Unique red pesto among new PEPPUP products

A novel red pesto has been developed by PEPPUP, the Northern Ireland producer of authentic Italian sauces, ketchup and pickles.

The pesto is among three innovative products created by Dr Luca Montorio, founder and managing director of PEPPUP at its base in Newtownards, county Down. The others are organic roasted peppers and a garlic bolognese sauce, both of which are provided in 480g jars and are gluten free, fat free, low in salt and suitable for vegans.

There are only four ingredients in the new pesto, PEPPUP’s first, they are roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese and mizithra cheese. Produced in 185g jars, the pesto is suitable for vegetarians, and low in fat, salt and sugar. Makes a quick, healthy and delicious dinner when stirred through hot pasta.

The pesto and other additions to the small company’s 15-strong range are in line with PEPPUP’s longstanding focus on healthy eating foods especially for home cooks.

The new pesto, according to Luca, is a further extension of the company’s successful portfolio of products made from roasted peppers and tomatoes that include pasta, pizza, Bolognese and dipping sauces.

“The red pesto is the outcome of our ongoing market research into new opportunities in the marketplace for our longstanding expertise in tomatoes and roasted peppers.

“Our research found that interest among home cooks has been growing during the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns on new taste experiences,” adds Luca, a qualified nutritionist originally from Turin.

The three new products will soon be readily available at delis, family butchers and independent grocers in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, a growing and increasing market for PEPPUP over the past few years.

Luca runs the business with wife Liz and has won acclaim for his original products in the shape of prestigious UK Great Taste Awards and also from Free from Ireland.

An experienced home cook, Luca develops the unique recipes which are based on his upbringing in Turin, a key Italian culinary hub in which roasted peppers and tomatoes are important.