Ann Marie Ireland Joins the Sales Team

Ann Marie Ireland Joins the Sales Team

ann-marie-irelandAnn Marie joined Kells in 2015 and began working in administration and logistics. After 4 years, she now joins the sales team to boost our customer service department.

Office based, Ann Marie will be looking after customers directly and supporting Sean O’Shea and Steven Hanley in visiting customers around the country.

Ann Marie joined Kells in 2015 and began working in administration and logistics. After 4 years, she now joins the sales team to boost our customer service department.

Office based, Ann Marie will be looking after customers directly and supporting Sean O’Shea and Steven Hanley in visiting customers around the country.

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Two Spring Crops Planted Successfully

Two Spring Crops Planted Successfully

Thomas Butler, our neighbour and arable farming partner, successfully planted Olands and Purple Wheats this April. Waiting for the perfect conditions resulted in late planting this spring, which is always risky business, but luckily the seed is in the ground and has started to emerge.

The seed that we used this year was saved and stored from our 2017 and 2018 crop originally brought in from Denmark in 2016. Before planting we ran a germination test to insure the seed will grow, testing 5 x 100 grains from the 2017/18 season for both Olands and Purple. Our germination test for the 2017 Purple Wheat didn’t pass the test, but as you can see from the image, the 2018 Purple Wheat crop did and now both the Purple and Olands Wheat is starting to appear successfully.

Kells Is Now Certified as an Organic Trader and Distributor!

Kells Is Now Certified as an Organic Trader and Distributor!

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware and educated on where their food comes from and what is in it, with a growing interest in organic produce. For many consumers, organic covers the concerns about ‘safe’ food, as well as growing concerns about sustainability and environmental responsibility. Indeed, for some there is also a perception that organic food tastes better than the non-organically farmed foods.

organic_trust_logo_deskKells is delighted to announce that after several months of hard work and ensuring all arrangements and systems are in place and correct, we have been certified by the Organic Trust as a trader and distributor of organic ingredients.

This means that we can provide customers with a fully traceable, organic certified, unbroken chain from source (the maker, miller or manufacturer of the organic ingredient), to the point of delivery. This is important to our current and new customers who want to make certified organic products, such as breads and cakes.

We will be inspected annually by The Organic Trust to ensure ongoing compliance.

We currently stock the below organic flour, with the range subject to grow depending on demand:

6057 French Organic Flour – T65 MS Bio (25kg)

6017 Marriages Organic Strong White Flour (16kg)

6016 Marriages Organic Strong Wholemeal Flour (16kg)

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware and educated on where their food comes from and what is in it, with a growing interest in organic produce. For many consumers, organic covers the concerns about ‘safe’ food, as well as growing concerns about sustainability and environmental responsibility. Indeed, for some there is also a perception that organic food tastes better than the non-organically farmed foods.

Kells is delighted to announce that after several months of hard work and ensuring all arrangements and systems are in place and correct, we have been certified by the Organic Trust as a trader and distributor of organic ingredients.

This means that we can provide customers with a fully traceable, organic certified, unbroken chain from source (the maker, miller or manufacturer of the organic ingredient), to the point of delivery. This is important to our current and new customers who want to make certified organic products, such as breads and cakes.

We will be inspected annually by The Organic Trust to ensure ongoing compliance.

We currently stock the below organic flour, with the range subject to grow depending on demand:

6057 French Organic Flour – T65 MS Bio (25kg)

6017 Marriages Organic Strong White Flour (16kg)

6016 Marriages Organic Strong Wholemeal Flour (16kg)

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Kells Sydney Doughnut Blend

Kells Sydney Doughnut Blend

Over the past few years, doughnuts (or donuts!) have made a comeback with the opening of many stores, from multinational to local independent, solely dedicated to the humble but delicious doughnut. Combined with that and specific to us here in Europe, the range of decorated doughnuts available in general retailers and convenience stores, motorway and petrol filling station chains has risen significantly.  

We still have a long way to go to achieve the market presence that we see in North America, that accounts for 48% of global sales, but growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa is projected for over 5% per annum.  

With yeasted doughnuts driving the growth, Kells has developed a brand-new Sydney doughnut blend that delivers premium quality, yeasted doughnuts.

3811 Kells Sydney Doughnut Mix

A complete blend, the baker simply adds yeast and water to make a light, soft doughnut coming out of a fryer within 1 hour of mixing! This new blend can be moulded for a filled doughnut – ‘Berliner’ style or can be sheeted and cut for yeast raised ring doughnuts with an icing finish.

The advantages of our new blend include:

  • Easy and rapid processing
  • Sheet and cut OR mould
  • Excellent volume and light eating doughnut
  • Suits both artisan bakery work and industrial plant doughnut making
  • Multiple finishes possible (iced/sugared/glazed)
  • Low oil uptake…no greasy doughnuts!
  • No post-fry ‘fallback’
  • Minimal surface wrinkling
  • Excellent shelf life softness (5 days softness in prepacked doughnuts)
Kells Ancient Grain Flake Blend

Kells Ancient Grain Flake Blend

Ancient grains have been extremely popular in the last decade, with Kells offering a variety of products in this area for several years. We’re delighted to announce that we’ve created a new ancient grain flake blend that has strong links to European heritage and to flour making cereals, that mankind has used for thousands of years.

Most of the flakes in the Kells Ancient Grain Flake Blend come from the wheat family, including Einkorn, Emmer and Khorasan, but it also includes the non-wheat Red Sorghum. The wheat flakes can be traced back to the ‘fertile crescent’ that was the cradle of our civilisation stretching across modern day Syria, Turkey and Iraq that included ancient Babylon.

The Ancient Grain Flake Blend from Kells are expertly blended to stop breakdown and are visually striking, giving very pleasing textures and unique flavour to any bakery product it is used in. Whether it’s used as a topping, or as an addition to a dough, cake batter or soda bread mix, the flake blend will add interest and help make a good bread, a great bread.

The Little Mill Native Plúr

The Little Mill Native Plúr

Kells is delighted to announce the launch of our The Little Mill Native Plúr range, which is full of potential and can be used to bake soda breads, sourdough breads, yeasted breads, scones and cakes.

Working closely with local farmers over the past few years, we’ve been able to nurture and perfect several native grown ‘heritage’ crops to produce a unique type of flour. The flours made from these grains are so special that the term ‘flour’ seems to do them a disservice, so they are called ‘PLÙR’ to identify them as flours of distinction. With these native grown heritage crops, which are grown locally to Kells, bakers can make extra special breads that are full of flavour and that tell a great story.

Using traditional milling techniques, which include age old flat stone grinding methods, the crops are milled three times to achieve the perfect texture and the friction from the grind stones, naturally gives the PLÙR a slight toasting flavour.

The new range includes:

  • Native Plain Wholemeal
  • Native Spelt Wholemeal
  • Native Olands
  • Native White Spelt
  • Native Plain
  • Native Self Raising
  • Native Purple Wheat Wholemeal

Depending on what you plan to bake, some of the PLÙR’s offer unique properties, for example, Native Olands is a heritage wheat from the Swedish island of Oland that grows well in our climate. It has a high-quality gluten content that is fantastic for sourdoughs and yeasted breads. Purple Wheat Wholemeal used at a rate of 30% with a strong white flour, makes bread of a sensational flavour and interesting colour, with extra anthocyanins that are a natural anti-oxidant.