With the Olympic Games now well underway, this hectic summer of celebration will live long in the memory of all. At Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, its involvement with the Diamond Jubilee hamper for the picnic that took place at Buckingham Palace on Monday, June 4th, 2012 will probably be the most enduring memory.
As a significant and trusted carton supplier to Waitrose, Benson Group was invited to work with the retailer on the creation of the picnic hamper for the event, which was attended by 13,000 guests. Each guest received a wicker hamper filled with a wide range of Waitrose products created especially for the occasion. Benson Group’s contribution consisted of cardboard structures within the basket designed to store the picnic elements, keeping them in position and thus preventing damage to individual items.
Commenting on his company’s input, Mark Kerridge, Managing Director of Benson Group, said: “It was very exciting to be involved in this Waitrose led project. The creation of the cardboard inserts helped to keep everything in place in the hamper. The various platforms were removable when the hamper was in use, enabling the layer to become a tray to hold food.”
Watrose, together with Heston Blumenthal and Royal Chef Mark Flanagan, chose to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee by selecting the very best British products and looked to some of the most iconic dishes from the last 60 years of The Queen’s reign for inspiration for the picnic.
The Diamond Jubilee hamper menu included:
Starter: Chilled British Country Garden Soup – A chilled British baby plum tomato soup with red peppers and cucumber, finished with garden mint-infused oil
Main: Tea-smoked Scottish Salmon – Fragrant Lapsang Souchong tea-smoked salmon, mixed with delicious flaked poached Scottish salmon, lemon, British crème fraîche and a sprinkling of fresh chives
Diamond Jubilee Chicken – A new take on a British favourite created in 1953 to celebrate The Queen’s Coronation – an aromatic blend of Indian spices mixed with mayonnaise, tender shredded chicken and fragrant coriander, finished with peppery nigella seeds.
Vegetarian option – Mushroom Parfait – A smooth, roasted mushroom purée blended with a rich port, brandy and Madeira reduction, British butter and free-range eggs, then baked until set. (Served with fresh bread rolls, butter and crunchy seasonal crudités)
Pudding: Sandringham Strawberry Crumble Crunch – Creamy yogurt marbled with Sandringham strawberries and British cream, with a crunchy meringue and oat crumble topping
Cakes: Lemon & Caraway Maderia cake – A traditional Maderia cake with zesty lemon, and a warming aniseed finish
Chocolate indulgence cake – A light, fluffy chocolate sponge with a rich, smooth ganache topping, decorated with a chocolate crown and sprinkled with popping candy.
Cheeseboard: Taste of England Cheese selection – Duchy Originals from Waitrose organic mature West Country Farmhouse Cheddar and creamy Red Leicester Crunch, served with Duchy Originals from Waitrose Chutney and Oaten biscuits
Drinks: a bottle of Moët & Chandon limited edition Jubilee champagne; Lord Bilimoria, founder of Cobra beer, was able to supply Cobra beer for all; and a small bottle of Hildon water (the brand that supplies all the Queen’s parties).
Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and pharmaceutical industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.
The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food product manufacturers are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs in excess of 900 personnel across all four production sites.
Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benkiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and pharmaceutical packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.
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