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  • Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, (1:10 pm)

    Gourmet Burger launches new range

    GBK sauces tescoGourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) is to launch a new range of sauces and relishes to be stocked at 450 Tesco stores nationwide from April 27th 2015.

    The sauces, created by GBK Head of Food Tim Molema, are matched to those served with burgers, salads and sides at the restaurant chain and each comes with a recipe card to encourage budding chefs at home.

    Tim Molema, Head of Food at Gourmet Burger Kitchen, said: “At Gourmet Burger Kitchen we have always taken pride in making our sauces fresh from scratch every day and wanted to develop a range of sauces that allows people to enjoy the GBK experience in their own home. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, (11:02 am)

    Branston and Pilgrims Choice announce official partnership

    Screen shot 2015-05-05 at 20.22.26Branston Pickle and Pilgrims Choice have announced a strategic partnership based on their complementary attributes and values.

    The two brands have joined forces to celebrate the classic cheese and pickle flavour combination throughout their marketing activity.

    The new promotional tie up between Branston and Pilgrims Choice will focus on driving frequency of purchase and usage through social media activity, targeted shopper engagement and a nationwide sampling campaign. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, (9:10 am)

    Sacla’ launches new recipe base sauces

    sacla saucesSacla’, the UK pesto brand is launching three new recipe base sauces which bring authentic Italian innovation to the ‘create’ category.

    The three new new recipe bases include Barolo, Cacciatora and Puttanesca and are available in 190g jars.

    The innovation behind the recipe bases is time-saving meal solutions for those wishing to create classic Italian ‘restaurant’ dishes in a very short space of time. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, (7:01 am)

    Tyrrells launches new Butter & Mint Crisps

    tyrells butter and mintTyrrells, the Herefordshire-based crisp brand, is this week launching Butter & Mint crisps, a brand new seasonal offering for summer.

    Tyrrells has used the flavour combination of fresh locally-grown potatoes seasoned with butter and mint.

    Available in 150g sharing bags, the new Butter & Mint flavour offers consumers a snacking option for summer gatherings with friends and family; be it picnics in the park, BBQs in the back garden or days out on the beach. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, (3:18 pm)

    spoiltpig launches gluten-free sausages

    Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 21.59.11High welfare pork producer spoiltpig has re-launched its sausages as gluten-free.

    spoiltpig sausages are made solely from outdoor-reared British pigs.

    spoiltpig believes healthy pigs, who enjoy time outdoors, produce the best tasting sausages which is why its pork only comes from British farms who operate to the highest welfare standards and are approved by Freedom Foods. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, (1:10 pm)

    Innis & Gunn launches limited edition Hot Rocks ale

    Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 21.52.00Searing hot granite rocks have been used by Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn, in its latest Limited Edition bottle-conditioned brew: Hot Rocks (7%ABV).

    The ale is a modern-day adaptation of the oldest British ale brewed by our Stone Age ancestors in 4,000BC.

    In recreating the 6,000-year-old recipe, Innis & Gunn used evidence gleaned from ancient archaeological artefacts – including shards of neolithic pots found in the Isles of Rum and Orkney in Scotland – and combined these ancient ingredients and traditions with its modern brewing expertise to develop Hot Rocks. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, (11:04 am)

    CREATING HIGH PERFORMANCE INNOVATION TEAMS SEMINAR

    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300In May we’re talking hosting a highly interactive and thought provoking professional development event.

    It’s called Creating High Performance Innovation Teams.

    It’s not so much a seminar, more of an immersive learning experience. And, of course, when you come, you will get CPD accreditation for it. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, (9:10 am)

    Joe Delucci’s unveils new packaging

    Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 21.47.07Italian gelato supplier, Joe Delucci’s, has launched a new design of see-through containers for its 500ml gelato tubs – showcasing its use of natural ingredients and lowering the retail price of its tubs.

    Already popular in the US, Joe Delucci’s has introduced new clear plastic PET tubs for its gelato range, tapping into the growing consumer trend for an awareness of what is actually in the food we eat.

