Sean? Who’s Sean?

Introducing, the one, the only SEEEEEEAN! Sean, is the new kid on the block, he’s a fresh face amongst The Portlebay gang and he’s our cheerful new Sales Magician (although he hasn’t yet pulled a rabbit out of his hat, but we’re still hopeful that he will!) In true Portlebay style we gathered at The Poppery and took to quizzing Sean all about what he gets up to when he’s not working his magic. Have a read and see what we dug up:

-Not only a man that can talk the talk, Sean is also an avid baker! As well as being known to make the odd wedding cake, Sean specialises in making doughnuts and has even made a Bacon and Maple Syrup Doughnut!- We have to admit we didn’t just chose him for his sales magic…

-Sean spent three years traveling all over the world and managed to fill three passports full of stamps! He can even say he has been to every continent and we are insanely jealous!

-His favourite popcorn is Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup! If it has bacon, Sean is there!

-Sean can frequently be found roaming around Dartmoor with his trusty partner Nova (his dog pal). The pair are keen explorers and foragers!

-He is a man with a serious passion for coffee. We are talking eight cups a day, 2 before he even leaves for work.

-We will definitely have to keep an eye on this new popcorn-enthusiast, as he has broken between 25-30 bones! That’s nearly a bone a year!

-Sean is a giiigantic Foo Fighters fan and has seen them in concert 14 times! Including in; Toronto, Ireland, Australia, Wales, Portugal and New York!

-When Sean was baby Sean, he was known for being a big biter and to protect on-lookers from having their fingers bitten, his Dad created a ‘Beware This Baby Bites’ sign which was hung either on his pram or around his neck! (Hopefully the biting days are over now!)

If you haven’t yet met Roddy and Mark, make sure you read our posts all about them too!

Roxy Hempel: 5 Ways to be More Eco Conscious…

5 ways to be more eco conscious…

The very inspiring Roxy Hempel from the Eco Edit tells us 5 ways to be more eco conscious. The Eco Edit is a lifestyle platform for the eco conscious, exploring brands that have a positive impact. This includes eco and socially conscious fashion brands, green beauty products and philanthropic lifestyle brands.

 

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Roxy Hempel

 

1. Give up or cut down on animal products

Cutting down or avoiding meat altogether is the most effective way you can be more eco conscious, and the great news is, it has an immediate impact!
Following a plant based diet is healthy, budget friendly, and limitless – all of your favourite meals can be veganised, its easy once you know how!

If you are giving it a go there are lots of resources available online, try the #veganuary hashtag on Instagram, of search for your local vegan group on Facebook for support and tips on eating near you.

Still not sure sure of the reasons why? The movie, Cowspiracy is a good place to start, or Earthlings and Forks over knives.

 

2. Plant trees for free everytime you use the internet.

Ecosia is a free browser and app you can download for your computer and devices, that plants trees on your behalf every time you use it. So far this initiative has planted over 18 million trees in developing and rural communities! It is completely free for you and works just the same as your current browser (Google, safari, etc). You can find out more and get the links to download the browser for your computer and the app by visiting the website.

 

3. Choose sustainable fashion brands

Fashion is a hugely polluting industry. From the textile production to the dyeing process, to the overwhelming amount of wastage, there are huge enviromental issues which we don’t even know the full extent of yet. The good news is there are tons of great sustainable fashion brand out there that do things differently. Brands that use eco friendly fibers and dyes, recycled textiles and support fair trade principles. Follow me over on Instagram, and sign up to the newsletter of my lifestyle platform Eco Edit, and receive weekly edits of the best sustainable fashion brands.

 

4. Say not to plastic

There is no doubt about it, our plastic consumption is out of a control and is having a devastating effect on the enviroment. There is more than 8 BILLION tons of plastic on this planet, and the majority of that is waste that will take around 450 years to decompose. If laid out flat, 10 inches deep, it would be enough to cover the whole of Argentina, the 8th largest country in the world. Join our Facebook group ‘Less plastic is fantastic’ which we update with tips and ideas for reducing single use plastic consumption.

An easy one you can utilise right away – when choosing drinks, if you’re not using your own reusable cup, opt for aluminium or glass – either of these can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing their quality, unlike plastic which can only be recycled once.

 

5. Go green on your energy source

Check out Bulb – they offer 100% renewable energy, they pay your exit fees from your current energy supplier AND they save you on average 20% on your energy bills a year, they will also switch everything over for you, making it completely hassle free!
Saving the planet and saving money – what’s not to like?!

For more ideas on how to be more eco conscious, see a blog post 10 practical and positive things you can do, here http://www.theecoedit.co.uk/10-practical-positive-things-can-make-world-better-place/

You can find me either at Eco Edit http://www.theecoedit.co.uk or over on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/_theecoedit/

Meet The Marvellous Mark!

