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  • Thursday, July 31st, 2014, (9:00 am)

    KingBeer releases new Botanical Beers

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 20.29.36KingBeer has released handmade Bottle-conditioned, botanical beers in two different styles.

    This is a first for the brewing industry using a combination of brewing and distilling methods.

    By using botanical extracts in beer the Head Brewer modifies the colour and flavour using maceration akin to gin production. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 31st, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Cauldron launches new Indian Koftas

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 20.52.55Cauldron has launched new Indian Koftas into the Indian food marker.

    The Indian Koftas are inspired by authentic flavours and prepared with spinach, lentils and blended with spices.

    A versatile product, they can be eaten straight out of the pack or heated in the oven for twelve minutes. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    Veronica’s Snacks launches gluten free crisps

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 20.45.47Veronica’s Snacks has crossed the Irish Sea to launch in UK for the first time.

    The range, which includes baked organic crisps, veggie crisps and kids favourite ‘Crunchy Creatures’ baked corn snacks, has launched in the crisp aisle in Tesco stores nationwide.

    Having conquered the free-from snacks market in the Republic of Ireland, Veronica’s Snacks is set to respond to UK consumer demand for snacks that can be enjoyed by all, including those who are gluten intolerant – giving all crisp lovers ‘permission to munch’. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, (1:00 pm)

    New Aspall bottle is designed for the fridge

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 20.23.28Aspall has refreshed the look of its bottled ciders using a lightweight Vichy bottle produced by glass manufacturer Beatson Clark.

    Aspall ciders are usually sold in a unique bottle designed by Beatson Clark, but the cider maker wanted a shorter bottle for the on trade as the bespoke design is too tall for most pub and bar fridges.

    Aspall has given its range of bottled ciders a new look and six products are now on sale in pubs or bars in Beatson Clark’s standard 500ml amber lightweight Vichy bottle which has a crown neck finish. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, (9:17 am)

    Walker’s Nonsuch launches new Toffee Twin Pack

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 20.16.42Family toffee maker, Walker’s Nonsuch, has launched the new Toffee Twin pack.

    The pack contains two toffee bars along with a toffee hammer.

    Walker’s have been making toffee for over 100 years and use jus ingredients including whole milk and butter. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, (7:12 am)

    Juiceburst launches No Added Sugar range

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 20.13.09In response to the new School Food standards for food and drink in schools announced by the Department for Education last month, Juiceburst will be launching a new 330ml Schools approved range ahead of the legislation coming into force in January 2015.

    Timed for ‘Back to School’ in September, the new Juiceburst range will go into production early that month to meet the demand of the new academic year.

    Adhering to the new government specifications, the new juice drink range will contain 150ml of juice and no added sugar. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, (3:32 pm)

    Soreen unveils new Orange Loaf

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 20.05.09Soreen is launching a new flavour – Soreen Orange Loaf.

    The new addition to the Soreen range not only offers shoppers more choice of the squidgy loaf, but also enables retailers to drive sales by encouraging new users into the category.

    Soreen Orange Loaf can be enjoyed on a number of meal occasions, from breakfast, to mid-morning snack right through to dinner time desserts. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, (3:30 pm)


    Screen shot 2014-07-20 at 19.56.18As you know by the end of 2014 we will need to fully and clearly communicate all the allergens that are in our food & drink ingredients, products, drinks and dishes whatever the location or occasion.

    In short, by the end of this year, UK (and European) consumers should be able to confidently eat FreeFrom Everywhere.

    So whether you are producing and packing in a factory or preparing in a kitchen out of the home, our conferences on the 10th and 11th September will give you not only the theory you need, but also the experience of the major contractors, distributors and major contractors who are already serving FreeFrom and reaping the benefits of doing it well. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, (1:19 pm)

    New juice programme unveiled

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 19.28.40Nurture, a new specialist juice and nutrition company, has been founded by nutritional experts aiming to create the healthiest, most effective programme to facilitate a healthier and natural lifestyle.

    Nurture’s programme is packed with more than 20 varieties of raw ingredients to provide a “10 a Day” diet.