    The new style tub, now available in 600 Tesco stores across the UK, showcases its most popular flavour gelatos –Mediterranean Pistachio, Bellissimo Berries and Creamy Coconut – allowing consumers to instantly see the all-natural, preservative-free ingredients inside. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, (7:10 am)

    Southern Comfort unveils new pack design

    Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 08.40.59Southern Comfort, from Bacardi Brown Forman Brands, is getting ready for a shake up with the launch of a new packaging design.

    The new look Southern Comfort bottles have been designed to reflect the brand’s heritage and its ‘Whatever’s Comfortable’ brand positioning.

    The latest transformation of the bottle from Southern Comfort is a bid to leverage its positioning as a liqueur with American Whiskey, and support the creative platform ‘Whatever’s Comfortable’ by enhancing the iconic elements and creating new language and iconography that speaks directly to contemporary drinkers. (more…)

  • Friday, May 1st, 2015, (3:30 pm)

    New Mars Bar Cake announced

    Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 21.39.20Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats (MCD&T) has extended its celebration cake range, with the introduction of the new Mars Bar Cake.

    Featuring the Mars confectionery brand, the Mars Bar Cake is designed to share at parties and celebrations with family and friends.

    This cake is made from a caramel and malted chocolate sponge, layered with caramel and buttercream, covered in chocolate icing to replicate the confectionery treat. (more…)

  • Friday, May 1st, 2015, (1:14 pm)

    The New York Bakery Company launches new Bagel Sandwich Thins

    Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 21.43.06This spring The New York Bakery Company will be adding Bagel Sandwich Thins to its authentic New York range.

    The launch, which will be supported by a £2.5 million above the line campaign, is aiming to capitalise on the current trend for lighter alternatives to bread at lunchtime.

    The emerging category of ‘sandwich alternatives’, which includes sandwich thins, pitta bread and wraps, is valued at £212m with an 11% annual growth. (more…)

  • Friday, May 1st, 2015, (11:10 am)

    Ben & Jerry’s launches new flavours

    ben and jerry's coreThe sequel to the Ben & Jerry’s Core range, the Cookie Cores, are being launched this month.

    Each tub features an all-new crunchy, spoonable cookie core, surrounded by Fairtrade ice cream with even more cookie.

    The three new concoctions are: What-a-lotta Chocolate, Utter Peanut Butter Clutter and Speculoos? Specu-Love. (more…)

  • Friday, May 1st, 2015, (9:10 am)

    Wrights launches new Street Pie range

    Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 08.35.51Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has rolled out a new product to hit the ‘Grab and Go’ sector – the Street Pie.

    Evolving from its current range of pies and pasties, Wrights’ new handheld Street Pie embraces the Street Food revolution with its “urban” styled packaging.

    Available in three flavours; Piri Piri Chicken, Cajun BBQ Pork and Beef Adobo, the Street Pie comes wrapped in light golden pastry, with individual ingredients listed as follows: (more…)

  • Friday, May 1st, 2015, (7:10 am)

    Dairy Crest launches price marked packs for convenience sector

    Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 08.33.06Dairy Crest is launching tailored butter and spread packs created specifically for the convenience sector.

    The new packs will span Dairy Crest’s Utterly Butterly and Country Life ranges and have been created to help retailers carefully manage their overall outlay and stock levels.

    Reflecting a competitive price point, the new tailored PMPs aim to enable convenience retailers to more effectively compete against everyday low pricing and deep cut promotional strategies regularly employed by supermarkets. (more…)

  • Thursday, April 30th, 2015, (3:15 pm)

    Cadbury Dairy Milk releases new promotional price-marked tablets

    unnamedCadbury Dairy Milk is launching £1 promotional price-marked tablets.

    The new £1 (RRP) promotional PMPs aim to help independent stores capitalise on the advantages of price-marked packs.

    Research suggests that stocking PMPs can be beneficial to independent retailers, and that they could increase impulsive purchasing. (more…)

  • Thursday, April 30th, 2015, (11:10 am)

    CREATING HIGH PERFORMANCE INNOVATION TEAMS SEMINAR

    Food & Drink Innovation Network. Conferences and Seminars in London.In May we’re talking hosting a highly interactive and thought provoking professional development event.

