Thursday, April 19, 2012

6000 litres of soup later! - An update from Ian Duff


Hello all!

Its been a while since my last blog and many things have changed at the Bath Soup Company since then!

I am now contractually employed within the company, which is a huge step from last year and we are going from strength to strength. We are currently suppling several venues around Bath on a weekly basis and the feedback is very promising.

At St Michaels Church Cafe (opposite Waitrose) we are their number one best seller, selling more than all their other menu items. A very positive reaction as we have only been suppling them for the 6 months.

We are also selling over 100 litres of Bath Soup to Jacobs Cafe per week (on to the Abbey Courtyard) and over the winter period we were up to 200 liters, which we certainly hope to grow on this year!

We have also placed our takeaway pots at Prior Park Garden Centre with great results - there is nothing more fulfilling than to see a product you have made on the shelf of a retailer. Just to think only 2 years ago I had nothing and now I have pride of place on the shelfs.

Also the National Trust property at Prior Park has recently started stocking Bath Soup, within 6 weeks we are now selling 20 litres per week through there outlet which is great. On Sunday the 22nd of April I will be demonstrating the art of soup making at Prior Park's Glorious Garlic event. Please come along, I'm on at 2.30 pm (but please no heckling!). I will be using Prior Park's own Wild Garlic, a product that grows in abundance on the grounds within the park so its another show case of the fine produce that's available within Bath and the surrounding area.

All in all a very busy and productive period and our hopes are still very much focused on helping people in the local community. Whether you are unemployed, homeless or just in need of trying something new, the reopening of the Bath Soup School brings a very exciting programe that will help teach people about the origins of food, give them Health and Hygiene certification and practical work experience. There is something for everyone, even if you have never sliced an onion our programe is set up for you all so please contact us through are web site or drop us a line and we will get back to you with all the information you need. Best of all it is 100% free.

We have also got several garden projects this year I am even turning my garden into an allotment with the help of Andy - one of my house mates and also one of our newest members of the Bath Soup Company Team. Andy will be helping me out with the production side as well as the garden projects and we hope to produce some great veg over the next few years, that's if we can keep the slugs off them - dont worry though we have a few tricks up our sleeves!

So to round things up it has been a fantastic year, I have had a lot of backing from a great many people and with their help things are going from strength to strength. We have many more ideas for the future, so please if you would like to join in this exciting venture, weather to volunteer or even if you are a local business that would like to give something back to your customers and community, please contact us.

Ian

(Head Chef)

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