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Crowdfunding Spotlight: The Meat Merchants – A pub snack revolution



We need to rescue the discerning British beer drinker from their current snacking nightmares.


Who are the Merchants?
We are Sean and Danny, founders of Meat Merchants, and school friends of old. After pursuing our own foodie dreams we’ve reunited to explore a shared love for quality meat and tasty beer. Tired of crying into our pints over the state of traditional pub snacks, we are moved to change things for the better. An idea was born and the pub snack revolution begins.

I (Dan Searle), run two pubs in my hometown of Norwich and Sean Cannon runs a busy charcuterie wholesale business, a delicatessen and a London restaurant. It’s a match made in pub snack Heaven!


Why do we exist?
As a beer drinker (or just a serious snacker) the options for a tasty snack over the bar are seriously lagging behind the offerings of today’s forward-thinking drinking establishments, not to mention the rest of the world. And so we believe that it is high time that someone put together a top quality, affordable and meaty pub snack with a modern brand feel and an ethical grounding.

With a wealth of experience in both the sale of fine charcuterie, and in running beer-focused pubs, we are ideally placed to source a range of cured meat snacks that improve drastically upon the humble salted peanut. The quality of the beer being produced in this country is now phenomenal, and it’s our intention to provide a snack that can hold its own amidst the flavours of craft beer and good real ale.



What exactly do we offer?
The Meat Merchants range showcases dry-cured meats of the highest quality; packaged and ready to be sold without hassle, over the bar - or indeed, delivered to your home. The range has been chosen to compliment beer, though our products go very well with wines and in fact pretty much anything that’s wet and in the pub.

Over time our range will expand according to where our taste buds take us. We are Merchants, and we want to bring the finest cured meat snacks to the British drinker.

Our launch range consists of:



Chorizo Bombs
Best-quality, air-dried Chorizo, handily divided into bite-size pieces. Lean pork meat is blended with paprika, spices, chilli, and herbs. Flavour profile is spicy and rich. Packs weigh in at 40g.

Pairing: Beers with good body pair particularly well with the Chorizo Bombs. Rye IPAs and ales, and stronger IPAs with a sugary mouth feel are our favourite.



Salami Bombs
Best-quality, air-dried pork salami, handily divided into bite-size pieces. Lean pork is blended with a subtle mix of herbs, spices, and traditional curing salts. Packs weigh in at 40g.

Pairing: We often go for high-aroma, American style pale ales with our salami, or any beer with a sharp bitterness.



Snacking Beef / Hot Snacking Beef
Biltong by another name. Lean slabs of silverside are swathed in spices and curing salts, and then hung up to dry slowly. We currently offer two varieties: one made with and one without hot spices. Our Hot Snacking Beef is markedly spicier than the ‘standard’ variety. Packs weigh in at 35g.

Pairing: The hot variety goes well with an amber ale or the toffee smoothness of a best bitter. The regular Snacking Beef comes to life with a good porter (just like roast beef) or black IPA.


What We Need & What You Get
We are looking for £3500 to invest in the best possible packaging for the product and its intended use. We have been working on this project for almost a year now and find ourselves at the final stages with hopes and dreams of launching January 2015!

We have been working with various packaging along the way and in order to avoid quality issues and deliver the best looking product possible we have found the perfect packaging solution (after lots of trial error we have to admit!).

However there is a large investment required into kilos of pre-printed packaging. All of our funds raised will go directly toward this.

In return for your support not only could you proudly receive any one of the meaty treats listed as our Perks, but you will be taking the UK one step closer to a snacking revolution! No longer will we languidly chew on unsparing bags of carbo-misery.




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Company Spotlight: Shurky Jurky



A Revolutionary Artisan Snack Company bringing back Classic Home Style, Rip Tear Jerky. Bridging health & taste, our gourmet jerky pairs perfectly with craft beers, fine wines & refined spirits like scotch & whiskey.

We make Shurky Jurky from scratch using real fruit and without any refined sugars, additives, or preservatives.

We make Shurky Jurky from scratch using real fruit and without any refined sugars, additives, or preservatives.



