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  • Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    PG Tips launches new Speciality Tea range

    PG tips speciality teaPG tips, the UK’s tea brand from Unilever UK, is expanding its range with the launch of three new Speciality tea flavours; Earl Grey, Assam and English Breakfast, available to retailers from August 2015.

    The new flavours aim to tap into the growth of the Speciality tea sector which has grown 4% in the past 12 months and attract new, younger consumers into the category by introducing Speciality teas from a trusted brand.

    Each of the new classic flavours, Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Assam, are designed to cater for the main flavour needs across the sector and offer consumers inexpensive alternatives to the brands traditionally associated with Speciality tea. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, (3:30 pm)

    Maynards limited edition Wine Gums Red ‘n Blacks return to shelves

    Wine Gums Red ‘n BlacksMaynards’ limited edition bags, Wine Gums Red ‘n Blacks, will be returning from July and extending its availability to all year round.

    The 165g bag containing the two favourite flavours within the range – blackcurrant and strawberry – is being brought back to the market due to consumer demand.

    Maynards Wine Gums Red ‘n Blacks was launched in 2003 and returned in 2009 when it was highly incremental to the candy bags category. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, (1:03 pm)

    Keen launches new Nut Butter flavours for autumn

    keen nut butterKeen Nutrition, the Northern Irish producer of nut butters, is to launch four new products in its new autumn range.

    Based in Bangor, county Down, Keen Nutrition is adding an Almond Chai, Brazil Coconut with Dark Chocolate, Cashew Maple Toasted Praline and Almond Pecan and Maple to its existing portfolio of nut butters and spreads which have won UK Great Taste Awards.

    Canadian-born Aimee Beimers, who has lived in Northern Ireland for the last eight years, is a trained nutritionist who launched Keen Nutrition in 2014. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, (11:10 am)

    Heinz launches new 25% less salt soup range

    heinz soup 25% less saltThis August, Heinz is set to launch a new addition to its soup offering with the introduction of Heinz Balance.

    The new recipes provide 25 per cent less salt than the equivalent standard Heinz soup range, offering consumers a reduced salt alternative to popular Heinz recipes without compromising on the much loved Heinz taste.

    The new Heinz Balance range will launch in stores from August 3rd with four of the most popular Heinz Soup Classic recipes: Cream of Tomato, Cream of Chicken, Vegetable, and Carrot and Coriander (400g, RRP: £0.95). (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, (9:10 am)

    Fish ‘n’ Chips announces Talksport partnership

    fish n chipsBurton’s Biscuit Company has announced that Fish ‘n’ Chips is teaming-up with Talksport in a six month sponsorship.

    The award-winning brand will feature on Colin Murray and Friends, the Tuesday quiz which has fun tackling the day’s biggest sporting issues, and the Hawksbee & Jacobs Friday Fools’ Panel which takes a quirky look at the world of sport, with celebrity guests from showbiz, comedy and sport.

    The partnership, which runs from August to January 2016, includes an online takeover of the Talksport website plus extensive social media activity, including promotion of the hashtag #chipchat. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    The evolution of Freefrom: Tapping into a new healthier lifestyle

    annual freefrom seminarOur Annual Freefrom seminar will take place on Tuesday 13th October and this year’s theme reflects the evolution of Freefrom: Tapping into a new healthier lifestyle.

    It seems that Freefrom is now free from the past … and is moving into a new era of lifestyle and choice for many people who don’t have a food challenge at all and an era of many more delightful choices for those who do have to be careful what they eat.

    And now that the products are as delicious or more delicious than the standard offering, the markets are really opening up. (more…)

  • Monday, August 3rd, 2015, (3:29 pm)

    Magnum launches new ‘Premium Chocolate’ collection

    magnum chocolateUnilever UK has once again teamed up with Kinnerton – Britain’s largest independent manufacturer of chocolate and novelty confectionery – to introduce a new and range of Magnum Chocolate, available to retailers from September 2015.

    Each new product is made from quality ingredients including Rain Forest Alliance (RFA) certified cocoa and features the taste of Magnum chocolate.

