October/November 2013 Newsletter

We are now looking forward to Autumn, with a lovely selection of new season vegetables on offer here at Cheesmans. We have in stock new lovely fresh Parsnip, Swede, Primo, Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Courgettes, Leeks and just started Sprouts. For something a little more exciting we always have in stock fresh Large Leaf Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas, Mange Tout, Kenya Fine Beans, Asparagus, Baby Corn, Butternut Squash, Celeriac, Fennel and Sweet Potato to name a few. We can also offer you a varied range of Baby Vegetables and Ready Prepared Vegetables.

Good news the Spanish produce is just arriving in the market now, although it is 4 weeks later than normal, this will now help prices, in particular Capsicum, Cucumbers and Tomatoes. We will have to move onto "set skin" Mids very shortly. Our local grown Agria Potatoes are proving to cook well and with Reds and King Edwards available now, we certainty have a nice selection of quality potatoes to choose from over the coming months.

We know when Autumn has arrived when the Wet Walnuts appear in the market. The first of the French Chestnuts are arriving now but are slightly on the expensive side though, but as we approach November/December the price will ease. A nice little time saver for all you busy chefs are the French vac-packed Chestnuts which are also arriving now. The Market has seen a lovely selection of colourful Squashes arriving in abundance this month. If you missed the Victoria Plum Season, make sure that you don't miss out on the Marjorie Seedlings these beautiful plums are available now. Flavoursome Corn on the Cob is in plentiful supply and at its best right now!

With Halloween and Bonfire Night just around the corner, we will have in stock towards the middle of this month our usual full range of quality Pumpkins. They will be readily available in all sizes small, medium and large and are sold by the kilo. They are arriving now to the market from both sides of The Channel. Sweet small Jack Be Little or Munchkin varieties which are a single portion size and are delicious roasted whole but they will also make a lovely Halloween display. Scrummy Toffee and Chocolate apples will also be available throughout October and November.

Our suppliers of Micro Herbs are pleased to announce that their Company are finalists in the re:fresh Awards 2013, they are without doubt passionate about what they grow. This is proven by the excellent quality and ever growing selection of Micro Herbs on offer from them. We do have a variety list and seasonal availability list produced by them, should you like a copy to assist you with your selection, please call our Sales Office to request them to be sent to you.

September 2013 Newsletter

We welcome back all our schools and colleges and hope you had a lovely summer break. A beautiful summer was had by all this year with very good weather for the most of July, August and hopefully continuing into September!

Fruit and Vegetables
With all the lovely late summer UK fruit and vegetables available now, you are quite spoilt for choice this month. We have in stock and to list just a few - bunched carrot, chantanay carrot, leeks, runner beans, raw beetroot, blackberries, broccoli, hisspi cabbage, red and white cabbage, savoy cabbage, primo cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn on cob, courgette, hot and cold, blondo lettuce, baby leaf salad, iceberg lettuce, rosso lettuce, oak leaf lettuce, round lettuce, marrow, med onions, parsnips, strawberries, swede and UK watercress. As always our produce is purchased fresh daily from New Covent Garden Market in London or where we can we always try to source our produce from local growers.

Exciting Products available for September

Frozen Goods
Our extensive range of frozen goods continues to expand due to customer demand, the full comprehensive list is available to view on line at www.cheesmans.co.uk.

Dairy Products
We are able to supply fresh daily a good selection of dairy products. Milk is available in various sizes - pergals 3 gallon, whole, skimmed and semi skimmed 1L or 2L and the buttermilk is available in a 5 kilo carton. Fresh premium mayonnaise is available in 5L/10L tub. Our fresh cream comes in double, single and whipping and is available in convenient 2L cartons. We are able to supply pasteurised egg whites, egg yolks and whole eggs all supplied in 1 kilo carton. Fresh butter salted/unsalted and they are supplied in 20 x 250g packs.

Cheeses
Our varied fresh cheeses are sold by the weight, unless it comes in a pre-packed set block usually 250g - 500g. We can supply a lovely selection of cheeses from Great Britain and Ireland and these are complimented by our Continental Selection.

Tinned Products
All our tinned products have proven to be very popular since we recently introduced them to our sundry goods list. All our tins come in catering sizes and we are able to supply plum/chopped tomatoes, baked beans , grapefruit segments, peach slices, prunes, solid pack apples, apricot halves, fruit cocktail, pineapple slices, mandarin segments and pear halves.

Sundries
Useful items to assist all you busy chef's - garlic peeled or puree, premium extra virgin olive oil, passata 1000g carton, extra large jars of pickled gherkins, tin black/green pitted olives and our ever popular 3L cartons of red and white cooking wine. We are able to supply daily fresh sliced (medium or thick cut) bread white, brown, wholemeal and granary and natural breadcrumbs in a convenient 3 kilo bag.

New Crop Potatoes
We finally see the back of the terrible potato season of last year and thankfully this year looks to be much better. We have in stock now the first of the new season potatoes the variety is Agria, all grown and supplied from our local Potato Merchant. The variety an excellent all rounder and is particularly good for chipping, roast and mash. This years crop yield and quality is looking promising and this will reflect on potato prices for this coming season.

July 2013 Newsletter

The month of June heralds the start of our British summer and along with that the start of all our lovely UK home grown produce and that's what we love at Cheesmans home grown tasty fresh fruit, vegetables and salads.

UK Strawberries
The earliest mention of strawberries was back in Roman times around 200BC and we have been fortunate since those times to be able to enjoy this flavoursome and versatile fruit. The season runs through from early June until late August and here at Cheesmans we will have on offer quality fresh UK strawberries daily and right through the coming summer months.

English Lettuce
The beauty of our English lettuces is that whether you're looking for sweet, soft, subtle or a bitter flavour there are just so many different lettuces to choose from. We have in stock now many different varieties to enhance your menus there are cos, iceberg, lollo rosso, lollo biondo, oak leaf, little gem, rocket, radicchio, red chard and round lettuce.

Peaches and Nectarines
The soft fruit season is now progressing well and we can look forward to those lovely plump and juicy peaches, nectarines, apricots and cherries right through now till the Autumn.

Vegetables
All the traditional UK vegetables such as fresh peas and broad beans have started to arrive in the market along with lovely UK courgettes. Runner beans will all be a little late this year, due of course to the very unseasonal cold spring we experienced earlier on in the year. Imported vegetables such as french bean, mange tout and sugar snap peas are all very nice at the moment. English swede and English parsnips are now coming to the end of their season. Unfortunately there is no substitute for swede until the new season swede arrives in the autumn. We do have in stock now lovely firm, white Spanish parsnips.

Potatoes
Old potatoes are definitely coming to an end now. We do have in stock the versatile Cyprus potatoes for boiling, mash and roast. A lovely treat for us all Kent New Potatoes have just started to arrive in the Market with their excellent soil type of east Kent and great growing conditions, these new potatoes have a far superior taste to any other new potatoes grown in UK. Jersey Royals are still readily available with their price remaining firm, but we feel this will ease once UK production of our home grown crop gathers momentum.

May 2013 Newsletter

Old Potatoes
2012/2013 has been quite an extraordinary year on the potato front with the early droughts followed by low levels of sunlight and high rainfall. The difficulties experienced this year with potato supplies unfortunately still continues and will probably do so now until the end of this season. The wholesale prices remain firm and sourcing quality, reasonably priced potatoes is becoming very challenging.

Jersey Royals
Reports from Jersey consist of some outdoor lifting. The main crop is some three to four weeks behind normal with the growth having been affected by low temperatures and continuing risk of the odd frost. The volume for export is not expected to arrive until the third week of May.

Spring Crop Cyprus New Potatoes
A firm favourite at Cheesmans, Spring Crop Cyprus New Potatoes (20 kilo sack). These are grown in the fertile red soil of eastern Cyprus and this high quality potato is an excellent all rounder, with a lovely earthy flavour. They are good for baking, chipping or just plain boiled, these potatoes are well worth trying and they are available now, we buy them fresh from New Covent Garden Market daily.

English Asparagus—Fresh from Norfolk
Here at Cheesmans nothing excites us more than fresh home grown produce and we are now enjoying the start of the English Asparagus season. Quality home grown Asparagus is available now and will continue through until roughly mid June. Surprisingly as a nation we spent £22m on Asparagus during the British season 2012!! We buy our Asparagus fresh daily from New Covent Garden Market, we can supply all sizes for your needs from Jumbo, Medium or Thin or a "Kitchen Grade" which is ideal for your soups and sauces. Apart from the lovely taste Asparagus is regarded as a "Super Food" packed with vitamin A, folic acid and dietary fibre which is thought to play an important role in the fight against many diseases. To grow you need to be patient, it actually takes four years to get the crop in full production! Green British Asparagus is the world’s finest and is only in season for eight short weeks, so feast on it while you can!

Frozen Products
Due to customer demand we have expanded on our frozen product range and our freezer storage is now fully upgraded to allow us to offer a much wider range of frozen goods. Please call our sales office should you require a full Product List or you can visit our website at www.cheesmans.co.uk to view the list for yourselves.

We wish you all a good summer trading period in the coming few months and any queries, please do call our sales office for assistance. Tel:- 01483 572469.
Please note we will be closed on Monday 6th and 27th May 2013 as they are Bank Holidays.

March 2013 Newsletter

Spring News
We are now looking forward to the Dutch Season starting, we will see lovely sweet flavoured tomatoes, good cucumbers and quality capsicums. The Spanish growers have kept us all going throughout November, December and January but it was at a cost! We rely heavily on Spanish produce during our winter months as they do supply the UK with iceberg, gems and coss etc in huge quantities right through until the middle of April. The Dutch produce is coming on well at the moment and this now means that the prices should ease at last. Love them or hate them depending on how you feel about them, we have to say goodbye to sprouts now! Good news for all you chefs exceptionally good New Season pink garlic from Argentina is available now, with their big and juicy cloves they definitely pack a punch in flavour. The first of our home grown wild garlic will hopefully be available in about 2 weeks and with the discovery of the joy of foraging, this has made the wild garlic a popular key ingredient again. Fabulous French golden and candy beetroot has appeared in the market this week, excellent quality plump beets and far superior now than in previous months.

Potato Crop 2012/2013
The consistently high prices and poor quality of old potatoes this season has been due to the very bad weather last year. The weather in March, April & May saw very little sunshine and far too much rain and this unfortunately devastated the British potato crop. All the weather records were broken last year and this resulted in a 30% drop in the amount harvested and good quality potatoes have been very difficult to source. We can only now look forward to some New Season potatoes hopefully not too long now! If the weather improves New Season potatoes will start around April time and as far as we are concerned the sooner the better, it certainly has been a very challenging year on the potato front for our buyers!

Mothers Day 10th March 2013
All the normal fare will be available to all our hotels, restaurants and pubs, ensuring that you will have an excellent variety of best quality fresh fruit and vegetables on offer for this special day of the year. Our full prepared fruit and vegetable service will be readily available to all customers for Mothers Day deliveries. Please do note below the slight change for the ordering of prepared fruit and vegetables for Good Friday deliveries. (This change is for Good Friday only.)

Easter 2013 Opening Times
25th March 2013 - Normal Deliveries
26th March 2013 - Normal Deliveries
27th March 2013 - Normal Deliveries
28h March 2013 - Normal Deliveries
29th March 2013 - Good Friday Normal Deliveries — Closing at midday
30th March 2013 - Easter Saturday — Normal Deliveries
31st March 2013 - Easter Sunday — Closed
1st April 2013 - Easter Monday — Closed
2nd April 2013 - Normal Deliveries

Please note all Freshly Prepared Fruit & Vegetables required for Good Friday's deliveries will need to be ordered by 4pm Thursday 28th March 2013. This slight change is due to early closing times of some selected suppliers in New Covent Garden Market.

We wish all our customers a Happy Easter!

February 2013 Newsletter

With the extreme weather conditions for the latter part of last year and for the beginning of this year, we have had to really battle on with very difficult buying conditions in the Market. We've had everything heavy rain, freezing weather, snow and lastly the terrible disaster of the helicopter crashing so very near to the New Covent Garden Market on 16th January 2013, this has caused all sorts of disruption there. But we successfully managed to continue to complete and deliver all orders placed. We hope to now have a good run up to Easter without any extreme weather or major incidents!!

Deliveries during very cold spells
We are aware that deliveries that are left outside your premises early in the morning during very cold spells, do sometimes get slightly spoiled because of the cold. Some days last month it has been -6 degrees when we are delivering. Therefore at these times if you do have an alternative place that is more sheltered to help to protect your goods, please can you let our Sales Office know and we can inform your driver. We always strive to supply 1st class goods every delivery but unfortunately the extreme freezing weather conditions of late does not help this situation.

