Pepper & Stew was founded by Zimbabwean Racquel Mafura, and Araba Jane who wanted to make cooking African food easy, quick and simple, as well as bringing it mainstream. The product range is comprised of four sauces in the following flavours: Cape Malay Curry from South Africa; and Egusi Stew, Jollof and Palm Nut from West Africa. In the first stage of the programme the brands go through a consultation stage on what they need to do to prepare for the market challenge and although advised not to Pepper & Stew chose to go ahead with rebranding their products, I am glad they did. The end result is simple yet stylish contemporary packaging, with a single solid colour highlighting each sauce and a band of geometric pattern to reflect the African heritage. The duo will be launching some African Spices Kits, which will come with step-by-step recipes, a shopping list of ingredients needed and the spices which are sourced from the different parts of the Continent. Going from strength to strength since filming the series, Pepper & Stew’s sauces are now stocked in four deli’s across the UK, and the Egusi Sauce recently won a Great Taste Gold Star award.
Sauces on the website are priced at: £4
For further information about Pepper & Stew visit: www.pepperandstew.co.uk
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Pepper & Stew will be retailing their products from Maltby Street Food Market in Bermondsey, London, which is open on Saturdays 9am-2pm