Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Thursday, December 12th, 2013, (1:26 pm)
Lurpak is back on TV with its Lurpak Lightest Spreadable variant; their lowest fat spreadable made with real butter.
Running for four weeks from the beginning of January, Lurpak has brought back its TV creative that ‘celebrates the world of healthy food by luxuriating in a spectrum of colour, texture and taste.’
Targeting those feeling health-conscious after the festive period, Lurpak Lightest Spreadable aims to remind consumers that they can enjoy a healthier butter option without compromising on flavour. (more…)
Thursday, December 12th, 2013, (11:16 am)
Burton’s Biscuit Company is bringing a new beacon brand to the £500 million savoury biscuit category with the launch of Cathedral City Baked Bites.
The bites are made with real Cathedral City cheddar, in an exclusive licensing agreement with Dairy Crest, the owners of Cathedral City.
Burton’s Biscuit Company’s strategy of investment in brand support and innovation has paid dividends for retailers in the sweet biscuits category and will now extend to savoury biscuits. (more…)
Thursday, December 12th, 2013, (9:30 am)
Papa John’s new festive offering combines everyone’s favourite festive ingredients that make up a yuletide dinner.
Seasonal turkey, sage and onion meatballs; pork sausage, bacon and a topping of cranberry drizzle added to a fresh dough base.
The ‘Festive Feast’ from Papa John’s Pizza hopes to prove popular over the Christmas holidays. (more…)
Thursday, December 12th, 2013, (7:04 am)
New Co-operative convenience stores are opening across the UK today.
Two new Co-operative food stores in Tayside, in Barry Road, Carnoustie, and Mortimer Drive, Monifieth, are about 2,000 sq ft in size and will offer shoppers a “wide range of fresh and chilled products, hot food, The Co-operative’s Truly Irresistible range, ready meals and extensive wine ranges”.
A new 2,000sq ft Co-operative food store is opening in Cowbridge Road, Pontyclun, South Wales, and a new convenience store will open on Adelaide Road, Primrose Hill, London, on the same day. (more…)
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, (3:09 pm)
Sainsbury’s has published findings from its Christmas Dynamics study, revealing that we are a nation of traditionalists who will splash out to celebrate even in tough times.
The study draws on insight from Sainsbury’s customers, product sales data and research, covering everything from what we do when we first wake up, to what we serve up for the Christmas meal.
Key findings from the research include: (more…)
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, (1:00 pm)
Kingsmill will introduce front of pack ‘traffic light’ labelling across its range of sliced bread, rolls, breads of the world and bakery favourites, as part of its pledge to implement the UK Governments’ recommended Front of Pack Nutrition Labelling Scheme.
Kingsmill is committed to ensuring that consumers can make an informed choice when it comes to bakery product purchases, and the new labels will start to appear on pack from January 2014.
Darren Grivvell, Director of Brands at Allied Bakeries said: “We are dedicated to openness and transparency about the nutritional value of our products. (more…)
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, (11:09 am)
Swedish fruit cider brand, Kopparberg, has given its bottles of fruit cider an extra dash of Swedish style this winter, by adding detachable ‘beards’ to bottles of its new Spiced Apple variety.
Available exclusively at the Nordic Bar at Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park, the beards are designed to fall over the face of drinkers as they enjoy the cider.
Drinkers can choose from a grizzly grey handle bar beard, a thick red beard, a full-bodied black beard and a bushy brown beard. (more…)
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, (9:18 am)
A global Tetra Pak study into consumer attitudes towards sustainability has found that, despite 6 in 10 (57%) UK consumers saying they look for environmental logos on the products they buy, and over half (55%) indicating they are willing to pay more for environmentally-sound packaging, less than a fifth (18%) say they are currently buying products packed in this way on a regular basis.
The study found that, when asked about buying milk, over half (55%) of UK consumers said they would be willing to pay extra for milk in environmentally-sound packaging, with nearly 1 in 10 (9%) saying they would pay 20% more.
By contrast, just 15% of the industry influencers interviewed as part of the study across all markets believed consumers would be willing to pay more, and 53% cited “lack of consumer demand” as a barrier to companies making environmental improvements. (more…)
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, (7:14 am)
Yeo Valley will be introducing a 0% fat Greek Style Natural yogurt in the New Year as demand for Greek style yogurts continues to grow.
The 0% fat Greek Style Natural yogurt is available in 150g portions from January, and is aimed at health-conscious consumers who do not want to compromise on the taste of Greek style yogurt.
