We do not dropship, we sell to you the - the customer. Drop shipping is a retail fulfilment method where by the company do not keep the products they sell in stock, instead when they sell said product the company purchases it from a third party manufacturer. The third party then has the item shipped directly to the consumer meaning the merchant never has the product in his possession.
We create all of our gift baskets fresh, made to order and in house by our dedicated warehouse team. We take pride in the fresh assembly of our baskets, which is why we do not believe in drop shipping. For our business there are so many different elements which if left to drop shippers could be catastrophic! This allows us to provide you with only the freshest produce available.
We get our Salmon from a family run fish monger located in the heart of Belfast city centre which is now renowned as Ireland's oldest fishmonger. William Ewing opened a small fish monger on the Shankill Road in 1911 which has now grown into an Irish institution, and still remains on the same sight to this day.
The salmon is caught along the coast’s of Northern Ireland and Scotland by sustainable fishmongers before being transported to Belfast to be smoked. The family use their own unique 100 year old technique of smoking the Salmon with Beech-wood and Oak chips which is then further matured to develop an exquisite and intricate taste. Walter alongside his two sons Warren and Crawford are committed to the craft and quality of their salmon, priding themselves with having only the freshest fish boasting that there fish can go “from sea to plate in no time.”
Each smoked salmon side is then trimmed by hand in order to leave the leave it prime but also firm as well as the fragrant smoked beech and oak layer to deliver a subtle yet distinct flavour. Ewings smoked salmon is a favourite among many Michelin starred chefs. Many believe the salmon’s distinct taste comes not only from their unique smoking method but also the waters in which it was raised. The coasts of Northern Ireland and Scotland are known to have fast flowing tides, meaning the fish is well exercised giving it a firmer texture.
As you can see a great amount of work has gone into perfecting the smoked salmon we use within our gift baskets and hampers. It is not just Ewings that we use who have spent many years perfecting their craft, all of the producers of goods we use to complete our hampers take pride in their products. You do not receive delicious fresh gourmet produce like this if you use a dropshipper. We are a family run business and believe that by making everything in house it gives us an edge on our competitors. We can monitor the assembly of each and every gift basket before it goes out, customise the contents to suit you and a company director personally inspects every single gift basket prior to giving it to the courier service! We believe it’s the little things that make our gift baskets so special and always strive to go the extra mile to make you happy.