As some of you may already know I like to attend as many food related exhibitions as I can in London. Most recently we had the brand new casual dining show at the Business Design Centre at the end of February. Looking up who was going to be attending one particular company caught my eye, Folkingtons Juices. Not only are they British, based in Sussex, and don’t add any extra unnecessaries to their juices, but their whole approach to how the juice is produced with sustainability at the core really got my attention.
Folkington’s pride themselves on provenance, carefully selecting the best fruits from the same growers year on year. By using the same growers the repeat business assures security and growth for the growers which in turn supports their local communities helping them to grow. Each bottle is made with fruit that can be traced back to the grower with details on the history and the varieties. Because of this the juice can be likened to a bottle of wine in that the taste will vary slightly from year to year depending on the crop.
Folkington’s work hard to keep food miles as low as possible, by selecting fruit grown in England or as close to the UK as possible. This way fruit that does have to come from abroad travels as little as possible reducing the consumption of energy and leaving a smaller carbon footprint.
Folkington’s make a big effort to use resources which are local to the business base. Not just for the ingredients but for the packaging, printing etc that all goes into making the final product. They are also doing their bit for local charities and arts groups and would be happy to hear from local groups who might benefit from their support.
There are eight different flavours which come in glass bottles, all completely recyclable and easy to separate the different bits. Available in single portions bottles or larger ones to keep at home. I took away two different sample from the Casual Dining Show to try out. Pink Lemonade and Orange
Old fashioned pink lemonade made with Sicilian lemon juice and pulp and British pressed raspberry juice, water and sugar.
Delicious! Best lemonade I’ve had in a long while. Not too tart but not too sweet either. Very refreshing, and I love that it is not carbonated. Directions say once opened keep refrigerated, how one could not drink the whole lot and have any left to refrigerate is beyond me! Has a very natural taste to it, and I can imagine it being perfect on a hot summers day in the garden with cucumber sandwiches, or at a BBQ! Although to be honest it tastes just delicious at any time.
The orange juice made with 100% orange, a blend of three different varieties which gives it an intense flavour. You instantly get a real hit of ORANGE with a slight twang that hit the back of my cheeks making me salivate! That’s not to say it is too tart there is definitely a soft sweetness there too. You can tell it is pure as can be straight away and the consistency is a little thinner than that of regular brands in the supermarket. It comes with pulp and is predominantly made from Valencia Late oranges plus a selected blend of early-harvested varieties including Navelina and Salustiana. I don’t think I’ll ever bother with tropicana again! This stuff is just in another league.
I’m looking forward to trying the elderflower one next!
If you would like to try Folkington’s Juice you can order online from: Amazon or Real Foods Direct or try your local wholesalers. If you would like to know more about Folkington’s Juice check out their website where you can also find their social media links to keep up to date with all their news.
If you have tried Folkington’s Juice leave a comment about which one you tried and what you thought of it!