Catering Sundries
Exciting new additions to our Catering Sundries List:-

BREAD = Bread Rolls, Sliced Granary Loaf, Sliced White Loaf, Sliced Wholemeal Loaf.
DAIRY = Butter (Box), Full selection of Cheeses, Double, Single and Whipping Cream, Eggs, Mayo (5L), Milk Pergals (3 gal), Milk Semi, Skimmed & Whole 1L/2L.
DRIED FRUITS/NUTS = Full selection of Dried Fruits/Nuts.
SUNDRIES = Banana Leaves, Wild Bird Nuts (Sacks), Chestnuts Cooked (Vac pack), Cooking Wine Red/White, Freshly Squeezed Fruit Juices 1L/2L, Green Pesto, Gherkins (Large Jar), Cooking Oil (20L), Olive Oil Extra Virgin (5L), Tin Baked Beans/Tin Tomatoes (2550g), Malt Vinegar (5L), Balsamic Vinegar, Red/White Vinegar and Fresh Yeast (500g). Any customers requiring our full updated Product List you can visit our website www.cheesmans.co.uk or call our Sales Office and speak to one of our Sales Team for a copy.

Pancake Day Tuesday 12th February
Don't forget to order your Lemons, Oranges, Strawberries, Raspberries and Fresh Berries, Pancake Day is the Tuesday 12th February this year.

Valentine Day 14th February
To assist with your Valentine Day menus we have in stock Baby Vegetables, Baby Courgettes, Baby Leeks, Baby Carrots, Thai Baby Corn and Thai Grass. Lovely extra large USA Asparagus and ready to eat ripe Avocados. Tender Shoot Broccoli is available by the kilo, along with French Beans, Sugar Snaps and Mange Tout we certainty have a nice selection to choose from!

December 2012 Newsletter

Christmas Opening Times 2012
Monday 17th December until Saturday 22nd December 2012 Normal Opening Hours
Sunday 23rd December 2012 CLOSED
Monday 24th December 2012 (Xmas Eve) Normal Deliveries (Closing at Midday)
Tuesday 25th December 2012 (Xmas Day) CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December 2012 (Boxing Day) CLOSED
Thursday 27th December 2012 CLOSED
Friday 28th December 2012 Normal Deliveries
Saturday 29th December 2012 Normal Deliveries
Sunday 30th December 2012
Monday 31st December 2012 (News Years Eve) Normal Deliveries (Closing at Midday)
Tuesday 1st January 2013 (New Years Day) CLOSED
Wednesday 2nd January 2013 Back to Normal Opening Hours

Cheesmans Xmas Hotline Telephone Numbers
Listed below are our telephone numbers in order that any queries can be dealt with promptly.
01483 572469 Sales Office
07933 794863 Cheesmans Mobile Number
01483 572567 Sales Order Line
01483 503088 Accounts Dept

Seasonal Produce
All the usual Christmas produce is available now! We have Fresh/Frozen Cranberries, Dates, Mixed Nuts, Loose Chestnuts/Vac-Pack Peeled Cooked Chestnuts, Dried/Fresh Figs, Black and Green Tinned Olives. Don’t forget the Red/White Cooking Wine for those special dishes. Christmas can sometimes bring problems with supplies and quality but at present there are no worrying shortages to report.

Prepared Fruit, Potatoes & Vegetables
During this busy period it would be very much appreciated if all your prepared orders could be placed as early as possible!! Many thanks!!

Stop Press!! New Products Available Now!!
Exciting new products available to order now!!
Dried Fruits, Nuts, Cheeses and various miscellaneous products.
Please see the attached list for the tempting selection of products and if you require any further details, please speak to our Sales Office.


We sincerely wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

May we thank you for your custom during 2012 and we look forward to serving you and your business in 2013.


November 2012 Newsletter

Here at Cheesmans we are in full swing preparing for the busy November and December trading period. We strive to ensure that all our customers have all the very best quality fruit, vegetables and salads available and that all your requirements are fully met, during this challenging and busy time of the year.

All this year we have unfortunately seen some of the most extreme weather conditions here in the UK, some breaking many previous records held and this does have a knock on effect for all our home grown produce. Interestingly the main Supermarkets are warning of shortages of British fruit and vegetables after recent torrential rain left fields waterlogged. Apparently the big retailers are struggling to keep their shelves stocked and they are predicting a shortage of potatoes, parsnips and carrots in the run-up to Christmas. At the time of going to press for our newsletter, our Wholesale Market (New Covent Garden) is not experiencing many shortages as yet. We travel to the Market six nights a week leaving around midnight, to ensure all our customers receive the best quality, best price and a consistent supply of all goods, even if they are in short supply Cheesmans will always get them! After nearly 40 years in this business we can confidently state that our buyers know exactly what they are doing when it comes to sourcing goods that are in short supply!

Main Crop Potatoes
As predicted potatoes are going to be short and therefore pricey this season. Our main contractors of Pre Pack Potatoes and Bakers are already importing potatoes from France!

Pumpkins
Brian Cheesman, our main buyer here at Cheesmans said that this was the worst pumpkin season that he could ever remember. New Covent Garden Market was having to source our pumpkins from Germany. Some of the main UK Pumpkin Growers who were supplying the main supermarkets were also buying from abroad at ridiculous prices, in order to honour their contracts. Will these growers ever learn ?!?

Sprouts Loose and Dutch Baby Prepared Sprouts
Loose Sprouts are now in good supply and very nice quality too, they are available in 10 kilo nets or per kilo. The Dutch "Baby Prepared Sprouts" are available in 5 kilo boxes, they should be starting from the middle of this month and they will then continue right through December and well into the New Year.

Prepared Vegetables
We can provide a full and varied selection of fully prepared potatoes and vegetables to you all, which at this time of the year is most helpful to all you busy chefs! We have a plentiful supply of quality washed mids in stock now all ready to pop into the pot and cook, another nice little time saver. We also carry an extensive range of Frozen Goods.

Seasonal Goods
Some early Christmas seasonal goods have started to make an appearance in the market. Just starting to arrive now are fresh Chestnuts, Vac pack peeled Chestnuts, fresh or frozen Cranberry's, fresh or dried packet Figs.

Spanish Satsuma's
You know when Christmas is not far away with the arrival of the first of the juicy Spanish Satsuma’s. We have lovely Satsuma's in stock now, they are available by the box (10 kilo) or for those of you who prefer a smaller quantity you can order them by the kilo. As ever they just get better and better the nearer we get to Christmas! The lovely leafy Clementine's will start to arrive around the end of November.

UK Lettuces
UK Lettuces are now coming to the end of their season, we will be moving on over to imported lettuces next week.

IMPORTANT—ANSWER PHONE MESSAGES & ORDERS Please can customers be aware that when placing an order on our answer phone by using a mobile phone, the message is not being recorded clearly enough. Unfortunately when on a mobile customers are unintentionally losing their signal and the message is not being recorded clearly enough for us to get your order off the answer phone correctly. Therefore can all customers please use a landline phone if at all possible, when placing their orders onto our answer phone. Many thanks!!

October 2012 Newsletter

New Season Vegetables
We are now looking forward to this Autumn's selection of New Season Vegetables. We will be able to offer you lovely Parsnip, Swede, Primo, Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Courgettes, Leeks and fresh Sprouts. All the vegetables on offer at this present time are a very good quality. We can also offer you a varied range of Baby Vegetables, Ready Prepared Fruit/Vegetables and a good selection of Frozen Vegetables.
But alas just as we go to print just what we didn’t want, half of the country is now under water! We will as normal continue to strive to buy quality vegetables and salads but unfortunately due to this very wet weather, there may be shortages ahead in the coming months.

Potatoes
Further to our mid month supplement newsletter last month, we can confirm that as predicted potato prices are continuing to remain firm. We have a good selection of old potatoes in stock now Maris Piper excellent for roast and chipping, Washed Reds and Washed Whites both good all rounder's and New Washed Mids all ready to cook and serve. The quality of the New Season Bakers 40’s, 50’s and 60’s is now excellent.

Pumpkins, Toffee and Chocolate Apples
We will have in stock towards the middle of this month in good time for Halloween and Bonfire Night, our usual full range of quality pumpkins. They will be readily available in the sizes small, medium and large and are sold by kilo weight. Toffee and Chocolate Apples will also be available throughout October and November.

Catering Sundries
A reminder of some of our more popular catering sundries that are in stock and available to order now:- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (5 litre), Pure Refined Cooking Oil (20 litre), Quality Red & White Cooking Wine (3 litre), Green & Black Olives (Tin), Red & White Wine Vinegar (5 litre), Balsamic Vinegar (5Litre) and a new addition to these Malt Vinegar (5 litre).

Michael Grantham’s Retirement
We sadly said goodbye to Micky last month, due to his well deserved retirement. Micky has worked here at Cheesmans for over 30 years and we all wish him a long and happy retirement.

September 2012 Newsletter

Guildford Olympic Torch Relay - Stoke Park Guildford
Well the summer is nearly over and we hope that you all enjoyed what good weather we had!! We wish to welcome back all our schools and colleges from their break. We have been busy here at Cheesmans over the summer, we were pleased to be part of the Torch Relay at Stoke Park in Guildford. We ran a large stall for the event selling strawberries and cream, fresh fruit pots and a good selection of seasonal fruit all going down well with the large crowds there. A fun but very long day was had by all and it was very nice to be asked to be a part of this very unique occasion. Many congratulations to all our Olympic medal winners gold, silver and bronze you all did well!

Fresh Bread, Milk, Cream & Butter
We are pleased to be able to add to our extensive list of Catering Sundries fresh sliced bread.. We can supply quality fresh white sliced, brown sliced and granary sliced bread on a daily basis. The milk and cream has also become very popular with many of our customers, should you wish to order milk or cream it comes in a 3 gal pergal, 2 litre or 1 litre size carton (semi skimmed or fully skimmed) and the double cream comes in 2 litre carton. The butter is either salted or unsalted and sold by the box. (sorry we can’t split these packages). Please call our sales office for a price if you are interested in ordering bread, milk or cream.

Pure Refined Vegetable Cooking Oil – 20 Litre
Competitively priced long life and fully deodorised cooking oil. This oil is ideal for all cooking purposes and is particularly recommended for deep and shallow frying. Can also be used for salads and mayonnaise. Please note we are happy to take away any used oil for you free of charge, provided it is placed back into the original container.

Freshly Squeezed Juices 2litre & 1 Litre Cartons
We introduced freshly squeezed juices back in June 2011 and they are very popular with many customers. They are sold in 2 litre & 1 litre cartons and are available in the following flavours orange, lemon, lime, apple, carrot, cranberry, lemonade, mango, pineapple, pink grapefruit, pomegranate, tomato, watermelon, lychee and passion fruit. Please call our sales office for further details if you are interested in ordering bread, milk, cream, butter, cooking oil or freshly squeezed juices on 01483 572469.

Berries, Bramleys & Dessert Fruit
UK strawberries should continue until end of August and just into very early September and then we will have to unfortunately wait another year for these wonderful versatile fruit to reappear. UK plums are just arriving in the market and after the disastrous cherry season this year, we do hope the very popular victoria plums will have faired better. UK blackberry and blueberry are of an excellent quality at present. We are pleased to have the first of the new season bramley apples arriving now in the market, this is a good sign that dessert apples and pears should not be far away.

July 2012 Newsletter

As our customers may be aware Cheesman Bros Ltd were pleased to receive our ISO 9001 : 2008 accreditation back in 2009. We are equally pleased to inform you that following our recent yearly audit, our accreditation has been renewed for a further year.
We have gained quite a few new customers during the months of May and June, we hope that they are completely satisfied with our produce and service. We thank them for the opportunity of serving them and to remind these new customers our Sales Hotline Number is 01483 572469, any problems or queries can be dealt with promptly by calling this number.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Update
Following our urgent supplement mid month newsletter we need to update and reassure you all. The present situation with regards to Broccoli and Cauliflower is that with the now improving growing conditions and hopefully continuing warmer nights, this current difficult situation is now slightly improving. So long as this warmer weather continues, we should hopefully be back to normal within 2 –3 weeks.

Asparagus, Swede and Parsnips
English Asparagus will soon be at an end and we then move onto USA or Peruvian Asparagus. English Swede and English Parsnips have now completely finished, unfortunately there is no substitute for the Swede until the new season Swede starts but we do have lovely Spanish Parsnips in stock now.

Vegetables
French Bean, Mange Tout and Sugar Snap Peas are all imported at present and the quality of these lines are very good. We are looking forward to the start of the English Runner Bean season this will be in about 3 weeks time (weather permitting of course) and not forgetting those lovely fresh English Peas and Broad Beans both available now.

Salads
English lettuces are now readily available Cos, Iceberg, Lollo Rosso, Lollo Biondo, Oak Leaf, Curly Endive, Little Gem, Rocket, Radicchio, Red Chard and Round Lettuce, they are all very good quality and a good size. All salad produce Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Spring Onions etc are now becoming more available in the Market, as you would expect for this time of the year.

Peaches and Nectarines
The soft fruit season is now getting underway with lovely Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and Cherries readily available. There is a good supply of English Strawberries nothing quite beats the taste! We also have a good variety of other berries in stock now.

