The British Association of Cold Pressed Oil Producers (BACPOP), a sub-sector of NEODA, represents British farmers producing cold pressed oils, protecting and promoting the quality of home-grown premium product.
Cold pressed oils include rapeseed; hemp; flax; strawberry seed; borage and others which go into everything from mayonnaise to face creams.
BACPOP aims to develop standards and protocols for cold pressed seed for use in food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, to share technical information amongst the membership and to educate the consumer about the product. It's members represent about 80% of the total cold pressed oil market. The market is growing by 25% year on year, with a value of over £5m.
Cold pressing is a traditional and natural way to produce oil. Seed oils are extracted without the use of chemicals or solvents at temperatures below 40°C which ensures that the full essence and character of the oil is preserved. This careful process means all the natural goodness within the seeds is preserved. Processing at low temperatures helps to produce low peroxide values (PV) and providing the oil is stored correctly will achieve an extremely good shelf life, ideally suited for the nutritional market. Once the oil has settled, it is filtered to guarantee its purity, and then bottled. It is as simple as that – no heating, no refining – just pure, healthy oil.
The whole process is natural which means that slight variations in character and appearance in the oil can be seen from season to season. However, through careful selection of the finest seeds, and utmost care taken during the oil’s production, our members aim to produce the best quality oils possible.
Cold pressed oils are extremely versatile in the kitchen with each oil having it's own distinctive taste and characteristics. This makes them ideal for everything from salad dressings and marinades to dips and drizzling. Some oils have high smoke points making them perfect for baking, roasting, stir frying and deep and shallow frying.
Nearly all cold pressed oils are a natural source of Vitamin E, an important antioxidant, beneficial to general wellbeing.
Most oils also contain the Essential Fatty Acids commonly known as Omega 3 and 6.
These products, which are just cold pressed and filtered, result in oils that are naturally free from trans fats and low in saturated fat, totally in line with Government advice to reduce both saturates and trans fats from the diet.
Environmental responsibility is fundamental to our members, and with several members being growers themselves, the way they produce their crops is at the heart of how the final oil is produced. Practicing different farming systems suitable to their own individual surroundings, from integrated and conventional farming of the highest standards, to sustainability for wildlife and the wider environment is always paramount.
Our members recycle on-farm waste and conserve energy where possible.
They continually assess the environmental impact of their farming and pressing practices, and are constantly seeking ways to improve them further.
We are especially grateful to the following NEODA members for directly contributing funds to run National Fish and Chip Day this year:- Middletons; VA Whitley; ADM (Trading); AAK; Kerry; Friars Pride; Blakemans; Henry Colbeck; JL Owen, Vandemoortele, Duncrue, Drywite and Kassero.
Fish and Chip lovers across the UK are coming together on Friday 2 June to once again celebrate the nation’s favourite dish and NEODA are proud to be organising this special day again. Following the phenomenal success of the event last year, National Fish & Chip Day 2017 will see people throughout the country celebrating their love of the this iconic meal from fish & chip shops, pub chains, restaurants, retailers, to the fishermen and farmers who provide the sustainable and natural ingredients used to create it. We want to help Fish & Chip shops across the UK benefit from this awareness day and can offer advice on decorating your shops, running special promotions and competitions and generally creating a huge buzz about fish and chips. We are preparing an information pack with guidance on how to get the most from social media and your local and regional press with logos, images and press release templates available for you to use. All this helps to raise awareness, which in turn drives footfall to your shops. In 2016 #nationalfishandchipday began trending on Twitter and Facebook at 9.30 in the morning and the broadcast and print media coverage achieved helped make the footfall experienced by fish & chip shops one of the highest of the year, with some saying it was even busier than Good Friday. More than 28 million people saw, heard or read about National Fish & Chip Day! 2017 looks set to exceed these results and we want to give you support and insight to turn this into a very special Fryday!
Following fierce competition in the UK's best Fish and Chip Shop competition, huge congratulations go to the winner of the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop for 2017 - Kingfisher Fish and Chips, Plymouth. Huge congratulations to both Nikki and Craig from all the NEODA members.