Our Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Free-from market due to hit £351 million by year end!

Research from analysts Mintel found that the free-from market is forecast to hit £351m by the end of this year and more than half of free-from consumers are planning to eat more free-from products next year. 

Health conscious shoppers are looking for more on-the- go snack items to satisfy those hunger pangs that are free from gluten and dairy, and more and more want their snack to be free from added sugar.

It will not have escaped your attention that the Zoot Zero and Zoot Natural ranges are ideally placed to secure a large part of this market.


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Order Direct from the Zoot Website at Wholesale Prices

If you are a convenience store or club, or an organisation that is too small to use a wholesaler, you can now order your Zoot bars direct from our website. Just click on the Retailers/Clubs Page and send us your details. We’ll set you up with an account and send you a Code for a generous discount on the RRP when you spend over £60 in a single transaction. A Zootelicious way to buy your favourite bars!

 

New Distribution Channels for Zoot Bars!

Over the past few months we have been expanding our wholesale activity and we are delighted to announce that Zoot bars are now available through Brakes and BidFood.


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Zoot Boost has a growing following amongst cyclists

The energy bar market is expanding rapidly, led by the huge expansion in the number of cyclists taking to our roads following the 2012 Olympics. Whilst there are many companies entering the market, Zoot Boost bars overcome some of the criticisms levelled at other energy bars used by cyclists and athletes – unlike some others, Zoot Boost bars are moist, deliciously tasty and easily digestible. Worth considering if you live in a cycling area!

 

Grape Tree is now stocking Zoot Bars

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If you are lucky enough to live close to one of the 93 Grape Tree stores around the UK, you’re in for a treat because Grape Tree is now stocking up on Zoot bars.

Whilst Grape Tree has a great online shop selling delicious snacks and health foods, their 93 retail stores also sell a variety of health foods, nuts, seeds, dried and crystallised fruit, snacks, confectionery, cooking and baking ingredients – and now of course a large range of Zoot bars!

You can pick up all your favourite varieties of Zoot bar from Grape Tree, including Cashew & Caramel, Cacao & Orange, Berry Burst, Coconut Bliss, Banana Choc Chip, Cranberry Choc Chip, Hint of Mint, Zesty Orange, Creamy Milk & Smooth Dark.

The Shop at North Marston Village

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As we know, stockists of Zoot Bars are a discerning bunch, and many have interesting tales to tell.

One such is our most recent convert to Zoot, The Shop at North Marston Village. The Shop is an award winner in many ways. In 2008, 25 years after the last village shop closed, the villagers raised over £110,000 to build, equip and stock the Norwegian Log building adjacent to the village hall.

The money came from local village fund-raising and ‘The Shop’, as it is known (being the only one in the village) was opened on 9th July, 2011 by John Bercow, MP. (see the pic below)

Since then, The Shop has won a host of awards. It was crowned the winner of the South East Award as part of the Rural Community Ownership Awards 2016, and Eddie Parsley, Manager of The Shop, recently won the 2016 People’s Choice Award.

Needless to say, as our newest stockist of Zoot bars they also have impeccable taste – The Shop is well known for its local produce and support for farmers, growers and local makers of food. Sales of local products now make up almost 49% of food sold.

So, if you are passing close by to North Marston village, why not pop in to see Eddie, pick up your Zoot bars and enjoy the local produce on offer in this delightful and hugely successful community shop.

The Mint in our Hint of Mint Choc Bars comes from Hampshire

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Time for another fast fact about the ingredients we use in our Zoot bars.

Did you know that the natural mint extract used in ZOOT ZERO Hint of Mint chocolate is from Summerdown Mint in Hampshire.

The Black Mitcham peppermint bush has been developed by Sir Michael Colman from the Colman mustard empire! It took more than a decade for he and his team to re-establish traditional Black Mitcham mint on their farm in the foothills of the Hampshire Downs.

They had to relearn lost mint farming skills from America and import and adapt the latest production techniques and technologies. One major challenge was adapting the plants and techniques to suit British conditions.

When their mint fields have been harvested, the leaves are taken to their purpose-built distillery. The result is a rare, single-estate peppermint oil with an intense flavour and a scent that is also highly-prized by aromatherapists. It is this extract that we use in our Zoot Zero Hint of Chocolate bars.

Cashews are Remarkably Good for You

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The combination of Cashews and Caramel in our Zoot Natural Cashew & Caramel bar makes for a deliciously tasty treat – but do you know about the health giving aspects of the humble Cashew nut? No, didn’t think so!

This is quite a long post, so if you don’t have time to read it all, the main takeaway is that cashews are remarkably good for you, as well as being really tasty. Oh, and we’re also offering a 30% discount on our Cashew & Caramel bars. You can find the discount code at the bottom of the post.