About Shurky Jurky

A new kind of Gourmet Sustainable Artisan Snack Company bringing back Classic Home Style, Rip Tear Jerky handcrafted for individuals leading an active & healthy lifestyle.

Shurky Jurky are Purveyors of Choice Artisan JerkyTM. Made in Portland, Oregon.

Shurky Jurky is responsibly made, from scratch, and by hand, using real fruit and without any refined sugars, additives, non-natural flavorings or preservatives. Shurky Jurky is 100% Paleo, Primal, Gluten-free, and Whole30 Compliant. Authentic & old fashioned, our revolutionary gourmet jerky is truly unlike any other product on the market today. A nutritious and delicious combination snack with a clean flavor profile and without any guilt! Shurky Jurky pairs perfectly with craft beers and is preferred by outdoor recreationalists and performance athletes as well as libations lovers and foodies alike. Read More



Company: Artisan Snack Company
Brand: Shurky Jurky
Slogan: Meat Your Taste Buds
Origin: USA
Category: Snack Meat
Packaging: 2 oz bag / 16 oz bag
Claims: No sugars, additives, or preservatives. 100% Guilt-free!
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $9.99 - $14.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: shurkyjurky.com




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Snack Spotlight: The Meat Makers Beef: Ginger & Honey





We infuse the slices of premium quality lean beef with a mixture of fresh ginger, wine, honey and classical spices. The result is a deliciously addictive snack that is easy to tear and share!



Beef 96.7%
Honey 0,5%
Ginger 0,07%


Nutrition Per 100 g

Energy 276Kcal/1155kJ
Protein 58g
Carbohydrates 0.2g
Fat 4.8g



About the company:

Our core belief is that a premium quality beef is great by its own nature, so it does not need any chemical enhancers or artificial flavours to make it taste delicious.  Well, a small pinch of rock salt, black pepper and garlic is all it needs to unlock its wonderful flavour.

To go a bit further than classic recipes The Meat Makers disrupted this sleepy food category and added wine, cherries, cranberries, mustard, ginger and honey. The consumer can now enjoy a wide selection of innovative flavours from The Meat Makers’ beef jerky for all seasons and turn to a healthy, artisanal snack crafted with care and made using only 100% natural, high-quality ingredients. Read More



Company: The Meat Makers
Brand: The Meat Makers
Origin: Lithuania
Category: Dried Beef
Packaging: 120 g
Claims: No preservatives
Variants: View Full Range Here
Price: € 3.49
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: themeatmakers.com





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Food Review: Neat Meat Replacement


Derived from nuts and other natural ingredients. Neat is an easy to make, great tasting replacement for ground beef.  Even the most choosy meat-eater will love this healthy and quick way to serve your family's favorite dishes.







Italian Mix







Mexican Mix






Breakfast Mix










About the Company



Company: Neat
Brand: Neat
Slogan: A Healthy Replacement for Meat
Origin: USA
Category: Meat Replacement
Packaging: 156g
Claims: Vegetarian, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Guilt Free
Variants: Original, Italian, Mexican, Breakfast
Price: $4.99
Where to buy: Buy Online
Website: eatneat.com


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Food Review: Applegate Natural Uncured Mini Pork Pepperoni

Our beloved sliced Natural Pepperoni gets miniature-ized for a fun take on the classic. We cure sustainably raised pork with a hint of anise and just-spicy-enough seasoning. Our sliced pepperoni is sure to hit the pepperoni spot: it’s convenient, healthy, and highly delicious. For pizza topping, mixing into salads, stuffing into sandwiches, and snacking on right outta the bag.


- Casein Free
- Dairy Free
- Gluten Free
- Low Fat
- Sugar Free


About the Company
What if you weren’t afraid to read the ingredients on a hot dog package? Or better yet, what if you weren’t afraid to know where the meat in your hot dog came from? These questions were the inspiration behind Applegate.

