>If you came down on Saturday hoping to try out the<em><strong> Holy Grail Chocolate Sauces</strong></em> that we mentioned last week&nbsp;only to find that Hilary wasn&#39;t was due to a bad bout of food poisoning! We&#39;re happy to report that she is feeling much better and is very apologetic for not being able to make it.</p><p>The last few months have seen an explosion of new varieties of Oreo Cookies. Their wacky crew&nbsp;must never sleep! That&#39;s because they&#39;ve added another two flavours!<em><strong>&nbsp;Oreo Dark Chocolate</strong></em>&nbsp;is the classic Oreo cookie with dark chocolate flavoured creme sandwiched in between. Made with real cocoa. A little less traditional is&nbsp;<em><strong>Oreo Carrot Cake Cookies</strong></em>, with carrot cake flavoured cookies and a cream cheese flavoured creme centre.</p><p>What better to wash down a bunch of cookies with than lemonade, especially now that it&#39;s officially hot outside?<em><strong>&nbsp;Black River Classic Lemonade</strong></em>&nbsp;has just arrived and could be your next favourite summertime beverage. Made with cane sugar, concentrated lemon and lime juices and a whole lot of love to boot, it&#39;s the perfect combination of sweet and tart!</p><p>Anytime that we can get a quality, local product into the store, we jump at the opportunity. So when we heard about&nbsp;<em><strong>Millstone Farm &amp; Organics Inc. Farm Fresh Eggs</strong></em>, we didn&#39;t hesitate! Their products are all focused on the health of humans and the environment. And these organic eggs are produced from hens that are free to roam the natural pastures and forest of the farm located in North Saanich! We should mention that these eggs are available in limited quantities so please don&#39;t be upset if you come looking and find the shelf empty.&nbsp;</p><p>If you&#39;ve been buying Mornington Goat Butter at Pepper&#39;s, you won&#39;t find it anymore. That&#39;s because it&#39;s been discontinued. But don&#39;t be alarmed! We replaced it with&nbsp;<em><strong>Woolwich Goat Butter</strong></em>&nbsp;who&#39;ve been lovingly creating goat milk products in Orangeville,&nbsp;Ontario for quite awhile now. This butter has a creamy smooth texture and a rich taste that pairs well sauteed on vegetables or spread on rustic, crusty bread!</p><p>Libert&eacute; Mediterranee Yogurt is famous for being &uuml;ber thick and rich, a truly decadent treat. And like many other companies, they offer a rotating limited edition flavour. For some reason, their last one, Pumpkin Salted Caramel,&nbsp;flopped. But this new one looks to be a solid bet.&nbsp;New to the dairy shelf is&nbsp;<em><strong>Libert&eacute; Mediterranee Limited Edition Wild Blueberry</strong></em>! Nothing exotic or unconventional about this flavour: just a whole lot of creamy, delicious blueberry-on-the-bottom high fat yogurt! Go ahead and live a little! You deserve it!</p><p>All of the honey flavoured yogurts that Pepper&#39;s stocks are solid sellers. So we decided to add<em><strong>&nbsp;Oikos Honey Greek&nbsp;Yogurt&nbsp;</strong></em>in a convenient 4x100g multipack! Lots of people like plain greek yogurt with a little honey to sweeten things up. Now skip a step and buy it with the honey already added!&nbsp;</p><p>And while we&#39;re talking about yogurt, we&#39;ll just remind you that we sell the plastic lids for the super popular<em><strong>&nbsp;Riviera Petit Pot Yogurts</strong></em>. This is the delicious, French-Canadian yogurt that comes in the little glass jars. After you&#39;ve eaten the yummy contents, you can re-use the jar for&nbsp;whatever you like: as a tealight candle holder, to store spices, screws, your weed, you name it.&nbsp;The choice is up to you!</p><p>Are you concerned about the amount of detergents and phosphates entering the environment? If so then<em><strong>&nbsp;If You Care Automatic Dishwasher Tablets</strong></em>&nbsp;will ease your conscientious mind while simultaneously providing you with sparkling clean dishes! These super concentrated tabs&nbsp;<em>use a potent blend of mineral and plant derived cleaning ingredients including powerful enzymes</em>.&nbsp;No phosphates or chlorine to be found anywhere. And because they&#39;re super concentrated, their size is reduced. That means a reduced box size, less weight per box, less raw materials used, stored, transported, handled&nbsp;and distributed. That equates to&nbsp;less fuel burned, less CO2 and less detergents in the environment. Your choices make a difference. Give these dishwasher tabs a try...if you care.</p><p>A lot of people would love to have a better smelling room, house or car but they just can&#39;t handle the harshness of many of the aerosolized spray deodorants.<em><strong>&nbsp;Attitude Little Ones Natural Air Purifier</strong></em>&nbsp;takes care of that problem (and many nasty problem odours, too!). How does it work? It&#39;s an odour absorbing, Canadian made product that uses activated charcoal to purify air in spaces up to 400 square feet! It has a subtle yet pleasing scent but doesn&#39;t contain any&nbsp;ingredients that would cause you any concern to be exposed to. In other words, it&#39;s all-natural just as the name suggests. Just like the Ronco Rotisserie Oven, set&nbsp;it and forget it!</p><p>And finally, the winner of our highly coveted Toronto Maple&nbsp;Leafs jersey was Astrid, a transplanted Torontonian of 26 years and, coincidentally, a huge fan. Congratulations Astrid!</p><p>We have a great ad for you this week. Make sure you take advantage of these deals! Until next week, take good care!&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter June 11, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>[Ward has arrived home from work and is reading the mail in the living room, unbeknownst to June and Wally who have just come down the stairs]&nbsp;</p><p><strong>June Cleaver</strong>&nbsp;:&nbsp;Now Wally, I want you to go in the living room and pick up those orange peels that you left on the coffee table. If your father comes home and sees them he&#39;ll be in a terrible mood all through dinner.</p><p><strong>Wally Cleaver</strong>&nbsp;:&nbsp;Yeah, I don&#39;t want him hollerin&#39; at me again.</p><p>[June sees Ward in the living room, who has overheard their exchange]&nbsp;</p><p><strong>June Cleaver</strong>&nbsp;:&nbsp;[sheepishly]&nbsp;&nbsp;Hello Dear. I was upstairs, I didn&#39;t know you were home.</p><p><strong>Ward Cleaver</strong>&nbsp;:&nbsp;Oh yes, the monster has returned to his cave.</p><p>Sunday is <strong>Father&#39;s Day </strong>and that means no leaving orange peels in the living room (kids)&nbsp;and if you&#39;re a hollerin&#39;! To all you fathers out there, enjoy your special day, wherever your cave may be!</p><p>We have an in-store demo happening <em><strong>Saturday, June 15th</strong></em> between the hours of 11am and 1pm whereby Victoria&#39;s own<em><strong>&nbsp;Holy Grail Kitchen Co.</strong></em>&nbsp;will be sampling some of their superior quality,&nbsp;<em><strong>dairy free</strong></em>&nbsp;chocolate sauces. Make sure to stop by and give them a try!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s prides itself on is being as accomodating to customers as possible. And one of the ways we can do that is to get products that customers request. It&#39;s not always possible but we always try our best! And last week we were able to get in&nbsp;<em><strong>Riviera Coconut Milk Vegan Delight Raspberry and Blackcurrent</strong></em>. This high protein, lactose-free vegan yogurt is made with coconut milk and has such a rich texture, you&#39;ll likely be fooled into thinking it&#39;s classic yogurt! Calcium, plus vitamins A, B12 and D have been added to this highly probiotic delight!</p><p><em><strong>Glaceau Vitamin Water</strong></em>&nbsp;is one of the best selling drinks in our cold beverage cooler.&nbsp;But now there are two new, low-calorie options to tantalize the tastebuds and rehydrate your body.&nbsp;<em><strong>Vitamin Water Fire&nbsp;</strong></em>is&nbsp;<em>spicy watermelon and lime</em>&nbsp;flavoured with only 15 calories per bottle. The spice comes from ginseng and it&#39;s an excellent source of vitamins C and B! Or perhaps your taste preference is for&nbsp;<em><strong>Vitamin Water Ice</strong></em>, the<em>&nbsp;cool blueberry lavender</em>&nbsp;drink also sky high in vitamins C and B and containing only 10 calories per bottle! It&#39;s an epic battle of the senses. Who ya got?&nbsp;</p><p>Are you of those people that likes their cola a little on the fruity side? Oh yeah? Perfect, because now Pepsi has new <em><strong>Pepsi Mango</strong></em> and <em><strong>Pepsi Lime</strong></em>, respectively, to liven up the cola drinking experience that they figure must need&nbsp;livening up. They&#39;ve been making Diet Pepsi Lime since forever but this is regular Pepsi with real lime juice. But mango is all new territory! Let us know if you approve!</p><p>Did you know that our full-service Meat Department has a plethora of BBQ friendly products other than just steaks and burgers to &quot;meat&quot; all of your family BBQing needs? We have&nbsp;<em><strong>Chicken Skewers</strong></em>&nbsp;in teriyaki, honey garlic, buffalo, lemon herb and souvlaki flavours! Throw another shrimp (or a few) on the bar-b with&nbsp;<em><strong>Shrimp Skewers</strong></em>, available plain or marinated.&nbsp;Or try putting your John Spatchcock on this BBQ favourite by cooking up one of our&nbsp;<em><strong>Spatchcock Chickens</strong></em>, also&nbsp;available plain or marinated. How about a fresh&nbsp;<em><strong>Salmon Burger</strong></em>&nbsp;(sockeye) with bacon or sundried tomato? We&#39;ve got<em><strong>&nbsp;Maui Ribs</strong></em>&nbsp;or<em><strong>&nbsp;Marinated Pork Tenderloin</strong></em>. And don&#39;t forget that a&nbsp;<em><strong>Boneless Stuffed Turkey Breast&nbsp;</strong></em>makes an excellent dinner on the BBQ.&nbsp;There&#39;s something for everyone available at Pepper&#39;s Meat Department!</p><p>If you&#39;re going to whip up some burgers or hotdogs, make sure to pick up the perfect condiment for either:&nbsp;<em><strong>Mazzetta Deli-Style Zesty Bell Pepper Relish</strong></em>! This is an awesome alternative to regular old sweet green relish with both red and green peppers mixed with jalapenos, vinegar and mustard seed. And remember, we already carry their sweet pepper relish, too!</p><p><em><strong>Asian Home Gourmet Coconut Cream Powder Mix</strong></em>&nbsp;is a convenient way to use coconut milk. Maybe your recipe doesn&#39;t call for an entire can of coconut milk. Problem solved! You can use this powder (each packet makes the equivalent of one coconut&#39;s milk) in curries, smoothies, Pina Coladas or just about anything where rich, coconut flavour is required.</p><p>A little while back we started carrying <em><strong>Caboo Bamboo and Sugarcane Fibre Dinner Napkins</strong></em> so we decided to expand on that by offering&nbsp;<em><strong>Caboo Bamboo and Sugarcane Fibre Facial Tissue</strong></em>. Just like the napkins, they use only 100% bamboo and sugarcane fibres to produce this strong yet soft tissue. And no, they don&#39;t use bamboo that would otherwise be dinner for pandas. 100% Canadian owned.</p><p>These next products go out to our furry friends, both feline and canine, because they need some variety in their diets just like the rest of us.&nbsp;<em><strong>Friskies Indoor Classic Pate Chicken Dinner</strong></em>&nbsp;has all the nutrition that your indoor cat requires with the added benefit of hairball control. It promotes a healthy weight for your kitty aged 1 and up.</p><p>Just look at the contented face of the cat on the bag of&nbsp;<em><strong>Purina Cat Chow Easily Digestible Cat Food</strong></em>! Is that the face of a cat with gastointestinal issues? No way, Jose! With natural prebiotic fibre to support digestive health, high quality protein and 100% complete and balanced nutrition for adult cats, yours will be purring all the way to the litterbox after chowing down on this food!</p><p>And finally,<em><strong>&nbsp;Purina Beneful IncrediBites Grilled Sirloin&nbsp;Steak</strong></em>&nbsp;flavoured dogfood is just for small dogs! The number 1 ingredient is real beef and it&#39;s nutrient rich to support your adult&nbsp;small dog&#39;s higher metabolism. Plus, it&#39;s a blend of crunchy and chewy bits that is GUARANTEED to be loved by your dog. It&#39;s right on the bag. Give your Poop-a-Snoo (or whatever baby-talk name you call your beloved pooch) this tasty and healthy food that he&#39;ll find irresistable!</p><p>Thanks for checking us out again this week. It&#39;s been a slice! Until next Tuesday, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 28, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 28 May 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On this day in 1934, the Dione Quintuplets were born in Corbeil, Ontario. Yvonne, Cecile, Annette, Emilie and Marie were born two months premature and were the first known quintuplets to survive infancy which is remarkable given that&nbsp;their total combined weight one week after birth was 10 pounds!