The new launch comes in response to growing consumer demand for Greek style yogurt which currently accounts for 60% of the natural yogurt market, of which Yeo Valley has a 5.2% share. (more…)
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, (3:05 pm)
Ginsters has unveiled it’s New Year special editions launching in January 2014.
The new year sees the re-launches of our the brand’s special edition classic – Ginsters’ Steak & Ale pasty.
This number is made with British Steak marinated in Cornish Ale with potato and onion wrapped in puff pastry. (more…)
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, (1:01 pm)
Dr Schär UK, parent company of retail brand DS-gluten free, has made strides in 2013 following the launch of three first to market products on the retail arm1 and a host of new listings.
Capitalising upon a category that has seen double digit growth in the last five years, the business has commissioned 15 new products to join the DS-gluten free portfolio in 2014.
The planned NPD will include a number of first to market products and managing director, Bob Trice said: (more…)
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, (11:09 am)
Cadbury will be unveiling a new, contemporary packaging for its hot chocolate drinks in January 2014.
The re-design aims to give shoppers better differentiation within the range, as well as improving its shelf standout and awareness, and will be applied to its drinking chocolate, Instant chocolate and Highlights range.
Susan Nash, Trade Communications Manager at Mondelēz International, said: “We’ve improved differentiation between the SKUs in the range, particularly Highlights and Instant, so that customers can shop the fixture more easily. (more…)
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, (9:09 am)
Continuing its countryside theme, Twilight Tawny is the latest seasonal cask ale from Badger ales and will be available throughout the estate during December 2013.
This new porter style ale is brewed with Hallertau Select and Galaxy hops and has a liquorice character derived from the roasted malt and a subtle fruity hop aroma.
Head Brewer at Badger, Toby Heasman, said: “I wanted to push the boundaries with our Christmas seasonal cask beer and decided to brew Badger’s first porter. (more…)
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, (7:16 am)
After several years of maturing in new French and American oak barrels, Adnams’ first ever whiskies go on sale in Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Stores this week.
The Southwold-based distiller has produced a limited amount of its Single Malt and Triple Grain whiskies from its distillery, based in the heart of the company’s famous brewery.
Adnams Copper House Distillery has been producing handcrafted spirits for three years, during which time Adnams has gained international recognition and awards for its spirit range, including a coveted Gin Trophy at the International Wine & Spirits Competition earlier this year. (more…)
Monday, December 9th, 2013, (3:09 pm)
A new Spanish wine has launched in Morrisons this month which aims to bring a splash of colour and Spanish spirit to the wine aisle.
The new Caliente Rojo from Bottle Green Ltd is a DO Campo de Borja and is produced by high quality winery, Bodegas Aragonesas.
The Caliente Rojo label is a typical Spanish poster-style picture of a red Flamenco dancer against a bright yellow background. (more…)
Monday, December 9th, 2013, (1:09 pm)
WKD has unveiled a new addition to its portfolio: WKD Brazilian – an exotic new Limited Edition for 2014 which takes its inspiration from Brazil, exuding the party atmosphere of the world-famous Rio de Janeiro carnival and the lively Copacabana beach night scene.
Billed as a ‘party in a bottle’ WKD Brazilian is available from January in 275ml bottles, the new line has the same 4% ABV and will retail at the same price as the other six variants in the WKD range.
The launch is being supported via a heavyweight digital media campaign; extensive consumer sampling activity; launch/introductory price promotions; washroom advertising; tailormade in-outlet support activity; and in venue POS kits. (more…)
Monday, December 9th, 2013, (9:34 am)
One of the largest brewers in the country has stepped up its commitment to the cider industry by joining the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM).
Carlsberg UK has become a member of the NACM after launching Somersby Cider in March this year.
The move comes as the industry makes a bigger-then-ever commitment to the rural economy by announcing plans to build thousands of acres of new orchard over the next two years. (more…)
Monday, December 9th, 2013, (7:28 am)
When the weather turns cold and you need a break from the Christmas crowds Soreen’s new Festive Loaf is a new choice on shelf this year.
Made with raisins, currants, cherries, citrus and winter spices, these new Soreen slices hopes to appeal throughout the festivities.
Soreen Festive Loaf is designed to appeal as a versatile product over the festive season. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (3:35 pm)
Detoxing is often high on the list of New Year resolutions following the excesses of the festive season, but it can be a dull experience.
Twinings new Green Tea with Ginger aims to bring excitement to the detoxing time of year and add a little bit of spice to feeling good.
Twinings Green Tea with Ginger is a blend of green tea fused with the tang of ginger. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (1:09 pm)
Glenfiddich has launched a new gifting initiative in time for the all-important Christmas sales period.
