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Watercress Lane duck eggs 'ship shape for P&O cruises'

17 September 2010

Duck eggs will be on the menus of some luxurious passenger ships after Watercress Lane won a contract with high quality food and deli wholesaler Kentas of London to supply Britain's leading cruise line

Duck eggs will be on the menus of some of the most luxurious passenger ships in the world after Watercress Lane won a contract with high quality food and deli wholesaler Kentas of London™ to supply Britain's leading cruise line.

The Norfolk-based food producer will provide tasty duck eggs for globe-trotting passengers to enjoy on board the P&O Cruise Line's fleet of spectacular ships, including the Arcadia - well-known for the Arcadian Rhodes Restaurant created by celebrity chef Gary Rhodes - and the Artemis.

Watercress Lane got the nod for the prestigious contract because of its respected 'Blue Duck' quality mark which guarantees full traceability for its eggs and an assurance that they are produced to consistently high standards of freshness, food safety and animal welfare.

Already renowned for supplying superior duck eggs to the consumer market, the Norwich company also supplies more than 350 top London restaurants and gastro-pubs via Secretts Direct, the fruit and veg supplier run by Vernon Mascarenhas and part owned by Gregg Wallace of Masterchef fame.

Now holidaymakers enjoying the best dining afloat, on board P&O's fantastic liners cruising the most exotic locations in the world, can enhance their experience by tucking into dishes featuring Watercress Lane's delicious and healthy duck eggs.

The deal for P&O Cruises through Kentas of London, who supply 2,000 quality lines to a variety of food sectors, reflects a growing interest in duck eggs as an alternative to the everyday hen egg and endorses the capability of Watercress Lane to provide duck eggs of a consistent quality and freshness throughout the year.

Kentas of London MD Joe McGinty said: "Duck eggs were already on the menu for passengers on P&O's Cruises but the original supplier got into difficulties and was unable to guarantee supply. We were recommended Watercress Lane because of its 'Blue Duck' guarantee of exceptionally high standards, a key requirement of P&O, and because they have the capability to provide duck eggs of a consistent quality and freshness throughout the year."

Each P&O Cruise ship will have two cases containing 20 dozen of Watercress Lane's duck eggs. They are ideal for cooking and baking, serving with dishes such as black pudding and scallops, and can, of course, be used as part of a traditional breakfast option.

Watercress Lane produces over seven and a half million duck eggs each year under its 'Blue Duck' brand and now holidaymakers, as well as diners in some of London's smartest restaurants, are joining the increasing number of people turning to these fresh, natural and delicious eggs.

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