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  • Friday, August 22nd, 2014, (3:31 pm)

    Volvic unveils biggest redesign in the brand’s history

    Screen shot 2014-08-21 at 19.56.40Volvic has launched a brand new look across its entire plain, sparkling, Juiced and Touch of Fruit ranges.

    The new look aims to give the brand a fresh, modern twist and create a more consistent look across Volvic’s different ranges.

    Alastair Strang, brand lead for Volvic said: “We are thrilled to be bringing this new look for Volvic to British consumers. (more…)

  • Friday, August 22nd, 2014, (1:09 pm)

    Soupologie unveils on-pack promotion

    Screen shot 2014-08-21 at 19.55.55Soupologie are promoting their “Pea & Leek” soup.

    From now until May 2015 Soupologie will be working with Prostate Cancer UK and supporting their high profile campaign, ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’.

    Soupologie will be donating 10 per cent of their profits made from the sales of Pea & Leek soup to support the charity in supporting men, providing information and funding research into causes and treatments of the disease. (more…)

  • Friday, August 22nd, 2014, (11:09 am)

    SPAR launches Indian range

    Screen shot 2014-08-21 at 19.53.44SPAR has celebrated the launch of its new Indian and Oriental food range with a curry night for 200 RAF troops on 12 August.

    In an evening of fun celebrations at SPAR Brize Norton, SPAR UK will launch its 17-strong new range of Indian and Oriental foods – projected to be worth £3.4 million in sales.

    The range consists of 17 lines including ready meals, accompaniments and stir fry, with six new lines including four new ready meals; SPAR Chicken Jalfrezi with rice 450g; SPAR Lamb Rogan Josh with rice 450g; SPAR Thai green chicken curry with rice 450g; SPAR Chicken in Blackbean with rice 450g and two new stir fry sauces; SPAR Sweet chilli stir fry sauce 180g; SPAR Chinese stir fry sauce 180g. (more…)

  • Friday, August 22nd, 2014, (9:01 am)

    Tilda launches wholegrain Basmati & Quinoa range

    Screen shot 2014-08-21 at 19.51.46Basmati brand Tilda is building on the success of Tilda Steamed Basmati wholegrain by launching two varieties of Brown Basmati & Quinoa into the ready-to-heat rice market.

    The new ‘Garden Vegetable & Quinoa’ and ‘Brown Basmati & Quinoa’ Tilda Steamed Basmati variants will be available from the end of August, and will provide consumers with an introduction to quinoa which is often regarded as a ‘superfood’ for its nutritional properties especially for its source of protein.

    The launch is expected to help drive further innovation within the Ready-to-Heat category, which is currently worth £180 million. (more…)

  • Friday, August 22nd, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Mars Chocolate Drinks announces product recalls

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 17.36.56Mars Chocolate Drinks has announced the voluntary recall of a selected number of branded sports-cap and 750ml ‘fridge pack’ bottles of milk drinks, manufactured by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH, with best before dates between: 19/12/2014 to 11/4/2015.

    The company said retailers in possession of any of the products listed below with these best before dates should immediately remove them from sale and contact their point of purchase.

    Products impacted include: (more…)

  • Thursday, August 21st, 2014, (3:27 pm)

    Lactofree refreshes packaging with new look

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 17.26.20Lactofree, the UK’s lactose-free dairy range, is launching a new packaging design for the portfolio in a bid to increase brand recognition on shelf and dial up the brand’s taste credentials.

    On shelf from the start of August the new packaging retains key elements of the original design which has remained the same since the brand launched in 2006.

    The free-from industry has developed and grown significantly since Lactofree pioneered the category eight years ago. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 21st, 2014, (1:02 pm)

    Opies announces brand refresh

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 17.24.56Pantry essentials brand Opies has announced it has had a big refresh as it launches redesigns on all its labels across the Opies range.

    The move will roll out from today and will be across all jars, including its famous Cocktail Cherries and Cocktail Onions, giving them a fresher more contemporary feel with the use of raw product imagery.

