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  • Thursday, November 27th, 2014, (3:40 pm)

    Maxxium UK unveils new four-pack cases and fractionals

    Screen shot 2014-11-25 at 20.46.11To help independent retailers benefit from the Christmas opportunity, Maxxium UK is introducing smaller case sizes and new fractional packs for its premium brands including Courvoisier.

    Maxxium UK is responding to the challenges faced by independent retailers by providing a solution to meet the demands of the convenience shopper.

    With nearly half of the spirits sold in convenience packaged in sizes smaller than 375ml, Maxxium UK is now offering Courvoisier VS and VSOP, The Macallan Gold, Highland Park and Jim Beam in 35cl bottles. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 27th, 2014, (1:10 pm)

    New online Spanish delicatessen launches

    Screen shot 2014-11-25 at 20.37.06Deliselection.com is a new online delicatessen shop, offering authentic Spanish food and wines, carefully selected from internationally recognised and awarded producers.

    Delivered directly from Spain at flat shipping rates, Deliselection.com offers quality delicatessen products at competitive prices.

    Hoping to appeal to Spanish foodies, the gourmet product range includes a selection of Spanish cheese, Iberian ham and other cured meats, preserved fish and vegetables, paella, olive oil, sweets, wines and liquors. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 27th, 2014, (11:04 am)

    Haywards launches new Hot & Spicy Pickled Onions

    Screen shot 2014-11-25 at 20.30.21Haywards has announced the launch of its new Hot & Spicy pickled onions to further cement its 39.7 per cent market share of the pickled onion category.

    The launch also aims to reinforce its position as a British household favourite – with one in three households buying pickled onions every year.

    The new product is part of owner Mizkan Euro’s ongoing investment since acquiring Haywards in July 2012 and represents the first NPD for Haywards in 15 years. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 27th, 2014, (9:11 am)

    Lees confectionary bars get new design

    Screen shot 2014-11-25 at 20.21.15Lees of Scotland, one of the UK’s leading independent confectionery manufacturers, has unveiled a new look for its confectionery bars, including a new design for its signature Lees Macaroon bar.

    The new design marks the first time in ten years that the full range of bars has been refreshed and it comes at stage when sales are at an all-time high.

    The stand out new designs will be featured on the original Macaroon, Scottish Tablet, Scottish Fudge, Mint, Jaffa Orange and Raspberry Coconut Ice Bars. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 27th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Domino’s Pizza extends dessert offering to include Doughnuts

    Screen shot 2014-11-25 at 20.20.08Domino’s Pizza UK has extended its dessert range with the launch of Domino’s Doughnuts.

    Available to order now in portions of four and 12, Domino’s Doughnuts aim to be the number one choice for consumers looking for an after dinner treat.

    The new offering from the pizza delivery chain comes after the brand’s success with the launch of their Chocolate Dough Balls last year. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, (3:17 pm)

    Dualit unveils new fine tea capsules

    Screen shot 2014-11-25 at 20.16.40Available in English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Blackcurrant and Peppermint, Dualit’s new tea capsules can be used in Nespresso and Dualit 3 in 1 machines.

    The blends and infusions are sourced from ‘the finest gardens’, supporting Dualit’s dedication to quality.

    English Breakfast is a single origin blend sourced from Kenya, widely considered to produce some of the best quality tea in the world. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, (1:09 pm)

    Gallo Family Vineyards launches Autumn Red

    Screen shot 2014-11-25 at 20.13.39Gallo Family Vineyards has unveiled a new addition to its portfolio – with the launch of Gallo Family Vineyards Autumn Red.

    This red wine from Gallo Family Vineyards aims to captures the flavours of Autumn and bring a cosy feel and a taste of the season into people’s homes.

    Gallo Family Vineyards Autumn Red is a warm and mellow red wine, that’s smooth and soft with flavours of blackberry and caramel. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, (9:12 am)

    Twinings unveils new range of tea

    Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 09.36.15BrandOpus has been working with Twinings to drive reappraisal of premium tea with the launch of 22 contemporary blends, aiming to reach a new generation of tea lovers.