I grew up in the meat and potatoes era of the 1950s, when a meal wasn’t a meal without meat. However, when I went away to college in the ‘70’s, my ideas about food expanded. There, I was exposed to vegetarianism, macrobiotics, and food gurus. In the co-op I belonged to, we bought granola, yogurt, and grains in bulk, and ate them with local fruits and vegetables. While I appreciated the quality and health benefits of these foods, I still craved meat. Read More


Company: Applegate
Brand: Applegate
Origin: USA
Category: Meats
Packaging: 4oz
Claims: Organic, Natural
Price: Coming Soon
Where to BuyStore Locator
Website: applegate.com


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Food Review: Kings Biltong Beef Snacks

At Kings Biltong we focus heavily on working with farms which are passionate about raising top quality happy beef. This is why we strictly screen all of our farms to make sure that they raise cattle which spend their days under beautiful blue skies as oppose to in big metal sheds.

All of Kings Biltongs cattle is sourced from farmers that are passionate about raising top quality beef. These farmers achieve this by ensuring that all their cattle are raised in open green fields on a diet of grass and vegetables which provide them with all nutrients they need to grow and develop. We also only work with farmers which are passionate about raising happy and content cattle as we feel this is not just paramount to them enjoying quality lives but also to them producing top quality beef too!




A delicious blend of Tandoori Seasoning creates a powerful and unique flavour sure to delight! This is Biltong like you have never experienced it and that is why it is a best seller!






A delicious blend of Steak Seasoning that creates a strong familiar Rib Eye steak flavour that has made this one of our best sellers!



A delicious blend of Worcester sauce seasoning creates a strong unique flavour that is not to be matched. Unique and delicious, a deadly combination! No surprise that this is a best seller!




About the Company
Kings Biltong is a new company created by brothers Charlie, Mark and James Simpson-Daniel with the express aim of sharing their love and passion for Biltong with the health industry.

Former Professional Rugby Players Charlie and Mark and current Gloucester Rugby player James have spent many years choking down chalky protein bars and shakes after every workout. They know that sometimes after exercise all you want is a tasty natural snack that doesn't taste like it was prepared in a laboratory.​  Read More


Company: Kings Biltong
Brand: Kings Biltong
Slogan: High Protein, Delicious Dried Beef Snack
Origin: UK
Category: Meat Snacks
Packaging: 30g
Claims: Protein, Free From: Gluten, MSG, Preservatives and E Numbers
Variants: Tandoori, Rib Eye Steak, Worcester Sauce, Sweet Piquante Pepper
Price: £1.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: kingsbiltong.com



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Snack Spotlight: Onnit Tanka Buffalo Meat Tanka Bar


Named after the Lakota word for "Outstanding" the 70-calorie Tanka Bar delivers a slow, powerful protein punch by mixing two primary ingredients: low-fat, high-energy American buffalo meat and tasty cranberries. Based on a traditional Lakota Native American recipe, this combination helped sustain the warrior-hunters of America's plains during grueling endurance hunts and kept their families well-fed through sparse winters. Gluten-free, hormone-free and low-fat, the Tanka Bars are ideal for every diet lifestyle.

The SPICY PEPPER BLEND has a tender and slightly sweet texture with the finish of a nice spiciness provided by fresh jalapenos and habaneros that brings just the right amount of heat. This delicious combination of spicy-sweet buffalo goodness has been honored with a Backpacker magazine 2010 Editor's Choice Award, and certified delicious by the entire Onnit team.



Traditional 100% Natural Lakota Tribe Recipe
Guaranteed Shelf Stable For Up to 18 Months!
Certified Delicious!




Natural ingredients
Gluten Free
Hormone Free
Soy Free
No Nitrites

Buffalo, Dried Cranberries (cranberries, sugar), Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Habanero, Jalapeno, Spice, Red Pepper, Onion, Garlic, Lactic Acid Starter Culture










Company: Onnit
Brand: Tanka
Slogan: Earth Grown Body Fuel
Origin: USA
Category: Bar
Claims: Non GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, No Soy, No Sugar, No Dairy
Price: $29.95 (Box of 12)
Where to Buy: Direct on WebsiteStore Locator
Website: onnit.com






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World’s First Test Tube Burger Is Ready To Eat



The world's first test tube burger will be cooked and eaten at a live demonstration of "cultured beef" technology in London next month.

