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The Ultimate Turkey Recipe

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The Ultimate Turkey Recipe

All turkeys and mustard can be bought at Westco Foods.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds), thawed if frozen (Belwood Country Premium Whole Turkey, Turkey Farms Whole Turkey, Carolina Turkey Ham)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme or seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup chicken or turkey broth (for basting)

Instructions

Preheat & Prep

Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).

Rinse the turkey under cold water, pat it dry with paper towels, and place it on a roasting rack set in a roasting pan.

Season The Turkey

Season the turkey cavity with salt and pepper. If desired, stuff with aromatic herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage.

Prepare The Glaze

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, honey, mustard, fresh orange juice, orange zest, ground sage, and ground thyme until well combined.

Glaze Turkey

Brush the entire surface of the turkey with the honey glaze, ensuring it’s well-coated

Tent With Foil

Tent the turkey with aluminium foil to prevent excessive browning during the initial roasting.

Roast

Place the turkey in the preheated oven and roast for about 2 hours, basting with chicken or turkey broth every 30 minutes.

Continue Roasting

Continue roasting until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh. Baste regularly to keep the turkey moist.

Rest

Once done, remove the turkey from the oven, tent it with foil, and let it rest for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving.

Carve & Enjoy!

Carve the turkey into slices, drizzle with any remaining glaze, and serve with your favourite holiday sides.

Gather your loved ones around the table and enjoy the succulent, honey-kissed flavours of this festive honey-baked turkey!

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The Ultimate Ham Recipe For Your Christmas Dinner

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The Ultimate Ham Recipe For Your Christmas Dinner

All hams and mustard can be bought at Westco Foods.

Ingredients

  • 1 fully cooked bone-in ham
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves (or how much you like.)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (trust us, it’s worth it!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Whole cloves for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish (optional)
  • 1 can of pineapple rings (Trini style)
  • 1 can of pineapple juice (optional)

Instructions

Preheat & Prep

Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).

Place the ham in a large roasting pan, and let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Score The Ham

Using a sharp knife, score the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern, creating 1-inch squares.

Prepare The Glaze

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, brown sugar, mustard, whole-grain mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground closes, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.

Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves and the glaze is well combined. Allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes, then remove it from the heat.

Glaze The Ham

Brush a generous amount of the glaze over the entire surface of the ham, ensuring it gets into the scored lines. Also, put a few tablespoons of pineapple juice in the pan to intensify the flavour.

Bake

Tent the ham with foil to prevent excessive browning, and bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Glaze Again

Every 30 minutes, baste the ham with the pan juices and apply more glaze. Remove the foil during the last 30 minutes to allow the ham to develop a beautiful golden colour.

Check For Doneness

Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 140°F (60°C). If not, continue baking, checking every 15 minutes.

Garnish & Rest

Optional: insert whole cloves into the scored intersections for added flavour and a festive look. Also, place pineapple rings to your liking, no one is judging.

Once done, remove the ham from the oven, tent it with foil, and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes.

Serve & Enjoy

Carve the ham into slices, drizzle with any remaining glaze, and garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs if desired.

Serve this honey-glazed ham as the centrepiece of your feast and savour the delightful combination of sweet and savoury flavours this season!

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Westco Foods’ Ham and Turkey Extravaganza!

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Westco Foods’ Ham and Turkey Extravaganza!

‘Tis the season to indulge, and at Westco Foods, we’re bringing you a feast-worthy range that will have your taste buds doing a happy dance!  This month, we’re turning up the heat in the kitchen with a sizzling selection of premium hams and succulent turkeys.  Get ready to elevate your holiday spread!

HAM-tastic Deals: Unwrap the Flavour!

Our hams are not just any hams – they’re showstoppers!  Juicy, flavourful, and oh-so-tender, Westco Foods’ hams are the secret ingredient to a holiday meal that will leave your guests begging for seconds.  Whether you’re a fan of classic glazed hams or adventurous flavours like honey Dijon, we’ve got the perfect ham for every taste bud.  Plus, with our unbeatable prices, you can stock up for all your festive gatherings without a second thought.