    The new collection of chocolates offers decadent treats as well as packaged gifts with four new product lines. (more…)

  • Monday, August 3rd, 2015, (1:09 pm)

    Frobishers unveils new look

    Frobishers launches new lookPremium juice brand Frobishers has rebranded and repackaged its juice drink, Fusion.

    Set to hit pubs, bars, restaurants, cafés and food outlets from August, new look Fusion promises the same all natural flavour and ‘nothing added, nothing taken away’ Frobishers guarantee.

    Targeted at the discerning ABC1 consumer looking for quality and the reassurance of 100%, not-from-concentrate pure fruit juice, Frobishers Fusion is available in 275ml bottles in three taste combinations: (more…)

  • Monday, August 3rd, 2015, (11:00 am)

    Funkin Cocktails gets a makeover

    funkin cocktailsFunkin Cocktails has had a makeover, hoping it’s cocktails have been made more stylish.

    Made using fresh fruits from around the world with no fuss or hidden nasties, their award winning range includes Daiquiri, Piña Colada and Mojito.

    Funkin Strawberry Daiquiri contains sweet strawberry and zesty Mexican lime on top of an ice and rum base. (more…)

  • Monday, August 3rd, 2015, (9:12 am)

    Swizzels adds Bon Bons to confectionery range

    swizzels drumstick bon bonsSweet manufacturer Swizzels has introduced Bon Bons to its range, available in 150g standard bags and £1 price-marked packs featuring Drumstick and Refresher branding.

    The original Drumstick Lollies and Refresher bars were both introduced in 1957 and have been popular with consumers ever since.

    Sarah-Louise Heslop, marketing manager at Swizzels said: “This is the first time we’ve launched Bon Bons and they’re the perfect addition to our range. Bon Bons are a classic sweet, loved by children and adults alike. (more…)

  • Monday, August 3rd, 2015, (7:10 am)

    Kellogg’s announces £70k giveaway

    kellogs corn flakesKellogg’s is giving away up to £72,000 in cash from August in its biggest prize promotion for the independent channel in years.

    Customers can take advantage of the offer for 16 weeks by purchasing either on-the-go cereal pots with specially printed lids or branded cereal snacks at all good convenience and independent retailers.

    The promotion goes live on August 3 and ends on November 30. (more…)

  • Monday, August 3rd, 2015, (7:00 am)

    What is SCAN’S report all about?

    post sacn briefing dayThe final SACN report is out now.

    It is said that the reduction in sugar recommended for our food and drink has to be draconian, and fibre is the new black. No action is not an option.

    So we’ve asked Dr Carrie Ruxton to run a Post SACN briefing day on Wednesday 23rd September. (more…)

  • Friday, July 31st, 2015, (3:00 pm)

    Sheppy’s unveils new Blackberry and Elderflower flavour

    Sheppy's Blend it with Blackberry and ElderflowerSheppy’s new Cider with Blackberry & Elderflower is a combination of blackberry, with the floral overtones of elderflower.

    This latest addition to the Sheppy’s cider family aims to appeal for its summer flavour.

    A fruity cider, the colour of crimson, with a blackberry flavour, the cider is created using a dessert cider apple and elderflower infusion. (more…)

  • Friday, July 31st, 2015, (11:16 am)

    Ginger Grouse unveils new look

    GINGER GROUSE NEW LOOK Ginger Grouse, distributed by Maxxium UK, has unveiled a new look reinforcing the brand’s unique heritage.

    The distinctive new packaging and name Famous Ginger Grouse celebrates the premium whisky ginger beer featuring The UK’s No.1 whisky The Famous Grouse.

    Currently available in over 4,000 on-trade outlets, 7,400 off-trade outlets across the UK and with a strong Facebook following of 25,000 fans, Ginger Grouse is already well established following its national debut in April 2013. (more…)

  • Friday, July 31st, 2015, (9:12 am)

    Good Deli Company launches artisan Italian flour collection

    Good Deli CompanyGlobal fine food business, Good Deli Company has debuted its new artisan Italian flour range with the launch of seven speciality flours.