    This follows the recently launched Infusions range.

    The challenge to BrandOpus was to reinvent regular tea, which has become commoditised and uninspiring on shelf. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, (9:09 am)

    Urban Fruit launches new Tropical Mix

    Screen shot 2014-11-25 at 08.39.39Urban fruit has announced the launch of its new Tropical Mix which will join the family of fruit snacks this month.

    The mix combines Urban Fruit’s most popular fruits with new ones: tangy pineapple, chewy toffee-like banana and their best-selling mango has been mixed together with brand new baked coconut.

    Packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals, the coconut has a crispy texture, whilst being in line with the latest consumer food trends. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    The Yorkshire Crisp Company launches new Cured Ham & Pickle flavour

    Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 09.30.47Sweet-Cured Ham & Pickle is the most recent guest flavour launched by The Yorkshire Crisp Company, and has proved so successful it has now become a permanent addition to the range.

    It was originally launched as a limited edition flavour in single 40g bags but is now also available in the stay-fresh, re-sealable 100g drums that Yorkshire Crisps have become well-known for.

    Said Tim Wheatley of Yorkshire Crisps: “We are thrilled that sales have gone so well for this award-winning flavour. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, (3:38 pm)

    Blu Nun extends Delicate range

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.54.27Wine brand Blue Nun has re-launched its existing range of lighter, lower alcohol “Delicate” 5.5% wine.

    the brand is also introducing their  new “Exotic” range under the Delicate sub-brand at 4% abv.

    Made with full-bodied Blue Nun wine and exotic fruit flavours, this re-launched portfolio of five wine based drinks offers female wine consumers something different to try, and with the bonus of lower alcohol. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, (1:19 pm)

    Eat Natural launches new natural protein bar

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.48.03Eat Natural is launching a new bar created especially for those ‘active ones’ who are trying to ‘up’ the amount of protein in their diet.

    The ‘Protein Packed’ bar will be available from the end of November in 200 Tesco stories across the UK.

    Eat Natural ‘Protein Packed’ is a combination of peanuts, coconut, soya crispies, honey and dark chocolate chunks. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, (11:10 am)

    BrewDog expands to Bologna

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.44.38BrewDog, Scotland’s largest independent brewery, continues its mission to take the craft beer revolution global with the launch of BrewDog Bologna.

    Located on San Valentino 2F, 40122 Bologna, the new bar aims to provide a centre point for the craft beer scene in the city, offering some of the world’s most sought after beers from all over the world.

    Home to Europe’s oldest university, the city is famed for its lively music and art scene and is a hotbed for creative thinking in the country. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, (9:04 am)

    Alhambra Reserva added to Morgenrot portfolio

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.42.21Manchester-based importer Morgenrot has announced it will be permanently listing its unique 75cl champagne-corked Alhambra Reserva 1925 SKU in its growing portfolio, on the back of demand since last year’s sell-out Christmas launch.

    The Reserva 75cl format, which sold out within 10 days when launched last November, has recently been awarded Silver for Best Packaging in the International Beer Challenge.

    Available in cases of twelve, Alhambra Reserva is based on the original 1925 recipe, with a long 35 day conditioning and the brand’s first bottle design, now iconic, is free from the typical branding found on many beers. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Erlenbacher unveils Christmas range

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.37.49Now in the midst of the festive season, erlenbacher is getting into the seasonal spirit with its fruity alternatives to the traditional Christmas Pudding, offering consumers a taste of summer this winter.

    erlenbacher’s Fruits of the Forest Tart and Strawberry Vanilla Cake are set to offer a light fruity alternative to the festivities.