    It’s called Creating High Performance Innovation Teams.

    It’s not so much a seminar, more of an immersive learning experience. And, of course, when you come, you will get CPD accreditation for it. (more…)

  • Thursday, April 30th, 2015, (9:10 am)

    Hawkshead Relish launches new preserves

    Screen shot 2015-04-28 at 21.10.41Hawkshead Relish is launching two sweet and two savoury preserves to its range.

    Ripping Raspberry Curd, is a vibrant curd designed to be eaten on scones and croissants or create the a dessert, drizzled over whipped cream and crushed meringue.

    Passion Fruit Curd, is a subtle curd which can be enjoyed on freshly baked scones, crumpets as well as making a  filling for cakes and tartlets. (more…)

  • Thursday, April 30th, 2015, (7:01 am)

    Fructus Brasil unveils new range of Ice Cream

    Screen shot 2015-04-28 at 21.07.16Fructus Brasil has unveiled a new range of exotic ice cream and sorbet from the rainforests of Brazil.

    Along with more conventional flavours such as mango and coconut, the Fructus Brasil range of 100% natural ice creams features exotic tropical flavours such as Cupuaçu, Graviola, Caja, Brazil Nut and Acai, which is sourced from trees growing in the Amazon rain forest. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, (3:39 pm)

    Kumala wine launches national consumer competition

    Screen shot 2015-04-28 at 20.39.25Kumala, the South African wine brand, is launching a national consumer competition to win one of 10,000 prizes

    One million bottles of Kumala wine will carry an instant win competition neck collarettes in its 10,000 prize giveaway.

    The new promotion has just gone live this month (April 2015) and will be available for a full year on a wide range of its wines, across all major retailers. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, (1:20 pm)

    Normadic Dairy launches Middle East yogurt to UK market

    Screen shot 2015-04-28 at 20.35.28Nomadic is bringing its Labneh, a Lebanese style savoury yogurt, to the retail trade from the restaurant market, where it has been served for over 25 years.

    Launching into Tesco’s yogurt fixture with a RRP of £1.89 for 350g, Nomadic believes consumers are ready to embrace the taste of this savoury yogurt and make Labneh part of their daily repertoire.

    Each 350g pack will carry the promotional label a ‘dip with a difference’ as the brand encourages consumers to enjoy Labneh as its traditionally used with pitta and olive oil, in a similar way to hummus which 41% of households in the UK enjoy. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, (11:15 am)

    Iceland launches new American range

    Screen shot 2015-04-28 at 20.30.49With the USA’s annual Independence Day just around the corner, frozen food retailer Iceland, is bringing a taste of the US to UK freezers with the launch of its new American-inspired sweet and savoury dishes.

    Iceland’s new Let’s Eat American range boasts stateside staples for those eager to emulate July 4th festivities here.

    Dishes included in the Let’s Eat American range are a Mac and Cheese (450g, £1.50) and a Philly Steak (450g, £1.50), which dates back to the 1930s. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, (9:01 am)

    The Primal Pantry outlines plans for 2015 growth

    Screen shot 2015-04-28 at 20.26.25Whilst the paleo diet might be based on the eating habits of cavemen, the aspirations of The Primal Pantry, who produce the UK’s paleo snack bar, are far from primitive following a six figure investment this year.

    The Primal Pantry bars were launched in early 2014, following their creation by nutritionist Suzie Walker.

    Suzie initially wanted to create some health snack bars using raw, natural ingredients, and sticking to the principals of the paleo diet, for her young daughter and her clients, but she soon realised there was scope for a commercial venture. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Trex, Britannia and Crisp ‘n Dry target new wave of home bakers

    Screen shot 2015-04-28 at 20.23.36Trex, Crisp ‘n Dry and Britannia have launched a smaller pack format to appeal to the growing number of seasonal and event bakers in the UK.