    There are five juices Nurture drinks available at launch. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, (11:00 am)

    Everything But The Cow soya protein shake launches in the UK

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 20.19.59Active women across the UK can now get a protein boost in a fruity on-the-go format, thanks to Everything But The Cow – a  new soya protein shake made with real fruit.

    Everything But The Cow’s unique blend of 7g NON GMO soya protein and 20% real fruit, makes it appeal as a shake for pre workout energy and post workout repair, or for people who want a healthier and fruitier choice of soft drink.

    The shakes are available in three flavours – Mango & Orange, Strawberry & Raspberry and Banana & Kiwi – all of which are 100% natural and free from artificial flavours, additives and preservatives. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, (9:13 am)

    Spanish Licor 43 reaches the UK

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 19.24.12Licor 43, the golden Spanish liqueur, is officially launching in the UK, offering consumers the chance to enjoy the taste from their holidays at home.

    Served cold over ice or with a preferred mixer, the liquid’s vanilla and caramel flavours make it appeal as a pre or post dinner drink.

    Produced in Cartagena, Spain the secret Licor 43 recipe uses 43 all natural ingredients, drawing on selected fruits and herbs from the Mediterranean. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, (7:09 am)

    Heinz unveils new Cup Soup range

    Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 19.03.08Heinz has announced the launch of its new Heinz Cup Soup range, which allows consumers to enjoy the flavours of the Heinz Classics canned soup range wherever they are without the need for saucepans or microwaves.

    Unlike many alternative cup soups, Heinz Cup Soup contains no MSG (monosodium glutamate), is low in fat and offers less than 100 calories per serving – but offers the taste experience of Heinz Classics Soups.

    The range contains no artificial colours or preservatives and are low in sugar. (more…)

  • Monday, July 28th, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    Danone teams up with TFL to give bottles of evian to London commuters

    Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 19.00.04Transport for London (TfL) has teamed up with Danone Waters UK & Ireland Ltd to give out free bottles of evian natural mineral water to customers, helping to emphasise the advice to carry water while travelling on the Tube.

    As the hot weather continues, Danone has provided London Underground with 250,000 bottles of evian water, which will be given out at some of the busiest stations on the London Underground network this summer in support of TfL’s ongoing Beat the Heat and Travel Better London campaign.

    The campaign aims to raise awareness of how passengers can help to reduce delays and improve the environment for themselves and fellow travellers by making small changes to their travel habits. (more…)

  • Monday, July 28th, 2014, (1:00 pm)

    All natural water enhancer from the US enters UK market

    Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 18.55.39The burgeoning water enhancer category is set for a new arrival in the shape of Stur Drinks, the number one all natural water enhancer in the US, offering a healthy alternative to UK retailers.

    Available to the grocery and specialist retail channel from July 2014, the range has been developed to encourage greater hydration and is aimed at women aged 25-55 who lead an active lifestyle.

    The 30 serving (50ml) pocket-sized enhancer contains natural fruit and tea flavours extracted from real fruit and black tea, and is high in Vitamin C, containing 100% of the recommended allowance in every squirt – considerably more than other leading juice drinks.

    Each bottle also contains zero sugar, calories and fat and is free from artificial sweeteners, flavours or colours. (more…)

  • Monday, July 28th, 2014, (11:19 am)

    Wild Trail launches Coconut Oil Wholegrain Bar

    Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 18.41.31Wild Trail Ltd, the a healthy snack bar manufacturer, has launched its latest range of healthy free from bars.

    100% natural and with no added sugar, the products have been listed with the top five UK Health Food Wholesalers, together with several national and international listings, as it also raises a second round of funding on the UK crowd funding platform, Crowdcube.

    Wild Trail raised over £100k in May 2013 on the Crowdcube fundraising platform to fund new product development. (more…)

  • Monday, July 28th, 2014, (9:11 am)

    G’NOSH expands range with new Meals in Minutes

    Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 18.32.52G’NOSH is expanding its lifestyle-driven ‘gourmet nosh’ product range with the launch of ingredient-led world food inspired Meals in Minutes into Waitrose and Ocado.

    The brand’s existing range of four fresh Dips are also going on-shelf into Waitrose and, in an expansion boom, its tapas-style Pinchos will also launch nationwide into Sainsbury’s.

