A taste of Suffolk on the high seas

Guests aboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet of smaller, friendlier ships are to enjoy a ‘taste of Suffolk’ while on their holidays, as the company introduces a number of products produced locally to its headquarters.

Stokes Sauces, based in Rendlesham, is the latest Suffolk company to have their products rolled-out onboard Fred. Olsen’s four-strong ocean fleet. The luxury condiment maker follows on from St. Peter’s Brewery, based near Bungay, and an increased offering of Southwold-based Adnams’ products in recent months.

To mark the occasion, Fred Olsen hosted the three brands at its Ipswich headquarters, Fred. Olsen House, to offer staff a tasting session with each of the new products. These included St. Peter’s Brewery’s ‘G-Free’ gluten-free beer; Adnams’ ‘Ghost Ship 4.5%’ and low alcohol ‘Ghost Ship 0.5%’ and Stokes Sauces’ new ‘squeezy’ range of Tomato Ketchup, Brown Sauce and Real Mayonnaise, as well as their Fig Relish, Red Onion Marmalade, and Cider and Horseradish Mustard, among others.

Thomas Rennesland, Hotel Operations Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are proud to be based here in Ipswich, Suffolk’s county town, where we celebrated our 30th anniversary last year. Suffolk is known for its proud agricultural heritage, which means that we have a fantastic array of high-quality products produced locally to us. Working together with local producers, such as Stokes Sauces, Adnams and St. Peter’s Brewery, all of whom are major employers across the county, like us, helps us to build strong relationships within the communities within which we all live and work, allowing us to support businesses right on our doorstep, local to our headquarters, whilst not compromising on quality.

“Being able to offer a tasting session like this is testament to how well these local partnerships are forming, and is an important part of ensuring that all  our colleagues here at Fred. Olsen House feel engaged in the process and are able to sample the quality of the goods for themselves.

“We know that our guests will love these products as much as we do, and it is great that we can offer them a ‘taste of Suffolk’ whilst cruising all around the world with Fred. Olsen.”

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