Holland & Barrett is Europe’s largest health food and wellness group. It was founded in 1870, by Major William Holland and Alfred Slapps Barrett.
They bought a grocery shop in the English market town, Bishop’s Stortford, in Hertfordshire. By 1920, Holland & Barrett had another store, in the High Street of famous horseracing town, Epsom.
In June 2017, H&B was sold for £1.8 billion pounds to Letter One Retail, the group controlled by Russian billionaire Mikhail Maratovich Fridman. One of the richest men in Russia, Fridman co-founded the private bank, Alfa-Bank.
Headquartered in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Holland & Barrett has been franchising stores overseas since 2009 and now operates in 18 countries, with a worldwide total of 1,600 stores including 800 in Britain. In June 2021, Holland & Barrett opened a new 2000 sq ft flagship store in Coventry.
Holland & Barrett is seen as the health food shop in Britain, and has a very middle class country town image. Pop star turned gardener Kim Wilde and actor David Jason (Only Fools and Horses) were used to try and change Holland & Barrett’s image.
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When vegetarianism was seen as cranky, Holland & Barrett was one of the few places which sold veggie food.
It’s possible to buy from H&B by visiting a store, shopping online or buying via Amazon UK (although some products may be more expensive).
It’s certainly worth signing up for the Rewards For Life loyalty card. With reward points and offers, it’s possible to save quite a lot of money.
First of the new items, is Biona Organic Kimchi which we haven’t tried before £4.11 for 350g (21/07/21) of spicy fermented cabbage. 3.7g carbs per 100g and 1.8g fibre per 100g. Hoping this will be better than sauerkraut.
Next, Abakus Foods Seaweed Crisps Lightly Salted Lightly Salted from Germany. 99p for an 18 gram bag. 8.6g carbs per bag. They resemble dried mushrooms, with crunch supplied by a tapioca coating which makes up 39% of the bag. 27% of the bag is nori seaweed, but taste-wise, it doesn’t feature strongly. Don’t like the corn oil, even though it’s non-GMO, nor the rice and white miso, made with non-GMO soya beans. Wouldn’t buy again.
Granovita Vegetable Pate 125g £1.85 (21/07/21) seemed a reasonable price, until we noticed that it’s £1.30 at ASDA GranoVita Vegetable Pate – ASDA 7.1g carbs per 100g, with 18.6g fat per 100g, 7.7g protein and 4.2g fibre. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free. Not too crazy about the palm fat. Tartex is organic but this one tastes less salty and there’s no fighting with a tube. Would buy again
Spotted Lo-Dough Original Base £4.49 for 2 bases (56g) (21/07/21) which seems expensive. Main ingredient is glutein free wheat protein, plus dried egg white, konjac flour and psylliu husk powder. Not organic, but gluten, sugar, fat and dairy free. Just 2.2g carbs per base. 33.2g fibre per 100g, 9.2g protein per 100g.
Hoping that this will work for a quiche.
The courier who brought the Holland & Barrett box didn’t wear a mask, so I didn’t open the door until she had left and sprayed the box with anti-viral and anti-bacterial disinfectant.