Potatoes
All Old Potatoes are nearly at an end. English New Potatoes have started to get going and we have in stock Kent New Potatoes, they are good quality, good size and of course very reasonable in price. Jersey New Potatoes will be finished in about 3 weeks. We always carry a large stock of baby new potatoes (mids) throughout the summer, so for those of you who don’t like scraping potatoes these will do the job!

Well that’s it for this newsletter we wish you all a very good summer.

May 2012 Newsletter

The English Asparagus season has now started. Did you know that as a nation we spent over £23.8m on asparagus during the British season in 2011! Growers are still planting more asparagus crowns every year to keep pace with demand. It seems we just can’t get enough of it! We have quality English Asparagus available fresh daily from New Covent Garden Market now. All sizes available thin (choice), thick (select) and a "Kitchen Grade" which is good for your soups and sauces.

Various New Potatoes in stock now. A firm favourite at Cheesmans, Cyprus New Potatoes (20 kilo sack). These are grown in the fertile red soil of eastern Cyprus and this high quality potato is a good all rounder, with a lovely earthy flavour. They are excellent for baking, chipping or just plain boiled. Israeli New Potatoes (15 kilo sack) are an easy scraper lovely flavour, perfect served just boiled with fresh mint. Jersey Royals are available now, but unfortunately they are still quite expensive at present. Our own home grown Cornish New Potatoes should be available shortly.

The English Strawberry season will soon be in full swing, there are a few English Strawberries in the market at present, but they are commanding high prices, which will hopefully ease as we get into June. At present we have in stock fine Belgium Strawberries (500g) and as always, they are a lovely quality.

Since the introduction of the water restrictions ironically it has not stopped raining! Although we desperately need this rain, we do also need some warm sun to help along our own UK produce. We do have a few UK Tomatoes and UK Cucumbers just started. Imported Broad Beans and Fresh Peas are available, but as they are imported they are fairly expensive. We will have to wait until end of July for our lovely home grown Broad Beans, Peas, Marrow and Runner Beans. All Spanish produce will be late this year, this would coincide with the unseasonable weather they have experienced since Christmas.

Still continuing to be very popular with many of our customers are the "Micro Herbs". These Leaves/Herbs (also called Micro Greens) are used by some of the top Michelin starred chefs in the UK. Micro Leaves/Herbs is an innovative ingredient used for premium sandwiches, imaginative salads and as an accompaniment to enhance flavour and appearance of your current dishes. They are exceptionally tender and in most cases intensely flavoured. All varieties available at just £2.50 per pot.

Please note we will be closed on Monday 7th May 2012, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June 2012 as they are Bank Holidays.


April 2012 Newsletter

Spring is now on the way and the weather has greatly improved. The difficult Market conditions of the previous two months are now settling down. We have to say goodbye to sprouts until November, they have now finished. We do have now a nice selection of Spring Vegetables available. Good quality Purple Sprouting, Spring Greens and Curly Kale are now available.

As the Spanish season comes to an end we can look forward to the Dutch season getting underway. Dutch prices are rather steep at present but by Easter we should see prices improving and on a more sensible level.

Good News! Tasty New Potatoes have just started to arrive in the Market! We are now able to source the first of the hot house Jersey Royals, they are available in 13lb tubs. They are of course quite expensive when they first appear, with the price falling considerably as this month and next month progresses. There are a few Israeli and Majorcan New Potatoes arriving now, along with the first of the Cyprus New Potatoes. We certainty have a nice selection to start this season with. We are also looking forward to the start of our own home grown English New Potatoes and they should be available early May, weather permitting of course!

Easter 2012 Opening Times
2nd April 2012 Normal Deliveries
3rd April 2012 Normal Deliveries
4th April 2012 Normal Deliveries
5th April 2012 Normal Deliveries
6th April 2012 Good Friday Normal Deliveries — Closing at midday
7th April 2012 Easter Saturday — Normal Deliveries
8th April 2012 Easter Sunday — Closed
9th April 2012 Easter Monday — Closed
10th April 2012 Normal Deliveries
Please note all Freshly Prepared Fruit & Vegetables required for Good Friday's Deliveries will need to be ordered by 4pm Thursday 5th April 2012.

We wish all our customers a Happy Easter!

March 2012 Newsletter

Personal Message from Brian Cheesman
Managing Director and Head Buyer for Cheesmans


Prices and Availability of Goods February/March 2012

This newsletter has been sent to keep all our customers well informed, of the up to date Wholesale Market conditions.

Sourcing quality and fair priced goods at this time of the year is always very challenging. During the last month or so we are finding that the prices and the availability of goods is becoming very difficult to control. Therefore we would like to keep you all informed of the current situation.

UK Produce
UK Produce has given us plenty of problems during February this year, with the very cold snap affecting our home grown produce dreadfully. The sharp frosts and freezing night temperatures have damaged the crops. It is almost impossible to harvest crops with the freezing temperatures that we have experienced this month and until temperatures rise all UK produce will continue to suffer. Good UK Watercress has been impossible to source and Cauliflower prices have gone through the roof, but rest assured once the milder weather conditions arrive the produce will become more plentiful in the Market and prices will ease.

France and Spain
France and Spain export huge amounts of produce to the UK at this time of the year. The weather in Europe has been worse than ours. Spain can generally rely on relatively mild winters enabling them to provide us with a good supply of Peppers, Aubergine, Little Gems, Spinach, Tomatoes, Cucumber and Rocket. However this year the prolonged frosts at night and cold day time temperatures have completely devastated their crops and unfortunately once the plants have been destroyed it takes a while to get supplies back to normal. We depend on France to provide us with all our Fancy Lettuce, Corn Salad during the winter months and their weather has been very unseasonably cold. This has now lead to shortages and big price rises. In some instances normal every day salad lines are just not arriving in the Market or what does arrive is making very big money.

We wish to reassure all our customers that while these current extremely serious Market conditions continue, we are doing our utmost to source the best quality and priced goods that we can. We are in the Market six nights a week and our two main buyers with over 60 years experience between them, will always be able to source all that our customers require. We are fortunate in that over the years we have built excellent relationships with our London Suppliers and they will always assist and help us, especially at times like this. We now hope for some milder conditions home and abroad which will in turn ease this present situation.

If we can be of any further assistance on this subject, please do contact our Sales Team on 01483 572469.

February 2012 Newsletter

December was the warmest since 2006, there have only been seventeen warmer Decembers in the last 100 years. January was fairly mild and not too cold, lets hope this continues throughout February! All this mild weather is good news for all our UK growers, mild weather and light rain leads to good growing conditions for the farmers. In turn this will hopefully reduce any major winter crop shortages in the Market.

Winter Vegetables
We have a good range of quality cabbages in stock now, Primo, Savoy, Hisspi, White and Red Cabbage. Spanish Broccoli is very good at the moment and also very reasonable in price too. UK Carrots are still available and they are probably one of the cheapest and most versatile vegetables you can find. Good size and excellent quality Cauliflowers are in stock now!

Root Vegetables
Over the last year we have seen a massive increase in the popularity of these now "trendy" vegetables. With their earthy and robust flavours they are perfect to use in soups, stews and other warming dishes, especially at this time of the year. We have in stock Carrot, Parsnip, Swede, Sweet Potato, Turnip, Butternut and three different type of raw Beetroot. Root vegetables are often home grown. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and are quite reasonable in price, making them a seasonal must.

Valentine Day 14th February
To assist with your Valentine Day menus we have in stock Baby Vegetables, Baby Courgettes, Baby Leeks, Baby Carrots, Thai Baby Corn and Thai Grass. Lovely extra large USA Asparagus and ready to eat ripe Avocados. Tender Shoot Broccoli is available by the kilo, along with French Beans, Sugar Snaps and Mange Tout we certainty have a nice selection to choose from!

Pancake Day 21st February
Pancake Day is here again - don't forget to order your Lemons, Oranges, Strawberries, Raspberries and Fresh Berries.

December 2011 Newsletter

Here at Cheesmans we are busy preparing for the very hectic month of December. All the lovely Christmas produce is available now! We have Fresh/Frozen Cranberries, Dates, Mixed Nuts, Loose Chestnuts/Vac-Pack Peeled Cooked Chestnuts, Dried/Fresh Figs, Black and Green Tinned Olives. Don’t forget the Red/White Cooking Wine for those special dishes. Christmas can sometimes bring problems with supplies and quality, we are not sure as yet what will be in short supply. Hopefully all products will continue to be readily available. Lets all hope that this mild weather continues and that we have no snow this year!

In stock now Fresh Prep Dutch Sprouts in 5 kilo boxes, all prepared and ready for you to cook - what a time saver! Potatoes are in good supply and we have in stock fine quality Washed Potatoes, King Edwards, Washed Reds and Maris Piper all available in 25 kilo sacks. Mids (New Potatoes) are available in 10 kilo boxes all washed and ready to cook, another nice little time saver!

All vegetables are very nice quality and no shortages as yet to report. All varieties of Melons, Pineapples, Grape and Berries are in good supply and good quality too. This time of year always proves to be very busy with Prepared Fruit and Vegetables and we therefore kindly request that you place your orders as early as possible.

Christmas Opening Times
Monday 19th December to Friday 23rd December 2011Normal Opening Hours
Saturday 24th December 2011 (Xmas Eve)Closing at Midday
Sunday 25th December 2011 (Xmas Day)CLOSED
Monday 26th December 2011 (Boxing Day)CLOSED
Tuesday 27th December 2011 (Bank Holiday)CLOSED
Wednesday 28th December 2011Normal Opening Hours
Thursday 29th December 2011Normal Opening Hours
Friday 30th December 2011Normal Opening Hours
Saturday 31st December 2011 (New Years Eve)Closing at Midday
Sunday 1st January 2012 (New Years Day)CLOSED
Monday 2nd January 2012 (Bank Holiday)CLOSED
Tuesday 3rd January 2012Back to Normal


Christmas Hotline Telephone Numbers:-
01483 572469 Sales Office
07933 794863 Mobile
01483 572567 Sales Order Line

In previous years we have had the pleasure in giving our customers a small gift for Christmas, to thank them for their custom. This year in lieu of these gifts we have decided to make a donation to our favourite local charity “Shooting Star Chase—The Children's Hospice᾿. We are confident that you will support us in this decision. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. May we thank you for your custom during 2011 and we look forward to serving you and your business in 2012.

November 2011 Newsletter

Seasonal Goods
Tasty traditional seasonal goods for the Autumn months have now started to arrive in the Market. Toffee and Chocolate Apples are now in good supply. Also available now are Wet Walnuts, they are a true seasonal treat and only available for just a few weeks each Autumn, get them while you can!

Autumnal Vegetables
The freshest of seasonal vegetables to make delicious stews, casseroles and hearty soups are all in stock now! We can offer you Leek, Swede, Turnip, Sweet Potato, Butter Nut, Parsnip, Onions and Carrots. They are all available by the box or per kilo which ever is more convenient for you.

Sprouts Loose and Dutch Baby Prepared Sprouts
Loose Sprouts are now in good supply and very nice quality too, they are available in 10 kilo nets or per kilo. The Dutch “Baby Prepared Sprouts᾿ are available in 5 kilo boxes, they should be starting from the middle of this month and they will then continue right through December and well into the New Year, a nice little time saver at this busy time of the year!

Spanish Satsuma & Orange Season
Juicy Spanish Satsuma’s and Oranges will be starting throughout November and once December is here, they will be plentiful supply all ready for Christmas! We stock large oranges, medium oranges and a slightly smaller orange that is perfect for juicing.

Avocado
South African green skin Fuerte Avocado’s are now available they are a good quality large Avocado with a lovely firm flesh and nutty flavour. We also stock smaller Hass Avocado's with the dark green coloured bumpy skin, they always arrive to us from Market ripe and ready to eat.

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
We will advise all our customers of opening times etc, for Christmas and New Year in December’s Newsletter. Our opening times are to a point governed by New Covent Garden Market trading days. We wish you all a successful trading period over the next few months. Should you have any queries, please do remember to call our Sales Office, they are only too happy to help.
Tel: 01483 572469 / 07933 794863.

Thailand Floods
Heavy monsoon rains have been drenching Southeast Asia since mid-July. Parts of Thailand are now experiencing the worst floods in half a century. Due to these terrible weather conditions Fruit and Vegetables exported from Thailand will be in short supply. The goods affected are mainly Baby Corn, Baby Thai Grass and Lemon Grass.

Updated Full Product List
The Full Product List that was sent out with September’s Newsletter, is now live on the website, click here to view.

October 2011 Newsletter

Pumpkins, Toffee and Chocolate Apples
As this month progresses our thoughts turn to Halloween and Bonfire Night. We will have in stock towards the middle of this month, our usual full range of quality pumpkins. They will be readily available in the sizes small, medium and large and are sold by kilo weight. Toffee and Chocolate Apples will also be available throughout October and November.

New Season Vegetables
We are now looking forward to this Autumn’s selection of New Season Vegetables. We will be able to offer you lovely Parsnip, Swede, Primo, Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Courgettes, Leeks and just started this week those lovely Sprouts. All the vegetables on offer at this present time are a very good quality and are very reasonable in price. We can also offer you a varied range of Baby Vegetables, Ready Prepared Fruit/Vegetables and a good selection of Frozen Vegetables.