    Opies, a family business established in 1880 has recently expanded its site in Sittingbourne, Kent and is currently in harvest season in the UK with its Pickled Walnuts, which are a major seller for the brand throughout Christmas and the winter months. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 21st, 2014, (11:09 am)


    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300As 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, August 21st, 2014, (9:11 am)

    Walkers Shortbread expands Festive tin selection

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 16.57.22Walkers Shortbread is extending its festive range with the launch of two new collectible tins.

    Set to offer broad consumer appeal across the seasonal purchasing peak, Walkers is adding a new Christmas Bell Tin and Scottish Explorer Tin as it continues to develop original and novel products that deliver both commercially across the Christmas period.

    Th brand also hopes to provide customer confidence with its global reputation for quality and excellence. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 21st, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Birds Eye unveils new logo and packaging

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 16.45.45UK food brand Birds Eye is entering the next phase of its master brand update with a new logo and packaging.

    Rolling out from this month, the new look forms part of the brand’s repositioning following the launch of ‘The Food of Life’ advertising campaign earlier this year.

    Iglo Group has invested £60m on the brand relaunch across Europe to change the view of frozen food from ‘fall back’ to ‘first choice’. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (3:12 pm)

    No Fear Extreme Energy unveils new on-pack promotion

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 16.36.16To celebrate its new music download cans and the launch of its Citrus Storm flavour, No Fear Extreme Energy is going “on tour” to take over a number of skate parks in London, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.

    This is the chance for independent retailers to get in on the action and win some special edition No Fear Extreme Energy PMP £1 free music download cans.

    Consumers can win some headphones to enjoy the thousands of free tracks available with No Fear. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (1:11 pm)

    Cadbury releases new ad campaign for Dairy Milk Ritz and Lu

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 16.27.46Graham, the dancing passport control officer, is back on TV this month with a new burst of advertising for Cadbury Dairy Milk LU and Ritz.

    The 20-second commercial, created by Manu Diaz and Gonza Delgado at Fallon, and directed by David Wilson, is centred around bringing a spontaneous moment of joy to the afternoon break and reflects Cadbury’s belief that the taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk can trigger irrepressible joy, whether at work or otherwise.

    The advert centres around Graham, a passport control officer who is sitting bored and alone in his booth waiting for passengers to arrive when he reaches for an afternoon treat. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (11:12 am)

    Minted in England launches chocolate range in the UK

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 16.24.07New chocolatiers on the block, Minted in England, has launched its brand new premium range – ‘Hint of Mint’.

    ‘Hint of Mint’ will launch at the Speciality Fine Food Fair (7th – 9th September 2014) at London Olympia.

    ‘Hint of Mint’ will launch with four different fruit mint flavoured creams, in boxes of 10 individual pieces; Raspberry, Black Cherry, Lime, Pineapple. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (9:10 am)

    Shoppers demand British eggs in prepared foods

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 16.19.14New research shows that more than 40% of shoppers are concerned about the quality and safety of ingredients in prepared food from supermarkets – and many were appalled that some retailers’ products contain foreign eggs.

    Eggs, along with chicken and beef, raised the greatest concern.

    The research showed a strong demand for British eggs, with 70% of shoppers saying that prepared foods should always use British eggs and 90% saying that the packaging should display country of origin for eggs. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Jaegermeister launches ‘give it a shot’ category initiative

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 16.06.06Mast Jaegermeister UK, the supplier and distributer of Jägermeister in the UK, is launching a new initiative to change the way retailers think about the shot market in order to boost sales and drive growth within the category.

    The convenience sector is becoming increasingly important when it comes to alcohol sales, with ‘a drink before going out’ now the most important off trade occasion for 18-24 year olds- providing a massive opportunity for retailers.

    However, whilst the category accounts for 15.2%2 of the total spirits value in the on trade, it only accounts for 1.44% of the total spirits value in the off trade currently. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (3:23 pm)

    Mrs Crimble’s Launches new Belgian Chocolate Coconut Stars

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 15.28.47Gluten-free bakery brand, Mrs Crimble’s, has launched new Belgian Chocolate Coconut Stars – in time for Christmas.

