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17 Jul 2017

Top spice: Turmeric sales heat up at Waitrose 

Spices Lifestyle

Sales of Waitrose's ground turmeric has overtaken all other Waitrose own-label ground spices after sales grew by 22% year-on-year.  

Such is the growth, Waitrose’s Cooks’ Ingredients range has seen the bright orange spice now overtaking cinnamon, the previous ground spice best-seller.

To meet the fast-growing demand, Waitrose has also added fresh turmeric to its shelves which has been so popular with shoppers, the supermarket has doubled the number of shops it’s stocked in, helping sales to rise by nearly 1,000%.

Oliver Chadwyck-Healey, Waitrose Spice and Herb Buyer, said:

“Turmeric has seen a huge growth in popularity over the past year and is now the king of the ground spices. It’s definitely the ingredient of choice for those who want to spice up their lives.

“While it’s most commonly used in curries and Asian dishes, people are also mixing it with warm milk and water for turmeric tea, using it in broths, smoothies and even face masks.

“As a staple of many middle Eastern and North African dishes, it’s also benefitted from customers’ enthusiasm for these cuisines.”

Turmeric is the root stalk of a plant in the ginger family and has a peppery, warm flavour and a mild fragrance.

Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Organic Ground Turmeric is produced in India and is 100% organic. The farmers that produce the spice work with farming co-operatives and are provided with ongoing support and advice to help them achieve and maintain their organic certification. They are also supported with social sustainability projects which help the farmers and their communities, including looking at water (wells and storage) and compost making.

Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Organic Ground Turmeric is available in stores and online for £1.69 (50g).   

For further information please contact Eleanor Gillingham on 01344 824916 or  

Notes to Editors
Fresh turmeric is now available in 139 Waitrose shops.

About Waitrose
Waitrose currently has 354 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 64 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop - dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose's omnichannel business includes the online grocery service,, as well as specialist online shops including for wine.  


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