Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, shops nationwide have seen surges in demand for long-life foods such as rice and pasta, leaving many gaps on the shelves.
Naylor Farms, one of Europe’s largest cabbage farms situated in Lincolnshire, have created their own brand of long-life coleslaw and potato salad products. They have discovered a way, using innovative technology, to preserve the flavour, freshness and nutritional content in their products for up to 120 days, without preservatives. Naylors offer a viable alternative to other long-life items which are currently more difficult to come by.
The farm has recently entered into a partnership with Camelot Foods, a food and drink manufacturer and distributor based in the South East of England. The experienced business has been around for over 30 years, enjoying significant growth from its conception as a family convenience store. Today Camelot Foods supplies many independents and chains throughout areas including South London, Sussex and Surrey.
Simon Naylor, CEO and fourth generation of the Naylor family commented on the collaboration, “We’re incredibly excited about the partnership with Camelot Foods, thanks to their expertise and infrastructure we are able to supply our ready-to-eat salads to more people, whilst bringing in revenue for independent stores.
“When we created the products, we wanted to provide people with a healthy, high quality side-dish that can be stored for a number of months. It’s the perfect product for coleslaw and potato salad fans, as well as those who are unable to get to the shops often – Camelot Foods are helping us get the products to those who will benefit.”
Thanks to a combination of fresh vegetables Naylors use in their recipes, the coleslaw and potato salad products contain essential nutrients which make up part of a balanced diet. You can get one of your five a day by having slightly more than one serving of Naylors Original Coleslaw (there is a Reduced Fat version too).
Keeping on top of a healthy diet has always been vital. During times of social distancing and self-isolation eating the right foods has become even more important to help build and maintain a strong immune system, good overall physical health and to support mental wellbeing.
Naylors’ famous crunchy cabbage, carrots and onions are the core vegetables in the Original, Reduced Fat and Cheese Coleslaw flavours. Between them they contain vitamins A, B6, C, K1 and H as well as fibre, manganese, potassium and polyphenols.
There is evidence that these nutrients, vitamins and minerals support a wide variety of important body functions from keeping cells and the immune system healthy to combatting low moods and depression.
The high polyphenol levels found in cabbages may mean that this type of brassica vegetable could be a great source of antioxidants. There is research supporting antioxidants role in helping to neutralize free radicals. These free radicals can damage cells and lead to conditions including diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Naylors also have a vegan range in production, which we could also see on the shelves in independent stores soon.