Always keen to listen to customers, Ross Bearman, the founder of the original bacon home curing kits has expanded into vegetarian and vegan foods too...
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Who is behind Ross & Ross Gifts?
The business was founded by Ross Bearman as Ross & Ross Gifts in 2019.
How did Ross & Ross Gifts come about?
The original brand was created in 2011 when we were making restaurant-quality paté, rillettes and terrines for some of the finest food halls and retailers in the country. Since then, we wanted to create products to really enhance dishes, so our range of gifts, rubs, dusts, oils, jams and salts came about.
What was the inspiration behind the curing kits?
At the time there was a big resurgence in people wanting to ‘make their own’, at home, fuelled by home-baking and programmes such as River Cottage. And there was an interest in people wanting to know the providence of where their food has come from, plus British charcuterie was fast emerging. The original British charcuterie was bacon – so we made a super easy kit to make your own!
What different curing kits do you produce?
We started with our original kit that contains three cures to make the classic bacon flavours: Sweet, Smoky and Original. And, as Britain has a love affair with spice we moved into other flavours – Cotswold Chorizo, British BBQ, Maple & Chipotle, Fennel & Juniper, Pink Peppercorn & English Mustard, Old English. We also do Salmon Curing kits where you can make your own gravadlax-style cured salmon, very similar to smoked salmon.
How many curing kits have you sold?
We have sold over 50,000 kits.
Why did you branch out into hampers?
We already supplied a wide range of farmshops and delis and asked the owners (many female) what gifts they were missing from their shops. And the overwhelming answer was quality gifts for men. I’d say we are pretty easy to buy for... we just want feeding! So, I set out to create a range of foodie gifts and hampers that I would actually like to receive myself.
Where do you source your products?
Our products are either made by us just outside Broadway or sourced from our other food and drink friends from the Cotswolds. The ingredients are all as local as possible. The Roast Potato Oil is made from local rapeseed literally a couple of miles away from our HQ. Some things are a little harder to find in the Cotswolds (such as the sea!) so we use the finest sea salt in Britain from the Isle of Anglesey. Suppliers include Cotswold Gold, Cotswold Brew Co and Cotswold Curer.
What is your best-selling gift?
It is still our Homemade Curing Kits, closely followed by our British Roasts range.
What do you recommend members buy as Christmas gifts this year?
Something quality to eat and drink that has been sourced locally as it is important to support our small, British businesses this year.
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