Supplier profile: Scarlett & Mustard
July 16, 2015 – 11:34 am | No Comment

Dressings and preserves experts Scarlett & Mustard share with us the delicious secrets of their success.

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Suma Driver Profile
July 30, 2015 – 9:59 am | One Comment

This month we catch up with Suma driver (New) Bob to find out more about life on the road…

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How long have you driven for Suma?
I have been at Suma for 14 years. When I started we were based in a redundant mill building in Halifax, and our fleet of vehicles certainly wasn’t what it is today.

What vehicle do you drive?
A Daf CF 18 tonne vehicle, which is purpose built to carry both chilled and frozen goods alongside our ambient range. This gives me 350 horsepower, 14 gear options and a top speed of 56mph.

What are your regular delivery rounds?
Our Midshires round which covers the Shropshire and Hereford area, as well as regular trips to the Scottish borders.

Describe your average driving day?
It’s almost always an early start, as we need to arrive at our first delivery as they open. So if they open at 7am and they are four hours from our base, you can see what sort of time I am out of bed. It is always hard work as I might have up to five or six tonnes of goods to unload by hand. But it’s always mixed with fun, beautiful scenery, customers who become friends, an early morning brew, and some great food. I try to do the majority of my deliveries on the first day, and then sleep in the cab overnight, before doing any remaining deliveries. Then I reload with new stock to supply the Suma warehouse before heading home.

What else do you do at Suma when you aren’t driving?
I am also a reach forklift operator, which means I put away incoming goods high up in the racking in the warehouse. Then as we need them to pick orders, I bring them back down and put them into pick locations, so that our pickers can keep picking.

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What is the best thing about being a Suma driver?
I love the customer facing aspect of the role, knowing that I can make a difference to the people who buy from us. The cups of tea and food you get offered aren’t bad either, nor is the fantastic scenery. I think the best part of my job though is the friendship of work colleagues and customers who never fail to make me smile.

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Any favourite deliveries, and why?
Usually the last one! After 14 years though I do have favourites, Honeysuckle in Oswestry, Tully’s’ of Rothbury, The Greenshop in Berwick on Tweed and Setonaikai who are in Shrewsbury are always nice deliveries. I am sure I will now get grief from at least a dozen customers for not including them!
What food and drink keeps you going while out on the road?
Apples, tea, fruit juice, some tea – pies and then even more tea.

What’s on the radio during the day?
Radio four, Classic FM and whatever I have on my phone.

What is the best thing about being a Suma driver?
I love the customer facing aspect of the role, knowing that I can make a difference to the people who buy from us. The cups of tea and food you get offered aren’t bad either, nor is the fantastic scenery. I think the best part of my job though is the friendship of work colleagues and customers who never fail to make me smile.

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Any favourite deliveries, and why?
Usually the last one! After 14 years though I do have favourites, Honeysuckle in Oswestry, Tully’s’ of Rothbury, The Greenshop in Berwick on Tweed and Setonaikai who are in Shrewsbury are always nice deliveries. I am sure I will now get grief from at least a dozen customers for not including them!
What food and drink keeps you going while out on the road?
Apples, tea, fruit juice, some tea – pies and then even more tea.

What’s on the radio during the day?
Radio four, Classic FM and whatever I have on my phone.

What are your hobbies when you aren’t working?
I get involved with all the usual driver hobbies. Drinking tea, drinking ale, socialising, keep fit (Zumba), jigsaws and cross-stitch. I also love taking photos of my wagon in beautiful places, some of which you can see here.

Which is your favourite product in the Suma warehouse?
I can’t do one, how about three? Suma mushroom pate (GH700), Divine milk chocolate (ZX488) and Cofresh vegetable samosas(XL096)

Supplier profile: Scarlett & Mustard
July 16, 2015 – 11:34 am | No Comment
Supplier profile: Scarlett & Mustard

Dressings and preserves experts Scarlett & Mustard share with us the delicious secrets of their success.

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June 26, 2015 – 1:42 pm | No Comment
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The big news in health foods right now is nutrient-dense superfood powders, if the way they’re flying out of our warehouse is any indication. Here we’re giving you the lowdown on some of our most popular superfood powders, why they are so beneficial and how to incorporate them into your diet.

Product Recall – Suma Peanut Butter Crunchy – No Salt 700G
June 3, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment
Product Recall – Suma Peanut Butter Crunchy – No Salt 700G

During December 2014 Suma received a complaint about a foreign body in one of our jars of peanut butter.
We take every complaint about the quality of Suma products extremely seriously, and as such, our Quality …

A healthy alternative for cooking & baking
May 15, 2015 – 9:44 am | 2 Comments
A healthy alternative for cooking & baking

With all the benefits of coconut but none of the strong flavours, our new odourless coconut oil is a versatile addition to your cooking repertoire. Coconut oil benefits from a low melting point and high smoke point, so it can be used to replace butter in your baking but is also ideal for stir fries and roasting.

Product spotlight: coconut sugar
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Product spotlight: coconut sugar

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Inspiring products lined up for Barcelona’s Free From Food Expo
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April 21, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment
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Chetna’s chai latte cake
April 8, 2015 – 2:48 pm | No Comment
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Clicking on the ingredients in the list will take you to …

Spring Summer brochure 2015
March 26, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment
Spring Summer brochure 2015

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