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Food discovery is what makes us tick so we scour the globe to discover exciting new ingredients and flavours that give fresh inspiration to those who love real food.
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Food discovery is what makes us tick so we at Merchant Gourmet scour the globe to discover exciting new ingredients and flavours that give fresh inspiration to those who love real food. As the UK's No.1 pulses, grains and chestnut brand we're on a mission to inspire people to cook and eat pulses & grains as part of their everyday diet. Take a look at our complete range.


Merchant Gourmet was founded back in 1995, by brothers Mark and Oliver Leatham, who had a passion for discovering real food. Ever since our team have been outsourcing the finest ingredients from all across the world.

We were the first brand to bring speciality foods like Camargue Red Rice and Ready-to-eat Chestnuts to the UK market. In 2009, we took things a step further, launching our
Ready-to-eat Puy Lentils and Quinoa pouches - the first of their kind in the UK. Ready in a flash, they sped up 'slow food' hugely, the craze for grains and pulses really took off!


Our range today offers a variety of products that go from the pouch to plate in under one minute. Ideal for when you're short on time, but don't want to compromise on what's good for you. Famed for lentils, quinoa, whole grains and seeds; our ready to eat pouches offer a nutritious alternative to white rice, as each pouch has been simply cooked with just a dash of water and a drizzle of olive oil with no added nasties. We are also the only UK brand to sell pre-cooked 100% Puy lentil and freekeh pouches into the major retailers, meaning that you get the total nutritional benefit of the products you buy our range. We also have a range of pulses and grains infused with globally inspired flavours - just the thing for the discerning foodie who cares about what they eat and wants to keep their food exciting.


At Merchant Gourmet we believe in living and eating well even when you're in a hurry! We go beyond food and strive to enhance people's overall lifestyle with tasty recipes that challenge the regular mealtime repertoire to make it a little less boring. Using super simple and healthy swaps, to add some extra nutrients into your diet without compromising on taste, we want to inspire people to eat in a modern way. This means we're always coming up with exciting new quick and easy recipes to make your mealtimes delicious and lifestyle tips on how to enhance your overall well-being through food.


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The Okhane Team