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  • 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 Morrisonscellar.com.

    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)

    FREEFROM GROCERY & FOODSERVICE SUMMIT

    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…)

  • Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, (11:25 am)

    Vita Coco Kids unveils new single wedge format

    Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 21.26.38Vita Coco Kids, the children’s variant from Vita Coco 100% Natural Coconut Water, has announced expansion into the ‘grab & go’ sector with its single wedge format.

    Launching into 270 Boots stores this July, the 180ml pouches will be available for customers to pick up from the ‘grab & go’ aisle.

    The drink comes in two natural fruit flavours: Apple & Blackcurrant and Mango & Pineapple, and retails at 99p each. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, (11:12 am)

    DeBeukelaer Cookies Bakery launches extra-large single-wrapped American style cookies in the UK

    Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 21.17.00Griesson – de Beukelaer (GdB) – one of the manufacturers and marketer of sweet biscuits and savoury snacks in Germany – has made its first move into the sweet biscuits branded UK market with the launch of the DeBeukelaer Cookies Bakery range.

    The range comprises: Brownie (soft-baked), Creamy (nougat filled) and Crispy (milk chocolate with hazelnuts) varieties.

    The cookies are inspired by Greenwich Village bakeries in New York. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, (7:05 am)

    Nature Valley unveils £2million advertising campaign

    Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 21.04.34Snack brand Nature Valley has launched a multi-million advertising campaign in a move to help retailers drive awareness and trial amongst their shoppers, maximise sales and ultimately grow its share in the Healthier Biscuit category.

    Designed to reflect the brand’s key benefits of great tasting ingredients, the campaign includes a 30-second TV commercial which is on air now through to the end of August.

    In addition, the campaign is being supported with sampling and digital activity. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    Monster Energy unveils two new brand additions

    Screen shot 2014-07-21 at 21.30.45Monster Energy, distributed by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), has announced its latest investment into the brand by unveiling two new products, helping to reinforce its growth of the past 12 months.

    The latest additions to the brand, which aim to drive incremental growth, include: Monster Assault and Monster Energy.

    Monster Assault is a blend of soda and energy, which is introduced into the GB market following a highly successful activation across Europe. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, (1:13 pm)

    Premier Foods unveils new Oxo Herbs & More

    Screen shot 2014-07-21 at 21.19.56Premier Foods is continuing its investment within the £455m flavourings and seasonings category this August with the launch of Oxo Herbs & More.

    The versatile flavour pots are made with herbs and flavourings and will be available in pairings of; Lemon & Thyme, Rosemary & Thyme, Roast Garlic & Parsley, Rosemary & Red Wine flavours and Tarragon & Chive, offering mums ‘The Magic Touch’ to turn everyday meals into flavoursome, family favourites.

    A full integrated £4m marketing campaign later in the year will include TV, cinema, sampling, digital, in-store support and PR. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, (11:04 am)

    Mr Organic launches new range of tomato ketchups

    Screen shot 2014-07-21 at 20.26.18Mr. Organic – the UK’s independent, organic food brand - has announced the launch of what they believe is the most tomatoey ketchup on the market.

    Each bottle contains 2.5kg of fresh, organic tomatoes (around five times more than other leading brands) and the range comes in Original, Smoky and Chilli flavours.

    Mr. Organic’s classic tomato ketchup contains around 30% less sugar per 100g than other leading ketchup brands. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, (7:17 am)

    Mellow Yellow launches new Chilli Oil into Ocado

    Screen shot 2014-07-21 at 20.18.57New Mellow Yellow Chilli Oil is designed to appeal as a companion to spice up many dishes, saving the need to cut up a chilli.

    Ideal for high temperature cooking such barbequing, stir-frying, or roasting, as well as drizzling and dipping.

     

    The new oil will debut in Ocado this month. (more…)

  • Monday, July 21st, 2014, (3:57 pm)

    FREEFROM GROCERY & FOODSERVICE SUMMIT

    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…)

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