Thoughts from January 2007

say hello to our breakfast thickie

Please bid good day to our new breakfast drink. It's a thickie, which means it's a mixture of low fat probiotic yoghurt, lots of wholesome fruit (blueberries and raspberries in this case) and oats. And it's packaged in a very clever biodegradable eco bottle.

We've been trying to add oats to our drinks for ages, mainly because they taste great and are good for you. We first started trying about five years ago, and it's only now that we've finally found a recipe that we love enough to unleash on an unsuspecting public.

But it was worth the wait, especially because of the oats. They contain soluble fibre, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m in all in favour of trying to stay alive a bit longer. So bring on the oats.

bongo boy


Our JD wants to learn to play the bongos. So he did the only sensible thing and bought this book. If anyone has any better ideas for our budding percussionist, or has had an memorable experience with said book, please share.

mugging it


Nicky, Craggy, Jenny and Lucy T

Lou is one of our lovely office angels. Before Christmas, Lou got everyone at Fruit Towers a mug with their mug on it. It made us all smile lots, as you can see. In this picture three people are holding their own faces, and one is holding the wron 'un. So who's got the wrong 'un? (click the pic to enlarge and work it out)

First correct guess out of the hat wins a box of drinks. Answers by the end of Tuesday please (post them in the comments please).

now you see it, now you don't


Please say hello to our new eco bottle. It's our first ever bottle to be made from a 100% renewable source (corn), uses no plastic at all (hence no oil or gas) and is manufactured in a carbon neutral process. What's more, it's totally compostable, as our Claire's dad demonstrates in the pictures above.

Peter (Claire's dad) managed to completely break down 2 eco bottles in about 10 weeks in a controlled experiment at the bottom of his garden. And it follows that more composting means less landfill, which can only be a good thing.

We're trialling the eco bottle with our new breakfast smoothie at present but we hope to be able to swap all our bottles over in the future. Read more about our clever new bottle in this Q&A.