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Christmas with a Co-op difference

News ArticleChristmas with a Co-op difference

The East of England Co-op have now opened their brand new, flagship supermarket in the heart of Woodbridge, more than 90 years from the day they first arrived in the town.

With a huge range of Sourced Locally produce, affordable luxury items and everyday essentials, the new supermarket really does have something for everyone. From Deli to Go produce to freshly baked bread, the store also stocks a great selection of beers, wines and spirits alongside delicious Fairtrade and organic products.

With Christmas fast approaching, Woodbridge residents can now pop to their local Co-op to stock up on a great selection of festive goodies, Christmas trimmings and seasonal gift ideas.

Find the perfect gift

Hhillfarm-oilsillfarm Dress and Dip Set – RRP £7.49

New for Christmas 2016, Hillfarm have joined forces with Aspall to create a dress and dip gift set.

Hillfarm Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil is grown, pressed and bottled on the Fairs Family Farm on the Heveningham Estate in Suffolk. It is complimented particularly well be Aspall’s Apple and Balsamic Vinegar, also produced in Suffolk by the eight generation of the Chevalier family.

The nutty flavour of the oil blends perfectly with the apple, toffee flavour of the vinegar to produce the perfect dressing for any salad.

The Hillfarm and Aspall Dress and Dip Set come with a festive gift tag and recipe card, with further recipes available on the Hillfarm website.



hadleigh-maid-trufflesHadleigh Maid Spiced Truffle Whirls – RRP £1.99

A festive take on the Mallow Whirl, local chocolatiers Hadleigh Maid have created a new Limited Edition Christmas Spiced Truffle Whirl for chocolate lovers this winter.

This winter the milk chocolate shells have been filled with a delicious spiced truffle centre, with mixed spice and cinnamon, topped off with white chocolate drizzle and edible gold star.



thursday-cottage-teddy-bearsThursday Cottage hand-filled Teddy Bears

Thursday Cottage is a small artisan company who take great care in producing all of their handmade products to the highest quality and their trio of teddy bears are no exception. They like to offer a range of both traditional and more unusual flavours as well as unique packaging.

Strawberry jam is a great filling for a jam roly-poly or mixed into rice pudding. Available in all stores. RRP £2.99

Honey is delicious swirled into yoghurt, ice cream or on pancakes. Available in all stores. RRP £3.99

Seville orange fine cut marmalade is fantastic as a marinade for smoked gammon or duck. Available in all stores. RRP £2.99 


Stock up on local, festive food

dan-hull-foodsDan Hull Foods, Burnham on Crouch

Dan Hull Foods began in 2013 when Dan Hull and Louise Jones joined forces, taking Dan’s talent for creating great food and recipes to create their very own food business.

A small local team made up of family, friends and apprentices, in just three years they’ve won five Great Taste Awards and are also proud suppliers of Selfridges Food Hall.

Part of the East of England Co-op’s multi award winning Sourced Locally initiative, the retailer has worked with Dan Hull to introduce three new products to its festive range for 2016, alongside their Course Duck Pate and Cointreau Marmalade and Game Terrine.

NEW Christmas Cranbrie – RRP £2.29

Dan’s festive take on the Scotch egg, the Christmas Cranbrie is handmade with locally sourced pork, fresh sage, wrapped around a smooth brie and cranberry centre.

NEW Chestnut, Cranberry and Stage Stuffing – RRP £2.99

A delicious fresh stuffing made with breadcrumbs, chestnuts, cranberries and pancetta.

NEW Lemon and Herb Stuffing – RRP £2.99

Tasty fresh stuffing made with breadcrumbs, lemon and herbs.

Wow your family and friends with tasty and innovative dishes using Dan Hull’s new stuffing with recipe ideas on the back of every pack, including stuffed chicken breast with streaky bacon and cauliflower and leek bake – a deliciously different vegetable accompaniment.

hill-top-smokehouseHill Top Smokehouse, Stowmarket

The Smith family farmed in Suffolk and Essex for over century before taking on a butchery in Needham Market and smokehouse in Rayleigh to enable them to create Hill Top Smokehouse.

Today, the family is renowned for their fabulously flavoured smoked and glazed ham, gammon, bacon, pies and quiches, which have gained them recognition in the Great Taste Awards.

This Christmas, why not add Hill Top Smokehouse’s seasonal favourites to your table? Made from local ingredients and free range Blythburgh pork, the cranberry top pork pie and stuffing top pork pie combine key Christmas flavours that both children and adults alike will adore.

Hill Top Smokehouse Cranberry Top Pork Pie RRP £3.99

Hill Top Smokehouse Pork pie with Quail Egg RRP £3.99

Hill Top Smokehouse Stuffing Top Pork Pie RRP £3.99


aspalls-mulled-cyderAspall Mulled Cyder

Suffolk’s award-winning cyder makers have created a warming treat for the winter season. Aspall Mulled Suffolk Cyder is a wonderful new take on the festiuve favourite, mulled wine, and perfect for cyder lovers. Aspall’s world-class cyder has been infused with the warming aromad of cinnamon, clove and ginger, perfect for a cold winter’s night.

The Chavellier family of Aspall Hall have been crafting cyders in Suffolk since 1728. Aspall’s cyder is fresh-pressed on site using the very best apples.

Delicious served warm with a slice of orange or chilled as a lovely aperitif, it also tastes great with a rich cheesecake or a steamed pudding with custard.





Stoke Farm Orchards Spiced Apple Juice, Stowmarket

A steaming mug of mulled juice will right any chilly winter’s day and Stoke Farm Orchards’ limited edition spiced apple juice is the ultimate Christmas tipple, with a perfect seasonal blend of apples, oranges, cinnamon and mixed spice.

Owners David and Rebecca Upson grow red skinned Discovery and Cox apples, renowned for their honeyed aroma, and undertake the entire process from blossom to bottle to create their award-winning fruit juices.

Stoke Farm Orchards spiced apple juice is delicious served warm or with a splash of brandy for that perfect party tipple.

Available in all East of England Co-op stores. RRP £2.49