    Central to the brand’s lifestyle-led values is a celebration of bold, global flavours and simple, honest ingredients in each product. (more…)

  • Monday, July 28th, 2014, (9:00 am)

    Phil Vickery adds new varieties to Gluten-Free Baking range

    Screen shot 2014-07-20 at 19.38.39The Phil Vickery Seriously Good range of gluten and dairy-free mixes are designed to make it easy to create free-from bakes that are as tasty as traditional recipes, so you can make sweet treats for everyone to enjoy together.

    Phil’s new-look range includes Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Natural Vanilla Cupcake Mix, Very Lemony Cupcake Mix and Very Chocolaty Cupcake Mix, all with natural flavourings and no preservatives or artificial colours.

    They’re also suitable for freezing which is great news for planning ahead. (more…)

  • Monday, July 28th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Halloween variety bags from Tangerine Confectionery

    Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 18.27.24Tangerine Confectionery, the manufacturer of sugar confectionery brand, Candyland, has launched a new variety pack to tap in to the market for Halloween-inspired confectionery.

    The new ‘I Love Sweets’ Halloween variety bag (200g, RRP £1) is designed to appeal for trick or treating with its spooky packaging and boasts a range of retro classic sweets.

    Each pack contains a random mix of treat-size favourites, including Kola Frosties, Wham Assorted Mini Chews, Dip Dab lollies and Refreshers lollies. (more…)

  • Friday, July 25th, 2014, (3:21 pm)

    Rosemount Estates launches new Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo blend

    Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 21.30.05Australian winery, Rosemount Estate, is launching a neck collar promotion with its new and exclusive Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo blend into national grocer Morrisons, following a unique collaboration using crowd sourcing to select the new wine blend.

    A competition entitled ‘Create Your Own Blend’ launched in August 2013 and received almost 3,500 entries via Morrisons online wine site

    Five winners were then selected to attend a winemaking weekend in November 2013, led by Rosemount Estate Chief Winemaker, Matt Koch. (more…)

  • Friday, July 25th, 2014, (1:15 pm)

    Anchor unveils new TV advert

    Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 21.16.44As part of its ‘Tastes Like Home’ brand positioning, Anchor is launching a new TV campaign for Anchor Spreadable which will run from 21st July through to September on both satellite and terrestrial channels.

    The 30 second advert follows the same creative theme as the brand’s recent Anchor Cheddar advert, focusing on ‘Glorious Nothing Days’ when family is just family.

    The Anchor Spreadable advert focuses on celebrating everyday family moments where Anchor Spreadable plays a central role. (more…)

  • Friday, July 25th, 2014, (11:04 am)

    Boursin teams up with Thrive in charity gardening initiative

    Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 21.08.42Boursin, the UK’s speciality cheese , is supporting Thrive charity in the renovation of the Battersea Herb Garden.

    The launch event celebrating the official opening of the renovated gardens kicked off with volunteers from brand owner Bel UK getting involved with the renovation of the herb garden and a speech given by Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food Board.

    The event which took place on the 14th July in a nod to Boursin’s French origins culminated with a selection of Boursin products for all to enjoy at lunchtime. (more…)

  • Friday, July 25th, 2014, (9:11 am)

    Oatly relaunches to attract ‘Stealth Health’ shoppers

    Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 20.57.01Oatly, the oat-based milk alternative, has revealed a complete brand overhaul that aims to capture the imagination of informed consumers.

    This will play out across packaging, a new website and brand messaging with a focus on Oatly becoming more appealing to an increasingly health and environmentally conscious market.

    The overall brand ambition is shift from a food production company to a lifestyle brand and bring the Oatly way of life to as many people as possible, highlighting the benefits of life ‘without the cow’. (more…)

  • Friday, July 25th, 2014, (7:12 am)

    A G Barr launches Rockstar Xdurance Electric Fruits

    Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 20.44.11A G Barr is building on its Rockstar Xdurance range with the launch of new Xdurance Electric Fruits.

    Since launching in August 2011, Rockstar Xdurance Blue has seen sales of over £40 million and is currently the UK’s fastest selling Big Can flavoured energy drink.

