March 2008 (Please add us to you "Safe Sender" list)
 
Welcome to HB Ingredients first "Newsletter"
 
We intend to regularly send a "Newsletter" so that we can keep you informed of what is happening in the world of ingredients. The most important part of any business is its customers and we pride ourselves on the service that we are able to supply, including temperature controlled warehouse, stocking most products, next day delivery on stock products, if ordered before 12 noon, prompt answer of phone by a friendly and helpful customer service team. To maintain this high level of service, we actively ask for any feedback, so please either ring us or use the form on our web site. 
Special Offers & Promotions
 
This March we are offering 5% off the El Rey range of single origin Venezuelan Chocolate-
 
 
New Products
We are pleased to announce that HB Ingredients are adding Carma Swiss Chocolate to our product range-
 
Featured Supplier of the Month
This month, to coincide with the Channel 4 programme about Willie's Wonky Chocolate Factory, we are featuring Chocolates El Rey, from Venezuela and who we are proud to represent exclusively in the UK. El Rey use distinctive single origin Venezuelan beans-
 
Commodities & Currency News
 
Since early 2007, there has been a lot of volatility in many commodity markets, largely driven by increasing world demand-
 
 
Recipe of the Month
Continuing our Venezuelan theme this month's recipe comes to you from Chocolates El Rey, a simple but delicious Chocolate Mousse-
 
 
 
 
Our New Website
 

Our big news is the launch of our new updated website www.hbingredients.co.uk/giving a searchable data base of all our products with images, descriptions and once you have logged in, prices. It will be very easy for you to find products and see what "Special Offers" are available. In the next few months, we will be adding an on-line shop making ordering from HB Ingredients even easier, but don't forget that our customer service team will always be there to assist.


Existing Customer Log In to the Web Site
When our new web site went live it automatically set up a registration for our existing clients using their email address and allocating them a unique password. When you first log in please use the "forgotten password link" and we will send you the password that you were allocated, if you then want to change it log in using it and then click on the "My Details" button and change your password. To help us target our clients with the correct information you will find at the bottom of your details form tick boxes that correspond to different sectors, please tick the ones that refer to your business.

 
Article of the Month
 
The Organic Chocolate Project of Grenada
HB Ingredients are proud to support a non-profit organization in Grenada called The Organic Chocolate Project of Grenada. This co-operative organization has been formed to promote and help organize organic cocoa farming and processing in Grenada.
We became involved last year because we were searching for a way to 'put something back' into a part of the Industry which we are mainly involved in, by contributing a percentage of our net annual profits at source. Our business creates secure employment and income for our employees so the purpose was to ensure that funds we provide, go directly to help fund investment in the infrastructure which therefore creates sustainable long term employment locally, in a cocoa growing community .
We were very fortunate to come across the Grenada Chocolate Company (www.grenadachocolate.com), and after various discussions found that they were trying to develop Organic Cocoa Farming to supply high quality beans to their small Chocoate Refinery high in the rainforest of Grenada. They produce only Retail tablets which they sell locally on the Island and export to the US and UK - here through Rococo. This is truly 'Origin Chocolate' in the purest sense.

Our initial contribution has funded the purchase of a cooperative pick-up truck for a new mobile team of 4 (including the organiser/driver of the team Ken, who is an agronomist). They travel around the five farms currently Organically certified, working on the trees and canopy (a lot of work needs to be done to re-instate the farms and canopy which were damaged by recent hurricanes) and also harvesting beans and delivering once a week to the fermentary. There are 5 more farms that have joined and Organic Certification is just starting in mid-March.

We are also funding the purchase of a weed-cutting machine (string cutter) to go along with the mobile crew and truck. Mott Green, the driving force behind the Project says, "Although much of the farm rehabilitation work cannot be done with a machine, it will drastically reduce the labour for maintaining the areas that we have initially cleared up with machetes for re-planting of cocoa and bananas and legumous trees. Until a canopy is truly re-created in areas that are open, we need to keep the weeds down between the new plants and this consumes a lot of time. So, with judicial use of weed-cutting machine, we can be much more efficient.

The harvest is great this year and we have 5 certified farms contributing now, including the Hope Estate. The fermentry is going pretty well, too, which is so vital to the quality of our chocolate of course. There are several more farms pending certification, so much paper work to do for them now. Our certification inspector comes again in mid-march and we have 5 more farms to begin the process for."

All of us here at HB Ingredients are proud to directly support this project and we will keep you informed of progress and pictures over the coming months.
HB Ingredients
Cocoa House, 22 Bell Lane,Bellbrook Industrial Estate, Uckfield East Sussex. TN22 1QL.
Tel:+44(0)845 88 00 799 Fax:+44(0)845 88 00 833
e-mail: sales@hbingredients.co.uk Website: www.hbingredients.co.uk