</p><p>Last week we told you about&nbsp;<em><strong>Project Peanut Butter</strong></em>&nbsp;where your peanut butter donation is matched by Pepper&#39;s, Merry Maids and Island Nut Roastery as a way to help underpriviledged folks get something to eat through<em><strong> The Mustard Seed Food Bank</strong></em>. This means that your one jar donation results in a total of four!&nbsp;You have until June 18th to contribute. And<em><strong>&nbsp;this week in our ad</strong></em>, we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Island Nut Roastery Peanut Butter 375g</strong></em>&nbsp;on<em><strong> for the great price of $3.46</strong></em>! If you haven&#39;t already, please consider purchasing a jar and donating it towards a great cause.</p><p>What better goes with peanut butter than jelly? Perhaps not&nbsp;<em><strong>Trugs Gourmet Nicely Spicy Red Pepper Jelly</strong></em>&nbsp;with white wine.You could spread it on a turkey sandwich instead of mustard or mayo. Or use it as a glaze on pork or salmon. Of course, dolloped&nbsp;on a cracker with cream cheese is always a hit at parties. Red pepper jelly can be eaten lots of different ways so make sure you try this new and delicious one made in Burnaby, BC!</p><p>BBQ season is now officially in full swing and if you&#39;re looking for a way to create the most flavourful steak in the &#39;hood then look no further than&nbsp;<em><strong>The Keg Steaklhouse + Bar Steak Spice</strong></em>&nbsp;with 25% less sodium than the Original. This blend of dehydrated onion and garlic and select spices is the perfect seasoning for your next grilled steak. And a portion of the proceeds generated from the sale goes towards charity through The Keg Spirit Foundation. For more information head on over <strong>to&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em>Lovely Lemon Grass</em></p><p><em>Essential in Asian foods</em></p><p><em>You delight my mouth.</em></p><p>What else can you say about lemon grass? With new&nbsp;<em><strong>Haiku Lemon Grass in water</strong></em>, you&#39;ll always have some on hand when your Thai or Vietnamese recipes call for it. And<em><strong>&nbsp;M&#39;Lord Marinated Green Asparagus&nbsp;</strong></em>has a refreshing and tangy flavour, perfect for salads, as an accompaniment to your appetizer plate or even as a garnish for&nbsp;a Bloody Mary.</p><p>What if you could eat cookies by the fistful and not have to worry about ingesting all kinds of junk that you don&#39;t want in the process? You&#39;d probably go for it, right? Well now that dream can be a reality with new&nbsp;<em><strong>Sejoyia Coco-Thins Snackable Cashew Cookies</strong></em>. These light and crispy cookies are made from organic coconut, cashews, cassava and only a few more ingredients for a gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and paleo friendly snack! Choose from&nbsp;<em><strong>Salted Caramel</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Lemon Zest</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate</strong></em>! Sejoyia means&nbsp;<em>See-Joy-In-All</em>. And&nbsp;these cookies should bring loads of joy to whomever eats them! Plus, they&#39;re made using 100% wind powered energy!</p><p>Our Dairy Dept. made several additions this week, the first actually being a non-dairy item with&nbsp;<em><strong>Earth</strong></em> <em><strong>Island Pepper Jack Style Cheese Alternative</strong></em>. You&#39;ve got your jalapeno peppers, your sweet bell peppers, your olive extract and other ingredients for a spicy, vegan cheese-like slice that&#39;ll make any dish perk up!</p><p>Our customers have been asking for more grass-fed products and we&#39;ve listened by bringing in&nbsp;<em><strong>Donia Farms Grass Fed Milk</strong></em>&nbsp;in a 2L jug! This South Surrey, BC farm has been around since 1955 producing silage-free dairy products. Currently we only have 2% but will add homo when the supplier has it available. Taste the difference grass-fed makes. You might not go back to regular milk ever again!</p><p>Another brand spankin&#39; new item is&nbsp;<em><strong>S&auml;vor Grass Fed Butter</strong></em>. Made in Eastern Ontario, this butter is created by&nbsp;following the standards and guidelines for Grass&nbsp;Fed Dairy from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle.&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, Pepper&#39;s has added another brand of goat milk yogurt:&nbsp;<em><strong>Goat&#39;s Pride Whole Milk Goat Yogurt</strong></em>! This yogurt is made in Abbotsford, BC at McLennan Creek.&nbsp;The popularity of goat&nbsp;milk products has really skyrocketed because goat milk has numerous benefits that bovine&nbsp;milk does not (as per the Goat&#39;s Pride website):</p><ul> <li>Goat milk cells are 1/5th&nbsp;the size of dairy milk cells, making goat milk easier for humans to digest than milk from larger animals.</li> <li>The protein in goat milk is a different type of protein than in cow milk (A2 vs A1).&nbsp;This protein is much more easily tolerated by humans, especially those with food allergies.</li> <li>Goat milk contains lactose, BUT it also contains an enzyme that helps our bodies to more easily digest the lactose so for people with lactose intolerances goat&nbsp;milk often does not give them the same symptoms.</li></ul><p>So if you like dairy but can&#39;t tolerate it well, goat milk products might just be the remedy.</p><p>Next week we&#39;ll be into&nbsp;the month of June, can you believe that? Time sure does fly where you&#39;re having fun! Thanks for taking the time to read up on what&#39;s new at the store. Until next time, take good care and have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 21, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 21 May 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; For those of you returning to work this morning after enjoying a long weekend, we can sympathize. It&#39;s always tough slogging the first day back.&nbsp;The good news is that you get to enjoy another one of our newsletters and hopefully it takes the sting out of heading&nbsp;into the ol&#39; salt mine again. Our first order of business involves informing you about a cause near and dear to our hearts: Project Peanut Butter.</p><p><em><strong>Project Peanut Butter has begun</strong></em>! Did you know summer is one of the leanest times of year for food bank donations? We have joined with <em><strong>Island Nut Roastery</strong></em> &amp; <em><strong>Merry Maids&nbsp;</strong></em>to help keep the shelves of the Mustard Seed full this summer!&nbsp;From now until June 18th, for every jar of peanut butter donated,<br />Pepper&rsquo;s Foods, Island Nut Roastery &amp; Merry Maids will each donate a jar of Island Nut Roastery Peanut Butter to the Mustard Seed. One jar donated = four!!</p><p>You can bring in any&nbsp;kind of peanut butter to the store from anywhere&nbsp;or purchase any jar from us and leave it with a cashier. It&#39;s a small gesture that can make a BIG difference to those who are less fortunate!</p><p>First up on our list of new items is&nbsp;<em><strong>Hellmann&#39;s Vegan Dressing &amp; Sandwich Spread</strong></em>. Carefully crafted with non-GMO sourced ingredients, this certified vegan dressing contains no eggs, trans fats, gluten, cholesterol, artificial colours or&nbsp;flavours. The Hellmann&#39;s Canada website shows that it has a 4.4 star rating out of a possible five from over 200 reviews, many of which state that there&#39;s finally a vegan mayo that tastes like the real deal! You&#39;re just going to have to try it for yourself to find out!</p><p>You know what&#39;s more fun than eating vegan mayonnaise? That&#39;s right...drinking vegan Caesars! Now you can enjoy that vegan sandwich&nbsp;with&nbsp;<em><strong>Walter Craft Vegan Caesar Mix</strong></em>. The bottle states:&nbsp;<em>this 100% plant-based mix is seasoned with horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, select spices and dulse hand-harvested from the Bay of Fundy</em>. Dulse is an edible seaweed which&nbsp;<em>&quot;imparts a taste of the sea</em>.&quot; So if you suffer from a shellfish allergy, now you&#39;ve got the go-ahead to enjoy a Caesar (or two) with this premium, Canadian mix! But don&#39;t forget, we also have the&nbsp;<em><strong>Walter Classic&nbsp;Caesar</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Walter Spicy Caesar</strong></em>&nbsp;mixes for those who prefer or can tolerate the clam juice.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for another thing to eat that&#39;ll impart a taste of the sea on your tongue then look no further than<strong><em>&nbsp;Kim Nori Seasoned Seaweed Snacks</em></strong>. Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Sea Salt</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sweet n Spicy</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Korean BBQ</strong></em>, this edible seaweed (Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed) is of the highest quality and makes for a delicious (and highly nutritious) snack!</p><p>Beyond Meat is taking&nbsp;consumers by storm! And we&#39;ve been stocking&nbsp;<em><strong>Beyond Meat Sausages</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Beyond Meat Burgers&nbsp;</strong></em>(4 packs) since they became available for retail. And now, we have <em><strong>Beyond Meat Burgers 2.0</strong></em>! If you want to purchase these meatless burgers in a two-pack, now you can! Get in on the action and try&nbsp;&quot;<em>The world&#39;s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like beef without gluten, soy or GMOs</em>.&quot;</p><p>If you&#39;re still using one of those wire bristled BBQ grate cleaners, you could literally be putting your health at risk. More and more people are reporting that they&#39;ve ingested a fine wire bristle that&nbsp;broke off and stuck to their food. Obviously this is going to bum out you and everyone else attending your BBQ if it happens. Plus, after all those wire bristles have fallen off, you have to throw away a substantial hunk of plastic. So why not use a solid, hardwood grill scraper such as the<em><strong> Original Barbeque Grill Scraper</strong></em>&nbsp;to do the job? It&#39;s a safer and friendlier way to clean your BBQ grill. Simply heat up the grill, use the beveled edge to clean the top&nbsp;of the grill, and turn it sideways to get in between grates. Over time, grooves will form to your grill&rsquo;s grate.&nbsp;Plus it doubles as a miniature oar, windshield scraper and corporal punishment device (just kidding!).</p><p>If you&#39;re throwing a huge sushi dinner&nbsp;party or any other kind of&nbsp;asian inspired cooking dinner party sometime soon, you&#39;re going to need some appropriate eating utensils. How about a bag of 24 pairs of<em><strong>&nbsp;Bamboo Chopsticks</strong></em>? There&#39;s not much more to say about this item except that you&#39;ll find it in Aisle 4.</p><p>Canadian entrpreneurs Chris Emery and Larry Finnson pitched Chris&#39; grandmother&#39;s recipe to the Dragons on CBC&#39;s Dragon&#39;s Den. They got a deal and created&nbsp;&nbsp;a multi-million dollar business which they sold in 2006. In 2012, they returned with<em><strong>&nbsp;OMG&#39;s</strong></em>, their new gourmet confection of delicious chocolatey graham clusters mixed with almonds, toffee bits or pretzels. Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla&nbsp;</strong></em>and<em><strong>&nbsp;Peanut Butter Pretzel</strong></em>, these sweet snacks have a taste that will leave you saying OMG!</p><p>Finally, we have succulent and oh so tasty&nbsp;tomatoes from Victoria&#39;s own&nbsp;<em><strong>Glanford Greenhouses</strong></em>!&nbsp;<em><strong>Roma</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>cherry</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>tomatoes-on-the-vine</strong></em>&nbsp;varieties&nbsp;grace our Produce Dept. shelves and are as local as it gets! Make sure to pick up some of these amazing fruits next time you shop at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>That&#39;s all she wrote, people!&nbsp;As always, thanks for taking a look and we look forward to seeing you in the aisles!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 14, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 May 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; The majority of the world recognizes Mother&#39;s Day as the second Sunday of May but many countries do not. If you celebrated your mother, your grandmother, wife, aunt, daughter or the significant matriarchal women of your life this past weekend, we sincerely hope that you enjoyed the day honouring these special people!