    Coconut macaroon stars have been coated in Belgian chocolate to create a treat or gift for people, whether they need to avoid gluten or not.

    Mrs Crimble’s new Belgian Chocolate Coconut Stars are designed for sharing after a Christmas meal with friends and family and respond to customers’ growing demand for indulgence and gifts within the Free From selection. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (1:00 pm)

    Tilda launches Wholegrain Basmati & Quinoa range

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 15.16.11Tilda the Basmati brand is building on the success of Tilda Steamed Basmati wholegrain by launching two varieties of Brown Basmati & Quinoa into the ready-to-heat rice market.

    The new ‘Garden Vegetable & Quinoa’ and ‘Brown Basmati & Quinoa’ Tilda Steamed Basmati variants will be available from the end of August,and will provide consumers with an introduction to quinoa which is often regarded as a ‘superfood’ for its nutritional properties especially for its source of protein.

    The launch is expected to help drive further innovation within the Ready-to-Heat category, which is currently worth £180 million. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (11:01 am)

    Oasis launches Mighty Drops

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 15.23.22Everyone knows the importance of water and the positive effects of drinking plenty of it every single day.

    Benefits aside, more often than not boredom can set in.

    Each Oasis Mighty Drops flavour comes in a small, portable pack that allows consumers to make 28 drinks that can be enjoyed on the go or at home. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (9:13 am)

    Stowford Press gets a new look

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 15.12.19Westons Cider is reinvigorating its flagship cider Stowford Press, giving the brand a new look which aims to emphase its place within the premium cider category.

    The new packaging is an evolution rather than a revolution of the previous design and has been simplified and sharpened to better represent the brand’s positioning.

    The new livery will also aim to drive brand standout and create real differentiation against an extensive backdrop of mainstream cider brands. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (7:09 am)

    Danone launches Actimel for Kids

    Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 15.08.12Danone is launching yogurt drink Actimel in new bottles designed especially for kids.

    Available in Strawberry, Raspberry and Vanilla flavours, Actimel for Kids combines a new recipe containing nutrients such as calcium, vitamins and L. casei live cultures with a fun bottle representing three new Actimel Heroes; AC, TI and MEL.

    Blandine Stefani, Danone Ltd marketing director said: (more…)

  • Monday, August 18th, 2014, (3:37 pm)


    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300With a great line-up of industry thought-leaders for our 6th Annual Food & Drink Packaging Innovation Summit in Central London, we’ve made sure the sequence of the day follows the classic NPD process from strategy to launch.

    Delegates will also get some great case studies to illustrate the point.

    Arla’s slow churn butter dish, Coca Cola with it’s unique names campaign, and NoshDetox … unbelievably fresh result with high pressure packaging. (more…)

  • Monday, August 18th, 2014, (1:00 pm)

    New range of Peppermint Chocolates from Summerdown

    Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 20.05.12A new range of peppermint chocolates is launching in the UK.

    Summerdown use pure English mint, and during the last fifteen years, Summerdown has reintroduced traditional Black Mitcham peppermint to this country, relearning lost farming skills from America and combining them with the latest technology at our farm in the foothills of the Hampshire downs.

    After the harvest, the mint leaves are taken to the brands purpose-built distillery. (more…)

  • Monday, August 18th, 2014, (11:18 am)

    The Collective launches Spiced Pumpkin yoghurt

    Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 19.53.13This Halloween, the UK’s yoghurt business The Collective is launching a Spiced Pumpkin Limited Edition, available from 18th September and throughout October  with an RRP £2.39 for a 500g pot.

    Inspired by that quintessentially autumnal, treat, pumpkin pie, The Collective has paired its yoghurt with a pumpkin compote, textured with the seasonal squash and spiced with a blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of orange zest.

