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our carton family

We are delighted to announce that both our kids juicy drink carton and our 1.25 litre carton are now made from 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified card, making the whole carton family forest friendly. 

FSC logo

Forests are special places, and we want them to stick around. By using card with the FSC stamp of approval, we can be sure that it comes from responsibly managed forests where people, animals and trees are all treated with the respect they deserve. If you want to read more about the great work of the FSC visit their website.

the truth behind the lie

While you're all recovering from the shock revelation that we're not really making a mangoes and marmite smoothie, we thought it only fair to tell you how the prank came about. After all, as many celebrities and politicians know, a lie isn't a proper lie if you've got an explanation for it.

It all started back in February when we found ourselves watching the Super Bowl and trying to work out what the heck was going on. In a (mostly made-up) tweet about the rules, we said that the marks under the players’ eyes were probably Marmite. The people at Marmite agreed, and a relationship was born. Then our followers suggested we make a Marmite smoothie, and we decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a go.

marmite smoothies

We set Fliss from our products team the challenge of adding a dollop of Marmite to one of our classic recipes,  and although she was reluctant at first, her dedication to making great tasting drinks meant that we ended up with something that wasn't completely vile. Most people would agree that it looked better than it tasted though, and for that we have Clare from our design team to thank.

We even got the lads from Sorted Food involved, and they kindly popped in to Fruit Towers and whipped up a mango panna cotta with Marmite tuiles. Yum.

Thanks a lot for being such good sports and allowing us to have a bit of fun. We fooled more of you than we expected, including one of our suppliers who called us to ask for the recipe breakdown so they could enter it into their system, and a lady from Japan who was trying to understand what an earth an April Fool was, and wanted us to send her our new smoothie.

For those of you who are disappointed, feel free to have a go yourself. Just add 7g of marmite to 250ml of our mangoes and passion fruits smoothie, whisk as though your life depended on it, take a sip and enjoy/recoil/spit it out into the sink.

mangoes and marmite

mangoes and marmite smoothie

Ever wondered what the fresh, sweet taste of mangoes and passion fruits would be like mixed with the distinctive, savoury kick of Marmite? Well, wonder no more, because we’ve added a dollop of the stuff to our classic smoothie and created a brand new limited edition recipe, mangoes & marmite. Lovers – you’d better stock up quick as it won’t be around for long. Haters – don’t worry, it’ll be gone soon enough.

our new plants

plants growing at fruit towers

This is the corner of the fourth floor at Fruit Towers, where our newly planted seeds are basking in the late March sunshine and coming along very nicely indeed.

Cress, as expected, is flying ahead, but carrots, tomatoes and basil aren't too far behind. Sunflowers and violets seem to be taking their time, but we've every confidence they'll pop out soon.

And don't forget that from now until the end of April, every box of our kids smoothies and fruit tubes will come with its very own pack of easy to grow seeds. So if you haven't already, it's time to get growing.