The burger is being created from thousands of strands of artificial meat that have been painstakingly grown from stem cells in a laboratory.

Prof Mark Post will explain how he created the test-tube meat at his laboratory at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, before serving the resulting patty to a mystery diner.

He will present the beefburger as a "proof of concept" that laboratory-grown meat could in future become a sustainable alternative to farmed beef, pork or chicken, potentially cutting billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases currently released by livestock.

Continue Reading @ BusinessInsider

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Product Spotlight: Arrfscarf Meat Flavored Ice Cream

We wanted our pup to experience ice cream. We wanted it to be healthy, nutritious, and fresh. We set out to create the best dog ice cream. It all begins with yogurt, vanilla, and honey. Those three ingredients are the simple base. The magic happens when we pair our ice cream base with one of our flavor creations.  Now, we are on a mission to share our amazing creation with all the pups in the world.



Peanut Butter Bacon

Our signature ice cream starts with bacon. We crisp the bacon to its perfect state, crispy but not too crispy. Then we combine our ice cream base with fresh unsalted peanut butter and the crispy bacon. The end result is decadent treat for dogs.

Fresh Ground Unsalted Peanut Butter. Natural Bacon. Vanilla. Honey. Greek Yogurt.

Beef Brisket

Eight hours simmering in the oven with yams and carrots, our beef brisket comes to life slowly. The beef is shredded, the yams are mashed, and they are all combined with our ice cream base. Your pup can experience a delicious beef entree all from a small cup of ice cream.

Locally Sourced Beef Brisket. Organic Yams. Vanilla. Honey. Greek Yogurt.

Chicken Cheddar

Just like humans, dogs love choices. We wanted to create something more like a "meal" rather than a snack. We use farm fresh chicken breasts paired with sharp cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt.  We wanted to wake up a dog's taste buds and I think we created a winner.

Chicken Breast. Cheddar Cheese. Vanilla. Honey. Coconut Milk. Greek Yogurt.

Pulled Pork

We love carnitas and channeled our inspiration to create Pulled Pork dog ice cream. We paired a braised pork with delicious dried cranberries. Pups can now experience something akin to carnitas and it is something healthy at the same time.

Pork Loin. Organic Dried Cranberries. Vanilla. Honey.  Yogurt.


Company: Arrfscarf
Brand: Spiralps
Slogan: Natural Wellness Drink
Category: Dog Food
Origin: Swiss
Packaging: Eco Friendly
Claims: 100% Natural, no chemicals, no e-series, no preservatives, no additives
Website: spiralps.ch

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Scientists Design DNA Test to Predict Best Steaks Ever

A team of French (of course) researchers have created a DNA chip that can analyze specific genes in meats to rate the quality

High-tech science may slowly be making its way into our restaurant kitchens and bars, with centrifuges and liquid nitrogen, and it looks like DNA testing might be the next wave.

Science Daily reports that the meat industry may just get a dose of DNA tests to determine the quality of beef you can buy on store shelves. A team of French researchers, led by Jean-François Hocquette at the Herbivore Research Unit of the National Agronomic Research Institute, have sifted through to find more than 3,000 genes that somehow impace a meat's texture, flavor, and juiciness. "These genes belong to different families: those which regulate fat, connective tissue, and protein contents of muscles, respectively," Hocquette said.

After finding these genes, the researchers developed a DNA chip that can analyze the activity of the genes in beef samples, meaning almost any type of beef will get a taste rating. To test, they had a panel taste test the same beef samples and give a score.

When comparing the gene test and the taste test, the researchers found that better gene scores meant better taste scores. In fact, the study reports in the journal Biomed Central Veterinary Research, some of the genes accounted for up to 40 percent for the difference in tenderness in samples. So perhaps better tasting meat has to do with both animal-raising technique as well as heritage? Explains a lot about Kobe beef, then.

Full Article @ TDM

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