Turkey Triumph: Gobble, Gobble, Gone!

If your holiday table isn’t complete without a golden, crispy-skinned turkey, then you’re in for a treat.  Our premium turkeys are the epitome of perfection – plump, juicy, and ready to take centre stage at your holiday feast.  From whole turkeys to turkey breasts, we’ve got the options to suit your celebration, big or small. 

PURCHASE YOUR TURKEYS AND HAMS HERE!

Why Choose Westco Foods?

  • Quality You Can Taste: We pride ourselves in offering only the finest, top-tier meats that meet our rigorous standards.
  • Affordability At It’s Best: Celebrate without the stress!  Our special discounts make it easy to enjoy a gourmet holiday spread on a budget.
  • Convenience Matters: Skip the lines and shop online.  With Westco Foods, your holiday essentials are just a click away.
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A Guide To Understanding Food Labels: Making Informed Choices

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A Guide To Understanding Food Labels: Making Informed Choices

In today’s fast-paced world, making informed food choices is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The first step towards achieving this is deciphering food labels. Understanding food labels empowers you to identify the nutritional content, ingredients, and potential allergens in the products you buy. In this guide, we’ll explore how to decode food labels, helping you make informed decisions and prioritize your well-being.

The Nutrition Facts Panel

The Nutrition Facts Panel is one of the most critical components of a food label. Located on the back or side of most packaged foods, this panel provides essential information about the product’s nutritional content per serving. Pay close attention to the following elements:

Serving Size: This indicates the recommended serving size for the product, which allows you to understand the nutritional values accurately.

Calories: The number of calories per serving helps you manage your daily intake.

Nutrients: Look for information on fats, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, fibre, sugars, and protein. It is essential to be mindful of your intake of these nutrients.

Vitamins and Minerals: Some labels include information on vitamins and minerals, which can be beneficial for assessing your daily intake.

Ingredient List

The ingredient list is located just below the Nutrition Facts Panel and provides a breakdown of all the components in the product, listed in descending order by weight. Keep in mind the following:

Read Carefully: Be on the lookout for added sugars, unhealthy fats, artificial additives, and high levels of sodium.

Allergens: The ingredient list will highlight common allergens such as milk, eggs, nuts, wheat, and soy. This is crucial for individuals with food allergies.

Health Claims and Buzzwords

Food labels often display various health claims and buzzwords like “natural,” “organic,” and “low-fat.” It’s essential to understand what these terms mean:

Organic: Foods labelled as “organic” are grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Look for the official USDA Organic seal.

Natural: The FDA’s definition of “natural” is vague, and products may contain artificial ingredients despite the label. Rely on the ingredient list for a clear picture.

Low-fat, Low-sugar, etc.: These claims may sound promising, but always verify the actual numbers on the Nutrition Facts Panel to ensure the product aligns with your dietary needs.

Understanding Food Additives

Food additives are substances added to food during processing to enhance flavour, texture, or appearance. Some additives are safe, while others may cause adverse reactions in certain individuals. Common additives include preservatives, artificial colours, and flavours. Familiarise yourself with the different types of additives and their potential effects.

The ‘Best Before’ Date

Every packaged food item comes with a “best before” or “use by” date. This date indicates the period during which the product is at its best quality. Consuming foods past this date might not be harmful, but the quality and taste may have degraded.

Conclusion

Understanding food labels is an essential skill that enables you to make informed choices about the food you consume. By paying attention to the Nutrition Facts Panel, ingredient list, health claims, and food additives, you can take charge of your health and well-being. As you become more familiar with food labels, you’ll find it easier to select products that align with your dietary preferences and nutritional needs. By prioritising your health, you can embark on a journey of conscious eating and overall well-being.

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Why Do Meat Prices Fluctuate?

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Why Do Meat Prices Fluctuate?