    The collection includes four organic flours; Einkorn, Montana, Kamut and Kronos, a gluten free flour and two speciality pulse flours; chickpea and Borlotti.

    The organic range hails from Molino Grassi in Parma Italy, one of Europe’s leading organic farmers. (more…)

  • Friday, July 31st, 2015, (7:02 am)

    KitKat unveils new Snap & Share

    kitkat snap and shareNestlé Confectionery’s flagship brand KitKat has announced the latest in a series of major initiatives for 2015 with the launch of KitKat Snap & Share.

    With stock available from 3rd August, the 170g sharing block will be available in two flavour variants: Milk Chocolate and Cookies & Cream, each has an RRP of £2.00.

    The two new products are expected to generate incremental sales for both the brand and the total confectionery category by tapping into a number of consumption opportunities. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 30th, 2015, (3:08 pm)

    Unlocking The Power Of Insight For Innovation and NPD

    seminar npd logoIn November we’re going to be talking about Unlocking The Power Of Insight For Innovation and NPD. It’s on Tuesday 10th November at our usual venue in Bloomsbury, London.

    Dr Nick Southgate, consumer researcher and planner, is chairing the event and is surely one of the world’s main thought leaders on all things consumer insight.

    Nick has also brought together a fantastic crew of speakers for the day and Lisa Morgan’s talk on hypnotism and NPD alone is a pretty good reason to come, you won’t find her subject on the stuffy conference lists. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 30th, 2015, (1:17 pm)

    Orea launches two new flavours

    Oreo Peanut ButterOreo, the biscuit brand, is aiming to bring excitement to consumers this month, with the launch of two new flavours to its range: Golden Oreo and Oreo Peanut Butter.

    Golden Oreo will become a permanent addition to the Oreo brand, providing an option for non chocolate-loving consumers.

    Oreo Peanut Butter, meanwhile, will be launched as a limited-edition flavour, tapping into the current popularity for peanut butter spreads. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 30th, 2015, (11:17 am)

    Birds Eye launches new coated fish NPD

    Inspirations Tortilla Chilli & Lime birds eyeIn response to Inspirations – the premium range of evening meals from Birds Eye – being named the best-selling FMCG product launch of 2014 by Kantar Worldpanel, the brand is introducing a new Breaded Fish Fillets range and Bake Perfect Fish variant.

    The Breaded Fish Fillets range is packed full of texture combinations, and features two truly variants, created from a mixture of premium, contemporary flavour pairings:

    Crunchy Tortilla, Chilli and Lime is a Mexican inspired flavour experience, fish fillets are coated with a blend of crunchy tortilla, lime and chilli. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 30th, 2015, (7:11 am)

    Costa trials new Smoothies range

    costa smoothiesCosta is trialling a new SuperDay Smoothies range across two areas in the UK as the coffee shop looks to build upon its barista crafted cold drinks range from this month.

    SuperDay Smoothies has been created to answer a growing trend for UK consumers who search out alternatives that help them stay refreshed during Summer.

    The new Costa SuperDay Smoothies range is chilled containing real fruit, freshly blended with apple juice and ice which is then handcrafted by Costa’s baristas into a Smoothie that contains two of the recommended five a day. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, (3:20 pm)

    EPIC Energy Drink launches in the UK

    epic energyWith rising consumer and society interest in health and controlled consumption, EPIC energy drink is launching its new energy drink in a re-sealable 330ml drink in the UK.

    Created as an energy drink that vitalizes the body and nerves, it gives the nutrients and vitamins needed to focus, increase concentration and endurance.

    EPIC energy’s flavour and 330 ML re-sealable black matte finish can has already attracted a lot of eyeballs and attaining success at International Food & Beverage Awards like Gulf Food, SIAL China Innovation, SIAL Paris Innovation, etc. and gaining access to global markets. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, (11:05 am)

    Bundaberg launches its Ginger Beer in the UK

    bendaberg ginger beerBundaberg Ginger Beer has launched their first UK marketing campaign reaching out to young Londoners with theircraft brewed, premium soft drink.

