Revealed at VisitScotland Expo today in Edinburgh, a new range of popcorn- branded ‘Monster Pop’ - has been launched by cruise operator Loch Ness by Jacobite and Scottish popcorn company Poporopo.
The first flavoured product, ‘Loch Salt and Caramel Ness’, is inspired by the Loch’s famous occupant the Loch Ness Monster and will be available on board Jacobite’s four vessels.
Loch Ness by Jacobite is now asking the public to select the next product for the range from a choice of flavours including Ginger Ness and Nutty Nessie.
The cruise company, which has sailed on the imfamous loch for more than 40 years, has worked with the Scottish gourmet popcorn company to launch its first Scottish-themed flavour, which forms the basis of a partnership between the two firms.
Loch Ness by Jacobite regularly showcases the very best of the region to almost 200,000 visitors from the UK and overseas every year, and this will allow guests to take a taste of the loch home with them following their trip.
The popcorn is made by Poporopo; the firm of 25 year-old entrepreneur Daman Bush. Corn kernels are popped using hot air, rather than oil, to create the lightest product.
Flavours from around Scotland are then used to give a distinct Scottish twist to the popcorn, which is developed in Stirling.
Freda Newton, Managing Director of Loch Ness by Jacobite said: “We are always on the hunt for new ways to make the visitor experience more exciting and memorable. Working with new businesses and offering new products on board is just one way that we do this, and I am looking forward to receiving feedback from our customers when our popcorn is launched.”
Daman Bush, Managing Director of Poporopo added: “As a new brand, it is great to work with a well-established Scottish company to help showcase our product to locals and international visitors.”
Loch Ness by Jacobite celebrated 40 years on the water in 2015 with the launch of a new brand, a £1million investment into the Highlands and the introduction of a new vessel.
The company now hosts an additional 800 visitors a day and helps to support the region’s economic growth.