Another sunny day in beautiful Devon and another welcome to a chirpy new Portlebay team member. Today, we are introducing Mark, he has undergone the vital rite of passage of posing with with Bob the seagull and is now an official Portlebay Popcorn warrior. WOO HOO! GO MARK! It wouldn’t be an official Portlebay greeting if we didn’t investigate into what Mark loves and what he’ll be doing when he’s not frolicking in a sea of popcorn, so here’s some fun facts about him…

-Mark is our shiny new National Account Honcho and Chief Phone Chatter

-His favourite Portlebay Popcorn is Chilli & Lime- he loves his chilli and loves his lime, it’s a match made in heaven!

-Mark can also been known as ‘Motorcycle Mark’, as he has a great passion for the speedy two wheel machines and travels around the country following The British Super Bike Events (of course on his own motorbike!) Mark’s love for motorbikes began with motocross racing, when he was only 14, and has been flourishing ever since! At one time Mark had a collection of four motorbikes; a traditional bike, an adventure bike, a touring bike and a sport bike! Fancy a spin? Marks ya man!

-He has a gorgeous German Shepard, called Ellie-May, who is just over a year old and will melt your heart!

-Mark has lived in 17 houses!

-Along with motorcycles, Mark also collects beautiful fountain pens. His interest in pens started after a customer gifted Mark a fountain pen as a thank you and ever since he has loved them! Mark’s collection now exceeds 30 of these glorious creations!

-At 12 years old Mark’s music teacher told him not to sing as he sounded like ‘an old growler’ and has never sang since, not even in the shower!

Here’s a snap of Ellie-May- look how adorable she is!

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If you haven’t yet met Roddy, make sure you read this post too!

A Typical Day at Portlebay

Our little team tends to be busy, busy, busy when we are at The Poppery. Although we all have our own roles and tasks, our mutual overall goal is to pop the popcorn and get our little bags of sunshine out and about in the world! We’ve taken a few snaps of a typical Portlebay day, so you can all see what we get up to!

9:00- Roll up to The Poppery

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By the time the clock strikes nine, our team have rolled out of bed, had a scrub and some grub and have rocked up to The Poppery. Each day we are greeted by Bob (our mascot on our logo) as we reach our second home, who can look rather glorious in the morning sunshine- as you can see in the snap!

 

10:00- In The Poppery

 

By the time ten o’clock comes round, our lovely team in The Poppery have been popping, seasoning and packing popcorn for two hours and are deep in the popcorn making zone! The popcorn making team tends to consist of seven lovely ladies and gents, that are seriously good at popping popcorn to perfection!

 

11:00- Office Tea Timeee!

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We are a typical office when it comes to tea and coffee. We all love the stuff, but no one wants to be the one to make it. As, anyone that works in an office environment will know,  the person that makes the drinks always gets burdened with a biggggg order, enough to cater for an army (or so it feels). In the mornings we each sneakily make our own cuppa and manage to avoid getting hit with the list of complicated requests, that seems to go on for a life time, but by eleven o’clock our tea and coffee cravings start to kick in and the game of waiting for the first person to crack begins. As you can imagine the person that folds and heads to kitchen to make a drink is bombarded with the orders. No place for the weak.

 

12:00- In The Office, Doing Office Things

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By noon we have all got stuck in to many of our popcorn related tasks- Faye from finance playing with her numbers, Diane our office mother sorting all of our so-called problems out, Steve in the warehouse playing around on his forklift, etc. On this particular occasion, twelve o’clock in the office consisted of prepping the Royal Mail post for our wonderful consumers that ordered directly from us (yes, you can order popcorn straight from The Poppery!) This involves bagging and labelling the boxes of popcorn, ready to be picked up by the post lady/man. Shortly after this lunch commences, YES!

 

13:00- Still Popping in The Poppery

 

At one o’clock, it’s still go, go, go in The Poppery. The people love popcorn and we want to make sure the people get what they love! Roddy our Grand Popping Maestro is in charge of  poperations, making sure that the flavours are just right and that each kernel is popped at the correct temperature, he also loves a photoshoot if given the opportunity (see image above).

 

14:00- What’s Going on in the Warehouse?

 

Steve our wonderful warehouse manager will have spent many marvellous hours whizzing around on his fork lift by two o’clock; loading and unloading lorries, shifting pallets of popcorn to organise the ware house and transporting the freshly popped popcorn from The Poppery to the warehouse. He also is in charge of sorting all orders and making sure that they are ready to be sent out to the big wide world!

 

15:00- Feeling Peckish? You’re in the Right Place!

 

With the wonderful aroma of our freshly popped popcorn floating around in the air (you can smell it at the end of our road!), it’s quite common for us busy bees to feel a little peckish by three o’clock. Fortunately, we are in the right place to seek out a snack! We like to make sure our popcorn is super tasty and so at three o’clock we often partake in a taste test (not an official taste test but we deem it essential).

 

16:00- Keep the Popcorn Coming!

 

The operation of popping popcorn can be a long and busy process, as we endeavour to pop the equivalent of 66,667 ping balls worth of popcorn every hour! Some days our popcorn team can be popping from 7:30am-4:00pm, that’s the equivalent of 566,670 ping pong balls! Oh la la, that’s a lot!

 

17:00- Bye Bob, See you Tomorrow

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At five o’clock we wave goodbye to our mascot Bob the seagull and leave him in peace for the evening.

