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Bermuda Jam Factory launches low-sugar range

Bermuda Jam Factory has launched a new line of Agave-sweetened no sugar added preserves and low sugar desert sauces.

The new products, which come under the name Give Me Agave, were launched this week and are now available Island wide and through the company’s website.

Bermuda Jam Factory’s Gombey Pepper Jam line-up was recently voted the Best of Bermuda Award 2011 for home-grown products earlier this year as the premier gourmet food gift for residents and visitors.

Managing partners Joel McDonell and Grant Kennedy said that through developing the Give Me Agave brand they hoped to have fulfilled their customers’ requests for no sugar added products.

“Our goal was to develop a great tasting product without sacrificing on flavour,” they said.

Maintaining their passion for new and innovative foods the pair have three new products offerings each wrapped in environmentally-friendly packaging.

The mild papaya and sweet pepper preserve and a hot jalapeño pepper preserve are both sweetened with 100 percent certified organic agave nectar. The pair also have a low sugar spiced caramel sauce for deserts and hot Toddy’s that were sampled at the recently held Rugby World Classic. The labels on the Agave line-up are also made from 100 percent post consumer waste.

During the developmental process they found a tasty natural sweetener that the ancient Aztecs prized as a gift from the gods. Also known, as the main ingredient in Tequila production agave nectar today has quickly becoming the preferred low glycemic sweetener substitute for table sugar and honey.

“Not all agave nectars are as pure as they indicate, many are diluted with things like maltose and high fructose corn syrup,” said the duo. “We chose a USDA-certified organic agave product to insure consistency and to avoid the pitfalls of lesser products out there.”

Agave nectar comes from the juice of the agave plant commercially produced in Mexico and Texas. Once the plant’s leaves are juiced they are cooked to produce a light to dark amber liquid that is slightly thinner and sweeter than honey.

The American Diabetes Association states that Agave nectar isn’t carbohydrate or calorie free. But since it’s a food with a low glycemic index, the syrup won’t raise your blood glucose levels as much as sugar or honey do, according to Mr McDonell and Mr Kennedy.

“Give Me Agave should be popular with those who are watching their sugar intake closely for both health and lifestyle reasons,” they said. “It’s great to be able to provide new and exciting food options for people that are looking for just this.”

Give Me Agave is available at www.bermudajamfactory.com, Lindos, The Phoenix Centre, Brown & Co, Supermart on Front Street, Harrington Hundreds, Craft Market, Churchill’s and Tribe Road Kitchen.

Jam packed: Joel McDonell and Grant Kennedy of Bermuda Jam Factory with their new no sugar added preserves and low sugar dessert sauces ( Photo by Glenn Tucker )

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Published November 25, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 25, 2011 at 6:25 am)

Bermuda Jam Factory launches low-sugar range

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