Potatoes
Potatoes are excellent at present with Maris Piper and King Edwards now readily available in 25 kilo bags which are perfect for roast potatoes, as they both have a wonderful flavour to them. We also have Washed White Potatoes and Red Potatoes which are very good at the moment. Bakers are available in 40’s, 50’s and 60’s size and washed Mids available in 10 Kilo boxes, all prepared and ready to cook.

We are always looking at ways that we can improve our services to you our customers. In order to do this we need to know what you think! We would therefore like to invite you to come and visit us, at our Wood Street main site. Everyone is welcome! Please just call us before you come and we will make sure that someone is available to make you a coffee and have a chat. We look forward to seeing you.

This month we will be advertising in local foodie mag GRUB. Many of you will already be familiar with this great magazine, and may even have spotted our Director Martin Cheesman in last month’s edition. However, if you are yet to discover this wonderful mag, that really does celebrate everything we love about food and eating out, then check out their website grubmagazine.co.uk

September 2011 Newsletter

We wish to welcome back all our schools and colleges, we hope you all had a lovely summer break, with September now here our thoughts now turn to the Autumn.

Autumnal Seasonal Fruit/Vegetables and Salads are now readily available they are all very nice quality and prices that you would expect for this time of the year. We have in stock all UK grown Bunched Carrots, Leeks, Runner Beans, Raw Beetroot, Blackberries, Broccoli, Hisspi Cabbage, Red and White Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, Primo Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn on Cob, Courgette, Hot and Cold, Blondo Lettuce, Baby Leaf Salad, Iceberg Lettuce, Rosso Lettuce, Oak Leaf Lettuce, Round Lettuce, Marrow, Med Onions, Red Onions, Parsnips, Strawberries, Swede and English Watercress. All our produce is purchased fresh daily from New Covent Garden Market in London or where we can we always try to source our produce from Local Growers.

Our Local Potato Grower has started his New Season Crop now. The loose dirty potatoes (variety Agria) are good for roasting and chipping. They are an excellent quality and this all points to very nice potatoes through out the coming months.

South African Avocados are going to be short in the next month or so and unfortunately this will make them a little more expensive than usual. Another line that we anticipate to be a little short is good quality Limes, they are proving very difficult to source at present.

This month we have attached our revised Full Product List to assist you with your ordering now and in the future. If there is an item you need and it is not listed, please do call our Sales Office for assistance.

July 2011 Newsletter

As our existing customers may be aware we were pleased to gain our ISO 9001 accreditation back in 2009. We are equally pleased to inform you that following our recent yearly audit, our accreditation has been renewed for a further year. As a Company we strive to always provide our customers with the highest standards of Fresh Fruit/Vegetables/Salads and Catering Sundries and of course Customer Service. We welcome all our new customers and we hope that they are completely satisfied with our produce and service. We thank them for the opportunity of serving them and to remind these new customers our Sales Hotline Number is 01483 572469, any problems or queries can be dealt with promptly by calling this number.
The weather has been lovely over the last few weeks and the rain was most appreciated by our farmers. This good weather has helped the English produce and we now have lovely Cauliflower, Broccoli, Hisspi Cabbage, Primo Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, Carrot, Courgette and Marrow. English Runner Beans have just started to arrive in Market and not forgetting those lovely fresh English Peas and Broad Beans all available now.

Tenderstem Broccoli
Introducing to you all an up and coming popular vegetable, which has been around for a little while now, only recently available to the Wholesale Markets. Tenderstem Broccoli originates in Japan where it was developed using classical plant breeding techniques. The idea was to breed a more flavoursome Brassica by crossing Broccoli and Chinese Kale. Tenderstem has a mild, distinctive flavour and a texture more like Asparagus than traditional Broccoli. Tenderstem is tender from floret to stem so you can eat the whole vegetable. Tenderstem provides a tasty, succulent alternative to traditional green vegetables and is nutrient rich. We have in stock fresh daily from New Covent Garden Market Tenderstem Broccoli, it is available in 500g packs and we can highly recommend this lovely innovative vegetable.
English lettuces are now readily available Cos, Iceberg, Lollo Rosso, Lollo Biondo, Oak Leaf, Curly Endive, Little Gem, Rocket, Raddichio, Red Chard and Round Lettuce. These are all very good quality, good size and very reasonable in price. All salad produce Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Spring Onions etc are now readily available and very good quality.
The soft fruit season is now getting underway with lovely Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and Cherries readily available. There is a good supply of English Strawberries and nothing quite beats the taste!
English New Potatoes from Kent have really started to get going, they are good quality, good size and of course very reasonable in price. We will carry a large stock of local Baby New Potatoes (mids) throughout the summer, so for those of you who don’t like scraping potatoes these will certainty do the job! We have just started some lovely local New Season Fambo which are an excellent frying potato, also you will be pleased to know we will be any time now starting local New Season Bakers.

New Products
Don’t forget the new products we introduced last month they are all available now!! 100% Freshly Squeezed Juices, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Fresh Green Pesto, Red and White Wine Vinegar. The Fresh Mayonnaise that we have in stock now has received excellent response from our customers, they say its an excellent quality and very reasonable in price. Please order these items along with your normal order, for next day delivery.

June 2011 Newsletter

Exciting New Products!!
We are very pleased to be able to offer you some new exciting products this month.
  • 100% Freshly Squeezed Juices = 1 litre/2 litre
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil = 5 litre
  • Balsamic Vinegar = 5 Litre
  • Fresh Green Pesto = 1 Kilo
  • Red and White Wine Vinegar = 1 litre
  • Fresh Mayonnaise = 5 litre/10 litre

Bumper UK Strawberry Crop
The warm sunny weather this Spring has helped ripen this years crop much sooner than normal. The sunshine has helped the strawberries to set and encouraged the bees to pollinate the plants, therefore boosting this years yield.
Potatoes
This dry weather is concerning potato growers who fear that this years crop could be severely depleted by the lack of rain. This season’s old Potatoes are really now at an end and we know that some of you have been experiencing problems with sprouting etc. This is unfortunately unavoidable at this time of the year. English New Potatoes have really started to get going now they are good quality, good size and of course very reasonable in price.
UK Vegetables
This dry weather will not give us any cause for concern for the availability of UK vegetables this summer. Farmers today are well equipped with sophisticated irrigation, so there should be no problems here. We have lovely Summer Primo Cabbage available now and the lovely Fresh Peas and Fresh Broad Beans have just started to arrive at Market.
Soft Fruit
A sure sign that Summer is on its way! We now have very nice Peaches and Nectarines in stock. They are a good size, much improved quality and very reasonable in price. We have lovely juicy Fresh Cherries (French and Italian) they are also very reasonable in price.

April 2011 Newsletter

A very warm welcome on board to all our new customers this month and we hope that you are completely satisfied with the service received so far!

We are all pleased to now see some milder weather here in the U.K. The warmer days and nights do help our farmers with all our home grown crops and no shortages reported as yet. Sprouts have now finished, but we have a good supply of quality Purple Sprouting and Spring Green available making a good replacement. French Beans and Mange Tout imported from Kenya have been suffering from extreme heat and water shortages, this will lead to shortages and inevitable price increases. Quality Brazilian Limes are not easy to source at the moment and we need to ensure that we buy only from the Bahia region in order to guarantee good quality Limes. All UK Old Potatoes are holding their price firmly and supplies are short of good quality produce. Sweet Potato from USA will only now be exported from storage and therefore there may be slight difficulties with occasional rot. Spanish Raspberry and Strawberry production is down some 40% due to heavy rain in southern Spain. There will definitely be a major shortage of South African Avocado’s this month caused by severe cultivation problems. New Potatoes are starting now and in stock we have Cyprus New, Israeli New and for a very special treat have you tried Jersey Royals. They are quite expensive at present, but hopefully prices will soon drop as their short season gets going. We can look forward to our own English New potatoes starting in early May, providing that the current mild weather continues.

Easter 2011 Opening Times
22nd April 2011 - Good Friday Normal Deliveries - Closing at 1 pm
23rd April 2011 - Easter Saturday - Normal Deliveries
24th April 2011 - Easter Sunday - Closed
25th April 2011 - Easter Monday - Closed
Please note all Freshly Prepared Fruit & Vegetables required for Good Friday’s deliveries will need to be ordered by 4pm Thursday 21st April 2011.
29th April 2011 - Royal Wedding - Normal Deliveries
2nd May 2011 - Early May Bank Holiday - Closed
30th May 2011 - Spring Bank Holiday - Closed


WE WISH ALL OUR CUSTOMERS A VERY HAPPY EASTER


March 2011 Newsletter

Old Potato Season/New Season Potatoes
With this years old Potato Season coming to an end, we are experiencing difficulties with quality. At this time of the year good quality potatoes are always very difficult to source and this year is proving to be particularly difficult. If any customers are having problems with their potatoes please do let us know, so we can sort out any issues you have promptly. Also we are sorry to have to advise you that there are going to be serious shortages of potatoes this coming year.
Pancake Day—8th March
Don’t forget your lemons as Pancake Day is nearly here! We have in stock lovely juicy large Spanish lemons, they are available by the box (100) or individually and as always they are very reasonable in price.
Goods in Short Supply
We for obvious reasons have been having problems with supplies of produce from Egypt. This appears to have effected mainly pomegranates and spring onions. Although spring onions were a bit more plentiful this week. Unfortunately cos lettuce and celery will also be in short supply this month.
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
After the appalling winter weather we have experienced, we are pleased to report that purple sprouting broccoli is back on the menu!!
Wild Mushroom
We have sourced a new supplier for our wild mushrooms (500g pack), their product is very promising. A good selection of tasty wild mushrooms and they are available fresh from market daily.
Berries
We have a good supply of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and redcurrants all available fresh from market daily.
Dutch Cucumber and Peppers
Good news Dutch cucumber and peppers will be available by the middle of the month.
Sundries
To remind our customers that we also can supply a good range of sundry items, at very competitive prices. A selection of which is listed below:-
Pure Refined Vegetable Cooking Oil (20 ltr). (Free collection of used oil)
Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil (5 ltr)
Premium Quality Red and White Cooking Wine (3 ltr)
Please speak to our sales office for further information.

Cheesmans Sales Office Telephone Number 01483 572469


Charity Event for Chase Hospice Care for Children
(registered charity number1042495)
The Reading half Marathon—20th March 2010

Martin Cheesman is a very keen runner and on 20th March 2011 he is looking forward to running in the Reading half Marathon. He is keen to raise as much as he can for Chase Hospice Care for Children, which as you probably know is based just outside of Guildford. Any sponsorship from you our customers would be greatly appreciated by Chase. This is such a worthwhile local Charity that cares for very sick children. You can donate if you wish on Martin’s own online fundraising page as follows:-
www.virginmoneygiving.com/martincheesman
Many thanks to you all for any donation made.

February 2011 Newsletter

We aim to provide our customers with a helpful and positive Newsletter each month. We try to give you all some interesting information on current Fruit and Vegetable matters. This is our first Newsletter of the year and unfortunately it has not begun quite as positively as we would have liked.

We regret that wholesale oil prices have increased yet again. We therefore unfortunately have had to increase our price of the Cooking Oil (20 litre carton) accordingly.

The availability of all UK vegetables is fair, but prices are very up and down at the moment. This is due to the exceptionally cold winter we have experienced. The awful weather in Spain has also effected all their produce ie: Iceberg, Cucumbers and Peppers. We have been notified by New Covent Garden Market, that all Spanish produce will be fetching higher prices in the weeks to come. Bananas are unfortunately in very short supply and therefore are quite expensive. The first indication for the forthcoming Potato Season is that potatoes are going to be in short supply and therefore prices will be very competitive.

All Fruit and Vegetables arrive at New Covent Garden on a daily basis, via our road network system. With diesel prices continually rising this too has had a knock on effect to all wholesale fruit and vegetable prices. This is a matter quite out of our hands and we wish to reassure all our customers, that we always have and always will continue to strive to maintain the best prices and best quality produce for you all.

Moving on our thoughts turn to more seasonal events and Valentines Day will soon be upon us. Traditional produce for this special day will be readily available throughout February, we will have fresh Strawberries, Asparagus, Avocado Pears, Wild Mush (500g) packs, Sugar Snaps, Mange Tout, French Beans and we have a lovely selection of Baby Vegetables available. We have a good selection of ready to go salad leaves available in either Mediterranean Salad Leaf (200g) bag or the delicate Baby Leaf Salad (100g) bag, all requiring minimal preparation.

Seville Oranges are available now! With their very short season starting in December until February, get them whilst you can! Also available now lovely juicy Blood Oranges.

We will try to end this Newsletter by being a little optimistic!!! Spring is on the way!!! We can look forward to longer days and all the nice things that the Spring brings!!!

