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  • 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)


    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)


    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…)

  • Monday, April 27th, 2015, (11:10 am)

    Old Rascal launches new can format

    Screen shot 2015-04-26 at 22.48.24Thatchers Cider has introduced its Old Rascal Cider in 440ml cans for the first time.

    Available in a 4x440ml pack, the new cans complement the 500ml glass bottle.

    Old Rascal is also available on draught in the on-trade. (more…)

  • Monday, April 27th, 2015, (9:12 am)

    Jack Daniel’s unveils new Tennessee Honey Barbecue Glaze

    unnamedThe Jack Daniel’s range of barbecue sauces, distributed by Baxters Food Group, is aiming to create a buzz this summer with the launch of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Barbecue Glaze.

    A sticky accompaniment for meat and vegetable dishes, the new Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Barbecue Glaze is infused with the soft flavours of the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Liqueur.

    The new Glaze offers an extension to the current range, that includes Jack Daniel’s Hot Pepper Steak Sauce, Extra Hot Habanero Barbecue Sauce, Smokey Sweet Barbecue Glaze, Smooth Original Barbecue Sauce, which features a Jack Daniel’s Whiskey flavour, and Full Flavour Smokey Barbecue Sauce with hickory undertones. (more…)

  • Monday, April 27th, 2015, (7:02 am)

    Florette launches new pack sizes and pricing

    Screen shot 2015-04-26 at 22.32.44Salad specialist Florette is tackling the issue of in-home wastage by changing how it talks to consumers about salad usage.

    Following the results of commissioned consumer insight, Florette got to work on a response to enable it to solve the wastage issue and inject growth into the leafy prepared salad category.

    The result: Florette has announced its biggest-ever overhaul of how it packages its leafy bagged salad portfolio, to help shoppers find the right amount of bagged salad, so that they buy what they need and use all that they buy. (more…)

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015, (3:25 pm)

    Orangina undergoes revamp

    Screen shot 2015-04-24 at 07.25.38Orangina has been given a revamp, with new visual design, range, target consumer and communications.

    A global brand, with a loyal fan base, Orangina is unlocking its iconicity in the UK by creating and owning a brand new sector in the soft drinks category, ‘Special Any Day’.

    Worth an estimated £79m and growing at +21.8%, ‘Special Any Day’ aims to fulfill consumers’ desire for premium and unique offerings. (more…)

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015, (1:17 pm)

    Batchelors launches new soup, noodles and snack range

    Screen shot 2015-04-24 at 07.17.43Batchelors is introduction a brand new product – Batchelors Mugfull, a new Limited Edition Super Noodles variant and strengthened Deli Box range.

    The brand is launching the new Batchelors Mugfull range of low fat soups containing rice, noodles or pasta, whilst simultaneously unveiling improved recipes across the existing portfolio of its Deli Box line-up.

    The brand also will be adding a Limited Edition flavour – Steak & Ale Pie – to its Super Noodles range. (more…)

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015, (11:15 am)

    Pepsi Max reveals new glass bottle

    Screen shot 2015-04-24 at 07.14.42Pepsi has announced the launch of a new on-trade glass bottle range, leading with Pepsi MAX.

    This will be supported by a range of new signature spirit serves, including Vermouth MAX, Brandy MAX, Tequila MAX and Bourbon MAX.

    The new contoured Pepsi MAX bottle is inspired by the original heritage bottle and will also be rolled out across Diet Pepsi and original Pepsi. (more…)

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015, (9:10 am)

    Cadbury unveils seven-flavour chocolate bar

    Screen shot 2015-04-24 at 07.10.13For the first time in over 100 years, Cadbury has created a sharing chocolate bar complete with seven different flavours to match all of Cadbury Dairy Milk’s hero variants.

    Only fifty bars of ‘Cadbury Dairy Milk Spectacular 7’ will be made with a selection for a few Brits to win on Twitter, and will contain one row of each of the most popular Cadbury Dairy Milk flavours, meaning consumers no longer have to choose just one.

    The Cadbury R&D team has been working alongside food artist Prudence Staite to create this bar in response to research which shows that Brits can be hesitant to try new flavours. (more…)

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Jucee relaunches relaunches entire range as 100% no added sugar

    Screen shot 2015-04-23 at 08.24.03Jucee is set to become one of the first soft drinks brands to move its entire range to 100% no-added sugar.

    The brand, which has grown 33% in value over the last two years and is now the number two brand in independent retailers, made the move to respond to a growing market of health-conscious consumers who are looking for soft drinks that contain no-added sugar.

    The last three SKUs in the Jucee range with added sugar will be removed from May 2015, and replaced with No Added Sugar variants. (more…)

  • Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, (3:10 pm)

    Pimm’s re-launches No.6 Vodka Cup

    Screen shot 2015-04-21 at 19.10.01Diageo has announced Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup is retuning in late May.

    The product will be available to on and off trade customers via Justerini & Brooks and nationally available to consumers via the and

    Originally launched in 1964, Pimm’s Vodka Cup was the sixth variety of Pimm’s to hit shelves across the UK. (more…)

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