Our Favourite Flavours!

We asked our fabulous team of popcorn lovers what their favourite Portlebay Popcorn flavours are, why and if they could invent a new flavour what it would be! Have a read below to see what wild and wonderful flavours they came up with (some are rather interesting to say the least!)

First up we have our little piggy bank, the lady with money, Faye!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Lightly Sea Salted

 

Why? I’m all savoury all the way!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Christmas dinner with all the trimming, including the sprouts!

 

Next up we have one of our co-founders, the mighty Jonty!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup

 

Why? It’s the a delicious marriage of sweet and savoury! I also adore bacon!!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Reblochon Cheese- a taste of the mountains!

 

 

Now we have our mother hen, the lady that keeps us all in line, Diane!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Lemon Sherbet

 

Why? It’s as if someone has taken the beautiful seasons of Spring and Summer and popped them into this little yellow bag!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? King Prawn Noodles

 

Our marketing fairy Millie, is next on the agenda!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Lightly Sea Salted

 

Why? It’s the classic and will always be the best! (It’s also guilt-free when you need something to munch on in the office hehehe)

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Dark Chocolate and Raspberry!

Our other genius co-founder, the magnificent Neil is next to reveal his favourite flavour!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Chilli and Lime

 

Why? It’s takes me back to sitting on the beach in Mexico, with an ice cold drink in hand! Ahh the dream!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Beef Madras Curry

And finally, we have the man that keeps our popcorn popping, it’s Ian!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Sweet & Salty!

 

Why? It’s just such a tasty treat, that perfectly satisfies my sweet, sweet cravings!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Good ole British Roast Beef

 

 

We would love to hear what your favourite flavour is and of course what flavours you would love us to invent in The Poppery!

Introducing Our Newest Team Member… Roddy!

We are super excited that our team is growing and that we are gaining some new friendly faces at The Poppery! Today we are introducing Roddy, the most recent popcorn fanatic to board the Portlebay ship! Here are a few fun facts about him…

– The name’s Aureliano Rodrigues Val Cupertino, but you can call him Roddy

– Roddy’s Portlebay role is Production Manager, aka The Grand Popping Maestro!

– He is a Manchester United fan and big time fan of Jose Mourinho

– His favourite Portlebay Popcorn Flavour is Sweet & Salty

– Roddy can speak four languages! Portuguese, English, French & Spanish-ohh la la

– His favourite food is pizza!

– Romance is his top choice of film genre

– When he lived in São Tomé and Príncipe (the two-island nation, floating in the Gulf of Guinea) Roddy played professional football! He was only 16 when he joined the professional team!

 

The Portlebay Team go to Clip n Climb

In an attempt to start the year right our Portlebay team decided that we would chose an active and energetic team building activity. Living in beautiful Devon, surrounded by beaches and water based activities, our team couldn’t quite reach a consensus to jump in the water during this cold, drizzly winter period, and so, we decided Clip n Climb was the perfect group activity!

 

 

If you aren’t familiar with Clip n Climb then you certainly need to be! A bright and colourful world of climbing challenges, which although has been designed for the youngsters of today, is a truly great and enjoyable challenge. With over 30 climbing walls and obstacles to chose from and more than 35 Clip n Climb centres in the UK, this really is something we would recommend for all adults and kids (even if you don’t have little ones!). If you are also looking for a holiday activity when abroad look out for Clip n Climb, as the centres which started all the way over in New Zealand, are now all over the world! Ohhhhh, cool!

Our team pulled on our favourite Portlebay tops, laced up our trainers and very excitedly headed to Clip n Climb. Once we arrived we were greeted by the marvellous array of colours and very friendly smiling staff! After a quick briefing, we hopped into our harnesses and were let loose! Straight away there was an intense air of competition between all of the staff. We battled against each other on the timer, speed wall, the see-through, Face To Face wall which allows you to see your component on the other side and the ultimate, The Stair Way to Heaven. The Stair Way to Heaven (in the picture below) was our favourite climb.