    Made with real ingredients and craft brewed for up to four days in a family owned brewery, Bundaberg Ginger Beer can be served as a refreshing soft drink, stirred through spirits or conjured into cocktails.

    The soft drink will be supported in the UK by an integrated marketing campaign spanning experiential, media relations, content creation and social media. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, (7:02 am)

    Sheppy’s launches new Orchard Dew Cider

    Sheppy's launches new Orchard Dew CiderFresh from the orchards comes a new addition to the cider range from Sheppy’s.

    Produced on the Sheppy family farm in Somerset, Orchard Dew is a naturally cloudy, medium cider which is available in a Bag in Box format.

    Orchard Dew is made from a classic traditional cider blend of mostly cider apples with a few dessert apples to give this cider an ABV of 6%. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, (3:30 pm)

    Portlebay Popcorn launches new Cappuccino Flavour

    Portlebay Popcorn's New Cappuccino FlavourPortlebay Popcorn has unveiled its latest creative flavour of gourmet popcorn, Cappuccino.

    Hand-popped and manufactured at The Poppery in Devon, this new variety is the first Cappuccino popcorn in the UK.

    This July, the new Cappuccino flavour will be available from Budgens stores nationwide and independent delis and farmshops, followed by other multiples including Tesco, Soho Coffee and Thorntons’ coffee shops in autumn 2015 RRP from £1.70. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, (1:10 pm) launches new good to go range in stores

    graze good-to-goOnline subscription snack business, graze, is aiming to diversify its offer into a new channel as it announces its first retail launch, landing in major multiples this month.

    Over the past seven years, graze has created a range of snack boxes.

    The retail move has attracted widespread support from some of the UK’s biggest retailers, with Sainsbury’s, Boots and WH Smith Travel all taking listings. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, (9:07 am)

    BodyMe launches new Matcha Green Tea

    bodyme matcha green teaBodyMe has launched a new Match Green Tea  – recently picked up ‘Best New Drink Product’ in the Natural & Organic Awards 2015.

    Matcha literally means ‘powdered tea’ and unlike traditional tea, where tea is infused into hot water and then discarded, you consume the ground down leaves when drinking it.

    The tea used to make Matcha is also grown and harvested differently and for the last three weeks before the leaves are picked they are kept shaded from the sun. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    John Smith’s launches Golden Ale

    john smiths golden aleJohn Smith’s is introducing John Smith’s Golden Ale, a lightly hopped ale with an ABV of 4%.

    The brand’s first innovation since John Smith’s Extra Smooth in 1993 will be available in grocery and convenience channels from the beginning of August, in both can and bottle formats.

    The new launch sees the classic ale brand enter the burgeoning Golden Ale segment which is currently the fastest growing ale style in the UK. (more…)

  • Monday, July 27th, 2015, (10:10 pm)

    Trebor unveils new pack design

    trebor mintsTrebor, the mint brand, will be unleashing a rejuvenated brand identity that will make its debut on packs this month.

    The contemporary new design aims to provide greater standout for all packs within the range whilst proudly keeping its identity as a minty brand that has been a part of its heritage since 1918.

    The brand’s iconic red star mark has become the heart of the new identity using tonal colours on each pack to enhance the illusion of movement and to reflect the intense and explosive flavours within. (more…)

  • Monday, July 27th, 2015, (3:02 pm)

    Dr Carrie Ruxton runs Post SACN briefing day

    post sacn briefing dayThe final SACN report is out now.

    It is said that the reduction in sugar recommended for our food and drink has to be draconian, and fibre is the new black. No action is not an option.

    So we’ve asked Dr Carrie Ruxton to run a Post SACN briefing day on Wednesday 23rd September. (more…)

  • Monday, July 27th, 2015, (1:10 pm)

    Maryland launches new Peanut Butter Gooeys

    maryland gooeys peanutBurton’s Biscuit Company is expanding its NPD portfolio with the launch of a new Maryland Gooeys variant.

    The latest NPD sees the introduction of a new peanut flavour; a crunchy peanut cookie filled with chocolate goo.

    David Costello, Burton’s Biscuit Company’s Head of Customer Category Management, said:

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