Introducing Pretty Local

We are delighted to introduce you to one of our very wonderful stockist, Pretty Local. Based just down the road from us in Kingsbridge, in sunny Devon, you can find the lovely Andrea and the Pretty Local HQ!

Pretty Local provides the option to have your weekly shop delivered right to your door with minimum food miles. The company offers everything from fresh seafood and meat, to fruit, veg, freshly cut flowers and all your cupboard essentials; all from a selection of trusted producers located in South Devon.

So why did Andrea start Pretty Local? “There is an abundance of wonderful food being grown, harvested or caught within a few miles of my home, but no easy way to buy it all at once. I created Pretty Local to provide a one-stop shop supporting the fabulous producers, farmers, fishermen and growers on our doorstep and bringing their produce closer to our community.” Says Andrea – and we utterly adore this idea!

Whilst living in the USA, Andrea unfortunately fell ill with Lyme disease. With no medical care, she decided that eating better would be her road to recovery. Sugar, processed foods, gluten and dairy were all eliminated from Andrea’s diet, as she focused on being healthier. This highlighted, to Andrea, the importance of sourcing her food. However, when she returned to Devon, the local produce she was looking for just wasn’t that easy to get a hold of…until now. Pretty Local became the solution to our’s, your’s and Andrea’s food sourcing struggle and we think it’s pretty amazing!

Pretty Local currently deliver to locations within the South Hams, but not to worry if you aren’t quite in the delivery territory, Pretty Local also have multiple collection points for you to pick up your delicious goodies! Have a peek here for further delivery and collection info!

Competition Time with Vincent Trading!

It’sssss competition time! WOO! This competition, which is starting on the 17th April-24th April 2018, we have teamed up with Vincent Trading, a Devon based carpentry, joinery and home interiors company! The Vincent Trading team create seriously gorgeous goodies and we utterly adore everything that they create! For a chance to win a box of our Portlebay Popcorn and a Vincent Trading ‘Hugo‘ Serving Board, head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and follow the instructions! Also, don’t forget to check out the Vincent Trading website here!

 

A Little More About Vincent Trading

Lovingly crafted by hand, in his workshop overlooking the sea in South Milton, Devon, Mike, alongside his wife Emma, has created a range of individually hand-made items, each one made from carefully hand-picked reclaimed wood. After serving his apprenticeship with a specialist joinery company in The Cotswolds, Mike recently moved to Devon to set up his own business to enable him to create his own range of products.

Mike is passionate about his trade, and as part of his new venture he is keen to continue making and fitting windows, doors and kitchens. He’s already busy working on projects with local tradesfolk in Devon.

To compliment Mike’s range of hand-made items, the couple have gathered together a distinctive range of home accessories which is truly adorable. From delightful hand-made mugs, to beautifully scented soy candles, all made in England.

To see Mike’s full range of hand-crafted items, gallery of recent joinery and carpentry projects, and the Vincent Trading collection of carefully selected accessories, head over to their website!

If you enjoyed reading about Vincent Trading, have a peak at our previous post ‘Guest Blogger Emma: Why She Loves Devon’, written by the fabulous Emaa from the Vincent Trading duo.

 Competition T & Cs

  1. Portlebay Popcorn Company Ltd (reg no. 10551352) whose registered office is at The Poppery, Unit 7, Meadow Close, Langage, Plympton, PL7 5EX.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over, except employees of Portlebay Popcorn Company and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition, whose entrants are null and void.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person, per platform. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be 24th April at 5pm. No further entries to the competition will be permitted after 5pm on the 24th April.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as instructed on the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter competition post.
  10. Any comments or interaction featuring scenes of violence, nudity, substance abuse, pornographic images or images used to incite hatred will be blocked and banned from the competition.
  11. Portlebay Popcorn Company Ltd. reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by Portlebay Popcorn.
  12. Portlebay Popcorn is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  13. The prize consists of one sample box containing 8 packets of Portlebay Popcorn and one Vincent Trading Hugo serving board. The prize is as stated, and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  14. The winners will be chosen at random and verified by Portlebay Popcorn.
  15. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  16. Portlebay Popcorn will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  17. Portlebay Popcorn’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  20. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: letspop@portlebaypopcorn.com
  21. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Portlebay Popcorn and not to any other party.

Where Does Your Corn Come From?

‘Where does your corn come from?’ We hear you wonder… Nataïs!

Nataïs, are our corn suppliers. They farm the wonderful corn that is then popped and seasoned into our Portlebay Popcorn. Based in Southern France, Nataïs specialise in growing popping corn from the butterfly family (like ours) and the mushroom family! The company cherish the land in which the crops grow from and are firm believers of sustainable farming, YAY!

But why all the way from France?

In order to grow popping corn a climate of plentiful sunshine is required. As this isn’t something that is common in the UK, growing corn in the South of France is a much better idea! The terrain in the South of France is also an ideal match for growing corn and along with the sunshine ensures that there is a constant supply of popping corn being produced.

The Farmers’ Partnership

As Nataïs believe that sustainable farming  is essential, the company focus on using local resources and expertise. A major part of utilising local resources is the partnership that Nataïs have with their farmers. Today there are a total of 200 farmers partnered with the company, all of which are very highly valued.