&nbsp;</p><p>This week&#39;s newsletter contains an abundance of health and beauty and other items but before we get to that, we&#39;d like to remind you of the upcoming Victoria Day Long Weekend store hours. It&#39;s business as usual on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so the only real change is on&nbsp;<em><strong>Monday, May 20th</strong></em> when<em><strong> we will be open from 7 am until 7:30 pm</strong></em>.</p><p>Just in time for the sunny weather we have new&nbsp;<em><strong>Maui Vera Organic After-Sun Moisturizer</strong></em>. With soothing organic aloe vera, peppermint and noni, you&#39;ll feel the healing touch of Hawaii with this special Hawaiian formula! It&nbsp;feels and smells fantastic on your skin but doesn&#39;t contain parabens, EDTA, artificial colours or synthetic fragrances.&nbsp;</p><p>Another excellent option for healing and repairing dry or damaged skin is by using&nbsp;Realaloe Aloe Spray. It hydrates and rejuvenates skin, absorbs quckly and promotes elasticity! And it&#39;s unscented, containing pure, certified organic aloe vera juice.</p><p>If the winter took its toll on your facial skin or you&#39;ve been burning the candle at both ends and it shows, then&nbsp;<em><strong>Burt&#39;s Bees</strong></em>&nbsp;has a&nbsp;<em><strong>Hydrating Sheet Mask</strong></em>&nbsp;with clary sage and a&nbsp;<em><strong>Rejuvenating Eye Mask&nbsp;</strong></em>with rosehip seed extract &amp; jojoba oil to help reverse your Frankenstein-like appearance and make you feel good again! All you do is place on your face or under your eyes, wait five minutes and then remove. Massage any excess formula into your skin and voila, you&#39;re all done! No rinsing required!</p><p>Whether you&#39;re stressed, work overtime, consume too much caffeine or use your devices too much there&#39;s a decent chance that you&nbsp;aren&#39;t getting the sleep that you require every night. In fact, a StatsCan study found that insomnia increased by 42% from 2007-2015 among Canadian adults. And we&#39;ve lost an average of one hour of sleep since 2005. This might explain why we are selling out of<em><strong>&nbsp;U-Dream Herbal Mixture</strong></em>. This is an all-natural sleep aid which can help with the quality and duration of your sleep.<strong>&nbsp;As with any supplement, make sure to read the cautions and warnings on the back of the package, or talk to your doctor, to make sure this product, and any of the others listed in this newsletter, is right for you.</strong></p><p>There&#39;s nothing worse than getting a summer cold or flu, right? So if you feel either coming on, make sure to use&nbsp;<em><strong>Cold-Q Natural Oral Spray</strong></em>&nbsp;to help your immune system fight of cold and flu viral attacks! Brought to you by United Biopharmaceuticals Inc. of Richmond, BC, this is a 100% natural remedy free of pesticides and heavy metals (I would certainly hope so!). If you&#39;d like to read more about this product, please visit their website&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p><em><strong>Spatone Liquid Iron</strong></em>&nbsp;is another 100% natural iron supplement new to Pepper&#39;s. As per the box,&nbsp;iron is an essential mineral for carrying oxygen around your body and maintaining good health. It helps to reduce tiredness and fatique caused by iron deficiency anemia. The liquid formula is naturally occuring in water so it is readily and gently absorbed by your body&nbsp;and should cause fewer of the side effects associated with typical iron supplements. And each box contains 28 one-a-day sachets.</p><p>Alright, now let&#39;s get to the stuff you can eat!&nbsp;<em><strong>La Dee Da Gourmet Sauces</strong></em>&nbsp;are made in Ontario and are going to be your new fave&nbsp;sauces if&nbsp;eating vegan and gluten-free is a requirement. Even if they&#39;re not, you&#39;re still going to want to try these super versative sauces! First, there&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Savoury Mushroom Basil Sauce</strong></em>, which, as the website states:&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>This vegan sauce is our &quot;open and pour sauce&quot;. It can be used over pasta, chicken, pork, fish, vegan/vegetarian dishes, enjoyed over rice or quinoa or as your new favourite gluten free gravy! Dairy-free so you can add it to a crock pot without any issue! Experience how flavourful a &ldquo;cream&rdquo; sauce made from veggies can be.</em></p><p>Next, the&nbsp;<em><strong>Twelve Veggie Tomato&nbsp;Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;<em>is one of the only sauces on the market that you can eat both hot or cold! Amazingly versatile, it can be used as a salsa, bruschetta topping, pizza sauce, pasta sauce, enjoyed over rice or quinoa, soup base, chili base and pairs well with any meat or fish. No acidity as it is produced with water versus sugar typically found in other sauces.</em></p><p>And finally, for those of you with nightshade veggie sensitivities, there&#39;s<em><strong>&nbsp;Butternut Squash Beet Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;<em>a brilliantly delectable tomato-less alternative. For those who can&rsquo;t digest nightshades such as tomatoes, eggplant and peppers (to name a few), itoffers a delicious solution (and of course can also be enjoyed on almost any diet). Fantastic over pasta, as a pizza sauce or simply for dipping! Try our &lsquo;No-Mato&rsquo; Sauce and taste what you&rsquo;ve been missing.</em></p><p>&quot;Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?&quot; This is classically quoted &quot;go to&quot;&nbsp;Monty Python and the Holy Grail material. And we&#39;re suggesting that you try new&nbsp;<em><strong>Go Co Bites</strong></em>, gently toasted coconut pressed into bite sized&nbsp;pieces which will soon become your new &quot;go to&quot; snack! Available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Simply Coconut</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut with Salted Caramel&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut with Cocoa</strong></em>&nbsp;they&#39;re gluten free, high in fibre and full of delicious coconut flavour!</p><p>Another new product, sweetened with coconut sugar, is<em><strong>&nbsp;Nature&#39;s Path Organic Grain Free Granola&nbsp;</strong></em>in&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla Poppy Seed</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Caramel Pecan&nbsp;flavours</strong></em>, respectively. These paleo friendly granolas are made with seeds and nuts and are a great source of Omega-3 polyunsaturates!</p><p>And for all you sweet-toothed folk out there, we have two new types of candy!<em><strong>&nbsp;Waterbridge Red and Black Berries Winegums&nbsp;</strong></em>taste of delicious raspberry and blackcurrant, not your typical winegum flavours! And&nbsp;<em><strong>Waterbridge Fizzy Pop</strong></em>&nbsp;combines ginger beer, pink lemonade, classic cola and cherryade flavours for&nbsp; a super tangy, gelatine free treat!</p><p>Whew, that was a jam-packed newsletter! Hope you enjoyed reading about everything new to Pepper&#39;s Foods for another week. Until next time, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter May 7, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 07 May 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Here we are again, Tuesday morning, and that can mean only one thing: another newsletter chock full of info regarding new items and current events about all things Pepper&#39;s Foods! You may have celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Sunday which, according to Wikipedia,&nbsp;<em>is&nbsp;an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army&#39;s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.&nbsp;More popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico,&nbsp;the date has become associated with the celebration of&nbsp;Mexican-American culture.&nbsp;</em>It&#39;s a significant event because the Mexican army was outnumbered two to one and less well&nbsp;equipped than their French adversaries but alas, a year later, they were defeated at Puebla anyway when the French returned in greater numbers.</p><p>So there you go. If you didn&#39;t know why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated, you do now! And if you celebrated, here&#39;s hoping you had a great time because in Victoria it was&nbsp;<em>muy hermoso</em>!</p><p>This week&#39;s newsletter is brimming with products that you&#39;re definitely going to want to know about so let&#39;s just go for it and get &#39;er done!</p><p>If you&#39;ve been into the store anytime after April 28th, you&#39;ll no doubt have noticed a new addition to our front end to better serve our many loyal customers: another&nbsp;express till! We knew how frustrating it could be when we were hopping busy and our cashiers were feversihly trying to get everyone through as quickly as possible. So with this extra till, we&#39;re hoping to alleviate the congestion at the front of the store and reduce the time you sometimes have to wait in line!</p><p>Two weeks ago we told you that our frozen novelty freezer would be showing up soon and guess what...? It has! And just in time for the gorgeous, warm weather we have in our forcast! So if you have plans to head down to Gyro Park, make sure to come in and grab one or two yummy treats from the freezer and go!</p><p>Speaking of yummy treats, we have numerous chocolate ones to tell you about. Starting things off are some from the<em><strong>&nbsp;Ritter Sport Cacao Selection</strong></em>&nbsp;series with cocoa mass from three different regions. There&#39;s<em><strong>&nbsp;Dark Milk Chocolate</strong></em>&nbsp;offering a smooth chocolate knoshing experience with a 55% cocoa mass from Ghana. Next there&#39;s the&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate</strong></em>, a fine chocolate tasting bar with a 61% cocoa mass from Nicaragua and finally, there&#39;s the<em><strong> Intense Dark Chocolate&nbsp;</strong></em>with a cocoa mass of 74% from Peru.This is Quality. Chocolate. Squared.</p><p>If buying local and saving wildlife is more your thing, you&#39;re going to want to try two new flavours of chocolate from&nbsp;<em><strong>Denman Island Chocolate</strong></em>! New&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate Grizzly Bar</strong></em>&nbsp;is deliciously rich, fairly traded and organic 63% cocoa mass dark chocolate and <em><strong>each bar sold helps end trophy hunting in the territories of Coastal First Nations</strong></em>! And as if that wasn&#39;t cool enough, you can purchase an<em><strong>&nbsp;Orca Coconut Dark Chocolate Bar</strong></em>! As taken from the Georgia Strait Alliance website:<em>&nbsp;This fundraiser bar will benefit Georgia Strait Alliance&rsquo;s Orcas Can&rsquo;t Wait campaign to protect the&nbsp;endangered Southern Resident orca&nbsp;population. Denman Island Chocolate will donate $5 for every case of 24 bars sold. The Orca Coconut bars will be on offer permanently because this iconic orca population will need help for many years to come.</em>&nbsp;#orcascantwait&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>And continuing with organic,&nbsp;fairly traded chocolate is<em><strong>&nbsp;Prana Organic Inca Trail Chocolate Bark</strong></em>&nbsp;containing cranberries, nuts and seeds. Dark chocolate of 62% cocoa mass combined with wholesome and healthy ingredients makes for a perfect snack anytime!</p><p><em><strong>Eugene&#39;s Greek Food</strong></em>&nbsp;has been serving up delicious, well, Greek food to Victorians since 1979 and Pepper&#39;s is proud to announce that for the month of May, every container sold of&nbsp;<em><strong>Eugene&#39;s Homous</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Tzatziki</strong></em>&nbsp;will result in Eugene&#39;s donating 25 cents to the B.C. Cancer Foundation Vancouver Island! By supporting local you help small business and you help search for a cure!</p><p>Another local company with something new is&nbsp;<em><strong>Terra Breads</strong></em>&nbsp;(Vancouver, BC)&nbsp;with&nbsp;<em><strong>Pure Crunch Granola</strong></em>. Made in small batches and free of preservatives, this granola contains honey roasted oat and clusters and toasted sesame and sunflower seeds to create a pure and simple granola!</p><p>The people at Christie&nbsp;continue to churn out&nbsp;limited edition Oreos at a frenetic pace, don&#39;t they? Here&#39;s another one that may cause a bit more eyebrow raising than some of the others offered recently:&nbsp;<em><strong>Game of Thrones Oreo Cookies</strong></em>. It&#39;s the classic Oreo sandwich cookie except that there are four different logos related to the hit HBO show:<em><strong>&nbsp;White Walkers</strong></em>,<em><strong>&nbsp;House Lannister</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>House Targaryen</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>House Stark</strong></em>. People are nuts for all things Game of Thrones so if that&#39;s you, get on down here and get yourself a bag or two before the next episode airs!