Nick and Sarah Greeff run IOW Biltong and produce this traditional South African dried beef snack for the British market. They have just announced a new partnership with The Southern Co-operative and the Palmer & Harvey Plus Extra Local Catalogue in association with Quality from Small Producers.
Nick told us that IOW Biltong now becoming popular in the UK as a high protein snack. It is low in carbohydrate and sea salt with no MSG or artificial additives. Nick was taught to make biltong by his grandfather and father on their cattle farm in Zimbabwe and says that it was always very popular with his clients when on safari. When he and Sarah decided to return to her family home on the Isle of Wight, the idea of sharing the tasty recipes was born. Established in 2011 in a newly renovated old dairy on Newnham Farm, the use of local beef helps sustain the farming community and has created biltong of the highest quality with a unique texture The range they now produce under the brand IOW Biltong consists of The Great Taste Award Winning Coriander and Worcestershire Sauce Flavour and Garlic, Black Pepper, Oak Smoked and the New Sweet Chilli and Air Cured Beef Sausage. IOW Biltong is a member of county food group Hampshire Fare.
The new partnership will see the IOW Biltong stocked by the Co-operative. Initially on the island in the Freshwater and Cowes Stores Co-operative and then being rolled out with Palmer & Harvey nationally soon after.
Paul Ridge, Retail Manager from the University of Southampton Students' Union told us:
In my view, Greeff's Beef Biltong made by The Isle of Wight Biltong Co. is the finest product of its kind on the market in the UK, and I say that as someone with family in South Africa. The fact that it's made locally from a farm on the island in the process is a bonus, but really it's all about the taste. You simply won't find a better biltong! Nick and Sarah are a pleasure to deal with: friendly yet professional and always ready to help.'