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Although it was a climb that only one person could do at a time, we each watched and cheered each other on, as we conquered the very intense green poles. One by one we took a deep breath and marched (or bum shuffled) our way to the top pole, where you then have to jump down to be reunited with the floor.  This really highlighted who was a brave Portlebay warrior and who was… less of a warrior.

As you can tell we all had such a great time, even those that were a little unsure at first, and we will definitely be returning to improve our climbing skillz.

Meet Our Mascot Bob!

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Our Portlebay team is a small and passionate group of individuals that adore popcorn and all things to do with the beach, outdoors and anything that will make us giggle! This is certainly accurate for our most jolly team member, Bob, our mighty mascot!

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting this cheeky chap, then say ‘hello’ to Bob the seagull! Along with his knobbly knees and beak full of popcorn, you may notice his very stylish American themed sailor hat. This quirky little addition represents the dawn of Portlebay Popcorn, when our wonderful Chief Pop-Meisters went on a great adventure to America and found their inspiration to start hand-popping delicious popcorn in Sunny little Devon.

Bob’s Fact File:

Name: Bob

Birthday: 12th March

Birth place: Born and bred in Sunny Cove, East Portlemouth

Height: Average seagull size

Favourite Colour: Navy blue and even better if it’s striped!

Favourite Activities: Bobbing on the sea waves,  sneaking popcorn from The Poppery and chasing all the gulls!

Favourite Popcorn Flavour: Lightly Sea Salted

Most Annoying Habit: Distracting and playing tricks on the Portlebay team (ALL THE TIME!)

 

Look out for Bob on our social media channels, he can be quite a cheeky bird but does love all the attention he can get!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Christmas- The Portlebay Team’s Traditions (Part 3)

 CHRISTMAS IS SO CLOSE NOW! 5 days to go, 5 days to go! Here is the last part of our festive traditions and tales, we would love to hear all about yours too so do pop us a message!

Introducing Neil, our other Chief Pop-Miesters!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? It’s my birthday on Christmas Eve so double present is a bit of a tradition! I also like to fly off to somewhere for Christmas- usually somewhere cold like Prague or New York.

What is your fondest Christmas memory? As a child, Christmas with my grandparents

What do you normally have for Christmas dinner? Usually a traditional turkey dinner but I once had to settle for a burger at the Hard Rock Café in Amsterdam

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Fake

Favourite Christmas film? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Last minute but I’m getting better!

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Angel

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Next up we have the mighty Mark from sales!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? Christmas dinner- my all-time fav meal for the year!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas Dinner? Everything! Lots of veg, turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, gravy- it’s all just the best!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Sleeping after lunch!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? The fake trees with the changing lights!

Favourite Christmas film? Goonies- it’s not Christmassy but it’s always on at Christmas

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Last minute

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? An angel that one of my siblings made when we were children

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Finally, we have Diane our fairy god mother (we need her)!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? As children, our presents were in our pillowcases, on the end of our beds. We also saved one present from under the tree to open on boxing day! Nowadays- it’s anything goes!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? Waking up and moving my feet to see if Santa had been and left presents in my pillow case.

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Setting the table and the gravy and cranberry sauce

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Putting up the tree and writing Christmas cards

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real

Favourite Christmas film? Love Actually and Elf

Favourite Christmas song? Last Christmas- Wham

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last-minute shopper? A bit of both

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Normally something my son has made in school!             

That’s all for now folks, but there is more to come! YAY!

Our Christmas- The Portlebay Team’s Traditions (Part 2)

 15 days till Christmasssssss! If you aren’t already in the spirit of Christmas then we hope part 2 of our Christmas traditions and tales will get you feeling festive!

Today we are starting off by questioning Millie from Marketing!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? This year my family are going to be reluctantly leaving our wood burner and walking to our favourite beach. The more daring of us are planning on a Christmas swim in the sea, which I am very excited about and I really do hope it becomes a tradition!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? When I was still fairly small, I remember one Christmas huddling around a window with my family and being amazed to see snow on Christmas day, it was magical!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? The stuffing and pigs in blankets, however, if the gravy isn’t up to standard it would be disastrous! None of that thin, watery rubbish!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real!!! There’s no fun in a fake one.

Favourite Christmas film? The Grinch!