The new gift tins have been introduced to three Glenfiddich whiskies – 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old and Rich Oak.
The tins are wrapped in faux leather and maintain the iconic colours associated with each of the brand’s age statements. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (11:19 am)
Mars Chocolate has announced that its partnership with The Football Association has been renewed, a deal that will see Mars continue in its role as Official Supporter of the England Team and Official Partner to The FA’s ‘Just Play’ programme until July 2018.
To celebrate, Mars and The FA will offer fans across the nation the chance to take part in free ‘Just Play’ sessions during the tournament in Brazil next summer.
Aiming to offer one million ‘Just Play’ opportunities by 2018, with more sessions in more locations across the country, the renewal will build on the success of the programme to date. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (9:12 am)
Designed for budding bakers and professionals alike – consumers just add water for the ‘perfect’ cookie icing.
The handy 2-in-1 mix can be used for both piping and flooding, and it’s easy to use when making decorative biscuits.
SK Cookie Icing Mix is made with cane sugar and has a natural vanilla flavour. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (7:00 am)
Little Dish is kicking off its official partnership with charity, Kids Company this week with the ‘Give Get Win’ campaign, to support them in the run up to Christmas when the inner-city children it helps are particularly vulnerable.
Consumers will be able to pledge via Facebook, where Little Dish is asking for a minimum donation of £2 and every £2 pledged will pay for two hot meals for a vulnerable child at one of Kids Company’s centres.
As a thank you, those who donate will receive the equivalent value in coupons for their next Little Dish purchase and be entered into a weekly prize draw for the chance to win one of a selection of fun family prizes. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (3:39 pm)
Just when you thought Ginger Beer couldn’t get any more festive, Old Jamaica launches a limited edition range of Winter Twists with Spiced Berry and Gold Spice.
Old Jamaica Ginger Beer Winter Twists range includes Spiced Berry and Gold Spice, the classic Christmas warmer just got even better.
Gavin Herbert, from Old Jamaica said: “There are few drinks that capture the essence of Christmas like ginger beer so we decided to take our traditional recipe and add a little winter twist. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (1:39 pm)
Branston Pickle, the sweet pickle brand, has announced its first TV advertising campaign in five years.
The campaign is part of owner Mizkan Europe’s overall ‘Make it Special’ activity for the brand, which communicates the key idea that any sandwich is made special by including Branston Pickle.
The creative, by mcgarrybowen, is dubbed ‘The Apologist’. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (11:33 am)
Liberation Foods, the UK’s first Fairtrade and farmer owned nut company, is launching its first seasonal range of snacks into 252 Oxfam shops nationwide.
Following the launch of two new product lines during the summer, coupled with a recent refreshed brand identity, Liberation’s two new winter snacking products include: Fairtrade Mixed Nuts with Dried Fruit and Fairtrade Mixed Nuts.
All nuts are sourced from co-operatives of small-scale growers and farmers who own a 44 percent share of the company. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (9:10 am)
Somerset producer Fussels Fine Foods has teamed up with the Lesley Waters Cookery School to launch the first ever single estate Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil in a spray bottle.
Somerset farmer Andy Fussell developed the spray after discussions with Lesley Waters at her Cookery School in rural Dorset.
Lesley’s love of food, as well as her commitment to using local ingredients and supporting local producers, meant that this new venture was a natural fit. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (7:00 am)
This Christmas there is a new Mexicana “Xmas Hot & Spicy Selection”.
Inside this gift pack are two hot cheddar cheeses, as well as a flaming hot chutney.
Mexicana is made with British Cheddar down in Somerset, however the taste is pure Diablo. (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, (3:39 pm)
Dream is today announcing the launch of Coconut Dream, a dairy-free alternative to milk that is based on a mix of coconut and rice.
The new range is launching in Sainsbury’s and ASDA stores across the UK, packed in 1 litre Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge cartons.
Enriched with calcium and vitamins D2 & B12, Coconut Dream is made from 100% natural ingredients, is naturally low in fat, has no added sugars, and is free from lactose, gluten and wheat. (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, (1:25 pm)
This Christmas, The Patchwork Traditional Food Company are marking the festive season with a selection of limited edition pâtés.
The Bloody Mary Pâté is back again this year, a Chicken Liver Pâté with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Halen Mon Celery Salt, Godminster Horseradish Vodka with a dash of Tabasco and an RRP of £11.60.
The brand new Stilton & Cranberry Pâté is hoping to appeal as the ultimate Christmas pâté. (more…)