December 2010 Newsletter

The Christmas countdown has now really begun! We always look forward to this busy and challenging time of the year, doing our best to source the best quality and priced goods that we can - for you our customers. All the lovely Christmas produce is available now! We have Fresh/Frozen Cranberries, Dates, Mixed Nuts, Loose Chestnuts/Vac-Pack Peeled and Cooked Chestnuts, Dried/Fresh Figs, Black and Green Tinned Olives and those lovely Satsumas. Don't forget the Red/White Cooking Wine for those special dishes. Christmas always brings some problems with supplies and quality and we are not sure as yet what will be in short supply, hopefully all products will continue to be readily available.

We now have in stock Dutch Sprouts in 5 kilo boxes, all prepared and ready for you to cook - what a time saver! We have been able to negotiate with our suppliers a very competitive price for you all from now through until Christmas, for this very popular time saving vegetable. This time of year always proves to be very busy with Prepared Fruit and Vegetables and we therefore kindly request that you place your orders as early as possible.

Potatoes are excellent at present with Maris Piper, King Edwards and Reds now readily available in 25 kilo bags which are perfect for roast potatoes. We also have Washed White Potatoes a good all rounder and they are very good quality at the moment. Bakers are available in 40's, 50's and 60's size. Washed Mids are available in 10 kilo boxes all prepared and ready to cook - another nice little time saver!

Christmas Opening Times

Mon 20th Dec until Thur 23rd Dec 2010Normal Opening Hours
Fri 24th Dec 2010 (Xmas Eve)Closing at Midday
Sat 25th Dec 2010 (Xmas Day) Sun 26th Dec 2010 (Boxing Day)CLOSED - CLOSED
Mon 27th Dec 2010 (Bank Holiday) Tue 28th Dec 2010 (Bank Holiday)CLOSED - CLOSED
Wed 29th Dec 2010Normal Opening Hours
Thur 30th Dec 2010Normal Opening Hours
Fri 31st Dec 2010 (New Years Eve)Closing at Midday
Sat 1st Jan (New Years Day)CLOSED
Sun 2nd Jan 2011
Mon 3rd Jan 2011 (Bank Holiday)CLOSED - CLOSED
Tue 4th Jan 2011Back to Normal


We wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and New Year. May we thank you for your custom during 2010 and we look forward to serving you and your business in 2011.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Christmas Hot Line Telephone Number
01483 572469
Mobile Number for queries during
Office Hours 0793 379 4863


October 2010 Newsletter

We start this Autumn Newsletter with the arrival of those lovely English Apples. We now have in stock Cox Orange Pippin's, this classic English apple is often regarded as the finest of all dessert apples. Bramley apples are now readily available and this apple is rightly recognised by professional chefs and home cooks alike as the best apple for cooking. Grown only in Britain, the Bramley's unique qualities make it one of the most versatile ingredients, equally at home in a savoury stir fry or a traditional apple pie.

As this month progresses our thoughts turn to Halloween and Bonfire Night. We will have in stock towards the middle of this month, our usual full range of quality pumpkins. They will be readily available in the sizes small, medium and large and are sold by kilo weight. Toffee and Chocolate Apples will also be available throughout October and November.

We are now looking forward to this Autumn's selection of New Season Vegetables. We will be able to offer you lovely Parsnip, Swede, Primo, Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Courgettes, Leeks and just started this week those lovely Sprouts. All the vegetables on offer at this present time are a very good quality and are very reasonable in price. We can also offer you a varied range of Baby Veg/Ready Prepared Veg and a good selection of Frozen Veg. Please ask our Sales Team if you need further details.

As mentioned in our last Newsletter we have sourced an excellent Local Potato Merchant who is based in West Sussex and his first samples of Early New Potatoes were very impressive. We have now moved onto his main crop this being the variety Maris Piper and they appear to be the same good quality. They have an excellent flavour and good versatile cooking properties. Maris Piper with their cream skin and cream flesh have a pleasant floury texture and are an ideal choice for Caterers, as they are perfect for Roasting, Chips, Wedges, Baking, Boiling and Mash and the good news is that we will be able to continue to supply this particular variety from this grower throughout the Autumn and Winter months. If you wish to try some please mention this when ordering your potatoes, they are called Local Maris Piper (25 kilo bags). We would also like to point out that they are also an excellent price, they are much cheaper than the Reds and King Edwards. Bakers from this local grower are available in 50's and 60's size and these are also a very good quality. Bakers 40's are still available as usual. Washed Mids are available in 10 Kilo boxes, all prepared and ready to cook.

We would like to apologise for the lack of Tarragon available recently, although impossible to source for the last few weeks, it is slowly starting to become available again.

That's it for this month. We hope the weather gives us a little warm sunshine for the next month or so, to help general growing conditions. We will then be in full swing here at Cheesman's preparing for the busy time leading up to Christmas.

September 2010 Newsletter

Well that's it folks the summer is nearly over for this year. We were very lucky to enjoy some really lovely warm days throughout July, August was apparently the coldest for some 17 years - less said about that the better and September seems to have started with some nice sunny days. We wish to welcome back all our schools and colleges and we hope they all had a good summer break.

Vegetables
September is always a difficult month to predict, with the weather playing it's usual part in effecting crop availability and therefore prices. We do have a nice selection of produce to offer you this month all very good quality and reasonable in price, considering the very cold August we had. Carrots, Cauliflower, Primo Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, Hisspi Cabbage, Leeks, Parsnips, Swede, Marrow, Courgette, Broccoli, Celeriac, Fennell, Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash and Asparagus. There are still a few Runner Beans and Broad Beans available in the Market. Baby Corn supplies will be difficult till the end of the year, because heavy rain in Thailand in early August and at present means that the growers cannot plant new crop so hence expected shortages. French Beans, Mange Tout and Sugar Snaps from Kenya are suffering from bad growing conditions cold weather and lack of sunshine are effecting quality and therefore shortages of quality crops of these products are going to push prices up slightly.
Potatoes
Our buyers at Cheesman's are always conscious of environmental and economic Issues, that are now effecting us all so where ever possible we like to purchase produce that is grown and sourced in the UK and even better if we can source good quality produce locally, we will always attempt to support these local growers. We have been busy over the summer months sourcing quality potatoes for this coming Autumn/Winter. We are pleased to have teamed up with a large local grower from West Sussex. We have introduced his first samples to various customers during the month of August and they all report excellent quality, flavour and versatile cooking properties, so this all looks very promising for our Autumn/Winter potato supplies.
Fruit
On the fruit side melons are all good quality we have in stock Honeydew, Galia, Charantais, Water Melon. Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Red Currants are in good supply. UK Straws are now getting a little short, UK Raspberry are still available but recent rain has led to less produce and soft berries. We have an excellent selection of apples to offer Granny Smith, Brae burns, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Royal Gala and at the moment the new season cooking apples (Bramley's) from Kent are lovely. Other fruits that are very good at present are William Pears, Oranges, Mango, Kiwi, Paw Paw, White and Red Seedless Grapes and Clementines to name a few. The Victoria Plum season has started so make the most of these lovely UK Plums which are not around for long! There are a few UK Apples available now and we should have a few Cox's Apples available by the end of the month.
Salads
Last July we introduced Micro Leaves/Herbs to our extensive range of products and they are now very popular with many of our customers. These Leaves/Herbs (also called Micro Greens) are used by some of the top Michelin starred chefs in the UK. Micro Leaves/Herbs is an innovative ingredient used for premium sandwiches, imaginative salads and as an accompaniment to enhance flavour and appearance of your current dishes. They are exceptionally tender and in most cases intensely flavoured. All varieties available at just £2.50 per pot.

July 2010 Newsletter

As our customers may be aware Cheesman Bros Ltd were pleased to receive our ISO 9001 accreditation last year. We are equally pleased to inform you that following our recent yearly audit, our accreditation has been renewed for a further year. We had all worked hard over the previous year to receive this recognition for the Company and based on the experience gained by the work carried out in order to be awarded the ISO 9001, we feel that we can now continue to confidently move forward to the future, to continue to serve all existing customers and all new customers with the highest standards of Fresh Fruit/Vegetables/Salads and Catering Sundries and of course Customer Service - all of which they have come to expect of Cheesman Bros Ltd!

We have gained quite a few new customers during the months of May/June and we hope that they are completely satisfied with our produce and service. We thank them for the opportunity of serving them and to remind these new customers our Sales Hotline Number is 01483 572469 - any problems or queries can be dealt with promptly by calling this number.

So back to the Fruit and Vegetable news! The weather has much improved over the last few weeks and we can now hopefully look forward to a lovely summer. This good weather has helped the English produce and we now have lovely Cauliflower, Broccoli, Hisspi Cabbage, Primo Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, Carrot, Courgette and Marrow. The English Asparagus season is now almost at an end and we have enjoyed some lovely produce this year. We will go onto Spanish/Peruvian Asparagus as soon as the English finishes. English Swede had now come to an end and English Parsnips have almost finished, so we will moving onto Spanish Parsnips any time now.

French Bean, Mangetout and Sugar Snap Peas are all imported at present and the quality of these lines are still very good. We are looking forward to the start of the English Runner Bean season this will be in about 3 weeks time and not forgetting those lovely fresh English Peas and Broad Beans both available now.

English lettuces are now readily available Cos, Iceberg, Lollo Rosso, Lollo Biondo, Oak Leaf, Curly Endive, Little Gem, Rocket, Raddichio, Red Chard and Round Lettuce. These are all very good quality, good size and very reasonable in price. All salad produce Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Spring Onions etc are now readily available and very good quality.

The soft fruit season is now getting underway with lovely Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and Cherries readily available. There is a good supply of English Strawberries nothing quite beats the taste! We have a good variety of other berries to add to the Strawberries to make exciting and healthy puddings for your customers.

So we move onto the subject of Potatoes. All Old Potatoes are really now at an end and we know that some of you have been experiencing problems with sprouting etc. This is unfortunately unavoidable at this time of the year. English New Potatoes have really started to get going and we have in stock Kent New Potatoes, they are good quality, good size and of course very reasonable in price. Jersey New Potatoes will be finished in about 2 weeks, as will all English Old Potatoes. As always we will carry a large stock of baby new potatoes (mids) throughout the summer, so for those of you who don't like scraping potatoes these will do the job!

Well that's it for this month... we wish you all a good Summer.

May 2010 Newsletter

What a challenging start to the year our buyers have had! They experienced huge difficulties with produce availability, quality and prices. All caused by the abnormal icy cold winter. Just as things where settling down they then had to deal with disruptions caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland. The shortages caused by the flight ban did not affect us greatly, we were well prepared and we are pleased that no great disruption was caused to our customers. We thank you for you understanding during this time. We are now looking forward to a more settled period to enable prices and availability to stabilise.

Jersey Royal outdoor crop has just started and once we get into the New Potato Season, you will see the price of the Jersey Royals come down considerably. There have been a few Cornish New Potatoes arriving at New Covent Garden Market this week and Cyprus New Potatoes are now available, these potatoes are a really good all rounder, although a little on the expensive side this is due to the Import Taxes.

English bunched Asparagus is now readily available. We are also able to source a grade called "Kitchen Grade" which is ideal for your soups and sauces and this is quite reasonable in price. Do make the most of this lovely English vegetable as it has a very short season.

Curly Kale and Sprouts have now finished. There is still a good supply of Sprouting Broccoli available. We are looking forward to the start of the UK Broccoli and once the nights warm up, this will be readily available. UK Tomatoes are making their first appearance of the year and the flavour and the quality is excellent. UK Strawberries are a little late this year, due to the cold Spring we experienced. We are eagerly looking forward to the Stone Fruit Season starting. Spain is a little late starting to export their produce, due to the cold weather there.

So we can now all look forward to a lovely summer, problems of late hopefully all behind us!!??!!

We wish you all a good summer trading period in the coming few months and any queries, please do call our sales office for assistance. Tel:- 01483 572469.

Please note we will be closed on Monday 31st May 2010 as it is a Bank Holiday.

April 2010 Newsletter

So we have finally got some nice sunny days! Lets hope that this continues and the weather is fine for Easter! As mentioned in our March 2010 Newsletter the weather in Europe has been terrible. Spain and France have unfortunately experienced the same severe weather conditions that we have had. This situation has put extreme pressure on our "Buying Team". In over 35 years in the business our Buyers have never seen the prices that we are experiencing at the moment. The sourcing of quality and fair priced goods during the winter and early spring months is always very challenging, without having to deal with these other difficult factors like this unprecedented bad weather here and in Europe.

To give you an insight into how the buying process works, our Buyers leave our premises in Guildford at 11.30pm, in order to make sure that they are the first to arrive at the Market in London. They need to be there really early so that they can source the produce that is going to be in short supply and therefore probably going to be expensive. The produce is all selected and loaded onto our lorry and then when they get back to Guildford at around 4am, then the negotiating on the prices begins! Not an ideal situation but we really need to do this in order to ensure that we have all the produce that you our customers require. Whilst this current situation continues, we wish to reassure you that we are doing our utmost to source the best quality and priced goods that we can. We are looking forward to the Dutch Season starting shortly and we then will hopefully see the prices ease. We thank you for your understanding during this unsettled period.