    The 250g pack formats will replace the existing 500g packs across all brands, which are showing a 3.1% year on year increase in penetration.

    This move is designed to meet consumer demand, appealing to the growing number of infrequent event-driven bakers. (more…)

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

    Vita Coco unveils new Spring campaign

    unnamed-1Spring 2015 marks the launch of the first Vita Coco Cafe campaign from Coconut Water brand Vita Coco Coconut Water.

    The campaign’s strap line is ‘Less Brewing, More Doing’ which encompasses the fun-loving brand ethos, encouraging consumers to ‘live life to the full’ with a boost of energy.

    The tag also highlights the convenient nature of Vita Coco Cafe – a pre-prepared ready-to-drink Cafe Latte blend that is the ideal on the go beverage for any occasion. (more…)

  • Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, (1:10 pm)

    Santa Maria adds to herbs and spices Category with Extra Fine Selection

    unnamed-3Santa Maria Herbs & Spices is relaunching its Extra Fine Selection into Tesco stores nationwide from early May incorporating new blends from world cuisines: Moroccan Ras El Hanout, Peruvian Chilli & Lime, Jamaican Jerk and Japanese Teriyaki.

    One year after Santa Maria’s launch of its Extra Fine Selection grinders, Unique Blends and Chillies & Pepper ranges into Tesco stores, the Santa Maria Extra Fine Selection will be rebranded to incorporate the blends and grinders and is set to reinvigorate the category.

    The launch will be supported by in-store, POS, digital and PR. (more…)

  • Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, (11:00 am)

    CREATING HIGH PERFORMANCE INNOVATION TEAMS SEMINAR

    Screen shot 2015-04-27 at 20.53.50In May we’re talking hosting a highly interactive and thought provoking professional development event.

    It’s called Creating High Performance Innovation Teams.

    It’s not so much a seminar, more of an immersive learning experience. And, of course, when you come, you will get CPD accreditation for it. (more…)

  • Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, (9:10 am)

    Weight Watchers extends frozen desserts range

    Screen shot 2015-04-27 at 20.35.27Weight Watchers is extending its range of iced desserts with the introduction of two new lines – Greek Style Frozen Yogurt with Blueberries and Salted Caramel Sundaes.

    Both manufactured under license by frozen dessert and ice cream specialist, Icefresh Foods Ltd.

    At only 100 calories, 3.1g of fat and a ProPoints value of three per 100ml pot, Weight Watchers Greek Style Frozen Yogurt with Blueberries boasts 30% less fat than a standard Greek style frozen yogurt. (more…)

  • Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, (7:12 am)

    Absolut unveils new Bottle Redesign

    Screen shot 2015-04-27 at 20.27.06This year, Absolut looks to make a mark by introducing a freshly redesigned bottle.

    Since its launch in 1979, the Absolut Vodka bottle has stood out for its shape.

    The new bottle is a transformation of the original, featuring an updated two line logo, a new script, a redesigned medallion, reduced glass weight and a new brand signifier. (more…)

  • Monday, April 27th, 2015, (3:14 pm)

    New children’s brand Mini nom nom’s launches into Ocado

    Screen shot 2015-04-27 at 08.16.00A brand new children’s brand, which launched its world cuisine ready meals for kids at IFE 2015, has announced its first UK retail listings with the brand appearing online in Ocado from June.

    Mini nom nom’s received industry recognition with three wins in this year’s IFE World Food Innovation Awards – the highest number of accolades awarded to any entrant.

    The brand is aiming to revolutionise the children’s ready meal sector. (more…)

  • Monday, April 27th, 2015, (1:12 pm)

    Arancina Pizzeria unveils new retail range

    Screen shot 2015-04-26 at 22.50.56Arancina Pizzeria, which serves around 6000 customers per week from its two West London sites, is breaking into the retail arena with a completely unique range of four pizzas.

    The pizzas are designed to be cooked at home whilst retaining a crispy base.

    The base has also been created using a special blend of stoneground flours which allows it to be re-heated whilst retaining a wonderfully crisp base. (more…)

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