Fruits of the ocean
What: Quality approved premium Scottish smoked salmon, Arbroath smokies, sliced swordfish, tuna and marlin, king scallops on half a shell, plus cooked and live mussels.
Who: 3G Seafood Solutions
What 3G says: "With the increasing popularity of fish and seafood in the UK, we felt it was really important to offer a wide variety of new product ideas suitable for Christmas menus. Fish and seafood make great alternatives to traditional turkey."
More info: www.3gfoodservice.co.uk or 0870 8505213
Get saucy for Christmas
What: Demi glace sauce mix
What Knorr says: "We have relaunched our Knorr Demi Glace sauce just in time for the Christmas rush, as its new flavour profile and hot-boil application will be a huge benefit to busy kitchens preparing large volumes of sauces and gravies."
More info: www.unileverfoodsolutions.co.uk or 0800 7833728
What: The Christmas range includes mini seafood tartlets; Scottish smoked salmon and dill mousse terrine; smoked haddock gratin ramekin; poached and smoked lemon and pepper Scottish salmon fillets.
Who: Young's Foodservice
What Young's says: "The range is specially suited to the busiest time of the year and will allow caterers to boast the finest seafood menus throughout the seasonal rush, providing low-cost, value-added meal options, creating the opportunity for strong sales margins. Young's, a renowned and trusted brand in the catering industry, has the in-depth knowledge to offer innovative ways of presenting the fresh flavour of fish to consumers, in a variety of different menu options."
More info: www.youngsseafood.co.uk or 0800 4968647
What: Starters and buffet items include: foie gras and duck-liver parfait; baked stuffed mushrooms with sun-dried tomatoes and black olives; mini ham and cheese paninis. Main courses include: walnut and aubergine bake; free-range Norfolk black turkey breast and thigh combi pack; turkey tournedos. Desserts include: chocaberry pie; Premiere raspberry pink syllabub; Premiere chocolate box.
What Brakes says: "With Christmas around the corner, now is the time to ensure you have plenty of sweet and savoury treats on offer. With our range of easy-to-prepare foods, we have something you can be proud to serve and your customers can enjoy."
More info: www.brake.co.uk or 0845 6069090
Making a statement
What: smoked salmon and asparagus timbales; salmon canapés; and prawn and sun-dried tomato terrine.
Who: Lyons seafood
What Lyons says: "Seafood stimulates the appetite, making it ideal as a starter or as hors d'oeuvres to complement a seasonal glass of champagne or white wine. All three new products require minimal handling but make a statement on the plate - in fact, the hand-finished nature of the canapés suggest they've been prepared only moments prior to serving. Additionally, the consistency and quality offered by both the timbales and terrine - notoriously time-intensive dishes to perfect - mean these products are ideal for chefs dealing with volume over the Christmas period."
More info: www.lyons-seafoods.com or 01985 851322
Turkey for today
What: rolled turkey fillet with pork, prune and apple stuffing
Who: Bernard Matthews
What Bernard Matthews says: "The mini roast for one is made using a natural split turkey fillet, simply rolled around a stuffing made of pork, prune and apple. The prime turkey is firm and succulent, combining beautifully with the pork and prune to create a rich, festive flavour that the apple both complements and 'cuts through', to deliver a delicious end result."
More info: www.bernardmatthews.com or 01603 876615