</p><p><em><strong>Waterbridge Cookie Barrel Assorted Cream Biscuits</strong></em>&nbsp;might not sound as cool as the cookies we just mentioned but they are every bit as delicious! Perfect for dunking and dipping, these&nbsp;<em><strong>Custard Cream&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Bourbon Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;biscuits will terminate your cookie craving with extreme prejudice.</p><p>Nothing goes better with cookies than a glass of fresh milk. So if you&#39;re looking for something to take with you on the go then new<em><strong>&nbsp;Natrel Fine Filtered Lactose Free 2% Milk&nbsp;</strong></em>(and soon to be on the shelf&nbsp;<em><strong>Natrel Fine Filtered Lactose Free Chocolate Milk</strong></em>)&nbsp;in a convenient 310 ml bottle will suit your needs perfectly. This milk is an excellent source of protein and it&#39;s just as enjoyable for those who aren&#39;t lactose intolerant!&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Kiju Organic Lemonade</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Kiju Organic Mango Orange Juice</strong></em>&nbsp;in a 1 litre tetra carton! These, in addition to the&nbsp;<em><strong>Kiju Organic Pomegranate Cherry Juice</strong></em>&nbsp;that we already stocked, are 100% certified organic fruit juices from concentrate. And just so you know, it&#39;s pronounced&nbsp;<em>kee-joo</em>.</p><p>Don&#39;t forget to sign the back of your receipt and stuff it in the box for your chance to win the authentic Toronto Maple Leafs jersey hanging up at the front of the store! This highly coveted garment will go to one lucky winner but you can enter as many receipts as you like!</p><p>Ok gang, thanks for taking the time to read up on what&#39;s new and exciting at your local neighbourhood grocery store. Please have a look at the attached flyer and take good care until next week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 30, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 30 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; BIG changes are happening here at Pepper&#39;s and the first thing you&#39;ll notice is that we&#39;ve added an extra cashier till! We know how frustrating it can be when we&#39;re very busy and you only have a few items but you have to wait while someone else makes a ginormous purchase. So when we get busy, this additional till will be used as an express lane to help remedy this inconvenience. And, just so you know, Apple Pay is already available so that&#39;ll make contactless payment an even quicker and easier option for those who wish you pay this way!</p><p>You may have already noticed an official NHL Toronto Maple Leafs jersey hanging in all its glory at the front of the store. For every one of you who dispise this team (and there are many), there are five who live and breathe blue and white (including this writer)! Believe me, we&#39;ve all gotten pretty used to saying &quot;Oh well, there&#39;s always next year.&quot; So if you are one of the latter, you&#39;re going to want to try and win it. But don&#39;t forget, you still have time to enter for a chance to win&nbsp;a jersey from another Toronto team, the Blue Jays! Simply sign the back of your receipt and include your phone number and deposit it in the drawbox at the front of the store!</p><p>This week we have some more exciting, new items to reveal so let&#39;s get down to business!</p><p>If you&#39;re in the market for some dairy free, egg free, gluten free snacks then <em><strong>Energy Bombs</strong></em> (of Kelowna, BC) are really going to rev your engine! Available in <em><strong>Date Almond</strong></em>, <strong>Apricot Pecan</strong> and <em><strong>Cranberry Chocolate</strong></em>, these raw, all natural and hand crafted are, &quot;<em>An exceptional combination of dried fruit, nuts and oats that form a powerful bite</em>.&quot; Each pack contains two nutrient dense &quot;bombs&quot; for easy and convenient snacking on-the-go! Make sure you try these; they&#39;re da bomb!</p><p><strong></strong></p><p>Another new awesome snack is customer requested <em><strong>Good Health Apple Chips</strong></em> made with 100% red apples! Cooked to a golden crisp and sprinkled with yummy cinnamon, they make a perfect snack for anytime and for anyone! Enjoy being good!</p><p>Quite awile ago we brought in <em><strong>Table Talk Pies</strong></em>, those mini pies that sell like hotcakes and come in Apple, Cherry, Pumpkin and Blueberry. Now there&#39;s even more deliciousness to choose from because we&#39;ve added<em><strong> Lemon</strong></em> and <em><strong>Chocolate Eclair</strong></em>! If you&#39;re in the mood for pie but the idea of buying an entire regular sized one is a problem (because you know you&#39;ll eat the entire thing!) then one or two of these little guys is the solution!</p><p>While we&#39;re talking about baked goods, we should let you know that our Deli Dept has replaced a common baking ingredient, the Callebaut Chocolate Blocks (the random weight chunks of chocolate) for the more convenient <em><strong>Callebaut Milk Chocolate Callets</strong></em> (and soon to be added <em><strong>Dark Chocolate Callets</strong></em>).&nbsp;These milk chocolate chips are perfect for&nbsp;chocolate fountains, cakes, desserts, baking, decoration, chocolate fondues, making chocolates, enrobing and mould making. Look for them above the bulk baked goods section.</p><p>A few weeks ago we mentioned how Coca Cola had added some new flavours. This time, we&#39;ve added another variety of Coke whose flavour is the same but with one change to the second main ingredient.<em><strong> Made in Mexico Coca Cola</strong></em> is made with cane sugar (as opposed to the domestic version which uses sucrose or high fructose corn syrup). It&#39;s a somewhat less refined sugar than white sugar. So if that makes a difference to you then give this new old Coke a try! Deliciosos y refrescante! Hecho en Mexico.</p><p>It seems that whats old somehow always becomes new again. That&#39;s the case with Coke&#39;s largest competitor, Pepsi Cola and their re-released&nbsp;retro favourite <em><strong>Crystal Pepsi </strong></em>originally introduced in Canada and the US in 1992! Same old Pepsi minus the caramel colouring! So throw on some Nirvana, fire up the Sega Genesis and chill out with this limited edition clear cola!</p><p>Consumers who prefer to eat grain and gluten free foods will be thrilled to know that Pepper&#39;s now carries&nbsp;<em><strong>The Real Coconut Coconut Flour Tortillas</strong></em>. Birthed on the beaches of Tulum, Mexico these tortillas are made with organic ingredients and are safe for vegans and those on a paleo diet! And each tortilla is only about 40 calories!</p><p>From Mexico we&#39;ll move to Maui, specificall<em><strong>&nbsp;Maui Moisture Shampoo</strong></em> and Conditioner. Available with Bamboo Fibre and Coconut Milk respectively, the number one ingredient in each is 100% aloe juice! There&#39;s no mineral oils, silicone, parabens, synthetic dyes or anything else that you don&#39;t want in there. Just great smelling, eco-friendly hair care products! Take a vacation in the shower with these amazing shampoos and conditioners!</p><p>That&#39;s all there is for this week. Next week&#39;s newsletter will come at the beginning of a new month! Where does the time go? Until then, take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 23, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Another Easter Weekend has come and gone and the weather for it this year was amazing, perfect, in fact, for spending time outdoors looking for hidden eggs that the Easter Bunny left behind!&nbsp;Hopefully, your basket on Easter Sunday was as&nbsp;equally&nbsp;amazing, filled to the brim with loads of chocolate goodies!&nbsp;</p><p>The arrival of warmer weather means that our frozen novelty freezer will soon be back on the floor. We&#39;re hoping to have it here by the end of the month and filled with all of the glorious frozen treats that you can imagine. So keep your eyes peeled for it!</p><p>Speaking of glorious treats,&nbsp;<em><strong>Rock Coast</strong></em>&nbsp;has added to their already stellar lineup (they&nbsp;offer amazingly good chocolate toffee bark that you can purchase here at Pepper&#39;s) by adding three new&nbsp;<em><strong>Dark Chocolate Melts</strong></em>:&nbsp;<em><strong>Peanut Butter</strong></em>,<em><strong>&nbsp;Mint</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Orange</strong></em>!&nbsp;Made with 54% ethically and sustainably sourced dark chocolate, these all natural, vegan chocolates contain simple ingredients&nbsp;free of artificial flavours and colours. And the best part is that they&#39;re made in Saanichton!</p><p>BBQ season is pretty much in full swing (at least in Victoria it is) so make sure to pick up a jar of&nbsp;<em><strong>Hengstenberg Original German Mustard Bavarian Style</strong></em>. It&#39;s made from coarsely ground yellow and brown mustard seeds and is seasoned with caramel and spices to give this mustard an exceptional sweet and delicious taste. And&nbsp;<em><strong>in our ad this week we have Schneider&#39;s Natural Beef Burgers in a 4 pack for just $9.96</strong></em>! A match made in BBQ heaven!</p><p>Sauternes are sweet white wines which can really enhance dishes with&nbsp;fish, shrimp, clams&nbsp; and&nbsp;lobster as well as many kinds of desserts such as poached pears or sweet sauces.<em><strong>&nbsp;Tosca Sauterne Cooking Wine</strong></em>&nbsp;is, as the description states on the bottle, &quot;<em>A medium weight, white wine that enhances chicken and fish dishes, light sauces, stocks and white sauces</em>.&quot;&nbsp; Cooking wines typically have a high&nbsp;salt content so adjust your recipes accordingly.</p><p>Vermicelli is, according to the dictionary,&nbsp;pasta made in long, slender threads. And we have a new one for you to try.&nbsp;<em><strong>X.O.Brown Rice Vermicelli</strong></em>&nbsp;is so easy to make. Just soak in hot water for 3-4 minutes and you&#39;re good&nbsp;to fry it up or add it to soups. Or you can add to meat, seafood, meat balls, fish balls or curry. And like all rice types, it&#39;s gluten free!</p><p>Maybe the kidlets don&#39;t like rice vermicelli. You&#39;re in luck because we&#39;ve added new&nbsp;<em><strong>Annie&#39;s Homegrown Organic All Stars</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Annie&#39;s Homegrown Organic Bernie O&#39;s</strong></em>, pasta in tomato and cheese sauce,&nbsp;to Aisle 2. Wait, who&#39;s Bernie? Oh he&#39;s just the rabbit that you see on the label, Annie&#39;s pet Dutch rabbit, the &quot;Rabbit of Approval&quot;. He &quot;represents all the simplicity, care and goodness&quot; in all of their products.&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s remarkable what can be made from plants these days. Seriously, they can pretty much mimic any kind of meat or dairy product now. You&#39;ve got veggie burgers, milks, yogurt, bacon, you name it. Sometimes, though, they just don&#39;t taste quite right. But new&nbsp;<em><strong>Noble Jerky Vegan Jerky</strong></em>&nbsp;isn&#39;t one of those products. It&#39;s&nbsp;like meat jerky but it&#39;s&nbsp;made from soy protein marinated and seasoned to taste like the real thing! And we have it in&nbsp;<em><strong>Sweet BBQ</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Teriyaki</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours! This comes from&nbsp;another great BC company, Urbani Foods Inc. of Port Moody BC! #benoble</p><p>If you&#39;re going to chow down on some dried soy protein then you&#39;re probably going to want a tasty beverage on hand (no disrespect intended to Noble Jerky. It&#39;s just that good jerky deserves a good bevvie.). New&nbsp;<em><strong>Barq&#39;s Spiced Cherry Soda</strong></em>&nbsp;is made with cane sugar but isn&#39;t too sweet and it has the perfect amount of tart cherry flavour that will get your tastebuds&#39; attention.</p><p>Every cat deserves and requires&nbsp;100% complete and balanced nutrition whether they&#39;re a wee little kitten or a big, grownup cat. That&#39;s what your pet will get with<em><strong>&nbsp;Purina Friskies Cat Concoctions</strong></em>&nbsp;available at Pepper&#39;s in<em><strong>&nbsp;Scrumptious Salmon&nbsp;&amp; Chicken Liver Dinner</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>With Chicken in Creamy Crabby Sauce</strong></em>. Mmmmmm yummy. These are, &quot;<em>curious combinations chosen by cats</em>.&quot; Cats from all over the world emailed the people at Purina urging them to create the kinds of wet food that they&nbsp;really&nbsp;want! And apparently they listened! Online customer reviews seem to indicate that cats everywhere appear to LOVE it!