On a positive note we have for a special treat, the first of the hot house Jersey Royals now arriving, they are available in 6 kilo tubs. There is nothing like the taste of Jersey Royals to cheer us up!
They are of course quite expensive at present, but prices do drop dramatically once we get into April and May.

Easter 2010 Opening Times
1st April 2010 - Normal Deliveries
2nd April 2010 - Good Friday Normal Deliveries - Closing at 1 pm
3rd April 2010 - Easter Saturday Normal Deliveries
4th April 2010 - Easter Sunday - Closed
5th April 2010 - Easter Monday - Closed
6th April 2010 - Normal Deliveries


We wish all our customers a very Happy Easter!

March 2010 Newsletter

Well its official! It has been the coldest winter for 30 years this year and don't we all know it!

The weather abroad has not been much better. Spain and France have also had severe bad weather and this has had a disastrous effect on the produce that they export to the UK. We do rely considerably on Spain and France for so many of our vegetable and salad lines at this time of the year. The availability, quality and cost of all imported vegetables and salad lines from these two countries has been very badly affected by their bad weather. We wish to reassure you that we are doing our utmost to source the best quality and priced goods that we can, but unfortunately you will see higher prices this coming month. Good news is that once the Dutch produce makes its appearance at the UK Markets around the middle of March, prices should ease.

Seasonal Produce
We do have in stock now for a limited time Curly Kale and Sprouting Broccoli and both of these items are very good at the moment. We also have lovely Italian Blood Oranges available and these also have a very short season, so order them whilst they are at their best and readily available.

Mothering Sunday 14th March 2010
Get that extra special gift for your Mum!
We are offering all our customers the opportunity to order a Fresh Fruit Basket for local delivery on either Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th March 2010. Baskets will be freshly made up with Seasonal Fresh Fruit and they come in small, medium or large size. We can offer you free local delivery, or the basket can be delivered to you with your normal order, for you to give personally to your Mum. Baskets will need to be paid for by credit card or debit card, when placing your order. Please speak to our Sales Office for more details 01483 572469. They are easy to order, are great value and will be well received. Make your Mum's Day the Healthy Way!

Cooking Oil - 20 litres
Don't forget that we can collect your used COOKING OIL FREE OF CHARGE! Please mention to Sales Office when placing your order, that you need our Oil Collection Service.

Cooking Wine - New size 3 litres
The size of the Cooking Wine has changed. It now comes in 3 litre cartons and many customers seem to prefer this new handy carton size.

With this cold weather persisting all we can do is hope that March will bring us some warmer days and let's hope it's a cracking summer. We all think that we deserve a lovely summer this year - fingers crossed!

February 2010 Newsletter

What a start to 2010 SNOW SNOW and more SNOW. We thank you for your understanding and patience during the adverse weather conditions. We are pleased that we managed to fulfil all our deliveries to all the customers, who placed orders during this difficult time. Did you know that permanent snow and ice cover about 12% (21 million square km's) of the earths land surface and 80% of the worlds fresh water is locked up as ice or snow. So we need to be thankful that we only experience these conditions once in a while!

As you would imagine the weather has played an important part with prices, quality and availability of all UK produce, during the month of January. We wish to reassure all our customers that we are extremely conscience of prices and quality, so we always endeavour to buy only the best price and best quality produce for you all. Hopefully once the weather improves, we are confident that prices will come down.

So moving on our thoughts turn to more seasonal events and Valentines Day will soon be upon us. Traditional produce for this special day will be readily available throughout February, Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Asparagus, Avocado Pears, Wild Mush (500g) packs, Sugar Snaps, Mange Tout, French Beans and we have a lovely selection of Baby Vegetables available. We have a good selection of ready to go salad leaves - available in either Mediterranean Salad Leaf (200g) bag or the delicate Baby Leaf Salad (100g) bag all requiring minimal preparation. Don't forget your Cowdray Organic Double Cream and Whipping Cream this needs to be ordered on a Monday for delivery on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

We recently introduced Cowdray Organic Milk and Cream to our extensive Product and Sundries List and both are now becoming extremely popular. To add to this we are now able to supply Cowdray Free Range Eggs, available in 21/2 doz trays and like all our other products they are very competitively priced.

FROZEN PRODUCTS
It appears that many of our customers do not realise that we also supply an extensive range of Frozen Products. We stock a wide range of Frozen Vegetables, Frozen Fruits, Frozen Berries, Frozen Chips Beefeater/Jullienne, Frozen Hash Browns/Jacket Wedges/Potato Croquettes, Frozen Corn on Cob, Frozen Ratatouille Veg Mix, Frozen Puff/Shortcrust/Fillo Pastry, Frozen Vol au Vents, Frozen Yorkshire Puddings and Frozen Petit Pan/Baguettes to name a few!! If your require a full list, please speak to our Sales Office.

So that's it for this month - lets hope that the weather improves and we can then look forward to a mild Spring this year.

Sales Office Hotline telephone number 01483 572469

December 2009 Newsletter

The countdown to Christmas has now begun! We always look forward to this busy and challenging time of the year, doing our best to source the best quality and priced goods that we can - for you our customers.

All the usual Christmas produce is available now! We have Fresh and Frozen Cranberries, Dates, Mixed Nuts, Chestnuts or Vac-Pack peeled Chestnuts, Tinned Olives (850g) and those lovely Satsumas. Don't forget the Cooking Wine (Red /White), Organic Milk /Cream and Butter all new lines that we recently introduced this year and all of them proving to be very popular.

All citrus fruits are going to be short this Christmas and well into the New Year. This is due to the unseasonable weather in Spain in early March of this year. Frosts and rain have had an impact on the quantity that they have for export for this Season. We wish to reassure you that we are concentrating on finding good quality and reasonable priced Oranges, Satsumas and Lemons for you all.

On the vegetable side of things the prices and availability are pretty much the same, as it usually is for this time of the year. We now have in stock the Dutch Sprouts in 5 kilo boxes all prepared and ready to cook - what a time saver!

Potatoes are excellent at present with Maris Piper, King Edwards and Reds now readily available in 25 kilo bags which are perfect for roast potatoes, as they all have a wonderful flavour to them. We also have Washed White Potatoes a good all rounder, which are very good quality at the moment. Bakers are available in 40's, 50's and 60's size. Washed Mids are available in 10 kilo boxes all prepared and ready to cook - another nice little time saver!

That just leaves it for us all here at Cheesman Bros Ltd, to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and New Year. May we thank you for your custom during 2009 and we look forward to serving you and your business in 2010.

Our Christmas Opening Times will be sent out in the next few weeks.
Christmas Hot Line Telephone Number
01483 572469

Mobile Number for queries or problems during Office Hours
0793 379 4863


November 2009 Newsletter

Pumpkins were very popular and plentiful this year. We have lovely Toffee and Chocolate Apples, they are available in boxes of 20's - all ready for Bonfire Night. Other seasonal goods just starting are Wet Walnuts, Cob Nuts, Vac Pack Chestnuts. We still have a good supply of UK Apples, Cox's, Braeburns etc, Spanish Satsumas, Pomegranate, Fresh Figs, Mexican Asparagus and Sprouts all very good quality and price.

Dutch "Prepared Sprouts" available in 5 kilo boxes, they should be starting from the middle of this month and they will then continue right through December and well into the New Year.

Lots of our customers use our freshly prepared Potatoes/Vegetables/Fruits and Salads, especially as your preparation time is limited at this time of the year. Should you require a Prepared Product List, please do call our Sales Office for help 01483 572469.

On the fruit side we have lots of exciting exotic fruits available, all of which add a pleasant change to the normal apples and pears. All good quality and there is nothing like a lovely exotic fresh fruit salad, to tempt your customers with. Mango, Papaya, Pineapple, Sharon Fruit, Melon, Strawberry, Raspberry, Grape, Kiwi, Banana and Star Fruit to name a few.
To help out as things hot up for Christmas, we are able to supply tubs of freshly prepared Fresh Fruit Salad for those of you whose preparation time is limited.

Postal Dispute
To avoid having to send cheques by post for the credit of your accounts, during the current postal dispute, we wish to advise our customers that we do accept other forms of payment.

Payments can be made by BACS or Debit/Credit Card over the telephone. Our banking details are at the bottom of your statements and our accounts hotline number is 01483 503088, for help and assistance.

Christmas Opening Times
We will advise customers of opening times for Christmas and New Year, as soon as Covent Garden Market confirm their opening times.

Birth Announcement - a new addition to the Cheesman Family
We are happy to announce that Claire Din (nee Cheesman) who works in our accounts department here at Cheesman's, has given birth to a lovely baby boy named Freddie on the 25th September 2009. Freddie weighed in at 8lb 5oz!! All due to the massive amounts of fruit and vegetables his Mum ate - not mentioning all the biscuits/crisps and chocolate etc, they seem to consume in accounts had anything to do with it!! Many congratulations to Claire and her family. We look forward to her returning to work after her maternity leave.

October 2009 Newsletter

We are now looking forward to Autumn, with all the new season vegetables starting. We will be able to offer you lovely Parsnip, Swede, Primo, Savoy Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Courgettes, Leeks and just started this week Sprouts - all very good quality.

For something a little more exciting we always have in stock Fresh Loose Large Leaf Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas, Mange Tout, Kenya Fine Beans, Asparagus, Baby Corn, Butternut Squash, Celeriac, Fennel and Sweet Potato to name a few. We can also offer you a varied range of Baby Vegetables and Ready Prepared Vegetables. Please ask our Sales Team if you need further details.

Pumpkins are now readily available. We have a huge selection available right now! Sizes come as large, medium and small and all the pumpkins are sold by the kilo weight. There is going to be a shortage of good shaped, colour and size pumpkins this year. So in order to get what you require we recommend that you buy your pumpkins early this year.

On the fruit side we have some lovely boxes of English apples in stock Cox's (7 Kilo Box), Russet (7 Kilo Box), Red Windsor (12 Kilo Box) and lovely Bramley Cooking Apples (7 Kilo Box). Peaches and Nectarines are nearing an end now, but we do have a few white flesh peaches in stock, for the last few weeks of this seasons crop. Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries are still readily available. As a matter of interest we need to all wish the humble Bramley Apple a Very Happy Birthday - 200 years old this year!

Surprisingly Lemons and Grapefruit have been in very short supply. For the first time ever we are stocking lemons from Chile, customers are reporting that they are a very nice quality and very juicy.

On the salad side of things we are waiting the arrival of Canary Tomatoes and in the last few weeks the price of Tomatoes has been firm, we hope this will ease in the next few weeks.

Potatoes are excellent at present with Maris Piper and King Edwards now readily available in 25 Kilo bags which are perfect for roast potatoes, as they both have a wonderful flavour to them. We also have Washed White Potatoes and Red Potatoes which are very good at the moment. For those of you who prefer a smaller quantity of potatoes, we are able to supply Pre Pack Potatoes available in just 2 Kilo per bag . Bakers available in 40's, 50's and 60's size. Washed Mids available in 10 Kilo boxes, all prepared and ready to cook.
New Product - Butter 40 x 250g per Box (Salted and Unsalted)
To add to our Dairy Product List of Organic Milk and Cream, we have recently introduced Butter.
All these new dairy products are very popular, should you require further information please call our Sales Hotline Number 01483 572469.
Cooking Oil 20ltr - only £18.50
It appears that oil prices are rising yet again. We are pleased to inform all our customers that the price of our cooking oil will NOT be increased. Please do remember that we can also collect from you any used oil - FREE OF CHARGE!!

September 2009 Newsletter

Well folks the summer is unfortunately nearly over!! We hope that you all enjoyed what good weather we had!! We wish to welcome back all our schools and colleges from their summer break.

We are delighted to have recently been awarded our ISO 9001 accreditation and since our Newsletter in July 09, we are pleased to announce that we have also been approved by the Surrey County Council Trading Standards, to join their "Buy with Confidence" Scheme. We as a Company have worked hard over the last year to receive these recognitions and we feel that we can now confidently move forward to the future, to continue to serve all existing customers and all new customers with the high standards of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables/Customer Service that they have come to expect of Cheesmans.

Over the last year we have been working with our suppliers, to bring you the best possible prices on all our Fresh Fruit/Vegetables/Salads and Sundries.
So a quick recap of a selection of SPECIAL OFFERS, that we are able to give selected from our Sundries List:
Pure Refined Vegetable Cooking Oil. Priced at only £18.50 for a 20 ltr drum. (Free collection of used oil)
Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Priced at only £17.00 for a 5 ltr tin.
Premium Quality Red and White Cooking Wine. Priced at only £9.50 for a 5 ltr carton
Fresh Real Mayonnaise. Priced at only £8.40 for a 5 ltr tub

We have recently introduced a new line to our current Product List and this new line is proving to be very popular:
Cowdray Home Farms - Local Farm Processed - Fresh Organic Milk and Cream

Organic Whole Milk 1 ltr £1.10
Organic Semi 1 ltr £1.10
Organic Whole Milk 2 ltr £1.90
Organic Semi 2 ltr £1.90
Pergals Whole Milk 13 ltr £9.90
Pergals Semi 13 ltr £9.90
Double Cream 250ml £1.95
Catering size cream
Double Cream 2 ltr £7.50
Whipping Cream 2 ltr £5.50
(The pergals of milk and the catering size cream will be available shortly)
The customers that have tried the sample packs throughout August, have reported that the milk is a very good quality. It has a lovely full flavour, a good consistency and would therefore be excellent for all your catering requirements. Most importantly it is very competitively priced. Why don't you try some with your next order! There is no minimum order - The Fresh Organic Milk and Cream will be delivered to you daily, along with your normal delivery of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables.

