Known for his love of marmalade sandwiches, Paddington Bear may soon be set to become somewhat of a trendsetter.
While the little bear from deepest, darkest Peru has always known how good the orange sticky stuff is, it seems Brits are now catching on with Waitrose reporting an 88% sales increase in its Seville Orange Fresh Fruit Marmalade.
The supermarket has identified a trend for a new wave of marmalade fans, with customers increasingly buying a zingier, more citrusy version of the old classic, made from fresh citrus fruit, rather than frozen.
Traditionally eaten on bread or toast, this new generation of fresh marmalade lovers are also getting more adventurous with how they use this versatile spread. On the Waitrose recipe website, page views for mustard and marmalade glazed ham are up 390%, marmalade sausages with mushrooms are up 85% and rice pudding with marmalade is up 25%.
As for making the recipe from scratch, influenced by programmes such as the Great Allotment Challenge, customers have been making their own versions of this citrus classic at home with views to the quick and easy Seville marmalade recipe page up 376%.
Tim Shaw, Waitrose Home Baking Buyer says: “Marmalade is now a far cry from when we just had a choice between thick cut or fine cut – the fresher styles in particular are fast becoming a foodie favourite.
He continues: “With such a versatile range of uses – ranging from a sausage glaze to a topping on bread and butter pudding – we’re calling for customers to take inspiration from Paddington and try this little bear’s favourite again. With one of the widest range of marmalades around, we’re confident our selection is one even Paddington would be proud of.”
Perhaps more associated with another of the nation’s favourite bears, Winnie the Pooh, honey is also enjoying its time in the spotlight, with sales of this naturally sweet treat overtaking those of jam for the first time this year at Waitrose. Recently revealed in the Waitrose Food and Drink trends report 2014, the honey market has developed significantly in recent years with the retailer offering customers a wider range than ever before.