</p><p>And just in case you happen to get that cat food on your fingers when opening a can, you&#39;ll want&nbsp;<em><strong>Dr. Bronner&#39;s Pure Castille Bar Soap</strong></em>&nbsp;to wash it off! Available in<em><strong> Peppermint </strong></em>and <em><strong>Lavender</strong></em>. This soap is 100% biodegradable, certified fair trade and made with organic oils! And, interestingly enough it&nbsp;showed up right before Earth Day. These words appear on the soap label:<em>&nbsp;In all we do, let us be generous, fair &amp; loving to all Spaceship Earth and all its inhabitants. For we&#39;re all-one or none! All-One!</em></p><p>Please take a minute to scan our attached advertised specials which start today and run until closing on Monday, April 29. And stay tuned to learn about an exciting promotional draw from Arla Foods where one lucky winner will win a NHL jersey!</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 16, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Fifty seven years ago, American marine biologist Rachel Carson (1907-1964) wrote a book that would be the catalyst for change by starting&nbsp;the modern environmental movement. The text of that book,&nbsp;<em>Silent Spring</em>, in which Carson correctly argued about the compromising of the natural world by synthetic&nbsp;chemicals such as DDT, was first published in three parts in&nbsp;<em>The New Yorker.</em> President Kennedy read it in its entirety and it led to his presidential commission on the environment and the eventual banning of the use of DDT. Why are we mentioning this today? Because Monday, April 22 is Earth Day and we think it&#39;s important to remember that we all have a responsibility to be stewards of this Earth and care for it accordingly.</p><p>This week we have a bunch of exciting new products to inform you of so let&#39;s jump right in! But before we do, we&#39;ll remind you of our modified hours for Easter Weekend:</p><ul> <li>Good Friday April 19th&nbsp;7am-7:30pm</li> <li>Saturday, April 20th&nbsp;7am-7:30pm</li> <li>Easter Sunday April 21st&nbsp;7am-6pm</li> <li>Easter Monday April 22nd&nbsp;7am-7:30pm</li></ul><p>Bakers (and cooks) rejoice! Now Pepper&#39;s carries two new, high-quality&nbsp;fruit extracts that will add amazing flavour and aroma to whatever you use it in. <em><strong>Bitarome Extract of Strawberry </strong></em>and <em><strong>Bitarome Extract of Raspberry </strong></em>are created using the whole fruit but a little goes a long way. One teaspoon is the equivalent flavour of 1 kg of berries! Add it to boost the flavour in jams and spreads, mousse or cream fillings, intensfy the flavours of sorbets or ice cream or cake frostings!</p><p>Compari is an intensely delicious aperitif made by infusing herbs and fruit in alcohol and water. Pepper&#39;s is excited to now offer&nbsp;<em><strong>Stappi Red Bitter</strong></em>, a non-alcoholic, Italian aperitif made much the same way, minus the alcohol. And just in time for patio season! Use in mixed cocktails such as the Negroni, Americano and Old Pal or enjoy mixed with soda, tonic or straight up&nbsp;on the rocks with a twist!</p><p>So far, we&#39;ve listed only products that are red. And this next one continues that trend.&nbsp;<em><strong>Mutti Cherry Tomatoes</strong></em>&nbsp;are whole, Italian cherry tomatoes in tomato&nbsp;juice that are sweet and intense in flavour. This company has been processing Italian tomatoes for over a century so they must be doing something right!</p><p>Salsa or guacamole? If you&nbsp;had&nbsp;to choose just one, which would it be? Talk about an unfair question! Both condiments are so good! What if we told you that we carry a product comprised of both?!&nbsp;<em><strong>San Miguel Guacamole Salsa&nbsp;</strong></em>combines the flavour of green tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, fresh acocado and onions with other good stuff to create a sauce worthy of only the most authentic Mexican dishes.&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s just so happens to have a new product worthy of the aforementioned salsa:&nbsp;<em><strong>El Comal Artisan Corn Tortilla Chips</strong></em>&nbsp;are made of simple ingredients the authentic Mexican way in Burnaby, BC.With the perfect amount of salt and just a trace of lime, these are going to become your go-to tortilla chip. Trust us. Plus you have to admit that&#39;s a pretty rad image on the bag!</p><p>If you&#39;re going to have chips and salsa then you&#39;d better have a tasty beverage on hand. Coca Cola&#39;s&nbsp;new&nbsp;<em><strong>Fresca Sparkling Soda Water Beverage</strong></em>&nbsp;is available in<em><strong>&nbsp;Peach Citrus</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Grapefruit Citrus</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours, respectively. Zero sugar, zero calories, zero colours but with loads of zingy natural flavour and effervescence, this uber refreshing drink is exactly what you&#39;ll want to sip on right about now.&nbsp;Or, if you prefer, there&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Schweppes Zero Sugar&nbsp;Grapefruit Sparkling Soda</strong></em>. This soda contains artificial sweeteners so it&#39;s more like a diet soft drink as opposed to&nbsp;a&nbsp;sparkling water.&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s something you don&#39;t see everyday: granola bars with vegetables! New<em><strong>&nbsp;Made Good Granola Bars&nbsp;</strong></em>come in three flavours:&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Chip</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Chocolate Banana&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Mixed Berry</strong></em>&nbsp;and are school safe, made in a dedicated facility to ensure that they&#39;re&nbsp;free from peanuts and tree nuts. They&#39;re organic, gluten-free and contain nutrients found in one serving of vegetables (vegetable extracts of spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets and shiitake mushrooms)! We won&#39;t tell if you don&#39;t! And they&#39;re from a good Canadian company, Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. of Vaughan, ON.</p><p>And finally, though not new, we are pleased to announce that the extremely popular<em><strong>&nbsp;Mill Bay Duck Eggs</strong></em>&nbsp;are back on the shelf! These beauties are from birds fed a non-GMO diet and are free-range and pasture raised. You won&#39;t find fowl anywhere given as much TLC as by the owners of this company. And in case you didn&#39;t already know, you can also purchase their ducks from our full-service meat counter!</p><p>That&#39;s all for another week, folks!&nbsp;From all of us here at Pepper&#39;s Foods have a safe and happy Easter!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 9, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 09 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; If you&#39;re into golf then no doubt you&#39;re gearing up for another entertaining week (and weekend) of professional golf as The&nbsp;Masters kicks off on Thursday marking 85 years since this major championship&#39;s inception. The total purse for this year is a paltry $11,000,000.&nbsp;Here are a few interesting facts about The Masters, one of the most prestigious pro golf tournaments in the world:</p><ul> <li>The club was conceived by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, course was designed by Bobby Jones and Alistair MacKenzie (MacKenzie dying prior to the grass even&nbsp;being planted) and formally opened in January, 1933, in Augusta, Georgia.</li> <li>Horton Smith won the very first tournament in 1934</li> <li>The very first green jacket was awarded to the 1949 tournament winner, Sam Snead</li> <li>Tiger Woods was the youngest player to win the tournament in 1997 when he was 21 years, 3 months and 14 days</li> <li>Jack Nicklaus has won The Masters&nbsp;six times, more than any other player and, ironically, is the oldest player to ever have won it when he did so in 1986 at the age of 46 years, 2 months and 23 days</li></ul><p>Ok, now let&#39;s tell you about what&#39;s new at Pepper&#39;s!</p><p>Passover begins this year on the evening of Friday, April 19th and ends the evening of Saturday, April 27th. And we have loads of kosher food items available in the store!<em><strong>&nbsp;Yehuda Matzos&nbsp;</strong></em>have been around for over 90 years and their unique baking process results in a deeper, well-baked appearance.&nbsp;&nbsp;Additionally, we have a large line of<em><strong>&nbsp;Manischewitz Passover Matzos&nbsp;</strong></em>from their Passover Collection such as&nbsp;<em><strong>Original Matzos</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Gluten Free Matzo Style Squares</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Egg Matzos</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Matzos</strong></em>. We also have&nbsp;<em><strong>Manischewitz Matzo Meal</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Matzo Ball Mix</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Gefilte Fish</strong></em>!</p><p>If you love root vegetables, vinegar and spicy then this is your dream food! <em><strong>Foodfest Red Beet Horseradish</strong></em> combines fresh beets with zingy horseradish and white vinegar to create a delicious accompaniment to whatever people eat horseradish with. Available in our Produce Dept.</p><p>And speaking of produce,&nbsp;<em><strong>Longview Farms Fresh Strawberries</strong></em>&nbsp;have just arrived. Their first of the season berries are sweet, luscious and delicious and will definitely get you feeling like summer is just around the corner!</p><p>Nobody makes ice cream quite like Haagen-Dazs does. We told you about a bunch of new ice cream flavours recently available in 500ml containers. But sometimes it&#39;s nice to eat ice cream one-handed. Spoon-free if you will. In that case, you&#39;re going to want to try new<em><strong>&nbsp;Haagen-Dazs Non-Dairy Coconut Caramel Dark Chocolate Bars</strong></em>. This is gourmet, non-dairy ice cream like no other. Or how about<em><strong>&nbsp;Haagen-Dazs Extraaz Cookies and Cream Bars</strong></em>? Take their iconic vanilla ice cream and chunks of chocolatey cookies, blend them together and voila! Instant gratification!</p><p>One of the new flavours of Nestle ice cream&nbsp;that we mentioned last week was Rolo. And just as with the Haagen-Dazs, <em><strong>Nestle Rolo Drumstick</strong></em> makes a great frozen treat for on-the-go! It&#39;s a classic caramel meets chocolate meets your mouth love story and it always has a happy ending!</p><p>Coca Cola keeps cranking out new&nbsp;flavour combinations and its added two new fruity ones that we&#39;re pretty excited about.&nbsp;<em><strong>New Coca Cola BC Raspberry</strong></em>&nbsp;is, as it says on the carton, crafted with cane sugar and natural flavours, those flavours apparently derived from fresh raspberries of the heartland of British Columbia. And the other flavour, more closely related to the birthplace of Coke is&nbsp;<em><strong>Coca Cola Georgia Peach&nbsp;</strong></em>(since The Masters is played in Georgia, this might be appropriate sipping material if you plan to watch!).&nbsp;</p><p>There&#39;s something about sipping a cold soda pop out of an old school glass bottle. And what better way to sip said soda than with these sweet&nbsp;<em><strong>Stainless Steel Straws</strong></em>? Eco-friendly and reuseable, they come with a cleaning brush (just like the bamboo ones from a past newsletter) and a holder. Plus, they&#39;re dishwasher safe!</p><p>Tim Hortons wants you to be able to drink their products from the comfort of your own home. And so do we! That&#39;s why we brought in two new iced coffee beverages for you to try! The classic flavour of the oh so Canadian double-double can be found in a bottle of&nbsp;<em><strong>Tim Hortons Iced Coffee Double Double</strong></em>. Does it taste the same cold? You tell us! Also available is the addictive flavour of the&nbsp;<em><strong>Tim Hortons Original Iced Capp</strong></em>.</p><p>For your convenience, our latest advertised specials are attached. From all of us here at Pepper&#39;s take care, thanks for reading&nbsp;and have a great week!</p> Pepper's Newsletter April 2, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 02 Apr 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We like to start the&nbsp;newsletter off with an interesting factoid or some informative tidbit because, well, it&#39;s kinda fun! And this week is no different. So here are a few Canadian historical facts related to today&#39;s date:</p><ul> <li>April 2, 1868&nbsp;- Victoria chosen as capital of the united colony of British Columbia, under Governor Frederick Seymour.&nbsp;</li> <li>April 2, 1957&nbsp;- 22-year-old Elvis Presley plays two concerts before 23,000 people at Maple Leaf Gardens; his second concert, before 15,000 fans, was the largest audience he had faced to date; warmup acts included an Irish tenor, a tap dancer and a comedian who imitated a woman taking off a girdle.