By SAM BUTLER
Spear and Arrow, the Northern Ireland developer of a unique bone broth, has used the successful broth in an innovative Turmeric and Ginger Shot health drink.
The company, based near Larne in County Antrim, has introduced the new shot as the result of a focus on adding value to the nourishing bone broth launched to retailers earlier in the year and widening its product portfolio for retailers.
Lynette McHendry, who founded Spear and Arrow in November 2019, explains: “We are continually trialling new flavours and products based on our bone broth to give our customers more choice when it comes to getting the health benefits from the broth.
“Our new Turmeric and Ginger Shot features concentrated bone broth in the blend.
Fifty per cent of the juice is made up of the original broth with the remaining part juiced turmeric root, ginger root and lemons with added black pepper which maximises the absorption of the turmeric into the body and honey to reduce the sharpness.
“Taking one shot per day of 50ml will give consumers their daily consumption of bone broth for gut health and natural turmeric and ginger root are both proven to have anti-inflammatory properties,” adds Lynette.
Lynette says her own health research had highlighted the benefits of turmeric as a medicinal herb that’s rich in antioxidants and could help with conditions such as arthritis, cancer and high cholesterol.
“It also boosts the immune system,” she adds. “Ginger has a long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine.
“It’s been used to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold.”
The new shot is convenient to take as it is sold in a 500ml glass bottle.
Kept in the fridge, the new shot can be taken as a drink straight from the bottle daily and once opened will last 10 days.
“The glass bottle has the added benefit of being recyclable,” adds Lynette.
The company has a number of innovative products using the bone broth as a key ingredient in the pipeline. “While the bone broth is our primary product, I am keen to expand the business by offering other healthy foods and drinks,” Lynette continues.
“The new shot widens our portfolio for marketing to food retailers and health shops.”
A former civil servant, Lynette developed the bone broth in response to her own health issues which led to a switch in careers.
She discovered the natural health benefits of bone broth from research into healthy products and spotted a business opportunity to produce and market her own broth as a means, in particular, of helping people to address digestion problems.
She turned to the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) at Loughry Campus, near Cookstown, County Tyrone, in 2019 for help in developing and manufacturing the broth.
CAFRE helped her secure a £5,000 Innovation Voucher from Invest NI.
The vouchers allow companies to team up with a college or university on an agreed project in areas such as new product development.
She has continued to work with CAFRE experts in the development of the shot and other potential additions to her portfolio.
“The guidance and support provided by the CAFRE team within the Invest NI Innovation Voucher has been invaluable and is helping me to develop my small enterprise with original and healthy products,” adds Lynette.