Sauce pioneers endorsed by UK’s leading chefs’ association

Highly respected stamp of approval for 11 of Macphie’s savoury sauces

Industry news
Published: 04/01/2023

An ingredients manufacturer that is pushing boundaries with its savoury and vegan sauces has received one of the highest accolades in the food and drink industry for 11 of its products.

The Craft Guild of Chefs (CGOC) has endorsed six of Macphie Ltd’s staple savoury sauces including hollandaise and béchamel, and five plant-based sauces – an endorsement that is instantly recognisable within the industry.

Each product was tested by a panel of three chefs who each completed a thorough questionnaire. The panel rates the products on elements such as quality, versatility and packaging, with Macphie’s sauces scoring top marks.

Two of Macphie’s most recently endorsed products, Plant-based Cream Alternative and Plant-based Taco Sauce, come as Veganuary kicks off its ninth year – this January, more than 600,000 participants are expected to take part.

The ingredient manufacturer was keen to ensure its plant-based products matched the premium flavour profiles of its highly popular existing savoury sauces and the endorsements from CGOC verifies this.

Andrew Green, Chief Executive with Craft Guild of Chefs said: “After seeing the results from our chefs’ product tastings, it is clear that Macphie is a force to be reckoned with.

“The overriding feedback for each of the 11 products was that they were consistent, high quality, easy to use and multi-purpose, and this was the case for its plant-based sauces too. Its products are more than worthy of the Craft Guild of Chefs’ stamp of approval.

“Our chefs noted that the brand’s Nacho Cheese Sauce ticked all the boxes, is better than what is currently on the market and exceeded expectations by far, commenting that they would happily use it in their kitchens on a variety of dishes.

“The texture and flavour of Macphie’s plant-based products are also exceptional and are a great option for restaurants, bakeries and kitchens as this means that one sauce would cover almost all allergens and dietary requirements.”

Established in 1885 under its former name of the Cookery and Food Association, the CGOC is the leading Chefs’ Association in the UK with over 1200 members worldwide.

Now that the products have been endorsed, Macphie can display the esteemed CGOC approved product logo on its packaging or collateral for these particular items – a well-respected form of praise in the industry.

Gordon Downie, Head Development Chef at Macphie, said: “It’s a real feather in our cap for our products to have received this accolade and one that we are excited to share.

“It secures our position as a leading name in the food and drink industry with top chefs noting that the products save time in the kitchen, are multi-purpose and ultimately, taste good – summing up our core aims.”

Macphie is an internationally renowned ingredients manufacturer that was established in 1928 and now employs more than 250 people across its three sites.

The firm has grown from its roots as a craft baker into an ingredients supplier with revenues of over £60m, supplying global food brands, household name businesses and the wholesale sector.

Its vision is to be the go-to partner for food brands around the world, turning ideas and creativity into practical solutions. That and its “simply clever” strapline reflects its passion in making life easier for chefs and bakers.

Sustainability has been a key element to the fourth-generation family firm. It was among Scotland’s first businesses to achieve B Corp status in 2015, having successfully evidenced an unwaveringly high standard of social and environmental performance.

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