</li> <li>April 2, 1975&nbsp;- High rigger Paul Mitchell secures the final piece of antenna, topping off the CN Tower at 555.35 metres in height, becoming the world&#39;s tallest free-standing structure (until 2010); the giant communications mast cost $44 million, uses 145,000 tonnes of concrete and steel.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Now on with the rest of the newsletter...</p><p>If you&#39;re a fan of quiche but avoid it because you&#39;d rather not eat the pastry crust then&nbsp;<em><strong>Burnbrae Farms Egg Bakes Crustless Quiche</strong></em>&nbsp;could be just the thing! Pepper&#39;s carries two varieties:&nbsp;<em><strong>Cheddar, Mushroom &amp; Baco</strong></em>n&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>4 Cheese &amp; Ham</strong></em>. 90 seconds in the microwave and bam, you&#39;ve got yourself some ready to eat quiche. Plus, they&#39;re high in protein and low in calories. Real eggs. Real easy.</p><p>Chicken has less cholesterol and less saturated fat than beef. And that means it&#39;s better for your cardiovascular system. So if you&#39;re going to eat meat&nbsp;why not try something new for a change?&nbsp;<em><strong>Rossdown Farms</strong></em>&nbsp;(Abbotsford, BC) has new&nbsp;<em><strong>Chicken Pepperoni Sticks</strong></em>&nbsp;in<em><strong>&nbsp;Classic</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<em><strong>Spicy</strong></em>&nbsp;varieties. Like all Rossdown poultry, these are free of antibiotics, but you also won&#39;t find any gluten or MSG either. Fully cooked and made with natural ingredients, just open the package and enjoy!</p><p>There&#39;s also&nbsp;<em><strong>Rossdown Farms Smoked Chicken Sausage</strong></em>&nbsp;available&nbsp;in<em><strong>&nbsp;Classic</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Spicy&nbsp;</strong></em>varieties both of which are also ready to eat!</p><p>Cheese would make a nice companion food to the aforementioned Rossdown Farms products, don&#39;t you think? And many of you have been asking about a popular cheddar that suddenly and inexplicably became unavailable for awhile:<em><strong>&nbsp;Balderson 2 Yr Aged Cheddar&nbsp;750g</strong></em>. Guess what? It&#39;s back! And not only that, but we have also added<em><strong>&nbsp;Balderson 4 Yr Aged Cheddar 500g</strong></em>&nbsp;for those of you who really like a nip to your cheddar!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has carried Silk Organic Fortified Soy Beverage refrigerated in our dairy section forever. But now we are pleased to have just&nbsp;added&nbsp;<em><strong>Silk Organic Fortified Soy Beverage Original&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Unsweetened</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>in a shelf-stable, 946 ml tetra carton</strong></em>! It&#39;s the same great, organic soymilk, but now you can keep a few in the pantry and one in the fridge to save space! Also great for camping or storing in your earthquake kit. Just make sure to consume within 7-10 days after opening.</p><p>Ever notice that non-dairy milks are kind of like wine?&nbsp;You can make wine out of pretty much anything, right? Same goes for non-dairy beverages: soy, almond, pea, hemp, rice...the list goes on. So somebody figured out that you can make milk from oats. And guess what? It&#39;s become super popular for it&#39;s creamier texture and nutritional benefits. So we decided to bring in<em><strong>&nbsp;Earth&#39;s Own Unsweetened Vanilla Oat Milk</strong></em>, in addition to the Unsweetened Original Oat Milk that we keep selling out of. Growing oats uses 7x less water than it does to grow almond milk or cow&#39;s milk and it&#39;s grown by Canadian farmers!&nbsp;</p><p>Hot chocolate (in the movies they always say hot cocoa, instead? Why is that?) is one of life&#39;s simple pleasures. Sometimes people put mini marshmallows on top for an extra special treat. Others top it off with whipped cream. So good! But what if we told you there&#39;s a hybrid product that will take your hot chocolate (or pie, cake, berries, waffles, milkshake...) to the next level?&nbsp;<em><strong>Gay Lea Toasted Marshmallow Real Whipped Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;is just that: delicious, rich, real whipped cream with the flavour of toasted marshmallow! Make sure to buy two cans: one for desserts and one for emptying directly into your mouth.</p><p>Now that we&#39;re talking about sweet things, have you ever had a frollini? It&#39;s a delicious Italian shortbread cookie (that is often dipped in tea, coffee and, yes, hot chocolate!) and it&#39;s now available at Pepper&#39;s.&nbsp;<em><strong>Schar Gluten-Free Frollini</strong></em>&nbsp;is made with real honey and is adorned with a sunrise emblem. They&#39;re certified gluten-free, lactose-free and are baked with a taste that will whisk you away to the Italian coutryside.</p><p>And if you&#39;re on a gluten-free diet, but not on an actual calorie-reduced diet, then&nbsp;<em><strong>Schar Gluten-Free Chocolix</strong></em>&nbsp;is sure to elicit a Pavlovian response when you see these chocolate and caramel cookie bars. It&#39;s basically like eating a Twix bar but sans gluten!</p><p>And as long as we&#39;re talking about delicious, chocolatey cookies, we&#39;d better mention two more additions to the&nbsp;<em><strong>Leclerc European Collection</strong></em>&nbsp;lineup. Introducing&nbsp;<em><strong>Celebration Chocolate Truffle Cookies</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Celebration Hazelnut Delight Cookies</strong></em>. Perfect for after dinner dessert,&nbsp;afternoon tea or just about anytime, these premium cookies will impress everybody!</p><p>That&#39;s everything new at Pepper&#39;s for another week. As usual, the latest ad is attached for your convenience. And for new subscribers and shoppers, our ad always runs from Tuesday until we close the following Monday.</p><p>All the best,</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 26, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 26 Mar 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On this day in 1874, Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, going on to become widely regarded by many as the greatest American poet of the 20th Century. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry four times, only one of four to achieve this accomplishment and the&nbsp;<em>only&nbsp;</em>poet ever to do so. In honour of his remarkable and enduring body of work, and because spring has finally arrived, here are a few lines from his 1923 poem Nothing Gold Can Stay:</p><p><em>Nature&rsquo;s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold.</em></p><p><em>Her early leaf&rsquo;s a flower; But only so an hour.</em></p><p><em>Then leaf subsides to leaf, So Eden sank to grief,</em></p><p><em>So dawn goes down to day, Nothing gold can stay.</em></p><p>This week we have a lot to tell you about so without further adieu, let&#39;s get to it!</p><p>If you refuse to purchase conventional spray air fresheners because they contain loads of chemicals that you&#39;d rather not expose yourself and your personal space to then you need&nbsp;<em><strong>Purple Frog&nbsp;&nbsp;Aromatherapy Travel Sprays</strong></em>&nbsp;available&nbsp;in three scents:<em><strong>&nbsp;Recharge</strong></em>&nbsp;(Peppermint &amp;&nbsp;Eucalyptus),&nbsp;<em><strong>Relax&nbsp;</strong></em>(Lavender &amp; Chamomile) and<em><strong>&nbsp;Refresh&nbsp;</strong></em>(Lemongrass &amp; Tea Tree). These natural air care products are made with plant-based essential oils and contain absolutely zero chemical additives, fragrances or odour masking additives. And because they come in a stealthy 15ml tube, you can have on-the-go freshness wherever and whenever you like!&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>Everybody likes ice cream. Ok, that might be a stretch. There are probably a lot of people that don&#39;t like ice cream. If that&#39;s you, skip ahead to the milk. For those of you who do happen to like ice cream, you&#39;ll be very pleased to know that we have expanded our&nbsp;<em><strong>Nestle Ice Cream</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours to include&nbsp;<em><strong>Oreo Cookie</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Chips Ahoy Cookie</strong></em>,<em><strong>&nbsp;Caramilk</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Turtles</strong></em>! Your birthday cake will be green with envy for its companion ice cream having upstaged it!</p><p>But for those of you who insist on nothing but the best, you&#39;re going to want to try our new lineup of&nbsp;<em><strong>Haagen-Dazs Extraaz Premium Ice Creams</strong></em>. As if Haagen-Dazs could get any better, right? Well it has, and you&#39;re going to want to taste it for yourself. With flavours like<em><strong>&nbsp;Banana Peanut Butter Cup</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Cookies &amp; Cream</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Rocky Road</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberry Cheesecake</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Cookie Dough Dynamo&nbsp;</strong></em>there&#39;s no shortage of extraordinarily rich and decadent ice cream to choose from. So go ahead and take some home. Feel free to slam back the whole tub.</p><p>As long as we&#39;re riding this dairy train, let&#39;s tell you about a brand new size of glass bottled milk from<em><strong>&nbsp;Avalon Organic Dairy</strong></em>. Now you can purchase&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic Homogenized Milk</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Organic 2% Milk</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Conventional Chocolate Milk in a 1.89L glass bottle</strong></em>. Because let&#39;s face it, one measly litre of milk just won&#39;t cut it.</p><p>And what goes great with milk? That&#39;s right, breakfast cereal!&nbsp;So why not pick up a box of new&nbsp;<em><strong>Post Honey Bunches of Oats Apples &amp; Cinnamon Bunches</strong></em>&nbsp;when you buy that big bottle of milk? Talk about a great one-two punch, especially now that it&#39;s got a new improved taste!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has been&nbsp;supporting local business <em><strong>Stubborn Chef </strong></em>since its inception by selling&nbsp;<em><strong>Stubborn Chef Ginger Dressing&nbsp;</strong></em>and it&nbsp;has been one heck of a huge seller&nbsp;because it&#39;s just so delicious. So when they told us that they were offering new<em><strong>&nbsp;Stubborn Chef Spicy Mayo</strong></em>, we didn&#39;t hesitate to find space on the shelf. If you want to spice up your sushi but not burn your tastebuds, then this is exactly what you need!</p><p>Though not new,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sawmill Sesame Steak Sauce&nbsp;</strong></em>is back after being unavailable for quite some time. This sauce is one that was created by a restaurant but found its way onto grocery store shelves and has been a solid seller (at least at Pepper&#39;s) ever since.</p><p>If you love rice crackers, chances are you&#39;ve tried&nbsp;<em><strong>Laiki Red Rice</strong></em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em><strong>Black Rice Crackers</strong></em>,&nbsp;both kinds having been available at the store since they were released ages ago.&nbsp;But now they&#39;ve added two new exciting flavours:<em><strong>&nbsp;Red Rice with Cracked Black Pepper&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Black Rice with Cheddar </strong></em>Flavour. And as luck would have it,&nbsp;<em><strong>all four varieties are in our ad this week for $2.86 each</strong></em>! Made with 100% whole grain rice, sustainably sourced oils and sea salt, these crackers are certified vegan, gluten-free and super addictive!</p><p>Bigger isn&#39;t always better so if your preference is to snack on something smaller,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sesmark&nbsp;Mini Rice Crackers</strong></em>&nbsp;are defintely going to pique your interest! We&#39;ve got&nbsp;<em><strong>Lightly Salted</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Black Bean Salsa</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Chili Lime </strong></em>flavours&nbsp;and with one serving of 40 crackers consisting of only 130 calories, you get a nice sized snack to fill you up without a giant calorie hit!</p><p>Just a reminder that Easter is right around the corner. So if you&#39;re looking for chocolate treats, baskets, egg dying kits and lots of other easter goodies, we&#39;ve got you covered. Come in and take a look at what we have to help you put together a stellar cache that even the Easter Bunny would be jealous of!</p><p>Another not so new line of products that we&#39;ve been out of for awhile is&nbsp;<em><strong>Smart Sweets Candy!