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Scrummy Loyalty schemeI guess most of us have signed up for a loyalty card scheme or two. I known I collect lost of free coffees from Nero and a few independent coffee shops. But as a small independent retailer at events, show and markets a stamped loyalty card does not give to access to that customer, you just hope they will keep coming back.

I have just come across a possible loyalty scheme that may work for the chilli products retailers.. It is called Scrummy. I would like to know if anyone has used it yet. If so would you be interested in sharing your experience. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’text’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Company’ type=’text’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]


Bernie Bumm at Quay Side Market NewcastleWhile this may sound like a local medical complaint it was not a major problem for me as the real Bernie Bumm is Earl Gough a hot sauce maker with a stall at the Quay Side Market each Sunday in Newcastle.

The name comes from one of the more delightful side effect of hot chillies. It was after a bit of a drunken evening and the local takeaways hottest curry that there was that now famous EUREKA moment and the idea was born to create some super hot sauces. After a few experiments and the lucky discovery of that well known back-side effect of chillies the name and the business was born.

There are now a number of sauces in the range including Original, Original Garlic, Smoky Original and Rim Reaper as well as a couple of new products on the stall for testing. Also available are Bernie Bumm flavoured burgers and sausages, but as they are make fresh on Saturdays you may have to special order them for collection at the stall.

You can order Bernie Bumm Hot Sauces online at but I do recommend a visit to the stall for a tasting. Expect a sauce review soon, we now have a bottle of the Rim Reaper sauce in the schedule.

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Tesco logoTesco may be having a hard time at the moment, but sales of Chilli sauces are growing rapidly, it has expanded it range from twenty to fifty product in the past 5 years.

  • East End Very Hot Green Chilli Sauce up 100% in the past year
  • Cholula up 80%
  • Encona Creole Pepper Sauce up 70%
  • Encona African Peri Peri Sauce up 50%

Matt Clark, Tesco world foods buying manager, said: “Not only have we more than doubled our range of hot sauces in the last five years, we have also brought in hotter varieties to meet the big demand. Interest has also been created by popular TV programmes such as Man v. Food which have featured chilli challenges making these sauces popular with young adults in particular.

This year Tesco plans to extend its range of extra hot chilli sauces even further.

This can only be good news for the artisan hot sauce maker, a bigger market means more potential customers to convert.

Source – NamNews – Wednesday 8th April 2015

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Hello fellow Chilliheads/Growers

I’ve been just as busy in March to the point I don’t know where that month went !!


The plants are absolutely flying now and I’m now starting to think about potting on, I now have about 400 chilli plants in a lean-to which are under a grow light, this is the first time I’ve used such a method outside before but it does seem to make a difference in helping with the low light levels this time of year, I’m maintaining a minimum temperature of 10°C with the help of an LPG heater that I bought for the princely sum of £1.00 at a farm auction, this is set to come on if the temp falls lower than 10°C.


I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I have the amazing opportunity to use eight polytunnels which are going to be used in a unique project as they are in the grounds of HMP Channingswood. I have Collaborated with on this and without their help & generosity this new venture would not have been possible, so a big thank you to all at Autopot for having confidence in me.

I plan to have around 1500 Chilli plants in the eight polytunnels and around 600 in my glasshouse of which are all in the process of being prepped. Here are a few pictures of where I’m at.





More next month as things progress for Cliff AKA


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