    Adrian Troy, head of marketing for A G Barr said: “Rockstar Xdurance, which is designed to prepare consumers for extreme mental and physical performance, really strikes a chord with shoppers. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 24th, 2014, (3:13 pm)

    DeBeukelaer ChocOlé launches in the UK

    Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 21.24.41Griesson – de Beukelaer (GdB) – one of the leading manufacturers and marketer of sweet biscuits and savoury snacks in Germany – is enhancing the sweet biscuits branded UK market with DeBeukelaer ChocOlé since June 2014.

    The twisted biscuits (75g) are covered with Belgian chocolate and retail at £1.39, available in two flavours: Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate.

    The biscuit sticks are sold in a round box which can be opened and re-sealed again. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 24th, 2014, (1:19 pm)


    Screen shot 2014-07-20 at 19.56.18As you know by the end of 2014 we will need to fully and clearly communicate all the allergens that are in our food & drink ingredients, products, drinks and dishes whatever the location or occasion.

    In short, by the end of this year, UK (and European) consumers should be able to confidently eat FreeFrom Everywhere.

    So whether you are producing and packing in a factory or preparing in a kitchen out of the home, our conferences on the 10th and 11th September will give you not only the theory you need, but also the experience of the major contractors, distributors and major contractors who are already serving FreeFrom and reaping the benefits of doing it well. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 24th, 2014, (11:09 am)

    Butterkist adds to single serve range

    Screen shot 2014-07-23 at 21.10.44Tangerine Confectionery, the maker of the UK’s popcorn brand, Butterkist, has strengthened its single serve, clip strip range with the addition of a new flavour, Sweet & Salted.

    This new addition to the Butterkist portfolio joins the recently launched savoury single serve range, consisting of Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, Sour Cream & Chive and Thai Sweet Chilli.

    Sweet & Salted is the fastest growing flavour in the market with growth of 186 per cent year on year. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 24th, 2014, (9:11 am)

    CWF extends Straw Hat wine range

    Screen shot 2014-07-23 at 20.58.46CWF, the Yorkshire based wine importer and alcoholic drinks manufacturer, has launched a new bag in box format to join its already successful The Straw Hat range of British wine.

    The Straw Hat a range of three wines (red, white and rosé) at 11% ABV originally launched in 2012, comprises a soft, juicy red, a fresh and fruity white and a lush rosé.

    Despite no above-the-line marketing spend, the range has since gone on to generate a loyal customer base. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 24th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Walkers unveils ‘Do Us a Flavour’ competition finalists

    Screen shot 2014-07-23 at 20.52.40This year the Walkers Do Us a Flavour competition is back, bigger than ever with six finalists vying for the £1 million prize.

    After receiving 1.2 million entries, Walkers has announced the six flavour finalists:

    Ranch Racoon, Chip Shop Chicken Curry, Hot Dog with Tomato Ketchup, Pulled Pork in a Sticky BBQ Sauce, Cheesy Beans on Toast and Sizzling Steak Fajita. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, (3:37 pm)

    UK’s first raw melon juice launches

    Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 21.37.24Mello is the UK’s first and only range of raw, fresh melon juice.

    The functional drink has launched in Britain with listings in Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic and other independent stores.

    Through harnessing the cutting edge technology of High Pressure Processing (HPP), the brand aims to disrupt the market by providing an alternative to conventional and damaging juicing methods bringing consumers the best way to enjoy the taste and health benefits of raw juice. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, (1:00 pm)

    Brain Blasterz sour candy range gets social for summer

    Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 21.32.57Consumers of sour sweets are being encouraged to ‘Get Sour Now!’ and share a photo or video of their ‘sour face’ thanks to a new social media campaign for Bon Bon Buddies’ own-brand sour candy range.

    Brain Blasterz was the first own-brand range to be developed by Europe’s leading licensed character confectionary company, Bon Bon Buddies, and, since its launch in 2011, it is now sold in more than 20 countries across Europe and the Middle East.

    Initially Brain Blasterz was launched to the market with the mega sour ‘Candy Container’ but, following its popularity, the range has been expanded to 16 products available in a variety of flavours. (more…)

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