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  • 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…)

  • Friday, December 12th, 2014, (3:51 pm)

    Shake Shack to open second London location mid 2015

    shake-shack-burger-300x201Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) has announced it will open its second London Shake Shack in the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre.

    This Shack aims to build on the success of the original London Shake Shack in Covent Garden (July 2013).

    Born in 2004 in New York City’s Madison Square Park, Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, griddled flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine, and much more. (more…)

  • Friday, December 12th, 2014, (1:11 pm)

    Trivento launches UK’s first miniature version of Malbec Reserve

    Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 21.39.23Trivento has launched the UK’s first miniature version of its Malbec Reserve.

    This mini Malbec (187ml) is designed to appeal as a small indulgence for those wanting to enjoy one glass of wine at dinner, those looking for convenience while traveling or at an outdoor event, or even as an adult stocking filler for connoisseurs and novice wine drinkers alike.

    The classic Trivento Malbec Reserve (750ml) is produced in the wine growing area of Mendoza, Argentina. (more…)

  • Friday, December 12th, 2014, (11:35 am)

    Lucy Bee Launches new large jar as Coconut Oil goes mainstream

    Screen shot 2014-12-10 at 20.39.46As sales of coconut oil continue to climb, organic and Fair Trade brand, Lucy Bee is adding to its range of Unrefined Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Raw Coconut Oil with a new 1 litre jar.

    Available exclusively through Natural and Organic Wholesale Distributor, Tree of Life, the new larger format offers better value for consumers who regularly use this oil, complementing the bestselling 500ml jar,and 300ml jar for smaller households or people trying coconut oil for the first time.

    Lucy Bee is one of the brands in this growing category, and has listings with Sainsbury’s, Booths, Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic, Amazon and other online retailers such as Nature’s Healthbox and Real Foods, as well as being stocked by independent health food outlets across the country. (more…)

  • Friday, December 12th, 2014, (9:12 am)

    British Buffalo Brie launches at Waitrose

    waitrose british buffalo brie cheese

    There’s a new cheese on the block at Waitrose, Organic Buffalo Milk Brie – made from British farmed organic buffalo milk in Hampshire.

    While buffalo milk is commonly used for mozzarella, this is the first time a supermarket has stocked a British brie made from Buffalo milk.

    The ‘Too Good to be called Brie’ cheese, made by Laverstoke Park in Hampshire, is made entirely from British produced organic Buffalo milk. (more…)

  • Friday, December 12th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Hartley’s unveils limited edition Christmas packs and new flavour

    Screen shot 2014-12-10 at 20.28.52

    Hartley’s unveils limited edition Christmas packs and new flavour

    Hartley’s has launched a limited edition Jolly Jelly range of jelly cubes and sugar free jelly crystals.

    Jolly Jelly comes in the Strawberry, Orange and Raspberry variants, each decorated with a different well-known Christmas character for a touch of festive fun.

    Hartley’s has a new flavour, Black Cherry jelly in time for Christmas; a peak time for households to re-create a Black Forest Trifle. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 11th, 2014, (3:06 pm)

    Pressels announces Waitrose launch

    Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 22.08.56‘Pressed’ pretzels are making their debut into the UK market following their successful introduction into the US market last year.

    Three variants of Pressels are launching in Waitrose, which has a supermarket exclusive on the products until next year.

    Manufactured by Dream Pretzels, Pressels are ‘better for you’ snacks based on classic pretzels: pressed flat, flavoured with herbs, spices and seeds, and baked instead of fried. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 11th, 2014, (1:11 pm)

    Sacla’ launches new anti-pasti range

    Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 22.02.10Pesto brand, Sacla’ is launching a new range of antipasti, with four variants – Artichokes, Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers and Sun-dried Tomatoes.

    The new range aims to bring innovation to the antipasti category thanks to the blending of herb infused Italian oils with each variant.

