London, 04/07/2016 - Revolution and the UK are not usually two words you’d find sitting in the same sentence but here we go: food in the UK has been revolutionised. With innovative pop-ups literally popping up all over the place, exciting new foods and combos being launched and the internet providing a wealth of information on all things food which would previously have escaped the reach of the majority of us, foodies have been in for some real treats over the past few years. Since many of these trends and innovations have been based around natural and seasonal grub, we are seeing a surge of interest in healthy eating and natural foods. Consequently, people in the office are less likely to be hitting the biscuits come 3pm and are instead more likely to be picking up a light, fresh and healthy snack which keeps metabolism in check as well as providing great nutritional value. The NERGI® kiwi-berry fits in neatly to this unstoppable trend and is to be launched in the UK this August. Having already hit the shelves in several European countries, this superfood’s popularity continues to grow from strength to strength, attracting increasing numbers of consumers. THE CHERRY-SIZED KIWI-BERRY Originally from Asia, the baby-kiwi fruit belongs to the Actinidia arguta species and has grown in the wild for centuries! In 2005, new varieties of baby kiwis were discovered in China, and later in New Zealand, which kept better than previous varieties of the fruit. The naturally sweet fruit is notable for its small size and unique characteristics, such as its smooth, fine, and edible skin. If you cut it in half, you’ll see its flesh resembles that of a kiwi. Despite their similarities, NERGI® and kiwis don’t share the same taste – the baby-kiwi berry is sweet with a slight sharpness to it. Under certain production conditions, the fruit’s flesh, and sometimes its skin, may become pink in colour. A seasonal fruit, it is on the market from late August until mid-November, alongside other fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, and currants. A FLOURISHING INDUSTRY IN EUROPE 150 European expert growers have already begun producing this small, yet highly innovative hand-picked berry. The 170 hectares of sustainably-farmed orchards used solely for their cultivation can be found largely in France, Portugal and Italy, where climatic conditions and soil quality are ideal for growing the fruit. NERGI® has been met with resounding success among consumers in Germany as well as in France, Portugal and Italy. Consumers in the Benelux countries and Scandinavia are also hot on the uptake. A STRONG SHELF POSITION IN A GROWING MARKET NERGI® , is a new berry not to be confused with kiwis, though it comes from the same family. It is to be distributed to large retailers and will be sold in the berry and/or snack sections, preferably in the chilled aisle to ensure their freshness upon purchase. Due to their vivid green appearance, they jump out at you at the supermarket, next to the reds and darker blue hues of other berries. NERGI® is also distributed to catering specialists and via specialist channels. Mini by nature and a natural convenience food, NERGI® kiwi-berry is deliciously sweet, doesn’t need to be peeled, doesn’t stain and best of all, is rich in nutritional benefits. Key : 125g punnet We’ve all been there in the middle of a busy week, hit with a craving for something sweet, more often than not this ends in the purchase of something tasty, yet not very filling or nutritious. As a berry and small fruit, NERGI® is ideal for eating on the go, perfect for keeping in your bag – surfing the current trend for healthy convenience food. It may be small but it is a superfruit packed with health benefits: vitamin C, vitamin E, minerals, fibre and anti-oxidants. Just 100g (around 10) of the berries provide you with 87.5% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin C - much more than oranges (39.7mg per 100g) or lychees (42mg per 100g) or even redcurrants (40mg per 100g). All of these nutritional benefits at less than 52 calories per 100g. Since NERGI® is a delicate fruit, it is sold in practical, protective, informative packaging. NERGI® is a versatile fruit, lending itself well to salads, desserts, breakfasts and of course enjoyed on its own. To find out more about NERGI®, the new superfood coming to the UK, visit: The NERGI® website: www.nergi.info/en/ Facebook : www.facebook.com/nergi.babykiwi Instagram : www.instagram.com/nergi_babykiwi YouTube : www.youtube.com/nergibabykiwi For more information on NERGI® distributors, please visit: http://www.primland.fr/uk/default.aspx http://www.fruitworld.nl/en-us/Home www.ortofruititalia.org For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer – email@example.com Tel: + 44(0)20 7024 3613 Web: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/
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On Wednesday 23 rd March , Business France and the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux – an organisation that improves the quality and ethical practices of 183 chateaus in the Bordeaux region of France – were delighted to showcase nearly 50 crus at an En Primeur press and trade event in London. For the past few years the wine department at Business France has been working with the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux to organise special wine tasting events at elegant London locations, to which it has been inviting influential represetnatives of both trade and press. This year, the event was held at the famous Méridien Hotel in Piccadilly and over 140 members of the press and trade attended. Marie-Laure Lurton of Château La Tour de Bessan described this evening as “a rendez-vous that we couldn’t miss.” She adds, “I have been attending this event for four years now and it’s always a good opportunity to test the waters.” Regular attendee Jean-François Quenin, President of the Wine Council of St. Emilion, Chateau de Pressac , Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé , has been a loyal attendee for the last five years and reiterated his desire to develop his business in England. Despite finding that the English market has