    The Fruits of the Forest Tart has a crispy shortcrust pastry base covered in a smooth creamy filling. (more…)

  • Monday, November 24th, 2014, (3:32 pm)

    New look for Old Speckled Hen

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.32.22The Old Speckled Hen family has unveiled a contemporary new look, which is set to be rolled out across stores from December.

    The Hen family is currently in rude health in the off-trade with sales of over £53m, growing at 19%.

    This is four times the growth of the total ale category and nine times that of total alcohol. (more…)

  • Monday, November 24th, 2014, (1:16 pm)

    ‘Slice Sabre’ promotion from Chicago Town

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.35.46Chicago Town is unveiling the ‘Slice Sabre’ as part of its latest Deep Dish promotion.

    Slicing through pizzas with ease, the ‘Slice Sabre’ is available to Chicago Town fans through codes on promotional Deep Dish packs.

    Collect five codes for a ‘Slice Sabre’ or collect nine for the ‘Super Slice Sabre’ complete with precision cutting beam and sound effects. (more…)

  • Monday, November 24th, 2014, (11:09 am)

    Branson Chutney relaunches with new look and flavours

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.29.45Following the relaunch of the Branston Relish range, Branson Chutney is now relaunching with a fresh look by Parker Williams.

    Having identified an opportunity within the existing Chutney market, Branston looked to extend its portfolio to include two new Chutney flavours available this autumn.

    Jo Saker, Creative Director at Parker Williams said: “Building on our experience of Branston, we were keen to retain the brand’s visual equity within a new product market. (more…)

  • Monday, November 24th, 2014, (9:02 am)

    Mrs Crimble’s launches new Hot Chilli Cheese Crackers

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.26.43Gluten free bakery brand, Mrs Crimble’s, has launched a spicy new addition to its range – the Hot Chilli Cheese Crackers.

    Made with 27% cheese, these crackers can be enjoyed on their own as a snack or with your favourite toppings – pâté, spreads, dips or cheese.

    The new flavour joins the existing selection of gluten free Cheese Crackers which already includes Rosemary and Onion, Tomato and Pesto and Original Cheese varieties. (more…)

  • Monday, November 24th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    New sour cherry variant for KA

    Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 15.24.56AG Barr is launching a new variant of flavoured Caribbean carbonate, KA.

    The new KA product is the UK’s first sparkling sour cherry drink and is based on the sour cherry Caribbean fruit.

    Adrian Troy, head of marketing for AG Barr said: (more…)

  • Friday, November 21st, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    Batchelors Peas rolls out new packaging

    Which-One-Do-You-Want-For-Dinner-300x150Batchelors Peas is set to roll out new packaging featuring The Red Tractor logo across more than 50 million cans in a bid to further promote its commitment to responsible British sourcing to shoppers.

    The brand, licensed by food and drink group Princes, sources all of its mushy, marrowfat and garden peas from Red Tractor assured British farms.

    Chris Wright, marketing director at Princes, said: “More than 5,000 tonnes of British peas are sourced and canned for the Batchelors peas brand each year. (more…)

  • Friday, November 21st, 2014, (1:12 pm)

    Udi’s expands UK Gluten-Free range

    unnamedUdi’s is introducing new ways to enjoy a gluten-free diet.

    Growing its existing range of products to include three new Bagels, a Tiger Bloomer, Multi Seeded Rolls, Wafers plus new Breakfast Bar and Bagel Chip variations, customers can expect more choice than before.

    Expanding its bagel range to include three new flavours: (more…)

  • Friday, November 21st, 2014, (11:14 am)

    Simplee Aloe launches new aloe vera drink

    1LPrismaFrontNewNew UK drinks brand, Simplee Aloe, is hoping to get Brits hooked on the health benefits of aloe vera through the launch of its first aloe vera drink in Whole Foods Market and Sainsbury’s stores across the UK.

    Simplee Aloe founders, Alex Lai and Raymond Pang, are on a mission to get more people in the UK drinking aloe vera.

