Branston Pickle …it’s turning Japanese

Branston pickleThe somewhat very British Branston Pickle is turning Japanese!

Food conglomerate Premier Foods has agreed to sell the pickle brand for over ¬£92M to Japanese company Mizkan (more information about them here) according to reports in the business press. The two companies have struck a deal before as Mizkan also purchased Sarson’s (the vinegar company) for ¬£41M earlier this year. The uniquely British condiment will still be made at a factory in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk with Mizkan agreeing to continue pickle manufacturing at the site for at least 15 years.

At home, we’ve recently become¬†reacquainted with Branston Pickle having not bought any for probably a few years. Our children were asking what it tasted like having seen an advert for it so we bought a jar and it’s been something of a hit with our two!

I got the jar out of the fridge earlier to see what goes into making a jar of Branston. The somewhat lengthy ingredients list includes:

  • carrots
  • rutabaga (swede or turnip to you and me)
  • onions
  • cauliflowers
  • marrows
  • gherkins
  • apples
  • sugar
  • vinegar
  • spices
  • lemon juice
  • tomato paste
  • garlic extract

Who knew that there were so many ingredients!

I like it on cheese on toast or in a cheese and ham pitta bread. How about you?

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