recently become more distant towards French wine, he believes that this kind of wine tasting is always a very good opportunity for advertising. “Every year, this En Primeur brings together a growing number of new winemakers interested in the English market and I have found many loyal clients thanks to this event. C HATEAU DE PRESSAC: A OC Saint Emilion grand cru – This historic estate (it was at the Château de Pressac that the battle of Castillon took place bringing an end to the 100-Year War) was bought in 1997 by Jean-François et Dominique Quenin. In fact, this kind of En Primeur event can be very specific and as Philipe Aubertin (Château Saint-Robert and Château Bastor Lamontagne) explains, “it’s usually an opportunity to meet up with clever and agile restaurateurs, distributors and wine shops, and a chance to taste all the young wines in one place and therefore to create their wine offer for the coming season.” The point is to assess the potential of wines and to buy them at a much lower price than what they will cost at the moment they hit the market. Such moves are considered as an investment, because of a potential increase in price of a wine bottle over the years. “ En Primeur wine tasting events are a good way to do fundraising or networking while finding your favourite wine. We are very positive and thankful to be a part of this event for the first time,” says Thierry Perdigon of Château de Carles. “A classy and professional event” Attendees were enthusiastic about the range of wines and enjoyed the beautiful Terrace Grill & Bar overlooking Piccadilly. Daniel Loh, who recently took over management of The Strafford Arms was amazed by the quality of the event: “The different wines we’ve been tasting are of a high quality and all the conditions are perfect for a truly nice evening. It is a relaxed yet professional atmosphere here, everybody is curious and really wants to taste the wine seriously; it’s a classy and professional venue.” If you missed this event, don’t worry! Business France is organising a free sparkling wine tasting event on Thursday 21 st April at its offices in London. Around 40 types of crémant hailing from six regions will be showcased by 15 different French producers at this press and trade event. To register, click here About the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux, a new association, came into existence thanks to Alain Raynaud, its president and founder. Mr Raynaud has brought together the wines of the Right and Left Banks under one entity. The Cercle Rive Droite, established in July 2002, has represented a selection of 138 wines for the past ten years. The Cercle Rive Gauche was founded in April 2013. A parallel association to the Cercle Rive Droite, it currently groups together 50 wine estates carefully selected for the quality of their wine. The concept is to take advantage of the drive and efficiency of the Cercle Rive Droite, to promote the fine wines of the Médoc, Graves, Sauternes and Barsac. With almost 200 wines, the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux showcases a selection of Bordeaux wines selected for their high quality during its trips abroad. Its vocation is to prove that there are superb, top-of-the-range, reasonably priced varieties of wine from Bordeaux! About Business France Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness of France as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship programme . Founded on 1 st January 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff both in France and across 70 countries around the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, visit: www.businessfrance.fr
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“In 2015, the global wine and spirits market is still thriving and France remains one of the best wine producers and exporters in the world”, says Christophe Commeau, head of the wines and spirits department at Business France, interviewed this week by Business France Radio. France at the heart of global competition France is facing more and more competitors such as Italy and Spain, but also Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Even if “in the future, consumers will drink less but much better, ” it is a worldwide competition “to survive on the global market; producing the best wine is not enough, ” asserts Commeau. The best wine at the best price This is why over the past few years, French companies, producers, makers and traders, have started to improve the quality of their products, and now export the best wine at the best price. The three main strengths of France To face this competition, France relies on its many strengths, ranging from its variety to its quality and price. Boasting regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, South of France, Alsace and Champagne, sparkling and sweet wines, France has “a great many wines at a great many prices for such a small country.” Development of the organic wine market French companies have also been developing one new aspect of the wine market. “800 hundred French wine makers are now doing organic wine”, states Commeau. This is a new and necessary trend, as so many countries now want to import this type of wine. New wines for Asia and champagne for the UK A strategy linked with the ability of France to find new opportunities and develop wines for new markets like Asia; China in particular. “We have to prospect and organise wine tastings in Asia, but not only in Asia," says Commeau. “ The USA remains a big consumer and our closest neighbours are our biggest clients, especially the UK, the main market for France thanks to its demand for champagne. French wine in this market is becoming more and more sophisticated.” The role played by France in the wines and spirit global market has evolved even further. Every year, France organises wine tours at the biggest trade fairs, master classes and training for cellarmen and sommeliers to learn how to correctly pair French wines with local food. According to Commeau, “exporting and promoting wine abroad is good but we also need to train professionals in the sector.” More information on French wine companies can be found here .