ONA by Agne: Luxury Knitwear and Homeware Designer

Agne Nazebetauskaite is a luxury knitwear and homeware designer. We totally loveeee her gorgeous  knitting and handmade garments, which is mostly created with very cool chunky merino wool and makes for the perfect, snuggly, human cocoon!

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 Agne very kindly took the time to write us a piece about her fabulous knitting, keep reading, you’ll be ready to pick up those knitting needles in no time (we’ve got ours at the ready!)

ONA by Agne

I am a textiles and fashion designer and maker, currently residing in Northern Ireland.

I have been passionate about textiles all my life and specialise in knitting. I create knitwear and homeware collections, as well as teaching others to knit. My latest work involves arm knitting with various chunky fibres, merino and man made       synthetics.

I am a big believer in slow fashion- shopping less, but buying high quality items. My work celebrates quality garments and home-ware accessories that will last you a long time, can be passed on or up-cycled into something new. I source only natural and sustainable materials, while incorporating better practices throughout the supply chain. My aim is to reduce the environmental impact of fast fashion.

About Me

  • I  am originally from Lithunia, but have been living in UK for almost 13 years
  • I graduated from The University of Ulster in 2012 with a Degree in Business
  • I have been knitting since I was 6 years old. My grandmother taught me a lot of the techniques and styles that I often use – knitting, crochet, sewing.
  • Passionate about textiles,  I love creating my own patters and designs, mixing techniques and teaching others.
  • Knitting is a great form of relaxation for me. Knitting is my happy place.

My Brand – ONA by Agne

Ona is my grandmother’s name. I thought it would be a nice way to honour her memory, as she was the one who inspired me the most, from her I truly learned to create. She introduced me to knitting, she used to let me wreck her sewing machine, I would sit for hours and sew, asking her over and over to thread the needles, and it felt like magic.

I discovered chunky merino wool over 2 years ago and fell in love with it. I have been specialising in chunky knits ever since. I love to use traditional techniques and crafts to create modern designs and the chunky merino wool is perfect for this! 

In 2016, my first autumn/winter collection “Kilpos and poms” was showed in Belfast Fashion week (Oct 2016).

WEBSITE: www.onabyagne.com

INSTAGRAM: @ona.by.agne

FACEBOOK: ONA by Agne

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!

 

Portlebay Chocolate Bites

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Our easy- peasy, chocolate bites are perfect for a little ‘pick me up’, to satisfy that sweet craving! The combination of delicious chocolate, our crunchy popcorn, and goji berries, makes for a heavenly nibble, with just the right amount of fruit! We’re talking sweet, crunchy, and smooth- just deeelightful!

Popcorn and BerryChocolate Bites:

Serves: 4 (ish)        Prep time: 20 mins       Free time: 1 hour        

What’cha need:

  • 150g chocolate dark or milk- whichever you prefer!
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 15g Lightly Salted Portlebay Popcorn
  • A small pack of Goji berries- we purchased a 100g pack but didn’t use all of them
  • A large sprinkle of mixed seeds

Method:

  • Add 2 inches of water into a medium sized pan and bring to simmer. Add a glass bowl into the pan, making sure that the water does not overflow into the bowl. Break the chocolate into pieces and put it in the bowl, with the coconut oil. Stir the chocolate occasionally until all is melted.
  • Once the majority of the chocolate has melted add the goji berries and seeds into the mix.
  • Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and pour your chocolate mix onto paper- ensuring that it is evenly spread. Then sprinkle the popcorn, goji berries and seeds on top.
  • Place the baking tray in the freeze for approximately 1 hour.
  • Once the chocolate has set, remove from the freezer and by hand break the chocolate into bites and enjoy!

Happy munching!

 

Valentine’s Day Competition

Is Valentine’s Day a romantic evening for you and your loved one? Perhaps you and your bestie are going on a date night or having a cosy night in, watching movies and eating anything and everything that is delicious? Whatever your plans may or may not be, we have the perfect opportunity to make your Valentine’s Day that little bit more special!

We are offering a box of our tasty popcorn to three lucky ‘V’ Day winners! To be in with a chance of winning a box, keep your eyes peeled for our Valentine’s post on our social media platforms, (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and make sure you follow the instructions! Good luck lovers!

 

The 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.
  1. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  2. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  3. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  4. Only one entry will be accepted per person, per platform. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  5. Closing date for entry will be 14th February at 5pm – 30 hours after the competition post has launched on social media, at which time the winner will be announced. No further entries to the competition will be permitted after the 30-hour period has concluded.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  7. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows: Like the Portlebay Popcorn account (Instagram only), Tag your Popcorn Partner, Like the competition image.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Portlebay Popcorn is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  11. The prize consists of one sample box containing 8 packets of Portlebay Popcorn. 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.
  12. The winners will be chosen at random and verified by Portlebay Popcorn.
  13. 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.
  14. Portlebay Popcorn will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  15. Portlebay Popcorn’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: letspop@portlebaypopcorn.com
  19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  20. 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.