Understanding the factors behind the rises (and occasional price drops!).

Meat Prices

Meat, known as the world’s most popular source of protein, is often perceived as a luxury dietary option. The prices of meat products can fluctuate significantly, influenced by a range of factors that shape the global meat market. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for consumers, producers, and policymakers alike. In this article, we will explore the various factors that contribute to the rise and fall of meat prices, shedding light on recent trends and their implications for the Trinidadian marketplace.

Global Price Trends

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, global lamb and beef prices experienced a decline towards the end of 2022 but have been steadily rising since the beginning of 2023. While they have not yet reached the all-time highs observed last year, the upward trajectory of meat costs contrasts with the downward trend in non-meat food prices during the same period. The poultry industry, in particular, has been severely affected, grappling with bird-flu pandemics that forced breeders out of business and increased the cost of health management in surviving flocks.

Production Cycles and Demand-Supply Mismatch

The production of meat operates on long cycles, varying from months for the likes of chicken, to up to three to four years for beef. This means that sudden increases in demand cannot be easily met by producers, resulting in significant price jumps. Even during periods of stable demand, when supplies are low, dealers must outbid each other to secure supply, further driving up prices.

When demand and supply are more balanced, producers and processes can make good efficiency improvements and offer better prices. However, it isn’t long before the balance is tipped, and the meat industry scrambles to adjust. Maybe it means finding new regions of supply, arranging different transport routes, etc.

Dependency on Animal Feed

The cost of animal feed, largely dependent on grain prices, plays a critical role in meat production. Increases in fertilizer costs directly affect grain prices, leading to higher expenses for animal feed. The global increase in both fertilizer and grain prices, triggered by factors like Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, has had a knock-on effect on the cost of meat production. Although these input costs have now started to recede, the repercussions continue to affect meat prices.

Transportation and Storage Costs

Transportation and storage expenses, including fuel and energy for freezer units, impact meat prices. During periods of reduced demand, suppliers may need to quickly sell off meat to prevent rising energy bills and product spoilage. Conversely, when demand surges, the costs of transportation and storage can contribute to higher meat prices.

Pork Industry Challenges

The largest European pig farmers have been grappling with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent shutdown of many pork processors. These disruptions caused lost production and missed breeding programs, creating challenges for the pork industry as it works towards recovery. The lingering effects of these challenges are still impacting prices globally, however, at Westco Foods we’re doing all we can to bring you the best value pork.

Conclusion

Meat prices fluctuate due to a multitude of factors that influence the global meat market. Supply and demand dynamics, production cycles, feed costs, energy prices, government policies, currency exchange rates, and seasonal demand variations such as Christmas all play a role in shaping meat prices. Understanding these factors and their interplay is essential for consumers and those in the hospitality trade. By staying informed about the drivers behind price fluctuations, buyers can make more informed decisions regarding meat consumption and adapt to changing market conditions.

Westco Foods put a lot of effort into sourcing quality meats at affordable prices. Wherever we can, we pass on the savings we make to our valued customers.

You can get the best up-to-date price on meat products by adding your product to the quote list and submitting online. You’re welcome to contact our sales reps for advice on getting the best meat deals currently available.

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Westco Foods Now Exports!

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Westco Foods Now Exports To Other Caribbean Islands!

As food wholesalers in Trinidad, our team are excited to announce that we now export to other islands in the Caribbean including Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, and St Vincent.

The shipping times for each island can vary anywhere between one to two weeks, so we recommend you get in touch with our team to discuss your specific needs in more detail.

Take a browse around our website to see what wholesale items we can offer including meats and seafood, frozen potato products, and frozen vegetables.

We can’t wait to serve you quality products at great prices! Our goal is not only to support Trinidad with healthy food choices but you as well, our island neighbours. Let Westco Foods be your new one-stop food distributor – from meat to fries and condiments to food containers, we have all you need.

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We can now export to Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, and St Vincent.

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Get In Touch About Exporting Today!