    The Artichokes sit in a lemon and rosemary oil, the Sun-Dried Tomatoes are in a herb infused oil, whilst the Oven Roasted Tomatoes are covered by a piquant chilli oil. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 11th, 2014, (11:01 am)

    Trio of Northern Irish farmhouse ciders launched

    Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 21.50.15A trio of new handcrafted ciders has been launched by Kilmegan Cider in Northern Ireland.

    The farmhouse ciders are the first to be produced outside Northern Ireland’s traditional apple orchard region of county Armagh.

    Kilmegan Cider is based at Dundrum in county Down in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and overlooking a traditional seafood centre, Dundrum Bay. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 11th, 2014, (9:00 am)

    Calypso’s fairtrade Pure Juice range gets a new look

    Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 21.46.58Calypso Soft Drinks has launched a totally re-designed range for its Fairtrade Pure Juice range, to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of the Fairtrade mark in the UK.

    Calypso was the first soft drinks company to gain accreditation with the Fairtrade Foundation in 2001 and has seen its range grow and flourish over more than a decade.

    The new packs offer a highly visual, brightly coloured design in a bid to stand out and appeal to a wide consumer audience. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 11th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Swedish Glace to join Wall’s portfolio of ice cream brands

    Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 21.41.22Swedish Glace, the free-from ice cream brand from Unilever UK, is set to move under the Wall’s brand to expand its portfolio –rolling out inclusive of the wall’s logo from January 2015.

    The move will see the Swedish Glace range, comprising Juicy Raspberry and Smooth Vanilla, carry the Wall’s branding to add a free-from positioning to the Wall’s range.

    Zhelin Chen, assistant brand manager for Swedish Glace at Unilever UK, said: “We are seeing greater consumer demand for free-from products and as a result, Swedish Glace is currently worth £3.8 million, growing by 13.5% in the last year. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, (3:46 pm)

    PopKakery launches new PopTails

    Screen shot 2014-12-07 at 20.48.12PopKakery, specialists in baking ‘Kakes on sticks’ covered in chocolate and decorations known as PopKakes, has launched a new range of PopKakes infused with alcohol called PopTails.

    Consumers can now have their favourite cocktail in a cake.

    Infused with alcohol to give them more of an adult twist, they are designed for the party season or as a gift. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, (1:10 pm)

    Newby Tea’s launches new Masala Chai Tea

    Screen shot 2014-12-07 at 20.41.24Newby Tea’s have announced the launched of their new tea, Masala Chai blend.

    Using whole leaf Assam black tea, Newby’s silken pyramids combine cardamom, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and ginger to create the essence of Christmas in a cup.

    Designed to appeal this festive season; consumers can add some extra spice by brewing two of Newby’s Masala Chai Silken Pyramids in a large teapot with sliced orange, cinnamon stick and a tablespoon of honey. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, (1:07 pm)

    THE FUZZY FRONT END OF NPD

    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300The ‘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 10th, 2014, (9:16 am)

    Pastinos, the first savoury pasta snack, launches into Waitrose

    Screen shot 2014-12-07 at 20.31.17Pastinos, the new brand from Martorana, has launched its range of savoury pasta snacks into Waitrose stores nationwide the first British supermarket to list the product.

    With 47% of UK consumers eating pasta, Pastinos is tapping into the British love of Italian food.

    Made from 100% premium durum wheat pasta, which is shallow fried at a very precise temperature for just a few seconds. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Tesco launches own-label beer supporting British Hop Association

    Screen shot 2014-12-07 at 20.24.55Tesco has become the first supermarket to launch an own-label beer supporting the British Hop Association (BHA).

    The retailer’s own-label Single Hopped Kentish Ale, produced in collaboration with UK brewer Shepherd Neame, will carry the BHA’s logo.

    The beer is brewed using one of the UK’s most famous hops, East Kent Golding and is described as having a “distinct smooth taste with malty undertones, enhanced by uplifting botanical hop notes, a touch of spice and delicate herbal aromas”. (more…)

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