Local artisan food and drink producers are being showcased by British Regional Hampers, with the focus on a new part of the UK each month.
Hampers including produce from Worcestershire and Warwickshire are currently available to order online, together with a range of specially selected Christmas and New Year hampers. Regions to be covered in the early part of 2022 include the Cotswolds, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Oxfordshire and Wales.
Highlights of the Worcestershire hamper include beech-smoked salmon and duck from Macneil’s in Rushock, Worcester Blue and Eleanor cheeses from Lightwood Cheese in Lower Broadheath, aubergine pickle from Bellringers Preserves in Worcester, Wychbold honey, sparkling wine from Easing Hill in the Teme Valley, and all the ingredients for the perfect Bloody Mary: Worcestershire Sauce, Wildjac citrus vodka from Bewdley, Big Tom spicy tomato juice and a Droitwich Salt which combines natural brine, charcoal, black trumpet mushroom and garlic, from a recipe developed by Michelin-starred chef Brad Carter.
The Midlands-based company can also customise requests for corporate clients looking for unique employee rewards or client gifts this Christmas. Working to a pre-agreed budget, the hampers contain a selection of products tailored to the preferences of the client, including wines, spirits, cheeses, meats, smoked products, accompaniments, chocolates and desserts.
Other options include colour-coordinated and branded packaging and customised magazines with a message from the CEO, company profile, and a personal thank-you to staff and/or clients.
Each hamper is available in limited-edition numbers, due to the nature of the various producers, many of whom work alone or in small teams, selling via farmers’ markets, in local shops or online, with products that are not usually available to the mass retail market.
The initiative offers producers a shop-window to new customers, and celebrates the extraordinary talent of smaller, independent companies with a true passion for their work.