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5 years ago…

[How did the Uuni story start]

 

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Five Years of Uuni

 

It was a chilly evening in December 2011. Darina, my wife and business partner, and I were watching TV when I asked if I could pitch an idea to her.

I’d been thinking about it for a few months, making sketches, researching the market, checking things out to see if there was anything even remotely similar out there. There wasn’t. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense.

The pitch was this: People love great pizza… and to get great pizza you need something other than a domestic oven. People love the idea of cooking with a traditional wood-fired oven. But most don’t have the space and traditional ovens are often prohibitively expensive. Could we create a wood-fired oven that is small, fast and affordable?

It turned out the answer was yes – and the original Uuni was launched five years ago today on Kickstarter.

The passion that fuelled that first idea has permeated through all the products we’ve created – enabling more people to enjoy great food with their friends and family.

When we launched Uuni in 2012, one of our tag lines was ‘Uuni: revolutionising outdoor cooking’. An ambitious and bold claim at the time, but five years on our story shows that we’ve lived up to it:

  • We’ve shipped to more than 90 countries worldwide

  • We’ve sold tens of thousands of units and millions of pizzas have been made with Uuni products. (We’ve planted tens of thousands of trees too.)

  • Uuni is stocked by major retailers around the world such as John Lewis, Lakeland, Williams Sonoma and ACE Hardware

Uuni is the world’s first, best and most popular portable wood-fired oven.

What’s next?

For the past year and a half we’ve had an incredibly ambitious goal that we call our 2020 Vision. It’s what we work towards and are committed to every day:

“Uuni will be one of the world’s top 5 outdoor cooking brands by the end of 2020”

We still have some way to go… it wouldn’t be incredibly ambitious otherwise! As we grow we are building in all the crucial components to deliver on this goal: our first class team at Uuni HQ (19 as of this week!) our fantastic Uuni community, our retail partners and a truly innovative product roadmap. We now look ahead with the same excitement and belief that inspired the first Uuni in 2012.

Over the last five years, more than anything else, I am most proud of the Uuni community we’ve built: a family that is engaged, kind, and with a shared passion for great food and outdoor cooking.

Thank you for sharing in our journey.

With sincerest gratitude,

Kristian
Founder, CEO

PS. To mark the five years, we’ve launched a few new cast iron products. Check them out below 😉

Cast Iron Series

 

The National Pizza Month [Competition!]

If you didn’t know, October is the National Pizza Month! 🍕🍕

The modern pizza was invented in Naples (Southern Italy), and the dish and its variants have since become popular and common in many areas of the world. Since 1984 numerous brands serve pizza through a variety of charitable efforts.

Our team is constantly inspired by the generosity of the global Uuni Community. There’s clear passion, open sharing of ideas, recipes and support.

Uuni - national pizza month

To celebrate October being National Pizza Month and to say thank you to the Uuni community, we want to continue to ‘pay it forward’ with a campaign we’re dubbing ‘Pizza Forward’.

Uuni will share ‘a slice’ of the profits with winning entries and support charities that matter to you and your local community.

How it works:



1. Share your pizza photos or videos on Instagram, Twitter or Youtube.

2. Tag @uunihq, #pizzaforward and the charity of your choice.
(Youtube entries can be shared via the Uuni HQ Facebook page or send to hello@uuni.net)

3. Uuni will choose 3 winners, one each from Instagram, Twitter and Youtube and donate $500 to the chosen charity of each winning entry. We’ll also throw in some Uuni accessories for the winner!

“National Pizza Month” Terms & Conditions:

 

  • Entries will not be valid unless they include the 3 tags (@uunihq, #pizzaforward & the charity account).
    If your charity doesn’t have an Instagram or Twitter account add the charity name & location.
  • The charity must be registered (anywhere in the world!) and the charity no. will be requested from all winners.
  • Entries close 31st October 2017
  • Winners announced 1st November 2017

Don’t forget to follow us:

Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | Pinterest

If you need help finding ideas for your pizza, you can check our recipe for delicious Frutti Di Mare Pizza.

GOOD LUCK!

 

BBQ Week Competition

BBQ Week

UK BBQ Week is an idea born by a group of BBQ enthusiasts tired of seeing half hearted corporate efforts with sponsorship agendas to get people into restaurants instead of barbecuing at home.

We want exactly the opposite and want to show more people how easy and rewarding BBQ can be. UK BBQ Week should be all about encouraging people to get outdoors cooking and enjoying BBQ with their friends and family. So a group of real BBQ fans have set up UK BBQ Week in an effort to promote barbecue and encourage people young and old to pick up the tongs and cook up some amazing BBQ food for their families and friends.

Since the dark days of 1997, the National BBQ Week has not only helped change all of our attitudes towards BBQ and summer eating, but has also helped grow the BBQ market from just 9 million BBQ occasions back then to over 130 million last year and all the indications are that they’ll be even more this year!

We’re teaming up with some of our community BBQ pros to bring you our favourite Uunified BBQ dishes.

We’ll also be road testing Kezie Foods in Uuni, who has supplied us with some serious BBQ food to cook over the week. How about some Crocodile burgers?

Country Wood Smoke
United Q BBQ
BBQ Forte
Butter Wouldn’t Melt
The Sexy Vegan
… and the whole Uuni team will sharing BBQ recipes that have been adapted for Uuni, right across BBQ week!

Want to WIN a £50 Kezie Foods exotic meat hamper and Uuni accessories?

How to enter?
Share a photo of your own Uunified x BBQ dish on our Facebook wall or submit via hello@uuni.net. All entries should be posted or sent in by Monday 5th June.