    The plant has already been consumed as a drink for centuries in Asian markets, where it is renowned for keeping skin healthy, a great boost for the immune system and detoxing. (more…)

  • Friday, November 21st, 2014, (9:09 am)

    Gallo Family Vineyards launches new Autumn Red

    Screen shot 2014-11-19 at 19.38.14Gallo Family Vineyards has unveiled a new addition to its portfolio with the launch of Gallo Family Vineyards Autumn Red.

    This soft red wine from Gallo Family Vineyards is designed to capture the flavours of Autumn and bring a cosy feel and a taste of the season into people’s homes.

    Gallo Family Vineyards Autumn Red is a mellow red wine, with flavours of blackberry and caramel. (more…)

  • Friday, November 21st, 2014, (7:01 am)

    Cinnamon Kitchen launches At Home Indian cooking sauce range

    Screen shot 2014-11-19 at 19.32.35International convenience food manufacturer, Greencore is teaming up with chef Vivek Singh to launch a range of Indian chilled cooking sauces inspired by his restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen.

    Launching this November, the Cinnamon Kitchen At Home range will be sold exclusively in Waitrose and located in the fish, meat and poultry aisle and is designed to give shoppers an authentic Indian experience.

    Vivek Singh is one of the world’s leading chefs of modern Indian cuisine. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 20th, 2014, (3:29 pm)

    Bargain Booze to launch in Scotland

    Screen shot 2014-11-19 at 19.30.47Conviviality Retail, the parent company of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, has announced plans to launch Bargain Booze in Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Midland Co-operative Society Group (Scotmid).

    Conviviality said a trial will run until June 2015, with Bargain Booze franchise stores rolling out across Scotland with Scotmid as its exclusive Scottish franchisee if the trial format proves successful.

    Conviviality also provided a trading update for the 26 weeks ending 26 October 2014, reporting unaudited revenues “broadly in line with last year at £183m”, while like-for-like store revenue was 1.7% down on last year. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 20th, 2014, (1:09 pm)

    Ready brek launches winter offer

    Screen shot 2014-11-19 at 19.26.42Ready brek is launching a winter giveaway in time for the festive season.

    Designed with little ones in mind, Ready brek is teaming up with fellow British business, The All-in-One Company to help children up and down the country stay snug this winter.

    Running across 1.5 million promotional packs over an eight week period, the promotion will see ten customers a day given the chance to design their own bespoke onesie. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 20th, 2014, (11:11 am)

    Frobishers’ unveils ‘Unusual Suspects’ mocktails campaign

    Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 19.35.37Juice supplier Frobishers is launching a new campaign to encourage operators to stock up and serve more mocktails.

    The ‘Unusual Suspects’ campaign aims to shake up the industry’s view on the profit making potential of soft drinks, showcasing a range of new non-alcoholic cocktails using a combination of premium fruit juices and other ingredients kept behind the bar.

    Designed to highlight to operators the value that soft drinks can add to their bottom line, the Frobishers ‘Unusual Suspects’ mocktail campaign offers bars and restaurants ideas and inspiration to elevate the status of their premium fruit juices with a few simple ingredients, garnishes and the correct glassware. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 20th, 2014, (9:02 am)

    Chewits unveils festive products

    Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 19.31.10Chewy sweet brand, Chewits, is introducing two seasonal confectionery products this Christmas.

    The Chewits Selection Box contains eight full-size chewy stickpacks, including favourites Strawberry, Fruit Salad and Xtreme Sour Apple.

    The products have an RRP of £2.00 in Asda and all good retailers. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 20th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Del Monte launches new Minnie Mouse and Spiderman kids Nectars

    Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 19.27.38Del Monte has signed a license agreement with the Walt Disney Company Middle East for Disney and Marvel characters.

    Minnie Mouse and Spider-Man, two of the most iconic characters amongst children and families, will feature in a new range of fruit nectars.

    These Del Monte Nectars are fortified with Vitamins B & C. (more…)

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