</strong></em>&nbsp;Well thank your lucky stars&nbsp; &#39;cause they&#39;re back! Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Fruit Gummy Bears</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sour Gummy Bears</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sour Blast Buddies</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Berry Sweet Fish</strong></em>, they make highly colourful additions to those Easter baskets you may have in mind but they&#39;re low in sugar with only 3 grams per bag (85% less sugar than the leading gummy bear candy)! No artificial flavours, colours and no sugar alcohols are contained in these chewy and yummy treats. This is healthy candy you can feel good about. Kick sugar. Keep candy.</p><p>And just like that, another newsletter has come to an end. As always, thanks for taking the time to read it. And until next time, take good care and have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 19, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 Mar 2019 06:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Sunday, as you know, was St. Patrick&#39;s Day and that warrants a few fun facts about the&nbsp;day celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland:</p><ul> <li>St. Patrick was not Irish. He was from Wales.</li> <li>St. Patrick was born &ldquo;Maewyn Succat&rdquo; but changed his name to &ldquo;Patricius&rdquo; after becoming a priest.</li> <li>St. Patrick didn&rsquo;t wear green. His colour was &ldquo;Saint Patrick&rsquo;s blue.&rdquo; The colour green became associated with St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.</li></ul><p>So if you raised a glass of Guinness (by the way, the global daily total consumption of this stout doubles on St. Patrick&#39;s Day!), said the Irish blessing (the weather was beautiful so hopefully the sun shone warm upon your face), cranked up The Cranberries&nbsp;and ate a big hunk of corned beef&nbsp;on Sunday, we hope you had a great day!</p><p>&quot;Get to the good stuff!&quot; you may be yelling at the screen and by that&nbsp;you mean, &quot;Tell us about the new products!&quot; Okay, take it easy! We&#39;ll get to that in a second. But first, we need to mention the Easter Colouring Contest that we hold every year. Starting on March 21st, kids can ask for a picture to colour based on their age group for a chance to win one of the awesome giant stuffies displayed along the top of the&nbsp;deli cooler just inside the front doors. We&#39;ll post every amazing entry around the store and our judges will pick the best per age category!</p><p>Alright, here we go...</p><p>30 years ago, two brothers (Peter and Chris Neal) started a company making croutons (of all things) in their mother&#39;s kitchen. That company (based out of Richmond Hill, Ontario)&nbsp;was named Neal Brothers (of all things) and they&#39;ve gone on to create a great and vast array&nbsp;of amazing and tasty organic products. Pepper&#39;s has added two new<em><strong>&nbsp;Neal Brothers Organic Pasta Sauces</strong></em>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em><strong>Roasted Garlic</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Basil Tomato Bliss&nbsp;</strong></em>flavours. Their motto:&nbsp;<em>Extraordinary taste. Simple ingredients. So good together</em>. &#39;Nuff said.</p><p>*We should mention that<em><strong>&nbsp;we have Neal Brothers Organic Salsas in our flyer this week for $4.96 each!&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p>Did you know that&nbsp;<em><strong>Vancouver Island Salt Company</strong></em>&nbsp;is Canada&#39;s first sea salt harvestry? It&#39;s true. And because this island just so happens to be surrounded with clean, cold Pacific ocean seawater, there is no shortage of all-natural salt to be hand&nbsp;harvested. Pepper&#39;s has been carrying a broad line of this company&#39;s sea salt (available in numerous infusions) since the beginning and now, we have two new ones on the shelves.<em><strong>&nbsp;Vancouver Island Salt Company Old School Coffee Salt</strong></em>&nbsp;is sea salt infused with 49th Parallel&#39;s Old School espresso beans, creating a flavourful and aromatic&nbsp; salt ideal for steaks, chops, wild game and root vegetables. Or you can use as a topping for ice cream, brownies, cookies or anything chocolate!</p><p><em><strong>Vancouver Island Salt Company Barrel Smoked Whiskey Salt</strong></em>&nbsp;is smoked using aged, single malt whiskey barrels from their neighbours at Shelter Point Distillery imparting a deep smokey flavour with vanilla notes. Use on grilled meats, vegetables, tofu dishes or as a cocktail rimmer.</p><p>Sometimes it&#39;s nice to lean entirely on the description of a product as it&#39;s described from the company website. That&#39;s the case here for<em><strong>&nbsp;Arla Cream Cheese with Herbs and Spices</strong></em>&nbsp;which is the latest addition to the other two that Pepper&#39;s already carries (Organic and Light):&nbsp;<em>Take delight in the piquant tones of naturally tasty Arla Cream Cheese with Herbs and Spices. Richly flavored with a reduced fat content of 15.5%, and complete with notes of warm peppercorns, spicy paprika and a slightly sour tang, this delicious Arla Natural Cream Cheese &ndash;&nbsp;made from only four natural ingredients and no artificial additives&nbsp;&ndash; is the perfect go-to partner for dips, or even as spread for buns,&nbsp;sandwiches and wraps!</em></p><p>Another great new product from Arla (to compliment the Regular and Light that we already stock) is&nbsp;<em><strong>Apetina Feta Cheese Cubes Red Bell Peppers &amp; Chili</strong></em>. Sweet red bell peppers and spicy chilis combine with this fresh, slightly salty feta cheese to create something that will liven up any greek salad or dish where regular feta is required. And there&#39;s a built-in strainer in the container!</p><p><em><strong>Little Northern Bakehouse</strong></em>&nbsp;makes delicious gluten-free, vegan&nbsp;bread using only the finest non-GMO ingredients. It&#39;s one of the most popular bread product lines in Peppers which is why we&#39;ve broaded your selection to include&nbsp;two more kinds:<em><strong>&nbsp;Little Northern Bakehouse Sprouted 7 Grain Bread&nbsp;</strong></em>and<em><strong>&nbsp;Little Northern Bakehouse Sprouted Honey Oat Bread</strong></em>. Made with a special blend of healthy sprouted grains, this allergy-friendly bread is soft and delicious!</p><p>Naan is a leavened flatbread whose name originated in Persia (yet another tidbit of trivia). And we&#39;ve added another variety to our already extensive lineup.&nbsp;New <em><strong>Indian Life Organic Whole Wheat Naan</strong></em>&nbsp;is 100% oranic, vegan and nutritious. You can eat it with soups, curries, as a pizza crust, for gyros or pan fry and eat with salsa (which we already mentioned is on sale this week!) or&nbsp;applesauce. Also delicious with coconut oil, butter or margarine. However you decide to eat it, you&#39;re getting the goodness of whole wheat!</p><p>Chia is an Aztec &quot;super seed&quot; that&#39;s high in protein and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. That&#39;s good news for those who like chia and making wraps because<em><strong>&nbsp;Indian Life Organic Chia Wrap</strong></em>&nbsp;is here! Each wrap has five grams of fibre, is low in sugar (one gram) and tastes great!</p><p>This entire newsletter has, so far, consisted of everything savoury so we&#39;ve saved&nbsp;the last for all you sweet-tooths out there. In recent weeks and months we&#39;ve told you about all the new varieties that Christie&#39;s Oreo cookies are coming in: Mickey Mouse, Double Stuff, The Most Stuf, Fudge Covered, you name it...Variety definitely is the spice of life but this is getting a bit ridiculous. So it makes perfect sense that yet another variety would be unveiled:&nbsp;<em><strong>Christie&#39;s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Oreo</strong></em>. Admittedly, this one does look pretty darn good. It&#39;s a peanut butter and&nbsp;chocolately flavour creme sandwich cookie like no other.&nbsp;&nbsp;Binge watching your favourite shows on Netflix just got that much more appealing!</p><p>As Dennis Miller would famously say to end his Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live,&nbsp;&quot;That&#39;s the news and I&#39;m outta here!&quot;</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 12, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 Mar 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On this date in 1894, Coca Cola was sold in bottles from a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The two main ingredients of the soft drink were cocaine and caffeine with the cocaine being derived from the leaves of the COCA plant and the caffeine coming from the COLA nut. In 1904, the extract used&nbsp;from coca leaves no longer contained cocaine.&nbsp;</p><p><em>It&#39;s good to have a pulse</em>. Well, duh. If you&#39;ve got a heart you&#39;d better have a pulse. Actually, that&#39;s the slogan for&nbsp;Penticton&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>Pulse Kitchens</strong></em>, the producers of specialty vegan and gluten free foods. And their incredibly delicious vegan cheeses will get your heart racing when you taste them. Because now, at Pepper&#39;s, we have&nbsp;<em><strong>Pulse Kitchen Almond Gruyere</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Sharp Cashew Cheddar</strong></em>, and&nbsp;<em><strong>Cashew Kind of Blue</strong></em>&nbsp;cheeses! Each flavour contains chickpea (a pulse) miso but doesn&#39;t contain dairy, soy or gluten and all are vegan! For more information on this BC company and their products, please head on over to&nbsp;<em><strong></strong></em></p><p>Lily of the Desert is the largest grower, producer and distributor of aloe vera products.They&#39;ve been producing aloe vera products for almost 50 years, and now Pepper&#39;s has&nbsp;two kinds of <em><strong>Lily of the Valley Aloe Vera Juice</strong></em>:<em><strong>&nbsp;Inner Fillet&nbsp;</strong></em>and<em><strong>&nbsp;Whole Leaf</strong></em>. Whole leaf products contain the entire leaf while&nbsp; the inner fillet products contain only the inner gel-like portion of the leaf. Drinking juice made from this succulent plant has purported benefits ranging from decreasing one&#39;s overall body pH to relieving constipation to clearing up the skin. You&#39;ll have to do your research to see if it&#39;s something that&#39;ll beneifit your health. But now you know where to get it!</p><p>If you&#39;re tired of munching the same old chips (corn, potato, tortilla) then&nbsp;<em><strong>Beanitos</strong></em>&nbsp;may be just what you&#39;ve been looking for! Made with white (navy) or pinto beans, these chips come in numerous flavours such as<em><strong>&nbsp;Simply Pinto,&nbsp;White Bean Nacho Cheese&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>White Bean Restaurant Style</strong></em>. They&#39;re high in protein, very high in fibre and full-on with flavour! So if you&#39;re missing some spice in your life, change things up a bit and try&nbsp;Beanitos!</p><p>For those of you who are just fine to stick to your tried and true tortilla chips, <em><strong>Que Pasa Ancient Grains Tortilla Chips</strong></em> should be added to your shopping list immejit-ly! In addition to volcanic stone ground corn flour, there&#39;s also buckwheat flour, chia seeds, amaranth seeds and quinoa and other tasty ingredients. This is a certified gluten-free, whole grain&nbsp;product&nbsp;made in Canada with imported ingredients and you can find it in aisle 5 with the other Que Pasa products.</p><p>From Que Pasa we have Quesava. Huh? The company name Quesava is derived from&nbsp;cassava, a starchy, tuberous root from the tropics. And that tuber can be made into a type of flour that is grain-free, gluten-free and nut free. And of all the gluten-free flours, it most closely resembles wheat flour. Now that you know a little more about it, we&#39;d like to tell you about<em><strong>&nbsp;Quesava Cheese Poppers</strong></em>&nbsp;in two exciting flavours:&nbsp;<em><strong>3 Pepper Fiesta</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Garlic and 3 Cheese</strong></em>! Both kinds contain sardo, asiago&nbsp;and cheddar cheese and, of course, the vitamin and mineral rich cassava flour. This is a modern twist on an ancient recipe that has sustained generations of tribes in Brazil and Peru for eons. Try it out on your tribe!</p><p>Christie&#39;s has once again taken the humble Oreo cookie and made it even better by covering it in fudge creating, well,&nbsp;<em><strong>Fudge Covered Oreo Cookies</strong></em>! There&#39;s not much more to say about it so if you love Oreo cookies and fudge then you&#39;re in for a treat!