Botanically speaking, Cashews are technically seeds as opposed to nuts. They’re the fruit of the tropical tree called Anacardium Occidentale that produces the bitter-tasting cashew apple. The cashew tree is now widely grown in tropical regions around the world, especially in parts of India, Nigeria, Vietnam, the Ivory Coast and Indonesia. The modern-day name Cashew derives from the Portuguese word for the fruit of the Cashew tree, caju, which translates in Portuguese to “nut that produces itself.”

Not only are cashews one of the best-tasting and most versatile nuts there is, but they also come loaded with health benefits. Cashews have been used in traditional medicine systems for centuries to heal various ailments, including poor heart health and diabetes. Plus, they might even be able to help you lose weight.

Cashew Nutrition Facts

Most of us know that nuts contain fat, but one of the key factors of cashew nutrition is their ‘healthy’ fat content. Cashews are primarily made up of unsaturated fats in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs that contain oleic acid) plus a smaller proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAS mostly in the form of linoleic acid).

Because of the positive effects of these MUFAs and PUFAs on metabolism and other bioactive functions, many studies associate cashew consumption with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Fighting Heart Disease

Cashews can help lower LDL cholesterol (considered the dangerous kind) and improve HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind). They contain special phytosterol compounds, which play an important structural role in cell membranes where they stabilise cells and interfere with cholesterol absorption. This is responsible for their cholesterol-lowering abilities and the reason cashews may be able to help prevent the formation of plaque within artery walls. Cashews are also associated with lowered triglyceride levels and reduced levels of inflammation, all of which help protect you from heart disease, heart attacks or stroke.

Preventing Gallstones

Some research has found that eating nuts weekly, including cashews, can help lower the risk for having gallstones.

Helping with Weight Loss or Maintenance

Nuts have a high total fat content, — cashews are made of approximately 46 percent fat — but they’re also very nutrient-dense and provide a lot of important minerals and fatty acids that support weight loss. Cashews can help you feel fuller after a meal, which is beneficial for curbing food cravings, overeating and unhealthy snacking. Fats in general make food more satisfying and increase nutrient absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin D.

Maintaining Bone Health

Cashew nutrition benefits include bone health improvement due to the presence of calcium, magnesium and potassium, together with a low sodium intake. These are associated with protection against bone demineralization. Cashews’ bone-building benefits also come from their supply of Vitamin K.

Preventing Colon, Prostate and Liver Cancers

Regularly eating nuts, including cashews, is associated with a lower risk for certain common cancers, especially cancers that occur in the digestive tract, including liver and colon cancers.

Supporting Healthy Brain Function

The brain is made up of mostly fat and relies on a steady supply of healthy fatty acids within the diet. Nuts are one of the natural plant foods richest in fat and support cognitive function, healthy ageing and mood regulation.

Research also suggests that Cashews can lower the risk of Diabetes, help prevent migraines and maintain healthy skin.

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So , while you may choose our Cashew & Caramel bars for their taste, or for their lack of added sugar, you can now rest assured that they are doing you a power of good as well.

If all this tasty goodness has your taste buds buzzing, then you’ll appreciate our 30% discount during February on Cashew & Caramel bars to support #SugarfreeFeb. Just enter the Discount Code HEALTHYCASHEWS at the checkout on www.zootfoods.com

 

 

Don’t give up on the New Year’s Resolution to lose weight just yet!

Well, we’re two thirds the way through January and statistically speaking this is the time when people tend to fall off their New Year’s resolution to diet, get fit and eat healthily.
 
There are many reasons why we just can’t sustain those good intentions, but it normally comes down to boredom with your new diet and feeling hungry all the time. Let’s face it. If you have been used to Full English Breakfasts every day, then after three weeks of Curly Kale and Parsley soup and the occasional spoonful of Quinoa you are going to be desperate for something more tasty and substantial.
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Well, we can help with that. You may have seen in an earlier post that a single small brick of Zoot’s Smooth Dark Chocolate bar can actually help you to lose weight, but it also makes a delicious snack that can make even the most unappetising diet bearable.
 
The occasional indulgence is central to keeping the motivation going, but it needs to be a healthy and tasty one. Our Dark Chocolate Zesty Orange and Hint of Mint bars complement the Smooth Dark Chocolate bar and our Zoot Natural range include yummy ingredients such as Cashews, Caramel, Almonds and Brazil Nuts. All of course with No Added Sugar.
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So, don’t give up the Resolution just yet. Grab some Zoot bars to help you through those difficult moments and you may even start to enjoy Curly Kale soup.
 
We’d love to know how you are getting on with your diet and how you keep the motivation going. What’s your favourite diet-friendly soup? Let us know on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Zootfoods/

Our New Advert Speaks for Itself

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There’s so much good stuff to say about Zoot’s range of healthy energy bars, that sometimes we struggle to put it all in place. But we think we’ve come up with the solution in our latest range of Ads.