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Improving Frozen Food Standards Through Targeted Investment

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Improving Frozen Food Standards Through Targeted Investment

Frozen food hygiene is essential, right?

At Westco we match our talk with our walk having invested heavily recently in fully climate-controlled loading bays to ensure your meats and foods remain frozen until delivered to you!

Quality Assurance From Order Picking To Your Door

At Westco Foods our freezers and food chillers are monitored for temperature 24/7 as part of our strong focus on food safety and hygiene which has made us a trusted supplier to well-recognised restaurants throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

From our walk-in freezers to the temperature-controlled delivery vehicles, the importance of the supply chain is paramount for us. The refurbished loading bays bring efficiency by allowing food orders to be organised ahead of collection or delivery without thawing out.

We have included some images here of the step-by-step journey as we refurbished the building.

Westco Gives You Quality Foods – Guaranteed

Our range of frozen foods is sourced with a focus on quality and consistency so that customers can count on receiving high-quality products on time. When your customers are happy then everyone is happy!

We regularly gather feedback and react to the emerging trends and needs in food service for hotels, restaurants, fast-food eating houses, and supermarkets.

Here are some images of the transformation!

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Limited Time – Curb-Side Pick-Up For Food Orders

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Limited Time – Curb-Side Pick-Up For Food Orders

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Want to Place Your Order and Pick-Up With Limited Personal Contact?

In the current health crisis, we are offering, for a limited time, customers the opportunity to order and collect their orders curbside.

Keep reading to see how to order for a curbside collection.

Step 1:

Call ahead (235-5020 ext. 245 or mobile 280-9267 ) and order. This allows us to have it ready for you when you arrive so that the process goes as fast as possible.

Step 2:

When calling please state your Name/Business which you would like to be billed. As well as, your vehicle license plate in which you would be picking up the goods.

Step 3:

When you arrive, let the guard know why you are here and he will direct you where to park.

Step 4:

Call to let us know you are ready for collection once parked. (235-5020 ext. 245 or mobile 280-9267 )

Step 5:

Someone will come out to you for payment and to confirm your information.


Step 6:

Your goods will be brought out to your vehicle. Please make sure to check you got the right order before leaving the compound.


You may have a little waiting time but please bear with us as we are trying to get your order as quick as we can. Thank you for your time! We strive every day to serve you better. Order now!

Our sales representatives are ready and waiting to take your call and your order. we hope to see you soon! Order now on 1-868-235-5020.

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Why Do Prices and Stock Availability of Frozen Foods Vary So Much?

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Why Do Prices and Stock Availability of Frozen Foods Vary So Much?

What is the Real Reason Food Prices and Stocks Vary?

A question like this is on the lips of many Westco clients as hospitality comes back to life and the country begins to shake off the paralysing effects of a pandemic that has gripped the globe for the past 2 years. Here we outline some key factors in the equation.

The food and drink trade plays an important part in all our lives from the weekly shop to the restaurant and as Trinidad & Tobago relies heavily on imported foods, Westco, and other suppliers like us, have been faced with not only the challenges that were present before but also new and more significant ones.

In this blog, we seek to sum up a few of these challenges to help our customers, and the population at large, understand the reason behind increasing prices.

Why Do Prices and Stock Availability of Frozen Foods Vary So Much?

Currency Swings and How This Influences Prices

As most frozen food is imported from the USA, Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other nations that have to be paid in either their currency or USD, foreign exchange rates have a significant impact on the cost of the food to the end-user.

It is important to understand the relationship of the Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD) to other currencies in the FOREX market. The TTD is a floating exchange rate against the USD.

Here we have shown a graph showing the February 2021 – February 2022 fluctuations between the TTD and USD and a live chart showing an up to date average rate for the TTD against 4 major currencies.

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This graphically shows just how much variation there has been, and this directly impacts frozen food product prices as they are primarily imported, and overseas suppliers need to be paid in foreign currency.