Following its success in France, pasta restaurant chain Francesca® looks set to open five new restaurants in England this autumn. Its flagship restaurant at 215 Baker Street, London, opened in 2012. Francesca® will soon be opening a restaurant in Birmingham’s brand new shopping centre, Grand Central. People on the move will also be able to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine on the food courts of four motorway service stations: Beaconsfield (M40 J2), Cambridge (A14 – M11), Baldock (A1M J10) and Peterborough (A1M J17). Whether it’s a little corner of Italy in the heart of Birmingham or just off the motorway, members of the public will be able to sample high-quality, fast casual dining at Francesca® (eat-in or take away), with a choice of up to 18 freshly prepared sauces and three varieties of durum wheat pasta, as well as an assortment of salads, antipasti, lasagne, cannelloni, panini, desserts, real Italian coffees and wine. Founded in 1998 with over 50 restaurants in France and abroad, Francesca® provides healthy and balanced meals that live up to Italian cuisine’s excellent reputation. Francesca®’s company model proudly reflects the traditions upheld by high-quality Italian food and its respect for consumers and suppliers. Francesca Albanese, co-founder of the Francesca® franchise, makes it her priority to source top-quality ingredients straight from Italy, which she then transforms into 18 deliciously fresh, homemade pasta sauces. All pasta dishes are free of preservatives or artificial flavours, and are based on traditional recipes and cooking techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation in Francesca Albanese’s family. Francesca Albanese is fond of flavours promoted by the cucina contemporanea Italiana. Restaurants only use Pomi d’Oro tomatoes from the Naples region (southern Italy), extra virgin olive oil from the Puglie region (southern Italy) and GMO-free products. All dishes are served with authentic parmesan cheese imported from Parma (northern Italy). Whether eating in or taking away, Francesca®’s menu offers each customer a diverse range of good, authentic Italian cuisine. The menu includes antipasti, salads, mains, desserts and coffee — all at affordable prices. Francesca® restaurants also offer seasonal menus and regularly add new dishes. Restaurants offer a full and varied range of meals throughout the day. The delicatessen area also allows customers to take home the flavours of Francesca®’s cooking. Restaurant interiors combine chic décor with a friendly ambience, balancing the simplicity of Italian life with the sophistication of Italian culture. The restaurant chain is currently in the process of expanding into the United Kingdom, and is opening restaurants at the following locations: 1. Beaconsfield services (24 September 2015) 2. Grand Central Birmingham shopping centre (30 September 2015) 3. Cambridge services (22 October 2015) 4. Baldock services (21 November 2015) 5. Peterborough services (19 December 2015) The Francesca® brand is offering one free meal to any journalist who wishes to know more about its restaurants, the company and its franchise. Journalists wishing to benefit from this special offer and discover the Francesca® concept are invited to contact Business France – The French Trade Commission in London (details below). About Francesca In 1997, Francesca Arbogast-Albanese and Bertrand Arbogast decided to share their love of Italian cuisine by founding Francesca®, a traditional Italian restaurant, in Strasbourg (eastern France). In 2004, the company chose to offer takeaway dishes to its customers, which is where the fast casual restaurant idea originated. At the beginning of 2015, there were 50 restaurants across France, Switzerland, Canada and UK. From September 2015, people will not only be able to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Francesca®’s flagship restaurant in Baker Street, London, but also in Beaconsfield, Baldock, Cambridge and Peterborough. Birmingham Grand Central will be their first UK restaurant located in a shopping centre. For further information, please visit: http://www.francescauk.com For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business developement, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework.