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  • Monday, December 22nd, 2014, (3:32 pm)

    The Wine Fusion unveils new New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

    Screen shot 2014-12-21 at 18.36.43The Wine Fusion has launched a brand new New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc exclusively for Conviviality Retail Plc, the UK’s largest off licence chain and owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack.

    Bay of Plenty has been designed and developed by the Wine Fusion to offer a quality Sauvignon Blanc at an accessible price point to Bargain Booze and Wine Rack customers.

    Produced on the soils of the Wairau Bay, Marlborough, by the Macdonald family, original descendants of the first Maori settlers, the vineyard boasts a location on the oldest known settlement in New Zealand. (more…)

  • Monday, December 22nd, 2014, (1:10 pm)

    Jeff Stelling to ‘address the nation’ on Boxing Day with Carlsberg

    Screen shot 2014-12-21 at 18.33.26Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling, will address the football nation on Boxing Day, in a ‘King’s Speech’ that reviews the year of football, as part of Carlsberg UK’s Mid Season’s Greetings festive campaign, set to reach 1.6 billion consumers.

    Stelling, who is also a member of the Carlsberg Fan Squad, will present his speech on the Festive Football Calendar hosted at CarlsbergFanSquad.co.uk/Christmas from midday on December 26th ahead of the day’s matches.

    The online festive calendar, launched earlier this month, offers consumers the chance to win daily prizes throughout December, including Barclays Premier League tickets, branded gifts and football-related rewards. (more…)

  • Monday, December 22nd, 2014, (11:07 am)

    Just Drink Aloe launches in the UK

    Screen shot 2014-12-21 at 18.27.14Just Drink Aloe, one of the first aloe vera based drinks in the UK, has hit shelves.

    The brand’s vision is to continuously offer refreshing aloe vera drinks.

    Just Drink Aloe has a range of aloe vera drinks that are not only healthy and hydrating but also made with real aloe vera rather than from powdered aloe vera. (more…)

  • Monday, December 22nd, 2014, (9:10 am)

    Coca-Cola agrees deal to become official Rugby World Cup 2015 sponsor

    Screen shot 2014-12-21 at 18.21.33Coca-Cola has announced that it has agreed a deal to become the official soft drink, sports drink and water supplier at next year’s Rugby World Cup tournament.

    It said the partnership continues the rich heritage that Coca-Cola has in the international game and marks almost two decades as a partner of the world’s  rugby event.

    Caroline Cater, operational marketing director at Coca-Cola Enterprises, said: “Rugby World Cup 2015 looks set to be the biggest ever and we’re delighted to be a part of it to celebrate the excitement and passion the tournament will generate. (more…)

  • Monday, December 22nd, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Slush Puppie launches Fanta Frozen flavour

    Screen shot 2014-12-21 at 18.14.18The Coca-Cola Company will roll-out the global brand Fanta, in a frozen carbonated format in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Sweden, and Denmark initially, with the support of European Frozen Drinks Experts Slush Puppie Ltd. – further countries will follow in a later stage.

    Fanta sits among the biggest beverage brands in the world and Fanta Frozen brings a world leading brand to the fast growing frozen beverage category.

    The Fanta Frozen Brand is already a success in North America and Australia and it is especially suited to the European Leisure Category environment. (more…)

  • Friday, December 19th, 2014, (3:14 pm)

    NUTRITION AND WELLNESS SUMMIT

    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300Last year’s nutrition event sold out with 200 attending and this year’s might too. As ever, our Nutrition Guru, Dr Carrie Ruxton, has brought together Industry thought leaders to help us grasp the big nutrition and wellness trends coming up and make the most of them.

    As ever, this will be another marvellous opportunity for you to spend a day networking with your Nutrition and Wellness peers in the food and drink industry.

    Nutrition and Wellness Summit conference date : Thursday the 12th March (more…)

  • Friday, December 19th, 2014, (1:14 pm)

    Green Giant unveils Express Microwavable pouches

    Screen shot 2014-12-16 at 20.19.25Green Giant, the nation’s leading canned sweet corn, is preparing to re-invigorate the category in the UK with its launch of Green Giant Express – a first-to-market microwavable ambient pouch of delicious sweet corn.

    Green Giant Express delivers the same flavour of Green Giant’s canned sweet corn but utilises its pouch packaging to offer consumers a quick food solution in just one minute.

    Available in two variants – Original and Salt Free – the 205g pouch serves two portions, each of which counts as one of the recommended five-a-day portions of vegetables or fruit. (more…)

  • Friday, December 19th, 2014, (11:09 am)

    Country Choice unveils Christmas offering

    Screen shot 2014-12-16 at 20.11.15Country Choice is bearing gifts this Christmas, unwrapping three new lines, a number of limited edition offerings plus all the usual seasonal favourites.

    New for Christmas 2014 are Mini Gingerbread Santas and Snowmen, a Christmas Chocolate Mini Loaf Cake and a Christmas Family Sweet Mince Pie.

    The crunchy santa and snowman shaped biscuits, have a wrapped shelf life of 28 days. (more…)

  • Friday, December 19th, 2014, (9:02 am)

    Kinder launches new bite-sized bags range

    Screen shot 2014-12-16 at 20.05.55Ferrero is expanding its Kinder brand with the introduction of a new range of bite-sized chocolate confectionery suitable for sharing or on-the-go treating.

    With two different sizes and three variants to choose from, the brand is aiming to cater for the growing in-home sharing occasion, as well as on-the-go treating.

    Available from January 2015, the range will include: Kinder Choco-Bons, Kinder Chocolate Mini and Kinder Chocolate with Cereals Mini. (more…)

  • Friday, December 19th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    HT partners with Gift Creation to capitalise on gifting market for retailers

    Screen shot 2014-12-16 at 19.59.55London-based cash & carry HT & Co Drinks has partnered with Gift Creation & Design (GC&D) in a move that aims to open up the gifting market to wholesalers and independent retailers.

    HT Drinks has acquired 50% of Blackpool-based GC&D, which creates alcohol and food gift packs for multiple retailers, department stores and garden centres.

    GC&D chairman Mike Brennand said: “Previously, we’ve only worked with the multiple retailers and department stores, but our partnership with HT will give us access to new markets which have not previously had this channel available to them.” (more…)

  • Thursday, December 18th, 2014, (3:21 pm)

    Cocio chocolate milk lands in the UK

    Screen shot 2014-12-15 at 21.24.02Arla Foods has announced that Danish chocolate milk drink Cocio will be launching into the UK.

    Cocio, which is made to a recipe containing just three ingredients – milk, cocoa and sugar – will be available in Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury Local and Waitrose valued at £1.39.

    Cocio has been produced in Denmark since 1951, with exports growing across Scandinavia. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 18th, 2014, (1:09 pm)

    Bulmers pushes ‘#Livecolourful’ winter campaign

    Screen shot 2014-12-16 at 19.55.45Bulmers cider will be putting apple trees at the heart of digital activity centred on ‘yarn-bombing’ for its latest winter campaign.

    As part of the cider’s #LiveColourful campaign, Bulmers will be teaming up with street artist group, Knit the City, to create bespoke pieces of knitted decorations for its apple trees based on social media users’ responses.

    The campaign will drive the use of Bulmers’ #livecolourful hashtag while positioning the cider as a drink for winter months. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 18th, 2014, (11:07 am)

    Wrigley unveils re-branded Orbit with new products

    Screen shot 2014-12-15 at 21.27.12Wrigley has announced it will be strengthening the portfolio of its Extra brand by incorporating Orbit into its range from January, while two new soft-chew flavours will also be launching.

    In 2015 Extra will also benefit from a planned investment of £15m in marketing support as well a new look, which is being rolled out as part of these launches.

    A new Extra branded pack for Orbit Peppermint and Spearmint flavours will strengthen the range with the addition of a soft chew option. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 18th, 2014, (9:19 am)

    Weight Watchers unveils new Bourbon and Custard Creams

    Screen shot 2014-12-15 at 21.21.15Weight Watchers is bringing classic flavours to the low calorie biscuit category with two brand new cream biscuits – Bourbon Creams, containing real Belgian chocolate and cocoa cream – and Custard Creams, containing real Madagascan vanilla and cream filling.

    Weight Watchers Bourbon Creams and Custard Creams are a twist on the traditional ‘sandwich style’ cream biscuits.

    They consist of one biscuit base with a layer of chocolate or vanilla cream along the centre, whilst still keeping the traditional markings of the classic design. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 18th, 2014, (7:01 am)

    Today’s launches own-label chocolate

    Screen shot 2014-12-15 at 21.17.24Today’s Group has announced the launch of its first own-label chocolate bar – Today’s Select milk chocolate (100g).

    Own-label trading controller at Today’s Group, Hilary Nithsdale, said:

    “Our members and retailers have been requesting a good quality own-label chocolate for some time, so we’ve responded with a great-tasting product that has an attractive price point and will drive footfall, while maintaining a healthy profit margin for retailers.” (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    the happy egg co. gets a festive makeover

    Screen shot 2014-12-15 at 21.12.16Egg brand the happy egg co. has re-launched its ‘Snowy White’ and ‘Happy Christmas’ limited edition packs, following the success of last year’s packs.

    The Snowy White packs will consist of 10 white shell free range eggs and will be sold exclusively in Tesco stores nationwide from the 10th December.

    Unlike the sunshine yellow packaging that happy egg is known for, Snowy Whites will come in festive-themed white cartons with a seasonal image of the happy egg co. hen mascot, Freda Roam. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, (1:18 pm)

    THE FUZZY FRONT END OF NPD

    fdin npd, seminar, trend,  food industryThe ‘Fuzzy Front End’ is all about getting the company and brand strategy right before embarking on product development.

    So, to help you do this, and sail effortlessly through 2015, we’ve brought together a team of industry heavy-hitters who will inspire you and help you create and deliver on some killer plans.

    The event will be held on Tuesday 10th February, 2015. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, (11:00 am)

    Scrubby’s launches healthier crisps

    Scrubby's launches healthier crispsScrubbys is a British vegetable crisp brand on a mission to revolutionise the country’s crisp category by providing a healthier version of this favourite British snack.

    Scrubbys provides consumers with a healthier product that taps into both the growing bagged snacks market, which has expanded to £128.6 million in sales in 2014, and the Free From category.

    This sector is now valued at £355.1 million and is projected to be worth £538 million by 2018, with more than half of the UK population currently purchasing from this category. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, (9:12 am)

    Savse gets a makeover in time for 2015

    Screen shot 2014-12-15 at 16.54.31Savse, the cold-pressed smoothie brand, has undergone a refresh in order to give the brand a more premium feel.

    Now a firmly established player in the market, Savse’s new brand identity aims to increase stand out on shelf and ensure its personality is more clearly communicated to consumers.

    The bottle shape and labeling have been revamped with a taller, sleeker design, and will start to filter into the brand’s stockists, including: Waitrose, Ocado, Boots, Harrods, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and Selfridges, from mid-December 2014. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Candyland launches Refreshers Fizz Balls

    Screen shot 2014-12-15 at 16.47.23Tangerine Confectionery, the manufacturer of sugar confectionery brand Candyland, has introduced a new mini bon bon product into the market to capitalise on consumer demand.

    The new Candyland Refreshers Fizz Balls (140g, RRP £1), launching in February, takes all the elements of traditional Refreshers sweets and applies them to a new product format.

    Each pack will contain four flavours of mini bon bons, Raspberry, Lemon, Lime and Orange, which will each boast the fizz and tingle of Refreshers sweets thanks to its sherbet centre. (more…)

  • Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, (3:09 pm)

    Kent & Fraser unveils new savoury snack Criscuits

    Screen shot 2014-12-15 at 16.50.31Kent & Fraser, UK-based artisan producer of gluten and wheat-free biscuits, cookies and shortbreads, is set to introduce something into the savoury biscuit sector with the launch of Criscuits – the first ever cracker-biscuit hybrid.

    Available from Ocado from February, Criscuits, a range of thin-cut cheese savouries, will be offered in four flavours: oak smoked garlic and black poppy seeds, cracked black pepper and smoked sea salt, hot chilli-pepper, coriander and lime, and grill-roasted onion and nigella seeds.

    Retailing from £2.45, Criscuits are set to strengthen the savoury biscuit sector, which is currently growing at the rapid pace of 11.9%. (more…)

  • Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, (1:10 pm)

    Richmond sausages get festive packs

    Screen shot 2014-12-15 at 16.38.01Richmond has launched its biggest ever Christmas campaign, including advertising, a Christmas packaging takeover, seasonal NPD and shopper activation.

    Available nationwide now, new festive packaging will feature across key SKUs during the month of December, with the aim of inspiring and encouraging even more seasonal uses for sausages, with packs containing festive-inspired recipes and Christmas serving suggestions.

    To support the launch, the Richmond Peacekeeper will return to the nation’s TV screens in the run up to Christmas to drive consumer awareness and engagement with Richmond, a brand synonymous with family mealtimes. (more…)

  • Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, (11:12 am)

    Stella Artois unveils festive campaign

    Screen shot 2014-12-14 at 19.58.34With Christmas on the horizon, Stella Artois has unveiled details of its festive campaign.