Favourite Christmas song? Michael Bublé and Shania Twain- White Christmas

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Super organised! I just love Christmas shopping!

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? An angel

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Next up to reveal all about their Christmas is Ian, our Head operations elf!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Every year we visit both pubs in our village for a drink! 

What is your favourite part of a Christmas Dinner? Roast potatoes cooked in goose fat!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Walking to the beach with all the family!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Fake, fibre optic tree

Favourite Christmas film? White Christmas

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Last minute

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star

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Now it’s Faye’s (our pixie who knows all about numbers and stuff) turn to face the Christmas music

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Family cooked breakfast every boxing day- without fail!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? A Treasure hunt around the house. Dad hid a clue in a cracker and it began from there, a few hours later (yes it was a long hunt!) the final prize was my first mobile phone!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Pigs in blankets

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Christmas shopping in the cold and watching the children’s nativity

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Fake

Favourite Christmas film? Miracle on 34th Street

Favourite Christmas song? Jingle Bell Rock- Bibby Helms

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last-minute shopper? Super organised

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star

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And lastly we have mother and son duo Malgorzata and Michal, two of our popcorn flavour smiths!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Yes family and food!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? All of it!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Christmas walk with family

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real

Favourite Christmas film? A Christmas Carol

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star!

 

Our Christmas- The Portlebay Team’s Traditions (Part 1)

As it’s 1st December we have officially entered Christmas month (bring on the food and winter activities) and our office is brimming with excitement! With this Christmas buzz in the air we have been sharing some of our most cherished Christmas memories and favourite festive activities, and thought it would be even merrier if we were to share them with you!

First up telling her festive tales is the lovely Lucy from Marketing!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? My family have a very embarrassing tradition of bell ringing. One Christmas we had musical crackers, where everyone gets a different bell, and then someone conducts the group using a little music book. Now, wherever we are at Christmas the bells always make an appearance!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? Eating Quality Street chocolates at my grandparents’ house, whilst watch “The Sound of Music” with all my cousin. I would always run out the room when it got to the kissing bit!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Roast potatoes!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Wrapping up presents whilst watching a Christmas film, sipping mulled (or any) wine.

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real fo sho

Favourite Christmas film? Love Actually or Home Alone 2!

Favourite Christmas song? Michael Bublé- Christmas (Baby please come home)

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Midway between! But this year I am hoping to make everyone’s Christmas presents

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Unfortunately, I have one of those pretentious ‘twig trees’ so nothing! (Still looks awesome though!)

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Next to be subject to the intense Christmas questioning is one of our Chief Pop-Miesters, Jonty!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Every year on Christmas Eve I read the book “The Night Before Christmas” to my daughter. Even though she rather grown up now we still do it every year!

What do you normally have for Christmas Dinner? We barbeque a delicious rib of beef!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Opening stockings!!

How will you be spending Christmas this year? At home with lots of family

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real! What a question!!

Favourite Christmas film? The Great Escape, of course

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Last minute

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? A star made by my son Archie

Round up round up next we have Steve our warehouse wizard!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? I try to avoid all human contact until at least 6pm.

 What do you normally have for Christmas Dinner? Depends entirely on whether Dominoes Pizza will deliver on Christmas day.

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Whatever is for dessert!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Imaginary one

Favourite Christmas film? It’s a Wonderful Life or Die Hard or maybe Santa Claws

Favourite Christmas song? Fairytale of New York

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last-minute shopper? Some I’ll buy a month in advance, others from the petrol station on Christmas day

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? On my imaginary tree, there is an imaginary blue whale eating a hot dog!

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Lastly for today, we have the Christmas stories of Fiona our technical-ly wonderful popcorn sprite!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Too many to list- but I love putting out the stockings in front of the fire!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? My old baby singer sewing machine, which i had once when I was in Vermont, USA and it snowed too!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? The stuffing! But also the crackers and the flames on the pudding!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? It has to be charades!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real- Of course! I just love the smell!

Favourite Christmas film? The Snowman

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star- homemade one- the same every year!

A small insight into four of our popcorn-enthusiast’s Christmas! Fear not we have more to come, so keep your eyes peeled!