</p><p>If you use a coffee maker or espresso machine then you know they eventually get bunged up with sediment and water deposits. So if your machine needs a little TLC, try new <em><strong>Ecozone Coffee Machine Descaler</strong></em>. It cuts through limescale and coffee residue, is odourless, colourless and taste free and it works on any machine! Each bottle lasts for five uses, too! The active ingredients are derived from citrus fruit and coconut so there&#39;s no need to worry about releasing harmful chemicals into the environment or worse, into&nbsp;your body!</p><p>Alright ladies and gents, that&#39;s another newsletter in the books! Make sure to have a look at the attached weekly specials and...beware the Ides of March!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter March 5, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 Mar 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; After a brutal February it was so nice to see March come in like a lamb again (last year was the same)!&nbsp;And now that it&#39;s arrived, let&#39;s remind you that Sunday is the start of Daylight Savings Time.&nbsp;DO NOT forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you hit the hay on Saturday night!</p><p>Alright, now that you&#39;ve been forwarned, it&#39;s time for everyone&#39;s favourite part of the newsletter: new products! Let&#39;s jump right in starting with<em><strong>&nbsp;IOGO Fruitbottom Yogurt 12x100g Multipacks</strong></em>! Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Mango-Pineapple/Orange-Mandarin</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>Strawberry-Rhubarb/Strawberry-Raspberry&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Blueberry/Blueberry-Blackberry</strong></em>&nbsp;this exquisite yogurt is made with plain, whole milk&nbsp;yogurt layered over real fruit creating a creamy and fruity yogurt with&nbsp;probiotics and 35% less sugar!</p><p>Another new product that can be found in our non-dairy section is&nbsp;<em><strong>Emborg Vegan Mozzarella Slices</strong></em>. Toronto Vegan Chef Doug McNish, who, by the way,&nbsp;was awarded&nbsp;the Now Magazine Readers Choice Award in his home town of Toronto Ontario, as Best Chef in the City in November 2017, has this to say about Emborg Vegan Cheese, &quot;<em>When I first tried Emborg Vegan Cheese I was blown away by not only the taste, but the texture and mouth feel. Not only does Emborg have the best taste of all Vegan cheeses on the market, but it melts like no other vegan cheese I have ever had. I am excited for what the team at Emborg has done and for the world to taste it</em>.&quot; And look for<em><strong>&nbsp;Emborg Vegan Cheddar Slices</strong></em>&nbsp;on our shelves when it becomes available later this month!</p><p><em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s Special K Protein Honey Almond Ancient Grains Cereal</strong></em>&nbsp;is crunchy flakes made with whole grain wheat, white and black rice and whole grain burgundy sorghum. You get a high protein, high fibre cereal and an opportunity to &quot;Own Every Bite&quot;&nbsp;whenever you eat it!</p><p><br />The next items aren&#39;t new but they are very popular so when we were unable to acquire them for some time, we thought it worth mentioning that they were back on the shelf!<em><strong>&nbsp;Umi&#39;s Kitchen Simmer Sauces</strong></em>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em><strong>Coconut Curry</strong></em>&nbsp;and<em><strong>&nbsp;Butter Chicken&nbsp;</strong></em>are made in Canada (Vancouver)&nbsp;from domestic and imported ingredients and are necessary items for your kitchen pantry. And each jar offers four servings which means you can use one to cook a meal&nbsp;for your whole family!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s has&nbsp;long stocked an extensive line of La Tortilla Factory soft tortillas. And we&#39;ve added one more!<em><strong>&nbsp;La Tortilla Factory Street Taco Size White Corn &amp; Wheat Tortillas</strong></em>&nbsp;are like the slider burger&nbsp;buns of tacos! At only 10 cms across, you can make micro tacos in the comfort of your own home. Street meat and fresh ingredients required! And by the way, there are no GMO ingredients, hydrogenated or interesterified (is that like when you can&#39;t look away from a horror movie?) oils, artifical flavours or mono or diglycerides in these tiny tortillas.</p><p>Everyone loves to sip a refreshing beverage through a fun, colourful straw. And that little, innocuous act is becoming a big problem. It&#39;s estimated that 500 million straws are used just&nbsp;in the United States every single day. Imagine what that number is world wide.&nbsp;However, it&#39;s now becoming much more common to be served a drink at a bar or restaurant without a straw. But let&#39;s face it, straws are indeed fun and sometimes necessary. That&#39;s why we&#39;re now stocking&nbsp;<em><strong>The Future Is Bamboo Re-usable Drinking Straws</strong></em>! Each box contains six bamboo straws plus a convenient cleaning brush! Vegan and biodegradable, you can use and re-use these bamboo straws, clean and air dry! Drink. Clean. Repeat.</p><p>What do you do when it&#39;s time to replace that plastic handles toothbrush. nine times out of ten you toss it into the bathroom wastebasket and carry on with your life. Well, all that plastic ends up in the landfill and that spells more trouble for the planet. So in addition to straws, we also have&nbsp;<em><strong>The Future is Bamboo Toothbrushes</strong></em>! Whoa, that&#39;s pretty cool, right? Indeed it is. Because bamboo is naturally antimicrobial, you don&#39;t need to worry about yucky germs growing on it! And this bamboo is also panda&nbsp;friendly, grown by responsible farmers. It&#39;s a no-brainer when it comes time to choose your next toothbrush. Enjoy a clean mouth; enjoy a clean earth!</p><p>As we do every Thursday, Pepper&#39;s offers one deeply discounted item. And this week, it&#39;s <em><strong>Tre Stelle 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese 125g on for a ridiculous price of $2.79</strong></em> each! Put it on your list and we&#39;ll see you on Thursday!</p><p>Remember last week when we mentioned that we have an authentic Toronto Blue Jays embroidered jersey up for grabs? It showed up here at the store the very next day and is hanging up to the left of the store entrance. Don&#39;t forget to enter the draw to win this great prize by signing your receipt with your name and contact information. Spring training has already begun!</p><p>Thanks so much for taking the time to read our newsletter!&nbsp;And for those who have taken the time to find a staff member or email us saying that you enjoy reading it, we&#39;d like to say thanks again! Very kind of you, indeed.</p><p>Until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 26, 2019 Peppers Foods Tue, 26 Feb 2019 07:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; You know who you don&#39;t hear about much about, if at all, anymore?&nbsp;Tony Randall. And that&#39;s a shame because he was such a talented stage and screen actor with a career spanning sixty years! Why do we mention him today? Because he was born this day,&nbsp;February 26th, 1920. Happy birthday, Felix Unger!</p><p>Alright, now onto the stuff you really want to know about: new products. This week we&#39;re going to start things off with something your best friend would probably love,&nbsp;<em><strong>Tri-Natural Lean Cuts Dog Food</strong></em>! This isn&#39;t exactly new to the store, but we wanted to tell&nbsp;you more about it because it&#39;s made in Chilliwack, BC with all-natural ingredients and has been since 1972. We think that&#39;s siginificant to know in a day and age where buying locally is so important to consumers.&nbsp;It&#39;s real meat protein, without any fillers such as cereals, grains, starches, salt or rendered meats. That means it&#39;s suitable for dogs on limited ingredient diets and for dogs at any stage of life. Available in&nbsp;<em><strong>Salmon</strong></em>, <em><strong>Beef</strong></em>, <em><strong>Beef &amp; Chicken</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Lamb &amp; Rice.</strong></em></p><p>&quot;Dispatch the cock!&quot; That&#39;s something that a cook might have cried in 18th century Ireland when it was dinner time and chicken was on the menu. Today, you might hear&nbsp;the term &quot;spatchcock&quot; used instead. The&nbsp;dictionary defines spatchcock as:&nbsp;<em>a chicken or game bird split opened and grilled</em>. This involves removing the&nbsp;backbone and flattening the bird for cooking. The other, more common term, is&nbsp;<em><strong>butterfly chicken</strong></em>. &quot;Wait, why would one want their chicken prepared for cooking this way?&quot; you might be asking yourself. For one, no trussing (twine) is required. And since the chicken lays flat, all of the skin is exposed to the heat resulting in a glorious brown and crispy exterior. Plus, when you roast a whole bird the traditional way, the breast meat cooks faster than the dark meat. Spatchcocking allows for even cooking times AND allows it to happen much quicker! So&nbsp;<em><strong>visit our&nbsp;full-service Meat Counter and get yourself a spatchcock chicken</strong></em>!&nbsp;Of course, the method of&nbsp;cooking is up to you.</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for a way to boost the flavour in your favourite recipes then ready to use<em><strong>&nbsp;Kitchen Basics Stocks</strong></em>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em><strong>Original Turkey</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>No Salt Added Vegetable</strong></em>&nbsp;are available now! Both are gluten-free, fat-free, MSG-free and&nbsp;cholesterol-free. One of the basic ingredients in any prepared cook&#39;s kitchen is stock so make sure you have some of this appropriately named stock for when you need it!</p><p>We&#39;ve mentioned in past newsletters how nutritional yeast has become a huge favourite among vegans and non-vegans alike for its delicious cheesy flavour and high vitamin B content. Now&nbsp;<em><strong>Jenny Marie&#39;s Cracker Company&nbsp;</strong></em>(handmade in Victoria, BC) has broadened their already stellar lineup to include&nbsp;<em><strong>Cheesy Yeshi&nbsp;</strong></em>flavour! However, like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end&nbsp;and since this is a limited edition flavour you&#39;d&nbsp;better try it while you can!</p><p>Another quality, handmade product from the Garden City is&nbsp;<em><strong>Singing Bowl Granola No Grain Granola</strong></em>. Just like Jenny Marie&#39;s, they&#39;ve added this new product to their already amazing selection of granolas except this one is grain free. It&#39;s a combination of a large variety of mostly organic&nbsp;ground and flaked seeds and nuts mixed with coconut oil and shredded coconut and it&#39;s perfect for those on a paleo,vegan or gluten-free diet!</p><p>You know what pairs nicely with some granola? Yogurt. And Olympic Dairy has really upped their game by introducing new&nbsp;<em><strong>Olympic Organic Grass-Fed Yogurt</strong></em>&nbsp;in three amazing flavours:&nbsp;<em><strong>Smoked Applewood Vanilla, Citrus Cardamom&nbsp;</strong></em>and&nbsp;<em><strong>Fig Honey</strong></em>! It&#39;s rich, 6.5% milk fat, fruit on the&nbsp;bottom yogurt made from 100% BC milk and certified organic by the Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association. One thing&#39;s for sure; you&#39;ve never tried any other yogurts that tastes as unique as these do!</p><p>And finally, something new from our full-service Deli Department.&nbsp;<em><strong>Dumet Chalkidiki Greek Olives</strong></em>&nbsp;are large olives stuffed with&nbsp;<em><strong>Spicy Jalapeno Peppers</strong></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><strong>Whole Almonds</strong></em>, respectively. And&nbsp;<em><strong>Dumet A La Grecque Moroccan Olives</strong></em>&nbsp;are &quot;<em>meaty table olives, dry-cured in the traditional fashion giving them an intense flavour</em>.&quot; All of these olives require no refrigeration (until opened) and so you can find them at the very end of aisle 2, closest to the meat counter near the polenta. TIP: rinse under cold water for 30 seconds and reduce the saltiness by 20%!</p><p>Can you believe that by the time you receive the next newsletter it will already be March?! That&#39;s a good thing because I think most of us will be very happy for the arrival of spring. As always, you&#39;re reminded to look at the attached advertised specials for February 26-March 4. Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming&nbsp;customer giveaway! It&#39;ll be for an authentic <em><strong>Toronto Blue Jays</strong></em> jersey. We&#39;re talking real, as in, the same one the pros wear. You don&#39;t want to miss your chance to win!</p><p>Until next week take care and stay safe!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p>