    Having originally been created as a Christmas gift to the people of Leuven, Belgium, Stella Artois celebrates its origins each year.

    The ”L’Anniversaire” TV ad aims to bring to life the spirit of Stella Artois’ origins, with the tagline “originally crafted as a beautiful Christmas gift.” (more…)

  • Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, (11:09 am)

    Pomegreat gets new pack

    Screen shot 2014-12-14 at 20.03.29Branding and packaging design specialist Parker Williams has refreshed the packaging for the UK’s original pomegranate juice brand Pomegreat – a decade after it designed the original.

    The redesigned pack builds on Pomegreat’s former visual equities created by the agency: a vertical brand logo and a series of pop art- inspired illustrations of pomegranates in bright, clashing colours to create on-shelf standout.

    The pack also highlights Pomegreat’s low GI index, and incorporates the brand’s partnership with the Independent Diabetes Trust, to emphasise the juice’s health benefits. (more…)

  • Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Sunmagic launches Hobbit 3 radio campaign

    Screen shot 2014-12-14 at 19.55.46Sunmagic is launching a three-week radio ad campaign with Capital FM, to support its exclusive soft drinks partnership with family blockbuster, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which will be released in the UK & Ireland on 12 December 2014, by Warner Bros.

    Commencing this week, the two-week advertising campaign will encourage Capital London’s listeners to watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, while also urging them to visit Sunmagic’s Facebook page for a chance to win a trip to Warner Brothers’ Studio in LA.

    The ad also makes consumers aware of Sunmagic’s new 500ml bottles of Cherry & Apple, and Apple, Mint and White Grape Juice Drinks and encourages trial. (more…)

  • Monday, December 15th, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    Funkin launches first 100 per cent natural rhubarb syrup

    Screen shot 2014-12-14 at 19.52.08Cocktail innovator Funkin is expanding its product portfolio with Funkin Rhubarb Syrup.

    This is the first branded 100% natural rhubarb syrup for the on-trade, available now.

    Working with bartenders to create products for bartenders, Funkin collaborated with its 2014 Innovation Champion Dan Redman-Hubley to develop the latest syrup in a series of flavours to be introduced next year. (more…)

  • Monday, December 15th, 2014, (1:21 pm)

    Kopparberg extends alcohol-free range

    Screen shot 2014-12-14 at 19.24.24Kopparberg, the Swedish fruit cider, has expanded its alcohol-free range by adding Kopparberg Alcohol-Free Strawberry & Lime to the line-up.

    Available now, the new variant joins the brand’s existing alcohol-free collection that includes Kopparberg Mixed Fruit and Kopparberg Pear.

    As the only cider brand to offer alcohol-free variants, the Kopparberg range is unique to the industry and meets the needs of consumers who are looking to lower their alcohol intake, particularly during ‘Dry January’. (more…)

  • Monday, December 15th, 2014, (11:09 am)

    THE FUZZY FRONT END OF NPD

    fdin npd, seminar, trend,  food industryThe ‘Fuzzy Front End’ is all about getting the company and brand strategy right before embarking on product development.

    So, to help you do this, and sail effortlessly through 2015, we’ve brought together a team of industry heavy-hitters who will inspire you and help you create and deliver on some killer plans.

    The event will be held on Tuesday 10th February, 2015. (more…)

  • Monday, December 15th, 2014, (7:07 am)

    Jus-Rol unveils new look

    Screen shot 2014-12-14 at 19.11.04Ready-made pastry brand Jus-Rol is to unveil a new brand image and packaging following a rebrand exercise.

    The new look creates a modern personality for the heritage brand which was first launched in 1954 and signifies a fond farewell to the pastry icon Janet.

    The original ready to roll pastry brand is looking to lead the expanding market for baking products as consumers look to emulate on screen cookery shows. (more…)

  • Monday, December 15th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Cadbury Creme Egg Biscuits returning in January

    Screen shot 2014-12-14 at 19.17.25Following a successful first Easter, Burton’s Biscuit Company is bringing one of the UK’s confectionery lines back to the sweet biscuits aisle for the second-year running, with Cadbury Creme Egg Biscuits.

    Available as a limited edition from 1st January 2015 until Easter Monday, Cadbury Creme Egg Biscuits will be back by popular demand.

    David Costello, Burton’s Biscuit Company’s head of customer category management, said: (more…)

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