If you need any inspiration, every day we will post recipes dedicated to the BBQ Week.

3 WINNERS
 will be announced on Wednesday 7th June.
(Winners outside of the UK: the meat hamper prize cannot travel outside of the UK but we will fix you up with some sweet Uuni accessories!)

Food. Fire. Uuni.
#uuni #uunified
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Uuni on TV and, ya know, in Space..

We’re used to our fair share of random requests here at Uuni HQ.. we’ve seen Uunis put on the back of bicycles and being included in all sorts of festivals and events. But at the end of last year things got even more crazy- we were contacted by 2 sets of TV producers both who wanted to include an Uuni wood-fired oven in their shows!

The first one was for a show hosted by the fabulous Phil Spencer -a new home makeover series called Home Hero. Phil and his makeover team were helping a lovely young family in Kent make the best out of their back garden. The Uuni was used as part of a fantastic new cooking, dining and entertaining area. It’s great to see this in action on a makeover show as Uuni won an award last year for leading  the outdoor lifestyle/ entertaining trend! You can check out the short programme online here! Thanks Phil!

The late, oh so cosmically great, David Bowie asks ‘Is there life on Mars?’ Well, there’s pizza that’s for sure… The second request was to have Kristian use an Uuni to demonstrate cooking on Mars in the future.. yes, I’m serious! We were to play a small part in the renowned, televised, Royal Institution Christmas Lectures!

This year space doctor Kevin Fong was presenting three lectures on the theme: How to Survive in Space. Uuni was to be used in the final episode- The Next Frontier. We were literally blown away to be part of this- to put it into perspective they were communicating with British astronaut Tim Peak live from the International Space Station as part of the show! Kevin and some esteemed science colleagues talked us through which crops they believe it would be possible to produce on Mars, and lo and behold- they included wheat, tomatoes and basil.. sounds like Space Pizza to us! Check out the full lecture here!

Keep us posted on what, where and how you’re using your Uuni! Wherever you are in the Uuniverse! Twitter Instagram and Facebook

Uuni Shoot Day with Rikard

Last week we broke an Uuni HQ record… we shot 11 pizza recipes in one morning! It’s hard work making (and eating) all of those pizzas, but someone’s gotta do it. Musn’t grumble!

We were also lucky enough to be able to extend an invitation to our FAVOURITE photographer, Rikard Österlund. You can check out his website here.

He’s taken some fantastic photos, so nobody has to miss out on any of the action. We’ll be posting the first of these classic pizza recipes very shortly, so stay tuned.

Uuni Wins Best Product 2014 – East London Design Show

A massive thank you to the judges who voted our Uuni wood fired oven the Best Product 2014 at the East London Design Show this week!

This was our very first show and what do you know? ~We won Best Product 2014! We had a blast showing off the Uuni to the thousands of visitors in the Truman Brewery on London’s famous Brick Lane. We hope all the new Uuni owners and giftees will have a great time using theirs:)

Uuni holds design quality right up there alongside; ease of use, efficiency and affordability for all our products and it was truly an honour to be recognised in this way. THANKS!

 

What Have You Got to Prove?

Dough? Well, then you’re in luck!

Today we’re really happy to announce that we have a brand to new product to add to the Uuni range: Welcome to Uuni Stack.

Uuni Stack makes dough proving organised and easy. This multi-use product is also great for cooking prep, chopping and stylish storage. (The lid even doubles up as a chopping board!)

Like the original Uuni we’ve launched the project on Kickstarter. Check out the video, read more about it and get one here.

We’d be so grateful if you decide to BACK A STACK! Thanks so much!

Uuni 2 is now available in Australia for pre-order

Dear Australia,

Just over a year ago, we started shipping Uuni’s from warehouses in the USA and the United Kingdom. Today, we’re happy to announce that we’re about to start shipping from a warehouse in Australia, too.

Some 30 days ago, a shipment of Uuni’s were loaded in Helsinki, Finland, onboard a very large ship and they took to the high seas to begin their voyage to Australia. ETA is 3rd of November and as that date is fast approaching, we’re now opening up for pre-orders and our dedicated Australian Store.

Please use helloaustralia at checkout to receive AU$35 of your order. Valid until start of November or whilst stocks last!

While we don’t want to create panic and mayhem, it is worth noting that there’s limited stock available before Christmas. It really takes a long time to ship to Australia and we won’t be able to replenish stock until start of next year.

Couple of points:

We currently have the Uuni 2 and Uuni Peels available but are hoping to add pellets shortly. We’re just in the process of working out the logistics. You’ll be able to add these to your order at a later date, when available. Alternatively, suitable pellets are widely available in Australia.

Turns out, Australia is huge. Our warehouse is in Sydney and are super happy to be able to include free shipping within New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory. For other territories, we had to pull good estimates for how much shipping will cost*. Here’s our promise: if we find that your order ends up costing less to ship, we’ll refund you the difference. Prices already include GST and customs etc.

So,

Uuni’s are on their way, half way around the world. They’ll arrive in Sydney port at start of November and should be shipping to customers by middle of the month.

As you can imagine, we’re very excited about this and hope you are too!

Yours,

Kristian and the Uuni Team

*Problem is that rural areas are much more expensive than urban areas. This is probably pretty obvious to you if you live in Australia, but came as a bit of a surprise to us.

**What about New Zealand? We’re looking into this. Our first option for warehouse doesn’t do international shipping but we’re hoping to find one that does before they arrive. As soon as there’s news on this, we’ll definitely let you know!

Btw, I love NZ. We went there for a trip some five years ago and absolutely loved it. I can’t wait till we can ship to you guys too!