Thursday, 23 January 2014

5 Questions - Trotters Independent Condiments

In the next instalment of '5 Questions', I pick up with another exhibitor from the recent Scottish Speciality Food Show, Trotters Independent Condiments. Oddly enough, this was one of the few businesses that I didn't manage to speak with whilst at the show. At the time we reached the Trotters Independent Condiments stall, the stall was unattended, however the contemporary branding on the displayed jars of relishes and chutneys was enough to catch my attention.

Trotters Independent Condiments specialises in sourcing, developing & producing products that are unusual or unobtainable in the UK market. I took advantage of the missing stall holder by enjoying generous amounts of sample chutneys, including a wonderful Mostarda - a tradition mustard based chutney that originates in Northern Italy. Despite the fact that the owner was not around and based on the delicious relishes and chutneys on offer, I left my calling card and sent an email giving Trotters the opportunity to answer '5 Questions'.
Here's their story;
How did you get started?
I started Trotter’s Independent Condiments in November 2009 after I had finished university. I had graduated in event management from Manchester but was finding it very hard to find a job in the industry as it was very saturated as a result of the recession. Meanwhile, Mum and Dad had been on holiday in Italy where they came across a delicious condiment that they loved called Mostarda. Mum tried but failed to find a Manufacturer in Scotland, so she found a recipe online instead and whipped up a batch for herself. I had wanted to start my own business and work for myself from a very young age and it was at this point in my life I decided to go for it. So mum taught me the recipe and I began manufacturing from my parents kitchen In Fife, and selling it at the local Fife farmers’ markets, Farm shops and Delicatessens.
What's the best piece of business advice you would give?
Know your strengths and know your weaknesses, that way you can work on the things you are good at, whilst outsourcing the parts of the job that you know aren't your strong points.
Where would you like to see your business in 5 years time?
I would like the business to be self sufficient so I can make a start on my next business venture.
If you could only have one of your own products, What would it be and why?
That's easy! It would be my Hot Pepper Jelly, a recipe given to me by my great Aunt Dinah from Jamaica. It's packed with spicy Scotch Bonnet Peppers, it's definitely my favourite.
You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal - Who would it be and why? ... And what on the menu?
Richard Branson, he is my idol and a huge inspiration to me and my business. I would keep the meal simple and serve and would make him an Uncle Allan's Chutney (similar to Branston's Pickle) sandwich.
You can pick up the flavours of Trotters Independent Condiments in a huge host of stockists across Scotland as well as a handful of places south of the border, although with a busy schedule of food shows and speciality fairs already lined up for the remainder of the year, who knows - "This time next year, they could be millionaires"

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