    A double layer of this orange conserve is folded through live yoghurt, made using the best West Country milk. (more…)

  • Monday, August 18th, 2014, (9:02 am)

    Whistable Bay adds new Clack Oyster Stout to its range

    Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 19.45.26Whitstable Bay Black Oyster Stout is the newest addition to the Whitstable Bay Collection from the Faversham Steam Brewery.

    It is a keg stout brewed using a blend of four coloured malts which impart a rich flavour, balanced by Admiral hops, and finished with a creamy head.

    The introduction of Oyster Stout follows the success of the collection – comprising Whitstable Bay Pale Ale, Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager and Whitstable Bay Organic Ale – since it was launched last July. (more…)

  • Monday, August 18th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Taste Inc. unveils new deli style range

    Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 19.40.25Taste Inc. the microwaveable snacking brand is offering consumers Deli style sandwiches or subs without huge numbers of calories.

    A range of Good Food Fast dishes, there is a flavour to suit a range of tastes and occasion including – Chicken & Chorizo Baguette, Ham and Cheese Melt, Southern Fried Chicken Sub and Flame Seared Meatball Ciabatta with Tangy Tomato Salsa.

    With each sandwich offering less than 500 calories, the Taste Inc. deli style range is designed for those wanting something tasty but healthy – not the usual bowl of lettuce. (more…)

  • Friday, August 15th, 2014, (3:33 pm)

    Trio of Yorkshire companies launch exclusive new ice cream

    Screen shot 2014-08-12 at 20.33.46Move over Rum & Raisin – SLOE Gin Truffle is the scoop for 2014

    Three well known food and drink businesses in North Yorkshire have got together to launch an exclusive new ice cream.

    SLOEmotion, Brymor Dairy and Hunters of Helmsley have joined together to create the world’s first Sloe Gin Truffle ice cream, which will be available across the summer exclusively at Hunters deli. (more…)

  • Friday, August 15th, 2014, (1:09 pm)

    Barny unveils new TV ad

    Screen shot 2014-08-12 at 20.25.28Barny, the bear-shaped sponge snack by Mondelēz International, will be returning to the small screen this month.

    The premise of the ad is that Barny fuels small discoveries and aims to provide mums with information on the product specifics and ingredients, whilst taking them on an adventure in an imaginary world.

    The ad created by Mcgarrybowen, was directed by Eli Sverdlov and brought to life by designers and animators at Gravity. (more…)

  • Friday, August 15th, 2014, (11:19 am)

    Heinz introduces new Squeeze & Stir range

    Screen shot 2014-08-12 at 20.22.55Heinz is set to introduce a new and improved Squeeze & Stir range, which delivers a richer and thicker consistency for the most popular flavours found in the Heinz Classic canned range.

    The new range of Heinz Squeeze & Stir soups offer new and improved flavours, aligning it to the ever popular Classics range.

    The recipes are low in fat with no artificial colours or preservatives, and include: (more…)

  • Friday, August 15th, 2014, (9:12 am)

    ‘Get sour’ with Brain Blasterz

    Screen shot 2014-08-12 at 20.15.23Brain Blasterz, Bon Bon Buddies’ own-brand sour confectionery range, is asking lovers of sour sweets to “Get Sour Now” and share a photo or video of their “sour face” as part of a social media campaign.

    The campaign is being rolled out across a number of social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    A competition is running throughout the campaign and winners will be chosen based on the best ‘sour faces’ shared through social media or submitted via the Brain Blasterz website. (more…)

  • Friday, August 15th, 2014, (7:02 am)

    Mars unveil Halloween range

    Screen shot 2014-08-12 at 20.07.51Halloween is growing in popularity in the UK, with a third of households now taking part in the occasion, creating a retail opportunity that closely follows Christmas and Easter.

    It is an occasion that is following the US’ lead by becoming a firm fixture in adults’ calendars – with almost 25% of adults expected to participate in Halloween in 2014.

    To further maximise Halloween 2014′s opportunities, Mars is launching ‘Have a Funsize Halloween’ PoS materials in the form of dump bins and free standing display units.  (more…)

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