An Exciting Start To The New Decade At Focused Nutrition

An Exciting Start To The New Decade At Focused Nutrition

As the 2020s get underway, there is plenty happening at Focused Nutrition. We’ll be bringing news of an exciting new product launch very soon, and will also be providing updates and news on several charity and community events that we are happy and proud to support. In keeping with this time of renewal, we’ve been able to usher in the new decade with a new look. The factory and bakery were treated to a revamp and spruce up at the end of 2019, and the results are a real transformation. SALSA standard certification As well as making the facility a more cheerful and inspiring place to work, the redecorations and upgrades carried out will bring Focused Nutrition a step closer to SALSA certification. This is something we have been striving towards for some time. SALSA stands for Safe and Local Supplier Approval and is a non-profit making food safety standard that has been created for food experts and by food experts. The SALSA standard goes beyond the basic legal requirements for food producers in regard to food safety, labelling and so on. On top of these important considerations, it also sets out the best practices within the industry to which responsible organisations should strive. To be certified under the scheme, therefore, businesses need to demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement and going the extra mile at every stage of the manufacture and supply process. Amazing work by an amazing team These are principles that lie at the heart of Focused Nutrition’s ethos, and are ones that we are keen to share with our business partners, especially in our contract...
Have yourself a happy, healthy Christmas

Have yourself a happy, healthy Christmas

There are plenty of traditions associated with Christmas and a good few of them revolve around food. Is yours a turkey or ham sort of household? Then what’s for dessert? Mince pies, Christmas pudding with brandy butter, Tunis cake? And that’s before you’ve even thought about all the little chocolates and nutty snacks that seem to flow so freely at this time of year. The song is quite right, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we all deserve to kick back, relax and treat ourselves a little. But if you’ve spent the past 12 months getting in shape, the last thing you want is for all that effort to go to waste in one big Christmas backslide. Bitesize Christmas chunks That sort of fear is understandable when you read the terrifying statistics on just now much weight some people put on over Christmas. However, according to nutritionist to the stars Gabriela Peacock, a little over-indulgence shouldn’t do any harm to your overall health, fitness or weight management. Gabriela told Grazia magazine: “Christmas only lasts a few days so doesn’t need to jeopardise your good intentions.” Therein lies an important point. Those who find themselves a stone heavier by twelfth night are the ones who started on the pretzels, chocolates and cheesy footballs in early December and are finally coming off a month-long binge. Gabriela recommends breaking things up and ensuring you return to normality between Christmas and New Year: Set yourself up with a healthy, hearty breakfast; cut back on the gluten, sugar, caffeine and alcohol; make sure you are properly hydrated and try to get...
Are you ready for the Stockport Ten?

Are you ready for the Stockport Ten?

Make 15 December a date for your diary! Up to 1500 runners will be setting off on the annual Stockport 10 race at 10AM and Focused Nutrition is pleased to be sponsoring the event. Let’s find out a little more about the race, including the route, its history and most important of all, this year’s charity. About the Stockport Ten As the name suggests, this is a ten-mile race and was first organised by the Stockport Harriers running club back in 2002. Since then, the race has grown in scale and popularity and today, it is one of the biggest events of its kind in the area. Over the past 17 years, the race has been hosted at different venues, but now, Woodbank Park, where the Harriers are based, feels like its permanent home. The route has also seen some variations. Past events have been around Edgeley to the south west of Stockport, but this year, it takes the familiar circular route through Offerton, Foggbrook and Bredbury that was first used in 2014. There will be plenty of ups and downs on the undulating course, so runners will need to keep their energy up with high-energy snacks along the way. The two biggest ascents are at the five-mile and 8.5-mile points, but after that, it’s downhill all the way to the finish. The course is primarily on roads, with around 1.5 miles on unmade tracks. Past winners The race is open to all, and of course it is all about taking part. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be some fierce competition, particularly among the club runners leading the...
Focused Nutrition Powering Katherine For The Long Run

Focused Nutrition Powering Katherine For The Long Run

Focused Nutrition is delighted to announce that it will be supporting endurance runner Katherine Wood with fuel and encouragement! Katherine is working towards her dream of representing England, with an ultimate goal of selection to take part in the Commonwealth Games. Staying fuelled up with the right nutrition is absolutely vital for distance running success. We are pleased to be in a position to assist Katherine in a practical way by providing nutritious flapjacks to keep her going. We caught up with Katherine to discuss her journey so far. Can you explain to the uninitiated what endurance running entails? Endurance running is any distance of three kilometres or more. I specialise in half marathons, full marathons and ultramarathons. An ultramarathon is a distance that’s longer than the standard 26.2 mile marathon distance, and includes things like the 50K and 100K. That sounds absolutely terrifying. Where and how do you train? I live in Manchester and I’m a member of Sale Harriers, Running with fellow club members is what it’s all about, but that is only part of my training regime. I’m lucky enough to have an amazing coach in Liz Yelling. She represented the United Kingdom in the marathon at both the Greece and China Olympics, as well as bringing a medal home from the 2006 Commonwealth Games, so she’s a great inspiration. My training plan is very intense. As well as a mixture of long tempo runs, interval and threshold sessions and easy recovery runs, I also do a lot of cycling, swimming, weights and strength and conditioning work. Oh, and Pilates, too. Tell us about your achievements...
The growth of the healthy snacking market is good news for everyone

The growth of the healthy snacking market is good news for everyone

Earlier this year, the news, lifestyle and business pages were all shouting from the rooftops about healthy snacking. As a business sector, the healthy snacks market is predicted to be worth almost $33 billion by the year 2025. The interesting question is why? People enjoy being healthy and they enjoy eating snacks, there’s no news flash there. So what is it that’s caused this sudden increase in healthy snacking? According to the researchers, the answer is a simple one that will resonate with anyone who knows anything about marketing in the digital age. It’s a combination of consumers being better informed and products being more easily available. Meeting market demands It’s the same old story across multiple sectors from banking to gaming to driving. Understand what consumers want, provide a product that gives it to them and watch the business grow. It sounds ridiculously simple, but with healthy snacks in particular, that first point can be as slippery as an eel. Understanding that people want to be healthy and at the same time to eat something delicious is the easy bit. Establishing that connection with a specific oat based snack is not always so straightforward. However, this is called the information age with good reason, and consumers are better informed today on what food choices they need to make than ever. Healthy is the new normal Perhaps the biggest shift in healthy snacking, then, is one of perception. Why would someone actively choose an unhealthy snack, any more than they would choose one that tasted unpleasant or that was needlessly expensive? Snacks that are high in salt, sugar and...