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Thank you for coming to see us at IFE!

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FQ3A0333We had a brilliant time at IFE last week – the international food and drink exhibition held at ExCel every other year.

Phil and Karen spent four days meeting lots of our wonderful existing customers and meeting new fans of Brown Bag Crisps. We are so proud to be in our seventh year of trading and delighted that the feedback about our crisps is so positive.

Our recently-launched veggie crisps proved very popular, with nothing but compliments about their taste, crunch and look – not to mention

the fab packaging! The combination of beetroot, carrot and parsnip went down a storm!

We are really looking forward to continuing to supply Brown Bag Crisps’ loyal customers and a huge welcome to all our lovely new customers!


We have a new member of the family!

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veg-crispsWe are proud to announce the arrival of our amazing Veggie Crisps!

These delicious veggie crisps have less fat than other UK brands and the secret method of cooking them ensures the wholesome slices of beetroot, carrot and parsnip keep their size, shape and colour. A healthier snack with bags of natural flavour!

Not only are our new veggie crisps as delicious as their potato cousins, but they’re the healthiest vegetable crisp available in the UK.

Other vegetable crisps have almost 50% more calories and fat and 40% more salt than our delicious veggie crisps.

Like any proud parent, it’s hard not to boast, but we really think our veggie crisps are worth a try.

To request samples or to add veggie crisps to your next Brown Bag order, please email philandviv@brownbagcrisps.co.uk or call 01932 569359.


Brilliant recognition!

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We are delighted to announce that Brown Bag Crisps has been voted one of the best snack brands by Fine Food Digest’s readers.

As a nation of snack lovers, the range of products on the market is huge, so we are particularly proud that so many retailers chose us as one of their favourites, especially considering how much bigger the other winning brands are.

Brown Bag Crisps are available in 40g and 150g bags and six flavours; Lightly Salted, Salt and Malt Vinegar, Oak Smoked Chilli, Mature Cheddar and Onion, Smoked Bacon and Tiger Prawn with a hint of Chilli and Lime (40g only).

Have a look at the feature here: https://issuu.com/finefooddigest/docs/best_brands_2015-16/1?e=1571991/32488237WP_20160229_006


The newest member of the Brown Bag Crisps family – Tiger prawn with a hint of chilli and lime

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We were delighted to see mention of the newest member of the Brown Bag Crisps’ family in Speciality Food magazine this month.

The Tiger Prawn with a hint of chilli and lime crisps, launched earlier this year, are proving just as popular as our more traditional flavours. They’re currently only available on 40g bags but we will be launching the sharing bags soon!

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Enjoy the many treats of Hotelympia!

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We are loving Hotelympia – the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event which is held at Excel, London until Thursday March 4.

Come and see us at Stand 919 where you can try our delicious, natural and award-winning crisps. We have the whole range to try, which is Lightly Salted, Salt and Malt Vinegar, Oak-Smoked Chilli, Cheddar and Onion, Smoked Bacon and Tiger Prawn with a hint of chilli and lime.

http://www.hotelympia.com/

 

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Win a box of Brown Bag Crisps!

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We are running a competition on Twitter to win a box of award-winning Brown Bag Crisps.

It’s super simple – all you have to do is follow us at https://twitter.com/brownbagcrisps and retweet our post with the hashtag #Christmascrisps

Merry Christmas one and all!

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Christmas is coming…..

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Whether you love it or hate it, Christmas is definitely on its way! We are, as ever, chuffed to bits to have our award-winning crisps featured in some gorgeous Christmas hampers again this year, from John Lewis and Waitrose to Virginia Hayward. Brown Bag Crisps are among a delicious range of treats to be selected for these hampers and we are very proud that our tasty snacks will be sent to so many deserving recipients for Christmas this year. 234494890

 

To find out more about the hampers and to place an order, please use the following links: http://www.johnlewis.com/browse/gifts/view-all-hampers/_/N-amr

http://www.waitrosegifts.com/gifts-for-couples/christmas-temptation-hamper-666921

http://www.virginiahayward.com/the-holly

And please see our more recent blog for details of a Christmas competition we’re currently holding on Twitter!


Proud to be in John Lewis Christmas hampers!

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Now it is October, we feel it is *just about* ok to talk about Christmas (sorry to those who disagree, but please be consoled that we won’t be doing any shopping until Christmas Eve!)

Here at Brown Bag Crisps, we are super excited to announce our crisps are to be featured in this year’s collection of John Lewis Christmas hampers. Our award-winning Oak-Smoked Chilli crisps, Cheddar and Onion crisps and Lightly Salted crisps have been selected alongside a beautiful range of treats and are available through the links below:

http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-cosy-christmas-hamper/p1467320
http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-home-for-christmas-hamper/p1467319
http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-alcohol-free-hamper/p1479076

 

 

 


Brown Bag Crisps have just got even better!

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Brown Bag Crisps’ stylish new look

Following the launch of our British potato crisps in 2010, Brown Bag Crisps’ award-winning seasonings and stylish bags – not to mention their ever-increasing popularity among people who care about good food – have seen them stocked in fine food outlets such as Harrods, Royal Windsor Farm Shop, Peyton & Byrne’s restaurants and cafes, Daylesford Organic, Rick Stein’s cafes and COOK stores.

These delicious crisps, now cooked in sunflower oil, have been given a stylish new look and are available in more flavours and in different sizes. This tasty range of crisps are now sold in small (40g) and sharing (150g) bags and are flavoured with the following seasonings: Lightly Salted; Oak Smoked Chilli; West Country Farmhouse Cheddar and Onion; Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar; Smoked Bacon.