There’s still not enough space to tell you that Zoot Froot and Zoot Natural bars are not only suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans, but for those on a Gluten Free Diet as well.

Nor do we have space to tell you about the 25.4g of Carbohydrates in our Cranberry Choc Chip Boost bar – absolutely ideal if you need a quick energy boost during the day.

But then maybe we’ll put that in the next Ad along with a bunch of other fascinating fact bites.

We would love to know what you think about our latest Ad.Tell us what else you think we should mention and win yourself one of each of the bars shown in the Ad. How’s that for an incentive to reach for the keyboard?

A Veganuary Discount on our Zoot Froot and Naturals Vegan friendly bars

With many people trying out the Vegan lifestyle through Veganuary, and looking to find out more about going Vegan, we are sharing a very comprehensive introduction to the Vegan lifestyle from the folks at Vegan.com.
 
It is packed full of tips and ideas about Veganism and nicely complements the wealth of information on the www.veganuary.com website.
 
Many of the tips suggest that you don’t need to give up the occasional indulgence to live a Vegan lifestyle. There are some delicious recipes out there as well as tasty, Vegan friendly snacks and treats.
 
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You may be surprised to learn that our Zoot Froot and Zoot Natural bars are suitable for both Vegans and Vegetarians, contain no artificial colours or flavours and are Gluten Free. What’s more, they are quite delicious.
 
So going Vegan doesn’t mean you have to retire your taste buds. There’s plenty of tasty Vegan friendly goodness out there should you feel the need for a quick snack attack.
 
You can pick up our Zoot bars online at www.zootfoods.com , and for January only you can get 20% off our Vegan friendly Zoot Froot and Zoot Natural bars by entering the coupon ‘veganuary’ at the checkout.
 
Enjoy your month of eating healthily.

Zoot Dark Chocolate Bars Can Help You Lose weight

Have you, like us put on a few pounds over Christmas? Are you dreading having to give up those indulgences as part of your New Year health drive? If so, we have some great news –

DARK CHOCOLATE CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT !!!!

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Yes, you read it right. It needs to be a quality dark chocolate, like Zoot Zero’s Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar, and all you have to do is enjoy a small square of Zootelicious chocolate about 20 minutes before you have a meal. This triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. What’s more, finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.

Naturally, all Zoot Zero chocolate bars are Free from Added Sugar and suitable for Vegetarians and those on a Gluten Free diet.

And if that wasn’t enough to make you click here and buy a box, here are 9 other reasons why dark chocolate is good for you:

1. It’s Good for the Heart and Circulation

A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging.

2. It Reduces Risk of Stroke

Researchers in Finland have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke – by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested.

3. It’s Mineral Rich

Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) choc provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.

4. It Reduces Cholesterol

Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

5. It’s Good for Your Skin

The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage (though you’d probably better still slap on some sun cream).

6. It’s Good for Mothers and Babies

A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.

7. It may Prevent Diabetes

It sounds mad, but cocoa has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. So dark chocolate – in moderation – might delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.

8. Chocolate is Good for the Brain

Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflamatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.

9. Chocolate Makes you Feel Better

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.

A Destination Cafe and Deli for Lovers of Healthy Foods and Zoot Bars

From time to time we like to highlight those unique shops where you can pick up the range of Zoot bars, but also which offer something extra special for their customers and local community.

One such is the aptly named GreenWise Cafe in Fetcham, Surrey.

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The Greenwise Cafe in Fetcham – Organic Coffees and Healthy Meals

A destination Deli and Cafe for savvy locals, the Greenwise Cafe is a foodie heaven, particularly for Vegans, Vegetarians and those seeking Gluten Free foods.

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A range of healthy fruit and vegetables, most organically grown

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Healthy chilled ready meals made by local producers and bakers

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Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free products for a healthy lifestyle

A warm and inviting local meeting spot, the Cafe focuses on fresh, healthy food, with a full range of organic coffees, fresh and locally made Ready Meals and a delicious range of salads and snacks for that healthy breakfast or lunch.

Those seeking an indulgent but healthy snack to have with their coffee can choose from the full range of 14 Zoot Bars on offer.

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Tyrone Patterson, owner of the Greenwise Cafe and Deli loves the Zoot range. “All of the food and products we sell are fresh, locally sourced and healthy, and we cater to a wide range of dietary requirements. Zoot Bars complement our offering superbly – great taste, great variety and suitable for Vegans, Vegetarians and those after tasty Gluten Free snacks. If you are seeking a guilt free indulgence then Zoot Bars are for you.”

The Greenwise Cafe is increasingly becoming a ‘must visit’ destination for local Surrey foodies and the range of fresh, local produce on offer is impressive. Definitely a Cafe to visit soon!