The company has established a tailored procedure to ensure all the Nataïs farmers consistently grow and carry out the same practices. This procedure includes meeting with all farmers on a regular basis and matching their soil and climate conditions. They also frequently exchange ideas regarding improvement techniques, seed selection and best growing practices – especially regarding innovation and sustainability.

The Story of Nataïs…

Founder and president of Nataïs, Michael Ehmann grew up on a farm in Germany with his family, which inspired him to become a farmer and discover new practices with the land. At the age of 24 Michael took a trip to America where he met a popcorn farmer. This encounter sparked the idea that he could grow popcorn at his family farm in France. With this new and exciting idea he purchased 2kg of seeds, popped them in his suitcase and whisked them home to France.

Over the first few years Michael experimented a lot and spent time testing out all kinds of techniques, until he finally produced the desired outcome, which was specifically created for the soil and climate in the South of France. After eventually perfecting farming the corn, he was then faced with a whole new challenge, getting his product into the market. Those that he approached with his corn were suspicious of a French man growing popping corn. Facing this difficult situation Michael took to visiting a wide range of plants and customers to gain a further understanding into the industry.

After gaining this new insight into the farming of popping corn, Michael then met Jérôme Réthoré (now General Manager of Nataïs).  Jérôme shared his expert knowledge of the popping corn industrial process and together they took the business further.

We love the passion and values that drive Nataïs and truly think they are a super cool company! Three cheers for our wonderful popping corn supplier! HIP-HIP HOORAY, HIP-HIP HOORAY, HIP-HIP HOORAAAAY!

Another post about our ingredients you may enjoy is our ‘Oh No, No Palm Oil Here’.

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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Stair Way to Heaven

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant Bookishly: Pages and Portlebay Popcorn!

It is officially 6 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS! With the big day fast approaching, we are all busy using up miles of wrapping paper and sending our festive wishes to all our friends and family. To bring a little extra Christmas cheer why not pop over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) to enter Day 6 of our Christmas Advent Competition, and be in with a chance of winning a box of Portlebay Popcorn and a gorgeous gift from Bookishly! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

Bookishly create gorgeous prints with quotes from classic literature, movies and songs. Each print is created using an original and vintage book page, making each one a little bit unique and very special. Each print also consists of the wonky old font that is exclusive to Bookishly and is based on hand drawn lettering. You won’t see it anywhere else!

Louise Verity is the owner of Bookishly, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and young children. She likes John Hughes movies, cake and the smell of new books. She dislikes Marmite and ironing.

Bookishly was first established in 2009 as Wall Envy Art, and rebranded in 2013. It all started with an antique French dictionary and owner Louise’s, grandfather’s set of water colours. As time progressed, so did the range of products. The signature book page prints are still popular but you’ll now find a number of new items thrown in to the mix: personalised star chart prints, book club subscriptions, and various stationery pieces to name a few.

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Bookishly designs have been featured in a number of national and international magazines and blogs, including Stylist, The Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy and Ideal Home among others. More recently, their products have been shown on ITV’s This Morning and featured in the YouTube videos of Zoella and Meg Says.

 

As Sweet as Sweet Cecily’s

The very wonderful Sweet Cecily’s have kindly partnered with us for Day 16 of The Portlebay Advent Competition! If you haven’t yet heard of this lovely brand then we do urge that you have a little peak at their website here! For a chance to win this competition, head over to one of our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and silly follow the instructions!

Some more about Sweet Cecily’s…

Sweet Cecily’s is a pioneering natural skincare company specialising in the personal touch. Their unique formulas and flavours have been largely generated by suggestions made in forums on social media sites.

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The Sweet Cecily’s Prize!

The project is part of an existing family run business which researches and manufactures herbal medicines, this experience in the field has helped brother and sister duo Cecily and Hugo to develop a truly natural and handmade range of skincare products.

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The Sweet Cecily’s Team

The concept has been built in a truly collaborative way with their customers and it is hoped that by doing this, Sweet Cecilys’ can become an exciting and interactive brand shared and guided by the people involved.

They believe in using only the best natural ingredients and as such, all products are free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Harmful Preservatives and SLS!

Don’t forget to enter The Portlebay Advent Competition and GOOD LUCK to you all!

Sandy Toes and SeaKisses

Oh we do love to be by the seaside, and so do Jo and Sue! Jo and Sue are the proud owners of the Cornish company SeaKisses, a lifestyle brand which creates seaside inspired homeware and accessories!

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SeaKisses Products

This lovely pair both have backgrounds in Media and Graphic Design; Sue used to publish swanky magazines in London, and Jo worked for a company making lovely stationery products. At the beginning of the 21st Century they both found themselves in Cornwall, and discovered a shared love of life by the seaside.

By 2011 they began making framed prints with lovely words about the places they knew in Cornwall. A few kind retailers agreed to sell them and people loved them. Within a few months they realised they had a business with potential and SeaKisses was born!

Living close to the sea means that Jo and Sue see the damage that 21st Century Living has on the marine environment. As a result, they try to seek out alternatives to plastic, with their Travel Cups and Dog Bowls being made from Bamboo Fibre instead! All their linens are also made in Cornwall and they only use water based inks to minimise the effect that they have on the environment.

For a chance to win some SeaKisses goodies and a box of Portlebay Popcorn, head over to one of our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the competition directions for Day 14 of our Christmas Advent Competition! (This launches at 5pm tonight!)