On the Fresh Fruit/Vegetables and Salad side of things all seasonal produce is and has been readily available throughout this summer. The quality and the prices have been consistently good over these last few months and we anticipate this current situation will continue.

So, that's it for this month. We hope the weather gives us a little warm sunshine for the next month or so and then our thoughts will be turning to the busy time leading up to Christmas.

July 2009 newsletter

We start this months Newsletter with an important announcement. We are thrilled to have recently been awarded our ISO 9001 accreditation. We as a Company have worked hard over the last year to receive this recognition and we feel that we can now confidently move forward to the future, to continue to serve all existing customers and all new customers with the high standards of fresh Fruit and Vegetables/Customer Service that they have come to expect of Cheesmans.

The weather has much improved over the last few weeks and we can now hopefully look forward to a lovely summer. This good weather has helped the English produce and we now have lovely Cauliflower, Broccoli, Spring Green, Summer Primo Cabbage and Marrow. The English Asparagus season is now almost at an end and we have enjoyed some lovely produce this year. We will go onto Spanish/Peruvian Asparagus as soon as the English finishes.

Carrots, Savoy Cabbage, Courgettes, Leeks, French Bean, Mangetout and Sugar Snap Peas are all imported at present, but the quality of these lines are still very good. We are looking forward to the start of the English Runner Bean season this will be in about 3 weeks time and not forgetting those lovely fresh English Peas and Broad Beans. Kent New Potatoes are just starting their season. As always we will carry a large stock of baby new potatoes (mids) throughout the summer, so for those of you who don't like scraping potatoes these will do the job!

English lettuces are now readily available Coss, Iceberg, Lollo Rosso, Lollo Blondo, Oak Leaf, Little Gem, Rocket, Radicio, Red Chard and Round Lettuce. These are all very good quality, good size and very reasonable in price. All salad produce Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Spring Onions etc are now readily available and very good quality.

The soft fruit season is now getting underway with lovely Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and Cherries readily available. There is a good supply of English Strawberries and nothing quite beats the taste! We have a good variety of other berries to add to the Strawberries to make exciting and healthy puddings for your customers.

STOP PRESS!! EXCITING NEW PRODUCT!! - "MICRO HERB"
Introducing Micro Herbs to our extensive range of products. Used by some of the top Michelin Starred Chefs in the UK. Micro Herbs is an innovative ingredient used for premium sandwiches, imaginative salads and as an accompaniment to enhance flavour and appearance of your current dishes. They are grown to seed leaf or first true leaf size. They are exceptionally tender and in most cases intensely flavoured, our varieties are specially selected for their unique flavour, visual impact and colour. The varieties that are readily available to our customers are Red Amaranth, Green Basil, Red Basil, Thai Basil, Broccoli Shoots, Celery Leaf, Red Chard, Garlic Chives, Coriander, Greek Cress, Salad Fennel, Mizuna, Red Mustard Frills, Flat Leaf Parsley, Pea Shoots, Pink Stem Radish, Salad Rocket, Red Shiso and Red Vein Sorrel. All available in a convenient pre-cut format in 30g punnet and priced at £2.50 per punnet. Try some today!!

May 2009 newsletter

Welcome to Spring! The weather has brightened up a little with some nice warm days, but still a bit chilly at night. Just starting are some exciting early English produce, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Spring Onions and Rhubarb - you can really taste the difference!

English Asparagus is now readily available. This years crop appears to be of excellent quality and nothing quite beats the flavour. We can supply all sizes from Jumbo, Medium or Thin - bunched or loose. We are also able to source a grade called "Kitchen Grade" which is ideal for your soups and sauces and this is quite reasonable in price. Do make the most of this lovely English vegetable, as it has a very short season.

We have a nice selection of New Potatoes on offer now, Spring Crop Cyprus, Jersey Royals and UK Mids. The price of the Jersey Royals are dropping week by week. We should be starting on a few Cornish New Potatoes later on in the month, providing that this mild weather continues. We still have a good supply of old potatoes to see us through until the Cornish New become readily available.

For our Catering Customers Belgium strawberries are now available and as usual they are a lovely quality. Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries are all readily available. There are a few Peaches and Nectarines available and the quality is fair, they will continue to improve in size and quality over the next few months. They are always at their best during the months of June and July.

Check out this price!
New Updated Packaging - better price!

Pure Refined Vegetable Cooking Oil - 20 Litre Long life and fully deodorised. This oil is ideal for all cooking purposes and is particularly recommended for deep and shallow frying. Can also be used for salads and mayonnaise.
Priced at only £18.50 for a 20 litre carton.
Please note we are happy to take away any used oil for you free of charge, provided it is placed back into the original container.

We wish to remind you that we do supply an extensive range of Frozen Products. Please ask if you would like a Frozen Products List. We can also supply a varied range of Prepared Fruit and Vegetables, so anything you need peeled, sliced, diced or chopped, we can do it for you! We can also supply fresh Eggs, fresh Mayonnaise, Olive Oil and Red/White Cooking Wine.

Our Sales Office Telephone Number for all Sales Enquires is 01483-572469 and the Sales Office Mobile number is 0793 379 4863. Please speak to one of our Sales Team, who will be only to happy to answer any queries you may have.

Please note we will be closed on Monday 25th May 2009 - May Bank Holiday

April 2009 newsletter

Are you all pleased to see the back of that cold Winter, we certainly are!

This recent spell of mild weather has helped all UK vegetables ie Carrot, Parsnip, Swede, Primo Cabbage, Hisspi Cabbage and Cauliflowers. They are all now reasonable in price and good quality.

Sprouts have now finished. Unfortunately imported Spanish Broccoli has developed a virus problem and this will no doubt affect the availability. Kenya is experiencing a huge drought problem and this will affect produce like Kenya Beans, Sugar Snaps and Mange Tout, all of this will lead to shortages and raised prices in these particular lines.

Lovely New Potatoes have just started to arrive at Market. At present we are able to source Jersey Royals and a few Israeli New. Cypress New and Majorcan New will follow on as the month progresses and we can look forward to our own English New Potatoes starting in early May, providing that this current mild weather continues.

Bananas have been very up and down in price this last month, but we are constantly checking wholesale prices in order to source best quality and prices for you.

On the salad side, Moroccan Tomatoes have now finished, but the Dutch Tomatoes are on the way, which is good news, as they are always very good quality and fair in price. UK Cucumbers have just started, which will hopefully ease the prices.

Spanish Strawberries have just started and they are very nice at present. We can supply a varied range of frozen Fresh Fruit Purees, which seem to becoming very popular lately. If you require a list of flavours available, please do contact our Sales Office for assistance Tel 01483 572469.

Easter 2009 Opening Times
6th April 2009 - Normal Deliveries
7th April 2009 - Normal Deliveries
8th April 2009 - Normal Deliveries
9th April 2009 - Normal Deliveries
10th April 2009 - Good Friday Normal Deliveries - Closing at 1 pm
11th April 2009 - Easter Saturday Normal Deliveries
12th April 2009 - Easter Sunday - Closed
13th April 2009 - Easter Monday - Closed
14th April 2009 - Normal Deliveries

Please note all Freshly Prepared Fruit & Vegetables required for Good Friday's deliveries will need to be ordered by 4pm Thursday 9th April 2009.

We wish all our customers a very Happy Easter.

February 2009 newsletter

The weather for the start of the year has been so cold, as you probably have noticed! It has been the coldest December and January for a very long time.

The weather in Europe has not been any better, sharp frosts in Spain and with the Euro at an all time low. These circumstances have put extreme pressure on our Buying Team. The sourcing of quality and fair priced goods during the winter months, is always very challenging without having to deal with these other difficult factors.

To give you an insight into how the buying process works. Our Team of Buyers leave Guildford at 11.30pm, in order to make sure that they are the first to arrive at the Market in London. They need to be there really early so that they can source the produce that is in short supply and therefore probably going to be expensive. Products that have been particularly short since Christmas are Broccoli, Cauliflower, Courgette, Cucumber and Capsicums. The produce is all selected and loaded onto our lorry and then when they get back to Guildford at around 4am, the negotiating on the prices begins! Not an ideal situation but we really need to do this in order to ensure that we have all the products that you our customers require. Whilst this current situation continues, we wish to reassure you that we are doing our utmost to source the best quality and priced goods that we can. We would like to point out some real value for money products that we can supply.

Check out these prices!!

  • Pure Refined Vegetable Cooking Oil. Long life and fully deodorised. This oil is ideal for all cooking purposes and is particularly recommended for deep and shallow frying.
    Priced at only £23.00 for a 20 litre drum.
    Please note we are happy to take away any used oil for you, provided it is placed back into the original container and sealed with the lid.
  • Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Superior category olive oil obtained directly from olives and solely by mechanical means. Customers who use this product say it is by far the best extra virgin olive oil that they have tasted.
    Priced at only £17.00 for a 5 litre tin.
  • Premium Quality Red and White Cooking Wine. Finest quality cooking wine made from a combination of selected grapes with added sea salt. Since introducing this product last year we have been astounded by the demand. Customers who use this product say that it is the best quality cooking wine that they have used.
    Priced at only £9.50 for a 5 litre carton
  • Fresh Real Mayonnaise. Quality thick and creamy mayonnaise with an excellent taste and good consistency. Mix into compound salads and fillings and as a base for many cold sauces.
    Priced at only £8.40 for a 5 litre tub

Should you need any further details or help with any of the above products.
Our Sales Team will be only to happy to help.
Sales Office Telephone Number - 01483-572469

December 2008 newsletter

The countdown to Christmas has now begun!! We always look forward to this busy and challenging time of the year, doing our best to source the best quality and priced goods that we can, for you our customers.

The terrible wet weather in Spain will cause shortages and higher prices of all salad lines. Mostly affected will be Iceberg, Capsicum, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Coss Lettuce and Celery. We have had to move to Northern France for our current supplies of French Lettuce Rosso, Blondo, Oak Leaf, Curly Endive etc and we do know that there have been problems with the size at present. The reason for this is that due to wet weather in the South of France, their crop came to an abrupt end and the North of France crop was not quite ready to harvest. We will do our best for you on these issues.

On a more jolly side we are pleased that all the usual Christmas produce is available now, Fresh and Frozen Cranberries, Dates, Mixed Nuts, Chestnuts or Vac-Pack peeled Chestnuts, Eat Me Dates and Tinned Olives (850g) and those lovely Satsumas. Don’t forget the Cooking Wine (Red and White) - a new line that we recently introduced, it is proving to be very popular.

On the Vegetable side of things, prices and availability are pretty much the same, as it usually is for this time of the year. We now have in stock the Dutch Sprouts in 5 Kilo boxes, all prepared and ready to cook, what a time saver!

Potatoes are excellent at present with Maris Piper and King Edwards now readily available in 25 Kilo bags which are perfect for roast potatoes, as they both have a wonderful flavour to them. We also have Washed White Potatoes and Red Potatoes which are very good at the moment. For those of you who prefer a smaller bag of potatoes, we are able to supply a 10 kilo size bag. Bakers available in 40's, 50's and 60's size. Washed Mids available in 10 kilo boxes, all prepared and ready to cook, another nice little time saver!

That just leaves it for us all here at Cheesman Bros Ltd, to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and New Year. May we thank you for your custom during 2008 and we look forward to serving you and your business in 2009.

Our Christmas Opening Times will be sent out in the next few weeks.
Christmas Hot Line
Mobile Number for queries or problems during Office Hours
0793 379 4863


November 2008 newsletter

With Autumn now well underway the cold nights will definitely affect the growing conditions for all UK Vegetables, but the prices are steady at present and hopefully it will continue that way. Cauliflower and Broccoli are a little bit up in price at the moment, but Sprouts are very good quality and are very reasonable in price.
On the salad side of things UK Tomatoes and Cucumber have now finished. All lettuces are a good quality and are readily available. The Imported Tomatoes that we are sourcing at present are very reasonable in price.

Some seasonal goods have now started to appear on the markets, now available are Toffee/Chocolate apples. Also, available Wet Walnuts, Chestnuts, Eat Me Dates and we can source a cheaper variety of Dates for you.

It will not be long before the Spanish Satsuma Season gets going. We have had a few in the last few weeks. Oranges are particularly good at the moment. We stock three sizes of oranges, 50's and 72's, both very juicy with a lovely flavour. We also are able to supply a smaller orange 88's that are perfect for juicing.