This goes some way to explaining why imported food products like beef, salted fish, pigtails, and other products, can be quite noticeably up or down in price from one week to the next, month to month or year to year.

Some links here help with explaining the T&T Central Bank’s role in regulating the currency and what a floating exchange rate is:

https://www.central-bank.org.tt/about/our-mission/exchange-rate-management
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/f/floatingexchangerate.asp

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Supply, Demand, And Seasonal Factors

There will always be peaks and troughs in demand related to seasonal events – like turkey being in demand for Christmas time, fish and seafood in the Lent season and other such factors.

These events are not only local but put an increased demand, on a somewhat fixed supply, on global food suppliers.

It also can’t be denied that Trinidad and Tobago are not the largest markets in the world for popular lines – a good example being popcorn chicken – if a market the size of Japan, for example, wants this US-made product, it is, unfortunately, going to get preference over our Islands.

At Westco Foods we have had a few conversations with you, our customers, about this hugely popular product – we simply can’t satisfy high demand because of lack of supply.

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Unfortunately, COVID has exacerbated this challenge as workers have had to self-isolate in factories with some facilities being forced to close as the workforce was decimated. This then has led to a reduction in supply when the demand remains which drives the price up due to the economic law of scarcity.

Stockpiling food products ahead of anticipated demand, by buying at lower ‘off peak’ prices, rarely offers a viable answer to volatile prices because of the issue of expiry dates on food products and other health and food regulations.

The Role of Logistics

Along with the sheer destructive effect of the pandemic on actual food production facilities and companies, there is a considerable shortage of shipping containers in recent times. This has led to both a spike in prices and delays in shipping, the problem is at its worst with Asia, but is affecting food products being shipped from Europe as well.

Nils Haupt, of Hapag-Lloyd shipping, commented on the Ship Technology website:

“We are desperately looking for more capacity,” he says. “We are asking our customers to return empty containers earlier. We looked at containers that are currently in repair or ones which are meant to be sold because they have reached a certain age.

Please see also the Kuehne + Nagel website: https://home.kuehne-nagel.com/-/knowledge/market-insights/container-shortage

With the exit of Britain from the EU trading area there are now extra customs checks and paperwork because of Brexit affecting goods from the UK; particularly if goods are, for example, shipped on the route: Hull – Rotterdam – Port Of Spain.

Our Commitment – Quality Foods And Fair Pricing

These factors amount to a challenging time for the food and drink trade but at Westco Foods we are rising to this challenge in innovative ways.

Our customers are allocated a dedicated sales representative to discuss your requirements and ensure that they get the best quality frozen food products, on time, and at a reasonable price. This gives a reassuring and reactive point of contact focused on anticipating and meeting your needs, so you have less supply chain headaches.

We promise to always charge competitive fair prices for quality products to the foodservice and hospitality trades.

Please request a call from your sales representative to be set up with your personal pricelist and account on 1-868-235-5020 or email: info@westcofoods.com.

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Announcement! Change Is In The Air! – To Better Serve You!

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Announcement! Change Is In The Air! – To Better Serve You!

Your Cut Meats Simplified. 30 lbs per Case.

We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers at Westco Foods.

In the words of the late Winston Churchill –

‘To Improve, Is To Change.’

As part of our journey of continuous improvement, we are introducing new and improved systems and streamlining our processes.

Part of this change is that we are introducing a minimum order on cut meats that will increase our efficiency and help your order progress through our butchering department more smoothly.

ALL cut meats will now be sold in 30Lbs cases ONLY.

Customers need to order cut meat orders 2 days in advance. This applies to all orders, not only delivery. This is to ensure that there is no delay and that your order is delivered on time.

Keep an eye out for further updates and information as we continue the rollout of our new systems and processes.

Thank you for your ongoing business as loyal customers and we look forward to continuing to serve you and the Trinidad & Tobago food industry with quality products.

We appreciate your understanding as we implement these changes.

Cheers to a bright and successful future!

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