Brown Bag Crisps are brought to you from Phil and Viv Lambe from their small family-run company in Surrey. Phil loves crisps so much that he set out to make the tastiest crisps possible, made using the best natural British seasonings. Brown Bag Crisps have taken many sleepless nights to perfect. It all started in the couple’s family kitchen, where Phil could be found until the small hours cooking and seasoning potato crisps until he found the perfect recipes.

They have now moved to a far more suitable setting but the Brown Bag ethos remains the same – to produce delicious hand cooked potato crisps where the taste and crunch are never compromised.

Phil, managing director, said: “We are so proud of Brown Bag Crisps and the fact they have such a great following from so many food lovers really is a dream come true. We are delighted with the new-look packaging and feel the British potatoes in combination with our carefully-made seasonings and sunflower oil make for fabulous potato crisps.

The new branding has been really well received and we are extremely excited to continue to see our crisps being sold by our many loyal retailers, in the wonderful outlets listed above and by the new customers we are yet to meet.”

For more information please call Phil on 01932 569359 or email philandviv@brownbagcrisps.co.uk


Simply Spudding

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We love meeting new people and our latest visitor was no exception to that rule.

Brown Bag Crisps’ most-recent guest was ‘Josh Williams, 26 from Hackney’. Josh is the author and perfector of Crisp Nation, a blog that aims to review every crisp in the UK (quite a feat!)

This crispy rendezvous began when Josh approached Brown Bag Crisps asking to try our tasty treats for his review. We did our homework and became curious about this blog. In true Brown Bag fashion, we thought that we could do better than that and invited Josh to meet us, and of course for us to see the mastermind behind this blogging sensation that has become a trend in itself.

Curiouser and curiouser, Josh had never published his picture on Crisp Nation, just his hands, so not a single soul knew the true identity of this avid crisp lover! All this was about to change. We didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised when a tall, dark and handsome man arrives teamed with tweed and a photographer in tow.

Before the reviewing started, it was my turn to dig a little deeper and find out more – let the questions begin:

So Josh, where did this crisps love affair all begin for you?

Well, when I was a kid, I would always go to the Newsagents with my dad and the first thing I would do is to go to the crisps section and check if there were any new flavours or brands that I hadn’t tried.

What made you want to start a crisps blog?

Well originally, it was just a personal thing that I wanted to do out of my own interest. But then, it got quite a following so I decided that it needed an aim, which is to try and review every British crisp there is.

That’s quite a feat in itself! Looking at it now, did you expect it to get so big? It’s becoming a trend in its own right.

To be honest, no I didn’t expect it to get as big as it has. I have quite a bit of international following, with people sending me crisps from as far as San Francisco, Shanghai, Qatar, Hong Kong and for Christmas I have some friends sending me some crisps from Tokyo and Melbourne.

You’re pretty well travelled then in terms of your resources, So I am interested to know what’s the weirdest flavour you have ever tried and the weirdest flavour you have liked?

Hmm, well I tried Cheesy Lobster Lays in Shanghai they were pretty grim, I also remember when Monster Munch brought out a version of their Pickled onion flavour that turned your tongue blue, that cannot be good for you! I think overall I found myself really liking these Banana flavoured crisps in Korea but I couldn’t eat more than a handful without feeling sick.

Oh No! It’s quite ironic that they made you feel sick, as you can’t have the good without the bad, come on, tell us what has been the worst crisps you have ever had!

Definitely Burger King Fries, flavoured crisps. I tried them in San Francisco, such a disappointment.

No doubt in your mind about that! You have quite the reputation for giving very honest reviews; do you ever get people commenting on your Blog disagreeing with your reviews? How do you deal with that?

I hold honesty in high esteem and unfortunately it seems to be a dying standard, I don’t see the point in lying to anyone in regards to crisps. I hope that my reviews are taken constructively; I hope they give manufacturers the feedback they need to improve quality. I would enthuse as well that these Blogs are my own opinions; I do get people commenting and writing their own review which I love! I think everyone has a different take on a crisp and different measures and factors that they equate it to. It depends what you’re looking for.

I totally agree here at Brown bags our integrity is vital.
It’s amazing how you have got so big, why do you think that is? Or what do you think has caused it to grow?

In the UK we eat more crisps than anywhere else in the world and we are passionate about crisps, we are always on the lookout for something new to come from yonder and beyond. Crisp Companies are always keen to tell me first of any new flavours that they might be releasing to get me spreading the crisp word.

So you are the evangelist behind it all, creating the hype that’s quite an honourable position and shows that already your opinion is helping shape the food market as we know it! What do you think surprises you the most about his entire journey so far?

That my waistline hasn’t doubled!
I think that in itself is quite an achievement.

So once you have reviewed every crisp in the UK what then?

Good question, I have a backlog of crisps to get through yet and crisp companies are always releasing new flavours every year. I haven’t yet included supermarket brands in my list so maybe I will be tempted to expand the list… who knows. In short I love what I am doing and I will cross that bridge when I come to it…

It sounds like you have your work cut out for you yet! Do you think that crisps will always play a big part in your life?

Crisps have ALWAYS played a big part in my life.

I will take that as a yes then. Josh, I feel privileged to be one of the first if not the first to uncover the true identity of Crisp Nations Author. Thank you for coming in today, Are you getting up to anything particularly crispy this season?

Well I am holding Crispmas

What’s Crispmas?

It’s when I get loads of people together to munch through all the crisps I have left over from reviews it’s like a festive appreciation for crisp lovers.

I am going to have to come to this; I love how I just invited myself

Of course.The more the merrier.

Check out Josh’s review of us on Crisp Nation If you haven’t already! Don’t forget to get involved in our Crispmas countdown with the advent calendar with goodies to win!

http://www.crispnation.com/2/post/2012/11/crisp-nation-spends-a-day-with-brown-bag-crisps.html