On the fruit side we have lots of exciting exotic fruits available, all of which add a pleasant change to the normal apples and pears. All good quality and there is nothing like a lovely exotic fresh fruit salad, to tempt your customers with. Mango, Papaya, Pineapple, Sharon Fruit, Melon, Strawberry, Raspberry, Grape, Kiwi, Banana and Star Fruit to name a few.

The Cooking Wine is going well and is proving to be very popular. We also stock an excellent quality Olive Oil available in 5 litre cans and Cooking Oil available in 20 litre drums.

Lots of our customers use our freshly prepared Potatoes/Vegetables/Fruits. Especially as preparation time is limited at this time of the year. Should you require a product list, please call our Sales Office for help.

We will advise all our customers of opening times etc, with regards to Christmas and New Year in our next Newsletter. We wish you all a successful trading period over the next two months and should you have any queries, please do remember to call our Sales Office, they are only too happy to help.
Telephone number for help and queries. 01483 572469 or 0793 379 4863

As mentioned in our last Newsletter we do like to meet and get to know our customers, so if you have some spare time this month, please do feel free to pop in at any time for a coffee and a chat. We look forward to seeing you.

September 2008 newsletter

Well, folks the summer is nearly over!! We hope that you all enjoyed what good weather we had!! We wish to welcome back all our schools and colleges from their Summer break.

So, lots of exciting produce available to look forward to this month for your Autumn Menus. All very good quality and reasonable in price. Carrots, Cauliflower, Primo Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, Hisspi Cabbage, Spring Greens, Leeks, Parsnips, Swede, Marrow, Courgette, Broccoli, Runner Beans, Broad Beans, Peas, Celeriac, Fennell, Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, Asparagus. We always have in stock French Beans, Mange Tout, Sugar Snap Peas, Thai Baby Corn.

On the fruit side melons are all good quality we have in stock Honeydew, Galia, Cantaloupe, Water Melon. Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Red Currants are all readily available. UK Straws are now getting a little short.
We have a nice selection of apples Granny Smith, Brae burns, Golden Delicious and at the moment the new season cooking apples (Bramley's) are lovely.
Other fruits that are very good at present are William Pears, Conference Pears, Oranges, Mango, Kiwi, Paw Paw, White and Red Seedless Grapes, Minneola to name a few. The Victoria Plum Season was very poor this year, only lasting a matter of weeks, they have now finished. We should have a few Cox’s apples available by the end of the month.

Potatoes are excellent at present with Maris Piper from Essex, now readily available in 25 Kilo bags, these are perfect for roast potatoes and for chipping, they have a wonderful flavour to them. We also have Washed White Potatoes, Red Potatoes, Marfona Potatoes in 25 kilo bags all of them are very good at the moment. For those of you who prefer a smaller quantity bag of potatoes, we are able to supply a 10 kilo size bag. These would contain various varieties, which were available at the time of packaging. We also have very nice Bakers available in 40's, 50's and 60's size.

On the salad side of things all lines are quite plentiful and the price and quality is still very good. Still a few UK Toms available. Other varieties we stock are Cherry Toms, Vine Toms, Dutch Toms, Plum Toms, Beefsteak Toms and Cherry Toms on the Vine. All lettuces are a good size and good quality. UK Cucumber are nice quality and a good size. So, that's it for this month. We hope the weather gives us a little warm sunshine for the next month or so and then our thoughts will be turning to the busy time leading up to Christmas. Good wishes to you all.

July 2008 newsletter

Welcome to Summer!!

The weather has much improved over the last few weeks and we can now hopefully look forward to a lovely summer. The good weather has helped the English produce and we now have lovely Cauliflower, Broccoli, Spring Green, Summer Primo Cabbage and Marrow on offer. The English Asparagus season is now almost at an end and we have enjoyed some lovely produce this year. We will go onto Spanish/Peruvian Asparagus as soon as the English finishes.

Carrots, Savoy Cabbage, Courgettes, Leeks, French Bean, Mangetout and Sugar Snap Peas are all imported at present, but the quality of these lines are still very good. We are looking forward to the start of the English Runner Bean season this will be in about 3 weeks time and not forgetting those lovely fresh English Peas. We have had a few fresh Broad Beans in the last week, but unfortunately supplies of frozen Broad Beans this year will be seriously short.

On the potato side the Kent New Potatoes are excellent this year—good quality, good size and of course very reasonable in price. Jersey New Potatoes will be finished in about 2 weeks, as will all English Old Potatoes. As always we will carry a large stock of baby new potatoes (mids) throughout the summer, so for those of you who don’t like scraping potatoes these will do the job!

English lettuces are now readily available Coss, Iceberg, Lollo Rosso, Lollo Blondo, Oak Leaf, Little Gem, Rocket, Radicio, Red Chard and Round Lettuce. These are all very good quality, good size and very reasonable in price. All salad produce ie Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers etc are now readily available and very good quality.

The soft fruit season is now getting underway with lovely Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and Cherries readily available. There is a good supply of English Strawberries and nothing quite beats the taste! We have a good variety of other berries to add to the Strawberries to make exciting and healthy puddings for your customers.

We do apologise for the hefty increase in the price and short supply of Shallots. This has taken everyone quite by surprise. The Lemon and Banana situation is now stabilising and hopefully will continue to do so.

We here at Cheesmans are always very conscious of our prices and strive to keep them as low as possible.

There appears to be serious competition at present from Russians buying at the Dutch Auctions, they have lots of cash money to spend and the demand for fresh fruit and vegetable produce in Russia is now very high.

With diesel prices rising daily this all adds up to increasing prices on the Wholesale Markets and higher costs to us, when purchasing the produce for you our customers.

We wish to reassure you that we will continue to strive to keep our prices as low as possible, during this current economic climate. Ensuring all our customers that we value your custom and will continue to provide the best quality and value for money produce that is available. Thank you.

May 2008 newsletter

Welcome to Spring! The weather has brightened up a little with some nice warm days, but still a bit chilly at night. This is of course having a knock on effect to the size and quality of the produce available at present and all produce is still holding its price firmly.

We have a nice selection of New Potatoes on offer now, Cyprus, Majorcan and we should have a few Cornish New any time now. The price of the Jersey Royals are dropping week by week, but it is not going to be a bumper crop this year! Please see attached potato information sheet sent to us by one of our suppliers, which we thought you would find interesting.

Just starting are some exciting Early English produce, Tomatoes, Cues and Spring Onions and you can really taste the difference!

We are looking forward to the start of English Asparagus Season very shortly. We can supply all sizes from Jumbo, Medium or Thin – bunched or loose. We are hopeful to be able to source “Kitchen Grade᾿ again this year, which is ideal for your soups and sauces and it is quite reasonable in price.

We are just finishing the French Braeburn Apples, which you all seem to like. We will more than likely go onto Chilean Braeburn Apples in the next few weeks. Lets hope they are as good!
Other good varieties available are Granny Smith, Red Chief, Golden Del, Royal Gala and Pink Lady.

We have Moroccan Ortaniques available, which are really lovely and juicy. Pears, both Packhams and Conference are very good at present. All melons are readily available and also quite reasonable in price.

We wish to remind you that we do supply an extensive range of Frozen Products, please ask if you would like a Frozen Products List. We can also supply a varied range of Prepared Fruit and Vegetables, so anything you need peeled, sliced, diced or chopped, we can do it for you! We can also supply Fresh Eggs, Mayo and Cooking Oil.

Reminder of our Sales Office Telephone Number for all Sales Enquires is 01483-572469 and the Sales Office Mobile number 0793 379 4863

Please speak to one of our Sales Team, who will be only to happy to answer any queries you may have.

Please note we will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 5th & 26th May 2008

April 2008 newsletter

We start this month with a very big THANK YOU to you all! We were overwhelmed by the huge response we got from our customers for the Easter Egg Appeal 2008. The children we are told were delighted to receive so many Easter Eggs and they send their grateful thanks to you all. 96.4 Eagle Radio have said it was a record year! Well done everyone!

So back to Fruit & Vegetable news! Hopefully, we have seen the last of the cold weather. With April now underway, fingers crossed we can look forward to some warmer weather!

On the vegetable side Carrot, Parsnip, Swede, Primo Cabbage, Hisspi Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflowers have stayed very reasonable in price. Sprouts have now almost finished but we have a good supply of quality Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Spring Green available making a good replacement. Not forgetting Mange Tout, French Beans, Sugar Snaps and Baby Corn making a refreshing change to the normal day to day vegetables we use.

On the Fruit side of things Braeburn, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Red Chief and of course English Cox Apples are all very good. The English Bramley Cooking Apples are particularly nice at present. We have lovely Belgium Conference Pears and Cape William Pears in stock and with Clementines now almost finished, we have some lovely Californian Minneola's just arrived. Recent problems with Bananas have been very tricky to overcome, as a serious shortage of supplies arriving in the UK has pushed prices up considerably, but this should hopefully settle down in the next few weeks.

Surprisingly Lemons are extremely short, the Spanish lost over 70% of their crop and until the South African Lemons start there are going to be major shortages and high prices.

We have for a very special treat, the first of the hot house Jerseys Royals now arriving, they are available in 13lb tubs. They are of course quite expensive at present, with the price dropping dramatically as this month and next month progress. We will be starting Majorcan New Potatoes next week and we have lovely Cyprus New Potatoes available now. The last of this season Old Potatoes are still very good and we are looking forward to the English New Potatoes starting probably early May weather permitting of course!

March 2008 newsletter

The 96.4 Eagle Radio Easter Egg Appeal with Cheesman Bros Ltd
25 February 2008 until 20 March 2008

We are excited to announce that Cheesmans will be sponsoring this years 96.4 Eagle Radio Easter Egg Appeal.

There are many children in Surrey and Hampshire who are living in residential homes, hospitals or in single parent families. Many of these children will not be able to enjoy all the seasonal extras, that most of us take for granted. In order to bring the special magic of Easter to these local children who would otherwise go without, we at Cheesmans have teamed up together with 96.4 Eagle Radio, to bring some real happiness to these disadvantaged children.

We want to make this years appeal the best ever - We cannot do it without your help!!!

We are asking our customers to collect as many Easter Eggs as possible for these children. Please contact our Sales Office on 01483 572469 or 01483 503088 and we will make arrangements to come and collect them or you can pass them directly to your delivery driver. Alternatively, you can bring them in person to the main Cheesmans Warehouse in Wood Street, Guildford. Please give generously and help give these children their best Easter ever.

Shackleford Mushroom Farm Ltd
As we informed you in our last newsletter our local mushroom supplier, Shackleford Mushrooms Ltd will be closing down on the 23rd February 2008.
We have sourced good new suppliers, but their packaging does slightly differ from what you are used to. So to keep you up to date with the new size trays, we have the following information to assist you.

Cup Mush - 3 Kilo Trays
Button Mush - 2.7 Kilo Trays
Flat Mush - 2 Kilo Trays

Should you require any help with your selection of the new Mushroom packages, please call our Sales Office 01483 572469 or Sales Mobile 07933 794863 for advice.

February 2008 newsletter
Wet, Wet, Wet is the only way to describe the start to this year. The amount of rain that has fallen last month, has made conditions very difficult for the farmers/growers, as they are unable to plant out or pick crops, whilst the ground is so wet and muddy. Current conditions are not affecting our ability to buy in quantity, but at present we are experiencing slight problems with the quality. Cauliflower seems to be particularly affected. Please bear with us, as once we have a dry spell, you will find a marked improvement in the quality.

On the fruit side Clementines are now coming to an end. We still have some lovely English Cox Apples, available in 13 kilo boxes or just by the kilo. Seville oranges will be very short this year, due to the unseasonable frosts in Spain.

Cooking Oil prices continue to rise and we have therefore had to now increase our price of the Cooking Oil, we do apologise for this unfortunate increase.

We are very sad to inform you all, that at the end of February 2008 our local mushroom supplier will be closing down. Shackleford Mushrooms Ltd have supplied first class mushrooms to us for over 30 years. We have sourced new good suppliers from Covent Garden. Their packaging does slightly differ to what our customers are used to. They will come in 3 kilo trays of cup mush, 2.7 kilo trays of button mush and 2 kilo trays of Flat Mush. As before we are only too happy to split the boxes to meet your requirements.

We are really excited at the launch of our updated Website, due to go live at the beginning of February. Please visit us at www.cheesmans.co.uk. Let us know what you think! Email us at martin@cheesmanbros.co.uk. Keep in touch, we always appreciate and take note of your comments and are always looking at ways to improve customer service etc and value your input.

96.4 Eagle Radio Easter Egg Appeal 2008
We are also proud to announce that Cheesman's will be the official sponsors of the 96.4 Eagle Radio Easter Egg Appeal 2008. Watch this space for more details, we would like to make this the best ever appeal, involving us and all our customers.

New web site goes live!
You are looking at our new website which has been developed by DoTech Web Solutions from Guildford. We hope you like it.




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